Originally Posted by Dockhead
If you sail coastwise then of course it is simple to connect mobile phone data and download whatever you want. But the Baltic is 1400 miles or so from one end to the other, so it's actually possible to spend days without seeing land, if you're crossing non-stop.
Fresh data is really useful for weather routing, if you're sailing and not using the motor
Do the Norwegians give their data with FTP mail?
Simply send yr.no an email
and ask what they do other than the web interface. They are amazing bunch of people and most helpful. By far my favourite MetOffice, together with NOAA.
Well the Baltic may be shy of 1000 miles long but it is only some 120 miles WIDE and only at the widest place
. And do to predominant Westerly patterns you are either coasting it or else zig-zagging it.
Mind Bornholm, Aland and Gotland all have well placed high mobile networks. So is Hel peninsula.
It takes me only 24 hours to cross it at the widest spot in a slow boat
, and 50% of the crossing time I get mobile coverage on a handheld unit!
So all and any data from the networks is available. Not to have mobile signal for a day there would be possible but only if you really try hard.
Is your phone antenna
where it should be anyways?
It is but a big lake. Easy peasy. You have land-based wx stations everywhere you look and anything coming your way is spotted, measured and forecasted well ahead of time.
I grew up there. I sailed there. In times when the only wx source was that clunky VHF radio
. There is nothing to it. Lake sailing.
Mixed weather starts about September. It may come early last week of August. It may be fine some days into September too. But come end of Sept, run and run fast. Rain, choppy seas and nothing to do onshore. All pretty girls return to their jobs, universities or whatever. Dead season starts.
Cheers, have fun out there,