By Ben Ellison
WeatherWave is a powerful cellphone service offering even more NOAA weather than a VHF radio, but you only have to listen to the exact bits you want. And it works on any phone because it delivers via voice rather than text and/or graphics. The initial Web setup is a bit complex, but that’s largely because you get full control over the specific advisories, warnings, etc. you want to receive, plus the default buoys and regions you want to query, and well-thought-out niceties like blackout periods. Once subscribed, you’ll get alerts—just moments after NOAA issues them—about weather affecting up to six different towns and marine areas. You’ll also be able to dial up three favorite buoys (or forecasts) with just a few key taps or almost any NOAA info via a prompt menu. A subscription is $49 a year, plus about 16 cents a minute, but organizations like the Sea Ray Owners Club have established group plans.
WeatherWave ( (703) 689-3535. www.weatherwave.com.
This article originally appeared in the April 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.