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SSB Resources - online and off
Stormer, the FCC sez that you should carry their license for shipboard use of a Marine SSB. They do not intend that to cover Amateur Radio SSB''s, altho'' there is a different licensing venue for that.
The best single source of SSB installation steps, use, wx info, etc. is the CD issued at the SSCA annual gam this November (ssca.org); the seminar presentations were all done on Powerpoint and quite professional. What most folks fall back on is a vendor who provides their technical expertise along with selling the SSB, TNC, tuner, etc. that the boat needs. You get this in exchange for the cost of the electronics and mods if needed (software uploads, radio set-up). Hfradio (hfradio.com) is one well respected vendor (SF Bay area).
Two other common references are airmail2000.com and winlink.com. While they are geared to SSB-based email, Steve Corenman (the author of the software used on many cruising boats these days for ham/Marine HF email) has some neat free software for downloading wx fax pics, e.g.
Lots to learn but lots of it valuable, too.