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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 8:02 am 
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I’m looking for some help finding wind. There is nothing worse than driving 2 hours to sit in a lake with no wind. I have found several online programs giving me wind forecasts. My question is on a TI what wind speed should I be looking for? What is the window, how much wind is too much or too little to sail in?

Also when out in a TI or AI, if you get into a storm is the boat grounded or are you one big lightning rod?

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Jim B


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 4:46 pm 
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That is the beauty of a Hobie Island... you can use the boat in zero wind to higher wind speeds. Hard for me to advise using the boat in conditions that exceed the local small craft advisory levels (they do vary by region and body of water type).

The problem with wind is that it can vary greatly by location on the same body of water. Shoreline angles or hills / mountains can bend, decrease or increase wind. You can only get an approximate speed from a local station.

I like weather underground. They have good readings and lots of history data for many areas.

http://www.wunderground.com/

or

http://www.windfinder.com/

Also... this graphic can help you see speed and directional changes in areas: http://hint.fm/wind/

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 5:07 pm 
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Where do I find out about small craft advisory levels?


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:57 am 
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US Coast Guard or your local marina should know.

http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2009/10/small-craft-advisories-and-boating-safety/

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 10:50 am 
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Windfinder.com can be tailored to give information for a specific area or lake. It's fairly accurate from what I've seen of it these past couple years.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 12:36 am 
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There is nothing better than the windalert app


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 4:35 am 
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I use willy weather app. Great predictive quality.


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