A COUPLE OF weeks out from our preferred departure date we start watching the weather patterns. We use Metservice, Predictwind and Metvuw. We are looking for a nice southerly to carry us all the way up the coast and want to avoid arriving in Cook Strait with any kind of northerly or nor-west gale.
During the trip we obtain the weather forecast from the internet on our mobile phones and from broadcasts on VHF radio. We listen on channel 16 and then tune in to the relevant channel for the area. Weather broadcasts are made at 0533, 0733, 1333, 1733 and 2133. For this voyage we listen to the Conway and Cook forecasts and note the details in our log book.