Below are links I've collected while becoming a live-aboard cruiser on a sailboat.

General Information

American Sailing Association
Apparent Wind - Knots
Net Knots - Boating


NOAA Graphical Tropical Weather Outlook
NOAA National Weather Service Radar
Passage Weather
Wind Guru



Beth and Evans - Blog of two cruisers and a 47' sloop.
Boat Bits - Random thoughts on boats and other topics.
Catchin' Rays - Mostly videos of their adventures cruising the Caribbean as newly minted sailors.
Commuter Cruiser - The resource for part-time cruisers.
It's Irie - Mark and Liesbet (initially with their two dogs) cruising on a FP Tobago 35.
Mid-Life Cruising - Middle-aged couple transitioning to full-time Caribbean cruisers.
The Retirement Project - How to retire and move onto a sailboat.
SaltRun - A new to sailing couple with a Manta 38 catamaran.
Siochana - Another couple working toward the cruising goal.
s/v Smitty - A couple and their dog working on a 5 year Caribbean cruising plan.
Sundowner Sails Again - Young couple planning to sail around the world.
Where The Coconuts Grow - Because that is where we want to be after all.
Windtraveler - Young couple and child living aboard and abroad.
Zero To Cruising - Another Mike and his wife with no sailing experience that went cruising.
(Check out the list of blogs I follow on the is probably more up to date)

Stories, and Other Sailing Sites

Atom Voyages - Stories from 20 years and two circumnavigations in a 28 ft Triton.
The Boat Galley - Provisioning and cooking on a boat.
Confessions of a Long Distance Sailor - Story of an ex Apple employee's circumnavigation.
Cruising Life - Illywhacker - Cruising lifestyle information.
The Cruising Life - Callipygia - Cruising lifestyle information.
Latitude 38 - Free online sailing magazine and blog.
Lin & Larry Pardey - Couple of Long Term Cruisers
The Monkey's Fist - Various bloggers tackling cruising topics.


Cruisers Forum - A well regarded forum for cruisers.
Leopard Catamaran Owners Group on Yahoo
Leopard Catamaran Owners on Facebook

Guides and Cruising Information

Active Captain - Interactive cruising guide

Specific Topics


Fishing from a Sailboat - : For whom the bait trolls.  Practical advice on a simple and cheap fishing rig.


Compass Marine How-To's - Maintenance and how-to tips for boat projects.
Defender - Need something for your boat?
Jamestown Distributors - Supplies for boat building and maintenance.
Marine Parts Source - Boat parts and maintenance supplies. (Westerbeke impeller #48500,Volvo shaft seal #828422)


OpenCPN - Open Source Chartplotter application
NOAA Charts - Free geo-referenced raster and vector charts for US waters (work with OpenCPN)

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