Read anything you can on maritime safety issues.

USCG are really good guys. Ask them to inspect your vessel. Go to their web site.

Take a boaters safety class!

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NOAA Charts

NOAA Charts Lake Michigan

NOAA Charts Interactive (International)

Coastal Pilot Information: 

Topics in the Coastal Pilot include channel descriptions, anchorages, bridge and cable clearances, currents, tide and water levels, prominent features, pilotage, towage, weather, ice conditions, wharf descriptions, dangers, routes, traffic separation schemes, small-craft facilities, and Federal regulations applicable to navigation.

Coastal Pilot General

Coastal Pilot Great Lakes

Coastal Pilot Lake Michigan

USCG Resources:

USCG Vessel Safety Check

Navigation Rules, DHS/USCG

Weather Links:

National Doppler Radar Interactive for Region

Great Lakes Regional Radar Map Interactive for Region

Chicago Regional Forecast Interactive

Great Lakes Coastal Forecasting System

Education Links:

United States Naval Academy              

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy          

U.S. Coast Guard Academy                

Great Lakes Maritime Academy            

Maritime Links:

Naval Sea Cadets Corps

Navy League of the United States

International Shipmasters Association

Great Lakes and Seaway Shipping