Sunday, February 25, 2018

Cold Weather Boating

Cold Weather Boating

December 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

.   Though the majority of area boaters have disappeared, none of the basics of safe boating have vanished. In fact, more laws and precautions crop up as the temperature drops. Sunshine on your shoulders has zero to do with keeping yourself safe on the water. It’s the chilliness of the water that poses the […]

Phil Foster Park

Phil Foster Park

October 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Phil Foster Park is a great spot to dock or anchor along the Intracoastal Waterway. Just north of West Palm Beach in Lake Worth Lagoon, this 14-acre beachfront park features an underwater snorkeling trail, boat ramps, and a playground. Docks located on the east side of the park are designated as a temporary loading and […]

Safety is Priceless

Safety is Priceless

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Let’s talk about a great deal — a no-cost, no-risk way to have the equipment and personal protection gear on your watercraft checked to make sure it complies with all applicable standards. There’s no catch beyond taking a half-hour or so to interact with a knowledgeable inspector who’ll also freely share safety tips and […]

Nissequogue River

Nissequogue River

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

      The Nissequogue River is located on the western side of Smithtown Bay.  At over eight miles long, part of this freshwater river (derived from groundwater) flows through Nissequogue River State Park. The park, a designated State Bird Conservation area, serves as shelter for waterfowl, herons, and egrets, and is along the migration […]

Paddle Battle LI

Paddle Battle LI

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Get ready to paddle as fast as you can on Saturday, July 18 at the third annual Paddle Battle LI on the Peconic River in Riverhead. Participating paddlers in kayaks, canoes, and on stand-up paddleboards will be racing to raise money for three non-profit organizations: United Way’s VetsBuild program, the Riverhead Foundation for Marine […]

Vessel Safety Checks

Vessel Safety Checks

May 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Risk-Free and Cost-Free Would you avail yourself of the opportunity to have a complimentary and risk-free check of all your onboard equipment and personal protection gear, to be sure that it all meets federal standards? You can do so just by setting up a Vessel Safety Check (VSC) administered by members of the U.S. Coast […]

Nautical Courtesy

Nautical Courtesy

October 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

I remember watching Tony Soprano on TV the first time he took his son out in his new cabin cruiser. He shot out of his slip at full throttle, submerging the “No Wake” sign in his wash while capsizing a canoeist and a kayaker. He never looked back, and I shuddered. That’s because the wake […]

Paddling Towards a Better World: Paddlers for Humanity

Paddling Towards a Better World: Paddlers for Humanity

January 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Fred Doss was skeptical when friend and fellow paddler Ed Cashin first suggested an 18-mile row from Montauk Point to Block Island to raise money for charity.  “I didn’t think anyone would do it,” confesses Doss.  The fundraiser was a success, however, and led to the creation of Paddlers for Humanity, an East Hampton-based non-profit […]

No Boat? No Problem!

No Boat? No Problem!

July 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

To spend your days on the water, you don’t have to own your own boat. Renting or joining a club program is not only for beginners who need training, but also for seasoned boaters who view boat repairs and upkeep as hassles.

Built from Scratch

Built from Scratch

January 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Kathleen Scheibel introduced her son, Sam, to a project she had been working on all winter. With childlike enthusiasm, she asked, “Aren’t you impressed with what your mother can do?”

Her work in progress was a kayak built from scratch at the Carmans River Maritime Center in Brookhaven. Female empowerment radiated throughout the Center’s boat shop, where Scheibel and six other women met every Sunday to work on their boats. The workshop began last December when Steve Gould, president of the Center, and his board of trustees decided to offer a boat-building class solely for women—a first in the organization’s history.

Vessel Safety Checks: Risk-Free, No Charge Inspections

Vessel Safety Checks: Risk-Free, No Charge Inspections

May 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Boaters need to contemplate the consequences of taking to the water with a vessel that does not comply with all federal and state regulations (this applies to all vessels, including kayaks and PWCs). These include the worst-case scenario of jeopardizing the lives of family and friends, and the lesser (but costly) receipt of law enforcement citations for violations such as absence of proper life jackets, improper ventilation, non-working fire extinguishers, or lack of distress signals.