We have found access to the internet relatively easy
everywhere we have been so far. Internet cafes are everywhere and wireless internet
is usually available
onboard in the marinas and (occasionally) out at anchor, however, most cruisers we met found that an
aerial was required to benefit from this service.
The internet is a fantastic source of weather info and we
have listed the links we tend to use frequently.
Major American site - click
here for surface
charts up to 96 hr ahead for both West (10E-45W NW Atlantic) and East Atlantic
(45W-85W NW Atlantic). Note: the same page gives useful wind wave forecasts and
also satellite images for the whole North Atlantic -as given above.
Text forecasts and weather discussions are also available
online. We use:
This is a German
website and it covers up to five days ahead for all the major oceans of the
world. From the top area of the linked page you need to select the oceanic
area - currently Sud Amerika and then pick the number of
hours forward that you wish to view. The graphic then provides wind and wave
This covers up to 48
hours ahead. It is similar to the German site referred to above but gives a
slightly better feel for the location of the High and Low pressure areas.
Also available are
+36hr. This site also
2006 hurricane and tropical storm information. If you want to have a
look back to previous years or other ocean areas click
Covers about 36 hours. You may need Broadband to benefit
fully from the available animations. The main link goes directly to synoptics
(frontes) but you can then also select winds
(ventes) and from there get wave heights
These charts cover
Western Europe very well and give forecasts up to five days ahead. Alternatively follow an
animated version at
- broadband recommended. John had slight troubles with this site getting
the charts so his trick is press the link go to the site, click the back
button then click the forward button.