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    Publications and Reference

    nga.mil/portal
    'Publications' opens a dropdown menu with free downloads: Planning Guides,
    Sight Reduction Tables and Pilots (Sailing Directions Enroute) a.o.

    Sailing Directions Enroute (Pilots) are professional editions in .pdf format.
    Basically aimed at the professional merchant navy, they do contain invaluable
    data and information for the serious sailor. Destinations 'off-the-beaten-track' -
    Lybia, Egypt, Algerya or Tunisia - are covered in great detail.

    Corrections and updates are included through PDU files (Publication Data Updates)
    which are executed during initial installation.

    1. Pub. 131 Western Mediterranean
    2. Pub. 132 Eastern Mediterranean
    3. Pub. 141 Scotland
    4. Pub. 142 Ireland and West Coast of England
    5. Pub. 191 English Channel
    6. Pub. 182 North and West Coast of Norway
    7. Pub. 140 North Atlantic, Baltic Sea, North Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea
      (Planning Guide)
    8. ...

    nga.mil/portal
    On the same URI also 'The American Practical Navigator' ("Bowditch").
    The Magnum Opus on navigation is updated and revised including ARPA, ECDIS,
    GMDSS, SOLAS, etc ...

    wwp.greenwichmeantime.com
    Wold Time - GMT - Time in every Time Zone

    www.navcen.uscg.gov
    USCG Navigation Center

    www.nga.mil
    WinZip archive file with nautical calculators: orthodrome, loxodrome, vertex, DR, sailings, etc...

    www.tecepe.com.br/cgi-win/cgiasvis.exe
    Online Star Finder

    Nautical Charts

    shipplotter.co.uk
    ShipPlotter displays complete information about ships that are within VHF range
    of your position using the Universal Automatic Identification System (AIS).
    Great freeware.

    www.sping.com/seaclear/
    Seaclear II, the freeware program to use with raster format nautical charts.

    www.openecdis.org
    "The Open ECDIS Forum (OEF) is dedicated to the development of Electronic Chart
    Display and Information Systems (ECDIS). It aims to the vision of a maritime
    Geographic Information System (GIS) that supports navigation, environmental control
    and vessel traffic services".

    Nothing but AAA+ here on the open-source philosophy. An ECDIS with free access,
    based on the knowledge, expertise and contributions of the worldwide salty-dogs-ICT community.

    mapserver.maptech.com/homepage/index.cfm
    Mapserver

    www.starpath.com
    Commercial website with free downloads

    www.tidesend.com
    Cheap paper NOAA Charts in Portfolios with printing on demand

    www.rccpf.org.uk/index.htm
    Online Passage Planning Guide for the British Isles and the Channel

    www.digwave.com
    Visual Passage Planner 2

    www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/vocabularies/tgn/index.html
    The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names Online. Find the coordinates of any
    location on his planet.

    www.imray.com
    Imray Nautical Charts and Pilots: commercial website

    www.allweathercharts.co.uk
    Stanford Charts: commercial website

    Simulation software

    GALILEO, GLONASS, BEIDOU and GPS

    Paper about the actual status and future of European, Russian, Chinese, Japanese and American
    orbital navigational systems in space

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    Communication

    www.usbwifi.orcon.net.nz/
    DIY WOKTENNA, a cheap high-performance homebuilt WIFI-antenna

    my.opera.com/community/
    The very best user agent

    www.amsat.com
    Satellite communication using HAM Radio

    www.sailmail.com
    Email Service over HF SSB Radio

    Ham equipment

    www.mmsn.org
    The Maritime Mobile Service Network

    www.bluewater.de/ham-nets.htm
    Worldwide HAM-frequencies and networks

    www.mrx.com.au
    Continuous Wave or CW (Morse Code) tutor

    www.hfradio.com
    HF Radio On Board: Marine Communication Solutions for Everyone, Everywhere

    www.mayaparadise.com/mmfreq1.htm
    HAM Mobile Maritime Nets

    www.bruneibay.net/bbradio
    Bruney Bay Radio and its HF-SSB radio voice and e-mail service in the NW-part
    of the Indian Ocean, the Pacific and Asia

    www.cruiser.co.za/radionet.asp
    Maritime Mobile Radio Nets for cruising sailors

    lipas.uwasa.fi/
    Ionosferic HF propagation analysis and forecast

    www.mscan.nl
    MsScan Meteo with a trial-version

    www.hffax.de
    Real-time reception of weather information

    www.dxsoft.com
    Digital modes for HF-Transceivers, modems and PC.
    Trial-versions in download.

    www.iridium.com
    Satellite Telephone, one system, globally

    www.thuraya.com
    Maritime Satellite Solutions

    cybercaptive.com
    De Cybercafe Search Engine

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    Meteo

    Caution: The internet as such is not an integral part of the Maritime Safety Information System and should never be relied upon as the only means to obtain the latest forecast and warning information.

    Access to Met services may be interrupted or delayed from time to time, updates may also be delayed.

    Please refer to GMDSS services, INMARSAT SafetyNET or international NAVTEX for the latest information. When using these web pages, always check that the page on your screen is not from your cache.
    Use the Refresh or Reload button if in any doubt.

    Bracknell
    Animated Bracknell weather fax charts

    www.meto.gov.uk
    The Shipping Forecast

    USAF Sembach
    Operational Weather Squadron

    www.grib.us
    Grib Files using Ugrib (for Win). Downloads and an interesting forum.

    GRIBVIEWERS

    Grib Explorer SOBGrib
    Deckman Waypoints GPS
    Raytech Planner Viewfax
    MaxSea Ugrib

    pages.unibas.ch
    Animated wind prognosis for Europe

    Belgium - Koninklijk Meteorologisch Instituut - Nederlands/Frans/Duit s/Engels
    Denmark - Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut (DMI) - Danish/English
    ECMWF - European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
    Germany - Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) - German/English
    France - Météo-France - French
    United Kingdom - The Met.Office - English
    Greece - Hellenic National Meteorological Service - Greek/English
    Italy - Ufficio Generale per la Meteorologia dell' Aeronautica Militare - Italian
    The Netherlands - Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut (KNMI) - Dutch/English
    Norway - Det norske meteorologiske institutt (DNMI) - Norwegian/English
    Portugal - Instituto de Meterologia (IM) - Portuguese/English
    Russia - Geostationary Operational Meteorological Satellite (GOMS)
    Spain - Instituto Nacional de Meteorología (INM) - Spanish
    Sweden - Sveriges meteorologiska och hydorlogiska institut (SMHI) - Swedish/English
    Turkey - Devlet Meteoroloji Isleri Genel Müdürlügü - Turkish/English/German
    Tunisia - MeteoTunisie - French
    US - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
    WMO - World Meteorological Organization

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    Safety

    www.iccwbo.org/iccffhg/index.html
    Weekly Piracy Reports from the ICC

    cruisenews.net/db/pagetemplate.php?cat_id=52
    Seamanship and Sailing Skills

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    Harbours and Ports

    portfocus.com
    Search ports all over the world

    www.british-waterways.com
    This URI gives detailed information about 2000 km of British canals and rivers

    www.marine-info.com/minfo/po/poindex.htm
    www.marine-info.com/minfo/sp/spindex.htm
    Indexes of Portugese and Spanish harbours

    www.portfocus.com/norway
    Links to Norwegian harbours

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    Cruising and Adventure

    www.cruisersforum
    Cruising boats, Cruising People, Cruising Answers

    www.cruisingworld.com
    Blogs and galleries of the well-known american sailing magazine

    www.aroundinten.com
    A race around the world in 10 feet yachts. This race will start on the 10th January 2009 in the Bahamas.
    The competitors can take their own route but have to stop at the ports of Panama, Darwin and Cape Town.
    The finish is back in the Bahamas. The only price is beating the 1987 record of Serge Testa.

    www.nehalinnia.be
    Website of Eric and Kaat on their way from Nieuwpoort (BE) to Greece.
    Their sailing yacht is a rebuild Fellowship 27.

    www.inthewakeofthebelgica.com
    In the wake of Belgian's greatest polar explorer Adrien de Gerlache,
    sailing yacht Euronav Belgica skipped by Michel Tordoir leaves Belgium
    on september 16th 2007 towards Antarctica.

    www.sailtraining.be/
    A williwaw is a strong catabatic wind blowing fiercely in moutainous regions towards the sea and is very common in
    in the Straits of Magellan (Chili/Argentina) and the Aleutans (Alaska).

    'Williwaw' is also the name of the ketch which which owner/skipper Willy de Roos
    sailed the Northwest Passage in 1977 -79, mostly solo.
    Willy De Roos, a world-famous sailor and polar explorer, also a HAM-radio amateur
    (ex ON8RP en VK9XR) passed away on august 4th 2008 at the age of 85 years.

    An interview with de Roos shortly after accomplishing this extraordinary polar expedition.
    'Williwaw' is now one of the flagships of the STAB, Sail Training Association Belgium.

    www.noonsite.com
    The global site for cruising sailors

    www.go.to/spitsbergen
    Svalbard (Spitsbergen) at the pace of the reindeer

    www.taraexpeditions.org/site/index.php?page=tara_boat
    Spectacular aluminium maxi sailing yacht for the Arctic and Antarctic regions

    www.69nord.com/english/cruise.htm
    Same as previous URI

    www.sailafrica.steerage.co.za/entrypage.htm
    Passage Planning Around South Africa

    www.nationalgeographic.com/travel
    National Geographic Travel Guides

    www.trans-ocean.org/english.htm
    Trans Ocean E.V. Verein, a German organisation for the cruising yachtsmen

    www.cruiser.co.za/faq.asp
    FAQ and Cruising Dictionary

    www.cruising.org.uk
    Cruising Association

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    Equipment & Technicals

    www.hollandwindvane.com
    Formerly know as 'Bouvaan', this is truly one of the best (and cheapest) DIY windpilots.
    Buy in a kit or ready-to-sail version. See circumnavigators at work using the Holland Wind Vane.

    www.cruisingworld.com
    Self Steering with no strings attached

    www.solarmarinelights.com
    Solar energy and the use of LED's

    www.ecobusinesslinks.com/solar_panels.htm
    Solar panels are still much too expensive. When is the 1 EURO/1 Watt breakthrough
    finally coming ?

    www.westlawn.edu/student_center/marine_websites.asp
    Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology with interesting links
    towards CADCAM-systems for boat design

    www.hksailmakers.com
    Hong Kong Sailmakers. They claim to be the cheapest sailmakers on earth.

    www.lobsterprawnandcrab.com
    Collapsible lobster, prawn and crab pots

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    Design and Construction

    www.tielsa.info
    Tielsa, a steel racer from the 1977/78 Whitbread Round the World Race.
    Also info on the Suncoast yachts from Jachtwerf "Jachtbouw Noord Nederland".

    caroffduflos.free.fr/
    Naval architect Caroff from the famous Chatam-series of steel yachts for circumnavigators.

    www.bateau.com
    Boat Plans to download

    www.marinecomposites.com
    Everything on the use of marine composites

    www.yachtindustry.com
    The industry's website

    www.dixdesign.com/38didi.htm
    South-African yacht designer Dudley Dix and his famous
    'Black Cat' cruiser-racer

    www.dixdesign.com/links4.htm
    More interesting projects of the same guy

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    Engines

    www.econetbvba.be
    Your car and boat running on PPOs ?
    Belgian-based firm specialising in the conversion (hybrid system implant)
    of diesel engines into PPO (Pure Plant Oil) driven engines.
    The technology is readily available. Conversion is easy and the
    switching between the two systems is automatic.
    Besides, all biofuels are not the same as Pure Plant Oils.

    boatdiesel.com
    Maintenance, troubleshooting, problemsolving, ...

    www.volvo.com/volvopenta/
    Volvo Penta

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    Motor Boat

    www.powerboatmag.com
    Powerboat Magazine

    www.trawlerworld.com
    Stories

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    Tall Ships

    www.eendracht.nl

    www.oosterschelde.nl

    www.swanfanmakkum.nl

    www.schoonerman.com

    www.european-maritime-heritage.org

    www.fky.org
    Freudenkreis Klassische Yachten

    www.grand-voilier.com/

    www.jclassyachts.com
    Shamrock V, Endeavour, Ranger, Cambria and Velsheda,
    'the most beautiful yachts in het world'

    www.maritime-heritage.net

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    Races

    www.americascup.com
    America's Cup - The Official Site

    www.aroundinten.com
    A race around the world in 10 feet yachts. This race will start on the 10th January 2009 in the Bahamas.
    The competitors can take their own route but have to stop at the ports of Panama, Darwin and Cape Town.
    The finish is back in the Bahamas. The only price is beating the 1987 record of Serge Testa.

    www.cowesweek.co.uk
    Cowes Week

    www.azab.co.uk
    Falmouth to Açores and back

    www.routedurhum.org
    Route du Rhum

    www.tourvoile.fr
    Tour de France à la Voile

    www.volvooceanrace.org
    The Volvo Ocean Race

    www.vendeeglobe.fr
    Vendée Globe

    www.kielerwoche.de
    Kieler Woche

    www.classemini.com
    Mini Transat

    www.kustzeilers.nl/Driehoek/Driehoek.html
    Den Helder via Orkneys to Norway and back

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    Government

    www.sectoria.com/
    Norwegian website (ENG) with a handy STCW '95 wizard. Fill out the query form
    and the program will generate all relevant and compulsory STCW '95 certification.

    www.mcga.gov.uk/c4mca/mcga-home
    British Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA)

    www.imo.org
    The United Nations International Maritime Organisation

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    Boat Shows

    www.belgianboatshow.be/ned/
    Belgian Boatshow

    www.hiswa.nl/default.aspx
    Hiswa Portal

    www4.boot-online.de
    Boot Düsseldorf

    www.showmanagement.com/
    Fort Lauderdale International Boatshow

    www.showmanagement.com/
    St. Petersburg Boat Show

    www.showmanagement.com
    Annual Palm Beach Boat Show

    www.hamburg-messe.de
    Internationale Bootsausstellung Hamburg

    www.londonboatshow.net/
    London Boat Show

    www.salonnautiqueparis.com/
    Salon Nautique de Paris

    www.southhamptonboatshow.com/
    Southampton Boat Show

    www.nauticexpo.com/
    The virtual Boat Show

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    Literature and Media

    www.oceannavigator.com
    The online resource for the offshore sailor

    www.regattatime.nl
    'The Sailing Channel'

    www.ybw.com
    Yachting Monthly

    www.pbo.co.uk
    Practical Boat Owner, Britain's biggest selling yachting magazine

    www.yachtsandyachting.com

    marinedirectory.ybw.com/
    Yachting and Boating World Website

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    Photography

    www.umapress.com

    www.beken.co.uk
    Beken of Cowes, a 'Master of Marine Photography'

    www.francopace.com
    Very Italian

    www.rick-tomlinson.com
    America's Cup and The Volvo Ocean Race

    www.plisson.com
    Philippe and Guillaume Plisson

    www.pixsail.com
    Database with mostly public domain photographs

    www.oceanimages.com
    British Photo Agency

    www.nyip.com
    The New York Institute of Photography

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    Portals

    www.zeilen.opzijnbest.nl
    A versatile link base system

    www.isail.com
    Portal

    www.uksail.com/index.htm
    Who's who and what's what in the UK

    www.boat-links.com
    The Mother of all Maritime Links

    www.saltwaterclassics.com
    Saltwater Classics

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    Buy/Sell a Boat

    www.bootkoop.be
    De 24/7 Online Buy/Sell/Rent for:
    Sailing Yachts - Powerboats - Motor Boats - Motorsailors - Multihulls
    Dinghies - Traditional Boats - Inflatables (RIB) - Tenders - Speedboats
    Sport fishing boats - (ex-) Merchant Navy Ships
    Trailers - Engines - Moorings and Real Estate - Other

    www.botenbank.nl

    www.bootkoop.be

    www.botentekoop.nl/

    boottekoop.bootnederland.nl/

    www.botenoutlet.nl/

    www.annoncesbateau.com/

    www.monbateau.com/

    www.bateaux-occasion.net/

    www.boatsforsale.co.uk

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    Environmental Issues

    www.wasnoten.be
    The dried fruit of Ritha (soapnut tree - Sapindus Mukorossi Gaertn) is the most valuable
    part of the plant. Its fleshy portion contains saponin, which is an excellent substitute for
    washing powders, soap or detergents and is therefor used a such.

    No chemicals needed any more !!!

    The fruit (nutshells) of the Sapindus Mukorossi.  Buy'em at www.wasnoten.be

    www.econetbvba.be
    Belgian-based firm specialising in the conversion (hybrid system implant)
    of diesel engines into PPO (Pure Plant Oil) driven engines.
    The technology is readily available. Conversion is easy and the
    switching between the two systems is automatic.
    Besides, all biofuels are not the same as Pure Plant Oils.

    www.ppo.be
    Pure Plant Oil. Jatropha-oil and canola-oil as sustainable alternatives for kerosene and diesel.
    It can be done. Despite all the controversy powered by ill-informed agro-economists.
    And without putting a claim on world food production.

    www.ebio.org
    eBIO, the voice of the EU bioethanol fuel industry

    globallast.imo.org
    The introduction of invasive marine species into new environments by
    ships’ ballast water, attached to ships’ hulls and via other vectors has been
    identified as one of the four greatest threats to the world’s oceans.

    The other three are land-based sources of marine pollution,
    overexploitation of living marine resources and
    physical alteration/destruction of marine habitat.

    reefgis.reefbase.org/mapper.asp
    The Coral Reef Interactive mapserver

    www.seashepherd.org
    Defend - Conserve - Protect

    www.greenpeace.org/belgium
    Greenpeace Belgium

    www.greenpeace.nl
    Greenpeace Nederland

    www.grida.no
    Up-to-date information on environmental issues

    www.foe-scotland.org.uk/press/pr20040101.html
    www.raincoastresearch.org/salmon-farming.htm
    www.wwf.org.uk/news/scotland/n_0000000578.asp
    Salmon farming is OK ??????????

    www.eurocontrol.int/environment/public/standard_page/env_issues.html
    Environmental issues for Aviation

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    Checkup : 06/27/2009