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Old 02-14-2012, 07:53 AM
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Ok, I'm convinced that having such is a good thing and worth the extra dollars each month for offshore weather piece of mind. But I have no clue what these things do and/or are capable of. So to the users, what do you think of them now? What would you do differently? Would you buy again? Is radio also available and if so, worth the $$$'s? Can they be mounted inside? Any heads-up on details would be greatly appreciated.
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I've been using XM Weather since 2006 all I can say, "Is don't leave the dock without it." It's been worth every dollar I've spent on it ..... I fish year round so without a doubt it's in an environment that is fluid. XM has saved my backside on numerous ocassions and also let me stay things looked ominus. Yes, radar is great but I look at the weather subsciptions as great insurance another tool helping you as a captain mke good safe decisions based on accurate information.

I recently added Sirius Marine Weather when I installed my Simrad NSS8 I've been very impressed with the data plus it's $20 cheaper than XM. XM provides more data. With that said you just can't go wrong with either service. As to music it's up to you some prefer I-Pods some pay subscrptions. I prefer adding the music to my system.

XM/Garmin uses a GXM51 smart antenna, everything is contained in the antenna, so it doesn't require any blackboxes underneath. It works great uses N2k connectivity. Sirius/Ray/Simrad/Lowrance/Furuno use blackboxes and an independent antenna that also works great.

Here are my two installs ......

XM/Garmin



Sirius Simrad WM-2 blackbox (it is connected to an antenna just to the left of my GXM 51)






My Garmin 740 and Simrad NSS8 setup .....





Some screenshot comparisons ..... these are realtime screenshots taken in the same areas


XM Weather ......

NEXRAD













Eastern NC note the NOAA warning areas that XM plotted .... Sirius does the same thing.








Sirius ......









NOWRAD with SST info .....









Here's an example of how this helps you make good safe decisions ......


Last year we were the fishing the Big Rock area about 50 miles SE of Morehead City NC. We knew there was a chance of late afternoon TS so we left BR around 1pm. Weather inshore at that point was clear. About 10 miles inshore of BR we heard a call for assistance from another boat (engine trouble) so we deviated to help. Took the captain about 2 hours to resolve his issue but in that time a line of TS had formed just over the beach then moved about three miles south and just stalled. We could see that on our XM Weather display. We decided (the other boat and us) to move to R14 about 25 miles SE of MHC and hold to see what the storms would do. As it started to get dark we called the Coast Guard to let them know our location and what are plans were. The storms finally started moving to the east around 9PM so we beat feet for the barn. Sure we could have a tried to punch thru but based on what XM was showing it just didn't seem to be a prudent decision.


Here's what it look like as we approached MHC around 10:30pm. Lighting is impressive at night.

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Actual 740 screenshot of the event



If you have any questions I'd be glad to answer them.

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I have Sirrius weather on our Tiara Sovran here in Lake MI. The radar images etc are helpful to forecast a path a storm may be taking and avoid it however the buoy/wave height data is lacking due to the lack of weather buoys on Lake MI (we have 2, 1 mid lake off of Chicago and the other mid lake on the northern part of the lake). This will be a lot less of an issue down south where there are more buoys (better data). Secondly, the system takes a long time to "build" the data. Most of the time I have to turn on sat weather at least 20-30 mins prior to leaving in order for any of the sat data to appear on the screen. I use it a lot however prior to leaving I generally rely on my ipad or PC to help make the decision of whether to head out or not.

Hope this helps...

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I just looked at the website and pricing is 12.99 vs 29.99 for inland or mariner. I am guessing if you are off shore a lot you need mariner?
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Similar questions:
1) for 9.99 you get "Radar Summary", for 29.99 you get "High resolution Nextrad radar" I can see the nextrad in the above pics. What does Radar Summary look like?
2) is the marine weather price in addition to the normal XM satelite radio charges?
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I think the subscription includes music - I really think I am going to order this as my next upgrade
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XM here.. I just signed up for the sailor package yesterday (guy said it was the same as the fisherman package, but the fisherman "name" was being retired in favor of sailor).

i paid for the $29.99/mos which includes sea surface temperatures, wave heights, wind directions, etc.

i figured i'll use this more than i use my $40/mos gym membership (unfortunately), lol.

so.. i just signed up yesterday, so, i have no real feedback yet.. but.. subscribing to thread to gather input/feedback from others..

FWIW, I have a garmin 3210 with a GDL30 XM Module. I do NOT believe it includes audio. I could be wrong.

if anyone wants screen shots, let me know.
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Originally Posted by floffshore View Post
XM here.. I just signed up for the sailor package yesterday (guy said it was the same as the fisherman package, but the fisherman "name" was being retired in favor of sailor).

i paid for the $29.99/mos which includes sea surface temperatures, wave heights, wind directions, etc.

i figured i'll use this more than i use my $40/mos gym membership (unfortunately), lol.

so.. i just signed up yesterday, so, i have no real feedback yet.. but.. subscribing to thread to gather input/feedback from others..

FWIW, I have a garmin 3210 with a GDL30 XM Module. I do NOT believe it includes audio. I could be wrong.

if anyone wants screen shots, let me know.
After reading the Boating thread, I want to get weather for my boat. Have a 3210 and a backup 478 - both are weather capable. Fish the Mid-Atlantic ocean up to 80 miles offshore. Can I get weather for 4 months? If I get it for the 478, would it work and be helpful in the car also?

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The weather is a great safety addition. I have Sirius on my E120 Classic and I use it all the time.

The down-side is the subscription cost. They will negotiate on the rates when using the magic word, "CANCEL".
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Originally Posted by wingless View Post
The weather is a great safety addition. I have Sirius on my E120 Classic and I use it all the time.

The down-side is the subscription cost. They will negotiate on the rates when using the magic word, "CANCEL".
If I get this I will be into them for like 60 bucks per month between cars, and boat.....
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Originally Posted by Danny33486 View Post
If I get this I will be into them for like 60 bucks per month between cars, and boat.....
Try the C word for all three...

My three subscriptions are now a good rate, but longer term.
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Originally Posted by wingless View Post
Try the C word for all three...

My three subscriptions are now a good rate, but longer term.
Thanks for the heads up. I dont mind long term I like the product. I think I'll give them a call over in India tomorrow....
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Originally Posted by floffshore View Post
XM here.. I just signed up for the sailor package yesterday (guy said it was the same as the fisherman package, but the fisherman "name" was being retired in favor of sailor).

i paid for the $29.99/mos which includes sea surface temperatures, wave heights, wind directions, etc.

i figured i'll use this more than i use my $40/mos gym membership (unfortunately), lol.

so.. i just signed up yesterday, so, i have no real feedback yet.. but.. subscribing to thread to gather input/feedback from others..

FWIW, I have a garmin 3210 with a GDL30 XM Module. I do NOT believe it includes audio. I could be wrong.

if anyone wants screen shots, let me know.
The GDL30A does include an audio receiver. You actually have two radio IDs, one for audio, one for weather. I think audio is about $12/mo in addition to the weather subscription. I use mine all the time. Has saved getting "wet" several times by timing departures to avoid storm cells.
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I've got XM on my Garmin using the GXM 51. I got the $29.95 package and am happy with it. Once you pay the initial start up costs, you can suspend the subscription any time and restart without paying initiation costs again. For example, I turn service back on in April and turn it off in November. Works for me.

No music included but can be added. If you are thinking about the GDL40, it uses cell phone towers so no offshore service.
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I have Sirius for my old C120. Its OK, but not great. I've upgraded the software, but it still takes a while to get going when I first turn it on. There's no chart data on the radar screen like there is in the pictures above. I'm in the NE, and the marine forecast service is very spotty. I often get the dreaded "No reports for this area" message.

The biggest pain in the ass is dealing with Sirius to get the service either re-activated or turned off. One year they continued to charge me for 3 months after I had them turn it off. For the first time in my life I literally screamed at a customer service rep after my 4th 30 minute phone call with them.
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I love the XMsirius weather. To me it just adds a bigger picture to look at far outside the range or your radar. Another feature that i like is that you can also get the current buoy data.
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Really like the directional thing shown on the XM screen shots. Very cool. Is it feasible to just use the XM service during the summer months when thunder storms can jump out of nowhere and then stop paying/using the rest of the year..or rather is there a minimum number of months?
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I have the Mariner package as well.... I feel its great to have, and I use it every trip... One other thing too is that you can suspend your account when your boat is out of the water, so that can save you a few months of payments. Once you have it, you will love it. Great tech...
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I checked out the display at the Miami Boat Show yesterday. Very cool, and Lowrance just lowered the price of the Receiver to 99 bucks with a 99 dollar rebate from sirius.. so kind of a no brainer to buy it.
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Here's a few screenshots (SS) of Saturdays action in the GOM ...... The SS are realtime of the same system.

XM Weather ......















Sirius Weather .....












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