Water Ways

By Ray Pendleton

Saturday, November 13, 1999

Navigating through
sea of Web sites

s JUDGING by the numbers of reader responses I receive every week via e-mail, and the huge popularity of this paper's Web site at, it would appear that Internet access is no longer the exclusive realm of the pocket-protector-wearing computer geek.

The general public seems to have decided it is well worth putting up with the idiosyncrasies of computers when it allows them improved personal communication, unprecedented interaction with news sources and access to the World Wide Web's wealth of information.

It should come as no wonder, then, that those involved in boating have quickly sailed into these uncharted waters, so to speak. Suddenly, there is a mind-numbing number of Web sites that will appeal to these skippers.

Taking note of that fact, two boating publications in California - Sea Magazine and the San Diego Log - recently have published lists of some of the best boating-oriented Web sites they have discovered for their West Coast readers. Here are a few that might be of interest to boaters in Hawaii as well:

Bullet The Coast Guard's Local Notice to Mariners:

Bullet The Weather Channel's boating forecasts:

Bullet Tropical storm information and satellite images:

Bullet U.S. Chart Ordering:

Bullet National Ocean Service Tide Tables:

Bullet National Safe Boating Council, giving online boating course, safety tips and links to Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety:

Bullet Cruisers' Connection, giving weather, currency conversion and e-mail tips at sea:

Bullet Boater's World Marine on-line catalog:

Bullet Crow's Nest Marine Ourfitters:

Bullet Things Nautical Marine Accessories:

Bullet West Marine Products and calendar of events:

Bullet Do-It-Yourself Boating tips:

Bullet Worldwide Angler on fishing and fishing & boats:

Bullet WOW Women on the Water, a women's boating resource:

Bullet Boatnet, products, boats & worldwide marine charters:

Bullet Sea and Go Boating on-line magazines:

Bullet Yachtworld, boating news, yellow pages and links to hundreds of boating businesses:

Bullet The Mother of All Maritime Links Web Page:

As for my personal favorite Web sites, besides the Star-Bulletin's?

I must admit my browser is set for getting the latest from New Zealand on Hawaii's America's Cup challenger at, and for race information in general, at

For ocean recreation news in Hawaii, it's hard to beat, and for sport fishing in the Islands, is the place to look.

Hopefully, this short list of boating Web sites will open up new horizons for your computer sailing into cyberspace.

Bon voyage.

Ray Pendleton is a free-lance writer based in Honolulu.
His column runs Saturdays in the Star-Bulletin.
He can be reached by e-mail at

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