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Cruising Organisations

Cruising Club Of America
Thorough and updated information on range of cruising subjects especially aimed at North American sailors including information on offshore communications and "Cruising European Waters" (buoyage, charts and cruising guides, European datum, nautical almanacs, regional identification, tidal ranges, Beaufort wind scales, part shipments from the US, VAT, Shengen countries, cruising charges, Med mooring, telephones, electricity, propane etc). Regularly updated. Changes have been highlighted in yellow to make them easy to spot. Suggestions and corrections are always welcomed. Walter Paul, Cruising Club of America

Island Cruising Association (ICA)
John and Lyn Martin , P.O. Box 534 Paihia BOI , New Zealand
Offer help and advice including seminars, training days, recommended reading, discounts at many marine stores, marine insurance, rallies to the South Pacific Islands, plus many other benefits throughout New Zealand & the South Pacific. See their website for the latest programme of seminars, club picnics, rallies etc.

Los Correos de la Mar (Sea Couriers)
Association founded in 2006 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Ca nary Islands, Spain. Volunteers and sailors cooperating to take humanitarian aid by boat to countries around the world.

Mittelmeer-Skipper-Club
Members of the officially registered club are mostly owners of yachts cruising in the Med. The club also runs a internet bulletin board with more than 500 Skippers who share their experience about cruising in the Med. Mainly in German but an English section has been added where sailors can ask questions. Click on the Forum button on the home page.

Ocean Cruising Club
The Ocean Cruising Club exists to promote long-distance cruising in all its forms and although it is an international club, it is administered from the UK. Members are identified by a distinctive blue and yellow burgee with a stylized Flying Fish on the blue part of the flag. Membership is open to anyone either as skipper, or certified as competent by the skipper, who has completed a continuous ocean passage of at least 1000 miles, measured along the rhumb line, in a vessel of under 72 feet. The Ocean Cruising Club maintains a network of over 100 Port Officers world-wide to assist members in their undertakings and publishes the journal "Flying Fish" twice a year and a quarterly newsletter. Much published material is available for non-members to review on the OCC website.

RCC Pilotage Foundation
A voluntary organisation run by yachtsmen to provide planning and cruise planning information. Have a number of free cruising guides for download as well as printed material at a cost. New feedback and question forum introduced November 2011.

Royal Yachting Association
The International Certificate of Competence can be obtained from them, as it is now required by most countries in Europe.

Seven Seas Cruising Association
SSCA, a non-profit, international organization with nearly 10,000 members, has been supporting liveaboard cruisers for over fifty years. The goals of the original founders are still the goals of SSCA today: sharing cruising information, camaraderie, and leaving a clean wake. Monthly Bulletins. Active online Discussion Board is open to everyone. Links page lists special discounts available to members. 150 cruising station hosts worldwide. Equipment Survey and other publications available. Regular gatherings with cruising seminars held annually in several locations. Just $55 a year per boat.

Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club
The concept is to create and maintain a Network for Cruising Yachties and individuals who enjoy boating. Each "Vice Commodore" representing an individual Nautical Location ie an Island, Islet, River, Bay, about which they have some knowledge so as to be able to provide advice or assistance to other "Vice Commodores". Currently over 3,000 "Vice Commodores" with membership in 14 countries.

The Cruising Association
CA House, 1 Northey Street , Limehouse Basin , London E14 BT
Tel:+44 (0)20 7537 2828 Fax:+44 (0)20 7537 2266
A worldwide cruising organisation with local representatives available to help in many countries.

World Cruising Club
120 High Street , Cowes , PO31 7AX, UK
Tel:+441983296060 Fax:+441983295959
Sailing rally organizer, runs ARC and World ARC rallies, plus seminars and training courses. Well used crew finder service specializing in offshore sailing. Online resources include cruising reports, blogs and online magazine. Lots of great free advice; forums and members cruising equipment buy/sell pages.

Cruising Magazines

48° North
Free online sailing magazine (monthly) for the Pacific North West. Useful cruising articles and advice from NW cruisers sailing around the world.

Caribbean Compass
Free monthly online boating publication for everything Caribbean.

Cruising Compass
Blue Water Sailing magazine's weekly e-newsletter for sailors and cruisers.

Good Old Boat
The magazine's website offers a wide variety of resources for sailors including a very comprehensive worldwide list of sailboat associations and informal user groups, a searchable database of marine suppliers, sailboat listings, a growing directory of sailing blogs, a multitude of useful articles and a large number of audiobook titles.

Latitude 38
Northern California and West Coast free sailing & cruising publication. Can subscribe to "Lectronic Latitude" with headlines every few days. Organisers of the Pacific Puddle Jump and the Baja Ha-Ha Rallies.

Ocean Navigator
Monthly magazine with cruising news, navigation and gear info. plus v. informative website covering offshore sailing and racing, navigation, weather, cruising tips, boats & gear.

Onboard Online
This online magazine specialises in providing news and resources for yachting professionals as well as encompassing a business directory and a jobs board. Whilst aimed primarily at superyachts, many of the articles are relevant to the cruising world.

PassageMaker Magazine
A powerboat/trawler targeted magazine, but includes a great deal of offshore/bluewater information for all cruising boats.

Practical Sailor
Bi-weekly magazine that evaluates all kind of cruising equipment. Takes no advertising so no bias. Subscription based - however there are many free articles on their website.

SAIL Magazine
Cruising reports, boat tests, practical advice, blog, online edition and e-newsletter

mysailing.com.au
Sailing, yachting, cruising: Lots of news, practical tips, videos, gear and boats.

Cruising Networks

Circumnavigation & Ocean Crossing
Circumnavigation was started half way through our trip around because we believed that we and others could benefit by being able to easily share information. Our best source of information has been Noonsite.com and other folks ahead of us. Circumnavigation is open to anyone that has recently, or is currently crossing an ocean or circumnavigating in any sort of vessel.

Cruisers Forum
Cruisers Forum - Discussion Board and Photo Gallery for Cruising Sailors and Wannabes. Cruising boats, cruising people, cruising answers.

Cruisers Network Online (CNO)
Originating in 2006 and called the "Venezuelan Cruisers Group", the CNO started as a means for cruisers in and around Venezuela to stay in touch and share information. During the past years as many cruisers headed to distant ports, it has expanded to include cruisers throughout the entire SW Caribbean, Pacific from Ecuador to Alaska, the ABCs, Colombia, Panama, the Med, Africa, and South Pacific. There are now over 1370 members, including circumnavigators, who regularly exchange information regarding their cruising experiences, immigration matters, safety and security issues, fuel prices, and other matters of mutual interest. Also of interest in the "Files" section are many Cruiser written Information Guides to various South and Central American countries and European waters.

Pacific Puddle Jump
Westbound cruisers headed to the South Pacific use the Pacific Puddle Jump to disseminate information that others may find useful. The PPJ Yahoo group also contains useful links, database of all PPJ vessels, and a lot of other information. Boats departing from the West Coast of the Americas headed towards French Polynesia share information on preparation, weather routing, visa and arrival information, tips and suggestions. A nearly 500 page crossing guide is available for download in the files section of the PPJ Yahoo group. 1315 members.

The Southbound Group
The Southbound Group is used by cruisers on the West Coast of the Americas to share relevant information on areas of interest between San Diego, California and Peru, South America including the Galapagos. The purpose of the list is to disseminate information that other Southbounders may find useful. 1426 members.

Women Who Sail Facebook Group

YachtAid Global
Dedicated to delivering humanitarian, developmental and conservation aid onboard yachts to isolated as well as underprivileged coastal communities worldwide. In times of natural disasters, YachtAid Global has the ability to mobilize and shift resources quickly to provide disaster relief in ways that others have not explored. Founded in 2006 using superyachts.

Cruising with Children

For some useful and interesting articles on boat schooling your children, read mum Behan Gifford's view on things (from SV Totem) via the following links:

Boatschooling, Part 1: Finding a boatschool path
Boatschooling, Part 2: What we actually DO on Totem
Boatschooling, Part 3: Things I wish I’d known

Suki Kaiser of SY Pura Vida has a great blog post Homeschool, Un-school, Fun-school....it's all cool, for those wondering what alternative methods might work.

Active Yahoo Group for Families

Arctic Cruising through a 15 years old's eyes
Posted July 2014.
Nera Cornell (age 15), Jimmy Cornell's grand daughter, is crewing on Aventura for an attempt to transit the NW Passage, east to west. Her blog about everything that interests her on this exciting voyage is a great one to follow.

Boat Kid Chatter
A forum for boat kids up to the age 13, and for those thinking about going cruising who have lots of questions to ask. See Noonsite report for more information.

Boater Kids Forum
Created by Drew Collins, himself sailing across the Pacific with his family from November 2010 to Australia, this forum is for any kids under 19 who live on board and want to talk about their sailing adventures, give ideas or tips, or just chat. Soon Drew will be adding a google maps so you can pin on the map where you are.

Bringing up a Baby on board
Posted February 2014.
Great tips, advice, links, information & useful products for those planning a newborn on board.

Caribbean Babies
SY Magia III , Posted July 2012
After leaving Italy in 2009, Dieter and Maribel Maier arrived in the Caribbean and started a family (twins) in January 2012 whilst in Grenada. See great photos and blog of how they coped with newborn babies aboard their Amel Kirk (1974).

Child Safety
As you would at home, be careful who you leave your children with whilst afloat. Sadly, the same criminals circulate on boats as they do on the streets. This sailor, a former British teacher, has been jailed for more than three years.

Circumnavigating with Children
Posted April 2014.
The joys and considerations of taking a family to sea. Bruce Halabisky and his young family have been cruising in a 34′ wooden boat for the past seven years.

Circumnavigation, seven years and two babies
Updated March 2014
If you are thinking about going cruising with very young children, or indeed starting a family whilst living on board, Eivind and Heidi's blog is an inspirational read. They returned home to Norway in 2012.

Crossing Seas with Kids
Published in Sail Magazine
This is an excellent article by Amy Schaefer (Posted 19 December 2012), with useful tips on how to make an ocean passage more enjoyable for all the crew, including the younger ones.

Family Adventure Podcast
Inspiring families to dream and live epic adventures! Started by the Hemingway family, who themselves sailed almost 17,000 miles with 5 children, these podcasts meet families who have also travelled in unique ways. Some great listening.

Family Voyaging - Alaska to New Zealand
Burns family website devoted to family cruising based on their experiences. The focus of the site is to encourage and assist other families in making such a voyage. Includes a daily blog from the entire voyage, interactive passage planning and preparation, their book, and more.

Family of 4 Cruising the World since 2009
Posted October 2014.
The Bright family on their cutter-rigged sloop Yindee Plus are in Indonesia at the time of posting, having begun their extended cruising from the UK in 2008. Their blog has lots of interesting reports and twin sons Sid and Wilf have their own blogs also.

First College UK
Online high school UK 11-17yrs. Live classes online daily. Small sized, personal approach, class limit 15 students. IGCSE exams or non-exam studies. Very experienced teachers' & home educators' co-operative.

Five Families Prove that Sailing is a Family Affair
Whether it’s racing with dad, weekending with a baby, or circumnavigating with the whole tribe, these five families are proving that sailing brings them together. Report by Sail Magazine.

Kids and Cruising by SY Totem
Posted June 2013
The Giffords, an American family of five, left their homeport of Bainbridge Island in 2008 and are currently half way through their circumnavigation. Their blog has many great articles about kids & cruising, with tips and advice as well as a plethora of cruising information for the countries they have already visited.

Kids in the Cockpit - Author Happy To Give Advice
Jill Schinas is happy to give advice to anyone with questions about educating your kids on board. Check out her website.

Kids4Sail Facebook Group
Updated April 2014.
This is a group for cruising FAMILIES who are currently/preparing to live aboard or cruise. Lots of good resources. A group map is available to track members and their locations to use as a tool for meeting up and sharing information. There is now a KIDS-ONLY private sharing site for their writing/picture/info. through wordpress. Kids are starting to introduce themselves and share their stories & pictures.

Log of SV Del Viento - Meet Other Cruising Families
Posted March 2013
Michael and Windy are cruising liveaboards with their two daughters. Currently having cruised from Mexico to British Columbia their blog has a great many links to other family blogs and useful info. for those cruising as a family including costs, library, FAQs and links.

Pacific Cruising from California
Posted March 2014.
The Scarfe family left Marina Del Rey in Feb, 2012. They sold everything they owned, spent a year cruising the Sea of Cortes, sailed 18,000 miles across the South Pacific and are currently docked at the Ala Wai marina in Waikiki, waiting to cross to Kodiak, Alaska in the spring. Parents Jon Scarfe and Suki Kaiser with their children Kai (age 12) and Hunter (age 10) live aboard their Gulfstar 44 center cockpit "Pura Vida". You can read about their journey so far on their blog.

Routes to the Sailing Life
May 2013
A look at how five families broke free and went cruising. By Cruising World Magazine.

Sail Kids Ed
Nadine Slavinski, teacher and life-long sailor, took a year-long sabbatical in 2007-08 with her husband and young son, cruising the Mediterranean, the Atlantic and the Caribbean. Her experiences led her to develop material to help sailing families make the most of all the learning opportunities available whilst cruising. Published "Lesson Plans Ahoy!" - educational materials, resources, and tips for education afloat.

Schinas Family Website
Includes some great tips for home schooling, links and advice on long-term cruising with children.

Shorething: The RLNI's Website for kids
Posted May 2013.
Great new resource for learning about safety on the sea with games, activities, creative projects, stories and much more.

Simple Homeschool
Posted April 2014.
A range of monthly articles on homeschooling from a variety of contributors. Lots of great information and ideas here.

Swedish Family of Four - Halfway Around
Posted September 2012
We are a family of four (kids are now 6 & 5 years old). We left Sweden August 2010 and will most probably return August 2014. Halfway.

TOPtoTOP Global Climate Expedition
Posted 24 September 2012
We are a Swiss family already cruising since 12 years around the world and made on the trip 4 children. We like to contribute with our blog and encourage more families to try once to go sailing with their kids. Nature is really a great teacher for them and we hope we meet them once in an anchorage and go together for a clean-up? We are currently in Salvador and plan to sail N to go through the NW Passage next August to make it to Alaska to climb our last TOP, Mount McKinley, before heading South again to Antarctica for Mount Vinson.

When Boating with Young Children
Article NY Times: April 2014
Some guidelines for parents who want to take to the high seas with young children.

Wilderness School
Source for outdoor learning activities for students of all ages.

Windtraveler: from land to sea to three under three
Brittany and Scott have written extensively on the subject of child-rearing on a boat having sailed over 5,000 nautical miles with their newborn. Now back on land having given birth to twins, they plan to resume cruising soon. Their blog has alof of interesting articles and links.

Women and Cruising
Advice, resources and inspiration for women cruisers, including a great deal of information about cruising families and kids.

Computers Aboard
Four cruisers discuss the systems that keep them connected, entertained and on course. Another informative article by Cruising World.

Free Online Navigation Course
Online marine resources to teach you to navigate safely - by Diederik Willemsen.

Free US Pilot charts
Pilot charts published by the U.S. government available free online. Click on Publications.

Free online navigation software

Navionics Chart Errors
This report from Mexico, but cruisers have also reported problems with Navionic charts in SE Asia, Thailand in particular.

Reeds Nautical Online
A comprehesive online nautical almanac covering Atlantic Europe from the tip of Denmark to Gibraltar.

Share Maxsea Track Files
Share tracks with other cruisers. Helpful in determining approaches and anchorages as well as avoiding uncharted low-water areas. Interesting to see how others have approached long passages.

Share Worldwide Tracks
Library of tracks by cruising sailors for well-known routes but also San Blas; Galapagos; Tuamotus; French Polynesia; Suwarrow; Philippines; Maldives; Chagos; Seychelles and Red Sea. Started November 2011.

Skippertips.com
Not just navigation articles here, but also engine repair/maintenance, weather, boat handling etc. Some free resources, but very reasonable sign-up fee.

TeamSurv
Community sourcing and sharing of navigational data. TeamSurv is a project where mariners help create better charts of coastal waters, by logging depth and position data whilst they are at sea, and uploading the data to the web for processing and display.

US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
US Notices to Mariners, Sailing Directions, etc available online.

Visit My Harbour Website
A free website for UK sailors containing a wealth of information including useful pilotage notes and aerial photos for many ports around Britain.

iPad Navigation Across an Ocean
If you’re looking for a comprehensive navigation solution, an iPad-based system might be right for you. Cruising World have an interesting article on this option.

marinas.com
Featuring low altitude, high-resolution aerial photographs of marinas from all over the world.

www.marinetraffic.com
Free AIS data for worldwide land based receiving stations. Simply type in your location and see real time shipping activity in your area.

Apps

Imray Nautical App
Launched June 2014 - book app for iPad – available to download from the App Store. Download the app for free, then buy sections of books by geographical area. Currently Greece Ionian and Isles of Scilly available. Find out more at report linked to above.

Lights & Shapes
For iPhone and iPad. Available in English, Italian, Spanish, French & German. Over 30 3D animations; tests; rules of the road. Find out more at the web link.

Man Overboard app for iPhone
Recommended by Cruising World.

MyTide
An easy-to-use tide app that gives you the info you need without relying on cellular or WiFi connections: location; date and time; a 24-hour tide or current graph; tide height, current speed and direction, sunrise and set times; and moon phase, rise and set times. MyTide is free and is available for iPhone at the App Store (Android support is coming soon).

MyYacht
MyYacht is iOS based and can be downloaded to iPhone and iPad from AppStore/iTunes. A "yacht maintenance App" it turns your iPhone into a database about your yacht. Here you can store all the basic information about the yacht, and for instance make sure that you know what kind of engine oil you use and when you changed it the last time – and then add a task reminding you of when to change it the next time.

Safe Skipper LITE
Released 30 April, 2013
Free Safety Afloat Tips & Advice on Emergency Procedures for all Sailors and Leisure Boaters, worldwide. For iPad, iPhone & iPod touch.

Maps

EVS-Islands
Maps of islands (not designed for navigation, but overviews of islands throughout the world including many Pacific atolls)

Using Google Maps for planning sailing trips

Tides

A Worldwide Tidal Calculator
(Marées dans Le Monde) , See details at
Available (in English) as a free software download. It covers nearly 10,000 ports.

How to pick up a mooring buoy under sail
RYA Chief Instructor, Sail Cruising, Vaughan Marsh shares his top tips for picking up a mooring buoy under sail.

United Kingdom Hydrographic Office
Free Online Tidal Prediction Service, offering tidal predictions for over 6,000 ports worldwide.

Courtesy Flags

J & S and Eagle Iron
A useful source of economical courtesy flags. Most are 2ft x 3ft.

worldflags101.com

www.flag-net.com
UK-based online ordering service.

Travel Information

French Embassies & Consulates Around The World

http://www.2theoceania.com/
Online Oceania travel directory. Links to directories for Africa, Europe, America and Asia.

Reports

Updates on availability of Gas in the Canaries

Canadian Cruisers in the Med: Our understanding of Schengen and VAT

Australian Long Distance Cruisers: Useful Services that are hard to find

Cruising Equipment - What's your most valuable list?

Shipping Your Boat - a Guide for transportation

The Cost of Cruising

New Publications for Cold Water Cruising

Eastern Caribbean Cruising: Simplified Clearance Procedures Explained

Seven Seas Cruising Association

Greece: New Cruising Tax - Latest updates

Guidance on managing garbage when cruising remote islands in the Pacific

Securing your boat from intruders

Turkish & Mediterranean Marinas as of 28 March 2014 – fees, information, mooring, campaigns, etc.

eZone: Clearance and delivery of online purchases into the Caribbean, Latin and Central America

South African Radio Nets - Updated

Tropical South Pacific weather resources

Taking your Australian Dog cruising

Circumnavigating Europe: 11 years of great cruising

Getting work done on your boat whilst long distance cruising: Cruisers Tips

Unknown Crew on passage? A word of warning...

Cruising the South Pacific with Pets on board - hassle in Fiji

Satun, Phithak Shipyard: Hauling in Thailand

Is Satellite Imagery The Future Of Search-And-Rescue Operations?

Electrics: Tips from an unplanned re-wiring

Garbage Disposal at Sea and in the Eastern Caribbean

Caribbean Boatyard Safety: Good Grounding Saves Lives

Caribbean Security for Cruisers: Everyone’s Concern, Everyone’s Responsibility

Courtesy Flags for the South Pacific

Buying the ideal boat for you

Research your Insurance Company to avoid a Refused Claim

Eastern Mediterranean: Connecting to the internet

UK Sailors: MCA Voluntary Safety Identification Scheme

Pacific Cyclone Season: North instead of South

Demystifying international clearance for cruisers

Canada: Certificate of Competency Now Required by Every Boater

Malaysia: Dealing with the death of a loved one whilst cruising

Overland trucking to avoid the Red Sea

French Polynesia: Permitted Stay for yachts increased to 18 months

Pacific Planning Advice

The Power of the noonsite Messageboard

Rescue at Sea: What Happens When the Freighter Arrives

Chance Encounters Between Ships and Whales

Atlantic, Trade Wind Route: Keep a good Look Out for 2 Giant Dice

The Costs of Cruising

How to Extend Zinc-Anode Life

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Great Anchorages of the World - Do you know one?

OceansWatch 2012: Our 3 Months Helping in the SW Pacific

West Sumatra: The Danger of Drift Nets

Improvements for Noonsite.com

French Polynesia - Get your paperwork right - Updated

Five bits of gear I wish I'd known about before I left to go cruising

Pre-Departure Checks

Catamarans now more popular for long distance cruising

Propane Issues when Worldwide Cruising

A Guide to Getting Work Done on your Boat in Thailand

AIS as a Navigation Tool

Hearsay is nay say!!!!

Where We Explore: 2011 Survey

Re-Galvanizing ground tackle in Australia

Family Cruising and Healthy Child Developement

A New Social Network Site for Cruising Kids

Cruising sailors rescue hungry islanders

Buying a second hand yacht in the USA to export

The Fuel Hose Trick

Propane verses Diesel cookers

Kava – Southern Pacific way of life

Amongst Used-to-be Cannibals

Practical boating tips: Mediterranean mooring

Caribbean Cruising, St. Lucia to Antigua

Cookbook of Caribbean Recipies - calling all Cruisers

Tips on Lightning Protection

Incident off Anambas Islands, Malaysia

Calling all Liveaboard Cruisers in Europe

New Look for Attainable Adventure Cruising Website

Popularity Grows for Summer SAILstice Worldwide

American Cruisers Lose Appeal Against Australian Customs

New Regulations In Ecuador Easier For Yachts

Safe Places In Pacific To Leave A Boat

Circumnavigation Budget

Tide Information In South Pacific

Southbounders Discussion Group

Stringent New Regulations For Yachts In Ecuador

Cruising Costs in the Med

Greek Yachting Survival Guide

Boat size in the Med?

Caribbean Dress Code

Selling a yacht in New Zealand

Offshore Communications and Electronics Updated At Cruising Club Of America Website

Lessons from a Circumnavigation Part IV: Communications

How To Be Sure Your Anchor Is Set

Possible advice on avoiding Propane issues

FAQ: What is a certificate of competence?

Having a fibreglass boat built overseas

Millennium Rally Breakages Survey

Lessons from a Circumnavigation Part II: Pros and Cons of Rally Cruising

Fuelling around the world

Lessons from a Circumnavigation Part I: Crews and Boats

Lessons from a Circumnavigation Part III: Cost of Cruising

Flag Etiquette

Animated Knots for Boating
The perfect way to learn how to tie various common sailing knots.
Asian Yachting
Informative site for Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore etc including marina directory, racing events.
Attainable Adventure Cruising
A website for offshore cruising sailors who want to get off the beaten path.
BlueMoment.Com
Cruising information, articles, sources and resources for UK based cruising yachtsman, with links, information and articles of interest to the wider cruising community.
Boat Pests
Regardless of where we are or how clean and tidy our boats, we are all subject to pests. Marmaris Bay Cruisers have published a few ideas on how to handle, eradicate, and control them.
Building a website for your Boat
Posted March 2014.
Keep friends and fellow yachtsmen up to date with your yachting activities – create your own boating website for free. By Practical Boat Owner (PBO).
Caribbean Boat Boys
April 2014.
A great article on how to best deal with the Caribbean's island entrepreneurs by SY Morgan Cloud.
Commuter Cruiser
By Jan & David of SY Winterlude
A great resource for part-time sailors including outfitting; storing your boat; maintenance; and cruise planning.
Computers Aboard
Four cruisers discuss the systems that keep them connected, entertained and on course. Another informative article by Cruising World.
Crew Exchange Site - Boathitchhiking.com
Free - dedicated both to passengers and skippers
Cruisers Forum
Cruisers Forum - Discussion Board and Photo Gallery for Cruising Sailors and Wannabes. Cruising boats, cruising people, cruising answers.
Cruising Life Custom Search Engine
Cruising Resources
On-line directory for cruisers: how-to articles, useful sailing sites, boat specifications and reviews, and other information sources on over 300 cruising sub-topics.
Fishing: Go Saltwater Fishing
A valuable source of saltwater fishing tips, tackle and techniques for offshore sailors both on passage and at anchor.
Gas Systems on Yachts
A useful guide to LPG Installations provided by the Boat Safety Scheme UK.
Great Photos - Destinations Off the Beaten Path
Yacht skipper Tim Forderer has been to many countries less-visited by cruisers such as the Andaman Islands, India, Sri Lanka, Burma, Greenland etc. For an insight into these places take a look at his great photo journal.
How Sailors Can Help While Cruising
Website for offshore sailors to find out about ways to help while cruising and get more involved with the communities they visit. No matter what your skills are, we need your help identifying and working with these needs.
Jimmy Cornell
All about Jimmy, his book, boats, voyages and rallies. Some good resources here for long distance cruising.
Marina Life
Marina Information and booking services for the U.S., Canada, Bahamas, Caribbean, and Central America.
Marine Fuel.com
The only online resource to shop & compare local fuel dock prices in the US & Caribbean, while encouraging eco-friendly waterway & ocean use.
Mediterraneo - Rod Heikell
Posted April 2014.
Sailing in the Mediterranean with Rod Heikell. Info on sailing in Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey and the rest of the Mediterranean.
Multihull Cruising Web Site
Dedicated to multihull cruising this non-commercial site offers forums on every make of catamaran, a multihull links library, free classified adverts, product reviews and more.
Overheard Sailing
Funny/interesting snippets of conversations overheard on pontoons/marinas, etc.
Patagonia Cruising
Some great advice, cruising notes and tips on this yachts' website.
Planning a European Cruise?
Website: JimB Sail
Very useful website which aims to compare European cruising areas in order to help relatively novice cruising folk decide where to charter or where to base their boat for a season or so. Information arranged by cruise areas.
Reeds Nautical Online
A comprehesive online nautical almanac covering Atlantic Europe from the tip of Denmark to Gibraltar.
Sail Search
Sailing directory and search engine.
Sailboat Cruising.com
Great information resource for cruising sailors with free newsletter.
Sailing and Boating
Cruising and sailing information gathered during a circumnavigation, including detailed notes on Red Sea and Atlantic crossing. Down load various useful ebooks.
Salty Sailors
A general cruising information website.
SeaKnots.com
The social network for cruisers. Sharing your adventures, pictures, videos and blogs with other cruisers is only a click away.
Seasonal Cruising Yacht Movements
This site has a detailed guide to the seasonal times (on average) cruising yachts move between popular worldwide destinations.
The Boat Galley
A very useful site on how to get the most out of your on-board cooking facilities.
The Monkey's Fist
Collecting Cruisers' Perspectives: The Monkey's Fist focuses on topics of interest to cruisers, liveaboards, and soon-to-bees. We connect bloggers with readers and readers with topics. Great for a browse and useful info. re. life on board.
The Sailing Podcast
Posted June 2013.
David and Carina Anderson, based in Queensland, Australia, have a great series of interviews for sailors and cruisers. Good to listen to on those long night watches. Over 30 interviews completed to date.
UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency
Including British Small Ship Register.
Useful Products and Tips
As reported by Active Captain
A really useful list of products and tips that have been tried and tested by cruisers and might just make your life a little easier on board.
Women Who Sail Facebook Group
Women and Cruising
Advice, Resources and Inspiration for Women Cruisers
www.morganscloud.com
Information for cruisers on a variety of topics including high-latitude sailing in Greenland and working with aluminum boats.
www.sail-the-net.com
A web site featuring the following - marine directory with 16000+ listings, yacht brokers, yacht charter, sailing schools, marine insurance, ...
www.searoom.com
Articles, podcasts, recipies - some interesting cruising info.
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Australian Customs Impose Tough New Notification Rule  (22 Mar 2007)

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Mexico Embarks On Major Nautical Expansion  (11 Dec 2006)

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New US Immigration Requirements  (02 Aug 2006)

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Ecuadorean Authorities Ease Galapagos Restrictions  (05 Apr 2006)

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New powers to seize vessels in US territorial waters  (29 Apr 2004)

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Warning to Sailors Visiting Suwarrow Atoll in South Pacific  (31 Jul 2003)

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Cuba tightens entry procedures for yachts  (19 Aug 2002)

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Turkish government lifts most restrictions on foreign yachts  (19 Aug 2002)

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Thailand tightens rules for long term visiting boats  (19 Aug 2002)