R. L. "Dick" Frenzel, NAMS - Certified Marine Surveyor, SAMS - AMS
J. C. "Jay" Stormer, Jr., SAMS-AMS(Ret.), NAMS-CMS(Ret.)
USCG VESSEL DOCUMENTATION CENTER - Download all the forms and instructions to do it yourself.
Notice to Mariners US Coast Guard, District 8 - Gulf of Mexico Notices to Mariners. Monthly and weekly "Local Notice to Mariners". Good source for scheduled waterway and bridge closings, missing or relocated navigational aids and other hazards. Best printed with free Adobe Acrobat Reader (also available as MS-Word6 doc.) Covers the Gulf of Mexico and adjacent coastal waters.
Other Districts Notice To Mariners for other Districts.
USCG NAVIGATION CENTER - Information on GPS, LORAN, OMEGA etc., Maritime Communications, Boating Safety, Charts, Tides etc.
USCG Maritime Communications Data Page contains a lot of information on their NAVTEX and FEC broadcasts, Voice Weather from NMN, NMG, NMC, NMO, NRV. It lists the latest freqs. and times of transmission. NOAA national WX service has info on WX and radio FAX charts at Marine Product Dissemination Information page.
FCC License Ships Radio License Application Form (Go to Form 605). If you need a ships radio license, download the application form (605) here. (For most yachts and pleasure boats, a ships radio license is only needed if you will be cruising to Mexico, the Bahamas or beyond or if you will be using a marine SSB radio.)
National Association of Marine Surveyors
Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors
National Fire Protection Association
HGX WX Office Houston-Galveston National Weather Service Office Home Page. Includes links to all sorts of forecasts, special warnings, buoy observations, climatic statistics, and other useful WX information. A page giving data and tracks for all Texas Hurricanes for the last 100 years is especially interesting.
Marine Forecasts Marine warnings, near shore forecasts, offshore forecasts
Wave Height Forecast Charts - heights and directions for the Gulf of Mexico.
Winds, Sea State, and Temperatures at the following weather buoys:
Galveston Tides Graphical view of Galveston Bay tide predictions.
Gulf Sea Temperatures Chart of sea surface temperatures for the Gulf of Mexico. Useful for determining the position of the Gulf Loop Current, etc.
NHC Home TROPICAL PREDICTION CENTER - NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER All the latest on hurricanes, tropical storms, depressions, and outlook.
SE TX Tropical WX From the Houston-Galveston NOAA Weather Office Info on hurricanes, tropical storms, depressions, and outlook affecting SE TX.
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