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Cold Water Boating Basics

Cold Water Boating Basics

April 12, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

.  After a winter spent indoors, warmer days entice us onto the water. Though we’re eager to jump aboard, we must never throw caution to the wind. Safe boating is a year-round practice, but there are more precautions to take when water temperatures are chilly. It’ll be awhile before local waters climb above 60 degrees, […]

Cold Water Boating

Cold Water Boating

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

As boaters, a warm-ish day will entice us onto the water. It’s understandable that we’d want to leave the shore when the sun is shining, but we can never throw caution to the wind. Safe boating is a year-round practice, but there are more precautions to take and laws to heed in late winter and […]

Boating Fun Calls for Plans A & B

Boating Fun Calls for Plans A & B

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  Boating season is never long enough, and for many, time on the water is mostly limited to weekends, holidays, and days off from work. With time on the water so valuable, I get the most out of boating by having a Plan A and a Plan B so that I may adapt to changes […]

Don’t Do What I Did!

Don’t Do What I Did!

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Capt’n Mike and I dreamed during the frosty winter about a boating adventure aboard our trailered 17-foot Siren, Katie. We would have our first overnight trip with the boat, accompanied by our nine-year-old and seven-year-old kids. A handheld GPS had been Capt’n Mike’s Christmas gift (a real budget breaker), and I had read the manual, […]

Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery

Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

In the U.S. alone, painful knees and hips cause an excess of one million people to undergo hip and knee replacement surgery every year. For those suffering from excruciating pain, surgeons like Dr. Gus Katsigiorgis is offer hope of returning to an active life. The Chief of Orthopedics at Franklin Hospital, part of the North […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

July 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

We bought our first sailboat, a used Pearson 33, and needed to relocate it from Hampton Bays to Northport. My husband, Ron,had sailed in San Francisco Bay before moving to New York, while I had no experience other than fishing from small power boats.  So we asked a friend who was familiar with Long Island […]

Anchoring Done Right

Anchoring Done Right

May 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. Sometimes, the simplest thing can take on monumental proportions — if you get it wrong. Setting a proper anchor and retrieving it can make all the difference in the world when the wind starts to stiffen and all the other boaters around you look askance as you drag your anchor towards them. You can’t […]

Reduce the Risks of Drowning

Reduce the Risks of Drowning

May 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

During the summer months, there is often tragic news about drownings on Long Island. After hearing these stories year after year, Bobby Hazen was motivated to found the Long Island Drowning Prevention Task Force (LIDPTF). Hazen, also a member of the Infant/Toddler Committee of the United States Swim School Association,has been a swim instructor and […]

Jumpy, Swinging Jet Stream

Jumpy, Swinging Jet Stream

May 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

With the very warm winter of 2011-2012, followed by the arctic temperatures this past winter, we are all aware of something “not being quite right” about the weather. A New Jersey professor may have found the reason — she suggests that the jet stream is behaving differently because the Arctic is warming very quickly. Professor […]

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is part of Gateway National Recreation Area. This renowned bird sanctuary is a great place to spot migrating species; the National Park Service reports that more than 330 bird species—nearly half of the species in the Northeast—have been sighted here. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge holds the distinction of being the […]

GHOST STORIES, Spinning Tales on a Sail Boat

GHOST STORIES, Spinning Tales on a Sail Boat

January 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. There are some things that can’t be fixed with duct tape or a quick jerry rig when you go sailing.  For a seven-year-old girl on her first sleep-away sailing trip with her father, weather was an unfortunate thing that could not be put right, even with effort, glue, and a quick prayer. A thunderstorm […]

Junior Captains Make Boating Better

Junior Captains Make Boating Better

August 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the best parts of being a kid is having fun while adults are working. However, when the family goes boating, everyone has responsibilities. The tasks aren’t hard, we promise, and they won’t stop you from having an enjoyable day. Since safer boaters are happier boaters, you’ll be very glad when you follow our […]

How the Voodoo Queen Got Her Name

How the Voodoo Queen Got Her Name

February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In April of 2005, my wife Barbara and I decided to take a long weekend and fly down to New Orleans.  We had a great time doing the usual tourist things. On a rainy day, we thought it would be fun to take a cemetery tour. We saw the tomb of Marie Laveau, who was, […]

FAQs About New Boater Education Law

FAQs About New Boater Education Law

February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

“Suffolk County Waters” means what? If it flows in, through or by Suffolk County, it counts.  And the certificate needs to be on the board, and apply to the skipper at the helm, if/as/when the boat is stopped by law enforcement. What penalties ensue? First offense?  $250.00. Second offense?  $500.00.  After that, you are guilty […]

Don’t Do What I Did!

Don’t Do What I Did!

February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In 2012, our boat was moored in Northport Harbor.  While many vessels were already hauled prior to the end of October, our boat was still at its mooring in this very protected north shore harbor, as I was hoping for a few more weeks of boating. As satellite readings came in and weather maps converged, […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

While you may not plan on doing any actual work on your boat until it warms up, now is the time most marine supply stores start running sales. There really are great deals during boat show season, so if you need to stock up or replace, and plan to upgrade items on your boat, there’s […]

What Makes a Competent Boater?

What Makes a Competent Boater?

February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Besides acquiring sufficient marine supplies and equipment, and outside of planning destinations and adventures, what makes an outing outstanding? When family and friends gather, I bet you’d rather they talk about the relaxing days spent on your boat, where everyone had a good time and every snag was dealt with seamlessly, rather than laughing at […]

The Adventure of a Lifetime

The Adventure of a Lifetime

February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Living on or near the water has always been a way of life for Mindy and Mark Yuknat. The Connecticut couple, who says that they’ve each been boating since they were young, lived aboard Adventure, a 65-foot -long, 900-square-foot yacht for four years.

Panic at the Water’s Edge – Overcoming Hydrophobia

Panic at the Water’s Edge – Overcoming Hydrophobia

February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

When someone in the family suffers from a lifelong fear of water (hydrophobia), or suddenly develops it after years of boating, it can be disruptive and often disabling.  The fear may be passed along by parents or arise from a sudden trauma, but however it arrives, the phobia can be effectively diminished or eliminated. Martin […]

Letter From The Editor

February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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A Newbie Goes Sailing

A Newbie Goes Sailing

January 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. Though I’m an experienced power boater with a lot of time on cruisers and other watercrafts, I went sailing for the first time this past summer. Thanks to Ron Ferina, who runs a sailing program for Long Island’s United States Power Squadrons®, I was put in contact with Dave Goldsmith. Captain Dave, a very […]

Overcoming Docking Jitters

Overcoming Docking Jitters

January 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In my first season as a boat owner, I found that after a perfect, stress-free outing with friends, I’d become anxious once we neared the marina. My anxiety arose because my lightweight 35’ Carver was so tall that it mimicked a sail in any wind. My slip was fairly narrow to my starboard side (less than four feet of room for error) while a consistent summer southerly breeze battled me at my beam. I envied those with a north side slip where the breeze carried them in.

Protecting Pooches on the Water

Protecting Pooches on the Water

January 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. Your boat came with an owner’s manual, explaining how to get the maximum enjoyment and performance out of it. But dogs aren’t bundled with instructions, so owners need guidance on how to employ extra precautions when canines join our voyages. Dogs are increasingly accepted as part of families and society in general, and it is […]

Oh, No! The Captain’s Incapacitated!

Oh, No! The Captain’s Incapacitated!

January 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The U.S. Coast Guard mandates certain lights configurations for various conditions of vessels. A boat without a skipper is determined to be a “NUC,” which stands for Not Under Command. The light configuration is two red lights in a vertical row, which can be committed to memory with a poem: “Red over red, the captain is dead.”

Boating While Pregnant

Boating While Pregnant

A woman should not boat while pregnant if she has been, “previously advised to restrict her activity. But if she is experiencing a healthy, normal pregnancy, I feel it is perfectly safe to be on a pleasure cruise.”

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

January 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

I’m a citizen of the Czech Republic, and I came to the United States in 1999. One of my first clients was Kevin, who later became my friend. As our friendship developed, he showed me a completely new world of adventure and freedom through boating.

Bringing Baby Aboard

Bringing Baby Aboard

January 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Boaters enjoy sharing their love of the water with family and friends. When there’s a baby in the mix, the question often asked is, what’s the right age to bring baby along? The answer varies from person to person, but always centers on when the baby’s safety can be ensured.
Advance planning can make boating with your infant safe and fun.

Stand-up Paddle Boarding Safety

Stand-up Paddle Boarding Safety

January 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Though stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) looks enjoyable and easy, this activity is just like any other water sport. That means that there are safety precautions to take, and rules to observe, before—and during— the fun.

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 […]

Gift Guide for Boaters!

Gift Guide for Boaters!

November 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Gift Ideas Galore Frost Boss Can Chiller chills canned beverage to 38 degrees in two minutes, so you’ll be refreshed on even the hottest days! It’s portable and battery-operated, so it can go from boat to beach all summer, and take part in tailgates, too.  $29.99 www.pangeabrands.com . . . The EZ Snap Tool has […]

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