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Yesterday morning we topped off Dirona’s fuel tanks, put on the storm
plates, and locked down the outside furniture. We just cast off from Jack London
Square in Oakland and are underway for Hilo, Hawaii.
You can track the voyage on
the real-time plot at
monitoring weather conditions for a couple of weeks (via the NOAA Ocean Prediction
Center, the US
Navy Forecast Models, and
GRIB data downloaded into our
chartplotter program, MaxSea). It looks like we'll have
pretty decent conditions for the run. The video below shows a visualization of
our route in MaxSea through modelled weather conditions using downloaded GRIB data. The GRIB data
includes model wind speed, barometric pressure, and wave height, period and
direction. The green areas are 5-8' seas, yellow is 9-11', and orange is 12-17'
seas. The model shows 5-8' seas for most of the route, with a few points at 10'.
And where we do see larger waves, the wave period is 10-11 seconds. Weather data
isn't really accurate much beyond five days, so conditions could deteriorate,
but so far it looks good.
The decision to spend a few weeks in San Francisco before crossing
to Hawaii worked out very well. We'll skip some of the nastier weather that we've been
watching hit the northwest coast of Washington state these past few weeks, and we had a great time
exploring the Bay area. Below are some of what we've seen, and you
also can display these on the
Our cruising guide, Waggoner sister publication
Cruising the Secret Coast, is available
at local bookstores and online. Click book image for details.