MILTON, Mass. - Recreational boaters, commercial mariners and armchair sailors throughout New England can start using the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association's free predicted tide chart service, available via its Web site, www.boatma.com, MMTA said in a statement Friday.
MMTA recently acquired the charting for the Massachusetts area from MarineHarbors.com and is offering it as a public service. The boatma.com Web site will have predicted tide tables for Massachusetts's North and South Shores, Cape Cod and Islands, as well as Boston Harbor and Buzzards Bay.
Predicted local tide charts are calculated estimates based on assumptions of average weather conditions: wind direction, wind speed and vagaries of barometric pressure may produce higher or lower tides than predicted. All tables include times and height of high and low tide and the moon phase and sunrise and sunset times. All calculations are converted to Eastern daylight time.
Mariners will have predicted local tide information, instead of having to rely on tide data calculated at major ports sometimes hundreds of miles away. South Shore predicted tables include specifics for six different locations. Buzzards Bay tables include thirteen different points along the west and east sides of Buzzards Bay. In all, 68 distinct Massachusetts ports and harbors' tides are available six months in advance for review, download and printing.
“This is an exciting time for the Association as we expand our services to our members and invite the public to learn more about the family-friendly form of recreation that boating is while perusing the tide charts,” said Greg Glavin, MMTA president. “We are especially pleased to have preserved this service for the benefit of the Massachusetts boating community.”
Web sites of interest to Massachusetts mariners can freely link to the 2006 predicted tide charts.
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