I bought a sailing dinghy.
For wind forecasts, I used to go on:
- walking down to the beach and seeing if it was windy. Rather too immediate – not really a forecast, per se. Right?
- the New Zealand MetService recreational marine forecast: A chatterbox compared to the BBC Radio shipping forecast but a little unimaginative.
- the feeling in my Viking bones.
The lady who sold me my dinghy recommended predictwind.com (also Android and iOS phone apps). Its been good so far.
I am just using the free version. I just get wind, but the paid version(s) look kind of cool.
Weathering routing intriguing: the best route from A to B, using predicted winds. That’s part of the paid product though and without ownership of an ocean-going yacht, it would put me in real armchair weatherman territory.