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bluewaterpirate posted 09-16-2011 09:15 AM ET (US)   Profile for bluewaterpirate   Send Email to bluewaterpirate  
tmann45 .....

I regards to your question about XM Weather prompted by this video.

The answer is yes, our XM Weather display on our Garmin 740 helped us make good sound safe decisions based on realtime weather data.

The weather forecast for that day made no mention of TS but as usual you have to expect the unexpected when fishing offshore. We started seeing the line of TS forming over the beach around 3PM. We had planned to fish late into the afternoon because of the moon phase. As we started in we heard a radio request on 16 for assistance, a boat near our location was having engine trouble. We arrived at his location around 4PM he was inshore of our us. By the time he got his engines running the weather inshore of us deteriated to point it wasn't safe to head for the inlet. The TS line had moved off the beach but wasn't really heading offshore. We and our new friends decided it was better to wait and watch. Sure enough around 6:30PM we were able to see the storms were moderating (XM NEXRAD radar) and made a decision to head home. As it got dark the light show was spectacular to the least.

Bottomline if we had continued home when we first started we would have beat the storms but because of our unplanned deviation from our trip home our XM Weather display was invaluable to us in regards to the safe movement of our Whaler. Our XM Weather subscription is worth it's weight in gold.


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