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Begging Off to Go Boating

Begging Off to Go Boating

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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 get-togethers! […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

March 7, 2016 by · 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 […]

Cold Weather Boating

Cold Weather Boating

December 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

.   Though the majority of area boaters have disappeared, none of the basics of safe boating have vanished. In fact, more laws and precautions crop up as the temperature drops. Sunshine on your shoulders has zero to do with keeping yourself safe on the water. It’s the chilliness of the water that poses the […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Welcome to the sometimes-unsettled and slightly mysterious month of September! Mother Nature surrounds us in her golden glow and then turns the lights out early. Summer’s heat scurries along on its last legs while autumn’s winds and chills keep sticking their feet in the door. Vacation days used in July and August, many boaters start […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

August 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

I However, as a boater, I wholeheartedly disagree with categorizing all intervals uniformly. Not all time can be alike! August zooms by at twice the pace of January even though both months have 31 days. In my world, one boating day in August feels like seven days in January. have only a rudimentary knowledge of physics; what […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

July 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Do you think it’s a complete coincidence that July and joy both begin and end with the same letters? I don’t think so, as July is jam-packed with joy! This month seems inexhaustible. The hustle and bustle of June is in the past, and Labor Day is so far away. I can’t see anything from […]

Boat Sober, Save Lives

Boat Sober, Save Lives

June 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  Once we’re out on the water, our ear-locked shoulders relax and our oxygen levels become invigorated. Yet time spent boating could become more carefree if we were confident that other vessel operators were sober. Inebriation is the chief contributing factor in boating fatalities, but public service announcements and safety-conscious articles don’t seem to get […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

June 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

When a sunny and clear June day unfolded without a discernable wind and any perceptible humidity, my mother would remark on the “absence of weather.” In other words, focus on something else, because what are you going to complain about when the skies are blue and the temperature is pleasant? My mom’s observation sums up […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

May 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  You don’t need me to tell you what month it is. You can look around almost anywhere and know that it’s May. Moms are beaming, graduates are cheering, trees are greening, birds are singing, and flowers are blossoming. It’s the same out on the water. No matter how many tricks Mother Nature decides to […]

Heck, No! We Won’t Go!

Heck, No! We Won’t Go!

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Summers fly by fast; the official calendar only affords us 13 weekends during the season. Unless you work in a school, it’s likely you’ll cobble your summer boating days together by taking a vacation, tacking a Friday and a Monday onto the July 4th weekend, and knocking off of work for a few additional Fridays. […]

Keep on Rocking in the Lighthouse

Keep on Rocking in the Lighthouse

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Every year, thousands show up at the Huntington Lighthouse Music Festival by boat, kayak, canoe, SUP, and dinghy on the Saturday before Labor Day. Everyone on the water surrounding the lighthouse is just looking to have fun, while behind the scenes, a dedicated group of volunteers makes sure that the only music festival held […]

Pointing Towards Port Starbird

Pointing Towards Port Starbird

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Tell me a book is a boat-filled adventure, a mystery, or a romantic tale, and I’ll start reading. Find me a good story that combines all three, plus a dog, and I’ll be recommending the book to others. Port Starbird by Garrett Dennis is the first of what the author promises will be the “Storm Ketchum […]

Brr! Cold Weather Boating

Brr! Cold Weather Boating

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

When the warm weather wanes, the throngs of boaters disappear. However, none of the basics of safe boating vanish. In fact, there are more laws and precautions that crop up as the temperature drops. Though there may be abundant sunshine when you venture out, never relax your vigil or remove your life jacket. While warm […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

I must have blinked once or twice in mid-summer, giving September an opportunity to sneak onto the calendar. If you’re anything like me, your Summer 2014 To-Do List is still quite long. Sure, I thoroughly enjoyed being on the boat, but I want additional sunny days and balmy nights aboard. Yes, I went to fun […]

Letter From The Editor

Letter From The Editor

August 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

August seems to fly by twice as fast any other month. We’ve figured out that our endless summer is no longer limitless, and in fact, it’s picking up speed as it barrels towards September. I can spend the next couple of paragraphs moaning and groaning about how I wish it was May again, or I […]

Books + Boats = Summer Bliss!

Books + Boats = Summer Bliss!

July 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. The readers of our magazine have an unabashed love for books, and when you ask them what’s good to read on the deck this summer, they are not at a loss for words.   Josephine- The Fall of Shane MacKadeby Nora Roberts. This romance novel is a light, easy read with some minor plots […]

Letter From the Editor

Letter From the Editor

July 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Let’s say you are writing up a crossword puzzle filled solely with words that convey fun. You’d certainly include the six-letter words EXCITE and THRILL, incorporate five-letter words like ENJOY, AMUSE, GREAT, MERRY, CHEER, and BLISS, and have three-letter word clues with answers such as JOY (and maybe YAY!). Inasmuch as you’re reading this boating […]

Letter From The Editor

Letter From The Editor

June 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In my position, I receive “story pitches” from writers, inquiring as to whether I’d want them to write up their ideas for this magazine. Sometimes the pitch is very original, and other times it’s a variation on an old story told from a new angle. Though the old story/new slant might be about anchoring or […]

Sober Boating Saves Lives

Sober Boating Saves Lives

June 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Recreational boating is a fun activity available to all. Yet there are skippers who think that a day on the water can’t be any fun without imbibing alcohol. This misguided thinking jeopardizes their safety as well as the lives of their crews, passengers, and fellow boaters. Inebriation is the chief contributing factor in boating fatalities, […]

Letter From The Editor

Letter From The Editor

May 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

I love May! Sometime this month, it dawns on me that the threat of snow is finally, truly gone, and my delicious expectations for summer can grow unchecked. In May, everything seems possible. The days may all be warm, and they will certainly continue growing long. Clothes become skimpier, toes peek out of sandals, and […]

Letter from the Editor

April 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

There’s absolutely no way that I can greet April with any more eloquence or eagerness than George Harrison did when he sang:  Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear.* Though the winter may be behind us calendar-wise, Mother Nature seems reluctant to send […]

Atlantis Marine World

Atlantis Marine World

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Boaters looking to take a memorable day trip with their families should plan to visit Atlantis Marine World in Riverhead.

Letter From the Editor

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Just before I sat down to write this letter to you, I was doing my usual griping about the too-long nights and the too-cold days. Instead of the murmurs of agreement I usually hear when bashing Long Island’s winter weather, my acquaintance asked me a question. “Would you have anything to look forward to if […]

OOPS!

OOPS!

January 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. We’ve all been there. Something happens, and everyone onboard or on the dock laughs. Everyone, that is, but you! It may take you a few years to find the humor in a mishap or a misstep, but now you can tell the story and smile. I asked our readers if they had any chuckle-worthy […]

Letter from the Editor

November 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Wait a minute! Wasn’t it just July?  Judging from the sweater I’m wearing as I type this, and the lack of leaves on the trees I can see, I know the year is coming to an end. However, I can’t actually believe we’re on the eve of 2014! Looking at a new year doesn’t mean […]

Is Sunscreen a Summer-Only Necessity?

Is Sunscreen a Summer-Only Necessity?

November 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. You wouldn’t leave your house without shoes in December, so why head out without sunscreen? Shoes are important to keep your feet from suffering frostbite, and sunscreen prevents your skin from absorbing sun radiation that leads to premature aging and raises the risk of life-threatening conditions, including melanoma and other skin cancers. Though many […]

Letter from the Editor

October 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

I didn’t summon October, or wait impatiently for its arrival. This month just showed up, unbeckoned and not entirely welcome. I’m sorry, October, but I like July a lot better than you! However, as October has definitely arrived, let’s make the best of this ever-changing and very interesting month. For the hardiest among us, there’s […]

What the What?

What the What?

September 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. Rude is rude, on the land or at sea.  The fact is, bad-mannered people go boating, and we can’t always avoid them.  But according to the stories told by our readers, we can scoff at them! Fran invited a couple from the neighborhood to go boating. “We’d actually become friendly while walking our dogs, […]

Letter From the Editor

September 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Are you someone who thinks of September as a month of beginnings? I understand why many measure the year by the start of school, the arrival of autumn, or by the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, but I’m definitely not one of those people.  I’m the type who sees the year drawing to a close as […]

Letter from the Editor

August 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Wasn’t it just June? It certainly seems like August took the express route to get here so soon! We hope you’re enjoying your summer and getting out on the boat as often as possible. In this issue, we want to keep you actively boating, so we’re sharing fun places, exciting events, and tasty restaurants you’ll […]

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