PredictWind - Mobile App

Posted on 31/01/2020 by John Martin

There's more to PredictWind than the Offshore App!

Yes, for the cruising sailor on passage the predictWind Offshore app is King. With all the bells and whistles;- routing, tracking, satellite and iridium GO downloads and much more.

But you'd be surprised how few users of the Offshore App regularly use the PredictWind App. Yes, they are two different apps!

A wealth of Information.

At the end of a passage, hang up the Offshore app and give the PredictWind app a try. The amount of information is mind boggling! If you're already on a subscription then everything in the images below is already included. If you're just getting started with PredictWind then much of it is included free when you download the app, you'll just need to create a login and you're away. To see whats included free click HERE!

There's so much to this app it needs some time to absorb it, but here's a few of the highlights.

From the menu pics a location, then select Tables. Note the arrows on each line to either expand for more information or collapse to show less.

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In this instance I've selected to expand the wind speed to show all four models. The same applies to the other tabs except Moon and Tides.

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There's a bit of clever here. While the expanded view shows the four models PredictWind uses, the collapsed view is a "Smart, or Intelligent" average based on a PredictWind algorithm to show the most likely outcome. 

One of my favourites is the Observations tab. Yesterday we sailed from Waiheke to Kawau and used the "Observations" to great effect.

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For those that know the Hauraki Gulf, we tightened up passing the end of Motutapu in light winds so we could bear away at Tiri Tiri at the end of the Whangaparoa Peninsula where the tables showed a consistent 17kts and not have to reef. It was an awesome sail.

PredictWind's, Wind maps, with the new "Streaming" view are again a step up from any other provider on the market.

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It only takes a couple of seconds to download, then tap the play icon and the streaming for the whole week is flawless.

To check for any surprises I will usually check the Gust Map. (The Gust Map requires a basic subscription)

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Note the Gust to average wind in the callout box!

That's just a taste of what's on offer in the PredictWind app, Look for this icon PW app on the Apple App Store or Google Play.