Every single good boater knows that exploring the weather before you go boating is the foremost basic safety precaution you can take. Having some high technical marine electronics on panel helps a lot too. You should always hold a radio (and some spare batteries) that can pick up live passes from the national and international weather feeds such as NOAA and Sirius XM radio weather, and keep the radio started up and tuned in. GLM aftermarket OMC V8 Ford Manifolds
Using a radio that receives weather feeds is a great start, if you radio prevents working for any reason, it’s good to find out how to watch for symptoms of impending bad weather using current local conditions like wind direction, cloud formations, atmospheric pressure and temperature. There are lots of devices showcasing state of the skill marine electronics that can help you determine whether to head back to land when the wind flow picks up.
An electric marine weather station, including the Davis 6162 Vantage Pro2 Plus uses solar rays sensors and can transfer weather data to other vessels within an one thousand foot range. To pick up the indicators, a wireless receiver is available too from Davis.
Lightning is one of the worst hazards that can strike mariners, and boats on the available sea tend to be high risk strike zones. Be sure friends and family know where you are going and if possible keep GPS DEVICE capable marine electronics aboard so you can give people a precise x-y reading if you unexpectedly face dangerous weather.
If there is a thunderstorm arriving and you are acquiring static on your ARE radio, or your masthead commences to glow, these are signs you may well be in for a serious super threat. If there are less than 30 secs between thunder and super, the lightning is close enough to hit you.
Sophisticated marine electronics can monitor current weather conditions. A weather station including the WeatherLink series by Davis, is fairly priced, selling for around $165 and lets you create weather watch reports or assimilate to your PC for creating graphs and summaries. The Simrad GB40-15 Cup Bridge System is a high end computerized sea navigation system featuring a variety of integrated electronic digital capabilities, including cartography, an echo sounder, an entertainment system and more. The Simrad Glass Bridge is integrated with the Sirius Radio weather station for real-time satellite weather which is then overlaid on to the Glass Bridge screen. It retails for about $5000.
Hobbyist boaters considering keeping the wind in their sales, might consider an electric wind speed sign, including the Davis Turbo M Electronic Wind Speed Indication, a pocket-sized marine tool that will tell you in knots, feet or meters per minute just how fast the wind is blowing in your sails.