For the rest of us mere mortals, forewarned is forearmed, and to have a weather report that we receive from somewhere just might be a good idea, ya think?
Yes, a very good idea and I don't claim to be anything but mortal.
There is a considerable difference between predicting weather and reading a weather report. In order to read a weather report you first have to have a weather report. What I am proposing is to spend more time learning how to predict the weather than learning how to use the gadgets that may or may not produce a weather report. And of course I take a weather report before setting off.
But to depend on electronic equipment almost entirely to provide your weather without learning how to do it when the electronics don't is not that clever. Not one of the posts on this thread that I can recall other than mine and jackdale's suggested learning how to predict weather without the toys.
At first you state that you have sailed all your life without these toys, but later state that you have them
I never said that I have these
toys. I said:
I also have toys but I try and limit them to ones that don't matter if they don't work.
They are not I-pads, Smartphones, 3G,4G, multi-taskers and the rest of the paraphanalia discussed here. I have an SSB for radio contact and when I'm lucky I'll get a weather fax or a weather report from a sailing weather guru somewhere in the world. I have a computer that runs a charting system that I use for planning - I have never ever
used it to navigate anywhere or to monitor the weather. I take a rented Iridium phone for emergency contact on an ocean crossing when radios don't work. Those are my toys.
I have a barometer, the use of which requires no explanation. That I use all the time. That is not a toy.
When I'm at sea, I spend as much time looking at the sky as a lot of the posts here spend looking at their assorted screens. The difference is the sky is always going to be there and the screens are maybe not. There is a vast chasm between the sailors that take the time to learn how to predict the weather without gadgets and those that learn how to use the gadgets.
I'm suggesting that the advice that should be given to members and anyone else who cares to listen is to learn about the weather not about the gadgets.
And in essence, you are partly saying what I am saying with the exception that you still don't promote learning how to read the weather from the sky as opposed to from a screen.
Sailors all over the world use SSB/we-fax and SSB voice for obtaining weather information. There is good reason that they do and have for many years - weather is critical and SSB/we-fax works
Whatever. Oh, and my alluding to you looking for a job was a joke (the smiley says so) because you have to admit, it did look like a structured resume.