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Boating with Parkinson’s Disease

Boating with Parkinson’s Disease

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Exercise, fresh air, and enjoying good times with family and friends are important to boaters for many reasons. Those with Parkinson’s disease know that staying active and socializing contribute to their quality of life. Parkinson’s disease is a chronic progressive neurological disease that affects nerve cells in the brain. These are the cells that produce […]

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 […]

Present and Ready. Safety, Skill, and Satisfaction through Mindfulness

Present and Ready. Safety, Skill, and Satisfaction through Mindfulness

May 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Earlier this year, a photo of a sailor went viral on the web. While he’s seen glued to his cell phone, he’s missing a humpback whale that’s breaching right in front of his boat.  The photo, captioned, “A sign of the times,” makes an important social commentary — we rarely pay attention to what’s […]

Prep Your Guest List

Prep Your Guest List

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Your boat is cleaned and polished. Your fuel tanks are full and all systems are operational. But you’re not ready to get going until you’ve fully prepped your crew and guest lists. As many of the recreational vessels in local waters are under 25 feet and don’t offer amenities like a cabin or head, a […]

Circling Long Island

Circling Long Island

May 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

An engaging and entertaining summer boat vacation is practically at your doorstep. A trip around Long Island is 250 nautical miles (which is not much more than visiting Block Island), and it can be completed in less than two weeks. While your pauses may vary, we’ve put together a fun itinerary of harbor-side stopovers. You can start this trip from any harbor and reverse our directions, depending on your starting point.

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In winter months, marine supply stores usually run special sales, and boat show vendors offer great deals to attendees. That makes winter the time for you to replace things on your vessel that have worn out or broken, update outdated items (including electronics), and add upgrades and accessories that you know will make boating more […]

So Many Choices!

So Many Choices!

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

I count myself as someone very fortunate to live on Long Island and have the opportunity to enjoy its beautiful waters.  Thanks to the generosity of friends, I’ve experienced the excitement of sailing, paddling, and power boating. Though I yearn to own a power boat, a sailboat, and a kayak of my own, that’s not […]

Vessel Safety Checks

Vessel Safety Checks

January 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Risk-Free and Cost-Free A Vessel Safety Check (VSC) is a complimentary and risk-free inspection of your boat to confirm that it meets both federal and state requirements for safety.  Administered by members of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary or the United States Power Squadrons®, the VSC is available for all vessels. According to William […]

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, […]

Letter From The Editor

February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

WE’LL BET YOU‘RE LOOKING FOR OUR TERRIFIC STORIES, FUN DAY TRIPPERS, RESTAURANT REVIEWS AND SO MUCH MORE.  SO ARE WE! WE HOPE TO GET OUR SITE RESTORED SHORTLY. PLEASE CHECK BACK WITH US VERY SOON!  

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.

Oh, No! The Captain’s Incapacitated!

Oh, No! The Captain’s Incapacitated!

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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.”

Stay Afloat! Avoid Injury While Boating

Stay Afloat! Avoid Injury While Boating

January 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Does your back hold you back as the summer progresses? Lower back injuries are common among boaters, and though some people deal with an occasional trauma such as a slip and fall, the majority of injuries occur from repetitive stress or improper body mechanics.

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.”

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.

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 […]

Boating, Family Style

Boating, Family Style

November 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

  Growing up on the water, many of my memories are attributed to boating. From the exhilaration of being given control of the helm while my dad made sandwiches below, or the excitement of being in port, there’s always been an undeniable love I’ve had for boating. I inherited my “sea legs” from my parents […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

November 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The spring of 1972 was a very exciting time for me. I was finishing up my sophomore year in college, and was not looking forward to the summer, as my parents had sold the family boat, Holiday. I had a job, so I saved my money towards a boat for me. It took me a […]

Checking Your Boat After A Storm

Checking Your Boat After A Storm

November 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Proceed with extreme caution. Please wait until the waters recede, the roads are clear, and the traffic signals all operate before you venture out to check your vessel. “Hey, look, there’s the sun!” does not mean “All Clear.” Please let emergency personnel & utility workers finish before you add to the traffic on the roads […]

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

October 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

. As the days grow shorter and the air feels nippy, hardy boaters savor the solitude and serenity that fall boating brings. While enjoying the quiet, cold weather boaters must also be mindful of the safety concerns and laws that crop up when the temperature drops. Don’t let the warmth of the sun ever lull […]

The Scent of a Storm

The Scent of a Storm

October 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Watching a storm rolling in from the sea engages our senses — the sight of the lightning and the violent seas, the sound of the thunder rolling in. Many people swear that they smell storms, too. We understand what comes to our eyes and ears, but what about our nostrils? Professor William Cain of the […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

October 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

I think that my Jet Ski® trailer is cursed, because I have never had so many crazy things happen as occurred this past summer. When I returned home to Long Island after spending a year at college in Florida, I wanted to take some new college friends (also from LI) out jet skiing. Though we […]

Don’t Do What I Did!

Don’t Do What I Did!

September 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It was a summer day like many others. My wife’s cousin and girlfriend were out for a weekend visit (I will refer to them as “Mike” and “Linda”), and we were going to incorporate family socializing into boating.  My wife, Daria (her real name), and I decided to take them out for a cruise on […]

From The Editor

From The Editor

September 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

If this column had another title besides “From the Editor” I’m thinking we’d call it “Food, Glorious Food!” For some issues, I set a pre-determined main topic, like water safety or storm preparation. Other issues just seem to coalesce into a theme on their own, as this one has. We always feature two restaurant reviews, […]

Riding With the Nassau Marine Bureau

Riding With the Nassau Marine Bureau

August 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Nassau Marine Bureau, the police agency charged with protecting the waters of Nassau County, has highly trained and dedicated veteran officers such Ben Macchia and Tony Simonetti.  They patrol their “beat” in a 33′ Bertram, and allowed us the privilege of riding along with them. An average day on the water for Officers Macchia […]

Do’s & Don’ts of Docking & Dining

Do’s & Don’ts of Docking & Dining

August 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

DO –  Know the low water depths both along the route and at the eatery. –  Study navigational charts for the best route to access the restaurant. –  Check whether the restaurant can accommodate your boat’s length and beam. –  Ask how many slips are available if traveling with other boaters. –   Find out what […]

Are You Up On Your Radar Basics?

Are You Up On Your Radar Basics?

August 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Your marine radar may be one of the lesser-used instruments on your boat, but it is a most critical piece of equipment. Most boaters head out on beautiful days and never bother to turn on the radar system. However, a lovely day can quickly be marred by squalls and fog (either unexpected or forecasted but […]

Don’t Do What I Did!

Don’t Do What I Did!

August 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In 1976, the United States celebrated its bicentennial with several special activities.  One of those events was Operation Sail (commonly called OpSail) on July 4. OpSail was the single largest parade of tall ships amassed in the east coast, beginning just south of the Statue of Liberty and continuing north into the Hudson River. Recreational […]

Boating Safely: It’s a Responsibility, It’s a Lifestyle

Boating Safely: It’s a Responsibility, It’s a Lifestyle

August 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

There’s nothing better than a little R&R with family and friends, but it’s important to add a third R, for responsible boating. That includes wearing a life jacket, being alert and aware while on or near the water, and obeying navigation rules. According to the most recent U.S. Coast Guard report, New York had the […]

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