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Useful Boating Sites

Boaters and marine professionals of all types may find the following web sites of interest:

ABYC (American Boat and Yacht Council) is a not-for-profit member organization that develops and updates safety standards for boat building and repair.

Boater 101 utilizes an e-Learning website, upbeat television series and a student manual to give participants a comprehensive boating safety program that they will use throughout their lives.

BoatSafe and BoatSafeKids offer boating information and online courses, maintenance and equipment tips, and books and reviews to increase your "nautical know-how."
 
BUCValu provides statistically authenticated current market values for boats and motors with adjustment scales for area, condition and equipment.

Chapman School of Seamanship trains students from around the world in areas such as navigation, seamanship, boat handling in both power and sail, and the nautical information needed for licensing in pursuit of a career as captain or crew.

Float Planning from the U.S. Coast Guard provides owners of small boats to luxury yachts the ability to prepare a float plan before departing to assist rescue personnel in finding you in emergency situations.

IAMI (International Association of Marine Investigators) provides information regarding marine crime, vessel accident prevention/investigation, environmental protection, marine drug smuggling, cargo crime and boating safety issues.

Marinas Directory provides an online directory of marinas throughout the United States and abroad with services for boaters and marina owners.

MarinaLife offer boaters a complete suite of travel services, including the only centralized online reservations service. Their membership program also provides national and international discounts, as well as travel planning for groups and individuals.

NAMS (National Association of Marine Surveyors) is a non-profit organization that certifies marine surveyors and provides continuing education opportunities.

NASBLA (National Association of State Boating Law Administrators) provides information regarding approved boater education and training courses.  

NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) is an international non-profit authority that advocates consensus codes and standards, research, training and education to reduce fire and other hazards.

NMMA (National Marine Manufacturers Association) is dedicated to assisting more than 1,400 member companies achieve financial success in manufacturing, selling and servicing recreational boating products.

NOAA National Weather Service provides local and offshore marine forecasts and up-to-date storm information from the National Hurricane Center.

SAMS (Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors) is an international society dedicated to the advancement of the profession of marine surveying.

The U.S. Coast Guard provides information on programs and services, history, area and district information – and more. The Office of Boating Safety offers information geared to recreational boaters.