Cruising Information Sources:
Seven Seas Cruising
An international organization created to share cruising experiences through a monthly
Distant Shores The Sailing Adventure TV Series
Distant Shores is a sailing television and
DVD series about the cruising life, with lots of tips for sailors planning to sail away plus destination
information to help you make your cruising plans.
An excellent site for cruisers to obtain cruising information
and the latest facts on the Intercostal Waterway (ICW).
Free Crusing Books from the Dashews
Dashew Offshore, Beowulf
Publishing, and the FPB team have made these books: Mariner’s Weather Handbook, Surviving the Storm,
Practical Seamanship and Offshore Cruising Encyclopedia available free as PDF files.
This group of books are excellant guides from a couple who have extensive cruising and yacht
design experience. Go to the site and click on the links to download these publications.
SailNet was launched in 1994 as a resource
where sailors could find everything they needed to support their own pursuit of
the sailing lifestyle. Since then SailNet grew to become one of the best
Internet site for sailing. It has been recognized four years in a row as one
of "Forbes Best of the Web" for content, resources and community.
Let shoreside relatives and friends feel a part of your next voyage
by plotting your daily positions on the web. The service is free and there are
Intercoastal Water Way (ICW) Information Sources:
Skipper Bob and his wife Elaine cruised more than 44,000
miles on the East Coast of the United States. Their travels have taken them up
and down the Intracoastal Waterway numerous times. They completed the Great Circle
Route and sailed to both the Bahamas and the Dry Tortugas. They took their trawler
through the Erie, Rideau, Richelieu, and Trent Severn Canals. Living aboard for
more than 9 years on both a sail boat and a trawler, they have experienced just
about everything the waters of the East Coast have to offer.
passed in December, 2006, but his website is maintained and has a series of useful
and inexpensive publications and updates, particularly on the ICW.
Atlantic Intracostal Waterway
A general description of the 1200 mile
waterway for vessels passing from Norfolk, Virginia to Florida. This site has a number
of useful links for Charts and Chartbooks, connecting waterways and towns and parks along
Destinations and Rallies:
Annual rally from Norfolk, Virginia to Tortolla, BVI. 90+ boats plan to participate
in this educational, well planned, excellent way to get to the islands in November.
Jimmy Cornell's one-stop website provides all essential information to sailors
planning an offshore voyage anywhere in the world.
Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park - Warderick Wells
A wonderful, pristine paradise in the Bahamas! We went for 3 days and stayed for
Recommended Sailing Areas
Bill Biega's Recommended and Favorite Sailing Areas - Antilles, Atlantic, Bahamas,
British Virgin Islands, Grenadines, the Mediterranean, Dry Tortugas, Whitsunday
Islands - for great adventures from someone who's been there.
Best Caribbean Sailing and Motor Yacht Charter Destinations
This site lists a number of charter destinations in both Eastern and Western
Caribbean to give you a feel of what's available.
All you wanted to know about the Canal, including a live web cam updated
Green Turtle Cay - Abacos, Bahamas
A romantic luxury Bahamas hotel and resort on exotic Green Turtle Cay in the
Out Islands of Abaco (and a great place to anchor).
Yacht Networks, Equipment and Measurement:
Open Networks and Instrumentation:
Maretron designs, manufactures and markets leading-edge marine electronic
instrumentation for recreational and commercial boating. Significantly these products
are designed to the open industry NMEA 2000® standard, which allows electronic
equipment from diverse manufacturers to be networked together to share information
throughout the vessel.
This standard and it's implementation is the wave of the future
and will help eradicate the problems caused by 'proprietary only' systems like Raymarine.
Simple Tank Measurement:
The original precision tank measuring system - they last a long, long time.)
Furuno Electronic Equipment:
From recreational boating to deep sea commercial marine, Furuno offers the single
largest line of marine electronics - and their field support is excellant.
Chartplotters, Depth Sounders and Sonar, Fishfinders, Handhelds, and Radars - I still
have my handheld and discontinued GPS 48 unit and it works great.
Communications (Internet access on my boat?):
Internet Access Underway:
The Track IT TV website has a great, up-to-date discussion on the various aspects of
obtaining Internet access while on your vessel. Most everyone knows that you can get Wi-Fi
access while in marinas, but what about while underway.
This set of FAQs covers the
Verizon offering, and also the new BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network) systems by Stratos
are an example of this emerging technology.
Internet Access Underway:
Most cruisers are aware of the capability of using their Single Side Band (SSB) for
limited email communications, but what if you don't have a SSB? Skymate offers a new,
relatively inexpensive system with world-wide coverage for email, weather, position
reporting, and vessel monitoring that looks quite nice.
This site is the best one I've seen for teaching in an animated manner all knots
needed by Yachtsmen; Climbers; Fishermen; Scouts; Arborists; and Search & Rescue Workers.
Smartphone Navigation Apps:
Mobile Phone Apps
An great article describing how many of the mariner's needs for navigation information, weather,
vessel maintenance and spares procurement, email, texting, phone useage, tides and currents, route planning, etc
can be performed with a smartphone aboard your vessel. If you are not aware, the costs to do so are far less
than chartplotters and conventional marine electronics.
Active Captain provides the local knowledge you need for marinas, anchorages, local knowledge and hazards on the
navigation software that you use (over 24 navigation programs for Android, Windows, Apple OS, Linux, Android,
Apple IPhone and IPad are available). You typically load the navigation software and then load Active Captain
information on top of it. All users are enabled to provide comments on marinas, anchorages, local knowledge, etc.
which provides a wonderful amount of information to the cruiser.
I navigate with this information exclusively, and, would not be without it. My particular choice is MX Mariner with
Active Captain data loaded with it.
An excellant review about 5 different Android smartphone marine navigation apps. Many navigation and charting
apps are now available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch and Android devices.
A free (and excellent) Windows tide and current prediction program.
Weather for any US city and state and local marine weather.
NOAA National Data
Hourly updated weather data from moored buoy and C-MAN stations.
Graphical Selection of NOAA Marine Forecasts and Satellite Images
Forecasts are subdivided by zone, each identified by text description.
Forecasts & Satellite Images
National Weather Service Marine Information.
South Bound II, Herb Hilgenberg
Ship-Routing and Weather Forecasting for
Vessels on the High Seas. Herb Hilgenberg's private navigation advice is so trusted,
American and Canadian search and rescue agents have called him to find boats that are
While the NET, which operated daily for over 25 years until June 2013, remains closed, Herb may be available
to assist vessels in difficulties while en-route. When possible he will monitor 12.359.0 Mhz USB during periods of
heavy weather or when advisable, south of 45N between 75 to 40W, during 2100Z to 2200Z, or if contacted via email/phone.
Delft Institute for Earth-Oriented Space Research Gulf Stream
The Netherlands University provides Gulf Stream visual currents that are updated weekly.
Professional Satellite Oceanographer produces realtime ocean charts (Gulf Stream/major world currents)
for sailboat racing, boat deliveries, ocean cruising, and offshore fishing.
Bermuda current conditions and weather forecast included detailed marine forecasts.
Free Mariner's Weather Handbook by Steve and Linda Dashew.
Provides a complete and exhaustive guide to the basics of every aspect of weather
you are likely to meet when cruising.
Caribbean Weather Provides weather, satellite
images, hurricane analysis and more....
Power/Sail Boat Manufacturers Directory:
Builders by Country.
A very extensive list of power boat manufacturers by Country
Directory and Information Center.
If you are considering buying a new or used yacht (Power or Sail), ocean yacht,
luxury yacht, trawler or super yacht, this is the page for you.
Power/Sail Boat Buying Tips, Tests and Tools:
Power Boat Reports
Provides impartial and uncompromising evaluations of today's boating equipment and gear.
They take the guesswork out of boat and gear buying.
Buying Tips, Tools and Sites
A wide variety of Boat Tests to enable prospective owners to get good insights into a vessel prior to purchase.
Government Information Sources:
The United States Coast Pilot
consists of a series of free, downloadable nautical books that cover a variety of
information important to navigators of coastal and intracoastal waters and the
U.S. Coast Guard Light Lists:
These free, downloadable publications contain a list of lights, sound signals, buoys, daybeacons,
and other aids to navigation.
U.S. Coast Guard National Vessel Documentation center:
All you want to know about documenting and documented vessels in the United States.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
All you want to know about the shots you'll need in all those far off places.
Department of Homeland Security: Vessel Decals
All you want to know about the user vessel decals and transponders for vessels
re-entering the United States. Annually purchase border-crossing transponders or decals
for commercial vehicles, private vessels, or private aircraft, all online.
NOAA Nautical Charts:
The source for nautical charts (paper print on demand and electronic) and
A catalog on-line source for all things boating (charts, safety equipment, books and
guides, GPS equipment, software, etc.)