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Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

March 7, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

From where I sit, March has a serious identity crisis. The calendar may designate this month’s waning days as the beginning of spring, but when I set foot outside I’m immediately tempted to spring back inside to escape the cold. Don’t be so fast to disparage March, astronomers would say. They know the earth is tilting more towards the sun, setting the stage for longer days, softer winds, and warmer weather. Botanists would disagree with my dismissal of March, as they understand it’s time for nature to emerge from winter dormancy as seeds germinate and the ground softens in preparation.... [Read the full story]

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Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

March 7, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

Dear Editor: New Yorkers and the American people have made great strides toward eradicating the selfish scourge of drunk driving from our society. The numbers of needless deaths decline year after year and the legal penalties are stiffer than ever for those who choose to drive drunk or under the influence of drugs. Yet, those who choose to operate a boat under the influence will face a relative slap on the wrist for their destructive choice. I recall one case in particular which perfectly illustrates this absurd regulatory gap. According to a July 24, 2014 report in The Long-Islander, a man... [Read the full story]

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Cold Water Boating Basics

Cold Water Boating Basics

April 12, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

.  After a winter spent indoors, warmer days entice us onto the water. Though we’re eager to jump aboard, we must never throw caution to the wind. Safe boating is a year-round practice, but there are more precautions to take when water temperatures are chilly. It’ll be awhile before local waters climb above 60 degrees, so an accidental immersion at this time of year can prove fatal. A person may experience shock or hyperventilation, and arms and legs begin to lose sensation and strength, diminishing swimming and self-rescue capabilities. From November 1 through May 1, New York State... [Read the full story]

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Massachusetts Marina 411

Massachusetts Marina 411

October 7, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

Name Admiral’s Hill Marina Atlantis Marina Bass River Marina Address & Phone 305 Commandants Way Chelsea 617-889-4002 550 Pleasant St, Winthrop 617-846-5262 140 Main St, West Dennis 508-394-8341 Website http://admiralshillmarina.com www.atlantismarina.net www.bassrivermarina.com Monitors VHF Channel 9 or 10 N/A 72 Total Slips 136 130 160 Transient Slips Yes Yes If open, they offer it Transient Space Fee $2.75/ft $3/foot $3/foot Daily $3.50/foot Weekday $4/foot Weekend 1 Week $16 Low Water Depth n/a 8’ 4’ Electrical (Amps) 30 & 50 30 & 50 30 Moorings No No No Travelift Yes Brassard... [Read the full story]

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Navtool Agreement Farmers Markets

August 13, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

Navtool Agreement To View and Download Routes  click on the Navtool link below. Please complete the NAVTOOL MARINE ROUTE MAPPING SOFTWARE agreement to continue: WARNING Do not enter or utilize the marine route-mapping data while craft is in motion. NAVTOOL MARINE ROUTE- MAPPING CHARTS AND DIRECTIONS are for use by experienced maritime operators only and are meant to supplement and not replace conventional navigational instruments, maps and charts. NAVTOOL MARINE ROUTE- MAPPING CHARTS AND DIRECTIONS do not contain all of the information necessary for safe marine navigation. Operators are... [Read the full story]

Features

Cold Water Boating Basics

Cold Water Boating Basics

.  After a winter spent indoors, warmer days entice us onto the water. Though we’re eager to jump aboard, we must never throw caution to the wind. Safe boating is a year-round practice, but there are more precautions to take when water temperatures are chilly. It’ll be awhile before local waters climb above 60 degrees, so an accidental immersion... Read more of this article


The Floating Neighborhood

The Floating Neighborhood

. Mount Sinai, on Long Island’s North Shore, is a hotspot for boaters. The gathering of boaters within this Long Island Sound harbor is so large that it separates into smaller hamlets. Call them floating neighborhoods, if you will. One such neighborhood in Mount Sinai Harbor, not far from Cedar Beach, is where sailboats gather every summer.... Read more of this article


Choosing the Best Berth

Choosing the Best Berth

Just as boats range in style and variety, boating accommodations vary and what works best for one may be inadequate for another. Choosing a marina, yacht club, mooring field, or boatyard is personal, based on what you need and what you can afford. Let our considerations and questions help you narrow the field and ultimately select the best summer... Read more of this article


Begging Off to Go Boating

Begging Off to Go Boating

From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend there are 15 Saturdays and Sundays. Let me put it another way: during the “official” boating season there are ONLY 15 weekends. Mother Nature gets unpleasant from time to time, ruining boating plans, and then there’s the most insidious of all weekend-wreckers: backyard and banquet hall... Read more of this article


Seeing More of Long Island’s Shore

Seeing More of Long Island’s Shore

The waters of Nassau County are more accessible to the paddling public thanks to the recently completed South Shore Blueway Trail. The trail, which extends 18 miles from the western border of the Town of Hempstead to the border of Nassau and Suffolk counties along the south shore, provides a 21,100-acre recreation area for paddle- and rowing-powered... Read more of this article


Knot Usual Boat Names

Knot Usual Boat Names

I’m a keen observer of boat names as we sail past or berth nearby, and I can’t help but group them together in my mind and then on the page. Last year was a season of the ladies, including Grace-Sea, Nan-Sea, Kari-Away, Mara-Time, and Joy Ride. I’m fairly positive there’s one relaxed woman who has no trouble identifying with her boat named... Read more of this article


Up and Away!

Up and Away!

. Are you a person who is never bored on the water because you’re happy to grab a board and go wakeboarding, surfing, paddleboarding, or flyboarding? Then chances are you’ll take to hoverboarding as well — it’s something out of the future to experience now. Hoverboarding is a newer watersport than flyboarding, but it’s catching up in... Read more of this article


Slipping into Boating Fun

Slipping into Boating Fun

Technology has long been a part of boating; vessel designs have evolved to make them more efficient and safer, utilizing advanced motors that go faster. Communication devices bring boaters knowledge and assist in emergencies. So it made sense for Keith Cooper to turn to technology to help solve what he saw as a problem: a hassle-free way to book... Read more of this article


Aloha, NYC Paddlers

Aloha, NYC Paddlers

. In a place filled with different cultures, it’s not surprising that New York City’s diversity includes the boating world. New York Outrigger, a paddling community based in Chelsea with Polynesian roots, contributes to the mix. “Outrigger canoe paddling is believed to have started in Indonesia and then spread throughout Polynesia and Melanesia... Read more of this article


Should We Stop Our Shifting Sands?

Should We Stop Our Shifting Sands?

Beaches are in a constant state of flux. The sands shift with the tides, slowly morphing the coastline. Beach goers flock to beaches that mere months earlier didn’t have much sand; there are more changes as months turn into years. Long Island’s unique geologic composition of shifting and churning sand coastlines requires boaters to stay informed... Read more of this article


Come Sail Away

Come Sail Away

. If the standard sailing club is all about getting out on the water, there’s a club in Queens that is not so typical.  At The American Small Craft Association (TASCA) Boating Club in Queens, there’s an underlying emphasis on altruism. As learning to sail in an urban area can be a difficult task, TASCA relies on volunteers to teach would... Read more of this article


Cleaner and Greener Spring Prep

Cleaner and Greener Spring Prep

. In winter, you try to keep the elements out of your boat. In spring, you want to keep toxins out of our waterways. If you’re a DIY boater, be mindful that spring prep may unleash harmful substances into waterways directly via leaching bottoms, parking lot overflow, and storm drains, and indirectly via landfills. There are simple steps you... Read more of this article


Summer’s Shapeup Starts Now

Summer’s Shapeup Starts Now

. Every summer many of us have our usual self-talk — that’s when we promise ourselves that “next year” we will be in better shape.  Of course, time goes faster that we think, and summer is always preceded by cold weather that dampens exercise and holidays filled with sweets, treats, and hearty meals. We are grateful for bulky sweaters... Read more of this article


May the Sea Embrace You Tenderly

May the Sea Embrace You Tenderly

Recently, an avid sailor friend of mine passed over the bar. Shortly thereafter, I received an invitation to gather on the late skipper’s boat with family and friends to celebrate his lifelong passion for boats and the sea. It turned out to be one of the most moving experiences of my life as we shared stories that brought both tears and laughter... Read more of this article


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