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Old 24 November 2012, 13:37   #1
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What do you use for passage making and why?
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Old 24 November 2012, 15:43   #2
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Initially, I use "xcweather.co.uk" as forecast wind strength is the primary decider. If I need additional information I will probably utilise the Met Office coastal and local area forecasts. In addition, there is a huge amount of local area weather information available on line, ask at your local yacht club or harbourmaster for their favourites.
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Old 24 November 2012, 16:39   #3
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Met office marine inshore + BBC coastal forecast, but a lot depends on preceding weather Lost count of the times I've under-rated a 50/50 forecast in the hope it wouldn't be 'blowing a hooley', only to be proved wrong.
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Old 25 November 2012, 10:04   #6
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I listen to the local CG forecast or the forecasts that are transmitted on Ch79/80 by Cross Corsen/Jobourg. The wx is crucial now I have a jet ski, so I tend to pay more attention to forecasts nowadays.
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I use the above and also MSW "Magic Seaweed" website, it's very good and has full wind, pressure and swell charts.
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That means it's all up to you dude, there's no standard so far. Try Metcheck.
Rely on what works for you.
It'll get you into weather reading and also stop you relying and (maybe) blaming others.
With weather make your own decisions........the key one is,
" If in doubt, don't ".
Stick to that and you will (should) live to tell the tale.
Also it will let you enjoy the lovely days.
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I use yr.no for general forward planning. Before venturing offshore, I'll refer to the respective Met Office data, to confirm the general picture. I like yr because the seastate forecasts are very good - being able to see the wave heights and windspeeds overlaid on a chart is fantastic. Their rolling graphical forecast is stunning, and gives you a quick grasp of what will be happening where you will be at a specific time. The data is garnered from local sources and I've found it to be very reliable, time after time.
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The other way is to go out whatever the weather.
Just do it.
It's what crabbers and fishermen do.
That mentality is based on hundreds of years of experience and vessels that shouldn't really sink, at least haven't done.
If in doubt don't. They don't.
Thinking of coming in? Then do.
Then you can have all these thought again.
Stay safe and do what you thought you should have done.
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