One thing for sure, as others have mentioned is that the regular NOAA land forecasts that you get on your weather radio have little to do with what you'll find a short distance outside an inlet. These can be very misleading and are really designed for inshore consumption. Local knowledge will tell you that if the NOAA forecast says 5-10, it may well be 25 on the water as soon as you leave the lee of land. These are even more useless when you get farther offshore where a whole different world of weather exists once shore effects are gone. The forecast maps and wind/wave maps available via Weatherfax are more useful than local forecasts for sailing. With a little knowledge of how these systems progress and a watchful eye on a barometer and the sky, you can make some pretty reliable calls on your own, often better than what you'll get from other sources.
There is no easy way to just tune in somewhere and depend on what you hear. It takes time and effort every day to make stay/go decisions.
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Last edited by smurphny; 11-03-2011 at 10:23 AM.