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Begging Off to Go Boating

Begging Off to Go Boating

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend there are 15 Saturdays and Sundays. Let me put it another way: during the “official” boating season there are ONLY 15 weekends. Mother Nature gets unpleasant from time to time, ruining boating plans, and then there’s the most insidious of all weekend-wreckers: backyard and banquet hall get-togethers! […]

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 […]

Boat Sober, Save Lives

Boat Sober, Save Lives

June 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  Once we’re out on the water, our ear-locked shoulders relax and our oxygen levels become invigorated. Yet time spent boating could become more carefree if we were confident that other vessel operators were sober. Inebriation is the chief contributing factor in boating fatalities, but public service announcements and safety-conscious articles don’t seem to get […]

Heck, No! We Won’t Go!

Heck, No! We Won’t Go!

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Summers fly by fast; the official calendar only affords us 13 weekends during the season. Unless you work in a school, it’s likely you’ll cobble your summer boating days together by taking a vacation, tacking a Friday and a Monday onto the July 4th weekend, and knocking off of work for a few additional Fridays. […]

Keep on Rocking in the Lighthouse

Keep on Rocking in the Lighthouse

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Every year, thousands show up at the Huntington Lighthouse Music Festival by boat, kayak, canoe, SUP, and dinghy on the Saturday before Labor Day. Everyone on the water surrounding the lighthouse is just looking to have fun, while behind the scenes, a dedicated group of volunteers makes sure that the only music festival held […]

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 […]

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 […]

Letter From the Editor

Letter From the Editor

July 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Let’s say you are writing up a crossword puzzle filled solely with words that convey fun. You’d certainly include the six-letter words EXCITE and THRILL, incorporate five-letter words like ENJOY, AMUSE, GREAT, MERRY, CHEER, and BLISS, and have three-letter word clues with answers such as JOY (and maybe YAY!). Inasmuch as you’re reading this boating […]

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, […]

Universal Stories

Universal Stories

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. A Chilling Tale Set Nearby Book review by Effie Speyer In his debut novel, The Face of Fear: A Powers and Johnson Novel, R.J. Torbert utilizes the infamous ghost mask from the Scream movie franchise. That’s not all that’s instantly recognizable, however — the location for this murder mystery is set in the village […]

OOPS!

OOPS!

January 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. We’ve all been there. Something happens, and everyone onboard or on the dock laughs. Everyone, that is, but you! It may take you a few years to find the humor in a mishap or a misstep, but now you can tell the story and smile. I asked our readers if they had any chuckle-worthy […]

Is Sunscreen a Summer-Only Necessity?

Is Sunscreen a Summer-Only Necessity?

November 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. You wouldn’t leave your house without shoes in December, so why head out without sunscreen? Shoes are important to keep your feet from suffering frostbite, and sunscreen prevents your skin from absorbing sun radiation that leads to premature aging and raises the risk of life-threatening conditions, including melanoma and other skin cancers. Though many […]

Good Books, Good Days

Good Books, Good Days

September 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. September is filled with glorious, sun-drenched afternoons. Where better to spend them than on the deck of your boat, reading an enjoyable book?  We’re sharing reviews of books we’ve recently read. There’s one to entertain the ‘tweens, one for fans of short stories, an action adventure, and a novel about sailors seemingly on opposite […]

What the What?

What the What?

September 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. Rude is rude, on the land or at sea.  The fact is, bad-mannered people go boating, and we can’t always avoid them.  But according to the stories told by our readers, we can scoff at them! Fran invited a couple from the neighborhood to go boating. “We’d actually become friendly while walking our dogs, […]

Minimize Your Boat’s Carbon Footprint

Minimize Your Boat’s Carbon Footprint

July 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In case you think you only have a carbon footprint if you walk, drive, or are otherwise crossing on (or over) land, think again.  Carbon footprints measure the effects on the climate in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced, so a boat may impact the planet as much as a jet liner flying […]

Hot Summer Reads

July 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

My idea of a relaxing summer day includes time to kick back, stretch out, and dive into an engrossing book. Many of this magazine’s readers feel the same; we’re pleased to include their recommendations in our annual list of good summer boating reads. One of my real favorites is The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. […]

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 […]

Boat Sober & Go Home Happy!

Boat Sober & Go Home Happy!

June 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. Would you take two simple steps to increase your safety and avoid going to jail? There may not be many true magic formulas around, but John Fetterman, Director of Law Enforcement, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), has a proven one for boaters: “If you don’t drink when piloting a boat and […]

Unease at Sea

Unease at Sea

January 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Face it. We’ve all been in exceedingly awkward situations, embarrassed or uncomfortable with someone or something. Our first reaction is to flee as fast as we can, but that won’t work when we’re embarrassed on a boat far from the shore!

Scary Seaside Stories

Scary Seaside Stories

October 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

. When I’m sharing boating stories, the focus is on sunshine and smiles. I was blissfully unaware that some of the places we’ve boated by have spine-chilling histories involving mysterious mumblings and phantom footsteps. Bob Allen knows boatloads of hair-raising tales. As a lighthouse keeper’s descendant, historian, and tour director of the East End Seaport […]

What Did You Say?

What Did You Say?

October 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

. Boaters are a sociable bunch, but when people get together, there’s always a chance that someone will say something that’s better left unsaid. Seven boaters shared their “Whoops!” “Oops!” or “Oh, no, you didn’t!” stories; some will make you laugh in gratitude that these gaffes didn’t come your way, others may remind you of […]

Veg Fare by the Sea

Veg Fare by the Sea

September 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

… .. . Harborside eateries are considered havens for seafood lovers. However, more dockside dining establishments appear to be welcoming to those who enjoy seeing fish stay in the sea! About one million people in the U.S. are vegans (we eat no animal products at all) and over seven million are vegetarian (consuming no animals). […]

Beauty & the Heat

Beauty & the Heat

August 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Summer days should be carefree, but we sure don’t want to look as if we don’t care at all about our appearance.  After spending part of your summer mornings time primping and styling, do you walk out into a wall of heat and humidity and wonder, “Why did I even bother doing my hair and […]

Boaters Behaving Badly

Boaters Behaving Badly

July 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Readers were asked to share anecdotes about rude boating experiences, and the stories flowed in (I’ve identified them as they wished). Then Jay Remer, a personal, business, and wedding etiquette consultant and writer (www.etiquetteguy.com), chimed in with advice on how to handle matters, should any of these oafs show up on your boat!

Blending Boating & Business

Blending Boating & Business

February 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Plenty of boaters take refuge on the water with family and friends, leaving stress behind on the shore. However, some share their boats with clients, co-workers or even bosses as they build strong workplace relationships or create new moneymaking opportunities.

Bountiful & Beautiful: Plus Size Swimsuits with Style

Bountiful & Beautiful: Plus Size Swimsuits with Style

January 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Some of life’s most beautiful forms are curvy, including women. So why do those among us with abundant curves shy away from wearing a swimsuit, even on a boat in the midst of a sizzling summer? Some women are likely to have bought into the myth that plus-size women can’t look good in a bathing suit.

Early Winter 2011 Featured Writer

Early Winter 2011 Featured Writer

November 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Lita Smith-Mines is the Editor-In-Chief and co-owner of Boating Times Long Island. She is also an attorney in private practice in Commack, NY; writes “Tales From The Real Estate Wars” http://real-lawyer.livejournal.com/; contributes to the Huffington Post; lectures for the Suffolk County Bar Association, and is an officer of its Academy

Float Away With a Good Book

Float Away With a Good Book

July 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A warm summer day relaxing on the deck of a boat is nearly perfect. Just add a cold drink and a deliciously entertaining book, and you’ve achieved nirvana!

Veg Fare by the Sea

Veg Fare by the Sea

June 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Imagine boatloads of vegetarians and vegans wandering our waterways seeking dockside dining. Mostly, they find eateries with monikers incorporating “seafood,” “fish,” or “crab.”

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

June 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

This month we’re featuring the Fire Island Dance and Great South Bay Music Festivals, plus great places to view fireworks even after the Fourth (you can also check out our website for all our archived Day Trippers– a virtual boatload of routes).

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