Right, I think you definitely ask the right questions. It is surprisingly hard to find support for basic passage
planning in otherwise very advanced nav software
Standard OCPN will help you a bit in your first and final step. True, it does not store the departure date/time with the route
, but if you are planning some weeks from now, this is usually not so much in a hurry. You may find it a little easier to enter ">" as departure time (followed by "Enter" key), then just edit the part of date/time you want changed and hit "Enter" key again to play what-if scenarios.
The tide state can be seen in the route plan, either at all waypoints - relative to the single
chosen tide station, or - at many selected tide stations, different per each waypoint. Just have a look at the user's manual section about routes (hint: enable the tides/currents and look at what happens if you have waypoints named as "@~~xxxxx", e.g "@~~DOVER"). I agree that similar information should be shown about tidal currents, but I simply had no time to implement this before putting out to sea last year...
so this functionality exists only with GRIB data in a limited edition of OCPN...
For an example view you might look at the Forums
- Post 1206696">-IRJDSUNE9932123321222xxeww-screenshot-IRJDSUNE9932123321222xxeww-here-IRJDSUNE9932123321222xxeww- e.g. in the weather
I think someone was working on the capability to export route plan to a spreadsheet file, don't know the current status.
Good luck in your planned trip!
PS. I seem to have trouble properly including the link... looks good on preview, but fails in real access... what I meant is in my post at page #5 of weather