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Gwarn



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:19 am    Post subject: New Sensors in the bay Reply with quote

Mike Godsey wrote--- And last week we started working on a Nav. Aid based sensor location that will provide fantastic for sailors from TI, to the Olympic Circle to Pt. Isabel.

Does anybody know what this is about and which buoy or buoys it will be on?
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windfind



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Gwarn,

By "starting working" on a sensor means we are just looking at the physical feasibility of a sensor on a given nav. aid and if the location is useful given the overall wind patterns.

Once we have done that we begin the long unbelievably tedious process of convincing all relevant DOD departments and the CG that this location would provide vital information for the public and for their operations while also getting the local CG to support the location. Weatherflow has seen this process take from 6 months to several years.

Assuming we get all the necessary approvals we then have to charter a suitable work boat than can work around rusty metal posts. And then schedule for the perfect day & time when there is no wind, no current and decent weather. Then see if our sensor crew is available to fly to the Bay Area to do the install. Obviously getting all of these variables aligned takes time.

At present we are looking a several possible locations in the area you see in the image. The location has to be on a day marker since a buoy obviously would not work. We would like a location that would provide information for the Treasure Island crew, the Bulb/Albany/Golden Gate Fields launch, Olympic Circle yachtsmen, ships in the S.F. Vessel Traffic Services Area anchorage and most importantly CG Search and Rescue.

We are especially interested in a site that will give an early warning of the change in the curving of the winds from more W to more SW that causes the abrupt fades and impacts Vessel Traffic Area and SAR missions.
I will keep you informed.

Let me know if you have any opinions about the perfect fixed Nav. Aid to meet the needs above.

Mike Godsey
iwindsurf.com/ikitesurf.com
Weatheflow.com



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