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Boating Sites to Visit Today

Posted December 16th, 2009
by Staff (4 comments)


Learn everything you ever wanted to know about boating in Florida or Washington or New England. Sail the San Francisco Bay or the Chesapeake Bay. Ever thought of boating the canals of the U.K or visiting Oz or canoeing in Hawaii? Here’s your chance to plan your trip. Missing the Great Lakes? The North Channel of Lake Huron beckons.

Museum websites are treasure troves of historic boating information: make a virtual visit to The Mariners’ Museum in Virginia, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in Maryland, the Museum of America and the Sea (Mystic, Connecticut), the New Bedford Whaling Museum (Massachusetts), or the online museum at Seattle’s Center for Wooden Boats. Riverboat Dave is a must-read for anyone interested in riverboat history.

Fascinated by shipwrecks? Take a look at U.K. Wreck Diving, whether you dive wrecks or just like to read about them. Wisconsin’s Great Lakes Shipwrecks is fascinating, as are the resources available at Famous Shipwrecks Worldwide.

Parts, Repair, Salvage
Classic powerboat enthusiasts will appreciate OldBoats anytime they need a part or reliable antique boat information. BoatRepairs offers state-by-state listings for local dealers and repair shops. For DIY folks, DIYBoatOwner is a must-read; there are lots of technical tips on the site as well as promos for their print magazine. Sail on over to or the Boat Doctor forums for more useful instruction. YachtSurvey is another winner, offering readers comprehensive information on boat maintenance and ownership.

Reviews, Comparisons, and Classifieds
Get a boat, peruse listings for boats, or find new and used boats at a variety of sites. If you’re still trying to decide what type of boat to get, BoatTest, Soundings, the buyer’s guide at Boating Life, or We Rate Boats are good places to start.

Access the U.S. Naval Oceanography’s astronomical data, or use military nautical calculators. SmallBoatGPS is a user-friendly resource. BoatSafe offers an excellent explanation of navigation (including historical details) for kids; it’s an interesting read for anyone who is new to boat navigation.

Life vests are a must. Here’s how to choose a personal flotation device. Check for fair winds before you go at PassageWeather, and make some general predictions about current. If you use Windows, you can also get some free tide prediction software. NOAA’s Tides Online is a critical resource for all boaters. The National Data Buoy Center gives you current current information (that’s a pun, not a typo, people. Ok, moving on.)

Learn how to tie a knot. (We’re not talking marriage.) If it’s rainy, here’s more knot tying for you to practice. You can also learn about types of boats, how sails work, and right-of-way rules.

Even if you don’t own your own boat, we’ve got resources for you. Charter a boat for a dream vacation at Taylor’d Yacht Charters, the Moorings, or Barefoot Yachts.

Armchair Travel
Can’t get out today? Watch some SailTube

Got any other suggestions? We’d love to hear about them in the comments.


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  • Posted June 15th, 2010 by Byron S. at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Very useful post. I particularly like the newbie section – I may just have to forward this to my nephew.

  • Posted June 16th, 2010 by Cali at 6:00 pm - Reply

    A nice collection of sites. I am interested to know there is actually a site called SailTube

  • Posted June 16th, 2010 by Ericka Watson at 10:45 pm - Reply

    Thank you for compiling this great list of boating websites in one easy place. I am the Guide to Powerboating where boaters can find helpful information on all aspects of boating including types of boats, cruising, boating safety, safety regulations, and more.

  • Posted August 11th, 2010 by M. Sullivan at 11:55 pm - Reply

    This is great. I have been searching the net for a number of months. I have found a few and I am happy to add this one to my list of bookmarked boating sites. It looks like you have put together a good list of sites with a ton of good information. I especially like all links to sites with references to safety, the most important thing for any boater.

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