Yachts and sailboats can rely on professional weather routing analyses to cross the oceans.
The impact of the weather/sea on such long voyages can be especially difficult for a small vessel. In an ocean voyage you always get the risk to find some rough conditions regardless, but the forecast helps to keep at a safe distance from hurricanes, tropical cyclones or deep Lows.
- Route simulation carried out on a daily basis
- Forecast detailing wind/sea/weather conditions including a long term outlook
- Advisory on how to stay well clear of storms and sail with the best sea state
- Path and progress of hurricanes and typhoons requiring more frequent updates
- Suggestions of any route option/diversions, taking into account for example the cargo/fuel load
- Preliminary climate study of the typical weather patterns, average sea state/currents
In order to take the right decision onboard, especially when heavy weather conditions are expected at sea, it is extremely important to talk directly to an expert forecaster. The same applies to the forecaster when he has to promptly inform the captain of hazardous conditions along the route. All observations taken onboard are not just helpful to the meteorologists to compare the real time weather against their own forecast, but also to all boats sailing in the same area [...]
Specific plain text forecasts and routing advice sent to the captain’s email address represent a useful document for the planning of the intended voyage. Appropriate waypoints along the route are plotted by the forecaster and detailed analysis is carried out for each leg. Suggestions on the best time to depart and the safest and more convenient route are also provided. The forecaster’s recommendations become even more important when the marine weather conditions are critical. The mariner may also need [...]
Warning messages issued for gales or other heavy weather conditions, such as thunderstorms and high seas for coastal and offshore marine areas. When the conditions to issue a current or expected warning are reached, the forecaster will send it to the captain/skipper in one of the following ways: E-mail through the routing forecast, SMS Phone call Message from satellite, or through another communication device. Proactive service No automatic service, a forecaster monitors 24/7 your position Worldwide coverage
Forecast can also be sent to the captain through SSB (e.g. Sailmail) or Satphones in text-only format. This system works well and is a cost-effective way to communicate worldwide. However, it is not adequate if the client requires weather charts by attached file and text with special characters which can only be sent with normal email messages. Receive text messages continuously from Navimeteo forecasters during the ocean crossing It requires and SSB or a satellite phone [...]
Among the online features made available to the registered clients, a comprehensive set of weather charts can be accessed from the Navimeteo reserved area to check the future weather in the world oceans and seas. All relevant elements for sailing are displayed in the form of wind, sea, cloud cover and precipitation, all having a high resolution and a short time-step between two successive charts. Private access to weather charts by means of a username & password from the [...]
A comprehensive tracking solution that enables the Navimeteo forecaster to provide a more accurate marine weather service, thanks to GPS and messaging functions. The installation of satellite tracking systems onboard the boats is a useful technical solution to combine with the marine weather service that guarantees a higher degree of personalization. The idea of always knowing the exact boat positions in real-time allows the forecasters to significantly improve the accuracy of the weather forecasting and therefore enhance the safety [...]