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America's Boating Club™

For Boaters, By Boaters™

South Bend Sail and Power Squadron

Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan

Useful Links

New links will be added frequently! Check back to see what we have found! Links listed are to governmental, organization, and commercial sites and are provided for the convenience of visitors to this site. Links go to sites external to this website, and neither South Bend Sail and Power Squadron nor United States Power Squadrons can be responsible for the content or accuracy of the information presented on these sites. You assume all risk from the use of these links or any other links derived from these links.


U.S. Power Squadrons
District 9 U.S.P.S.
Locate a U.S.P.S. Squadron
Take a Public Boating Course
Sign up for Compass Newsletter
Boating Quiz
Free Marine Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) Registration

U.S. CoastGuard

U.S. Coast Guard Website
U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

Charts and Maps

NOAA Coast Pilot® Series (45th Ed. 2015) 

Boating Organizations

Great Lakes Cruising Club
Seven Seas Cruising Association
U.S. Sailing
American Sail Association
American Sail Training Association ("Tall Ships")
Sea Scouts

Boating Supplies and Support

West Marine
Boat US
Sea Tow
Sea Tow Foundation
Wolf's Marine, Benton Harbor, MI
NavTech Marine Electronics
Raymarine Marine Electronics
Garmin Electronics

Celestial Navigation

Download NavSoft AstroNav (Prints any Nautical Almanac pages from 9999 BC to 9999 AD and more!)
NavSoft's Sight Corrections Tables
NavSoft's Increments and Corrections Tables
NavSoft's Moon's Total Corrections Tables
Celestaire Navigation Equipment and Supplies
Computerized American Practical Navigator (CAPN) Software
OpenCPN (Free Open-Source Navigation and Chart Plotting Software)
USPS Navigation Tools/Software Programs
Stellarium Virtual Planetarium


VHF Radio Guide
Flag Etiquette
Worldwide Boat Water Safety for Kids
HMY Yachts' "Boating and Yacht Safety for All Age Levels"

Weather Sites

NOAA Home Site
Chicago Radar
Great Lakes Wave Height Forecaster
Weather Underground

Lake and River Environmental Organizations

Alliance for the Great Lakes
Save the Dunes
Council of Great Lakes Governors
Friends of the St. Joe River Association

Legal Links

Indiana Boating Handbook
Michigan Boating Handbook
Other States Boating Requirements

The United States Power Squadrons course, available in the classroom or on-line, meets the boating education requirements of Indiana and Michigan, as well as most other states. See our Public Classes page for more information.