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EverythingAboutBoats.org was initially conceived by the staff at Anchors Aweigh Academy as an online resource that would provide to our marine survey, shipwright, and on-board systems students such valuable information as:
- The US Coast Guard regulations and industry standards for vessel construction, inspection and repair.
- The sources for boat building plans, tools and equipment.
- The sources for boat materials and equipment, and their specifications, service tips, recalls, and reviews.
- The sources for marine publications with reviews.
We quickly realized that much of this information would also benefit students of other schools, as well as boat builders, boat dealers, yacht brokers, marine surveyors, shipwrights, refitters, mechanics, licensed skippers and crews, commercial fishermen, and recreational boaters around the world — so the website was opened up to everyone as a public service, and the scope of the website content was expanded to include such valuable information as:
The contact information, profiles and your reviews of:
- Boat designers.
- Boat builders.
- Boat fitters and shipwrights.
- Boat dealers and yacht brokers.
- Events like boat shows, sales and auctions.
- Marine surveyors.
- Vessel documentation and licensing firms.
- Marine lenders
- Insurance companies, agents, and brokers.
- Vessel transporters over land and sea.
- Boat haulers and launching ramps
- Boat moorage and storage.
- Yacht clubs, sailing clubs, and Boat owner organizations.
- Boating events and boating destinations with local attractions and accommodations.
- Boating safety classes.
- Boating and seamanship training.
- Captain’s license training and testing.
- Maritime schools.
- Marine surveyor schools.
- Marine engineering schools.
- Boat building schools.
- Boat repair schools including engine schools and on-board systems schools.
- Boat yards, refitters and repair shops.
- Law Firms practicing Admiralty law, consumer protection and personal injury.
- Even expert witnesses for marine litigation.
For years, Anchors Aweigh Academy, a nonprofit research and educational organization, has been dedicated to the advancement of marine related sciences with a strong emphasis on protecting the Earth’s fragile ecological systems for future generations. The practical application of this science is ultimately everyone’s responsibility. Your part can be as simple as properly maintaining your boat so that your boat does not explode, catch fire, land on the rocks and/or sink, and release deadly toxins into the environment (plus consider the physical damage and personal injury such an event could cause). Anchors Aweigh Academy and the EverythingAboutBoats.org website are dedicated to providing this much needed knowledge to boat builders, refitters, repair shops and yards, professional mariners, and the boating public, etc. around the world (that would be basically everyone that will listen).
By browsing the WEBSITE CONTENTS page OR “WEBSITE CONTENTS” in the right sidebar ⇒ you can get a good idea of the scope of the website, which continues to grow rapidly through the dedicated efforts of the nonpaid all volunteer website staff and with the help of our generous members. So far, the website contains over 10,000 webpage articles available to everyone. The information on these pages have already benefited mariners around the world. With your help, we could have another 10,000 pages added over this next year. We estimate that we will need over 50,000 webpage articles to cover the full scope of our website. Most website pages welcome comments, inquires, and reviews giving the reader the opportunity to contribute to the website as well as profit from other boaters perspective. By submitting comments, articles, and reviews, you can become an active contributor to the growing EverthingAboutBoats.org website (see Comment Rules & Submitting Articles).
You can also help us with the costs of developing and maintaining the website by becoming an Academy Member. Not only will you be supporting a great cause, but as a supporting member you will gain access to several other valuable resources including our Lending Library and all the current and past issues of Anchors Aweigh Academy‘s own on-line magazine, The ANCHOR, which contains some terrific “How To…” articles like:
- How to build a boat.
- How to outfit a boat.
- How to buy a boat.
- How to sell a boat.
- How to inspect a boat.
- How to find a good marine surveyor. The different types of marine surveys.
- How to document a vessel.
- How to get the best insurance. Types of policies, Insurance claims.
- How to transport a boat including trailering, towing, and crewing.
- How to find a skipper and crew for a boat delivery.
- How to become a licensed captain or crew member.
- How to become a marine surveyor.
- How to troubleshoot and repair boat equipment including engine repairs. The value of oil analysis, Engine Rebuild vs Repower. Prevalence of up-charging and cost overruns in the marketplace.
- Plus Product Reviews, Troubleshooting Guides, Do-It-Yourself Refitting & Repair Guides (many explaining the Marine Statutes and Industry Standards). Many written by professionals in the marine industry.
The ANCHOR is a perfect example of a “living publication” as it is continuously being revised and updated with the latest information, techniques, etc. (Note: We are loading these articles as quickly as we can reformat and update them, so please be patient.)
As an Academy Member, you will also gain access to the “Ask An Expert” Q&A page where you can privately ask our experts any questions related to boats of any size (including ships), their maintenance, troubleshooting, repair, etc., etc., etc.
Visit our FEATURED ARTICLES Home Page
to see examples of our website's comprehensive contents!
Thanks to our amazing contributors for the steady flow of articles, and to our dedicated all-volunteer staff who sort, polish and format them, everyday we get a little bit closer to our goal of
Everything About Boats. If you would like to submit an article,
see Submitting Articles.
— TOP 20 MOST POPULAR ARTICLES —
Ford Industrial Power Products Diesel Engines
Lehman Mfg. Co.
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Types of Marine Surveys
Marine Surveyors by Regions
Boat Builders By MIC
DIY Boat Owner Magazine
USCG NVIC 07-95 Guidance on Inspection, Repair and Maintenance of Wooden Hulls
What our nonprofit Anchors Aweigh Academy and its
EverythingAboutBoats.org website have accomplished so far.
- Published over 300 website main topic webpages, many with full articles on the topic. See our Website Contents in the Right Sidebar for the listing of the main topic pages.
- Published over 9,000 marine vendor webpages, all with their contact information, most with a description of their products and services, many with product documentation, specifications and independent reviews. (Includes: Boat designers, boat building tools, material and equipment manufacturers and suppliers, boat builders and dealers, yacht brokers, marine surveyors, boat insurers, boat transporters, skippers and crews, boatyards and marinas, yacht clubs, boat rentals and yacht charters, boating, seamanship and maritime schools, marine law attorneys and expert witnesses, boat refitters and repairers, book authors and publishers, and video producers)
- Acquired over 120,000 pages of product documentation including Catalogs, Brochures, SpecSheets, Pictures, Serial Number Guides, Installation Manuals, OpManuals, Parts Schematics, Parts Bulletins, Shop Manuals, Wiring Diagrams, Service Bulletins, and Recalls. And have made all viewable to academy members through the EAB website.
- Acquired over 1,200 books and magazine back issues in our academy library and so far have made over 700 viewable to academy members through the EAB website.
- Published over 500 DIY How-To articles about boat design, construction, inspection, operation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair. We are working hard to do more.
We are currently formatting and polishing the Anchors Aweigh Academy online and hands-on courses. The Marine Surveying course has proven to be excellent for both the beginner and the seasoned surveyor, and especially helpful to the Do-It-Yourselfer.
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FROM Donald: "This is an awesome website. I found the information that I needed right away from one of the over 10,000 free articles that you provide as a public service. I'm surprised that so much if this site is free. But I still signed up so I could access the thousands of expanded pages, interesting articles, and dozens of valuable programs! The member's library of books, magazines and videos that I can view online is really terrific! I understand that you and your staff are all unpaid volunteers. Please keep up the good work. And I commend you for your plans to add another 10,000 free informative articles over the next year. I'm thrilled to support you in this endeavor with my small membership donation. Thanks again for all your hard work."
FROM Huey: "I agree with my Uncle, I too have found the articles to be very enlightening. They say that it will take about 50,000 articles to cover the full scope that they have envisioned for the website. They have over 10,000 articles so far and that's doing pretty well, but it could take several years to get the rest. I also noticed that many of the Main Topic Pages and some of the article pages are still in the rough draft stage. I guess that they will fill in as they can get volunteers to work on them. But what I can't figure out is why anyone would spend the time writing informative in depth articles just to give away free to this website for publication? What's in it for them?"
FROM Dewey: "Well Huey, to me It looks like most of the articles on this website are written by very informed people, like boating instructors, boat designers, boat builders, riggers, electricians, fitters, marine repair technicians and marine surveyors. Writing such articles helps establish them as knowledgeable professionals. After all, this website was originally created by a school for marine technicians and marine surveyors. The website is growing in content every day. They even had to move to a bigger, more powerful server on October 15, 2018 because the website's traffic has been growing exponentially."
FROM Louie: "I agree with everyone above. This site is quickly becoming the ultimate reference resource about every aspect of boats and ships for everyone from the beginning recreational boater to the seasoned professional mariner. I use the topic pages on the right sidebar to browse around the website. It's like a Junior Woodchucks' Guidebook for Boaters. Their Members' Library of over 300 popular and obscure books and over 200 magazine back issues that can be viewed online is fabulous. The Academy's magazine is especially informative. On top of that, there is the "Ask-An-Expert program for members where you can get an expert's answer to any of your boat questions. And a whole years membership is only $25. What a deal! I really love being part of this "Everything About Boats" community and help provide thousands of helpful articles free to the public. I think that I'll sit down right now and write an article about my experiences boating with my uncle."
FROM Scrooge: "You rave about this website like it was the best thing since sliced bread. Well, I think it stinks. Sure, it has a lot of good information for boaters, and they're adding more every day, but it will probably never be finished. Furthermore, I don't even own a boat. And I wouldn't have a boat even if someone gave me one. Boats are a waste of money and time and energy and money! They're just a hole in the water you pour money into. If you gave me a boat, I'd sell it quicker then you could say Baggywrinkle. Then I'd lock up the cash with all my other money so I could keep my eye on it and count it every day. Bah humbug."
FROM Daisy: "I'm just so glad that Donald got the boat so we and the boys could enjoy boating — together. And of course all of the girls, April, May, and June, love to be on the water too, especially when that is where the boys are. Oh poor Scrooge, boating is more fun then you could possibly imagine."
FROM Scrooge: "After seeing how much fun you all have on the water together, I regret that I didn't have that much fun when I was young. I've had a change of heart, and I'm giving each of you a Lifetime Academy Membership."
FROM Editor: "For those of you that have stayed with us this far, Thanks. You inspire us to keep working on this labor of love. We know that we have a lot more to do. Ultimately, we hope that we can help you enjoy the wonder filled world of boating as much as we do. We are all waiting to see what you have to say about this webpage article. And we assure you, your corrections, updates, additions and suggestions are welcomed. Let's work together on this." ♥
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