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Maxsea Nav software

How does Maxsea get it's weather info? I know on the boat that I go offshore on to St Martin the Captain uses his Sat Phone to connect. But say for coastal cruising on the East Coast, how does Maxsea get the weather/currents info?
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One must download GRIB files that the program integrates into its weather and routing modules. Without internet access, a Sat Phone and email are the beast alternatives. An SSB with PACTOR Modem will work but are painfully slow.

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Just to add to what svHyLyte said:

I believe that the information on currents is packaged with the program (i.e. the harmonics tables that the tide/current formulae work from). Some forms of e-charts may have their own tide/current data also.

For coastal cruising of course there are multiple ways other than WiFi to get internet access, and so get the GRIBs, such as with a tethered cellphone or dedicated aircard. There have been many discussions of the alternatives on this board.
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