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Old 06-22-2011, 11:59 PM   #1
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Does anybody know of any other websites that are along the same lines as Hiltons Offshore Maps, just cheaper?
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Old 06-23-2011, 02:32 AM   #2
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You can try florida-offshore.com. It's a little slow sometimes and not as intense as hiltons but it's free and they have a lot of cool stuff especially reefcast and the bluewater super map.
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hiltons is pretty much the most reliable sight we have used. For instance, Roff's had some blue water around spur and beyond last weekend, hiltons had it all in green.........and it was green green green all the way down into the canyon
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ripcharts works well for me. As fast as the green water is moving east, the 3 day composites are a day or so behind, but the daily shots seem to be right on.
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All the above plus Terrafin. I still think Hilton's is the best.
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i been using rip charts for two years and it is cheap 80$ a year it has a new current chart as well
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Overall Hilton' is the best. I also subscribe to Terrafin as it is cheap and it gives a different perspective sometimes. I second the comment on Roff's, I greAtly prefer to do it myself
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Let me just chime in here to at least to set the record straight. Guys I have used everything under the sun on satellite data from all the sites listed above, and I agree, when you look at pretty pictures you might think its intense or whatever and accurate data, but nothing could be farther from the truth. There's only one listed above that when you put your curser on the map, that it is dead on accurate like your GPS.

Pretty pictures and all the fancy tricks you want to add to a site DOES NOT make the data accurate. We all get data from satellites and the BIG Difference is, called good data in and good or bad data out. All of the sites, other than FOC use grid mapping and counting pixels and reference points. The day you can take a flat sheet of paper and wrap it around a round ball (earth) without it wrinkling, then I'll say the data is accurate. Can't be done without being GIS Interfaced, which is the same technology that your GPS uses.

You can try to prove me wrong or you can even call NASA and ask them. But what I'm saying is the truth.

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CaptDQ: I won't argue with you on that one. I typically save relavant images to my ipad (which I take with me) that I create a route on using either Hilton's are Terrafin's route building system which gives me GPS co ordinates. they are never dead on , but usually close enough that I can run a perpendicular pattern and find it.
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MSYellowfinCaptDQ: I won't argue with you on that one.
MS, Good point, I'm just trying to save some of you some genaro and fuel is all, from running all over the GOM looking for something that is or was suppose to be there. The point is, that I have wasted so much time & money on inaccurate data that it is hard to fathom. I finally have found something that is a proven accurate source.

Also Reefcast is the cats ass for forecasting sea & weather data like no other. Believe me when the NWS rated it #1 in 2008, thats pretty strong for them to come out say that. It goes out 7-days but, when it gets inside of a 72hr window thats when it becomes a 90 % plus accurate source. Anyhow Good Luck to y'all this weekend fishing.

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