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Cleaner and Greener Spring Prep

Cleaner and Greener Spring Prep

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. In winter, you try to keep the elements out of your boat. In spring, you want to keep toxins out of our waterways. If you’re a DIY boater, be mindful that spring prep may unleash harmful substances into waterways directly via leaching bottoms, parking lot overflow, and storm drains, and indirectly via landfills. There […]

Help Keep Our Waters Safe

Help Keep Our Waters Safe

March 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

  Each of us has written extensively on the need for recreational boaters to boat safely; for the past two years, our respective organizations have been actively collaborating to meet this goal. On Long Island, our primary focus is an effort called Operation Onboard Observer. In a nutshell, United States Power Squadrons® (USPS) members who’ve […]

Kids Aboard

Kids Aboard

June 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Boating is a family-friendly activity. While it’s exciting to spend quality time together with all family members, boating with little ones can be quite daunting.  Images of kids wailing about boredom and falling overboard flit through parents’ minds, playing out like two alternating horror movies stuck on repeat. Click off those images and watch instead […]

Safety is Priceless

Safety is Priceless

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Let’s talk about a great deal — a no-cost, no-risk way to have the equipment and personal protection gear on your watercraft checked to make sure it complies with all applicable standards. There’s no catch beyond taking a half-hour or so to interact with a knowledgeable inspector who’ll also freely share safety tips and […]

Vessel Safety Checks

Vessel Safety Checks

May 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Risk-Free and Cost-Free Would you avail yourself of the opportunity to have a complimentary and risk-free check of all your onboard equipment and personal protection gear, to be sure that it all meets federal standards? You can do so just by setting up a Vessel Safety Check (VSC) administered by members of the U.S. Coast […]

Green is the Color of Spring

Green is the Color of Spring

April 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. No matter what color your boat is, make it green as you prep it while protecting our waterways. Mike Acebo, General Manager of Brewer Yacht Yard at Greenport and Brewer Stirling Harbor Marina says, “Everything we drop on the ground or spill has the potential to end up in the harbor. We are all […]

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 […]

Northport’s Plein Air Painting and Music Festival

Northport’s Plein Air Painting and Music Festival

January 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Visitors will feel as if they have wandered back in time to the glory days of Impressionism when the Northport Arts Coalition (NAC) hosts their seventh annual en plein air (French for “in the open air”) festival from Friday, June 13 through Sunday, June 15.  The event is a collaboration between NAC, award-winning marine artist […]

Know Your Limits

August 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Boating for many means experiencing exhilarating freedom and adventure. Out on the water, there are no drawn lanes to be dutifully followed, and boaters can enjoy breaking the surly bonds of land-borne life. At the same time, boating requires a measure of self-sufficiency and accountability; boaters need to be knowledgeable and prepared when heading out […]

Boating After Sandy

Boating After Sandy

May 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

Don’t Dirty the Waters When You Clean Your Boat

Don’t Dirty the Waters When You Clean Your Boat

April 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

While you’re raring to prep your boat and get going, our waterways really need you to green up as you clean up. Gone are the days of choosing efficiency over the environment. This spring, you’ll sacrifice nothing but a little time spent selecting the most environmentally-friendly products available. As you search for reduced enviro-impact products, […]

When the Coast Guard Comes Calling

When the Coast Guard Comes Calling

. Our boat hit the water a couple of weeks later than we originally planned this year, so we were really excited when it came time for our first voyage. We invited our friends Julie and Charlie to join our family (these same friends came along on our final cruise of last season, when we […]

Women Making Waves

Women Making Waves

May 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

As Gail Palminteri travels her favorite waterways, she finds herself encouraging women to take the helm more and more. “I think women are sometimes afraid to grab the throttle or the steering wheel,” she says, “But I’d love to see more women out there taking the lead.”

Understanding & Using Radar Effectively

Understanding & Using Radar Effectively

April 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

We’ve all heard the expression, “ignorance is bliss,” and sometimes it is. However, that’s never the case on the water, where “knowledge is power.”

U.S. Power Squadrons, Coast Guard Auxiliary to boost boating safety efforts

U.S. Power Squadrons, Coast Guard Auxiliary to boost boating safety efforts

November 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

– The U.S. Power Squadrons (USPS) and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will increase their coordinated safety efforts among America’s recreational boating community under a new agreement that broadens cooperative efforts in vessel examinations, public affairs and education. The agreement was signed today at the Auxiliary’s national conference – NACON 2011 – in Charlotte.