If you go to asearch engine and look for boating links, you will find thousands of them. A simple Google search for "boating" returned over 26 million hits in 2010, up from 1.4 million in 2001.
Some are public interest sites looking to promote boating, boating safety, or some more narrow agenda; some are merchants and vendors trying to sell us stuff; and many are private boaters looking to share their enjoyment of boating with others.
I make no attempt to provide a thorough listing of links. This my own idiosyncratic list of sites that I have found enjoyable, useful, or entertaining. They are loosely organized by type, but many of the sites cover several different items.
I did get carried away and decided to try to have every official U. S. state boating site. I found something from every state; a number of the state sites that I found difficult to navigate when I first compiled this list have been substantially improved.
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|Associations and Groups
Boating Locations USA (Except for the Chesapeake)
General Boating Information
International (non-USA) Sites
| Magazines and
Other Media Sites
Official USAState Government Sites
Personal (Non-Commercial) Boating Sites
Vendors and On-Line Stores
WWW Design Sites
American Boating Association
Boat Owners Association of the United States (Boat/US)
The Boats of Rec.Boats One of the feistier boating communities on the internet is the Rec.Boats Usenet Newsgroup. At this website, you can see the boats of some of the regular readers and posters to that newsgroup.
Chesapeake Chapter, United States Lighthouse Society
National Safe Boating Council
Northern Virginia Boaters Club
BoatEd.Com State-approved courses for 16 U. S. States
BoatSafe.Com Excellent boating safety site.
BoatingSafety.Com Operated by Sea Tow marine towing.
Boating Safety for Kids Operated by the National Safe Boating Council
Boating Tips for Kids from the Great American Days Site
(with thanks to the Valley Book Club)
Boat/US Online Boating Safety Course
Canadian Office of Boating Safety
Canadian Safe Boating Council
Commander Bob's Boating Safety Notebook (Among other things, Commander Bob has a great "links" page.)
National Association of State Boating Law Administrators These are the folks who run the state agencies responsible for regulating boaters and boating.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) safe boating tips
Staying Safe on the Water Boating safety links at the Action Donation website. A reader suggested this site, saying it help her and her husband, who are considering taking up boating.
United States Power Squadron Online Boating Safety Course
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Safety Course Information
BoatClix Tampa Bay's #1 Online Boating Resource
Long Island Boating World
Los Angeles Boating
Boating on the Hudson River, N. Y.
San Diego Boating
The Chesapeake Bay Boaters Guide
Chesapeake by the Sea
Chesapeake and Delaware Bays Nautical News Net
Best Boating Resources on the Web An excellent collection of links.
Boating America Focused on trailer boating and associated with West Marine.
Boats and Boating Good general interest portal site.
Boating and Cruising Oriented towards planning long cruises along the east coast of the USA.
Boating Glossary Okay, what exactly is a "scupper"?
Boating Links Oriented towards commercial links: merchants, vendors, charters, and so on.
BoatTalk Discussion forums.
Discover Boating Operated by the National Marine Manufacturer's Association and oriented towards persuading persons to buy boats.
Mariners Guide Thoroughly researched site; a wealth of information about the Chesapeake Bay and other boating locations across the USA.
Ontario Boating League
The Boating Info Center New Zealand
Boating OZ Charters and Events Primarily a charter site, but good general information and a sense of humor.
Canal Boating in the UK and Europe
mag's Unofficial Coastal Patrol and Links Pages Australia
Pat's Boating in Canada
Salty Seas Cruise and boat vendors with information sailing in the Greek Islands, the Mediterrenean, and the Caribbean.
Severn Boats and Boating Page Boating on the River Severn, Sharpness Canal, and Bristol Channel in England
Little Harbor Publishing Boating Books for Children
Poontoon and Deckboat
Power Boating (Canadian)
Go Boating and Sea Magazines
Traditional Boats & TallShips (British)
Great Lakes Boating Magazine
Yachting and Boating World (British)
Each site shown below is on the official website for the state. Some are more informative than others.
District of Columbia
I want to include here sites where individuals are demonstrating their own personal enjoyment of boats and boating. Suggestions appreciated.
Don's Boating Page Rochester and Upstate New York
Long Beach, Calif., Sea Scouts
QE Too Home Page Tacoma, Seattle, Vancouver. Great photographs
Storm's Boating Page Alton, Illinois
Boaters World Boating, Fishing, and Electronics
Boating.com Boat and Equipment Sales
Eastern Marine Excellent mid-Atlantic regional dealer
Just4Boats Boating Equipment and Supplies
West Marine Now also operating the Boat/US stores.
Each of these sites has contributed to this one. To the extent that you find it interesting, they deserve the credit.
Boogie Jack's Web Depot Tutorials, clipart, buttons, icons.
Cheryl's Image Gallery Clipart, graphics, midis, and more
CoolArchive Buttons, clipart, icons
Goodies One of the best "how-to" sites you will ever find.
Dr. Burns taught me how to get the music to play in one easy
try. Since then, I've turned off the music because it's gone out
of style, but it was fun while it lasted.
Media Builder's Animation Factory Great animated GIF's. This is where I found the mermaids and the fishing boat.The following sites were useful in updating the site to HTML 4.01 and CSS.
About.com CSS Tutorials
Internet Safe Color Chart
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