Weather or Not


Power & Motor Yacht - - BOATERS-U -

Many blue­wa­ter cruis­ers have used a weather router at one point or an­other to plan itin­er­ar­ies, es­pe­cially to places they’ve never been. But whether you’re cruis­ing to Cape Horn or just zip­ping around your lo­cal wa­ter­ways, wouldn’t it be nice to think like a weather router? To that end, the AIM Ma­rine Group has part­nered with Florida’s Ma­rine Weather Cen­ter to pro­duce a new two-part on­line ed­u­ca­tion course for Boater’s Univer­sity.

The course is hosted by Chris Parker, a life­long boater and weather fore­caster who has spent the last 15 years pro­vid­ing rout­ing ad­vice for ves­sels in the Ba­hamas, Caribbean and the Pa­cific. “I help peo­ple get to their des­ti­na­tions safely and in con­di­tions they’re com­fort­able with,” says Parker, who has ad­vised phys­i­cally disabled sailors, par­ents cruis­ing with young chil­dren, se­ri­ous rac­ers, de­liv­ery crews, fish­ing ves­sels, tug boats and more. “While I may sug­gest you con­sider sail­ing a spe­cific route for the most fa­vor­able con­di­tions, my rout­ing ad­vice goes way be­yond that. I try to con­sider the unique needs of each client.”

The first seg­ment in this course is “Weather 101 Basics,” which is de­signed for boaters who want to gain a deeper un­der­stand­ing of how and why dif­fer­ent weather for­ma­tions oc­cur. There are also tips on how to find and use the best weather fore­cast­ing re­sources avail­able. The sec­ond seg­ment, “Weather 202 Ad­vanced,” will be re­leased later this year. Says Parker, “To­gether, th­ese cour­ses can help boat own­ers think more like weather routers and make good de­ci­sions on board.”

For a $25 dis­count, use promo code Weather VIP at check­out. boater­suni­ver­

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