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Not an SSCA Member? Here is what you are missing!

Sample some of the highlights that SSCA membership provides. It is easy and inexpensive to become a member. Join the ranks of thousands of members worldwide who share your interest and passion for the cruising lifestyle. Then you will understand why you can't afford NOT to be a member of SSCA!

What does it cost to join the largest and oldest cruising organization in the world?

$65/year provides all the benefits seen on this page, including the Commodores' Bulletin which is the monthly newsletter, downloadable from the website.

If you wish to have the Bulletin mailed to you, the cost is an additional $20 for US addresses and an additional $30 for international addresses.



Not an SSCA Member?

Special Member Offers and Discounts


Here's just a sample of exclusive offers and discounts you'll enjoy as an SSCA member.   

  • Discounts on sailing charters
  • Discounted or free subscriptions to popular sailing/cruising magazines
  • Discounts on webinars from Seven Seas U
  • Haulout and boatyard discounts
  • Discount on BoatUS membership
  • Discounted marine products and services
  • Special daily rate discounts on yacht delivery services
  • Boat insurance discount
  • 20% discount on rigging items
  • Discount marina rates
  • Lots more!

The list goes on and on and keeps growing, but you need to be a member to take advantage of these great offers. Why not join now?

Members will find a complete list of money-saving offers here.



Special Member Offers and Discounts

Marine Equipment Survey

Let thousands of SSCA members help you make informed buying decisions!

Every year, cruisers spend meaningful sums of money on maintaining, replacing and adding marine equipment to their boats. Because many SSCA members espouse a full-time active cruising lifestyle, we tend to rely on this equipment more than most. Our on-line Equipment Survey covers virtually everything from stem to stern that you might want to research ... from the boat itself, to anchors, electronics and communications. The good news for your cruising budget is that access to the survey results is simply another benefit of SSCA membership so long as you remain a member in good standing. 

Here are the results of one question from the On Deck section of the survey, as of 9/12/2013. In addition, member comments are offered for each equipment item in each of the survey's ten broad categories. 

Category 5: On Deck

16. For use in storm conditions, do you have a "sea anchor"

Count Percent
None 1041 61.1
Parachute Anchor 382 22.4
Series Drogue 185 10.9
Other 95 5.6
Total 1703 100

17. Have you ever deployed your sea anchor?


Count Percent
Yes 67 10.4
No 579 89.6
Total 646 100

18. What brand of sea anchor do you have?


Count Percent Ave Rating
Para-Tech 213 38.2 2.3
Blue Marlin 0 0.0 NV
Beckman 2 0.4 3.0
Florentino 67 12.0 1.9
Para-Anchors 37 6.6 2.0
Home made 92 16.5 2.1
Other 147 26.3 2.2
Total 558 100.0 2.2



Members will find the Equipment Survey here.


Marine Equipment

Seven Seas U


Seven Seas U was created by an SSCA member with cruisers’ needs in mind. SSCA members receive tuition discounts. Seven Seas U is a convenient, interactive, and cost-efficient way to add to your boating and cruising knowledge. All you need is a computer and an Internet connection. SSCA members receive a discount on every webinar purchased.

Can’t make a live webinar? Not a problem. Our members are spread out all over the globe, and therefore the times of some live webinars may not be convenient for everyone. All registered participants for a course will receive a link to the recording of the live webinar, and instructors make themselves available via email to take questions. So you can register for a course and then view the recording at your convenience. Or you can use the recording to review a webinar that you attended live. 

More information on Seven Seas U is available on the Seven Seas U page.

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Seven Seas U

Commodores' Bulletin


Of all the traditions of SSCA, the oldest and most cherished is the Commodore's Bulletin. Each month members share their firsthand cruising experiences and knowledge while providing advice and inspiration through their letters and contributions. From hand-copied, shared letters in the 1950s to a distinctive 48-page information-packed monthly, the Bulletin has always been the SSCA's most well-known benefit. 

"The camaraderie of SSCA members around the world is remarkable. We have used the Bulletin extensively while planning and traveling to 114 countries and always look forward to reading it each month." 
Liza and Andy Copeland, s/v Bagheera

Available as a traditional paper, mailed-to-your-door edition or digitally online in pdf format, this monthly publication provides pertinent information about the cruising life ... written by cruisers for cruisers. It's also available in a Microsoft Word (.doc) version without photos for the bandwidth impaired. Periodically, an indexed, searchable CD is available for easy access to articles by area, topic or contributor. Use this key benefit for passage planning, keeping track of actively cruising friends or browsing page by page, dreaming of what's out there and where you'll go.


Share the tradition by browsing through a recent Bulletin sample

It’s been said that the Commodores’ Bulletin has probably launched more voyages and kept more cruising dreams alive than any other publication. Just one more reason to join SSCA today!


Members may access all online Bulletins here.



Commodores' Bulletin

Free Sailing Magazine Subscriptions


As an SSCA member, you will receive a free online subscription to Ocean Navigator magazine, "the on-line resource for the offshore sailor." Enjoy articles, tips and strategies from experienced cruisers. Downloadable so you can save it for your future reading pleasure and/or reference.  Value: $27.95/year





Cruising Stations


Imagine sailing into an unfamiliar port... in the South Pacific, on the U.S. Coast, in Turkey or Thailand. Think of the advantages of having a host there to provide information in advance and welcome you when you arrive. That's an SSCA Cruising Station Host.

With over 150 Cruising Stations currently in place, this ever-expanding program offers unparalleled benefits to our active cruising members worldwide. Members can locate individual Cruising Stations with contact information on our World Locator Map, which uses a green icon to display Port Guides with Cruising Stations.

Take a look at the list below it to see some of the services you might expect from a Cruising Station. If you're an active cruiser or planning to be, this is a benefit you don't want to miss!

Some of the activities/services offered by our Cruising Station Hosts:

  • Advance information about a port and its facilities
  • A welcoming visit
  • Local maps and Port Guides
  • Assistance in locating boat parts and services locally
  • Potlucks, especially around holidays (though cruisers need no excuse to party!)
  • Guest speakers and educational programs
  • Gams and other get-togethers
  • Internet access
  • Social and cultural information and exchanges with local people
  • Book exchanges
  • Humanitarian projects and community involvement
  • Activities which bring everyone together for a good time

Members will find Cruising Station Hosts by searching for them using the "Interests" field in the membership directory.  Members can filter further by state or country using those fields.






Port Guides


Whether you're on the move or making plans, Port Guides for worldwide ports provide information you need.


Sharing information is one of SSCA's key traditions.
 It's great to be able to refer to Bulletin letters about a port while you're planning a passage. We buy and share costly cruising guides, and yet, as we all know, much of the information in print becomes obsolete as soon as they are printed. People move, regulations change. Plus you don't always get the nitty-gritty information you want. Where's the nearest laundry? Can you buy varnish? Where do you buy diesel or get your propane tanks filled? My dog needs shots; is there a vet around?

Sitting in a port or know it well? Members can and should add their local knowledge and experience to the ever-expanding library of online Port Guides. Not going anywhere right now? Take a look and start dreaming!

This invaluable benefit is yours free with membership.

Members will find Port Guides in the Document Library categorized by country.

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Port Guides

Ship's Store

 

What better way to "show your colors" and let everyone know that you're part of the world's largest cruising family. Support your favorite cruising organization by flying our distinctive burgees, wearing SSCA sportswear and accessories or taking advantage of our information-packed SSCA Reference DVD. And don't forget our cruiser's cookbook, Seven Seas Potluck Favorites! Fine quality merchandise, available online exclusively for SSCA members.

Members will find SSCA merchandise by clicking here.


Ship's Store

Gams


gam (noun): A social visit or friendly interchange, especially between sailors or seafarers.

Camaraderie is a cornerstone of SSCA. Wherever members gather, they organize get-togethers and exchange cruising information. SSCA sponsors gams throughout the world. Trinidad hosts the first SSCA gam of the year—on New Year's Day each year. Annual gams are also held in Annapolis, Maryland; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Melbourne, Florida; Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia; Islesboro, Maine; St. Petersburg, Florida and Essex, Connecticut.

Members are encouraged to hold regional gams, as well. These mini-gams often occur with little planning—just an announcement on the VHF radio or a flyer hung at a beach or marina. More than 50 people recently got together in George Town, Bahamas for an enjoyable spur-of-the-moment gam.

Non-members are welcome to attend most Gams as noted in the Gam's description.

Schedule of SSCA Gams 

 



SSCA Gams

Additional Publications


Many SSCA members go above and beyond when reporting their cruising experiences to share with their fellow members. SSCA maintains an expanded 3-part library of:

  • Cruising guides and destination information from all five continents and islands in between
  • Technical information and do-it-yourself projects
  • General useful information

All are available for free download to members. Join SSCA now and see how you might benefit immediately from the knowledge and experience of our members. 

Members can access the Additional Publications in the Document Library

 




Cruising Advocacy


Most cruisers are just too busy to find and attend meetings to fight for the right to cruise and anchor safely and freely. SSCA provides a VOICE for cruisers, whether it is our Concerned Cruisers Committee pushing for cruisers’ rights to anchor responsibly or your SSCA Board of Directors writing an appeal advocating that governments take a stand against piracy. Your SSCA is the voice for your cruisers’ rights.

For more information on our advocacy, visit the Concerned Cruisers' Committee page.

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Discussion Forum


The SSCA Forum is one of the most ACTIVE and helpful cruising forums around. You can find answers to most boating questions and, if by chance the answer isn't there, you can post the question to solicit replies (and have the Forum notify you if/when someone responds). Not only that, it is fully searchable! Find information on a huge variety of cruising topics such as recommendations on the type of boat to buy, engine/boat repairs, equipment, coastal or offshore cruising, navigation, weather tactics, family and crew and even about SSCA and our efforts on behalf of cruisers' rights.

Some of the greatest and most experienced cruisers in the WORLD post to our forum! Take advantage of their knowledge and experience.


And if you are an experienced cruiser who has answers rather than questions, what better way of upholding an SSCA tradition of helping other cruisers by sharing your knowledge by answering questions posted by others?

Members can access the forum here.




Member Search


Can't remember someone's name or boat name? Look it up! Search by cruiser name or boat name to locate friends and fellow members. Used alone or in conjunction with the Member Locator Map within the mobile app, this benefit provides easy access to member contact information and location.

Interested in other members who own sister ships to yours? Want to contact members who own a boat you are thinking about buying? Search by "boat make" for an instant list of fellow members who own boats by specific manufacturers.

Members can access the directory here.




Free Island Cruising Assn Membership

 

All SSCA members receive a free membership in Island Cruising Association. ICA offers an ever growing knowledge-base of cruising resources and information specific to extended coastal (New Zealand and a developing section on Australia) and Offshore, with an emphasis on the South West Pacific. ICA has a wide range of fun events, training, practical demonstrations, on the water preparation and back up to assist cruisers to get out there.

The South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia are the collective backyard of ICA and they've cruised extensively here for the past 25 years. All of this accumulated knowledge is available to club members in a variety of forms. In addition to cruising information, ICA offers training and sponsors rallies including ICA's Pacific Circuit Rally and the All Points Rally. A special thanks to SSCA members John and Lyn Martin, founders of Island Cruising Association, for this great benefit!




Member Locator Map

 

See who's in the anchorage before you get there! Find members you've lost touch with or who can give you insight into what you can expect when you arrive at your destination.

Designed to be used on your mobile device, SSCA's Member Locator Map lets you select a mileage radius and find other members near you.  Icons appear on the map for members using the app near you.  By tapping the icon, you can obtain their contact information and even contact them quickly and individually with another tap.  The mobile app also has other features that allows you to reach out to all members near you at one time with a question or comment and offers better website viewing on the go.

Member can learn how to download and use the app here.

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