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Letters To The Editor

November 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Dear Editor:

I would like to say it was nice of you to take the time to chat with my wife, grandson and me at the [Tobay In-Water Boat] show. We read your magazines cover to cover, and would like to say we really enjoyed the information that it supplies.

Your magazine and web site are the first resources that I have seen that mention the many things you can do with your boat on the south shore. My wife is making plans already for next season’s adventures.

It was our grandson’s first boat show.  At 22 months, he was more interested in the
swings and climbing up the stairs to the boats, but I did get one picture of him making plans for next season.

Again, thank you.
Bill and Trudy Dolley

Dear Editor:

The Christeen, a 40 ft wooden gaff rigged oyster sloop, was originally built in 1883

and completely restored in the 1990s. The Christeen has been under the stewardship of the WaterFront Center since 2002, and is both an integral part of and an essential vessel for achieving its mission of providing access for the public to marine education and recreation.

Her core mission provides opportunities for people to learn about the estuary environment above and below the waterline.  Each year she takes about 200 excursions with more than 3,500 people aboard who help haul her sails and experience the wonders of Oyster Bay.  Groups come from schools, scouts, camps, Boys & Girls clubs, corporations, and the WaterFront Center’s junior summer programs.  Individuals can sign up for cruises and education sails; passengers range from infants to senior citizens, students to retirees, able-bodied to physically challenged, AP to special ed, and come from the full range of social and economic backgrounds.

Our urgent challenge is to raise $260,000 necessary to repair and provide an endowment for the Christeen this winter so she can resume school programs in April 2011. Please go to to make a donation.



David L. Waldo

The WaterFront Center



Dear Lita:

Just a message to thank you again for bringing the August copy [of the magazine] to your booth at the Tobay Show. That was above and beyond customer service!

It’s great to have a local magazine like yours. Keep up the good work!  Thanks again.

Tom Maier



My family and I have been boaters on the Great South Bay for many years. For the majority of those years we’ve been boating in our 1963 Thompson Sea Coaster.

Over the past few years I’ve been wondering if there are any other owners of older boats that would like to get together occasionally on the Bay to swap stories and talk about their pride and joy. With all the history on Long Island regarding boats, there should still be some of us left.

There might be organizations out there already, but I’m interested in people who still use their classic boats on the water, not ones who trailer them to shows only. Those that are interested, please contact me at: .  Who knows, we could eventually grow into a classic boat club!

As far as my boat’s history, my Dad bought it brand new back in 1963, and after a few engine upgrades, it still runs well. If you go to my website,, you can see some of the pictures that we’ve taken over the years. There’s more to tell when we meet!


Arnie Brulhardt

East Islip, NY

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