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Dream Cruising Destinations

Dream Cruising Destinations

February 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. Do you long to boat in places far from your home port? The places you fantasize about may actually exist; the book Dream Cruising Destinations by Vanessa Bird is a solid guide to reaching and enjoying exotic locales. From locations in the United States to private islands across the seas, this book has it […]

Step up and Clean a Beach

Step up and Clean a Beach

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Every year, the International Coastal Cleanup includes our area, thanks to the efforts of the Northeast Chapter of the American Littoral Society. Based in Broad Channel, Queens, the chapter continues its work, urging boaters and other beach lovers to make a difference by volunteering at the 30th annual New York State Beach Cleanup on […]

Learn Basic Safety as Yacht Crews Do

Learn Basic Safety as Yacht Crews Do

August 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  The average size boat is between 25 and 50 feet. That’s a lot of vessel to handle, yet it doesn’t take much to buy one and head out. In fact, there’s no requirement for adults in New York to obtain a boater’s license (there is to operate a jet ski). It amazes me that […]

Schmitty the Weather Dog

Schmitty the Weather Dog

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. The question, “Hey Schmitty, what’s the weather today?” is asked by elementary school students of a tiny weather reporter. Schmitty is a Yorkie who travels the country teaching children about weather, science, and math in a fun, exciting way. Though most lessons about science and weather can be a tad boring, a visit by […]

Style Your Trailer

Style Your Trailer

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Those who own boats or jet skis and trailer them know how much maintenance there is to keep them in great condition. Road conditions are tough on trailers and salt water contributes to rust and corrosion. I have had my common silver metal trailer for five years. It’s functional, but it’s also boring and just […]

Kiteboarding Flies off the Pages

Kiteboarding Flies off the Pages

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. If you love water sports, enjoy amazing photographs, and appreciate reading exciting and cool information, then Kiteboarding: Where it’s at… by Alex Hapgood should be in your hands. Hapgood captures 15 years of the sport with stunning images and information. Since writing about surfing and kiteboarding for other publications and magazines, Hapgood jumped at […]

Loving Life on the Water

Loving Life on the Water

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

When you grow up loving the water and spend your free time windsurfing, sailing, and wakeboarding, it’s likely an ad in the paper for paddleboard lessons will catch your eye. That’s exactly what happened to Katie Aksak. Once she answered that ad in a Vermont paper, she went on to become PaddleFit certified in Florida, […]

Long Island Surfing Spots

Long Island Surfing Spots

February 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  If your boat’s buttoned up for the winter, but you still want to have fun on Long Island waters, I suggest picking up a surfboard and heading south. No, not south as in Florida, but rather to Long Island’s South Shore beaches. The summer’s crowds are long gone and the beaches beckon to surfers. […]

Flyboarding is a Blast!

Flyboarding is a Blast!

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. You’re on the boat, and someone exclaims, “Check it out! It’s a flying person!”You’re not seeing things —someone nearby is flyboarding. The sport of flyboarding, growing fast around the world, is catching on around Long Island. As I’m always happy to try out different watersports, I jumped at the chance to flyboard. When I […]

Visiting the Bug Lighthouse

Visiting the Bug Lighthouse

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

I usually only see lighthouses as we pass them by while on my family’s boat. So when Bob Allen, aka “The Long Lighthouse Guy,” invited me along on the Long Beach Bar Light tour during the Greenport Festival, I jumped at the chance to see a lighthouse up close — very up close. When I […]

Freezing for a Reason

Freezing for a Reason

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Would you jump into freezing water for a few seconds? Before you decide, what if you were fundraising for Special Olympics athletes, children with diabetes, or helping to grant sick children’s wishes? Many Long Islanders who would otherwise avoid the beach in the cold weather flock to the  water for a polar bear plunge fundraiser […]

Launch a Nautical Birthday Party

Launch a Nautical Birthday Party

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Searching for a birthday party theme? Want one that isn’t the same as everybody else’s party plan? How about a nautical-themed birthday party? Boatloads of decorating ideas and activities abound, making a nautical party one to remember. Search popular parent and party-planning sites and you’ll find plenty of ideas for a nautical party. Some sites […]

Small Vessel, Big City

Small Vessel, Big City

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Seeing New York City from a kayak is a ritual for Bonnie Aldinger. Though the buildings look sky-high, and her kayak must look teeny from the top of the Statue of Liberty, Aldinger isn’t fazed. She’s an adventurous kayaker (and canoe paddler) who’s lived in NYC most of her adult life, blogging about her adventures […]

A Fish Can Fly?

A Fish Can Fly?

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

You know that airplanes and birds fly, but did you know there is a species of fish that can fly? In the book called The Amazing World of Flyingfish by Steve N.G. Howell, readers learn about flyingfish — what they are, how they fly, what they look like, and where to see one. If you […]

Standing Up for Fun

Standing Up for Fun

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

  If there is a water-related sport or activity, chances are good that I’ll love it! I usually go for fast and crazy water sports where it takes a while to become skillful, but I got an immediate blast while learning how to stand-up paddleboard. I jumped at the chance offered by Katie Aksak, owner […]

If Life’s a Beach, Who’s Guarding It?

If Life’s a Beach, Who’s Guarding It?

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

  In an area surrounded by water, many of us spend summers on the boat, at the beach, and in the pool. On those days that we’re spending a relaxing, carefree day at a beach, others are on alert to keep us safe. The majority of public beaches have lifeguards. The safety of waders and […]

Go Bodyboarding!

Go Bodyboarding!

August 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. Recently, I went bodyboarding with my friend Chloe, who is from England. I hadn’t gone in years, since we’d take family trips to the south shore. I forgot how easy it is to bodyboard, and how much fun (and full of laughs) it is to spend the day on the waves. I explained to […]

July 2014 Featured Writer

July 2014 Featured Writer

July 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Melissa McMahon enjoys water sports and boating with her family. She spends most weekends on the water and enjoys writing about her activities. Visit her website: http://www.onthewaterwithmelissa.com

Rafting Up!

Rafting Up!

July 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

  Everyone enjoys a day out on the water, but it’s even more fun if you have fellow boaters next to you — it becomes a party when you raft up with other boats!  A raft up is filled with friends, family, great food, kids playing around, and great story telling, which to me is […]

Port Jefferson

Port Jefferson

June 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. Port Jefferson is an exciting place to visit by boat, as it offers plenty of attractions just a short walk from its marinas. When heading to Port Jefferson for a day trip, or to enjoy a long weekend, my family chooses Danfords Marina for its location, activities, and restaurant. Contact Danfords on VHF Channel […]

See the World at Sea

See the World at Sea

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

.   Many of us spend all year working at a job, rewarding ourselves with the pleasures of boating each summer. But what would you do if you had the chance to live on an ocean-going yacht, see amazing places, meet people from all over the world, and get paid for it? If that sounds […]

Safety First! Choose the Right Life Jacket

Safety First! Choose the Right Life Jacket

January 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. Fun is on everyone’s minds while boating. However, before all the fun and games begin, we need to focus on safety and put on the right life jacket the moment we hop onto our vessels. Being out on the water is sometimes risky; it’s best if everyone takes precautions. According to the U.S. Coast […]

A Summer Spent Boating

A Summer Spent Boating

October 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. For so much of the year, we wish for the days that are bright, sunny, and warm. Then we blink, and what we longed for has gone! How can another summer be over this soon? Though I know that many parents celebrate their kids returning to school, boaters face this time of year with […]

A Newbie Goes Sailing

A Newbie Goes Sailing

January 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. Though I’m an experienced power boater with a lot of time on cruisers and other watercrafts, I went sailing for the first time this past summer. Thanks to Ron Ferina, who runs a sailing program for Long Island’s United States Power Squadrons®, I was put in contact with Dave Goldsmith. Captain Dave, a very […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

October 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

I think that my Jet Ski® trailer is cursed, because I have never had so many crazy things happen as occurred this past summer. When I returned home to Long Island after spending a year at college in Florida, I wanted to take some new college friends (also from LI) out jet skiing. Though we […]

Team Gnarly Sails to Wales

Team Gnarly Sails to Wales

September 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

. Matthew Priebe, Sean Linden, Truckie Greenhouse, and Jack DeNatale are four competitive sailors from Long Island who have qualified to race in the British Nationals. Life is full of great opportunities, and when you have a dream, you go for it, even if you’re not yet old enough to drive.  Priebe and DeNatale are […]

Beloved Boats, Best Friends: A Boating Family Tale

Beloved Boats, Best Friends: A Boating Family Tale

June 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Everyone knows the saying, “A dog is a man’s best friend.” In my family, dogs share the title with boats, which are also our best friends!

When my family first bought our boat, we were sitting at the kitchen table, pen and paper in hand, thinking of names. We wanted it to be funny, but meaningful, too. We were trying hard, but were not coming up with anything until our dog, Chip, walked around the table at the same time as Jimmy, my brother, was eating Chip-Ahoy cookies. Brilliantly, we thought we’d name our boat Chip Ahoy!

We Boat Together!

We Boat Together!

April 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

My family vacations are unforgettable– like National Lampoon’s Vacation, except that instead of a car trip, we travel by boats! When we decide to take a trip, we plan it as a family. Parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins all get together and talk about who’s going, where we’re going, and when’s the best time to go. We decide our summer plans around Christmas time, when everyone is less busy and wants to talk boating.

A Love Letter to Long Island

A Love Letter to Long Island

November 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Those of us who have boats are blessed. We are even luckier to be residents of Long Island, a great place to live. Though Long Island may have its negatives, I always thought it was the best place to reside. Now that I’ve moved to Florida for college, I miss home! I love boating and […]

Non-Stop Surfing: The Combo Sport of Wakesurfing

Non-Stop Surfing: The Combo Sport of Wakesurfing

August 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Wakesurfing is older than waterskiing, though both are behind-the- boat activities involving a boat’s wake. Wakesurfing combines surfing and wakeboarding into one sport.

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