Boater Resources

Free boater resourcesFree Boater Resources to help any boater for safer and more enjoyable cruising. Whether you’re an experienced mariner or a newbie to the open waters, you may find something useful in our collection of free resources for boaters! Here, you’ll find a treasure trove of valuable tools, guides, and information to help you navigate the seas with confidence. From safety tips to navigation charts, from maintenance checklists to weather tools, we’ve curated a comprehensive selection of resources to enhance your boating experience. So, hoist the Jolly Roger and dive into our treasure chest of free resources to make your time on the water smooth sailing! 

Lake Ontario Marinas Guide

Blue Matter guide to Lake Ontario marinas – a helpful resource for navigating the pristine waters of one of North America’s Great Lakes. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or a novice boater, our Lake Ontario Marinas guide is here to help you cruise in style. Click for more→→→

Turkish Riviera Marinas Guide

Introducing Blue Matter guide to marinas on the Turkish Mediterranean coast – a great resource for navigating the pristine waters of the Eastern Mediterranean. Packed with current information and insider tips, our guide will help you to discover the Turkish Riviera with convenience. Click for more→→→


Incorporating checklists into boating and sailing activities can help ensure that all necessary tasks are completed diligently, leading to a safer and more enjoyable experience on the water. In this section, we offer a variety of checklists such as pre-departure, spring commissioning, haul-out preparation, pre-survey checklists, and more. Click for more→→→

Boating Basics

Boating Terminology, Col-Reg, Weather Basics, Licencing, and more. Click for more→→→

External Links to more boater resources

Blue Matter External link collection for free boating resources on seamanship, weather, navigation, maintenance, and more. Click for more→→→

More Resources on Marine Surveying

Choosing a marine surveyor is a crucial step in ensuring the safety and integrity of your vessel. One reputable organization to consider when choosing a marine surveyor is the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC). The ABYC is a non-profit organization that sets the standards for the design, construction, maintenance, and repair of recreational boats. Marine professionals who are certified by ABYC have undergone rigorous training and testing to ensure their expertise in various areas of marine surveying, including electrical systems, propulsion systems, hull structures, and safety equipment. Please follow this link to check ABYC’s “Find a Marine Surveyor” page.

Another reputable organization to consider when selecting a marine surveyor is the International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS). IIMS is a professional body that sets global standards for marine surveying and promotes professionalism, integrity, and excellence in the field. Marine surveyors who are members of IIMS are required to adhere to a strict code of conduct and are committed to continuous professional development. Please follow this link to check IIMS “Choosing a Marine Surveyor” page.

Additionally, Navtech US Surveyors Association is another notable organization that represents marine surveyors in the United States. Marine surveyors who are members of Navtech US Surveyors Association are required to meet certain standards and adhere to a code of ethics, ensuring their competence and professionalism in the field of marine surveying. Please follow this link to check Navtech-USSA’s “Find a Marine Surveyor” page.