We first came across a Cruisers Net in the floating utopia that is George-Town, Bahamas. We'd never heard of such a thing before, but when our friends told us to tune in, we did. As many of you may (or may not) know - the primary form of communication for people who live on boats is their VHF radio. A "net" refers to any marine radio "program" that has a predetermined time and channel to which anyone in range can tune in. It is much like a radio show, however in addition to simply listening you can actively participate by making announcements, asking questions, offering goods and services, or introducing yourself. While there are "nets" that connect boats while underway crossing oceans, most are all held in port at anchorages and harbors. They are all over the world and can range in size from large (with a hundred or more participants) or small (less than twenty). Some of these "nets" are incredibly organized and regimented with designated announcers and protocol, while others are loose, casual, and more ad hoc. They can last anywhere from 15 minutes to one hour and cover a litany of topics. Usually, your cruising guide will tip you off to a local net if it's a large one, but if not - you can always ask a fellow cruiser if a "net" exists and what days/time it does so.