There’s no denying that the internet has given way for easy access to an absolutely awesome variety of resources which assist boaters in all facets of boating. The mutliple options of boating websites cover such points of interst as searching for your next dream boat; keeping current on the latest in boating safety; solving boat maintenance issues; shopping for marine supplies and boating accessories; or simply sharing boating experiences and tips with fellow boaters.
From boating industry organizations offering advice for new boaters to online technology resources that save boaters time and money, here are some of the best boating websites currently available for recreational boaters.
Best Boating Safety Websites
For safe boating tips and online boater education, check out these boating websites for boating safety.
BoatSafe.com – Encouraging safe boating activity, BoatSafe.com offers free online boater safety courses for boaters in the U.S. or Canada.
BoaterExam.com – Providing safe boater education and certification across the United States and Canada, BoaterExam.com has online boating safety courses that allow boaters to meet mandatory education requirements for official boater education cards or boating licenses online.
SafetySeal.net – Created for recreational boaters in the U.S., SafetySeal.net offers boaters information on the vessel safety check program run by volunteers from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the United States Power Squadrons.
U.S. Coast Guard Boat Safety – Dedicated to improving the knowledge, skills and abilities of recreational boaters, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Resource Center web site is an invaluable source of safety information for recreational boaters.
Best Boat Shopping Websites
Boat websites for evaluting new or used boat purchases:
Boattrader.com – Offering one of the widest selections of classified ads for new and used boats online, the Boattrader.com web site offers resources for private boat owners and dealers to buy or sell boats online.
Boats.com – In addition to providing comprehensive online listings for new and used boats, Boats.com is an online marketplace for engines, loans, insurance and more.
Yachtworld.com – For new or used boats worldwide, the Yachtworld.com web site has one of the largest selections of brokerage boats for sale by professional yacht brokers with new, used, sailing, power and super yachts for sale.
Best Boating Resources Websites
These invaluable boating resources are aimed at giving boaters the information they need to get into boating or boat more efficiently.
MarineFuel.com – Boaters can save time and money with MarineFuel.com – the marine industry’s ”go-to” online resource for real-time fuel prices at marinas, fuel docks and wholesalers throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean. Time and money saving online fuel resources include: Fuel Dock Prices™ for searching and comparing fuel by price, brand, additive, ethanol-free and more; Fuel Bid Desk™ for wholesale bidding and delivery of 1,000 gallons of fuel or more; and E-Marina™, a targted searching feature to locate marinas by amenity, location, fuel options and more (patent pending).
DiscoverBoating.com – A public awareness effort managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) on behalf of the North American recreational boating industry, the DiscoverBoating.com web site has a variety of information on boater safety, boat maintenance, boating destinations, tips on buying a boat, and much more.
BoatUS.com – Boat Owners Association of The United States – is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing over half a million members with on-the-water and on-the-road towing service, low cost marine insurance and a variety of time and money saving services including discounts at over 900 marinas nationwide.
Boating websites which cater to recreational and professional boaters are well served to participate in the Marinefuel.com network. Marinas, Wholesalers, product and service providers, green & eco-promotional organizations,& event and tournament coordiantors (jus to name a few!) are encouraged to use the powerful MarineFuel.com marketing platform to place their message in front of the active boating community.
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