Monday, January 22, 2018

Letter to the Editor

July 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  Dear Editor: A couple of years ago, we collaborated on a Boating Times Long Island article that discussed the pros and cons of classroom vs. online boating education.  It was written to demonstrate the partnership that exists between the United States Power Squadrons and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.  Since that collaboration, the […]

Bottoming Out

Bottoming Out

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

            Unless you’re far offshore, shallow waters and narrow channels are a fact of life that may cause your vessel to go aground. Should it happen, do you know what to do when your bottom hits the bottom? Your first concern should always be for the safety of your crew. […]

U-S-P-S Spells Fun!

U-S-P-S Spells Fun!

August 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

I love to write about boating safety and enjoyment, and each time I do, I mention the U.S. Power Squadrons® (USPS®) and tell readers what it does within the context of the article. On the eve of its 100th anniversary in 2014, the present context is purely why I think USPS® is a super organization. […]

Conquering Wind and Waves

Conquering Wind and Waves

July 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Boating season is well underway; you’re ready for the adventures awaiting you in new and exciting ports.  The skies are blue, your friends and family are aboard, and nothing can hold you back. That is, nothing except whatever is pushing you off-course. You’ve installed all of your electronics (GPS, chart plotter, radar, etc.) and taken […]

Boating After Sandy

Boating After Sandy

May 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Boating on Long Island this summer is likely to be very interesting.  In addition to the damage done to homes, boats, and other personal possessions by Superstorm Sandy, there are plenty of things that boaters will have to watch out for, including: Channel depths in general and shoaling specifically; any storm is likely to change […]

Get a Jump on Next Summer! Take a Boating Class

Get a Jump on Next Summer! Take a Boating Class

November 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

. Now that cold weather is upon us, many boaters are wondering how to get their boating-related “fixes” while our boats sit high and dry.  After all, there are only so many boat shows that you can go to, and only so many hours a week you can spend browsing marine supply stores! In response […]

On the Water, Stay On the Ball!

On the Water, Stay On the Ball!

May 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Nat King Cole didn’t call the season stretching before us “those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer” for no reason. Boaters need to be mindful that the heat of the sun can dull our senses and our judgment, causing us to operate our vessels in an unwise and potentially dangerous manner.

A Craving For Teaching

A Craving For Teaching

February 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

When I was in school, I was terrified to stand up in front of the class and speak. In fact, if I knew beforehand that I would have to read a report (or anything similar), I would seriously consider “being ill” the next day!

The Agony Of Buying A Boat

The Agony Of Buying A Boat

September 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

I had a dear friend who lived on his boat all year round. It was his home, but when something went wrong, he complained, “The bitch wants more money!” Yet, when asked if would sell her, his answer was a resounding, “She’s not for sale!” He loved his boat, even with all of her faults and foibles.

Life Jackets Do Save Lives!

Life Jackets Do Save Lives!

June 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Life jackets don’t get the respect and attention they deserve by most boaters. Though mandated for some, and a potential lifesaver for all, how often do you see recreational boaters wearing their life jackets? Whether called life jackets, personal flotation devices, or PFDs (they are all the same), boaters offer the same excuses for not […]

KEEP ALL YOUR CHARTS UPDATED

KEEP ALL YOUR CHARTS UPDATED

October 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Most, if not all, boaters now rely heavily on GPS and chart plotters to assist them in navigating from point to point. And why not? Equipment costs are coming down while functionality is increasing. Yet we all know that electronic navigation equipment should never replace good old paper charts; should your electronics fail, chances are you’ll still be able to get to a safe port using your compass and paper charts.

USPS District 3’s 2010 Rendezvous East

USPS District 3’s 2010 Rendezvous East

August 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

It was an absolutely marvelous summer weekend with pleasant temperatures and low humidity when members of District 3 of the United States Power Squadrons® (USPS®) got together to hold their annual Rendezvous East.

Safety Enhances Fun On The Water

Safety Enhances Fun On The Water

April 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The media usually only reports on negative boating incidents; unfortunately, tragedies will sell more newspapers than an article on the joys of boating at night. But no one should be deterred from enjoying the pastime because they think recreational boating is dangerous. It is no more hazardous than driving, thought it is different. It’s up to boat operators to recognize and understand the differences and to learn how to run boats safely and competently in that different environment.

Going Aground

Going Aground

June 1, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

We’ve run aground! Ugly words, aren’t they? But if you’re boating in Long Island’s waters (especially the south shore), going aground is an all-too-common occurrence.

Navigation Rules!

May 1, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Navigation Rules! by Peter TenBrink.
Regardless of where we operate our boats (offshore, inshore, on rivers, in lakes), and what type they are (power, sail, paddle) it’s fairly clear why we need rules for navigating our vessels.

Safe Boating Tips

Safe Boating Tips

March 1, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Safe Boating Tips – By D/Lt/C Peter TenBrink, JN.

U.S.P.S. – The Best Kept Secret on LI!

U.S.P.S. – The Best Kept Secret on LI!

February 1, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

The United States Power Squadrons (USPS®) is America’s
largest and oldest recreational power and sail boating organization, delivering safe boating. With representation in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Guam and Japan, USPS has over 40,000 members organized into 440 local units (Squadrons) and 33 Districts. On Long Island, USPS is represented by District 3 (D/3) with over 2,000 members in 18 local squadrons located on both the North and South shores from Brooklyn and Queens in the West to both forks in the East, ensuring boaters of a Squadron presence wherever they choose to boat.