This page list the growing number of links that we have used. Hopefully they’ll be help to others as well. If you know of any other good ones, please let us know.
- Distant Shores. The TV show that got us interested in cruising, from fellow Canadians Paul and Sheryl Shard.
- Noonsite.com aims to provide a one-stop website on all matters of interest to sailors, whether already underway or still in the preparatory stages.
- BYOB – Bring Your Own Boat. Site about cruising The Great Loop and more.
- Seven Seas Cruising Association
- World Cruising And Sailing Wiki. Very comprehensive wiki site that is constantly being updated by fellow members.
- Captain John’s Skipper Tips. We have not yet committed to his paid subscription service, but subscribe to his free newsletter. Lots of good info.
- Cruising Compass. The weekly journal from Blue Water Sailing.
- Blue Water Boats. An encyclopedic site covering offshore sailboats for the sailing community.
- The Frugal Mariner. Susan and Larry MacDonald’s “Cruising on a Budget.”
- Active Captain. Likely the most popular user-updateable database out there.
- Yacht Survey Online. Lots of good information here.
- Zero To Cruising. Mike and Rebecca Sweeney from Kingston ON.
- Women And Cruising. Dedicated to helping women, but don’t be too proud to visit if you’re a guy. A great deal of information here.
- Sailing Simplicity & The Pursuit of Happiness. Teresa Carey’s Blog.
- Sundowner Sails Again. Dani and Tate’s plan to sail around the world.
- SV Fluenta. Max and Liz Shaw from Halifax NS.
- Estrellita 5.10b. Livia and Carol out of Vancouver Island BC.
- Small Cat Fun. Canadians Derek and Ginette’s liveaboard adventure.
- zeroXTE. Very professional looking site from Neville and Catherine.
- Cygnus III. Well made, slightly irreverent site by Mark & Angelina Roope.
- SV Two Fish. A well made and comprehensive site from Jason and Gail on their Antares 44i.
- Let It Breeze. Rob and Crystal on their Pearson 39.
- Atlas Obscura. Not a sailing site, but a great way to discover out of the way and unusual locations.
Checklists. These are our own checklists (unless indicated), plagiarized from numerous others we’ve found, and modified each time we venture out. Feel free to do the same yourself with them.
- Bareboat Charter Checklist
- Maritime Distress Radio Call from Yatico.com
- Royal Yachting Association
- Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons
- Canadian Yachting Association
- US Power Squadrons
- American Sailing Association
- Women Under Sail
- Canadian Hydrographic Service
- Transport Canada Certification
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada
- Transport Canada Marine Safety Program
- Canadian Coast Guard
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Publications
- US Coast Guard
- Navigation Rules Online. Department of Homeland Security and USCG Navigation Center Website.
- NOAA Office of Coast Survey. Free Coast Pilot Downloads.
- International Maritime Organization page on COLREGS.
- USCG Navigation Rules. Includes COLREGS and diagrams.
- US National Weather Service
- Environment Canada Weather
- Canadian Safe Boating Council. Organized in 1991 to improve communications regarding safe boating issues between government departments and agencies servicing recreational boaters’ interests and private companies and organizations in the recreational boating field
- US National Safe Boating Council. Their mission is to be the foremost coalition to advance and promote a safer recreational boating experience through education, outreach and training
- Boating Safety Resource Centre. US Coast Guard Boating Safety Division.
- SARSAT. Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking
- EPIRB. Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon
- Caribbean Safety and Security Net. Collection and dissemination of accurate information relating to crimes against yachts in the Caribbean, enabling cruisers to make intelligent decisions about how and where they cruise.
- HMY Yachts – Boating and Safety for All Age Levels. A location with lots of useful links, suggested by the very helpful Shannon Humphrey, age 9.