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Don’t Do What I Did!

Don’t Do What I Did!

December 4, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

If you suddenly experience a mechanical problem on your boat, don’t panic. It could cost you big time. I know — it happened to me early in my sailing career. This was the first cruise for me and my wife, Meg, in our catboat. We spent the night anchored near a popular tourist attraction, just […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

October 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Like a host preparing for company, I gave my 23-foot Sea Ox cuddy with a Mercruiser 250 horsepower engine inboard a quick wash down before my friends arrived at the dock.  She was a thing of beauty in my eyes. I had bought the boat in late November from a guy in my marina who […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

If professional navigators screw up — and faulty plotting put a multi-million-dollar racing machine on the rocks in this summer’s Volvo Around the World race — what hope is there for the rest of us?  I’ve been sailing for 20 years; I committed two grievous navigational errors in a single cruise. Shame. Together with my […]

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 […]

Don’t Do What We Did!

Don’t Do What We Did!

August 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  It is never a dull moment when the McMahon family goes to Port Jefferson. As much as we love boating there, something always occurs. Something that ends up on these pages! Pirates Cove in Port Jefferson had taken one of my family’s anchors in the past. I recounted on this page how changing tides […]

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 […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

July 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

One beautiful summer day, back in 2011, I went kayaking with a friend on the North Fork. Both of us were inexperienced, but it was a beautiful morning and we were ready to go! We put on our lifejackets, hopped into our double-seated kayak, and pushed ourselves off the shore. That’s all there is to […]

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 […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

We have all been there — arriving late to the marina on a long weekend, wanting/needing to find the perfect weekend dock. The seriousness of preventable events that occurred later all stemmed from the same initial failure to check the marine forecast before heading out. The wind and waves on this July day were memorable, […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

June 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

When a sunny and clear June day unfolded without a discernable wind and any perceptible humidity, my mother would remark on the “absence of weather.” In other words, focus on something else, because what are you going to complain about when the skies are blue and the temperature is pleasant? My mom’s observation sums up […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

May 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

I wanted to anchor just uptide of a bridge, so my friend dropped the anchor as I powered in reverse to set the hook. Using a 4:1 ratio of line to depth — we played out 40 feet of line for the 10-foot depth. A short while later, we were frantically fending off the bridge […]

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 […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

      After a long and brutal winter, the arrival of spring could not have been more welcome. Though it was not quite as warm as we would have liked, this April morning seemed a good enough day to take my friend’s new speed boat out for its maiden voyage. Our day on the […]

Don’t Do What I Did!

Don’t Do What I Did!

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Nuns in the sun drinking beer. That was why we had braved a cranky Rockaway Inlet, venturing farther west than ever before. Yes, JFK’s mighty jets loomed in the distance, but basically, it was just us and the dear sisters at this pub on the pier. It was not enough. We needed excitement. I asked […]

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 […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

February 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Few boaters (if any) will say that the boat ramp is their favorite part of boating — especially on those days when the scene at the ramp is complete chaos. Tempers flare as people yell at each other over who is taking too long and who is cutting in line. If you are new at […]

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 […]

Don’t Do What I Did!

Don’t Do What I Did!

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Capt’n Mike and I dreamed during the frosty winter about a boating adventure aboard our trailered 17-foot Siren, Katie. We would have our first overnight trip with the boat, accompanied by our nine-year-old and seven-year-old kids. A handheld GPS had been Capt’n Mike’s Christmas gift (a real budget breaker), and I had read the manual, […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In December of 1998, I had accepted delivery of Shear Pleasure in Staten Island.  The dealer provided a captain to escort me home; I shrugged aside my ego and accepted. I planned for us to leave Staten Island and navigate Fire Island Inlet at slack water to avoid a rough inlet. We left Staten Island […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

During all of my years on the water, I focused on power boating. My parents owned a 21-foot cuddy cabin when I was growing up, and I’ve owned boats of my own from 16 to 37 feet.  Before buying my current boat with twin engines, the boats I owned were single engine outboards and inboards. […]

Don’t Do What I Did

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

          After earning my pleasure craft safety certification, I knew I required current navigational charts for each section of our upcoming boating adventure, so I purchased them along with a cruising guide, a good resource to have aboard. If you’re thinking I sound quite organized, think again. My lack of attention […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

August 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

With the navigation lights reflecting off the glassy dark water, three of us left East Rockaway Inlet at 4:30 am on my 25-foot Aquasport. My girlfriend Robin, my friend Ed, and I were headed to a favorite spot off the New Jersey coastline.We were soon greeted by a crimson sunrise, prompting Ed to recite the […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

July 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

We bought our first sailboat, a used Pearson 33, and needed to relocate it from Hampton Bays to Northport. My husband, Ron,had sailed in San Francisco Bay before moving to New York, while I had no experience other than fishing from small power boats.  So we asked a friend who was familiar with Long Island […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

June 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

My girlfriend Robin, my brother Peter, my 6-year-old niece, Abby, and I set out early for the first “shakedown” cruise of the season. We were excited about the trip to my new marina in Oceanside on my newly re-powered 19-foot Winner. The plan was to travel from Massapequa Cove to the State Channel, pass Jones […]

Don’t Do What I Did!

Don’t Do What I Did!

April 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

At my favorite summertime retreat, Tolland State Forest in Massachusetts, I can pitch a tent and enjoy nature at its finest. Relaxation abounds, especially at the Otis Reservoir, a pristine body of fresh water that is ideal for swimming, boating, and fishing. One year, our nature-loving group consisted of my husband, our two adult kids […]

Don’t Do What I Did!

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In 1978, I owned a 1971 24’ Revelcraft with a 318 Chrysler salt-water-cooled inboard engine.   This was a very comfortable boat, capable of taking me and my fiancée on extended-day adventures away from the mooring in Oyster Bay. One beautiful day, we decided to take the boat across the Long Island Sound to Connecticut. […]

Don’t Do What I Did!

Don’t Do What I Did!

February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In 2012, our boat was moored in Northport Harbor.  While many vessels were already hauled prior to the end of October, our boat was still at its mooring in this very protected north shore harbor, as I was hoping for a few more weeks of boating. As satellite readings came in and weather maps converged, […]

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!  

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

January 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

I’m a citizen of the Czech Republic, and I came to the United States in 1999. One of my first clients was Kevin, who later became my friend. As our friendship developed, he showed me a completely new world of adventure and freedom through boating.

From The Editor

From The Editor

October 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Look for our next issue late this month… we took a wallop from Sandy, but we’re recovering, like all of Long Island! . . . . . . October is a perplexing month for a boating magazine (ditto for April). Many boaters are still enjoying the less-populated waterways and crisper air, while others have called […]

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