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    After several years of anxiously waiting I will finally be getting my new Hewescraft Ocean Pro soon. I would like to know the best/most accurate source for obtaining current sea conditions and forecasts when deciding if it is safe to go out on the water. I will primarily be going out of Whittier and also Seward. I was told by a friend that the NOAA website used to be the "go to" source, but they recently changed their website and it was no longer very user friendly...?? Anyway, I'd truly appreciate any advice ya'll have on the best source of weather and sea information. Thanks!

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    The old one still works - http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/data/Foreca...AK51.PAFC.html
    The new one is annoying at best - http://www.weather.gov/afc/?fcst=FZAK51PAFC
    They haven't messed up the VHF weather report yet.

    This one is pretty useful - https://www.windyty.com/60.530/-146....615,-147.745,9 once you get in it, change the view to wave height an click around on the path you plan to take.

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    Another is Bouyweather.com that is a paid subscription site and seems to be even more spot on than the noaa site. Obviously the VHF weather is important once out. Just a couple weeks ago we were out at montague and when we'd headed out nothing even slightly bad was forecast besides being as wet as the fish we were going for. We anchored up in a protected cove one of the nights and about midnight the wind started blowing 50+ and we were dragging anchor all over and it was raining so hard we could barely see past the bow with the lights on. Talk about pucker factor and making diamonds...

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    Here's the link to the easy to read NOAA page.
    http://forecast.weather.gov/product....n=1&glossary=1

    You can get to it by going to: http://www.weather.gov/afc/
    Click the "Forecasts" from the drop down menu, second to last is "Latest Text Forecasts", Go to Marine, on the far right select your region.

    New site is annoying but it also gives point forecasts, if you click on the map it will give you a more specific forecast to that area, so clicking out by Montague will give you a different forcast than back by Culross.

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    I use an app called OutCast.. It's really easy to work with and gives you tides, buoy station, etc... Excellent app in my opinion


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    I agree with spyguy386! Outcast is a great, free app!

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    I downloaded the OutCast app last night...it is awesome!!! Thank you, Spyguy386!

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    Alaska Ocean Observation System has been good to me... works with a buoy and ocean data, along with webcams and weather stations. I use it for trip planning and realtime data for both on the water trips and inland trips.

    http://data.aoos.org/maps/sensors/#

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    Agree completely.....


    Quote Originally Posted by spyguy386 View Post
    I use an app called OutCast.. It's really easy to work with and gives you tides, buoy station, etc... Excellent app in my opinion


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    Quote Originally Posted by fatbacks View Post
    Alaska Ocean Observation System has been good to me... works with a buoy and ocean data, along with webcams and weather stations. I use it for trip planning and realtime data for both on the water trips and inland trips.

    http://data.aoos.org/maps/sensors/#
    That is a really cool site for checking buoy observations and you can get really detailed info from the buoys if you click on some of the links after clicking on a buoy. I also like Windyty and Wundermap for general weather and winds and balance those forecasts with the Noaa ones.

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