Vessel Safety Checks

The Vessel Safety Check is a complimentary and confidential check of your boat conducted by certified members of America's Boating Club Houston, confirming that it meets both federal and state requirements for safety.

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Cooperative Charting

America's Boating Club Houston helps provide corrections to nautical charts, small craft charts, and Coast Pilot publications in close coordination with the Marine Chart Division, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Geodetic Mark Program

America's Boating Club Houston coordinates efforts with NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS) by reporting status on geodetic markers in the Houston area.

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Maritime Mobile Service Identity

Marine radios featuring Digital Selective Calling (DSC) can be used for automated distress hailing when programmed with a unique code called a Maritime Mobile Service Identity, or MMSI.

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Community Service

Members of America’s Boating Club Houston support a multitude of charities and charitable organizations in the marine and maritime world. The Houston Squadron believes that the voluntary giving of help to support all things in the maritime world is worthwhile. Our lakes, rivers, seashores and tidal basins are home to our recreation. We aim to support those who make life better in the world aquatic.

Radio Technical

The Squadron Radio Technical Officer (Houston) will help with radio and electronic matters within the squadron, assist members on marine electronics equipment; and keep members informed of changes in FCC Rules and Regulations, international treaties and requirements of other regulatory bodies affecting maritime telecommunications. Contact our S/RTO if you have questions or need assistance.

Leave No Trace

The LNT, Inc. organization provides education, skills, research and science to help people care for the outdoors. The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace provide an easily understood framework of minimum impact practices for anyone visiting the outdoors – including our recreational maritime environment. The Houston Squadron became a Community Partner in 2021 and our goal is to deliver the principles of Leave No Trace to the recreational boating community.

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Amateur Radio

The Houston Squadron supports amateur radio (hams) with education, testing for your amateur radio license, and we have our own ham radio club, the "Bay Neigh Amateur Radio Club" , callsign K I 5 T U X .  Membership is granted automatically if you are a member of the Houston Squadron and hold a valid amateur radio license.  The radio club is recognized by the American Radio Relay League as an Affiliated Club.