Useful Links and Documents
BoatUS The Boat Owners Association of The United States, founded in 1966, is the oldest and largest membership association of boaters. Representing over half a million members, BoatUS is the nation's most powerful advocate for advancing the interests of boaters. NSA members get a 50% discount when joining BoatUS or renewing their membership. To take advantage of this offer, log in and go to the Community Forum in the Member Center. Then click on "Membership Perks Forum" for details.
U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Resource Center Includes information about Vessel Safety Checks, Boating Safety Courses, Float Planning and Accident Reporting.
Boating Safety Links from Dealnews.com A compendium of resources on everything from boating checklists, safety courses and paddling tips, to life jacket information, guidelines for boating with kids and pets, and how to report accidents.
U.S Coast Guard's U.S. Aids to Navigation System The Navigation Rules are much like the rules of the road on the highway. They establish a consistent way to navigate safely and avoid collisions when two boats are crossing paths, are on course to meet head-on, or when one boat wishes to overtake another. The U.S. Aids to Navigation System is a system maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard, consisting of visual, audible, and electronic signals which are designed to assist the prudent mariner in the process of navigation. The aids to navigation system is not intended to identify every shoal or obstruction to navigation which exists in the navigable waters of the United States, but rather provides for reasonable marking of marine features as resources permit. You may want to print or download this .pdf to your computer as a handy reference.
Sail Magazine's Buyer's Guide Comprehensive purchasing guide for sailboats and sailboat equipment, gear, parts and services.
Cruisers' Net Cruisers helping cruisers. Includes current information about problem areas along the AICW, navigation alert postings, bridge closings and information about marinas and fuel docks.
Vigor's Interdenominational Boat De-Naming Ceremony John Vigor, a resident of Bellingham, Wash., is a boating writer and editor. His denaming ceremony is contained in his book "How to Rename Your Boat .. and 19 Other Useful Ceremonies, Superstitions, Prayers, Rituals, and Curses" (Paradise Cay) and is available from www.paracay.com.
North Carolina Performance Handicap Racing Fleet The mission of the NC-PHRF is to provide fair and accurate handicap rating information that allows boats of different types to compete with each other in sailboat racing events.
Navionics Charts on line If you would like to view a marina or Anchorage, click on this link to visit the Navionics on-line App.
Active Captain Interactive Live Map You can view the latest Active Captain updates on their website.
Boating and Water Safety for Kids This article provides several Safety tips and documents specifically designed for kid safety on or near the water.