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September 2014 Featured Writer

September 2014 Featured Writer

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Peter TenBrink has been boating almost 30 years, and a member of the United States Power Squadrons for 23 years.  He has served as Commander of USPS District 3, holds USPS’ highest grade (Senior Navigator), and is an active instructor.

Bottoming Out

Bottoming Out

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            Unless you’re far offshore, shallow waters and narrow channels are a fact of life that may cause your vessel to go aground. Should it happen, do you know what to do when your bottom hits the bottom? Your first concern should always be for the safety of your crew. […]

Classes, Classes Everywhere

Classes, Classes Everywhere

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The United States Power Squadrons® (USPS®) and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary are increasing and broadening their coordinated safety efforts to assist boaters in learning as much as they can about their boats, good seamanship, and the environment in which they run. Acquiring knowledge takes a time commitment, and in our busy society, some […]

U-S-P-S Spells Fun!

U-S-P-S Spells Fun!

August 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

I love to write about boating safety and enjoyment, and each time I do, I mention the U.S. Power Squadrons® (USPS®) and tell readers what it does within the context of the article. On the eve of its 100th anniversary in 2014, the present context is purely why I think USPS® is a super organization. […]

Conquering Wind and Waves

Conquering Wind and Waves

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Boating season is well underway; you’re ready for the adventures awaiting you in new and exciting ports.  The skies are blue, your friends and family are aboard, and nothing can hold you back. That is, nothing except whatever is pushing you off-course. You’ve installed all of your electronics (GPS, chart plotter, radar, etc.) and taken […]

Boating After Sandy

Boating After Sandy

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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 […]

Get a Jump on Next Summer! Take a Boating Class

Get a Jump on Next Summer! Take a Boating Class

November 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

. Now that cold weather is upon us, many boaters are wondering how to get their boating-related “fixes” while our boats sit high and dry.  After all, there are only so many boat shows that you can go to, and only so many hours a week you can spend browsing marine supply stores! In response […]

A Craving For Teaching

A Craving For Teaching

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When I was in school, I was terrified to stand up in front of the class and speak. In fact, if I knew beforehand that I would have to read a report (or anything similar), I would seriously consider “being ill” the next day!

Autumn 2011 Featured Writer

Autumn 2011 Featured Writer

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Pete TenBrink has been boating for over 20 years and has been a United States Power Squadrons’ member for 19 years.  He has served as Commander of USPS District 3, holds USPS’ highest grade (Senior Navigator), and is an active instructor of USPS classes.

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 […]

KEEP ALL YOUR CHARTS UPDATED

KEEP ALL YOUR CHARTS UPDATED

October 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Most, if not all, boaters now rely heavily on GPS and chart plotters to assist them in navigating from point to point. And why not? Equipment costs are coming down while functionality is increasing. Yet we all know that electronic navigation equipment should never replace good old paper charts; should your electronics fail, chances are you’ll still be able to get to a safe port using your compass and paper charts.

Name, Name, Go Away

Name, Name, Go Away

   “What’s in a name?  That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet . . .”   Billy Shakespeare may have been right about many things . . .  but not boats!   Imagine that you just bought a boat named Venus’ Guy Trap! from a woman, though you know this […]

Dream Boats

Dream Boats

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Dream Boats

June 2009

June 2009

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Note from Editor – June 2009 – Boating Times Long Island

Going Aground

Going Aground

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We’ve run aground! Ugly words, aren’t they? But if you’re boating in Long Island’s waters (especially the south shore), going aground is an all-too-common occurrence.

May 2009

May 2009

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Note from Editor – May 2009 – Boating Times Long Island

Safe Boating Tips

Safe Boating Tips

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Safe Boating Tips – By D/Lt/C Peter TenBrink, JN.