Cruising / Croisieres:
Well, I heard good thinks about these guys. I recently listed Le Chepa
there, and well, I let you know how it goes. They have various services,
for professional and for pleasure cruisers, some are free, some are not,
and it is quick and easy to enlist a boat. (So far, to their honor, they
did not resale my email to various painfull online marketers like another
service I tried in the past.)
Jimmy Cornell's website, a gold mine for any
international trip planning, with up-to-date info on everything one need
to know. All cruising destinations are covered (more than 190 countries
and 1700 ports) with information on clearance formalities, visa requirements,
fees, weather, special events and other facts needed by visiting sailors,
piracy reports etc...
Low bandwidth version : http://www.noonsite.com/text/
Rick in Key Largo is very much involved in promoting sailing on more than
one hull. His site is one of the most documented for this matter, including
online shop, seminars, infos, news etc... If catamaran racing is part
of your hobbies or dreams, that's a good site to bookmark.
Parts / Equipement
Just Catamarans- Ft Lauderdale - Fl
Kent is the man you want to talk to for all your boat miseries,
if he doesn't know - rare... - he will put you in touch with someone who
know. 1-954-605-4416. And he ships odd parts anywhere .... And last but
not least, it is also a broker specialized in .... well, catamarans!
Pro-Plastics - New Jersey
we all need odd stuffs, odd shapes in lexans, poly-something and so on.
These guys are greats, they do a lot of parts for the boating community,
including custom ones for a reasonable cost. Both owners are avid boaters,
so they understand what you are talking about. Ask for Georges.
ATN - Ft Lauderdale - Fl
ATN manufactures cool stuffs making life abord
safer, easier. Topclimber will get you up the mast without much fuzz,
their spinnaker socks make using the monster a breeze even singlehanded,
and their galesail let you fly a storm jib without unrolling your giant
geneoa when the wind is clocking like hell.
Caribbean Weather Center
A trully missleading name as their forecaster, Chris Parker really cover
everything from from Canada to South America, and all the gulf of Mexico.
Website is free, as well as listening to their broadcast on SSB in the
morning - schedule on their site. With a subscription, one can get personalised
weather, via SSB or email or both. Le Chepa is one of their very happy
subscriber, and this small money is the best safety spending I could imagine.
National Hurricane Center - Miami
You want to monitore this site from June till end of November. This really
is the source for ALL the other services to built their forecasts upon.
Plus year long satellittes pictures and long range radar one help to avoid
facing the ultimate wave in your otherwise laidback cruise....
Behind the not so marine name hide the best US portal one could find.
Everything is there or linked to from there, plus satellites, radars,
Sites de Voile