Ditto Evans #2
We paid $50 for the NZ guy to give us a specific report for a passage I was worried about and that was great. The particular difficulty was that I needed to look into the second week of a 2 week passage. No forcaster will forecast
out 2 weeks, or even more than 1 week, but I gave him the perameters and he took a stab in the dark - an educated stab in the dark. It was good, he was right, and we were fine.
That being said, I agree with Evans that its all available for free on the net. BUT also and perhaps more importantly: If you learn to interpret yourself the those dollars saved are gold!
Given a forecast
on a platter we learn naught. Given nothing we begin to look at clouds and the waves; given something in between we look at all and everything
areas, like the gulf stream
, which I have not done properly, I would probably be really researching all weather forcasting advice!