all been there: A nice pleasant day cruise on a Saturday afternoon,
favorite beverage in one hand, helm in the other, with our favorite
tropical tunes playing on the stereo. Suddenly, out of nowhere, the sky
turns dark, the water turns darker still, and the seat cushions are
starting to blow out of the cockpit. "Where did that squall come from?"
everyone asks. Well, the same place as always - from behind the tree
they were hiding behind.
With modern technology, the surprise squall can be a thing of the past.
Of course, RADAR has been around for decades, and works very well at
identifying storm cells and other objects. However, RADAR lacks the
ability to see into the future and forecast the weather patterns.
Welcome to the age of Satellite Weather. With
satellite weather data systems, you can have your cake and eat it, too.
For as little as $9.95 USD per month, you can subscribe to a satellite
weather service and receive detailed weather charts right on your
chartplotter. Since the weather charts are overlaid right on your
navigation charts, there is never a question about whether your
intended route is being affected by severe weather conditions.
To add icing to your cake, many satellite weather data systems from
Furuno, Garmin, Northstar, Raymarine, Simrad and more are capable of
receiving satellite radio signals as well. You no longer have to bring
along a stack of CDs or remember to load your MP3 player. Satellite
radio has it all!
Whether you are cruising offshore or fishing on an inland lake, a satellite
weather data system can be a great addition to your boat. The peace of mind -
and the pleasant satellite radio music - make boating more enjoyable.