Tides are a real dangerous condition of
"Reef-Crawling" here in Belize. We
never have enough water -- and my old boat (Ray's old
boat) -- needs at
least 3 ft so the keel don't rub reef heads!

Actually -- less if you consider wave action.

This last trip out was something else!

Never saw such low tides!! And it left us with a
permanent gut feeling --
expecting to hear "crunch" as we "sailed" the
channels.

Well, it did not happen -- and we came back with our
keel in one piece --
no new nicks. (But you should see all the "chunks"
knocked out -- and
repaired -- from when Ray ran this boat!!) -- but
more due to "luck" and
caution than anything else. What one would not give
for an accurate idea of
how the tide stands.

So -- how to get accurate tide level charts for
Belize??

Enter the modern age and the WWW!!

Spent a few hours over the past two days researching
this topic and found
the best there is -- and Free-Ware besides??

To make a long story extremely shorter -- go here and
get this!!


ftp://gatekeeper.dec.com/pub/micro/pc/simtelnet//win95/science/wxtide27.zip

1.5 megs worth -- nothing for today's bloatware
stuff!!

Power that up -- and enter "location" as Belize City.

Look under "options" -- then -- "location"

A map pops up -- click the coast of Belize -- and
Belize City pops up --
good enough!!

You have all kinds of other set-ups under "options"
-- play around. Then
save that configuration (also as "Save" under
"options")

Boy -- do we have weird tides here or what!! (Below
sea level tides!!)

And "Boy" -- does this software make a difference to
keeping keel smooth!!

This folks is my personal contribution to the welfare
of boats here in
Belize -- take it or leave it!

Though the program can do nice graphs -- here is an
example of a simple
text printout:

(Just 3 days worth)

Units are feet
Initial Time Zone is CST

Monday 2002-04-01
Sunrise 5:47 AM CST, Sunset 6:05 PM CST
Moonset 8:59 AM CST, Moonrise 10:25 PM CST
High Tide: 12:53 AM CST 0.52
Low Tide: 6:07 AM CST 0.13
High Tide: 12:18 PM CST 0.85
Low Tide: 7:33 PM CST -0.17

Tuesday 2002-04-02
Sunrise 5:46 AM CST, Sunset 6:06 PM CST
Moonset 9:50 AM CST, Moonrise 11:24 PM CST
High Tide: 1:46 AM CST 0.44
Low Tide: 6:47 AM CST 0.19
High Tide: 1:01 PM CST 0.81
Low Tide: 8:37 PM CST -0.11

Wednesday 2002-04-03
Sunrise 5:45 AM CST, Sunset 6:06 PM CST
Moonset 10:43 AM CST, Moonrise 12:20 AM CST
High Tide: 2:49 AM CST 0.37
Low Tide: 7:34 AM CST 0.24
High Tide: 1:49 PM CST 0.76
Low Tide: 9:47 PM CST -0.05

Thursday 2002-04-04 Last Quarter Moon
Sunrise 5:44 AM CST, Sunset 6:06 PM CST
Moonrise 12:20 AM CST, Moonset 11:37 AM CST
High Tide: 4:35 AM CST 0.33
Low Tide: 8:42 AM CST 0.28
High Tide: 2:48 PM CST 0.69
Low Tide: 11:00 PM CST -0.01

Friday 2002-04-05
Sunrise 5:44 AM CST, Sunset 6:06 PM CST
Moonrise 1:12 AM CST, Moonset 12:30 PM CST
High Tide: 6:57 AM CST 0.35
Low Tide: 10:14 AM CST 0.29
High Tide: 4:02 PM CST 0.64

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And here it is by the hour!! Extremely handy!!

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Units are feet
Initial Time Zone is CST

0.49 12:00 AM CST 2002-04-01
0.52 1:00 AM CST
0.48 2:00 AM CST
0.39 3:00 AM CST
0.28 4:00 AM CST
0.18 5:00 AM CST
0.13 6:00 AM CST
0.16 7:00 AM CST
0.28 8:00 AM CST
0.44 9:00 AM CST
0.62 10:00 AM CST
0.77 11:00 AM CST
0.84 12:00 PM CST
0.82 1:00 PM CST
0.72 2:00 PM CST
0.54 3:00 PM CST
0.33 4:00 PM CST
0.12 5:00 PM CST
-0.05 6:00 PM CST
-0.15 7:00 PM CST
-0.16 8:00 PM CST
-0.08 9:00 PM CST
0.06 10:00 PM CST
0.22 11:00 PM CST

0.35 12:00 AM CST 2002-04-02
0.42 1:00 AM CST
0.44 2:00 AM CST
0.41 3:00 AM CST
0.34 4:00 AM CST
0.27 5:00 AM CST
0.21 6:00 AM CST
0.19 7:00 AM CST
0.24 8:00 AM CST
0.35 9:00 AM CST
0.50 10:00 AM CST
0.66 11:00 AM CST
0.77 12:00 PM CST
0.81 1:00 PM CST
0.77 2:00 PM CST
0.67 3:00 PM CST
0.51 4:00 PM CST
0.33 5:00 PM CST
0.14 6:00 PM CST
-0.00 7:00 PM CST
-0.09 8:00 PM CST
-0.10 9:00 PM CST
-0.04 10:00 PM CST
0.08 11:00 PM CST

0.20 12:00 AM CST 2002-04-03
0.31 1:00 AM CST
0.36 2:00 AM CST
0.37 3:00 AM CST
0.35 4:00 AM CST
0.32 5:00 AM CST
0.28 6:00 AM CST
0.25 7:00 AM CST
0.25 8:00 AM CST
0.29 9:00 AM CST
0.39 10:00 AM CST
0.52 11:00 AM CST
0.65 12:00 PM CST
0.73 1:00 PM CST
0.76 2:00 PM CST
0.71 3:00 PM CST
0.62 4:00 PM CST
0.49 5:00 PM CST
0.34 6:00 PM CST
0.19 7:00 PM CST
0.06 8:00 PM CST
-0.03 9:00 PM CST
-0.05 10:00 PM CST
-0.00 11:00 PM CST

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Great stuff!!

And all in standard ASCII --

No more guessing the tide and bashing keel on reef
head --

Peter Singfield