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Ahoy, Skipper, Prepare To Be Boarded

Ahoy, Skipper, Prepare To Be Boarded

July 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

.   Unlike any other law enforcement arm, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) may board your boat at their discretion — they need no search warrant, no provocation, and no reason other than ensuring your boat is in full compliance with all applicable federal laws and regulations. Do you know what to do and say […]

After an Incident

After an Incident

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In late spring, a news report told of a leisure yacht ramming a 70-foot ocean racing trimaran. Though the yacht’s skipper hit and tried to run, one witness to the accident was a sailing journalist who pursued the vessel down the Hudson River Bjorn Kils of NY Media Boat, writing about the accident, reported that, […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

August 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

With the navigation lights reflecting off the glassy dark water, three of us left East Rockaway Inlet at 4:30 am on my 25-foot Aquasport. My girlfriend Robin, my friend Ed, and I were headed to a favorite spot off the New Jersey coastline.We were soon greeted by a crimson sunrise, prompting Ed to recite the […]

Navy Sea Cadets

Navy Sea Cadets

July 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

With its miles of bays and beaches, it’s no surprise that many Long Islanders raise nautically-minded youngsters. What is unusual is the surge in popularity of the Navy Sea Cadets, an organization whose regimen is more about work and rigor than recreation. The Navy Sea Cadets is a nonprofit, leadership-development organization for youth ages 11 […]

What’s a Vessel?

What’s a Vessel?

June 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

You probably know that the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) makes and enforces rules that affect vessels of all types, not just power boats, sail boats, and paddle boats. The USCG considers paddleboards, kiteboards, and motorized tubes operated outside of very limited areas to be vessels. The USCG defines a vessel as a watercraft (or other […]

Be Prepared

Be Prepared

April 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. According to the United States Coast Guard (USCG), nearly 95 percent of all boating incidents happen within three miles of shore.  This means that most recreational boaters are in that zone every time they venture out on the water. On land, help may be minutes away, but on the water, emergency medical treatment could […]

Don’t Let Bad Weather Take You by Storm

Don’t Let Bad Weather Take You by Storm

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. Recreational boaters should never grow overconfident about their abilities to predict and overcome the weather. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) 2012 Recreational Boating Statistics ranked weather as ninth in its report, Top Ten Known Primary Contributing Factors of Boating Accidents; weather was found to be a contributing factor in a total of 221 recreational […]

Keep a Safe Distance!

Keep a Safe Distance!

September 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. New York Harbor and Long Island Sound are two of the most spectacular urban waterways in the world. Sail down the East River at night, and you will know what I mean. Once you are under way, free as a bird and with nothing but wind and water to guide you, it’s hard not […]

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 […]

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.”

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 […]

Mayday! We Are Lost & Sinking!

Mayday! We Are Lost & Sinking!

November 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Search & Rescue (SAR) is the most recognizable and time-honored task of any mariner, especially the United States Coast Guard (USCG). Having saved well over one million lives since its founding in 1790, the USCG has changed with the times. It embraces risk management, technology, and the latest life-saving techniques in the Command Centers and on the search vessels to spring to action when a Mayday cry comes in.

Ahoy, Skipper, Prepare To Be Boarded

Ahoy, Skipper, Prepare To Be Boarded

July 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Unlike any other law enforcement arm, the United States Coast Guard may board your boat at their discretion. They need no search warrant, no provocation, and no reason other than ensuring your boat is in full compliance with all applicable federal laws and regulations.

Caught in the Current: The Oil Spill and Long Island

July 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

While the aftermath of the Gulf spill may not pose a direct threat to Long Island in the same way as it affects the Gulf States, preparedness here is key.

Marine Electronics: VHF Radio 101

Marine Electronics: VHF Radio 101

July 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Your VHF radio is likely to be your only reliable source of help, unless you know the cell phone number of every boater in your vicinity!

Law Enforcement And Assistance, Long Island Waters

Law Enforcement And Assistance, Long Island Waters

February 1, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Law Enforcement And Assistance, Long Island Waters.