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Changes Are Coming to Life Jackets

Changes Are Coming to Life Jackets

August 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. The way life jackets are categorized is changing. The code of I – V has been used for years to label and differentiate life jacket types, but new designs are in the works. Type code labels, unique to the United States, will no longer be used. According to BoatUS, type coding confuses boaters and […]

Ahoy, Skipper, Prepare To Be Boarded

Ahoy, Skipper, Prepare To Be Boarded

July 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

.   Unlike any other law enforcement arm, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) may board your boat at their discretion — they need no search warrant, no provocation, and no reason other than ensuring your boat is in full compliance with all applicable federal laws and regulations. Do you know what to do and say […]

Keeping the Beat on the Boat: Learn CPR

Keeping the Beat on the Boat: Learn CPR

July 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Great weather and opportunities to spend time on the water with family and friends seem like celebrations. Yet along with all the fun comes an obligation to stay safe when away from shore and medical help. Properly working safety equipment, a well-stocked first aid kit, and life jackets for all aboard are part of […]

Man Overboard!

Man Overboard!

May 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the most frightening cries heard on a boat is “Man overboard.” Falling into the drink can be brutally unpredictable and sudden; the lack of a quick rescue response can result in death. Grim U.S. Coast Guard statistics over the years reveal that the majority of Man Overboard (MOB) incidents happen to people of […]

Introducing Friends to Safe Boating

Introducing Friends to Safe Boating

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Those of us who have been around boats for a while regard safety precautions and smart maneuverability as second nature. However, our non-boating friends and family don’t always possess the same instincts that we do, which can lead to accidents at the dock and on the water. One of the top boat insurance claims (in […]

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 […]

Letter From The Editor

Letter From The Editor

June 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In my position, I receive “story pitches” from writers, inquiring as to whether I’d want them to write up their ideas for this magazine. Sometimes the pitch is very original, and other times it’s a variation on an old story told from a new angle. Though the old story/new slant might be about anchoring or […]

Can’t Wait for Summer!

Can’t Wait for Summer!

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All Paws on Deck!

All Paws on Deck!

January 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. You love your pooch, and you love your boat. Do you have to keep them separated? Not at all! Lots of boaters take their canine companions along; just like the precautions that people take to stay safe, there are tips to make excursions safer for dogs, as well. A canine life jacket is always […]

A First Mate’s Primer

A First Mate’s Primer

October 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

My wife, Lil, and I have been boating for almost 30 years. We’ve owned seven boats; our current boat is Couple Secons, a 28-foot center console with twin outboards, which we’ve enjoyed since 2012.  Lil has achieved the United States Power Squadrons® education rank of Seaman. All of our previous vessels were single-engine boats, and […]

Water Safety

Water Safety

Did you know that drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages one to 14? However, it’s not only the young that succumb to the hazards of open water; adults drown each and every year.

Hard Time to be Aground

Hard Time to be Aground

January 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Around Long Island, the bottom is largely sand, which is both good and bad news. The good news is that you will probably make a soft landing; aground in sand is better than hard on the rocks of the Connecticut shore. The bad news is that sand shifts constantly with storms, currents, and tides; thus, shoaling around the shore is a perpetual problem. Charts can be outdated from season to season, and buoys may not always mark safe water. The Fire Island Inlet is infamous for shoaling, as is the entrance to the Sand Hole on the north shore.

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

August 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The U.S. Coast Guard reminds all boaters to “Boat Responsibly” and to schedule a Vessel Safety Check! For more tips on boating safety, visit www.uscgboating.org.

Life Jackets Do Save Lives!

Life Jackets Do Save Lives!

June 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Life jackets don’t get the respect and attention they deserve by most boaters. Though mandated for some, and a potential lifesaver for all, how often do you see recreational boaters wearing their life jackets? Whether called life jackets, personal flotation devices, or PFDs (they are all the same), boaters offer the same excuses for not […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

May 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Some vessel owners have been working on their boats for over a month, while others are just emerging from hibernation now. You’ll catch up with the early-birds quickly if you follow our checklist!

Boat Safe Kids – Why do Life Jackets Float?

October 1, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Boat Safe Kids – Why do Life Jackets Float