Links of Interest


USPS & ABC Websites

America's Boating Channel - Safe boating and boater education digital media (many videos)   
America's Boating Club - For all types of boaters - novice or experienced, in coastal or inland waterways   
America's Boating Club Education - Courses and Seminars designed to build your boating skills for where you do your boating   
America's Boating Club Member's Benefits - Received discounts on boating products, insurance, travel and lodging, and many more items   
America's Boating Club of Mid-Atlantic - Formally known as USPS District 5. District website for 31 Mid-Atlantic Squadrons   
ASPS Website Members Only Page - For login information please email: -   
Boat Live 365 - Collection of educational materials and resources for Recreational Boaters   
United States Power Squadrons - USPS is a non profit, boating educational and social organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable    
USPS & ABC Websites - For login information please email: -   


Educational Resources

Animated Knots - Learn by viewing animated knots that are primarily for boaters   
Boat Ed - Boating Education Resources and Boater's License Courses for all States   
Cold Water Safety - The National Center for Cold Water Safety website provides information of cold water equipment and survivance   
EPIRB Basics - Basic EPIRB operating rules drawn from US Coast Guard, NOAA and manufacturer information   
Federal Requirements for Recreational Boats - Guide for Federal Requirements for Recreational Vessels from United States Coast Guard   
Global Positioning System (GPS) - - Official U.S. government information about the Global Positioning System (GPS) and related topics    
Hurricane Safety Tips - Understanding of Tropical Cyclones and Hurricane hazards will help to make a more informed decision    
Inflatable Life Jackets - What you Need & Should know about Proper Care and Maintenance of Inflatable Lift Jackets (9-min Video)   
Magnetic Compasses - Installation & Compensation procedures for typical Magnetic Compasses   
Mastering Marlinespike - Learn to tie knots, bends, hitches and more   
MD 2023 Recreational Boating Statistics - Contains statistics on Recreational Boating Accidents for Maryland   
MD Requirements for Recreational Vessels - Guide for Maryland State Requirements for Recreational Vessels from Maryland Natural Resources Police   
MMSI (Domestic) - MMSI numbers for US registered or documented, recreational vessels under 65' that are NOT Visiting or Communicating with Foreign Ports   
MMSI (International) - FCC issued MMSI numbers for International Cruising - Accessible to International Search & Rescue Agencies   
MMSI FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions about Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) numbers   
NATO Phonetic Alphabet - Phonetic Alphabet, Codes & Signals uesed by NATO and USCG so that letters and numbers can be pronounced and understood by those who transmit and receive voice messages by radio or telephone   
Navigation Rules - Rules of the Road and other navigation rules   
NOAA Buoy Center FAQs - NDBC list of the most frequently asked questions posed to NDBC personnel by the many users of NDBC data   
NSBC - National Safe Boating Council, helping create a safe boating experience for recreational boaters   
Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit - If you communicate with Foreign Coast or Ship Stations, you must have a Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit in addition to your Ship Radio Station License   
Right Life Jacket - U.S. Coast Guard life jacket requirements for Recreational Vessels   
Rules of the Road Quick Reference - Abbreviated Guide to Navigation Rules of the Road   
Ship Radio Stations - Depending on the size, purpose, or destination of a vessel, its radio station may need to meet certain requirements   
Starry Night - Audio Pronunciation Guide for the top 500 most commonly mispronounced astronomical stars & objects   
The Book Galley - Well-organized and comprehensive website with tips, reviews & how-tos for liveaboard cruising   
U.S. Navy Signal Flags - International alphabet flags, numeral pennants, numeral flags, and special flags and pennants for visual signaling   
USCG 2022 Recreational Boating Statistics - Contains statistics on Recreational Boating Accidents and state vessel registration for the year 2022   
USCG 2023 Recreational Boating Statistics - Contains statistics on Recreational Boating Accidents and state vessel registration for the year 2023   
USCG Maritime Commons - The USCG Blog for Maritime Professionals   
USCG Merchant Mariner Credential - Applicants seeking or revising a Merchant Mariner Credential (Captain's License)   
USCG National Vessel Documentation Center - Frequently Asked Questions about Vessel Documentation, a national form of registration   
USCG Navigation Rules and Regulations - USCG & International Navigation Rules and Regulations (COLREGS). Maritime "Rules of the Roads"   
VHF/DSC - In addition to routine communications capability, the VHF/DSC radio includes greatly improved distress alerting features   
VSC - Paddle Craft - Prepare for a successful Paddle Craft Vessel Safety Check   
VSC - Vessels - Prepare for a successful Vessel Safety Check   


Navigational Resources

AIS - AIS is an automatic tracking system that uses transponders on vessels to supplement marine radar for Vessel Identification and Collision Avoidance   
Canada Border Services Agency - Facilitates the flow of legitimate travelers and trade in Canada   
Canadian Charts - Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS)'s nautical charts and publications    
Canadian Coast Guard - Canadian Navigation Services, Navigational Warnings, Search and Rescue   
Distances Between U.S. Ports - Distances from a port of the United States to other ports in the United States   
Distances Between World Ports - National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency document showing the shortest navigable routes between world ports   
Inland Navigational Charts - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers inland navigation system charts for download   
Light List Annual Publication - These publications contain a list of lights, sound signals, buoys, daybeacons, and other aids to navigation.   
Local Notice to Mariners - Updated weekly and available for download in PDF Format   
MarineTraffic - Live Ships Map. Information and vessel positions for vessels around the world using AIS.    
Nautical Charts and Publications - NOAA Office of Coast Survey - Download: Navigational Charts, United States Coast Pilot, U.S. Chart No. 1 (Chart Symbols)   
NOAA ENC - Electronic Navigational Charts - Free Download of Vector Nautical Chart data - updated weekly   
NOAA Home Page - Information on all the products and services provided by the NOAA    
OpenCPN - Free chartplotter navigation software and apps   
Ship Observations Reports - NOAA U.S. Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS) Program web site   
United States Coast Guard - One of our nation's five military services that protects the interests in U.S. ports, inland waterways, along the coasts, and on international waters   
United States Customs and Border Protection - Secures America's borders at and between ports of entry by stopping inadmissible people and illicit goods   
US Aids to Navigation System - Color Aids to Navigation Insert    
US Chart No. 1 - Symbols, Abbreviations and Terms used on Paper & Electronic Navigation Charts   
US Coast Pilot #3 - Atlantic Coast: Sandy Hook, NJ to Cape Henry, VA in PDF file format for viewing or download.   
US Coast Pilot Index - Index to all Coast Pilots volumes, which contain supplemental information that is difficult to portray on a nautical chart. Available in PDF file format for viewing or download.   
USCG Light List Summary of Corrections - Summary of 2024 Light List Corrections from the Local Notice to Mariners.   
USCG Light Lists Weekly Updates - Weekly Updates for all USCG Light Lists. Available in PDF file format for viewing or download.   
USCG Marine Safety Alerts, Advisories - Safety Alerts and Advisories provided for informational purposes from USCG   
USCG Marine Safety Information Bulletins - Safety Alerts and Advisories are provided for informational purposes    
USCG Navigation Center - Search the database using a wide variety of parameters to get current Maritime Navigation Information   
USGS - The National Map - The National Map delivers topographic information for the Nation.    


Weather - Tides - Harbor Conditions

AccuWeather - Provides local, national, and global daily weather forecast, as well as hourly, radar, and RealFeel maps.   
Aviation Weather for BWI - Latest weather reports, radar, and forecasts for aviation flights in Baltimore Airspace   
Beaufort Wind Scale - An empirical measure that relates wind speed to observed conditions at sea or on land    
NOAA National Data Buoy Center - Real time data from 1000's of NOAA buoys   
NOAA National Hurricane Center - Prediction of hurricanes and other tropical weather   
NOAA NHC 2024 Products - Update on National Hurricane Center Products and Services for 2024   
NOAA NHC Definition of TFC - Definition of the National Hurricane Center Track Forecast Cone   
NOAA nowCOAST - GIS-based web mapping portal to NOAA's real-time coastal observations, analyses, forecasts, watches, warnings, and advisories   
NOAA NWS: Annapolis - Current conditions and detailed forcasts for Annapolis from United States Naval Academy observation station   
NOAA Ocean Prediction Center - Worldwide surface marine observations system in real time   
NOAA Station TPLM2 - Thomas Point, MD - Real time tidal and meteorological observations at Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse for the last 45 days   
NOAA Storm Prediction Center - Provides timely and accurate weather storm forecasts and watches   
NOAA Tide Predictions - View Tide predictions for up to 2 years in the past or future   
NOAA Tides & Currents Reports - Accurate, reliable, and timely tides, water levels, currents, and other coastal oceanographic and meteorological information   
Saltwatertides-MD - 108 Tide Sites in Maryland   
Stormsurf - Provides surf forecasts, surf reports, wave models, weather models, buoys reports and buoy forecasts    
The Weather Channel - Latest weather news, radar, video and alerts for your location and across the country. Find out about extreme weather events, climate change, health and safety tips.   
Tide and Current Predictor - Generate predictions of current speeds and tidal heights for any selected location    
Tide and Current Predictor for Annapolis - Generate predictions of current speeds and tidal heights for Annapolis (US Naval Academy), Severn River   
Time & Date - Current Time (World Clock), Sunrise & Sunset Calculator, Moon Rise, Set & Phase Calculator, Time & Date Calculator   
Ventusky - Top-Quality application that clearly displays meteorological data from around the world   
Wave Height Model - Colorful model showing global wave data   
Windfinder - Wind, Wave and Weather Forecast for Thomas Point - Windy (also known as Windyty) is a tool for weather forecast visualization   


Safety Items - Safety Equipment - Safety Resources

Cold Water Safety Equipment - The National Center for Cold Water Safety website provides information of cold water equipment   
Damage Control Kits - Kits to control damaged due to grounding, collisions with other ships, piers, or from striking submerged objects   
DSC Distress Communication Form - Procedure for Transmitting a DSC Distress Call and verbal MAYDAY Radio Call   
EPIRB Rental Program - Rent an EPIRB or PLB. Large inventory of rental emergency beacons shipped directly to you   
First Aid for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning - First Aid Reference for CO Victims. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and poisonous gas    
First Aid/CPR/AED Training Videos - CPR, AED & First Aid Video Library from the National Safety Council   
Inflatable Life Jacket Rearming Kits - Identify the proper manufacture part number Inflator Rearming Kit from images and style numbers   
Life Rafts - Life Rafts for fishermen, merchant seafarers, ship passengers, offshore workers, sports and leisure sailors, etc   
Lifesaving Systems Corp. (LSC) - Company specializes in providing rescue, safety, and survival equipment   
Marine Safety Equipment & Devices - Marine Safety Equipment & Devices from Fisheries Supply Company   
USCG Float Plan - Official Float Plan of the U.S. Coast Guard - Complete this plan before you go boating and leave it with a reliable person   


Vendors & Services

ActiveCaptain - Users shares their experiences to make boating safer, less expensive and more enjoyable1   
Annapolis Boat Shows - Information on Annapolis area Boat Shows   
Aqua Map - This application provides Nautical Charts using Retina displays   
Argo - Free boating app that helps you find & route to new destinations, share local knowledge, & connect with other boaters   
Bacon Sails & Marine Supplies - Features a large selection of new and used boat parts. Accepts boating gear for consignment   
BoatUS - Nation's largest organization of recreational boat owners   
CAPCA - CAPCA is a professional organization for Coast Guard-licensed captains across the Chesapeake Bay and along the Atlantic coast   
Chesapeake Bay Cruising Guide - One of several guides with information on cursing the Chesapeake Bay   
Chesapeake Bay Magazine - Magizine for Chesapeake lifestyle and showcase of people in the region   
Commodore Uniform - USPS Uniforms and USPS Specialized Accessorizes, Flags, Award Plaques, etc   
Corinthians - East Coast sailing association focused on sailing cruises and supporting members cruising   
Cruisers Net - Comprehensive cruising resource for the ICW from Norfolk to the Northern Gulf and Bahamas   
Defender - Authorized U.S. dealer/distributor marine outfitter offering a wide selection of quality products   
Dockwa - Online searching and booking of Marinas nationwide   
Fawcett - An independent business, locally owned and operated marine supplier in Annapolis   
FishTalk Online - Weekly fishing reports for the Chesapeake Bay and Mid-Atlantic and surrounding region   
Maryland Charter Boats & Fishing Guides - Locate charters and guides available throughout Maryland.   
Maryland DNR Eyes on the Bay - Maryland tidal water quality data and information   
Maryland DNR Fish Facts - A collection of information about the wide variety of fish you can find in the state of Maryland   
Maryland DNR Fishing Report - Latest fishing opportunities and tips for Maryland's freshwater and coastal waters.    
Maryland Nautical - Stocks a worldwide selection of nautical charts (electronic & paper), books, navigation software and marine supplies   
Mother Of All Maritime Links - Possibly the largest marine link that exist   
MTOA (Marine Trawlers Owners Association) - A national association of trawler owners   
Navionics - Nautical Charts & Apps for cruising, fishing, sailing, diving and many other activities on the water   
Noonsite - Provides cruisers with information regarding the necessary formalities, paperwork and costs for clearing into all countries   
Ocean City Fishing Center - Offshore and inshore fishing in Maryland   
Panbo - Marine Electronics Forum on Chartplotters, MFDs, Radar, Autopilot, AIS, VHF Radios, Sonar, Tools, etc...   
PropTalk Online - Read the latest issue of PropTalk Magazine online, or browse through the archives   
Safety Institute of Maryland - Provides specialized CPR and First Aid training for marinas, boating clubs and both professional and recreational boating organizations   
Seven Seas Cruising Association - Worldwide organization supporting the liveaboard cruising lifestyle   
Snag-A-Slip . - Explore marinas and book slips online   
SpinSheet Online - Read the latest issue of SpinSheet Magazine online, or browse through the archives   
The Bay Guide - Providing what you need to know about exploring the Chesapeake Bay, whether you are a trailer boater, fisherman, cruiser, sail boater or a transient - Sells extensive selection of GPS units, marine electronics, outdoor gear, accessories, and GPS related equipment   
Tidal Fish Cheaspeake Angler Forum - Maryland fishing reports, fishing techniques and fishing talk covering the Maryland Chesapeake Bay & Tidal Waters   
Waterway Guide - Guide featuring mile-by-mile navigation information for Chesapeake Bay and beyond   
West Marine - Marine equipment retailers with local stores all over the country (12 in Maryland)    
White Marlin Open - 50-year-old deep-sea fishing tournament held annually in Ocean City, Maryland. Long known as the “World’s Largest Billfishing Tournament   

These links are provided as a service to our visitors and members.
They do not imply endorsement by the United States Power Squadrons.


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