There are three ways to locate the start point of your search more information.
If it is a listed location, or there is a listed location nearby, simply select the county and haven to determine the search origin. Alternatively if you have a chart, plotter or GPS input the position in decimal degrees. Finally if you are there right now your computer may be able to automatically locate its current position via auto-locate.
There are three ways to get started; base your search from one of our listed locations, input a position, or let us try to automatically detect your current location.
Set the range for your search more information.
The described position in step one will centre a search and the range sets the radius of a circular search area. All suitable targets, in all directions, within the direct point-to-point or aerial transit path of the range will be presented. Because the search is based on this charted distance, or as-the-crow-flies path, in most cases the actual sailing passages will require extra mileage to circumvent navigational obstacles.
Refine your search to target specific shelter, location type or facilities. Alternatively you can press 'Go' now to find all the locations within the selected range.
Describe the sectors you want sheltered, where you expect the wind to blow from. You may manually input each by checking the compass points or auto-fill by checking the required days on this location's five day weather forecast, more information.
You may refine your search to specify a minimum level of protection, more information.
Quality of shelter is characterised from one to five stars and are described below. All levels are selected by default and you can set what is appropriate by checking the minimum star rating level. If you do not set a minimum level all havens that cover the requested quadrants will be presented irrespective of the quality of the shelter provided.
Specifying the minimum level of protection is important as this may vary significantly depending upon what it is needed for and the prevailing conditions. For instance, if conditions are moderate and it is simply needed for a lunch stop, most all locations from one star will be suitable. When looking for a location to stay overnight in comfort it would be more appropriate to select a three star minimum. Or when seeking shelter in rough conditions a minimum of four stars would be best. All of these depend upon what you are personally comfortable with, plus the capabilities of the vessel and crew.
You may refine your search to the set how easy seaward access is to the resources, more information.
Approaches to the shelter are also characterised from one to five stars. All access levels are selected by default and the minimum level of access complexity may be chosen by clicking the appropriate minimum star rating.
This minimum level of access complexity may vary significantly depending upon the time available, the vessel and skill levels of the crew plus the prevailing conditions. For instance, if conditions are moderate, plus time and experience are plentiful, the one star minimum could be the most suitable option for the adventurous sailor. If conditions are more developed, but the visibility is good, a three star minimum could be the best fit. Or when seeking shelter in heavy weather conditions a four stars access minimum may be best. All of these depend upon what you are personally comfortable with, plus the capabilities of the vessel and crew.