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Old 02-20-2013, 06:14 PM   #1
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Default SST? What's the best?

What is the best or most favored SST site? I'm looking to subscribe to one, just a bunch out there and them all seem alike.

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Old 02-20-2013, 06:30 PM   #2
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Ok, you hooked me... WTF is an SST site??
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Old 02-20-2013, 06:44 PM   #3
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sea surface temp......as far as free ones go I like rutgers
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:42 PM   #4
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I Havnt seen the rudgers site I looked at ripcharts.com, terrafin and roffers. Ripchart was the cheapest, and they all seem the same.
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Premium services are roffers and oss. Both of these spend a lot of time aligning the charts so the breaks you see are where the charts show them. A lot of cheaper services get it wrong, and the chart images can be off by miles. Both will give you on the water assistance if you have to leave without current nfo. Both give you feedback and reports from other subscribers.

Mid tier include terrafin, oceantemp, hiltons, etc. Good features, reasonably priced. Most suffer from accuracy issues, but are good for monitoring trends on a daily basis.

Then there are the free sites like rutgers coolroom. Large errors in position,no effort to screen out haze/fog errors. No plotting features. Free.
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Roffs is great because the work is done for you. My favorite is the Blue Water Super Map on Rhodeisland-offshore.com. It's the easiest to use and has all the tools needed to plan the trip. Goes way beyond SST. Good training too.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:06 PM   #7
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Roffs is great because the work is done for you. My favorite is the Blue Water Super Map on Rhodeisland-offshore.com. It's the easiest to use and has all the tools needed to plan the trip. Goes way beyond SST. Good training too.
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Roffs is great because the work is done for you. My favorite is the Blue Water Super Map on Rhodeisland-offshore.com. It's the easiest to use and has all the tools needed to plan the trip. Goes way beyond SST. Good training too.
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:32 PM   #9
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Ck out SST online

There apps are great

And there charts are top notch, the owner is obsessed with getting a show every time possible
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I have always used Captain Lens Offshore Satellite Services, I have used it for many years on my personal boat and have a lot of clients that are happy with the services also.
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Old 02-23-2013, 05:03 AM   #11
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Thanks for all the input. I got some services to check out.

My next question is how do you guys use it? I'm kinda thinking of getting an iPad with 3G or 4g service and using a SST site that has a compatible app. My thought is I can take the iPad out with me and get as close to real time, current and accurate info.

Is this a usual way to do it or is it just as easy to review the info before I head out for the day? Trying get the best bang for the buck.

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There is no such thing as real time with sat imagery. The birds are only overhead a couple of times a day and they are downloading images taken on earlier passes. Then the images need to be processed and put up on a website.

There may not even be a cloud free image for days at a time, although altimeter can help here.

Anyway, your are always using old data. It's like duck hunting. You don't shoot where they are, but where they will be.

I just print them put and take hardcopy. I also load GPS numbers of where I want to start the hunt. Sometimes you have to find the break through guesswork and luck.
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send the admin of rhodeisland offshore an email. He is on this board and im surprised he hasnt chimed in. His knowledge will blow you away.
I think his name is ubetcha13
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I've used several of the above mentioned SST services over many offshore years and they all have their good points to be weighed against costs for individual needs. For some years now Oceantemp.com has been the one I have subscribed to here in the NE and feel the included features have good value for the reasonable cost ( & they have an annual $20 discount down to $119/( whole yr unlimited individual use) on Super Bowl weekend. ) They have good SST and now include chlorophyl charts , nice clear zooming and directional scrolling-around, user-click-addable WP & vector routing on the printable charts with cursor auto-pop-up L/L positioning and range , bearing and temp (depth?) at any cursor point, autochart-archiving with chart scrolling for trend-viewing.

And it now has a new interface also suitable for mobile (cell, pad, etc. ) use.

Oceantemp doesn't offer the fish forecasts and available captain reports of say the much more expensive excellent Roff's and to some extent OSS, but if you aren't chartering or otherwise commercial for near daily trips, those very nice extras may not be cost efficient enough to choose over other feature-rich SST sources like Oceantemp which you might find worth checking out.

With any SST service , subscription, pay per use or free like Rutgers, at least here in the NE you will find a LOT of days or even long periods when usable SST charts are not available due to obscuring clouds incl fog & precip.) They all use the same satellites I believe.

Some fisherman ignore temp charts altogether , some want bells but not all the whistles, some need it ALL. Just individual preferences.
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I'm the admin of RI-offshore. send me a pm and I will set you up with some tutorial videos on what data does what and how to use other data to plan your trip.
We have raw images as well as the composite shots. The differences are one is actual on that bird's flyby. It will give you the time and date of the shot. This will show you tidal and wind effects of the area if you blow it up far enough and use the tidal forcast as well as the reefcast predictions (daily). We also have the composite shots which are a prediction not actual data like the other sites mentioned. if you need a pretty picture this is the shot for you however that composite is why you run to the "numbers and the water isn't quite there I never use the composite shots I use the other data to correlate what is actually happening.
Once you see the water setting up the reefcast tidal forecast and solunar forcast. Now you have the wind's influence the tidal flow direction(most important imho) and the solunar forcast for the day's major and minor feeding times.
Lastly get a logbook and use it. The palest ink will keep the record straighter than the fondest memory

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