How to Import GRIB files into TIMEZERO

2If you are sailing in the Mediterranean or anywhere else for that matter that is isolated from other oceans, you may be interested in using free (or subscription) weather forecast services from local weather services. These files come in the form of GRIB files just like the ones inside TIMEZERO. For local areas, sometimes it can be useful to get a local perspective on the weather. While TIMEZERO provides a highly accurate weather forecast service, it does so on a global scale and so it could be worth your while to compare the two.

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3 conseils pour éviter la panne sèche !

tank gaugeL’une des situations critiques les plus communes en navigation est la panne sèche imprévue ! Vous est-il déjà arrivé de voir la jauge du réservoir au plus bas lorsque l’équipage est à l’avant du bateau puis remonter tandis qu’un chargement est déposé à l’arrière ? La répartition des masses sur le bateau n’est pas le seul facteur biaisant l’évaluation des réserves de carburant. Comment ça marche ?

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Interview with Ian Thomson, TIMEZERO Ambassador and founder of Ocean Crusaders.

One of our longstanding TIMEZERO Ambassador, Ian Thomson recently got in touch to talk about the new software and let us know what he thinks about the new TZ Navigator v3.

thommo-steering660Ian Thomson runs the charity Ocean Crusaders. While we won’t go into detail about the concept behind Ocean Crusaders, you can pretty much get the picture from the title. His crusade tries to save the holy land which in this case is actually water and not land but it still makes sense. One could even deduce that Ian is actually a knight of the sea, although I’m not sure that title is officially recognized. Does his boat have a round table? Perhaps a question for a another time. Is TZ Navigator v3 the key to the quest to find the Holy Grail? Perhaps, but what we really wanted to find out was about how he uses TIMEZERO software.

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Service gratuit Active Captain dans TIMEZERO

Aujourd’hui pour choisir un bon restaurant la majorité des gens vont consulter les avis et commentaires disponibles sur internet. Alors pourquoi ne pas faire la même chose pour les zones portuaires ?

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Active Captain est un outil communautaire spécialement dédié aux plaisanciers. Cette application web ou wiki permet la création, la modification et l’illustration collaboratives de données d’informations spécialement développées par et pour ceux qui naviguent. Les utilisateurs d’Active Captain peuvent ajouter du contenu et laisser leurs propres commentaires. De même qu’un système de notation simple permet d’évaluer la fiabilité de l’information relayée.

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Christmas present ideas: Our top 5 across the board PC tablets for running TIMEZERO

Have you ever considered getting a PC tablet to run your navigation software on? If you have thought about updating your PC setup for the holidays, then perhaps this could be of help!getac_f110

The new technologies available for PCs can be at times overwhelming with touchscreen options being separated out into categories such as: touch-screen tablets, convertible PCs, light PCs, hybrids and more.

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Retour sur la Transat Québec – Saint-Malo édition 2016

Les rives de Québec et de Lévis offrent un point de vue spectaculaire pour le départ de course au large. Aucune autre course propose d’admirer des bateaux de compétitions dans un tel cadre naturel. En effet, durant la première journée le public peut se déplacer le long du rivage et suivre la progression de la flotte avant qu’elle n’atteigne l’Atlantique Nord.

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How do Tidal Currents affect my sailing?

Tidal currents ebb and flow with the tide. The movement of the tide near the shoreline going up at high tide and dropping down at low tide create tidal currents. So like the tide, tidal currents are affected by the Earth, sun and the moon. Of course, we tend to only talk about the moon affecting the tide which is mainly because, as it is closer, it exerts a greater force. Tidal currents will also increase and decrease depending on the phase of the moon. When it is a full moon or a new phase, currents will be strongest (spring currents), whereas when the moon is at 1st or 3rd quarter phases, currents will be weakest (neap currents).

Tidal currents are strongest in areas with strong tides. Certain areas have bigger tidal currents than others. Those sailing around the English Channel would of course need to know about these currents, whereas someone sailing in the Mediterranean would not be severely affected. Inside the TZ Navigator v3 and TZ Professional v3 UI you can easily display the direction of currents and by clicking on individual currents, you can find the speed and direction which change with the tide.

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