Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor: New Yorkers and the American people have made great strides toward eradicating the selfish scourge of drunk driving from our society. The numbers of needless deaths decline year after year and the legal penalties are stiffer than ever for those who choose to drive drunk or under the influence of drugs. Yet, those […]

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 […]

How Does Your Raingarden Grow?

How Does Your Raingarden Grow?

March 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. Created as a way to mimic the natural water retention areas that existed before an area was developed, raingardens have grown in size and popularity over the last decade, expanding to both residential use as well as in the commercial building industry. Rusty Schmidt, co-author of The Blue Thumb Guide to Raingardens, is a […]

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 […]

Attractive Hands within Reach

Attractive Hands within Reach

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.         Hands are one of the places on the body that show aging and wear and tear because they tend to be uncovered. If yours are rough and sun-speckled from time outdoors, use the offseason to recuperate and rejuvenate. Dr. Dana Stern, a New York-based dermatologist specializing in hands and nails, […]

Critter Questions

Critter Questions

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Have you thought about shaking hands with an octopus and why a penguin looks so clean? Author Wendy Rydell thinks about things like that! An octopus? I’d rather not meet him Because I don’t know how to greet him. You should shake hands to be polite But with an octopus that could take all night. […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

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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

March 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Readers Share Summer Photos

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 […]

A Walk in the Sun

A Walk in the Sun

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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

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. 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 […]

Help Keep Our Waters Safe

Help Keep Our Waters Safe

March 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

  Each of us has written extensively on the need for recreational boaters to boat safely; for the past two years, our respective organizations have been actively collaborating to meet this goal. On Long Island, our primary focus is an effort called Operation Onboard Observer. In a nutshell, United States Power Squadrons® (USPS) members who’ve […]

Read It Before You Sign It

Read It Before You Sign It

February 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Your boat needs a summer home, and you’ve found a great spot. However, before the boatyard or marina welcomes you in, you’re presented with a contract to sign. You figure it’s just standard language that’s not worth reading. Please think again. You may not be familiar with the concepts of risk shifting, subrogation, limited liability, […]

Passionate Winter Dining

Passionate Winter Dining

February 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

We long for brightness and warmth in winter, and Valentine’s Day makes the perfect day for hosting a party! A romantic theme with a special guest, or a gathering of good friends, provides an opportunity to serve a variety of delicious dishes. I’ve created a dreamy and satisfying menu, including a tempting and festive first […]

Dream Cruising Destinations

Dream Cruising Destinations

February 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. Do you long to boat in places far from your home port? The places you fantasize about may actually exist; the book Dream Cruising Destinations by Vanessa Bird is a solid guide to reaching and enjoying exotic locales. From locations in the United States to private islands across the seas, this book has it […]

Bravo for Bilge Pumps!

Bravo for Bilge Pumps!

February 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

  Taking your pumps for granted is a dangerous game that rarely ends well. Fortunately, during my first season with Melodic, I learned the easy way that keeping pumps on the daily safety checklist is an essential part of avoiding the misery of sinking — at the dock or when underway. The boatyard that the Melodic […]

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 […]

Palm Beach Trailer Times

Palm Beach Trailer Times

October 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Name Bert Winters Park Boynton Beach Club Park Bryant Park Boat Ramp Burt Reynolds Park EAST Times Sunrise to 11pm Sunrise to 10pm Sunrise to 11pm 24 hrs Location  13425 Ellison Wilson  Rd. North Palm Beach 2010 N Federal HwyBoynton Beach 100 S. Golfview Rd, Lake Worth 800 N US Hwy 1Jupiter Fees Permit Required$10 […]

Fort Lauderdale Trailer Times

Fort Lauderdale Trailer Times

October 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Name Alsdorf Park Cherry Creek Public Ramp City of Hollywood     Marina Colohatchee Public Boat Ramp Times 7am to 10pm 24hrs 5am to 11pm 24hrs Location 2901 NE 14 StreetPompano Beach 1701 Oakland Park Blvd.Oakland Park 700 Polk St.Hollywood 1975 NE 15 AveWilton Manors Fees $10 No fee $1/hr-metered No fee Other Info 3 […]

Miami Trailer Times

Miami Trailer Times

October 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Name Barry Kutun Bill Bird Black Point Marina Crandon Park Marina Times 7am-10pm 24 hrs 24 hrs 24 hrs Location 18th St. & Purdy Ave. Miami Beach 10800 Collins Ave Miami Beach 24777 SW 87 Ave. Homestead 4000 Crandon Blvd. Key Biscayne Fees No Fee Mon-Thurs $12 Fri-Sun $15 Annual= $177 Mon-Thurs $12 Fri-Sun  $15 […]

Chesapeake Bay Marina 411

Chesapeake Bay Marina 411

October 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Name Annapolis City Marina Annapolis Landing Marina Aquia Bay Marina Address & Phone 410 Severn AveAnnapolis,MD410-268-0660 980 Awald Drive Suite 400 Annapolis, MD410-263-0090 432 Aquia Creek RdStafford, VA540-720-7437 Website annapoliscitymarina.com annapolislandingmarina.com http://www.aquiabaymarina.com Monitors VHF Channel 9 9 N/A Total Slips 86 118 135 Transient Slips Yes Yes No Transient Space Fee $2.50/ft $2/ft N/A Low […]

Palm Beach Marina 411

Palm Beach Marina 411

October 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Name Aquamarina Hidden Harbour Black Pearl Marina Blowing Rocks Marina Address & Phone 2315 NE 15th Street Pompano Beach, FL954-633-4203 19137 SE Federal Hwy Tequesta, FL561-744-2223 18487 SE Federal Highway Jupiter, FL561-746-3312 Website ilovemymarina.com gilbaneboatworks.com blowingrocksmarina.com Monitors VHF Channel N/A N/A 16 Total Slips 384 Dry Rack + Wet Slips 58 60 Transient Slips Yes […]

El Pueblito Mexican Restaurant

El Pueblito Mexican Restaurant

October 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Nestled in the heart of Gig Harbor’s quaint downtown area, El Pueblito Mexican Restaurant serves up delectable Mexican fare. While it is not located on the water, docking is available at Jerisich Dock, a public dock located just 190 feet away from the eatery. The restaurant has large windows and plenty of tables along them, […]

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 […]

Harbor History Museum

Harbor History Museum

October 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

In the beautiful city of Gig Harbor, Washington, is a museum dedicated to preserving and showcasing the history of the harbor’s peninsula and its artifacts. When a history club was started by the members of the American Association of University Women in 1964, the community got together to share photographs and other memorabilia. It wasn’t […]

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