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Strong Storms, Weak Coasts

Strong Storms, Weak Coasts

July 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  Carol. Donna. Gloria. Bob. Irene. Sandy. The names are part of our history. Since the 1930s, Long Island’s storm vulnerability has been known, yet little was done until 2011 when Irene, a relatively small hurricane, hit the region. When Sandy struck the following year, a sense of immediacy for storm preparedness resonated with policymakers. […]

A Barge thrives in Brooklyn

A Barge thrives in Brooklyn

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Dave Sharps has the best seat in the house to view the Statue of Liberty, because he and his family live aboard a former barge on Pier 44 in Red Hook, Brooklyn. After searching for nearly 10 years, Sharps bought the barge in 1985 for just $1.00 from a dock builder in Edgewater, New Jersey. […]

Fire Island and Watch Hill

August 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Step back in time at the Fire Island Lighthouse, to days before GPS, when lighthouses were important landmarks for mariners — a beacon of hope after a long journey. View the exhibits on the rich maritime history of Fire Island, see the lighthouse’s original, first-order Fresnel lens, and climb to the top of the lighthouse […]

The Scoop on Picking the Perfect Marina

The Scoop on Picking the Perfect Marina

April 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Are you new to boating or seeking a better home for your boat? Unless you’re a member of a yacht club, own your own dock, or are buddy-buddy with the town harbormaster, your boat will likely reside in a marina. With hundreds of marinas in our area, choosing the right place for both summer boating […]

Long Island Lobsters Reveal Clues to Climate Change

Long Island Lobsters Reveal Clues to Climate Change

November 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Could sentinel monitoring help head off an environmental calamity? The first hint came in the summer of 1999 when lobstermen, expecting a bumper haul of crustaceans, instead started finding sick and dead lobsters in their traps. As the months wore on, the traps bore more dead specimens than live ones, and the catastrophe became clear. […]

Boaters Wishes

Boaters Wishes

November 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. By the time you’re old enough to operate a vessel, you’ve likely outgrown the notion that a colorful character will visit you each winter with a bounty of booty. Yet as no one’s ever too old to make a wish (or two), we asked boaters to tell us what was on their lists. Their […]

Fire Island’s Old Inlet/New Inlet

Fire Island’s Old Inlet/New Inlet

September 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The damage to Long Island’s shores, courtesy of Hurricane Sandy, is extraordinary. The east end of Long Island has a sand shortage and there are ongoing difficulties surrounding rising tides and storm surges, compounded by the ongoing natural erosion that takes its toll. Fire Island was greatly affected by Sandy; its “Old Inlet,” which allows […]

Cleaner Boating

Cleaner Boating

September 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Cleanliness is next to godliness is an expression that goes back to Biblical days, when there were fewer people and even fewer boats.  If our generation wants to hand over the world’s precious waterways to our children and grandkids— in the same (or better) condition— there are a few simple rules, rubrics, and guidelines to […]

Boaters, Prepare for Hurricanes

Boaters, Prepare for Hurricanes

July 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Besides being boating season, it’s also hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center forecasts an extremely active season with an above-average amount of major hurricanes (winds exceeding 74mph) — perhaps as many as nine. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a 70% chance that between three and six of up to 20 named storms […]

Thoughts on Selling

Thoughts on Selling

July 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

          Those thoughts are returning, the season at end I’ve lost the yearning upon which it depends Should we continue to keep her, with much cost I foretell Or should we accept that it’s time we should sell We’ve had our adventures, that much is true But marinas aren’t cheap and […]