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Whether the weather.......

Knowing the weather that you are likely to face when you venture out is not a luxury it is essential. Irrespective of your capability or that of your boat and crew it is foolhardy not to find out whether it is safe to go out and what the conditions will be. Indeed perhaps you should not venture  out or you should stay in the relative safety of the harbour area.

Finding out what is in store weather wise is now much easier since the advent of the internet. In this section we have listed the various sources of weather information. You will also find a table giving example of  some of the excellent  information you can now derive from the internet. 

Weather is a highly complex area. If you are really to get to grips with it and be able to interpret what you see and predict the effect then  we would recommend buying a good book on the subject

Sources of weather information


 The internet
The internet is a great and usually up to date source of weather information, try these sites:
The Metrological Office www.metoffice.gov.uk
BBC - Shipping forecast www.bbc.co.uk/weather/ukweather/shipping.shtml
BBC - Inshore waters www.bbc.co.uk/weather/ukweather/inshore.shtml


 Radio & TV    Marinecall
Any weather forecast derived from the television should only really be relied upon to give a rough overview of conditions. Radio 4 continues to broadcast the shipping and inshore waters forecasts although the timings of such broadcasts have recently changed. Radio 4 broadcasts on FM in the range 92 - 95 Mhz (depending on your location) on LW on 198 Khz.
This is a commercial service and provides detailed and localised forecasts by phone and fax. To bring up a detailed list of the phone and fax numbers follow this link.
 Navtex    Coastguard
  This an electronic 'box' which receives automatically the forecasts referred to above and prints them out. Realistically it is an impractical addition to a small craft.

The Coastguard broadcasts regular weather forecasts and will broadcast warnings of gales etc as and when is necessary. Monitoring channel 16 whilst afloat is both sensible and actually a legal requirement if you have VHF. You will hear the Coastguard refer to a weather forecast and they will ask all those interested to move to their working channel (often 67)

Local radio: The shipping forecast is broadcast at set times on Radio 4 however often of greatest relevance to leisure boaters are broadcasts from local stations in coastal areas which broadcast easily understood forecasts for inshore waters.,

Marinas: All marinas collate and put up weather information for their berth-holders. The quality varies from place to place but check out your local marina

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