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Floatable Trash

Floatable Trash

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

While working my way through obtaining a marine science degree, I was lucky enough to be taken on as a vet tech at an animal hospital. It was in Mamaroneck, a lovely town in Westchester with a pretty little harbor on the Long Island Sound. I was struck at the time by how often we […]

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 […]

What’s Your Water Footprint?

What’s Your Water Footprint?

February 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Long Island is unique in many ways; there’s no exception when it comes to our water supply. Unlike the freshwater steered from upstate to New York City via extensive pipes and aqueducts, Long Islanders get 100 percent of our drinking water from under our feet. We have a system of underground aquifers (water-bearing rocks) which […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

November 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The holiday season is approaching, accompanied by colder temperatures and shorter days. Boating may not be the first thing to come to mind, but we think it still can be. Your love of boating doesn’t just stop because Mother Nature changed her tune; our magazine lets you keep reading about the boating lifestyle. I know […]

Ray’s Cafe and Boathouse

Ray’s Cafe and Boathouse

October 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

When one is approaching Ray’s Café and Boathouse, it’s hard to pass by this restaurant.  The location overlooks Shilshole Bay and the mountains beyond, shimmering against the bright blue water. With views like that, the delicious and moderately priced seafood cuisine is a bonus. Ray’s is actually two eateries in one, both have indoor and […]

It’s Time to Ban Microbeads

It’s Time to Ban Microbeads

October 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

.   When we brush our teeth in the mornings and wash our faces at night, most of us don’t consider these acts to be harmful in any way. But for many (myself included), the toothpaste, soaps, and facial washes we’ve had in our homes contain tiny plastic microbeads that are leeching into our water […]

Overwhelming the Water

Overwhelming the Water

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  The gentle lapping of the water against the shoreline is a sound many Long Islanders cherish. Some pay exorbitant amounts of money to live where they may hear it as they wake up in the morning; others dream of doing so. Long Islanders feel spiritually connected to water and bound by it physically. Few […]

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 […]

Blue-Green Harmful Algal Blooms

Blue-Green Harmful Algal Blooms

August 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

.   Summer’s heat creates an ideal condition for blue-green algal blooms (cyanobacteria) to form in freshwater lakes and ponds across Long Island. These blooms are a natural part of fresh water ecosystems, and can become massive under the right conditions of sunlight, temperature, and nutrient concentrations. They discolor the water and leave scum and […]

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 […]

Blue Water, Green Boat: Back to the Bays

Blue Water, Green Boat: Back to the Bays

June 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County’s (CCE) Marine Program. The celebration’s focus is on connecting residents and visitors to Long Island’s bays and showing the many ways to enjoy our beautiful marine environment. The newly-launched Back to the Bays initiative and the 30 Ways to Give Back […]

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 […]

Wardrobe to Water Pollution

Wardrobe to Water Pollution

May 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Plastic waste in our waterways can be quite an eyesore. Bags and containers litter shorelines, clog streams and rivers, and form floating trash heaps in the middle of the ocean, imposing harmful effects on the environment and resulting in often deadly consequences to marine life. Additionally, there are lesser known and potentially more pervasive plastic […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

March doesn’t pretend to believe its own hype. It knows the proverb about coming in like a lion and departing like a lamb, but March can easily roar for 31 days with no consequences. It knows that the first day of spring arrives on its watch, but if the cold winds continue to blow and […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

February 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Nothing personal, February, but I’m very glad you’re a short month. You’re rarely mellow or moderate, and your chill is hard to shake. Yes, you give many of us a long weekend to celebrate President’s Day, but frankly, except for that bright red Valentine’s Day heart smack dab in the middle, you’re a month that […]

Preventing Future Disasters

Preventing Future Disasters

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Superstorm Sandy was the stuff of nightmares — swaths of our region plunged into prolonged darkness, subway stations and roads submerged, and shoreline structures pushed around like toys. Yet the scariest thing about Sandy may be that it could have been worse. Lots of people said that we needed to be better prepared and stronger […]

Seeding Our Waters

Seeding Our Waters

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In the fall, many land-based agricultural growing operations prepare for harvest.  On the water, the timing is right for a special aquaculture-based planting operation.  Hundreds of thousands of baby clams and oysters will soon be sent off from their hatchery at Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Suffolk County Marine Environmental Learning Center in Southold (SCMELC), to seed […]

Don’t Medicate Our Waters

Don’t Medicate Our Waters

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Perhaps your doctor changed your prescription, or you didn’t need to finish a prescription, and now there’s a half-filled bottle of pills left over. If you’re like most people, that bottle now joins a collection of other unused prescription drugs in your medicine chest, taking up space until you decide to dispose of them.  But […]

The Growing Plastic Pollution Problem in our Waters

The Growing Plastic Pollution Problem in our Waters

August 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

It may surprise you to know that there is now more plastic than plankton swirling in our oceans. Plastic pollution from throwaway plastic bags, bottles, and bottle caps have become all too common on beaches, rivers, harbors, bays, and open waters. When you consider that the global annual plastic production has grown from 1.9 million […]

Circling Long Island

Circling Long Island

May 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

An engaging and entertaining summer boat vacation is practically at your doorstep. A trip around Long Island is 250 nautical miles (which is not much more than visiting Block Island), and it can be completed in less than two weeks. While your pauses may vary, we’ve put together a fun itinerary of harbor-side stopovers. You can start this trip from any harbor and reverse our directions, depending on your starting point.

Cruising on a Hybrid Research Vessel

Cruising on a Hybrid Research Vessel

May 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

  Beginning in June, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is inviting visitors to discover the multitude of life below the water’s surface by cruising on a one-of-a-kind new research vessel. The Aquarium’s new research vessel, named R/V Spirit of the Sound™, is a $2.7 million, 65-foot catamaran that will be bigger, quieter, and greener than […]

Reappearing Eelgrass

Reappearing Eelgrass

April 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. A few decades ago, when eelgrass populations were healthy and vast underwater meadows covered the bottoms of our bays, this aquatic plant species was largely considered to be more of a nuisance than anything else. Who would have imagined then that people would now volunteer to help this most underappreciated species? In the past, […]

All Engines Are Not Alike

All Engines Are Not Alike

May 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

For the recreational boater, the two popular choices for engines are the two-stroke and the four-stroke.  Each has its advantages, but the four-stroke may be the engine of choice for the environmentally conscious boater. Due to new emission standards, both the two-stroke and the four-stroke engines have made great strides in reducing the amount of […]

Letter From The Editor

February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

WE’LL BET YOU‘RE LOOKING FOR OUR TERRIFIC STORIES, FUN DAY TRIPPERS, RESTAURANT REVIEWS AND SO MUCH MORE.  SO ARE WE! WE HOPE TO GET OUR SITE RESTORED SHORTLY. PLEASE CHECK BACK WITH US VERY SOON!  

Aquarium Developing Hybrid Research Vessel

Aquarium Developing Hybrid Research Vessel

February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Each year, thousands of children cruise out onto the Long Island Sound with The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk for hands-on introductions to fish, crabs, squid, and all sorts of live marine creatures brought up right out of the water. Beginning in the fall, those school trips will be a lot greener. The aquarium is completing […]

Please Don’t Fertilize the Water!

Please Don’t Fertilize the Water!

January 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

We fertilize our lawns to enjoy thick, lush green grass. Excessive and improper fertilizing, however, also promotes thick, lush algae growth in our local waterways.

Letter From The Editor

Letter From The Editor

January 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

To many people, January is all about beginning anew.  To us, January represents 31 days that we can mark off the calendar as we count down the days until spring! Without boating itself to occupy our time, there’s plenty of opportunity to catch up on boating stories. That’s why we feature some of our favorite […]

Who’s Hungry?

Who’s Hungry?

January 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

It happens every day, whether you’re on land or at sea: hunger strikes! If you’re like us, you appreciate tips on where you’ll enjoy spending your dining dollars, and that’s what you’ll get from us in each issue. In the past year, our reviewers have happily dined at these restaurants: Andrra 39 Gann Road East […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

November 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The spring of 1972 was a very exciting time for me. I was finishing up my sophomore year in college, and was not looking forward to the summer, as my parents had sold the family boat, Holiday. I had a job, so I saved my money towards a boat for me. It took me a […]

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