Cruising

Day Cruising Coastal Cruising Offshore Cruising

You now have access to the same technology used by the top navigators in the world!

Planning your trip with a good wind weather forecast is one of the most important aspects in cruising. Whether you are cruising around the coast or heading offshore, PredictWind will help make your passage safer, faster and more comfortable.

When the safety of the crew and boat is at stake, you will want the best marine forecast available.

Often local marine forecasts are conservative and report the expected maximum wind speed over a large region. With a PredictWind forecast map you can see the whole region, and know exactly where to expect the areas of high wind speed to help plan your passage.

Day Cruising

The Basic Package is great entry level package for those not venturing too far from home, but want the most accurate marine forecast available.

The graphs of wind speed and direction use the most accurate 1km resolution forecast, and although you cannot see the 1km resolution maps, you can view the general weather situation on the 8km resolution maps. Zoom in of the forecast maps to appreciate the detail and resolution of the forecasts.

The Basic Package allows you access to the accurate 5day forecasts so that you can plan ahead.

You can also access this information in text format on your mobile phone at no extra charge.

Coastal Cruising

PredictWind is ideally suited for coastal cruising, where you want to see how the wind weather pattern will vary over the whole area. How close are the strong wind areas? Where are the best places for anchorages and shelter? When are you likely to get favorable winds? You will be surprised at how viewing a forecast wind map will help you plan the trip with confidence.

Free GRIB Viewer

Use the Free Offshore App to automatically download and view the PredictWind GRIB files. This tool is ideally suited for retrieving the forecasts over Satellite & SSB communications and will ensure you always have access to the forecast when there is no internet connection available. In addition get access to weather routing, GMDSS text forecasts and Satellite Imagery.

The Standard Package will give you access to the 8km resolution forecasts, which are essential for coastal cruising.

SmartPhone Apps

You will have also have access to the Predictwind Android iPhone/iPad Apps, so you can get the latest text forecast on your mobile at no extra charge if you don’t have access to your computer.

Weather Routing

PredictWind now includes the world´s first  online weather routing. Watch the video on Weather Routing. Simply drag the start and end waypoints on the map, and the PredictWind server will calculate the fastest route or the most comfortable route for your boat using the high resolution 1km-8km wind forecasts.  The comfortable route allows you to avoid sailing in strong winds or large waves. You decide your tolerance level, and the PredictWind routing algorithm will avoid these regions in the forecast if possible. You simply need to define your boats’ polar and the optimal path is calculated for both PredictWind forecasts, the NOAA GFS forecast and the Canadian CMC forecasts.

The routing algorithm is also clever enough to avoid the land, right down to the 20m resolution level. So now you can can accurately see your optimal route for coastal cruising – for Comfort or for Speed.

Departure Planning

What is the best day for depart on your next coastal passage? Watch the video on Departure Planning. You will be spanning different weather patterns, and this powerful tool will quickly summarize the wind conditions you will receive if you left on Day1, Day2, Day3, or Day4. This tool will save you hours in your planning. Simply drag the start and destination waypoints on the Map, the weather routing algorithm will calculate the fastest route  (avoiding the land) and summarize the wind forecast data for the next 4 days of departure.

The Standard Package is suited for coastal cruising.

Offshore Cruising

PredictWind can provide a 14 day marine forecast using the 50km resolution model for any region in the world. When offshore and away from land effects, it is not necessary to get a high resolution forecast. However you can be assured to get the best forecast available using the same technology that is used to generate the high resolution forecasts. The reduced smoothing in PredictWind’s weather model you will allow you to see wind features that are not picked up by other weather models. In addition we use two data sources for the weather model, to produce dual forecasts for comparison. The closer the wind forecasts, the more confidence you can have in the accuracy for your comfort and safety.

To give you further confidence in the PredictWind forecasts we have provided you access to the GFS and CMC forecasts commonly found on other websites. This will give you another comparison before heading offshore.

Free GRIB Viewer

Use the Free GRIB Viewer to automatically download and view the PredictWind 50km resolution GRIB files and display in your navigation package. This tool is ideally suited for retrieving the forecasts over slower wireless internet connections and will ensure you always have access to the forecast when there is no internet connection available.

Weather Routing

PredictWind now includes the world´s first  online weather routing. Watch the video on Weather Routing. Simply drag the start and end waypoints on the map, and the PredictWind server will calculate the fastest route or the most comfortable route for your boat using the high resolution 1km-8km or 50km resolution wind forecasts.  The comfortable route allows you to avoid sailing in strong winds or big swells. You decide your tolerance level, and the PredictWind routing algorithm will do its best to avoid these areas. You simply need to define your boats’ polar and the optimal path is calculated for both PredictWind forecasts, the NOAA GFS forecast and the Canadian CMC forecasts.

The routing algorithm is also clever enough to avoid the land, right down to a 20m resolution level. So now you can can accurately see your optimal route for coastal cruising – for Comfort or for Speed.

Reduce Communication Costs

Whilst offshore, getting access to the internet is expensive with satellite communications, and file sizes are limited with SSB radio data services. PredictWind has the ultimate solution for this problem –   Routing service via email.  The same weather routing package is available via email. Simply email your start and end destination waypoints, and the PredictWind server will email back the optimal route for both forecasts. The file size is minimal, and so will be your communication costs!

Departure Planning

What is the best day for depart on your next coastal passage? Watch the video on Departure Planning. You will be spanning different weather patterns, and this powerful tool will quickly summarize the wind conditions you will receive if you left on Day1, Day2, Day3, or Day4. This tool will save you hours in your planning. Simply drag the start and destination waypoints on the map, the weather routing algorithm will calculate the fastest route  (avoiding the land) and summarize the wind forecast data for the next 4 days of departure.

The Professional Package is recommended for offshore cruising in areas that have significant Ocean Currents, otherwise please select the Standard Package.

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Cruising Testimonials

Neil Schlossberg

I just installed the Iridium GO! a few days before taking off on our 28th trip to Fiji on our 48′ yacht Trumpeter.  Midway between Auckland and Savu Savu, Fiji we were sailing along brilliantly at a very nice 8 knots broad reaching in 22-24 kts.  It was my wife’s  watch and just on sunset and my time to go down for some sleep.  Normally in the “old days” I would have put another reef in just as most cruisers do for the night to avoid any fire drills while I was down.  It was just so nice I didn’t want to change anything!  The perfect tool was to get the immediate PredictWind  4 forecasts and see what was predicted for the rest of the evening.  The PWG/PWC/GFS/CMC all agreed that there should be no more wind above the 23 knots so we left the rig as it was.  It was one of the best sailing nights we have had in a very long time.  The wind settled down and stayed in the predicted range.  Without Predictwind and the GO! we never would have had the confidence to maximise that moment.

I graduated from the Satellite Communicator to the Iridium GO! and it was the best move we have ever done on our boat.  We were tracked by friends, we had great email abilities and SOS features that has raised the bar again on offshore safety.  With all that and the ability to get four accurate forecasts from Predictwind,  I just think every cruising vessel should have Predictwind and the GO!

    Swan 48 Trumpeter
    • Working professionally on yachts since 1972
    • USCG Merchant Officer since 1977
    • Private, Charter and delivery Captain since 1977
    • Cruising South Pacific since 1987 including 19 return trips New Zealand-Fiji, 2 return trips Australia-Fiji on Trumpeter
    • Numerous deliveries between Tahiti-New Zealand and Fiji-New Zealand

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PredictWind Offshore App

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The updated Offshore App from PredictWind is the ultimate tool for getting and viewing forecast information offshore.

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