Originally Posted by roetter
I find Weather4D provides a great safety
I love Weather4D and use it a lot (the Pro version). But I did find it was a hard nut to crack. You need to figure out which models to use and how to get them (tidal info from TidalTech needs a subscription, for instance), and the interface is not always intuitive. How long did it take me to find out you have to press the middle of the screen to switch on/off the various data you want to see.....
are getting better but still it is a bit of a hard graft figuring it out. Once you do, it really is very good.
I love the way that you can import
your route, insert your departure time and then see how the weather, tide, waves and CAPE will be around your boat over the course of the passage.
You can't rely on it too much - you need other information such as the 500hPa charts
- just like previous posters have said, the underlying models can be fairly basic.
But all in all, it has served us very well. When we crossed the Bay of Biscay, the depressions hit us down to the minute when they were predicted, which I was impressed by.