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 of Mid-Atlantic - Formally known as USPS District 5. District website for 31 Mid-Atlantic Squadrons   
America's Boating Club Member's Benefits - Received discounts on boating products, insurance, travel and lodging, and many more items   
Boat Live 365 - Collection of educational materials and resources for Recreational Boaters   
Sail Angle - The Ultimate Online Boating Community   
United States Power Squadrons - USPS is a non profit, boating educational and social organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable    
Meet Up - For login information please email    
USPS & ABC Websites :For login information please email -   
Members Only Area : For login information please email -   
Americas Boating Club MidAtlantic Public Information and Marketing - Information and Marketing   


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   
Documented Vessel Owner Info - Search by vessel name or official USCG documation number   
DSC Distress Communication Form - Procedure for Transmitting a DSC Distress Call and verbal MAYDAY Radio Call   
EPIRB Basics - Basic EPIRB operating rules drawn from US Coast Guard, NOAA and manufacturer information   
Global Positioning System (GPS) - - Official U.S. government information about the Global Positioning System (GPS) and related topics    
Inflatable Life Jackets - What you Need & Should know about Proper Care and Maintenance of Inflatable Lift Jackets (9-min Video)   
Federal Requirements for Recreational Boats - Guide for Federal Requirements for Recreational Vessels from United States Coast Guard   
Magnetic Compasses - Installation & Compensation procedures for typical Magnetic Compasses   
MD Requirements for Recreational Vessels - Guide for Maryland State Requirements for Recreational Vessels from Maryland Natural Resources Police   
MD 2019 Recreational Boating Statistics - Contains statistics on Recreational Boating Accidents for Maryland   
Mastering Marlinespike - Learn to tie knots, bends, hitches and more   
MMSI FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions about Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) numbers   
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   
Navigation Rules - Rules of the Road and other navigation rules   
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   
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   
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 2020 Recreational Boating Statistics - Contains statistics on Recreational Boating Accidents and state vessel registration   
U.S. Navy Signal Flags - International alphabet flags, numeral pennants, numeral flags, and special flags and pennants for visual signaling   
VHF/DSC - In addition to routine communications capability, the VHF/DSC radio includes greatly improved distress alerting features   
Virtual VSC - 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   
Canadian Charts - Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS)'s nautical charts and publications    
Canadian Coast Guard - Canadian Navigation Services, Navigational Warnings, Search and Rescue   
Canada Border Services Agency - Facilitates the flow of legitimate travelers and trade in Canada   
Distances Between U.S. Ports - Distances from a port of the United States to other ports in the United States   
Inland Navigational Charts - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers inland navigation system charts for download   
Local Notice to Mariners - Updated weekly and available for download in PDF Format   
Maryland Boating Speed Zones - Map showing boating speed limits and special regulation zones on the Chesapeake Bay and it's tributaries    
Nautical Charts and Publications - NOAA Office of Coast Survey - Download: Navigational Charts, United States Coast Pilot, U.S. Chart No. 1 (Chart Symbols)   
Navigation Star Chart - U.S. Observatory Navigation Star Chart for celestial navigation   
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   
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 Chart No. 1 - Symbols, Abbreviations and Terms used on Paper & Electronic Navigation Charts   
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.   
US Coast Pilot #3 - Atlantic Coast: Sandy Hook, NJ to Cape Henry, VA in PDF file format for viewing or download.   
USCG Light Lists Index - Index to all Light Lists volumes, which are intended to furnish more complete information concerning aids to navigation than can be conveniently shown on charts.   
USCG Light Lists Weekly Updates - Weekly Updates for all USCG Light Lists. Available in PDF file format for viewing or download.   
USCG Light List #2 - Atlantic Coast: Shrewsbury River, NJ to Little River, SC 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   


Weather and tides

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 NWS: Annapolis - Current conditions and detailed forcasts for Annapolis from United States Naval Academy observation station   
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 2020 Products - Update on National Hurricane Center Products and Services for 2020   
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 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 Tides & Currents Reports - Accurate, reliable, and timely tides, water levels, currents, and other coastal oceanographic and meteorological information   
NOAA Tide Predictions - View Tide predictions for up to 2 years in the past or future   
Stormsurf - Provides surf forecasts, surf reports, wave models, weather models, buoys reports and buoy forecasts    
Tide and Current Predictor for Annapolis - Generate predictions of current speeds and tidal heights for Annapolis (US Naval Academy), Severn River   
Tide and Current Predictor - Generate predictions of current speeds and tidal heights for any selected location    
Tide Finder - Generate predictions of tidal heights and Sun & Moon rise/set times for Maryland waters   
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 Resourses

First Aid/CPR/AED Training Videos - CPR, AED & First Aid Video Library from the National Safety Council   
Rescuing a Drowning Victim by Boat - A guide of what boaters should do to help Rescue a Drowning Victim   
Immersion into Cold Water - Training Video on surviving the effects of cold-water immersion, cold shock, incapacitation & hypothermia.   
First Aid for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning - First Aid Reference for CO Victims. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and poisonous gas    
EPIRB Rental Program - Rent an EPIRB or PLB. Large inventory of rental emergency beacons shipped directly to you   
Inflatable Life Jacket Rearming Kits - Identify the proper manufacture part number Inflator Rearming Kit from images and style numbers   
Lifesaving Systems Corp. (LSC) - Company specializes in providing rescue, safety, and survival equipment   
Maritime Safety Office - Global maritime geospatial intelligence, Safety of Navigation, Nautical Calculators, Marine Pilot Charts   
Maryland DNR - Boating Safety home page for the State of Maryland   
NASBLA - Organization that works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety   
National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) - Serves as a national catalyst for developing a safe boating culture by providing educational resources   
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   
USCG Office of Boating Safety - The U.S. Coast Guard's Boating Safety Division - Dedicated to improving the knowledge, skills, and abilities of Recreational Boaters.   
USCG Sector Maryland-NCR - Provides maritime safety, security, accessibility, and environmental protection for the upper Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries    


Vendors & Services

ActiveCaptain - Users shares their experiences to make boating safer, less expensive and more enjoyable1   
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   
Chesapeake Bay Magazine - Magizine for Chesapeake lifestyle and showcase of people in the region   
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   
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   
Marine Traffic - Track the movements of any ship in the world transmitting an AIS signal   
Mario Vittone - Boating Safety Articles from an expert on Immersion Hypothermia, Drowning, Sea Survival, and Safety at Sea   
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   
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   
Seven Seas Cruising Association - Worldwide organization supporting the liveaboard cruising lifestyle   
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)    

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They do not imply endorsement by the United States Power Squadrons.


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