Where do you get your wind/tide into?

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Where do you get your wind/tide into?

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I've been using magic seaweed, but that is mainly surfing beaches, and as such not best suited to kayaking. Where do you guys get your into for wind, swell, tides etc?

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For tides, I use an excellent Android phone app called Tide Prediction. (If you're going to use it, you need to be aware that it automatically adjusts for BST, so the times stated for high/low should always be the same as your watch will be showing.) I've also got a sailing almanac which shows tidal streams for the major UK harbours, but I find it's not really necessary to use that. I just estimate what the current will be doing using the 'rule of twelfths' - Google it.

For wind, I use the Met Office weather app or look on the BBC website.

For swell, I use this: http://www.previmer.org/en/forecasts/wa ... del#appTop

(If you mess around with the box showing hours in the bottom right, you can get forecasts for swell at different times for the next couple of days.)

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For wind I use http://www.windguru.cz/ and pay for the Pro subscription.

For tide times I use http://easytide.ukho.gov.uk/ at my PC or an app called Boatie on my phone.

For neaps and springs I use http://www.dacre.net/moon/moonframe.html and also have a lunar calendar on a laminated quick reference sheet that lives on my deck.

I use Magic Seaweed for swell forecasts. Whilst it is aimed at surfers and focuses on surf spots it is still very useful for understanding general sea state - swell height, direction and period.

For tidal stream information I use Memory Map admiralty charts, Imray Yachtsman's pilots and the Reed Almanac.

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Some or all of the above - and http://www.xcweather.co.uk/ for wind and weather. Spot on for yesterday and today. Mike

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Because my job involves me sitting in front of a PC most of the day, I tend not to use smart phone apps but use these instead:

Various sources for weather. I look at them all until I find one that I like :-)
http://www.windfinder.com/weather-maps/
http://passageweather.com/
http://www.xcweather.co.uk/

Tides and other stuff
http://www.tidetimes.org.uk/
http://www.ntslf.org/tides/predictions
http://www.visitmyharbour.com/

enjoy,

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Post by Kayaks'N'Beer »

I use magic seaweed for surf forecasts but I also use the pressure overview from the front page. Lets you watch the isobars, in motion by swiping the mouse along the bar at the bottom. Useful for keeping an eye on the big picture LINK!

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Thanks for that, guys. Appreciate all the links.

All the best

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I use magic seaweed: I hang out out ther window if its wet its rainy, if it moves its windy, if i cant hold it its blowing a gale.
The angle it moves tells me wind direction. Kelp is best (although others disagree.

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R3V wrote:I use magic seaweed: I hang out out ther window if its wet its rainy, if it moves its windy, if I cant hold it its blowing a gale.
The angle it moves tells me wind direction. Kelp is best (although others disagree.
Sounds like a weather rock to me.....

For weather I tend to take a general view based on xcweather, www.metcheck.com and the met office forecasts. I also use the met office inshore waters and shipping forecasts and the synoptic charts (metcheck used to have them but I think I have to get them from met office now), reading them online for a few days before going builds up a general picture in my head, and I can top it up with forecasts from coastguard or radio 4 on the water/in camp. At the start of the shipping forecast they describe the changes to the synoptic chart, so if you know roughly where the highs and lows are before you go, you can kind of picture where they have moved to and therefore guess the effect on the weather. Shipping and Inshore waters are often a bit pessimistic whilst the others may not bear much relation to coastal conditions so it's kind of a juggling act which is where following trends comes in. I don't do it particularly scientifically, more by feel!

For tides, if I need to know in advance I buy a tide book, unless I happen to have an electronic chart with the tide data on. Otherwise if planning less than 7 days in advance I use UKHO Easytide website. For actual tide stream info, pilots (Imray ones are usually good, a lot of people like Clyde Cruising Club), guide books or tide stream atlases can be useful - the atlases are generally too small scale to be useful for kayaking detail but good for showing how tides progress around a coast if you need the bigger picture.

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Post by Mike Mayberry »

Depending on the type of trip I'm planning any or all of the following.

Locally I use http://www.mhpa.co.uk/uploads/Tide_Tables_2013.pdf, I figure they won't get it wrong again after the Sea Empress.

Inshore forecasts from the Metoffice http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/mar ... gesChannel

Windfinder http://www.windfinder.com/forecast/aberporth_buoy
http://www.windfinder.com/forecast/celtic_sea
and http://www.windfinder.com/forecast/pembroke

Elsewhere I'll use for tides http://www.tidetimes.org.uk/
and the same sites for the area I'm paddling.

All are saved as shortcuts on the homescreen on my iphone so I can access them quickly from anywhere with a mobile signal.

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Another vote for WindGuru and the inshore forecasts.

Tides and basic stream information, I use Navionics on an iPad for planning and on the phone for on the hoof checks. A little pricey but a nice app to use.

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