Links

Due to the number of sites available and the limited space, the following listing of links contains no reviews—with a few notable exceptions. This list is by no means complete and may omit some important sites. Though we try to ensure that only links to active sites are listed, some sites may no longer be accessible through the listed URLs.

AIS 

Blogs

Books and Publishers

Charts

e-books

Engineering and Maintenance

Environment 

Government Sites

GPS

Lighthouse Links

Link Sites

Marine Electronics

Museums and History

Nautical Science

Navigation

Northwest Sites

Notices to Mariners

Radio

Radar

Safety

Tides and Currents

Time 

Weather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AIS 

Blogs

Books and Publishers

Charts

e-books

Engineering and Maintenance

Environment 

Government Sites

GPS

Lighthouse Links

Link Sites

Marine Electronics

Museums and History

Nautical Science

Navigation

Northwest Sites

Notices to Mariners

Radio

Radar

Safety

Tides and Currents

Time 

Weather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AIS 

Blogs

Books and Publishers

Charts

e-books

Engineering and Maintenance

Environment 

Government Sites

GPS

Lighthouse Links

Link Sites

Marine Electronics

Museums and History

Nautical Science

Navigation

Northwest Sites

Notices to Mariners

Radio

Radar

Safety

Tides and Currents

Time 

Weather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AIS 

Blogs

Books and Publishers

Charts

e-books

Engineering and Maintenance

Environment 

Government Sites

GPS

Lighthouse Links

Link Sites

Marine Electronics

Museums and History

Nautical Science

Navigation

Northwest Sites

Notices to Mariners

Radio

Radar

Safety

Tides and Currents

Time 

Weather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AIS 

Blogs

Books and Publishers

Charts

e-books

Engineering and Maintenance

Environment 

Government Sites

GPS

Lighthouse Links

Link Sites

Marine Electronics

Museums and History

Nautical Science

Navigation

Northwest Sites

Notices to Mariners

Radio

Radar

Safety

Tides and Currents

Time 

Weather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AIS 

Blogs

Books and Publishers

Charts

e-books

Engineering and Maintenance

Environment 

Government Sites

GPS

Lighthouse Links

Link Sites

Marine Electronics

Museums and History

Nautical Science

Navigation

Northwest Sites

Notices to Mariners

Radio

Radar

Safety

Tides and Currents

Time 

Weather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AIS 

Blogs

Books and Publishers

Charts

e-books

Engineering and Maintenance

Environment 

Government Sites

GPS

Lighthouse Links

Link Sites

Marine Electronics

Museums and History

Nautical Science

Navigation

Northwest Sites

Notices to Mariners

Radio

Radar

Safety

Tides and Currents

Time 

Weather

 

AIS (Automatic Identification System)

US Coast Guard  AIS pages   

USCG Real, Synthetic and Virtual AIS ATONs

Sailwx.info Shiptracker information

Marine Traffic

Vessel Tracker 

 

Blogs 

Adventures of Tanglewood Peter Hayden's often outspoken blog

BoatTech at Boat US

Panbo  The Marine Electronics blog   

 

Books and Publishers 

Chyna Sea Ventures  Home of Ports and Passes tide books. Wholesale distributor of nautical books and maps and Maptech digital and paper products      

International Marine Publishing  

Pacific Marine Publishing  home of "Docks and Destinations"

Ports and Passes  The most comprehensive tide book for the Pacific northwest. Compensated for daylight time!! In print and Kindle e-Book editions. Logbooks, and maps too.

Shipwrite Productions  Nautical publications and consulting—specializing in the Pacific Northwest and electronic navigation.

Waggoner Cruising Guide  The "bible" for northwest boating

 

Charts and Maps 

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Canadian Electronic Atlas  

Canadian Hydrographic Service

     Chart No. 1

     Catalogue of charts 

Geographical Names of Canada  

United States Office of Coast Surveys      

     Free Raster Charts

     Free S-57 Vector Charts

     Online Chart Viewer

     Chart No. #1. 

     NOAA Booklet Charts

     How to download US Electronic Charts online

NOAA Historical Maps and Charts  

Richardson's Maptech Chartbooks and Chartkits

C-Map  electronic charts

MaxSea / Nobeltec Time Zero Navigation Software Home of Time Zero Navigation Software

Navionics   electronic charts

Open CPN  Open source navigation software

Openseamap  Open source marine vector maps 

Rose Point Coastal Explorer 

Transas  World-wide vector charts based primarily on NOAA, British Admiralty and Russian Hydrographic Service charts

 

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All the books listed here can be viewed with a web browser or with Adobe Acrobat Reader and do not require any other specialized reader programs. 

Official Publications

US National Geospatial Agency Maritime Safety Information (Publications)

     American Practical Navigator (Bowditch) in PDF Format. 

Coast Pilots / Sailing Directions

United States Coast Pilots online

Canadian Sailing Directions online

List of Lights

US List of Lights

Canadian List of Lights, Buoys and Fog Signals

Notices to Mariners

Canadian Coast Guard Notices to Mariners

           Annual Edition Notices to Mariners (Canada)

           Navigation Warnings (Previously Notices to Shipping)

United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Admiralty Notices to Mariners

US Coast Guard Notices to Mariners  

United States Navigational Warnings

Radio Aids to Marine Navigation

Canadian Coast Guard Radio Aids to Marine Navigation

United States Radio Navigation Aids

Other

Ice Navigation in Canadian Waters 

International Code of Signals Published by National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

The Nautical Almanac (Nautical Almanacs past and present, reduction tables etc.) 

Ocean Passages for the World  NP136  1973 Edition (PDF)

Mariner's Handbook  NP100  2004 Edition (PDF)

Radar Navigation Manual Published by National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

Canadian Aids to Navigation System 

Nautical Free Publications -- a massive collection of free resources. 

Boating in Oregon Coastal Waters--2007 Edition  1999 Edition

Oceanography of the BC Coast  by Richard Thompson A must read!! if you want to understand how the ocean environment interacts with the coastal land mass. 

The Essentials of Sea Survival by Frank Golden and Michael Tipton. Another must read!!  If you only read one nautical book in your life, this should be the one. This book will hlp you to prepare to survive an accident at sea. It explains, in very clear language, why hypothermia is not the cold water sailor's  greatest challenge. In fact this book explains how your biggest challenge is to survive long enough to risk dying of hypothermia. 

Survival in Cold Waters (TP13822)  Based on the work of Dr. Michael Tipton, world authority on hypothermia. (Everyone who operates a boat in cold waters should read this publication.)

 

Engineering and Maintenance

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The Corrosion Source   

Galvanic Series of Metals 

Marine Engine.com  marine engine exchange

The Society of Naval Architects and Engineers

Boat US--Seaworthy Magazine 

Transport Canada Small Vessel Compliance Program 

 

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Georgia Strait Alliance           

           Guide to Green Boating

           Map of sewage pump out stations in Georgia Strait

Ocean Legacy Foundation Marine debris solutions

 

Government Sites  

(that don't fit another category)

 

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Canadian Border Services Agency      

            Travellers Information and Services   

Canadian Coast Guard 

Transport Canada Marine

             Vessel Registration Query System     

Transportation Safety Board of Canada  

United States Coast Guard      

             National Vessel Documentation Center   

United States National Geodetic Survey   

United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

United States Naval Observatory  

 

GPS  

 

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Canadian Coast Guard DGPS page    

The Commissioners of Irish Lights DGPS FAQ pages  

FAA WAAS site

GLONASS 

GPS Information Net

Horizontal Datum explained 

International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities  The governing body for lighthouses, buoys, and DGPS reference stations

Jay Snively's Useful GPS Information site for "the less technically inclined."

Joe Mehaffey's GPS Information Web-site GPS information—including numerous links and GPS hardware reviews

Joe Mehaffy's WAAS page "Your Questions Answered"  

NAVSTAR GPS User's Introduction at the USCG Navcen 

Trimble GPS Tutorial

Trinity House  UK lighthouse authority—DGPS page

WAAS in Canada  

 

Lighthouse Links

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The Lighthouse Directory--a comprehensive directory of 9300 of the world's lighthouses 

The lighthouses of Australia     

The BC Lighthouse Keeper's Database   

British Lighthouses -- German web-site

The Commissioners of Irish Lights      

The Eddystone Lighthouse   

John Morris BC Lighthouse photographs

The Lighthouse Getaway--Photos of lighthouses from around the world

LighthousesRUS--index of North American lights

The Macquarie Lighthouse--Australia's first lighthouse

The Northern Lighthouse Board--the general Lighthouse Authority for Scotland and the Isle of Man  

Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society  

The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse     

Trinity House  UK lighthouse authority

Swedish Lighthouse Society    

 

Link Sites 

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The Mother of All Maritime Linksa huge collection of links to nautical sites—(from soup to nuts)

Port Credit Marine Surveys  Enough material to keep you occupied for a month. 

 

Marine Electronics

 

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Boat Services Inc. on-line   

Furuno USA   manufacturer of a complete line of marine electronics

Garmin  manufacturer of GPS hardware

Lowrance Electronics Inc.  manufacturers of GPS, sonar and aviation electronics

       Broadband Radar  

Magellan Systems Corporation    

Maretron  Manufacturer of NMEA 2000 compliant instruments and cables   

Northstar Technologies    

Raymarine Electronics   

Si-Tex Marine Electronics   

Simrad Marine Electronics    

Standard Horizon  

Trimble Navigation   GPS hardware 

 

Museums and History 

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The British Merchant Navy Association  

Captain Cook's Journal    

The International Journal of Maritime History  

Marine Museum of Manitoba   

The Museum at Campbell River  

Mystic Seaport Maritime Museum   

National Maritime Museum at Greenwich UK

Maritime Art at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, UK

NOAA Historical Maps and Charts  

 

Nautical Science

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Antrim and Associates Naval Architects  

Nautical Knowhow  Understanding and Utilizing the Secrets of Waves

 

Navigation

 

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Admiralty Easy-Tide A tide prediction service of the UK Hydrographic Office for more than 6000 ports worldwide. 

The Canadian Aids to Navigation System 

Collision Regulations A comparison of the US Inland and the International Rules

Collision Regulations The International Rules with Canadian modifications

Guidelines for Voyage Planning [IMO Resolution A.893(21)]

Horizontal Datum Errors 

Institute of Navigation   

National Geospatial Intelligence Agency    

        Maritime Safety and Information Division   

        Publications Page home of the American Practical Navigator (Bowditch) On-Line

        Navigation Calculator  Distance calculators, Celestial Navigation calculators, Time and Weather calculators etc.

The Nautical Institute  The world’s leading institute for professional mariners

Navigation Center  The official US Coast Guard site for information about GPS, DGPS and other subjects of navigational interest. 

NOAA Astronomical Data  Moon Phases on-line

NOAA Historical Declination  To view an interactive map of magnetic declination worldwide from 1590 to 2020

The Royal Institute of Navigation   for those with an interest in navigation in its broadest terms  

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office     

Canadian Tide Tables on-line     

United States Coast Pilot on-line    

 

Northwest Sites

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Alaska Department of Fish and Game

         Fishing in Alaska  Sport  Subsistence  Personal Use

Anchoring in False Creek

BC Freshwater Sport Fishing Synopsis   
          GoFish BC--database of lake depths for over 2500 lakes.  

BC Marina.com   This site has an amazing number of BC coastal photos by the MV Shellyanne

Coast Alaska Net low-tide videography of the Alaska Coast

Area Whiskey Golf

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Pacific Region

          Sport Fishing Guide    PDF Version

          Rockfish Conservation Areas   PDF Version    

Georgia Strait Alliance           

           Guide to Green Boating

           Map of sewage pump out stations in Georgia Strait

International Pacific Halibut Commission  

Northwest Boat Travel  Home of Northwest Boat Travel Guide and a massive collection of links.

Slowboat A wealth of information about the west coast (Puget Sound, British Columbia and Southeast Alaska)

Southern Gulf Islands National Park Reserve  

Victoria Harbour Traffic Scheme

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife 

          Sport Fishing Regulations and Seasons  

 

Notices to Mariners

 

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Worldwide Navigational Warning System 

Australian Notices to Mariners

The Commissioners of Irish Lights-- Republic of Ireland

French Naval Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service--Notices to Mariners

Hong Kong Notices to Mariners

Japanese Hydrographic Department Notices to Mariners

Netherlands Hydrographic Office Notices to Mariners

New Zealand Notices to Mariners

Norwegian Notices to Mariners

Russian Federation Notices to Mariners and nautical charts

 

US Office of Coast Survey critical paper chart corrections

US Raster Chart updates

Chart Co Commercial Notices to Mariners Service for US and British Admiralty Charts distributed by Satellite

 

Radar   

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NGIA Radar Navigation and Maneuvering Board Manual   

Furuno Electric Ltd. USA   

Lowrance Broadband Radar  

Raymarine Electronics   

Si-Tex Marine Electronics    

Simrad Marine Radars    

Starpath School of Navigation--Home of the famous Radar trainer

UK Marine Accident Investigation Board  

     Performance Investigation of Marine Radar Reflectors commissioned by the MAIB 

     consequent to the investigation of the sinking of the Ouzo 

     Flyer to Merchant Shipping          Flyer to Leisure Industry

     
     

 Radio     

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Boat US application for a United States MMSI

Bob Dixon's Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) page    

Canadian Coast Guard   
             Marine Communication and Traffic Services   

             VHF-DSC Maritime Mobile Service Identity - MMSI  GMDSS for recreational boaters

Radio Aids to Marine Navigation (Canada) (United States)

Densham & Associates Pty Ltd.  Australian GMDSS Information Site  

US Coast Guard NAVTEX Marine Safety Broadcasts   

             VHF Radio coverage charts for the United States

Purchase Study Guide for the Restricted Radio Operator's Certificate (Maritime)       
         Available from          Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons    

Syllabus for the Canadian Restricted Radio Operator's Certificate (Maritime Commercial)    
         Available from          Industry Canada
       

 

Safety

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Cold Water Boot Camp  "Most of the water in Canada is cold year round. It’s cold water that is a major contributor to recreational drowning deaths year after year. Nine Boot Camp volunteers offered to ‘jump in with both feet’ and experience first hand what happens in 6 degree Celsius water."

Beyond Cold Water Boot Camp 

Cold Water Boot Camp USA

United States Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety     

          Safety Alerts and Lessons Learned   

          Product Assurance Division--Recalls and Manufacturer's Identification Code Database

Transport Canada Office of Boating Safety    Safe Boating Guide

Survival in Cold Waters (TP13822)  Based on the work of Dr. Michael Tipton, world authority on hypothermia. (We consider this publication to be so important that it rates a link on our home page. Everyone who operates a boat in cold waters should read this publication.)

           Small Fishing Vessel Safety Manual  

           Transport Canada Small Vessel Compliance Program

           Transport Canada Small Commercial Vessel Safety Guide 

Boat Safe Kids Boats and Speed

Boat US  Seaworthy Magazine--The Boat US Marine Insurance and Damage Avoidance report

           Why boats sink

           Caught in thunderstorms

           Hurricane preparation

California Department of Boating and Waterways   

Fish Safe BC

           Fishing Industry Hazard Alerts

           Accident Alert--Cold Water can Kill

Hypothermia.org   

iFloat blog-Lifejackets-This Name Is For a Reason

Lifelines--Navigating in the vicinity of large commercial vessels

Marine and Safety Tasmania  

Maryland Department of Natural Resources  

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources    
           Ice Safety  

           Boating Safety 
           The Drowning Machine   
National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) 

Boating in Oregon Coastal Waters--2007 Edition  1999 Edition

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (Pacific)  

SmartBoater.ca  

SOS Distress Light, by Weems & Plath & Sirius Signal 

Washington State Boating Safety 

Watching Your Wake--a Boater's Guide 

 

Tides and Currents 

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Canadian Tides, Currents and Water Levels Home Page 

          Tides and Currents Predictions

          Hydrographic Tidal Manual

          Canadian Tidal Manual

Crossing the Bar A great instructional video from New Zealand

Extreme Tidal Environments in British Columbia

NASA Perpetual Ocean Animation of worldwide ocean currents  Long Version

NOAA Tides and Currents graphic interface

          NOAA Tide Predictions

          NOAA Current Predictions

          Tides and Currents Education

          FAQs

Ports and Passes The most comprehensive tide book for the Pacific northwest (Olympia WA to Glacier Bay AK). Compensated for daylight time!! Logbooks, and maps too.

Slowboat Video of Nakwakto rapids. A work of art.

Tidal Current Charts of Puget Sound  

 

Time 

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Astronomical Applications from the United States Naval Observatory

          World Time Zone Map  

Atomic Clock Sync Utility  

Daylight Saving Time 

The Personal World Clock 

Test Your Computer's Clock

TimeandDate.com

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

TimeTicker.com 

United States Official Time  

 

Weather   

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Meteorological Service of Canada  

          Lightstation reports 

          Current conditions (Marine)

          British Columbia Marine Text forecasts

          Georgia Strait marine forecast 

          BC North Coast marine forecast

          BC South Coast marine forecast

         Surface Analysis (Synoptic charts) 

         GOES Satellite images 

         Guide to Environment Canada Marine Weather Forecasts 

Publications and Resources

        Marine Weather Guide (Brochure) for British Columbia Waters by Environment Canada

        National Marine Weather Guide

        Regional Marine Weather Guide for British Columbia

 

United States National Weather Service   

           Alaska Coastal Marine Forecasts

           Washington State Coastal Marine Forecasts 

           Marine Radiofax Charts

           NWS radiofax charts for Northeast Pacific and North Pacific

Publications  includes Marine Weather Service Charts for Alaska

           The Beaufort Scale (Poster)

           Mariner's Weather Guide to Gulf of Alaska Coastal Waters 

 

United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

          National Data Buoy Center

          NOAA Satellite Server   GOES-West image viewer 

          NOAA Photo Library     

          National Hurricane Center  

 

United Kingdom Met Office

         Learn About Weather

         Fact Sheets

 

Animated weather maps

NullSchool

Ventusky  

Windyty 

 

Other Weather Links

Coastal BC Weather Links 

Cliff Maas Weather Blog 

Current Satellite Photographs (University of Oregon)

Lee Chesneau's Marine Weather

Mariner's Weather Handbook by Steve & Linda Dashew

Michelangelo and the Hurricane  

Paths of water particles in wind-driven waves

Physical Geography  Introduction to the Atmosphere

Rough Water Seamanship  

Royal Meteorological Society

The Weather Doctor

The Weather Window  

 

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