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Old 04-08-2013, 08:39 AM   #1
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Best weather site

Hi all. I have a new to me Hatteras 48 LRC that is currently in Ft Myers. The next leg of my delivery home is through the Charlotte Harbor inlet and straight across the Gulf to Mobile. What is the best site to check for weather conditions for this crossing?
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:52 AM   #2
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I like Sailing Weather - Marine Weather Forecasts for Sailors and Adventurers - PassageWeather for wind predictions and Weatherunderground.com and intellicast.com for atmospheric conditions.
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:49 PM   #3
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I'll second Intellicast.com. They also have a pretty slick iPhone and iPad app, it is called "Intellicast Boating".

*Full disclosure, I work for Intellicast's sister-company, WSI in the Aviation division (also a sister-company to WeatherUnderground and The Weather Channel). If anyone uses the site or apps and has suggestions for improvement, PM me and I will be sure they get to the lead developers.
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Old 04-08-2013, 03:22 PM   #4
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Hey Donny... Wind direction overlay!
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Old 04-08-2013, 05:41 PM   #5
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I like Tampa Bay Surf Report (STORMSURF)

Below the first map and in the "Control panel" click on the "Gulf of Mexico - sea height" icon Travel when the area will be darkest blue for a period well over your trip time.
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:37 PM   #7
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I used "Cris Parker" and was very good, I also received email by In Reach with Wind Guru

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Old 04-09-2013, 10:27 AM   #8
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This ones good for showing the larger picture on Alaska and British Columbia's coast down to Washington State. If you look this morning, you'll see a 35 knot gale warning system heading straight for BC's north coast. (Hit the "play" button for a sequence of images showing how the system is moving).

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A friend of mine said that he cruised with 48/54 knots as wind. Is it possible? or he's a liar?
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A friend of mine said that he cruised with 48/54 knots as wind. Is it possible? or he's a liar?
not sure if it should be called "cruising" but it certainly is possible if in the lee of the land, maybe even comfortable....but in open water it might be miserable to lifethreatening depending on the boat and skipper.
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Old 04-10-2013, 02:11 PM   #11
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He said that was in a 45'sailboat, with tail wind
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sailboats would handle it better in many cases...
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I'll second Intellicast.com. They also have a pretty slick iPhone and iPad app, it is called "Intellicast Boating".

*Full disclosure, I work for Intellicast's sister-company, WSI in the Aviation division (also a sister-company to WeatherUnderground and The Weather Channel). If anyone uses the site or apps and has suggestions for improvement, PM me and I will be sure they get to the lead developers.

Unfortunately they ruined the weather channel, it used to be a great source of weather info, now its just another lousy news channel with Al Roker as the clown.
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:50 PM   #14
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I'll second Intellicast.com. They also have a pretty slick iPhone and iPad app, it is called "Intellicast Boating".

*Full disclosure, I work for Intellicast's sister-company, WSI in the Aviation division (also a sister-company to WeatherUnderground and The Weather Channel). If anyone uses the site or apps and has suggestions for improvement, PM me and I will be sure they get to the lead developers.
And my company pays for this service(WSI WX Brief)....so I have access to some good stuff! I also have some aviation links on another computer that I need to post up when I get on that computer. Being a Pilot and a surfer and a boater.....gotta have the weather info!!!!
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