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AICW- Cruising
AICW- Cruising
US Army Corps of Engineers Inland Electronic Navigation Charts
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Canadian Boating
Canadian Boating
Online cruising guide to all of Cananda.
Rideau Canal Information
The most extensive website on the Internet for anything you wanted to know about the Rideau. A personally managed website with all things related to the Rideau including excellent maps.
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Cruising Aids
Cruising Aids
ActiveCaptain is an online marina database with some unique capabilities based around content, communications, and community. It's all about sharing knowledge among the community of marinas and boaters. The database has free access for anyone.
Worldwide Online Cruising Guides, Blogs and Sailing Wiki. View thousands of Marinas, Anchorages and port services.
Claiborne Young's
The Salty Southeast Cruiser's Net
Daily Lake Okeechobee Waterway Depth
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District Lake Okeechobee and Navigation Depth Report
Interactive mapping feature to preview your destination port and marina before you arrive. View inlets, bridges and locks you will be negotiating on your cruise.
Waterway Guide is an indispensable cruising resource for boaters, with four annually updated guides covering the East Coast, Gulf Coast, Bahamas, Great Lakes and Great Loop Cruise; Waterway Guide Magazine that spotlights what to do ashore; and Web site that provides critical navigational updates and waterway news.
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Great Loop
Great Loop
America's Great Loop Cruisers' Association
Boating organization for those who are cruising or dream of cruising the Great Loop, the circumnavigation of Eastern North America.
Cruising The Great Loop
Good Link for MTOA members considering doing the Great Loop
Great Circle Navigation Notes
Great Circle/Great Loop "Navigation Notes" - Highly detailed mile by mile cruising guide to the entire Great Loop.
Great Loop Book-When the Water Calls... We Follow
Loopers sharing their perspectives about their Great Loop Trip- a valuable tool for those either considering this trip or just curious about it. Not a book on itineraries, facts or figures but why people left the comforts of home to tackle a trip like this, and what they ultimately gained in return. (Jim & Lisa Favors, 202 pg, many BW Photos)

New York State Canal System Website
Official Site of the New York State Canal System
Trailer Trawler Life
Jim & Lisa Favors write about their adventures on their Ranger Tug R27, Kismet, and about camping out in their boat while traveling to cruising destinations. The blog focuses on the inherent benefits and issues of trailerable trawling along with highlighting favorite cruising locations and ideas for getting the most out of trailerable cruising.
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Hurricane Information
Hurricane Information
American Red Cross Website
Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Mgmt Agency (FEMA)
Gulf Coast News
NOAA National Hurricane Prediction Center
U.S. Coast Guard Homepage
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General information on the marine diesel engine

American Diesel Corp.
Source for Ford Lehman engine parts and information, Brian Smith

Drivetrain Information
General information on marine transmissions
Waterway Systems
Waterway Systems is a marine window and door manufacturer that has been in business furnishing replacement windows for Marine Traders, Grand Banks, and many other vessels over the last 30 years.
Yacht Survey Information
Short, informative articles by Marine Surveyors
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Jim Healy
A wide variety of AC and DC electrical topics; selected mechanical, equipment and maintenance topics. A wide variety of ICW and Great Loop long-cruise topics. Suggestions for Internet connectivity and other computer uses of interest to long-range cruisers. Tool and test equipment suggestions for cruisers wishing to be self-sufficient. Selected templates for operating procedures. Selected legal topics presumed to be of interest to boaters.
RC Colllins
A selection of electrical and mechanical technical and maintenance topics of interest to most boaters.
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Miscellaneous Boating
Miscellaneous Boating
Boat Owners Association of the U.S. (BOAT US)
BoatUS has been providing savings, service and representation to millions of boat owners nationwide since 1966. Today BoatUS is the nation's most powerful advocate for advancing the interests of boaters and the single source to meet all boaters needs.
BOATMASTER, a PC based simulator teaches the principles of boat handling at the dock in varying conditions of wind and current.

The program simulates the physics of a boat with single or twin engines, a bow thruster, and allows adjusting parameters to approximate your own boat.

A manual and demo is now available on the website.

Center for Disease Control - Traveler's Health Alerts
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the 13 major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is the principal agency in the Federal government for protecting the health and safety of all Amer
Cruise Email - Internet service via SSB from your boat
CruiseEmail provides the solution for SSB radio communications for email service to boaters private and commercial with worldwide coverage. An amateur radio license is NOT required. Interesting product.
Dinghy to Grocery Stores West FL
A list of grocery stores on west coast of FL that you can get to by dinghy.
Documented Vessel Owner Info
Find out who owns a documented vessel using the USCG searchable database. Search by vessel name or official number.
Medical Kit for Cruising
Interesting information written by an M.D. on dealing with underway medical issues.
Motion Sickness Guru
I'm sea sickness sufferer, and I recently pulled all my research and information together to create a resource for other sufferers:

In addition to lots of info and tips on remedies and medications, I have dedicated pages on sea sickness, cruising, getting your sea legs, and MdDS (land sickness).

Port Credi Marine Surveys
Many articles on how buy a boat, how to choose surveyors, Electrolytic Corrosion, Moisture Meter Myths, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Whats A HIN, Safety on The Water, a 38 page article with photos and sketches entitled "Primer For First Timers Heading South" and many more on a variety of boating topics related to owning and cruising.
PSIX Vessel Search Page
The U.S. Coast Guard "Port State Information Exchange" Vessel Search Page allows you to search for an Coast Guard documented vessel by using one or more search criteria.
Sea Sense Boating - Underway training for/by women
SEA SENSE, the Women's Sailing and Powerboating School, is owned and operated by professional women boaters, and has been in operation since 1989. Most of our scheduled courses are for women only, but in our specially arranged and custom courses we happil
Seasickness Remedies and Prevention
Interesting site compiling information about seasickness. What it is, how to minimize it, what to do after you get it.
Skipper Bob's
Skipper Bob has published a series of detailed, no nonsense publications that will make your travels on the ICW much easier, safer and less expensive.
The Queensboro Shirt Company
A great reasonably priced source for all of your printed clothing needs! The best part is you can have your logo (no set up fee), on multiple different items.
Trawlers and
The Internet's leading resource for all those who voyage, cruise, or live aboard under power - and all those who want to.
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Official site for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxilary, including information on Coastal Navigation Courses
U.S. Power Squadon
USPS is a non profit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects. Members are boating families who contribute to their communities by promoting safe boat
   WorldWide Boat / KNOWLEDGE BASE
Knowledge center from Worldwide Boat, an independent booking agency for luxury crewed yacht charter and offering the finest selection of luxury private yacht charters in the Caribbean, Florida, the Mediterranean, Turkey, and more. With topics ranging from boating safety to learning the parts of a sailboat, this center would make for a great informational resource.