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Cold Water Boating Basics

Cold Water Boating Basics

April 12, 2016 by · 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, […]

The Floating Neighborhood

The Floating Neighborhood

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. 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 […]

Choosing the Best Berth

Choosing the Best Berth

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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 […]

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! […]

Seeing More of Long Island’s Shore

Seeing More of Long Island’s Shore

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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- […]

Knot Usual Boat Names

Knot Usual Boat Names

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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 […]

Up and Away!

Up and Away!

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. 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 […]

Slipping into Boating Fun

Slipping into Boating Fun

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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 […]

Aloha, NYC Paddlers

Aloha, NYC Paddlers

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. 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 as population […]

Should We Stop Our Shifting Sands?

Should We Stop Our Shifting Sands?

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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 […]

Come Sail Away

Come Sail Away

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. 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 […]

Cleaner and Greener Spring Prep

Cleaner and Greener Spring Prep

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. 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 […]

Summer’s Shapeup Starts Now

Summer’s Shapeup Starts Now

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. 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 […]

May the Sea Embrace You Tenderly

May the Sea Embrace You Tenderly

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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 […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

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Coming off the worst six months of my life (after losing my mother, then my father), I was grasping at straws for something to take my mind off grief and loss. Having been introduced to the sea at an early age by my grandfather, the water was the only place I ever really found refuge. […]

Fortitude, Courage, and Strength at Sea

Fortitude, Courage, and Strength at Sea

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. When Herman Melville’s classic 1851 novel Moby-Dick comes to mind, do you wonder what might have inspired him to write the tale? If so, Owen Chase’s memoir is a must read, especially in its newest version, Wreck of the Whale Ship Essex: The Complete Illustrated Edition: The Extraordinary and Distressing Memoir That Inspired Herman […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

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Depending on how and where you stored your boat, spring prep can be complicated or simple. No matter what else you need to do, don’t overlook any of these basics: Examine the positive (red) and negative (black) battery cables and connections between the batteries and engine to make sure they are secure.  If you find […]

Fun Boating-Themed Food

Fun Boating-Themed Food

March 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

.       Your family’s boating adventures need not be confined to the water. With a little creativity, you can keep kids entertained and well-fed with a fun selection of snacks and entrées prepared with a boating theme. I’ve fed these nautical nibbles to my own picky toddler and I’m happy to share these […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

March 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Though spring boat prep is in the future, the present is the perfect time to shop boat shows and marine supply stores sales. Consult the list you made last fall for replacements and improvements and add those items to supplies needed to get your boat in shape for the season such as oil, filters, antifreeze, […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

March 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

It was a warm and sunny August day with 10 to 12 knot winds out of the southeast. The day was made better because our daughters Christin and Annie were visiting my wife Suzy and me. Christin’s college roommate, Alex, and Annie’s fiancé, Matt, were also along for a boat ride. The six of us […]

Where Does Melted Snow Go?

Where Does Melted Snow Go?

March 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. When snow falls and canvasses Long Island’s suburbia, our hurried roads seem momentarily tranquil. In those fleeting moments, the chaos is muted, and neighborhoods bask in the relative silence. Thereafter, the snowfall becomes an almost tragically different story of filth and inconvenience — that snow that was so peaceful becomes a burden to drivers […]

When It’s Time to Quit

When It’s Time to Quit

March 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Boating may be your passion, but do you know when to call it quits? I’m not talking about canceling an afternoon’s outing because of nasty weather — I’m referring to gradual changes in physical and mental capacity that pose challenges. If not acknowledged and addressed, these challenges may endanger the safety of the captain, the […]

Summer Snapshots

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A Fresh Look at Long Island

A Fresh Look at Long Island

March 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. Growing up in a small town in Georgia, Marli Ross didn’t dream of visiting Long Island on a millionaire’s private yacht. Yet that’s what she accomplished last summer. Ross grew up with a keen sense of adventure and the water. “You could always find me near the water. I used to go wakeboarding and […]

A Frosty Fire Island

A Frosty Fire Island

March 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The rising sun casts a warm glow across the cold, quiet beach, revealing a landscape at once foreign and familiar. Sand is firm underfoot, refusing footprints at its frozen surface, and the quiet roar of the wind brings with it an unwelcome bite. Only at the water’s edge is the briny smell of the ocean […]

Great South Bay Society Cleans Up

Great South Bay Society Cleans Up

March 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. Todd Brice grew up in Amityville enjoying life on the water, as did his parents and his grandparents. When he and Ana married, it was a given that they would raise their family in this waterside town. Life in Amityville is water-centric for many. “There are boathouses on the bay. People use the bay […]

Step-By-Step Boat Show Shopping

Step-By-Step Boat Show Shopping

March 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

If you’re planning to buy a boat during a show, it’s important to be knowledgeable and prepared. A boat is a large investment and shouldn’t be an impulse buy, so we help you organize and not overlook any important steps. Before the Show Determine what you need. Everyone’s essentials for a new boat differ. If […]

Mayor of the Nautical Mile and More

Mayor of the Nautical Mile and More

March 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. When it comes to coastal communities of Long Island, the Incorporated Village of Freeport sets a standard with a written history dating to the 1640s. Its legacy includes being the summer playground of the rich and artistic in the late 1800s through the first few decades of the 20th century. Freeport’s “Nautical Mile” along […]

A Walk in the Sun

A Walk in the Sun

March 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The words “walk” and “sun” in the same phrase likely conjure up images of strolling during warm weather while enjoying balmy breezes. Yet for me, the opposite is true, as the walks I most enjoy are on a desolate beach as an intense winter or early spring sun warms me and a brisk northwest wind brings […]

Gathering despite the Cold

Gathering despite the Cold

March 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. While waiting for the days to grow longer and the weather to warm up, boaters gather in living rooms, clubhouses, boathouses, and the occasional bar for group activities. These events help them stay in touch and get through icy days, while strengthening bonds formed on the water. As a new boater who’s looking forward […]

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