|NWS Weather||Alternate Weather||USCG Local Notice to Mariners||USCG Boating Recall Database|
|Tides||NWS Marine Observations||NOAA Charts Online||USCG Manuf. ID Code (MIC)|
|Note: These links are not Internet active - they are for demonstration purposes. Live links are at Safety Links|
Using the Net to "Boat Safe"
Even the most recent "Newbie" to the Internet has discovered that there is a tremendous amount of information available. The problem is sorting through it and identifying what is useful and of value. We have collected some safety links for recreational boaters that you can access from any page by clicking on Safety Links.
Why would I need all this information, you might ask? Assume the following scenario and perhaps it will be clear.
You find the boat of your dreams but the chrome piece which identifies the manufacturer is missing. How do you find the manufacturer? USCG Manuf. ID Code (MIC)
Even though the boat looks in good shape, how can you find out if there is an inherent problem with this particular make or model? USCG Boating Recall Database
You decide to purchase the boat and transport it by water back to an unfamiliar port in South Florida. Where can you view a chart for the area and order one to have with you? NOAA Charts Online
Now that you have your chart in hand, you note that the date the chart was produced was Aug 5/95. What if things have changed since then, how can you find out? USCG Local Notice to Mariners
Now that you have planned your trip, you decide that you should check the general weather and marine advisories. How can you do that? NWS Weather
You next decide that you should also check the marine weather observations closest to your destination. How do you do that? NWS Marine Observations
What about the tide at the Inlet that you will be entering? Or at your slip? Will there be enough water at the time of your arrival to enter and dock your boat? Tides
Let's start by identifying the manufacturer of the boat that you are potentially going to purchase. How to use the USCG Manuf. ID Code (MIC)
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