Being a controlling sort of guy, and a bit of a wimp too, I have always put a lot of effort into getting good weather forecasts and really understanding them, so as to not only get ready for nasty weather, but to really plan our cruises to maximize our enjoyment.
Now, I’m sure many of you are, at this point, saying “duh, doesn’t everyone?" And the answer to that is, "no, they don’t". Many, perhaps most, cruisers are just looking at the immediate area around them, either via text or radio broadcasts or GRIBs.
By taking this approach, they are practising what I would call tactical weather management—reacting to the weather as it comes.
On the other hand, probably because many of the places we have cruised have few safe harbours, I have, over the some 25 years I have been doing this, developed an approach to not only pick good weather windows to go to sea, but also, when coastal cruising, to look out as much as two weeks so that we can visit interesting, but often exposed, places when the weather is kind and be snugged down when it’s cruel—a strategic approach.
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