Thursday, January 18, 2018

Greater Resilience along the Great South Bay

Greater Resilience along the Great South Bay

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Long Island was devastated by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 as storm surges surpassed record highs for the region. This monstrous storm caused $6.7 billion in property damage on Long Island’s waterfront and displaced many residents from their homes for prolonged periods of time. With sea levels rising and the potential for more frequent and […]

Sober Boating Saves Lives

Sober Boating Saves Lives

June 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Recreational boating is a fun activity available to all. Yet there are skippers who think that a day on the water can’t be any fun without imbibing alcohol. This misguided thinking jeopardizes their safety as well as the lives of their crews, passengers, and fellow boaters. Inebriation is the chief contributing factor in boating fatalities, […]

Parto’s Restaurant

Parto’s Restaurant

June 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The taste of Italy awaits you at Parto’s in Riverhead, diagonally across the street from the town marina. Chef and owner Frank Spatola prides himself on using only quality ingredients in his recipes, and you can taste it beginning with Parto’s freshly baked garlic knots, which are lightly drizzled with olive oil. The Pasta e […]

Tres Palms

Tres Palms

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  Tres Palms is a quaint waterfront restaurant in Babylon Village that can’t conceal its love of the ocean, waves, and surfing. The relaxing and stress-shedding decor makes you feel like you could be in the Caribbean, rather than overlooking the Great South Bay. The wait staff was equally tranquil. Nothing was rushed, but everything […]

Fully Stock Your First Aid Kit

Fully Stock Your First Aid Kit

April 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A first aid kit is necessary so that you can clean, treat, and protect injuries, ailments, and wounds aboard. Before setting out for the season, check your boat’s first aid kit. Properly dispose of anything that has expired. Open non-sealed bottles and boxes to make sure they are full and/or not dried out, as applicable.  […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

April 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Properly maintaining our boats gives us a head start towards a hassle-free summer. The last thing anyone wants is a boatload of people hanging out on a vessel that doesn’t work! To avoid that scenario, get to work! If you didn’t change the oil and filter before winterizing, do it now. Replace the fuel filter, […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In winter months, marine supply stores usually run special sales, and boat show vendors offer great deals to attendees. That makes winter the time for you to replace things on your vessel that have worn out or broken, update outdated items (including electronics), and add upgrades and accessories that you know will make boating more […]

The Name Game

The Name Game

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While my husband and I were motoring home in our sailboat from Shelter Island, we passed through Plum Gut and I wondered if there were many other guts around (that’s gut as in narrow passage of water — we know there are lots of the other kind). Since we had hours to go until the […]

Where do the Spookiest Sea Monsters Live?

Where do the Spookiest Sea Monsters Live?

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Warm Memories

Warm Memories

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Developing Sailors and Expanding Racing at the Oakcliff Sailing Center

Developing Sailors and Expanding Racing at the Oakcliff Sailing Center

July 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. Oakcliff Sailing Center is possibly Oyster Bay’s best kept (local) secret. Internationally, however, it is known as a center for world-class competitive sail racing.-Teams come from Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the Virgin Islands, Denmark, Sweden, and England to take part in regattas. Closer to home, sailors regularly come from New Jersey and Massachusetts […]

Onyx to the Rescue!

Onyx to the Rescue!

June 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Did you ever read a book and applaud at the end? I did! The name of the book that prompted me to clap is The Adventures of Onyx and The Guardians of the Straits by Tyler Benson (illustrations by David Geister). On a rainy night, a homeless dog needs shelter and finds a warm, dry […]

Boating After Sandy

Boating After Sandy

May 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Boating on Long Island this summer is likely to be very interesting.  In addition to the damage done to homes, boats, and other personal possessions by Superstorm Sandy, there are plenty of things that boaters will have to watch out for, including: Channel depths in general and shoaling specifically; any storm is likely to change […]

Wanted: Leisure Boaters in NYC

Wanted: Leisure Boaters in NYC

May 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. With the planned opening of the Bay Ridge, Brooklyn eco-dock, New York City is beginning to reconnect with its harbor, the very thing that launched its growth. Until recently, the waterways of New York City were primarily used for heavy industry, including commercial docks, ship repair yards, and fishing enterprises.  Relative to its exposure […]

Sun & Skin Protection Myths

Sun & Skin Protection Myths

You can’t always believe what you hear or read when it comes to gossip… or medical information. Quality scientific data has disproven much of what has been published on skin care and skin cancer.  Unfortunately, many erroneous statements have been repeated so often that they have become ingrained in people’s minds. However, it’s not just […]

Smart(er) Boating Apps

Smart(er) Boating Apps

May 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Embrace change. I tell that to myself at least once a day. Along with embracing change, I advocate using technological advancements whenever possible to make life easier. Octant and sextant makers have mostly gone the way of paperboys on bicycles, so let’s welcome the best new technology around. Most boaters no longer use a compass […]

Start the Season Prepared

Start the Season Prepared

May 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Boating season is here! You’ve paid your docking and insurance fees, had the engines commissioned and performed safety inspections on your boat’s fuel lines, exhaust hoses, intake valves, bilge pumps, and other working components. Now it’s time to check some on the things that might have expired, become obsolete, or been misplaced during last year’s […]

Select the Best Boat Berth

Select the Best Boat Berth

April 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Just like boats, yacht clubs, marinas, and boatyards come in all sizes and varieties. The place that boats call home all summer can be big or small, luxurious or no-frills. Differences also apply to boaters; some look for a social scene, others seek amenities, and still others need a place where dockhands are plenty or […]

Chic Coverage

Chic Coverage

January 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

.                 When it comes to warding off a chill after a swim, or electing to show less skin once you reach the dock, you have more fashionable choices than a robe or an oversized tee. Select a bold triangular tropical print fabric or a large rectangle in […]

Wardrobe Woes

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Style – Wardrobe Woes

Boat Safe Kids – 5 most important tips for a first-time sailor?

Boat Safe Kids – 5 most important tips for a first-time sailor?

February 1, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Boat Safe Kids – Q&A