Pantaenius Perk

March 21, 2018

Picture:  Gavin Ashworth

Take Advantage of New Marine Weather Features

Pantaenius America clients receive a 2-month trial of SiriusXM Marine Weather and a $100 rebate on new hardware. For more information, visit www.siriusxm.com/pantaenius

Boating is more affected by weather than almost any other recreational activity. Regardless of your purpose for boating—whether fishing, sailing, long-distance cruising, or just spending a day on the water—taking your boat out means monitoring the weather to ensure safe conditions. 

Traditionally, boaters listened to the marine weather on the VHF radio before departing, and would hope that the forecasters were correct in their predictions. Today, weather information available on smart phones and tablets has improved access to more detailed forecasts.

With an Internet connection or cellular service, the current weather information is readily available — however, once you’re beyond reach of those connections, you’re back to trusting that the conditions will remain as forecasted. 

SiriusXM saw this as an opportunity. What if they could use their satellite network capabilities to deliver weather information to boaters, even when they are hundreds of miles offshore? SiriusXM Marine is now in its twelfth year of service, and with the exception of high-cost VSAT broadband service or the limited information available over single sideband radio, has been reliably providing weather information and forecasts to boaters beyond the limits of any other source.

How it Works

SiriusXM has partnered with several reputable marine electronics companies, including Furuno, Garmin, Raymarine, and the Navico systems under the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands. Utilizing weather receivers and antennas from these companies and SiriusXM Marine Weather service, boaters can now access a wide variety of marine weather information, which is sent directly to a boat’s chartplotter or multi-function display screen. Details such as wind speed and direction, wave height and direction, radar, storm tracking and lightning activity are some of the elements recorded. Coastal marine forecasts from U.S. and Canadian weather agencies, sea-buoy reports, sea-surface temperatures and more — in other words, all the information a boater might need to make conscious weather-related decisions — is synthesized by SiriusXM Marine into packages delivered directly to your vessel’s onboard electronics.

Each marine electronics company designs their own interface, allowing boaters to use the familiar features within their own helm systems to access the weather information. While some of the electronics companies have enhanced the service with information unique to their systems, all provide the same data available from SiriusXM Marine.

By placing live animated radar loops directly on the vessel’s navigation screen, boaters can spot weather patterns moving in their direction relative to their position and have time to avoid or prepare for them. This information also includes storm-cell attributes that detail the speed and direction of individual storm cells within a larger system. Armed with this information you can make the best navigation plan to avoid the worst conditions even when you can’t completely avoid them. One of the most valuable features of SiriusXM Marine is the lightning report feature. By setting up a guard zone around the boat, a boater can be informed if lightning exists within a preset distance from the vessel.

Wind and wave information is displayed in graphic representations on the helm screen.  One can simultaneously view wind speed and direction with wave height, period and direction. You can see current conditions and in addition, scan ahead see how conditions will be changing as far as 48 hours.  This is extremely helpful when looking for a weather window to get to the next port. Weather buoy data is also available from all reporting buoys, giving boaters a picture of the real-time of conditions around them.

Oh, and that weather on the VHF radio mentioned earlier? It’s usually hard to understand and reports several areas before you hear about where you are. With SiriusXM marine, you can select your area on the chart and pull up the text of that radio broadcast allowing you to read it instead.

Precipitation, lightning, and marine zones with a warning area highlighted on a Garmin unit. 

Picture left: Precipitation, lightning, and marine zones with a warning area highlighted on a Garmin unit.

Picture right: Wind speed and direction on a Lowrance unit.

 

Picture left: Barometric pressure and weather front on a Furuno unit

Picture right: Sea Surface Temperature highlighting gulf stream on a Raymarine unit.

All That and Entertainment, Too

In addition to the weather data, the SiriusXM audio signal that many of us enjoy in our cars and homes is also available on the water. The same receiver that displays the weather can provide SiriusXM Entertainment when paired to a compatible audio system. Plus, if it’s paired to a weather subscription, you get a discount on the audio subscription. Alternatively, those that don’t require the weather data (or just want to listen to SiriusXM at Anchor), standalone marine audio systems are also available that can be subscribed to SiriusXM as well.

Tailored to Specific Needs

Not all boaters are dealing with the same bodies of water. To address this, SiriusXM Marine offers three separate packages: Marine Inland, which features the most important localized weather information for fresh water boaters; Marine Coastal, which includes any info you might need while cruising coastal waters, including the Great Lakes; and Marine Offshore, which is a comprehensive set of weather data for cruisers who are going farther afield. Subscriptions to the packages are flexible, they can be set up as monthly, quarterly, semiannual, annual and biennial. To meet the needs of seasonal boaters any of these plans can be suspended in the off season and there is no fee to restart when boating resumes. The customer care department is also staffed with personnel specifically knowledgeable in the marine industry. If your boating takes you out of range of mobile or land-based Internet connections, or if you want up-to-the minute, real-time weather data while out on the water, SiriusXM Marine may be your best solution.

For more information on SiriusXM Marine, visit www.siriusxm.com/sxmmarine