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 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.
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)
So you think your compass is reliable...