Tough questions to answer since ship are not required to send reports and many don't bother or only do it sporadically. The information is gathered by the VOS (Volunteer Observing Ship Program) This web site has some information: https://www.vos.noaa.gov
Unfortunately, you can not just look at the wind reports without looking at the reporting time since they may be too old to use.
Still, it is a useful forecasting tool.
Funny, years ago I only had my window and primitive models that could barely resolve the entire Bay Area. Now I have models down to 1 km resolution, dozens of cams and great satellite imagery etc. If only we had the old Bay Area summer weather the forecast accuracy would be amazing. But now every year brings on new patterns to figure out. Like... eddies in April!!!!
It is like being an archer and every time you begin to make more bullseyes the gods make the target smaller and smaller!
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