As boaters ourselves, we recognized that people exploring the coast are looking for information about three things: Tides, Weather, and Local Knowledge. We created USHarbors as a single, reliable resource for boaters and other coastal travelers. We proud to offer free, pinpoint, printable tide charts; weather forecasts, buoy data, and a full-screen weather radar; and local knowledge stories and information for more than 1,100 harbors across twenty coastal states.
There are four ways to get to your harbor:
1) The easiest and fastest way to get to your harbor is by becoming a USHarbors member and selecting a favorite harbor. (Yes, it's free!) Click the Join Now button in the top right corner of any page to create an account. Once you have selected a favorite harbor, a "My Harbor" link will appear in the top navigation bar, giving you one-click access to your harbor from anywhere within USHarbors. Browse through posts and tips, search for companies at your next destination, and jump back to your harbor using the "My Harbor" link.
2) If you haven't yet joined USHarbors, select a state from the dropdown list in the top navigation bar, then select a harbor from the next dropdown list. This will bring you to the Harbor Guide for that harbor. Click on any of the buttons atop the Harbor Guide to move from there to the tide chart, the weather, or the nautical chart/map of that harbor.
3) Select either Tides, Weather, or Local Knowledge from the links in the header to the right of our logo. After selecting either tides or weather you will be presented with a map of local territories (or in smaller states, a map & list of harbors). After selecting your local territory you will see a map and a list of all the harbors within that local territory. Select your harbor and you be taken directly to the tide chart or weather page for that harbor. Moving to the other Harbor info is easy, just use the buttons to move from the tide charts to the weather page to the Harbor Guide or to the Explore Map & Chart for the harbor selected.
4) If you select "Map of Harbors" from the harbor dropdown list in the top navigation bar, zoom in to the area of the coast where the harbor you're interest in is located. This can be done easily by double-clicking or double-tapping on the area of interest. Once you have zoomed in close enough, look for the Anchor symbol on the map markers indicating the harbors in that area. Click on your harbor.
In much of the United States, few things have as great an impact on boaters as the rise and fall of the tide. To prevent you from finding yourself high and dry, we offer free, printable tide charts for each of the 1,149 (and counting) harbors in our system. Scan through our full-size tide charts and you can easily see the day's highs and lows (the current day is shaded in yellow), plus we include the time of sunrise/sunset and the moon phase. Need to know the tides down the road? We offer twelve months of tide charts -- just scroll through the months at the top of each tide chart.
Even with all our smartphones, iPads, laptops, and assorted other gadgets, we also recognize that some boaters want to be able to print out their tide charts on a piece of paper (hey, it's a lot cheaper if that blows overboard instead of your iPad!). We've included a link at the top of every tide chart so that you can easily print out a one-page copy.
Every boater keeps one eye on the horizon -- and one on the weather radar. That's why we've brought together the forecasts and weather data that boaters need on one easy-to-read page. Current weather conditions and weather data from nearby weather buoys is right at the top of the page, and below it you'll find a pinpoint ten-day forecast for each harbor. The marine forecast is just one click away. Wind predictions are presented in a simple bar graph, allowing you to understand what breeze is coming at a glance.
We think that one of the coolest parts of our weather pages, though, is our weather radar. It's automatically centered over each harbor, allows you to add an advisories layer, and can include satellite weather imagery. But what really tugs at the weather geek in all of us is the ability to blow the map up to full screen with a single click, turning your computer into a giant weather radar. No excuse for missing the thunderstorm heading your way now!
Our editors and featured contributors are constantly out walking the docks and beaches, looking for interesting stories and photos to post on USHarbors, but we want you to share some, too! Contributing to USHarbors is easy; here's a guide to help you decide how to best share your Local Knowledge with other boaters and coastal travelers.
Posts should be relatively short (500 words max.) and explain a particular facet of life on the coast, whether it's a destination, a noteworthy event, a new boat launch or building technique, or a look into an aspect of the ecology of the shore. Posts must have at least one image (which should also contain a caption), though they can include up to a dozen images. Images must be at least 500 pixels wide.
Some posts, particularly those written by an editor, featured contributor, business partner, or a partner nonprofit, are longer, more developed stories with multiple photos and embedded links. Others might be as simple as a single image of an interesting boat in a harbor and a sentence or two about it.
Videos shared on USHarbors should be short (3 minutes max.) films explaining a particular aspect of life on the coast. We handle videos through YouTube and Vimeo, so to post a piece on USHarbors you need to upload it to one of those services and then share it to USHarbors.
Tips are very short (140 characters max.) bits of advice that help others enjoy life on the coast. Do you have a favorite dock where you like to tie up? Tell people about it! How far away is the nearest dog park in your favorite harbor? Post a tip! Each tip can include one image, though an image is not required. Tips are not comments, and as such should help fellow boaters and other travelers in some way.