I'd rather be sailing
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: The state of s/v/ Pelican
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I have to say - the Sirius satellite weather option I got for my Raymarine Chartplotter was worth its weight in gold. We could almost predict to the second when we would be hit by a storm. I remember coming up the NJ coast from Norfolk to NYC and getting hit by 70kt winds. The Coast Guard never put out a weather alert but we had been following the fronts on the Sirius for half the day. We even called the CG at one point to ask them if they had more info on the winds at the leading edge of the storm - and were told it wasn't bad with only 12-15kt winds. Looking at the lightning strikes and density of the storm, along with the storm speed (>50kts) we knew it would be worse, and were all prepped when it actually hit us. Without the Sirius we could have been seriously injured or worse. Anyway - I know it's slightly off topic, but I just wanted to point out that there are multiple tools that can provide great safety while out sailing.
s/v "Pelican" Passport 40 #076- Finished Cruising - for the moment -
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