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Old 14 November 2013, 06:57   #11
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Starovich, its more my wifes interpretation of the weather that matters, not mine or the boats

She was born in the sunny Med, so any wave she sees means we are about to sink !

I am expecting that once she gets behind the throttles she will feel differently about it though.
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Hi, I think that often looking at the weather gets far more complex than it needs to be. I tend to follow a process like:

Boating locally in Poole (your example)

BBC Weather - Poole

If I am staying local, the forecast is good and nothing nasty is on the horizon I will leave it at that

If there is any chance that the weather may change, higher winds are around or I am on a boat that is a bit more weather affected then I look at

XCWeather - Forecast for Poole

WindGURU: United Kingdom - Poole Harbour

and possibly if still needing more information/comfort

Met Office: Marine weather - for the inshore and shipping forecasts

If going on a passage

All of the above, particularly Met Office: Marine weather plus also viewing the synoptics and other data from

Marine

Charts

This site is pretty geeky but does a great job of aggregating weather from lots of sources

Regards, Paul
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Old 14 November 2013, 07:20   #13
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I use Xc Weather - download onto your computer or smartphone. I do a lot of offshore sailing on the Scottish west coast were the weather is very changeable and fid this site is the most
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Old 14 November 2013, 07:28   #14
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I generally use WeatherPro on my phone, plus Met Office and XC Weather if I want a second or third opinion.

Generally speaking none of them are a lot of use more than a couple of days ahead anyway.
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Sorry this thread became disjointed. Xc Weather I have found to be the most reliable and accurate by far. Most of our fishing boats here in Scotland make use of it as the Met Office based forecasts have become more and more unreliable, often grossly over estimating wind strengths and are no longer referred to.

Xc Weather is based upon actual real time weather reports all over the UK . I actually live directly on the NE coast of Scotland, the sea is at the end of my garden and my nearest reporting station on Xc Weather is 12 miles away at Lossiemouth. I can assure you that their information from Lossiemouth in real time tallies almost exactly with what I can observe from my living room window time and time again. Forecasting is far more accurate as the site is compiling and refining information from so many sites where the ACTUAL weather is being experienced.

Try it and see and let me know how you get on

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http://www.swellmap.com/boating/uk/

this must be the only one missing from the lists ,I always use it and gives very detailed info and is always pretty much accurate for a few days in advance
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Oooh, its all good. I like your thought process Paul.

Weather looks good, I have the option of staying in Poole harbour, or venturing further if we feel its good on the day.

Cant wait now
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