One of my pre trip advisors is NOAA. The site has an hourly prediction of temps, wind and possible precip. where I would like to yak.http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.ph ... =graphical
According to NOAH kayaking in my immediate neighborhood should be great this afternoon.
If you have tidal impact, there is another service to help you plan on tidal events.
Again this afternoon in my area, tidal impact planning will help to insure that you have the odds for you re a good trip in areas where the tide can have an impact.http://gofishingforum.net/tide.pl?locat ... n=122.2800
Next is the ability of your yak to handle waves and wind.
Our oasis with the AMAs is very stable with two of us in the Oasis, and we can handle winds up to 10-12 mph and their local waves.
My Freedom Hawk 12 is a fun little yak in protected areas from the wind and waves, and it would be dangerous to go into situations/areas where the Oasis
My Freedom Hawk Pathinder with its Stabilizers appears to be more steady than the Oasis if I get caught in more weather than I planned on.
Last, but not least is the biggest variable in yakking, us.
My physical endurance at this time of the year is minimal compared to the end of October due to lack of yakking and sometimes even walking due to the weather. So a 2-3 hour trip at this time is all that I plan. So I need to plan my halfway times/points re when to turn back to the barn. This can be made easier by taking advantage of predicted winds if they are behind you and tidal movements.
Our physical endurance is often controlled by our level of hydration. The lower our level of hydration is, the lower our physical and often mental endurance is.
I went out during a short window of opportunity a couple days ago and quickly realized I should have stayed home.
Sometimes the urge to get on the water is not always the best thing. I knew it was time to head in when I didn't feel confident enough to reach behind me to stow my rod for fear of flipping.
Hope you find this informational and use it......Know your limits