Originally Posted by Don Lucas
Lots of views and little votes.
I have used several shore routers in the past on Hawk and on superyacht deliveries. If someone else wants to pay I will always be happy to get an outside perspective, but grib (saildocs) and weather
(expedition has now surpassed maxsea) have developed to the point where you can easily do as well (and often better because you can look out the window) on board as the shore guys. I stopped using shore routers on my own boat several years ago.
I have several times compared my analysis and decision at sea to shore routers and we rarely differ (We are essentially looking at the exact same information), but when we do it's about 50/50 who was right.
There is definitely a psychological boost to believing that someone ashore is thinking about your safety
and looking after your route
. You feel less alone and some of the weight is off your shoulders. BUT I am not sure that is a good thing. The captain
has to be responsible and make the decision and leaning on an outsider who does not actually know the conditions and situation on board can be dangerous. My feeling is that the captain
should know all the details and guts of the weather situation, and not let someone else just give him waypoints, to make proper decisions.