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Boating Safety

NOAA Safe Boating Weather Tips:  weather related information that will make your adventures on the water safer and more enjoyable.
Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources: Boating regulations, safety, facilities information, pumpout information, vessel registration and requirements, and Maryland weather information.
National Safe Boating Campaign:  Useful information about life jackets and boating safety. The annual Safe Boating Campaign Week Celebration is usually held in May.
U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety: Detailed boating safety information on a broad range of safety related topics.
Boating Safety Resources:  Take a Lights Quiz. Float plans, Aids to Navigation, and more.  Sponsored by SeaTow. 
Sea Scouts, BSA: Boating safety and seamanship program of the Boy Scouts of America. Open to all young adults ages 14 thru 20.
Boating Safety Sidekicks Boating safety information presented in a "fun" way for young boaters.

Navigation

NOAA Navigational Charts: All about nautical charts and where to buy them; other useful links.
Local Notice to Mariners: Update to light lists and other navigation and vessel operation information.
Coast Guard Navigation Rules: Download navigation rules and exam questions. FAQ's, links, and more.
Coast Guard Light Lists: You may view the Light Lists for each Coast Guard District.
BoatUS Club House Messageboards : East Coast Alerts: Bi-monthly alerts for boaters along the East Coast, ICW, Chesapeake, and the Bahamas.
Free Maptech navigation charts
Download free NOAA nautical charts in raster format (RNCs).
Download free NOAA nautical charts in vector format (ENCs).

Maintenance

Maintenance tips from BoatUS: Maintenance guru Don Casey's articles in a free how-to library online.
Boat Maintenance from Practical Sailor: Free-access articles on boat maintenance in Practical Sailor's Tools & Techniques section.
Painting tips from Interlux: Paint-maker Interlux offers tips and videos on a range of coatings projects. Click on the "How to" link.

Miscellaneous

Coast Guard Auxiliary Other Boating Links: to other Auxiliary, Coast Guard, and Boating organization pages.
Online Cruising Guide, Sailing Wiki and Sailing Blogs for the Cruising Community: Worldwide online sailing wiki with many cruising guides.
The Mother Of All Maritime Links: If it's a marine topic on the internet, it's probably here.