Every year, 13 million boaters face shifting shoals, changing channels, moving bouys, and newly discovered hazards. These changes happen daily, and it’s your responsibility to be aware of them. Boating with updated charts is critical.
The Alliance for Safe Navigation consists of industry leaders, including BoatUS that all share a commitment to boating safety. The goal of the alliance is to raise the boating community’s understanding of and appreciation for up-to-date navigational information. The alliance encourages mariners to recognize the large number of changes made to their charts and to keep their electronic and paper charts accurate, which is inexpensive and easy to do. More Information.
By Lenny Rudow, published in BoatUS Magazine, December 2012/January 2014
Cell phone and tablet apps can be harnessed by boaters in a number of ways: weather prediction, navigation, and maintenance logging are a few prime examples. And in the past, we've told you about apps that can help you accomplish these things. But there are a number of new or updated apps which focus on making boating safer. Let's have a look at some of those that could even — yes, it's true — save your life some day. Read More
By Lenny Rudow, published in BoatUS Magazine, April/May 2011
Every day, new applications are developed that can help you run your boat more efficiently and effectively.'Like it or not, in our modern world cell phones have become as essential to life as clothing, food, and fuel. Unless you're institutionalized, chances are there's a smart phone within reach at this very moment. Current models come GPS-equipped, are far tougher than early versions, and are more convenient to carry around than virtually any dedicated marine-electronics unit. Every day new apps are developed for the communicating multi-tasker in your pocket, and there's a slew of them that can help you run your boat more efficiently and effectively. Read More
For live hurricane information be sure to check the BoatUS Hurricane Resource Center. We update the site consistently throughout the day giving you the latest updates on named tropical storms and hurricanes. You can see the latest satellite images, spaghetti models, wind speed probabilities and NOAA 5 day forecasts.
What else will you find in the Hurricane Center? View Seaworthy's "Hurricane Warning: A Guide to Protecting Boats and Marinas for Hurricanes", print out the BoatUS Hurricane Preparation Guide, view photos of past hurricanes and find important hurricane-related links. You will even find tips on what to do after a storm.