Sailing Links

These links are important to me and I post them here so I can access from my phone or laptop or a friend's computer.  You are welcome to share.


Cruising Data and Charting Sources

Pirate Information - See links at bottom of this page

Noonsite   The global site for cruising sailors

The Frugal Mariner - Boating on a Budget

Active Captain - The Interactive Cruising Guidebook

Skipper Tips - Captain John

Blue Seas   Boating and Yachting Resources

Blue Seas   Pilot Charts

NOAA Nautical Charts   Main page

NOAA Nautical Charts   Raster Charts

NOAA Nautical Charts   Download Page RNC  BSB format

NOAA Global Nautical Charts

OpenCPN  Free Chartplotter and GPS Navigation Software  (can use free NOAA charts)

How to Cruise America's Great Loop 

Wikipedia - Sailing rigs and rigging - many definitions of names and terms

BoatTalk  - Call in radio talk show about boats, cruising, etc.

U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Resouce Center

NOAA Tide Predictions

Port Ingleside, Corpus Christi Bay Tides

Port Aransas Tides

Frugal Retirement 



Friend's Websites

Lin & Larry Pardey's Website - Lifelong cruisers and authors

Sailing Flying Cloud  - Len & Teri Barton



Texas Do-It-Yourself Marinas/Boatyards

Hooking Bull - DIY Boatyard

House of Boats - DIY Boatyard



Potentially Interesting Celestial Navigation Sites

A Short Guide to Celestial Navigation

Celestial Navigation dot Net

U.S. Power Squadrons - Offshore Navigation


Navigation - General    Taffrail Logs  / Patent Logs   Wood log and timer


Repair, Parts, Methods Links    RC's site   Stuffing box and hose   battery monitor


Compass Marine - How to videos

MarineBeam - Constant current LED replacement bulbs, also reason not to use resistive type LED's

Marine LED Shop - LED Replacement bulbs.


Wholesale Marine

West Marine


Island Nautical

Salty Dog Marine

Catalina Direct - parts for Catalina sailboats


Marine Parts Source - Outboard engine parts

Johnson Outboard Parts link

Johnson Outboard Parts link

Buck Algonquin Packing Box Hose

Moyer Marine - Parts and Kits for Universal Engines

Jamestown Distrubutors

Toad Marine Supply

WeekendRProducts Ken Kloeber

Low Cost Boating Store



Stainless Steel Corrosion

Stainless Steel Corrodes - Must read article by Steve D'Antonio

Stainless Steel Corrosion - Letter from Steve



Bottom Paint / Ablatives / Barrier Coats / Blister Repair

Bottom Paint Compatibility Chart

West System Epoxy  - Epoxy, Barrier Coats, Blister Repair, Fiberglassing


Removable Inner Forstay - Staysail   save for rigging ideas


Reefing   Sail Magazine Article   Various methods of rigging for reefing the main Diagram for single line reefing  Harken Single Line Reefing Outline/Description


Whisker Pole



Animated Knots by Grog


Mast Climbing

ATN Mast Climbing Video

ATN Mast Climbing Video by Sailrite

Top Climber Video

Mast Climbing - includes use of prusik loop



Wind Generator / Turbine Information


Self Steering Links


Scanmar International  - several different brands of wind vane steering


Used Boats

BoatUS - Sailboat Reviews

David Pasco - Marine Surveyor Retired

Marine Surveyor - Ron Cozen - General information about surveys

Documented Vessel Search - Look up owner of documented vessel

U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Documentation Center  - Document, renew, or change ownership

How to Avoid Purchasing a Stolen Boat

Issues with Wood and other Core Materials

YachtWorld  - Mostly brokered boats

BoatsFSBO - Boats for sale by owner

Sailboats Texas

Sailing Texas - Misc stuff for sale

Sailboat Listings

Boats dot com


HSH Yachts

Cruise News dot Net

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum - Donated boats for sale

United States Sailing Center - Donated boats for sale

Boat Angel on eBay - Donated Boats for Sale  - (inventory turns over frequently)

SailNet - Classified Trailers



Sail Repair, Sails, Supplies

Sail Repair  - Sailrite Video



Boat Design

BoatDesignNet   - forum for designers

BoatDesignNet  - specific topic of Rudder Design


Lightning Protection

Lightning & Sailboats - University of Florida IFAS Extension

Marine Lightning Protection - Commercial site with much information about lightning damage and methods of protection.


Galvanic Corrosion / Isolation Transformers / Electric Shock for Swimmers  - must read for protecting swimmers near dock.


Water-Lift Muffler / Aqua-Lift Muffer

Cool and Quiet and Trouble Free - Jerry Powlas and Dave Gerr

Understanding the Waterlift Muffler - Practical Sailor




Forums & Clubs


International Catalina 30 Association

Catalina 30 Yahoo Group   -  Highly recommend this helpful group

Sailboat Owners Form 

Ninnescah Sailing Association - Cheney Lake, Kansas

Walnut Valley Sailing Club - El Dorado Lake, Kansas



Pirate Information