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sevseasail 03-16-2007 11:11 AM

weather reports in the caribbean
 
HI.
To all of you out there in the Caribbean or with experience in the subject.
What is your choice for receiving weather info while cruising and why?
I know there are many different systems ranging from a weather radio, fax, ssb and satelite.
I was interested in learning what your experience is when it comes to reliability, ease of use, pros and cons of any particular system and of course I cannot leave out price (both on purchase and operation and subscription, if any).

I know this board is full of experienced people and I thank you in advance for all your comments.

camaraderie 03-16-2007 11:39 AM

SSB...just tune in chris parker daily and that is all you ever need.
You can do it with a $200 receiver only if you want to go cheaply. With weather fax software & PC attached to the SSB receiver you can also download weather faxes, navtex reports as well.
EDIT: You can listen to Chris for free but personalized reports for passagemaking will cost some $$. He covers the Bahamas and Caribe several times each morning. Herb is used more by those making ocean passages in the Atlantic.

Valiente 03-16-2007 12:41 PM

Herb Hilgenberg is a noted weather guru for free...but you've got to be polite and observe his protocols, which are not onerous.

http://www3.sympatico.ca/hehilgen/vax498.htm

sailingdog 03-16-2007 04:24 PM

SSB weather nets are definitely the way to go... A Grundig Yatchboy SW receiver is an inexpensive solution to the problem.

sevseasail 03-18-2007 09:51 AM

Thank you guys !!

That's all very valuable info.
It looks that by having a ssb on board I'll have a couple of ways to get weather info which is a good thing.
Now all I need is a second ssb just in case.

wildcard 03-18-2007 10:26 AM

Todays weatehr report fro Culebra. Thin overcast with trades 10-12. Many bikinis from spring break. :-)

sailingdog 03-18-2007 11:50 AM

sevseasail-

Don't get two ssb's which is rather expensive. Get one ssb and one shortwave reciever like a grundig yatchboy 400. That way you have two ways to get weather data...but at much less expensive and space.

sevseasail 03-21-2007 09:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sailingdog
sevseasail-

Don't get two ssb's which is rather expensive. Get one ssb and one shortwave reciever like a grundig yatchboy 400. That way you have two ways to get weather data...but at much less expensive and space.


Thanks Sailingdog....
That makes a lot of $$$ense.

Freesail99 03-21-2007 09:11 PM

Navtec is another way of getting weather. It is tect based you read the weather on the screen or sent it to your PC to either read or print out.

sailingdog 03-21-2007 09:24 PM

Navtex is more popular in Europe than it is in the USA for some reason. It can be easier to use than SSB in some ways, since the alerts are in text form, rather than spoken... but the GRIB and WX files are still available via SSB... so if you've got a PC... it's sort of a wash.


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