Originally Posted by sneuman
I worked for years in a job that was about processing often contradictory information very quickly to determine what was useful and accurate and what was not. I would rather have several information streams that can be compared and contrasted. For weather, that means at a minimum, GRIBs and a pro (Chris Parker, when he's available). It's a combination that has worked quite well for me.
Totally agree Sneuman....
Weather forecasting is the science of "variables" and an intelligent sailor compares every model available to achieve a long range con census of what will develop along his route
. Otherwise it is just crisis management even if you are an accomplished meteorologist who can read the local developments.
The facts are....you don't have the changing upper level data at sea to appreciate the steering
influences to position yourself in the most comfortable quadrant of a developing system.
On ocean passages, I have many times altered course days ahead of a wandering intersecting system, based on data not observable to me at sea.
What Boatie suggest is simply bravado and not advised unless you are addicted to adventures delivering other people's boats...
Personally....I am happy with SSB
borne wx data if I can collect more than one data base model.