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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

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Bay Area Discovery Museum

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The backdrop of your view is the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge. Right next to it is a cute Museum for kid’s age six months to eight years. Do your kids get bored while onboard? If so, take them to the museum for a day trip! You can boat right on over to the guest dock […]

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 […]

Spring Fashion Trends

Spring Fashion Trends

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

  The time for spring-cleaning is here, so make room for your new fabulous finds from spring’s biggest trends. Fashion designers have placed great emphasis on every facet of color, texture, pattern and shine — the four foundations to any good wardrobe. Like many things in life, fashion is cyclical; what was once old becomes […]

Pirates Cove

Pirates Cove

March 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Called Pirates Cove by many, Mt. Misery by others, some Port Jefferson and nearby North Shore boaters just say, “We’re going to The Cove.” No matter what you name it going in, you’ll call it a great place once you’ve dropped anchor in this calm water haven on the east side of the entrance to […]

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 […]

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