I just got the news that the kodiak office is losing a position and will no longer be open 24 hrs a day. They are proposing going to a 3 man station and cutting the 1600-2400 watch stander. As many of you know, AK forecasts come out at 0400 and 1600. This means there won’t be anybody to call about that evening forecast. They might discontinue their evening SSB broadcast. If your boat doesn’t have a satellite weather system, it’ll be a lot harder to get a forecast.
These guys are a great asset, I’ve talked to them multiple times per day, and they are a great help fine tuning the forecast and helping me find weather windows to make it from hidey hole to hidey hole up here, especially this time of year.
We can still prevent this partial closure by writing to our senators and representatives. The change is scheduled to take place sometime in so far this month, Kodiak has handled over 200 calls. An average day is about 14 calls from mariners, 5 from the public, and 6 from Aviation.