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FEATURED "How to" BOATING Resources

How to Buy a Boat

  • How to benefit from the incredible hidden opportunities at a boat show and not come off as an amateur.
  • How to watch out for the little known secrets salespeople use to demo a boat so that weaknesses don't show. Learn how to demo it yourself!
  • The truth about buying used boats and when buying used makes a lot of sense.
  • How to make sure you're not overpaying for electronics.
  • The correct way to use your bank when buying a boat.
  • The simple technique to know if your boat "FITS".
  • Know the difference between the 5 kinds of salespeople and why you need to pick the type that is right for you!
  • How to research & get the truth about specific boat models.
  • The absolute best time to start the process of buying your boat.
  • Why almost everyone is wrong about what a salesperson is supposed to do.
  • What never to believe from any private seller.
  • How to make sure you're not overpaying for insurance.
  • Take advantage of dozens of money saving tips (hint: and they have nothing to do with the purchase price!)
  • And much, much more...

First Mate 101, by Brenda Dawson firstmate bkcover

 We've all seen them. Couples who have turned boating into an incredible dance, a sight to behold.

Even when docking, they seem to anticipate each others next step. They put on a wonderful performance, communicating with unspoken ease as they bring their boat expertly into the slip.

Tthe inspiration to write this book came about because of an an eye-opening and shocking experience when I attended a FirstMate course. From that experience, I knew that there is a sea of "reluctant boaters" who are deeply wanting and needing to know how to be a FirstMate.

 
 

docking-windyThe Best Docking Lessons Available for all Drive Systems 

www.powerboatdocking.com

Boat Docking e-Lessons with step-by-step instructions on How to Dock a Boat.Without docking instructions for Your Specific Boat Drive (inboard, outboard, single, twin), you're doomed to frustration...

Each Boat Docking e-Lesson gives you a great return with minimal investment-- no waiting, no shipping charge, just download..and best of all, make docking look good!

 Boat Building & Boats by Make

Antique Chris Craft Boats 

http://www.classicboat.com/boats.htm 

Offers antique boats for sale with pictures and prices.

Clarion Boats 

http://www.clarionboats.com 

We are committed to producing handcrafted wooden boats that are built to the highest standards of craftsmanship possible.

Bernard Lyman Historical Site

 http://www.clinkerbuilt.com

Lyman history - straight from Lyman family archives and private collections.

Boatbuilding.com

 http://boatbuilding.com

Boat building, design, and repair resource for amateur and professional custom boatbuilders.

Dockside Reports 

http://www.docksidereports.com/

Dockside Reports is an online magazine with articles on Restoration, Marine Engines, Maintenance/Repairs, Product Reviews, and so much more.

Hunter Boats

www.hunterboats.ca

As information on Hunter Boats was hard to come by Henry DeWolde has has put together a information website for Hunter boats.

Identify Your Chris Craft Wooden Runabout

http://www.classicboat.com/identify-your-chris-craft.htm

Professional BoatBuilder

http://www.proboat.com/

Professional BoatBuilder is a trade magazine written for owners and managers of boat production, construction, and repair companies.

Riva-World

http://www.riva-world.com

The most complete information source of Riva wooden sportboats on the internet.

Shepherd

http://www.shepherdboats.com

Literature, pictures, etc. of Shepherd boats archived on this site designed and owned by the grandson of Howard Shepherd and the great-grandson of Lloyd Shepherd, founders of Shepherd Boats.

Tom's Antique and Classic Boats (Chris Craft Manuals)

http://www.ccmanuals.crosswinds.net

This internet site was developed for the purpose of providing a free and open resource to exchange documents, manuals and information on antique and classic Chris~Craft boats.

The Thompson Dockside

http://thompsondockside.com

For a small fee subscribe to the bi-monthly online newsletter dedicated to the preservation of Thompson Boats, and their affiliated companies.

 Boating Directories

Boating With Dawsons Excellent resource from a seasoned boating couple who have been pioneers in the boating industry. Must read newsletter & books with information you will not find anywhere else, including How To Buy A Boat and First Mate 101.

BoatingLinks.com

http://boatinglinks.com

A comprehensive collection of online boating resources, featuring sections such as; Associations, Navigation, Plumbing, Maintenance, and much more.

Discover Boating

http://www.discoverboating.com

"The Discover Boating Program is a service of the recreational boating industry, spearheaded by the National Marine Manufacturers Association". The site features a comprehensive list of Boat Shows as well as many informative articles on topics ranging from Electricity 101 for Boaters to Distress Signals.

National Marine Manufacturers Association 

Discover Boating Boat Shows http://www.boatshows.com/

The NMMA provides a schedule of boat shows mainly across North America but also globally.

 Boat Museums

Antique Boat Museum

http://www.abm.org/

"Preserving the boats, engines and artifacts, the people and skills that developed them and their influence on life along the St. Lawrence River." Located in Clayton, New York in the Thousand Islands.

National Maritime Museum

http://www.nmm.ac.uk/

The largest maritime museum in the world covering every aspect of ships and seafaring, in peace and at war, from pre-history to today. The Museum promotes understanding of the history and future of Britain and the sea, the story of time, astronomy and navigation, and of the historic buildings at Greenwich.

Tahoe Maritime Museum

http://www.tahoemaritimemuseum.org

"The Tahoe Maritime Museum stimulates interest in, increases knowledge of, and maintains watercraft and marine artifacts significant in Lake Tahoe's maritime history."

The Center for Wooden Boats

http://www.cwb.org/index.htm

The Center for Wooden Boats located in Seattle, WA is a maritime museum where history comes alive. Visitors are invited to see, touch and use the exhibits. Our exhibits are not in glass cases to be only looked at, they are on the water to be touched and used. Our resources include more than 100 historically significant boats and staff and volunteers with maritime and teaching skills who pass on their knowledge for new generations to treasure and enjoy.

 Boating Organizations & Boating Associations

Antique and Classic Boat Society

http://www.acbs.org/

The Antique and Classic Boat Society, Inc. (ACBS) is the largest society in the world dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of historic, antique and classic boats.

Antique Outboard Motor Club (AOMCI)

http://www.aomci.org/aomc.htm 

Very comprehensive site for enthusiasts of antique outboard motors.

Boat Owners Association of the United States 

http://www.boatus.com/scripts/hp.asp

Canadian Coast Guard

http://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/ 

"The CCG will ensure the safe and environmentally responsible use of Canada's waters, support understanding and management of oceans resources, facilitate the use of our waters for shipping, recreation and fishing, and provide marine expertise in support of Canada's domestic and international interests."

Chriscraft Antique Boat Club

http://www.chris-craft.org/

The official site of the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club.

Lyman Boat Owners Association

http://www.lymanboatownersassoc.org

A national organization for Lyman boat owners. Great tips for restoration and care.

United States Coast Guard

http://www.uscg.mil/

The U.S. Coast Guard "web site reflects a commitment to provide our global partners and American citizens with easy and timely access to accurate and essential maritime information and services."

Women in Boating

http://www.firstmate101.com

The Things Women Don't Know About Boating Could Fill A Book..."How-To" Wisdom for Women in Boating, Stop Worrying And Start Boating.

The Wooden Canoe Heritage Association, Ltd.

http://www.wcha.org

A non-profit membership association devoted to preserving, studying, building, restoring and using wood-canvas, cedar strip and birchbark canoes, and to disseminating information about canoeing heritage in North America.

 Boating Safety & First Aid

Boat U.S. Foundation

http://www.boatus.com/foundation/

This is the Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water. Take an online boating safety course or order free boating safety brochures for adults and kids. Read results of tests on safety equipment to help you properly equip your boat. Recent "Foundation Findings" have focused on fire extinguishers, life jackets, personal watercraft, anchors, and visual distress signals.

Boating Safety Sidekicks

http://www.boatingsidekicks.com/

A fun site that teaches kids all about boating safety. Brought to you by the National Safe Boating Council.

BoatSafe.com

http://www.boatsafe.com/ 

Read excellent boating safety articles, take an online Basic Boating Safety Certification Course or a distance education Coastal Navigation Course. Take an online quiz to see how much you know about boating safety.

BoatSafe Kids! 

http://www.boatsafe.com/kids/index.htm

Do you want to peak the interest in boating and boating safety in your kids or grandkids? This is a great site that combines fun answers to boating questions, games, historical facts, and more. You may even pick up some new knowledge.

National Safe Boating Council (NSBC)

http://www.safeboatingcouncil.org/

The National Safe Boating Council is the foremost coalition for the advancement and promotion of safer boating through education. (American and Canadian)

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary - Vessel Safety Check

http://www.cgaux.org/cgauxweb/public/cme.htm

The U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary offers free safety checks to boaters who wish to be sure that their boats meet all federal and state requirements. Read a comprehensive explanation of each item included in a Vessel Safety Check and determine whether your boat would meet the criteria.

U.S. Coast Guard - Office of Boating Safety

http://www.uscgboating.org

Learn how to keep your boating experiences safe by reading various publications, regulations, safety equipement lists etc.

 Weather & Tides Information For Boating

Maine Harbors

 http://www.maineharbors.com/

"Individual monthly Tide Charts for 150 Harbors from Eastport, ME to Greenwich, CT "

The National Weather Service

http://weather.noaa.gov/fax/marine.shtml

Marine charts online brought to you by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Weather Channel

http://www.weather.com/

The Weather Channel "features current conditions and forecasts for over 1,700 cities world wide, along with local and regional radars."

The Weather Network - Marine Forecasts

http://www.theweathernetwork.com/features/marine/

Click on a region to view the marine forecast in major Canadian and U.S. areas.