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Somerville Flotilla's Selected Boating Links

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Links to non-Coast Guard entities are not under the control of the United States Coast Guard or the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, and are provided for the convenience of our customers.  They do not, in any way, constitute an endoresement of the linked pages or any commercial or private issues or products presented there.  We cannot make any warranty or representation concerning the content of these sites, or secondary sites from the pages to which they link.

  • COLREGS "International Regulations for Avoiding Collisions at Sea" -- Collision Avoidance Regulations (COLREGS) were designed to give direction to vessels in order to set a standard that everyone could follow in order to prevent collisions of two or more vessels. They are many in number and cover almost every imaginable sequence of events, which may lead to collision. You do not have to memorize them all but be aware of the basic rules which apply in order to operate safely on the water.
  • Rules of the Road -- There are two sets of navigation rules; inland and international. A nautical chart will show you the demarcation lines where the rules change from international to inland and vice versa. In general, these demarcation lines follow the coastline and cross-inlets and bays. On the seaward side of the demarcation lines international rules apply. The NavRules are written with the understanding that not all boats can maneuver with the same ease. Therefore, Rule 18 states that certain vessels have the right-of-way over other vessels by virtue of their ability to maneuver.
  • New Jersey DMV Boat Regulations -- CLICK HERE to go to the NJ DMV site.

  • Running Light Simulator -- If you've been on the water at night, you already know how different things look. Test your recognition of running lights at night with this simulation.
  • Personal Watercraft Safety Page -- The United Safe Boating Institute, a non-profit organization of which the Auxiliary is a charter member, has created a Personal Watercraft Safety website dedicated to helping personal watercraft operators become safer and more knowledgeable boaters.
  • NOAA -- An organization of the Department of Commerce, NOAA is composed of the National Ocean Service, National Weather Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Environmental Satellite Data, and Information Service, and Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research.
  • Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) -- CO-OPS collects, analyzes and distributes historical and real-time observations and predictions of water levels, coastal currents and other meteorological and oceanographic data. CO-OPS is part of an integrated National Ocean Service program supporting safe maritime navigation, more productive water-borne commerce, and the needs of the National Weather Service, coastal zone management, engineering and surveying communities.
  • Nautical Know How - Safe Boating Tips -- Information on boating courses, useful boating tips, boating safety, and boating contests at
  • Boat/US -- Boat Owners Association of The United States (Boat/US) provides services including representing the interests of boat owners on Capitol Hill; insuring Members' boats; operating an On-the Water towing network; providing boating equipment through the Internet, Mail Order and Marine Centers from coast to coast; providing publications for boaters; serving as an educator in marine safety and environmental issues; and routinely tests and reports on boating safety equipment and other products.
  • West Marine -- The West Marine team offers its customers a selection of quality products, friendly and knowledgeable service, competitive prices, and a "No Hassle" satisfaction guarantee. The West Marine family has boating centers nationwide. West Marine is a retailer of recreational and commercial boating supplies and apparel.
  • BoatNet -- A wealth of boating information in an easy-to-navigate, friendly format, constantly updated and refreshed is available on Connecting the marine industry to its core target audience leading edge boating consumers from around the world.

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Updated: July 15, 2009