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Bottoming Out

Bottoming Out

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

            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

January 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

Vessel Safety Checks

Vessel Safety Checks

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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 […]

Boaters Wishes

Boaters Wishes

November 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. By the time you’re old enough to operate a vessel, you’ve likely outgrown the notion that a colorful character will visit you each winter with a bounty of booty. Yet as no one’s ever too old to make a wish (or two), we asked boaters to tell us what was on their lists. Their […]

A First Mate’s Primer

A First Mate’s Primer

October 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

My wife, Lil, and I have been boating for almost 30 years. We’ve owned seven boats; our current boat is Couple Secons, a 28-foot center console with twin outboards, which we’ve enjoyed since 2012.  Lil has achieved the United States Power Squadrons® education rank of Seaman. All of our previous vessels were single-engine boats, and […]

Conquering Wind and Waves

Conquering Wind and Waves

July 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

Rafting Up

Rafting Up

June 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. Safely Partying on Boats Have you wondered about those multi-boat gatherings you see in protected waters? What’s going on is a raft up, a good time event with good friends, boating style.  If you haven’t had the chance to participate in one, you’re missing out on a true benefit of owning a boat. Raft […]

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 […]

On the Water, Stay On the Ball!

On the Water, Stay On the Ball!

May 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Nat King Cole didn’t call the season stretching before us “those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer” for no reason. Boaters need to be mindful that the heat of the sun can dull our senses and our judgment, causing us to operate our vessels in an unwise and potentially dangerous manner.

No Charge, Risk-Free

No Charge, Risk-Free

May 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

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. If you pass the VSC, you […]

A Craving For Teaching

A Craving For Teaching

February 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

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!

Letter To The Editor From Robert Zingale

Letter To The Editor From Robert Zingale

February 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

To quote a line from the movie Jerry McGuire, “You had me at hello.” This pretty much sums up our boating life for the past year and our involvement with the United States Power Squadrons®.

New York Sailing Club — With the Wind, Against the Grain

New York Sailing Club — With the Wind, Against the Grain

March 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

New York Sailing Club members “use the wind to go instead of using an engine,” per Commodore Lloyd Sarakin. His statement is a metaphor both for the way the club is run and for the diverse mix of interesting sailors it has attracted from all around the New York metropolitan area.

Camaraderie & Safety Courses — The US Power Squadrons® Offer Both

Camaraderie & Safety Courses — The US Power Squadrons® Offer Both

March 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Imagine sharing boating stories with a great group of friends at a potluck dinner, a bowling party, a dinner dance, and a picnic. Then think about meeting these same boaters out on the water for a raft up or a fun time in Greenport. While you’re visualizing, put yourself in a classroom instructing others on boating safety. Now take all these images and place them in one album, labeled “United States Power Squadrons®.”

Camaraderie & Safety Courses

February 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Imagine sharing boating stories with a great group of friends at a potluck dinner, a bowling party, a dinner dance, and a picnic.  Then think about meeting these same boaters out on the water for a raft up or a fun time in Greenport. While you’re visualizing, put yourself in a classroom instructing others on […]

The Audacity Of Night Cruising

The Audacity Of Night Cruising

January 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Audacity Of Night Cruising

“Until you get more comfortable, stick to familiar waters.

Everything looks different in the dark! Trusted landmarks may not be visible at all. Buoys are reduced to flashing lights or just shadowy figures on a moonlit channel.

Going Aground

Going Aground

June 1, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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.