Okay here I go in my relentless drive to become a SENIOR MEMBER. I have decided to contribute some information to the forums. I am a bit nervous about this as I will probably find that this is information that is well known to you all and I will end up feeling a bit of a plonker...well here goes:
TIDES - I came across the following website www.belfieldsoftware.co.uk
This is Peter Belfield's computer tide tables. For just £9.95 you get a CD rom (or the programme can be downloaded for a trial period) with daily tide tables for over 480 UK and chanel ports. It is a great programme and VERY reasonably priced. Simple to use (even I can do it) and well laid out with loads of helpfull features. You can choose from any of the ports and get an hourly tidal graph or a monthly chart. Either can be printed out.
You even get a FREE computer game.
Don't let the cheap price put you off. It is a serious bit of kit.
I set my 'TIDAL watch (Tidemaster) watch by it for the launch site and then for the rest of the day I can see what the tide is doing with a glance at my watch.
With so many ports in the database you can allways get a local tide no matter where you are launching from in the UK.
NOTE: Please Mr Asdministrator if this information is really obvious and well known, remove this post asap and save my blushes.