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Ray’s Cafe and Boathouse

Ray’s Cafe and Boathouse

October 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

When one is approaching Ray’s Café and Boathouse, it’s hard to pass by this restaurant.  The location overlooks Shilshole Bay and the mountains beyond, shimmering against the bright blue water. With views like that, the delicious and moderately priced seafood cuisine is a bonus. Ray’s is actually two eateries in one, both have indoor and […]

Chase the Winter Blues

Chase the Winter Blues

February 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  My wife and I have two important things in common. One is that both Maureen and I hate winter, and two, we share a love for being on or around water. It started in 1981 when we honeymooned on an old houseboat in the 1000 Islands. Over the years, we spent many a vacation […]

Emma Takes the Helm

Emma Takes the Helm

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

My kids and I took a weekday boating trip to Fire Island while my wife was at work. Though we were having fun and the weather was beautiful, I’d promised my wife that we would all have dinner together, so it soon became time to pack things up and head home. As we loaded up […]

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 […]

Pointing Towards Port Starbird

Pointing Towards Port Starbird

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Tell me a book is a boat-filled adventure, a mystery, or a romantic tale, and I’ll start reading. Find me a good story that combines all three, plus a dog, and I’ll be recommending the book to others. Port Starbird by Garrett Dennis is the first of what the author promises will be the “Storm Ketchum […]

Preventing Future Disasters

Preventing Future Disasters

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Superstorm Sandy was the stuff of nightmares — swaths of our region plunged into prolonged darkness, subway stations and roads submerged, and shoreline structures pushed around like toys. Yet the scariest thing about Sandy may be that it could have been worse. Lots of people said that we needed to be better prepared and stronger […]

3 Coves for Autumn

3 Coves for Autumn

November 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

      Fall days may be shorter, but that’s no reason to stop boating. Take advantage of a sun-drenched day by taking a short-ish trip to a welcoming cove. The southeast part of Coecles Harbor is a wonderful place to drop anchor. Known as Cedar Island Cove, this is one of the protected areas […]

Brr! Cold Weather Boating

Brr! Cold Weather Boating

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

When the warm weather wanes, the throngs of boaters disappear. However, none of the basics of safe boating vanish. In fact, there are more laws and precautions that crop up as the temperature drops. Though there may be abundant sunshine when you venture out, never relax your vigil or remove your life jacket. While warm […]

What Kind of Powerboat is Right for Me?

What Kind of Powerboat is Right for Me?

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Maybe you were on a friend’s boat and had a great time, and saw how much fun your kids had as well. Maybe you spent time on boats growing up or see others enjoying themselves out on the water and want to be a part of the fun. Whatever the reasons, the lure of boating […]

Fall Prep and Winter Storage

Fall Prep and Winter Storage

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Some boaters bail before Columbus Day, while others celebrate Christmas aboard. The majority of vessel owners around here seem to bid goodbye to their summer homes before they carve the Halloween pumpkins. Whether you set a certain deadline, or declare boating season over when you’d need a scarf and gloves on the water, you need […]

Avoiding or Treating Environmental Illness

Avoiding or Treating Environmental Illness

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A boater’s goal is to spend as much time outdoors and on the water as possible. However, there are known and hidden environmental concerns that may cause illness for some. Awareness and eliminating —or avoiding— certain triggers may enhance overall health and well being. Environmental illness can affect our daily lives and curtail activities. According […]

Montauk Fall Festival

Montauk Fall Festival

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

It must truly be autumn if boaters are heading to the Montauk Fall Festival. This year’s event, hosted by the Montauk Chamber, will be held at the Village Green on Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. If there’s a chill in the air, it’s understandable that visitors to […]

CO — Invisible but Lethal

CO — Invisible but Lethal

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Fall boating can be enjoyable, though you might need to toss on a sweater or jacket. While an extra layer of clothing may be all you need to stay warm, there may be occasions when you’d welcome blocking the winds and chill by keeping the covers on your boat. Though covering up your boat while […]

Captree Cove Restaurant

Captree Cove Restaurant

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Captree Cove Restaurant 3500 East Ocean Parkway Bay Shore 631-587-3447 http://www.captreecoverestaurant.com/ The first thing I noticed about Captree Cove was its beautiful, no, gorgeous surroundings. It’s a treat on the south shore — the restaurant has five slips, and boaters also have access to any available space on the outside pier on a first-come, first-served […]

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. […]

Front Street Station

Front Street Station

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Front Street Station 212 Front Street Greenport 631 333 2050 http://www.eatatfrontstreet.com/ Front Street Station is that rare combination of good food, pleasant service, warm atmosphere and reasonable prices. Add to that easy accessibility for boaters, and it’s a real winner. Part of the building is an old dining car that used to be the Park […]

Seeding Our Waters

Seeding Our Waters

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In the fall, many land-based agricultural growing operations prepare for harvest.  On the water, the timing is right for a special aquaculture-based planting operation.  Hundreds of thousands of baby clams and oysters will soon be sent off from their hatchery at Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Suffolk County Marine Environmental Learning Center in Southold (SCMELC), to seed […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

When it’s time to prepare your boat for the cold, harsh winter, there are two ways to ensure that your fresh water system will not get damaged from freezing: filling the hoses with non-toxic antifreeze or blowing out the lines. Anyone can undertake this project, as it doesn’t require any mechanical skills. Drain all the […]

Rowing Through Life

Rowing Through Life

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Navigating life may feel like rowing against a rough current for many kids growing up in the poorer areas of New York.If they even think about it at all, inner city kids may view the actual feat of rowing as something pursued only by those with more means. Enter Row New York. Since 2002, this […]

Cleaning Our Beaches Together

Cleaning Our Beaches Together

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

    Boaters and beach goers value our shorelines and waterways, and want to see the removal of the garbage and debris littering our beaches and washing into the water. One group urging boaters to get involved in cleaning up our beaches and protecting the maritime environment is The Northeast Chapter of the American Littoral […]

One Summer Weekend

One Summer Weekend

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Summer goes by way too fast — we have so much fun boating, yet we have so few weekends to enjoy it. This year, we were not going to let summer fly by without having our fill of fun! My family loves boating, yet with all my cousins, my brother, and me attending college and […]

After an Incident

After an Incident

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In late spring, a news report told of a leisure yacht ramming a 70-foot ocean racing trimaran. Though the yacht’s skipper hit and tried to run, one witness to the accident was a sailing journalist who pursued the vessel down the Hudson River Bjorn Kils of NY Media Boat, writing about the accident, reported that, […]

Standing Up for Fun

Standing Up for Fun

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

  If there is a water-related sport or activity, chances are good that I’ll love it! I usually go for fast and crazy water sports where it takes a while to become skillful, but I got an immediate blast while learning how to stand-up paddleboard. I jumped at the chance offered by Katie Aksak, owner […]

New York Harbor, An Artist’s Muse

New York Harbor, An Artist’s Muse

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Christina Sun is a maritime artist whose passion for the New York Harbor inspires her artwork. Her connection with the harbor entices her to spend days with a paint brush or pen in hand drawing and painting the ships, tankers, and other vesselspassing though it. Her last name fits an artist whose creations are warm, […]

If Life’s a Beach, Who’s Guarding It?

If Life’s a Beach, Who’s Guarding It?

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

  In an area surrounded by water, many of us spend summers on the boat, at the beach, and in the pool. On those days that we’re spending a relaxing, carefree day at a beach, others are on alert to keep us safe. The majority of public beaches have lifeguards. The safety of waders and […]

Sag Harbor American Music Festival

Sag Harbor American Music Festival

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

      Sag Harbor transforms into the music capital of Long Island when the Sag Harbor American Music Festival takes place on Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27.  Whether you are a music aficionado or simply enjoy tapping your toes and swaying your hips while being out and about in a beautiful village, […]

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 […]

Cedar Beach Music Festival

Cedar Beach Music Festival

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

        When the 24th Annual Blues Music & Arts Festival at Cedar Beach in Mount Sinai Harbor gets underway this year on Saturday,September 27 and continues on Sunday, September 28, there’ll be great music, delicious food, and lots of activities for all ages. The choices abound, with 36 bands on two stages, […]

Ebb Tide

Ebb Tide

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

On Fisherman’s Wharf, only one attraction appealed to her — a little tour boat, maybe a little over 19 feet. Its only seats were benches and the two-man crew sneaked sips and tokes in the bit of a cabin in the back (stealth was not their suit). My father’s eyes rolled. As the crew listed […]

Saving Summer

Saving Summer

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

  Summer goes by so fast! Don’t you wish that you could bottle some of it up to keep it all year? You can — we know a way that you can capture a bit of summer while you’re still having fun in the sun. Get a see-through plastic cube or jar and get ready […]

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