Por Dos

Family cruising in a Catamaran

16 December 2017 | Brisbane
04 November 2015 | Brisbane, Australia
30 October 2015 | Isle de Pines, Noumea, New Caledonia
08 October 2015 | Tanna, Vanuatu
01 October 2015 | Viti Levu, Mololo, Fiji
21 September 2015 | Namena, Musket Cove Malolo, Vuda Point Viti Levu, Fiji
12 September 2015 | Vanua Levu and Taveuni, Fiji
02 September 2015 | Tonga
13 August 2015 | Suwarrow, Cook Islands
25 July 2015 | Tahaa, Bora Bora and Maupiti French Polynesia
17 June 2015 | Tahiti & Moorea, French Polynesia
16 June 2015 | Fakarava, Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia
06 June 2015 | Tahanea, Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia
01 June 2015 | Raiatea, Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia
28 May 2015 | Taiohae Bay, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
12 May 2015 | Taiohae Bay, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
26 April 2015 | Academy Bay, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Islas Galapagos, Ecuador
13 April 2015 | Panama to Galapagos
07 April 2015 | Balboa, Panama
31 March 2015 | Colon, Panama

Weather Routing

06 April 2013 | Luperon, Dominican Republic
Mark Morwood
Weather routing for passages sure has changed since Marta and I last went cruising from 1996 to 1998. Then while planning for a passage we would listent to the High Seas forecast on the SSB, go to the port captains office to see if they had the latest weather faxes (72hr forecast maps), occasionally try to download weather faxes ourself on the SSB radio but it almost never worked, and check in with Herb Hilgenberg a volunteer forecaster in Canada who provides individual forecasts 364 days a year to boats all over the Atlantic and in to the Pacific.

Now days we can do all of the above, but we also have a lot of new tools. In most ports we have access to wifi of some sort, so can access the internet and all its resources. We can pick up the weather charts, but we can also download the forecast data for the next 8 days in GRIB files that our navigation software can display. A good resource on the web for viewing grib files is Passage Weather. To see where we are currently on passage weather select West Indies>Bermuda to West Indies from the home page.

As well as viewing the data on the web we can download it to applications on our laptops and iPad. Weather4D, one of the apps we use to view the weather on the iPad will also overlay our boats forecast path, as well as even calculating the "optimum" path using our boats performance data. I've uploaded a screen capture of it showing the forecast for our upcoming trip to Bermuda. The red boat is following the route I gave it, and the green boat is the software's suggestion for a faster route.

Vessel Name: S/V Por Dos
Vessel Make/Model: Catana 48
Hailing Port: Salem, MA
Crew: Mark, Marta, Alec & Roan
S/V Por Dos's Photos - Main
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Who: Mark, Marta, Alec & Roan
Port: Salem, MA
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