Some really useful information from a really smart and honest weather router, and then some tips on the quickest way to learn about weather.
John writes about a new weather forecast product that just might be the most significant weather advance for offshore voyagers since the GRIB file.
Andy shares how he used his understanding of the weather and strategic route planning, together with high-tech tools, during his recent Atlantic crossing, to make a faster and better passage than just sticking with the normal route would have.
Andy takes a deep dive into the world of automated weather routing, integrated with navigation, and all running on an iPad, a very different approach than the one John has detailed earlier in this Online Book. You can decide which works best for your type of cruising.
Many experienced voyagers rave about the benefits of understanding how the upper level (500-mb) charts influence future weather, but how can we gain that understanding with a reasonable amount of effort? John has built a study guide that will do just that in about 10 hours.
With modern weather reception and analysis tools we can plan our cruises and voyages as much as two weeks ahead. John shares how.
Most discussions about weather reception and analysis in the cruising community end up focused on the tools and technology. But that’s not what matters. In fact, planning fun and safe cruises is all about how we USE the tools and THINK about weather. That’s just what this chapter, based on some 25 years of real cruising experience, is about.
There are so many weather reception and analysis tools out there, all claiming to be the best. But which ones really work? John has been testing a bunch of them all summer on a real cruise to challenging places and tells all.
What if we could plan our cruises around the weather for as much as two weeks into the future, even without internet? Well, now we can.
There are endless debates on forums about which is the best GRIB viewer, but most miss a key selection criteria. John shares what that is.
The whole process of buying, installing and working with a satellite phone can be downright intimidating and very frustrating. John explains how to make the whole process easy. The results of 15 years of experience with Iridium devices.
We got our hands on a real live professional meteorologist, who is also an offshore sailor, and wrung 4 great tips out of him that will make your voyages both safer and more comfortable.
There’s a lot of great weather information out there these days…and a lot of hype too. Here are some tips that will help you tell the difference and decide what’s worth spending your money on.
I’m seeing gross misuse of the Beaufort scale. Let’s not do this.
In the last chapter I explained how to receive text forecasts while offshore. Now I want to share one of my favourite forecasts, that I suspect very few people know about or bother to get.