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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!

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. 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 […]

Sand City

Sand City

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Just south of Eaton’s Neck is an area named West Beach, though locals refer to it as Sand City.   It’s a thin beach just off Sand City Island and south of Hobart Beach and Price Bend at the northwest entrance to Northport Bay. Boaters from Huntington and Northport enjoy visiting Sand City, as the water […]

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 […]

Hurricane Grill & Wings

Hurricane Grill & Wings

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  When you think of waterside restaurants a sports bar may not be the first place that comes to mind, but if it’s Hurricane Grill & Wings on the Neguntatogue Creek, think again. This eatery combines the best of a classic sports bar with a casual dock and dine restaurant. When the weather is fine […]

Meet the Seagulls

Meet the Seagulls

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.                   Ever notice the seagulls flying about us when we boat? They squawk and scream all day long, swoop down and steal our sandwiches if we look away, and poop all over boats when we’re not around. However, they are interesting, clever creatures that clean the […]

Kelleys Island, Ohio

Kelleys Island, Ohio

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Before Kelleys Island, Ohio, became the vacation spot that it is today, it was used by the U.S. military as a rendezvous post during The War of 1812.  The island, rich with limestone and lumber, wasn’t properly harvested until the Kelley brothers came along in the 1830s.  Thus the name was born and the rest […]

The Homestead

The Homestead

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  If the answer to the question, “Where do you want to eat today?” is “Someplace Teddy Roosevelt frequented,” then head to The Homestead. Located a short walk from the Oyster Bay Marine Center and Sagamore Yacht Club, the restaurant has been serving food and drink since 1896. Our 26th president was said to drop […]

Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

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Kitty Hawk is famous for The Wright Brothers and the first flight (even if technically it was Kill Devils, North Carolina). Kitty Hawk, however, is part of the Outer Banks, which help make up part of North Carolina’s barrier islands.  You are in luck, too, because boating is one of the biggest activities on the […]

Brophy Bros

Brophy Bros

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  Brophy Bros. is directly on the Ventura Harbor and seems to be bustling at all times—especially during weekends and happy hour during the week. Casual, local favorite for many years, thanks to offering the best view in the harbor, Brophy Bros. is a great spot to grab a drink, have a snack or enjoy […]

Lightner Museum

Lightner Museum

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Situated in the historic beautiful town of St. Augustine is the non-profit Lightner Museum, located in the former elegant Alcazar Hotel built in 1888 by Mr. Henry Morrison Flagler. With thousands of restored and preserved items to see, you can have a memorable trip by boat with your fellow passengers. Lightner Museum is located near […]

Texas Seaport Museum

Texas Seaport Museum

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Galveston, Texas is rich with things to do but if you are looking to satisfy your thirst for knowledge, a trip to the Texas Seaport Museum is the perfect way to spend a day.  Making it even better would be to take your boat there! There are a couple of places you can dock your […]

Harbor History Museum

Harbor History Museum

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Gig Harbor, Washington, is a boat-lover’s dream, with plenty of places to explore and plenty of places to make boating your preferred mode of transportation for that exploration. One of the best places to go is the Harbor History Museum. Harbor History Museum is located at 4121 Harborview Drive, which happens to be a short […]

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 […]

Atlantique

Atlantique

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This part of Fire Island, formally known as Atlantique Beach to distinguish it from the residential neighborhood, has a decidedly relaxed atmosphere and a family focus. Actually, it’s relaxed once you get one of around 150 slips at the public marina, which are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis — slips are restricted to Islip […]

Boston Wine Festival

Boston Wine Festival

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Wine and food lovers should plan to set sail for Boston for the world renowned Boston Wine Festival at the Boston Harbor Hotel. The festival, which was launched in 1989 by Chef Daniel Bruce, is a three-month-long affair that would please even Dionysus — the Greek god of fertility and wine. Bruce, the chef at Boston Harbor Hotel’s […]

Floatable Trash

Floatable Trash

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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 […]

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