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Relative value of Admiralty Pilots
We are planning to circumnavigate in 2009 and hope to be out for five years or so on a 41 foot steel pilothouse cutter. I would welcome opinions on the relative merits of buying Admiralty or other pilot charts. By pilot charts, I mean the large scale maps of the world's traditional sailing routes, with month by month average wind directions and speeds and so on.
Space is not, as such, an issue.
As I see it, the pilots are good for specifics (when the tramonta comes off Spain, and so on) and general route planning. We understand that the recent warming trends and cyclical phenomena like El Nino can skew the averages (ask me about the crazy amount of easteries on Lake Ontario the last few years...), but are pilots still worth the expense and the space they take up?
U.S. versus British pilot comments are also welcome.