• GRIBs (Gridded Binary) files are compressed weather maps specifically designed for efficient transmission to offshore vessels equipped with low bandwidth receivers, high-frequency (HF) radios (Ham or SSB), or satellite phones.


  • OpenCPN – Chart Plotter and GPS Navigation Software (Wonderful, expandable, and open source!)
    • OpenCPN is an open source Chart Plotter Navigator, intended for use in navigation of vessels of all types and sizes, using public domain GIS data and positioning information. It will run on Windows, Linux, or macOS computer, either at the helm station of a vessel underway, or off-line as a route planning tool.

Iceberg Information

Associations & Forums


Choosing an Offshore Cruiser

Online Lists:

Books to help you decide which cruising boat would be best for your needs:

Cruising and Living Aboard

There are some big differences between weekend-cruisers and boats designed for full-time living aboard, like a blue water cruiser.

  • The Voyager’s Handbook: The Essential Guide to Blue Water Cruising, 2nd edition – Beth Leonard (

    … “even the most luxurious boat cannot offer the level of comfort and convenience of a moderate-sized apartment. – Beth Leonard

    Comment: There will be compromises, but, generally, fewer on larger boats.

  • Modern Cruising Under Sail Paperback – Don Dodds (
  • All in the Same Boat : Living Aboard and Cruising Paperback – Tom Neale (

    Liveaboard cruising is not a cruising vacation. You have taken your ‘real world’ with you, and it is very different from what it used to be. Boating is no longer a weekend party. You’ll have fun and enjoy a better way of living, but you’ll also deal with basic, no-frill survival issues every day. You’ll work very hard at it. – Tom Neale

  • Dragged Aboard: A Cruising Guide for a Reluctant Mate Hardcover – Don Casey (
  • The Cruising Life: A Commonsense Guide for the Would-Be Voyager – Jim Trefethen (

    Modern cruising is a difficult way to live. It requires hard work and sacrifices, but for many who crave personal freedom and a simple life, it’s worth it. – Jim Trefethen


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