Guest Essay by Kip Hansen
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has some rather useful features on its web site.
One of these is the Tides and Currents which is part of its Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services. Having spent most of the current century living at sea, with my wife and occasionally a son or our daughter and granddaughter, on our venerable sailing catamaran, the Golden Dawn, cruising the eastern coast of the United States, the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos, Hispaniola, and the Spanish, U.S., and British Virgin Islands, I have made extensive use of its features.
For our purposes, the most used features were the predictions of the size and timing of tides in various places which often determined our sailing schedule to allow us to leave or arrive at various states of tides, often necessary to clear the bar to a harbor entrance…
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