The Ultimate Collection of Cruising Resources

This is a collection of resources that I’ve found useful. I plan to keep this list updated as I find things.

Please note that mention of something here is not necessarily an endorsement. If you’d like to hear about our experience with something, ask in a comment.

Feedback, comments, and suggested additions are welcome! Just leave a comment.

Key

  • [A] = Article
  • [B] = Book
  • [E] = Equipment
  • [F] = Forum post
  • [M] = Movie
  • [S] = Service
  • [V] = Video
  • [W] = Web Site
  • Red = items that I have read/viewed

Boats

Aluminum Boats

Boat Ownership & Financial

Boat Selection

Documentation

Freedom Yachts

Government Literature

Insurance

Naval Architecture

Standards

Surveyors & Buyer Agents

Comfort

Cooling

Fresh Water System

Galley

Interior Decor

Laundry

Refrigeration

  • [E] Glacier Bay Barrier Ultra-R insulation & holding plates

Sanitation

Water Makers

Water Tanks

  • [F] Water tank inspection port gaskets
    • “food safe” silicone sealant
    • Apply a thin coat of silicone and then install the cover and only gently tighten it into place. Allow the sealant to kick and then apply a bit more tension to the bolts. This allows a thicker joint, and therefore more flexibility.
  • [F] Sealant for Polyethylene Water Tanks
    • soft rubber (Buna, etc.) with a ‘durometer’ (scale of rubber softness) @ 40 or less
    • also ‘foam rubber gasketing’ such as “Santoprene”

Cruising

Anchors, Anchoring, and Mooring

Anchoring – Technical

Canvas

Communications

Dinghy / Tender

Email & Internet Services

  • [S] SailMail – “universal email for cruisers” ($275/year as of June 2016)
    • [S] SailDocs – retrieve GRiBs and documents over email: [email protected]
      • send gfs:39N,37N,124W,121W|0.25,0.25|6,12,18,24,30,36|=
        PRESS,WIND,PRMSL,RAIN,HGT500,SEATMP,AIRTMP,WAVES|0.0,000
      • send rtofs:42N,34N,130W,118W|0.5,0.5|24,48,72,96,120
      • send WW3global:42N,34N,130W,118W|1,1.25|3,6..180
  • [S] UUPlus – low bandwidth/high latency email service ($357/year as of June 2016)
  • [S] WinLink
  • [S] OneMessage – Satellite Messaging App – for use with satellite data service

Forums & Social Groups

Lifestyle

Offshore

Position Reporting, Vessel Tracking & Mapping

Pets

Electrical

AC Power

Batteries & Power

Electrolysis & Bonding

Lithium Ion Batteries & Systems

Masthead Lights

Overvoltage / Undervoltage / Surge

Solar Power

Wiring

Engine

Alternative Diesel Starters

Diesel Fuel

Maintenance

Oil & Coolant Analysis

Yanmar 3JH2E

Gear

Bilge Pumps

Commercial Marine

  • Vetus
  • Centek
  • Fisheries Supply
  • Maretron
  • Mermaid Marine
  • Stright-Mackay
  • Pacific Fasteners

Computer / IT

Diving

Marine Computers

Radar

Ultrasonic Speed Sensor

Maintenance

Bottom Paint

General

Fiberglass and Core

Gelcoat

LPG Systems

Tidal Haul-Out / Tidal Grid

Tools

Waterproofing, Gaskets & Sealing

Navigation

Books

Charts

Electronics

Handheld GPS

Knotmeters

Publications

Routes, Pilots & Cruising Guides

Tools

Powertrain

Max Prop

Propellers

PSS Shaft Seal by PYI, Inc.

Shaft Packing

Rigging

Going Aloft

Halyard Shackles

Lazy Jacks

Rig Tuning

Rigging Knife

Sailmakers

Sail Repair

Sails

Spars

  • [A] State of the Art on Free Standing Masts by Eric Sponberg
  • [A] Are new rigs voyage ready?
  • [E] Tides Marine sail track and slide system
  • [E] Antal – sail tracks, sheet cars, etc.
  • [E] Marstrom – carbon fiber masts, spars
  • [E] Southern Spars – carbon fiber masts
  • [E] Hall – carbon fiber spars
  • [E] Selden – carbon fiber spars
  • [E] Axxon – carbon fiber spars
  • [E] Spartite
    • Spartite® is the modern answer to the ancient problem of mast support and sealing at the partners. Spartite is a pre-measured two part polymer poured into the cavity between the mast and the partners while the mast is in the boat. Each kit comes with complete instructions and materials for the yard or yacht owner to build a simple mold out of even the most complex partners or mast collar. Spartite makes a one piece perfect fitting mast chock that replaces archaic wedges.

Standing & Running Rigging

Synthetic Standing Rigging

Safety

AIS

Collision

Combustible Gas & Leak Detection, LPG Alarm

Fire, Smoke and Carbon Monoxide

First Aid and Medical

Lasers

Lifelines

Man Overboard

PFDs, Tethering and Harnesses

Piracy

Security

Survival

Sailing

Ketch

Spinnaker

Technique

Theory

Seamanship

Lines, Knots and Marlinspike

Training & Certifications

Steering

Autopilots

Emergency Steering

Self Steering Vanes

Systems

  • [E] Lewmar Cobra (previously Whitlock Cobra) rack and pinion steering
  • [E] Lewmar Mamba gearbox and bevelhead steering system

Stories

Fiction and Entertainment

Non-Fiction

Weather

Drogues

Education

GRiB Viewer Software

  • [S] LuckGrib (Mac only)
  • [E] ViewFax (Windows only)
  • [E] ZyGrib
    • Won’t display RTOFS-global (current) GRiBs from SailDocs
    • Won’t display WW3-global (waves) GRiBs from SailDocs
  • [S] PolarView NS (Max, Win, Linux) – also chart plotting, etc.
  • [S] http://grib.us (Windows only)
  • [S] GribView (Mac, Win, Linux)

Information & Forecasting

Instruments

Lightning

Storm Management

Weather Routing & Meteorological Services

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