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10-26-2007 12:04 PM
micksbuddy Before you buy, you might also look into Sirius weather service and see how it compares. I looked at a friends setup via a Raymarine chartplotter and it looked pretty good, lots of information. He said the cost was $30/mo.
10-26-2007 11:43 AM
wmiii Mine is a Garmin 492 and not adaptable to XM.
10-26-2007 09:14 AM
sailingdog Wmiii-

What is your existing chartplotter. It may have an option for adding XM WX radio.
10-26-2007 08:51 AM
wmiii My existing chartplotter is already mounted and wired for navigation through the auto helm.
My thinking on the 376c is that 1)it seems to be relatively inexpensive, 2)it is portable and easily transported.
I was thinking of some type of receiver that I could use with my laptop, but haven't found anything affordable yet.
Also, I think I have seen that the service can be suspended and used seasonally if wanted.
10-25-2007 04:05 PM
punjabi
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Originally Posted by camaraderie View Post
Punjabi...I think the difference is that the XM weather service is broadcasting pre-packaged items so while you might be able to receive the weather for Puerto Rico while you are in St. Lucia...odds are that you'd rather get the St. Lucia weather!!
Ummmm....oh yeah. Sometimes I make myself wonder.
10-25-2007 02:16 PM
camaraderie Punjabi...I think the difference is that the XM weather service is broadcasting pre-packaged items so while you might be able to receive the weather for Puerto Rico while you are in St. Lucia...odds are that you'd rather get the St. Lucia weather!!
10-25-2007 01:26 PM
punjabi I wouldn't be surprised if it works farther out even if XM doesn't advertise it. Take a look at these coverage maps for Sirius and XM. They also mention some mods to increase reception:

http://www.dogstarradios.com/sirasasecoma.html
10-25-2007 11:09 AM
camaraderie It is coastal US but that includes Bahamas and PR...not the Caribbean.
10-25-2007 11:01 AM
PalmettoSailor
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What is the range of XM weather and brodcast channels. Can it be used in the Caribbean?
The short answer is apparently not. According to the XM website, the claim coverage out to 100 miles into coastal waters from CONUS.

There are products that will interface to a PC to provide XM Weather data but they may or may not be suitable for use aboard a crusing sailboat.

I use XM weather displayed on a Garmin handheld GPS in my aircraft and have used it on the boat on occasion. It is awesome for that use, but the sattelite coverage doesn't extend far enough for offshore crusing, and even if it did, the source data becomes sketchy-er than with the US.

It would be great stuff for the coastal cruiser.
10-25-2007 10:36 AM
speciald What is the range of XM weather and brodcast channels. Can it be used in the Caribbean?
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