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See also: Paddling and Crew.

Selected Books

Brown, David G
The Pontoon and Deckboat Handbook: how to buy, maintain, operate, and enjoy the ultimate family boats
GV836.15.B76 2008
This is the only book that covers all the ins and outs of these popular craft. Its many photographs serve as a virtual gallery of the most popular models.
Cardwell, Jerry
Sailing Big on a Small Sailboat
GV811.6.C36 2007
This practical guide introduces current and aspiring owners to the basics of "trailer-sailing"--the sailing of boats small enough to be towed on a trailer and stored at home. The emphasis is on getting maximum enjoyment from a modest investment through careful planning and selection of the right boat and accessories.
Flanagan, Barbara and Andrew Garn, Photographer
The Houseboat Book
GV836.F596 2003x
Have you ever thought of living in a houseboat on the Allegheny? Check out this comprehensive book on the floating dwellings of North America.
Jessie, Diana
The Cruising Woman's Advisor: How to Prepare for the Voyaging Life
GV777.57.J47 2007
In case you are thinking about taking a world cruise on a house boat...
Reininger, Stuart
Confident Powerboating: Mastering Skills and Avoiding Trouble Afloat
GV835.R45 2008
Confident Powerboating addresses your safety concerns, providing a detailed guide to avoiding problems, coping with difficult situations, and responding to emergencies effectively.
Spurr, Daniel
Your First Sailboat: how to find and sail the right boat for you
VM351.S64 2004
The first comprehensive sailing start-up kit for adult learners, Your First Sailboat is the only book that puts entry-level sailboat selection, use, maintenance, and lifestyle issues all in one place for new sailors who happen to discover this wonderful sport as adults.


100 sailing mistakes and how to avoid them
(DVD) GV811.A1395 2004x
Discusses common sailing mistakes and offers instruction on how to avoid them, covering: maneuvering, sailing, safety, navigation safety, maintenance, docking, purchasing, electronics, anchoring, cruising, trailering. Lessons include: running aground; securing the halyard; releasing the luff tape; falling overboard; getting lost at sea.
The 2003 encyclopedia of boating tips
(DVD) GV775.A155 2002x
Includes over 3 hours of video and thousands of tips gleaned from experts and veteran boating enthusiasts alike. Topics include morse code, CPR, rope sizes, and survival floating. There's an entire 3D animated section explaining all navigation rules. Additional bonus material includes fishing tips, a cruise to the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park, over 4,000 unique boat names, and pet first aid tips.
Boating upon the Three Rivers
(DVD) GV776.P42 P548 2007x
Presents an overview of recreational boating, with special emphasis on boating on Pittsburgh's Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers, covering: selecting a boat; equipment and supplies; how to operate a boat; safety measures.
Houseboats: Lifestyle of Luxury: The Owner's Guide to Houseboat Operations
(DVD) GV836.H68 2006x
Provides information for both new and experienced houseboat owners on how to operate and maintain their home on the water.

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Web Sites

  • Boat Owners Association of the United States
    An advocate for boaters rights on local and national laws and regulations and a provider of many benefits and services,including marine insurance, largest towing network, 40,000-product catalog.
  • Discover Boating
    The Discover Boating Program is designed to help first time boat buyers determine which boat is right for them and their families. The Discover Boating Program is managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, a not for profit trade association representing recreational boating, and has many useful resources available to the public free of charge.
  • Personal Flotation Device Manufacturers Association
    Information on choosing the right PFD (life-jacket), one that you or your child will wear.
  • US Sailing
    Website of the United States Sailing Association.

Pittsburgh Region

  • Moraine Sailing Club
    Now celebrating it's 33rd year, MSC is dedicated to promoting sailing and sailboat racing in Western Pennsylvania. The club is based at Lake Arthur (located in Moraine State Park, in Butler County, Western PA).
  • Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta
    A boating and watersports festival every summer at the Point in July.
  • Pittsburgh Boat Show
    What better way to beat the winter doldrums? Every year in January/February.
  • Regatta at Lake Arthur
    The Regatta at Lake Arthur is an annual 2 day event staged in the Lakeview area at Moraine State Park each August. Hiking, bicycling on the paved bike trail, paddling canoes and kayaks, and disc golf are just some of these activities.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District
    The Pittsburgh District maintains and operates 23 locks and dams and 16 reservoir projects and oversees 42 local flood protection projects in western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, southwestern New York, northern West Virginia and western Maryland. Check here for navigation notices and information on the locks and dams on the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers.
  • Upper Monongahela River Association
    The purpose of the Upper Monongahela River Association (UMRA) is to promote the general development of the Upper Monongahela River, primarily in West Virginia, especially recreational boating.