Safety on the water
The best site I've found that discusses safety is http://www.boatsafe.com. Before you
do anything else, go there, bookmark the page and start reading.
Here's a good link that describes some safe sailing basics for all ages. Thanks to Brittney B. age 8, for the link!
Boating and Yacht Safety for All Ages
Here's a great explanation of clouds and basic weather courtesy of NASA. If you need to check your weather, go to weather.gov.
Learning important knots
is a great website devoted to knots. You can watch them in slow
motion and see all the steps to most of the knots you'll likely use
aboard a boat.
Safety while sailing
an article about clothing that'll keep you safe.
Things to consider when sailing offshore and general seamanship.
Have a complete ditch bag just in case. Here's a good article about it.
The Complete Overboard Bag
Tying a bowline without the rabbit or fox
Follow vessel traffic via AIS
Check your charts
Here's a great link for NOAA's online charts. They're not a substitute
for paper charts, but they are really helpful.
NOAA Charts Online
Things to practice and things I teach....
- Crew Overboard/Safety Equipment
- Motoring/docking in tight quarters
- Basic sailing and boat handling
- Anchoring techniques
- Rules of the Road and terminology
- Basic knots (e.g., cleat hitch, bowline)
Some cool pictures and videos
Orca and sharks
Satori and the Perfect Storm
and another account, with pictures of the boat after the storm....
NY Times article about Satori
So you think your compass is reliable...