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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 […]

U-S-P-S Spells Fun!

U-S-P-S Spells Fun!

August 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

I love to write about boating safety and enjoyment, and each time I do, I mention the U.S. Power Squadrons® (USPS®) and tell readers what it does within the context of the article. On the eve of its 100th anniversary in 2014, the present context is purely why I think USPS® is a super organization. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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®.

From The Editor February / March 2012

From The Editor February / March 2012

February 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

We certainly get enough notice that the holidays are coming, don’t we? The carols start playing in stores sometime in September, and before the last Halloween scream, we’re up to our ears in tinsel! Yet somehow, this time of year seems to sneak up on me.

Don’t Do What I Did!

Don’t Do What I Did!

November 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

My wife Ronni and I started boating later than many, as I was 50 when I purchased a used 21′ Cuddy from a fellow teacher. With age comes wisdom, and it did not take us long to realize we needed a safe boating class. Luckily, the United States Power Squadrons® had a 10-week class (within a year of passing the class I was an active member, eventually becoming a District Safety Officer and teaching).

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.

An Invitation To Sail

An Invitation To Sail

August 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The “Open Boat Program” presents a good reason to join one of Long Island’s United States Power Squadrons®. This program, in its first full season, matches “Host Skippers” with USPS® members who want to go sailing. Guests may be power boaters, other sailors, or those currently without boats.

Man Overboard!

Man Overboard!

July 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

If you fall off a boat, or spot someone who does, a life hangs in the balance. What you do, or fail to do, has monumental consequences.

July 2011 Featured Writer

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Lt/C Robert Wendt, SN, is the Executive Officer of Sewanhaka Sail & Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadrons® and is a N.Y.S. Certified Safe Boating Course Instructor. He has been boating in the Long Island area since childhood; today, he boats with his wife, Patti, and their dachshunds, Lucy & Linus, […]

Life Jackets Do Save Lives!

Life Jackets Do Save Lives!

June 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Life jackets don’t get the respect and attention they deserve by most boaters. Though mandated for some, and a potential lifesaver for all, how often do you see recreational boaters wearing their life jackets? Whether called life jackets, personal flotation devices, or PFDs (they are all the same), boaters offer the same excuses for not […]

Have You Hugged Your Anchor Today?

Have You Hugged Your Anchor Today?

June 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Your humble anchor may be the most unappreciated piece of safety equipment on your boat. You probably never think about it, much less look at it, or consider how important it really is. There it hangs off the bow of your boat, day after day, an ungainly hunk of pointy metal. It is a low […]

Letters To The Editor

Letters To The Editor

May 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

To the Editor: Your magazine is a leader in the promotion of safety on the water and the United States Power Squadrons® is the largest national safe boating educational organization. With the approach of National Safe Boating Week, May 21-27, 2011, we are sharing some photos taken at previous United States Power Squadrons® safe boating […]

Letters To The Editor

Letters To The Editor

April 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Dear Lita & Barry, At its Annual Meeting held on February 5, 2011 at the Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL, the United States Power Squadrons® awarded Boating Times Long Island and you both with the USPS Ship’s Bell Award! This presentation was made in recognition of your magazine’s significant efforts to raise […]

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®.”

KEEP ALL YOUR CHARTS UPDATED

KEEP ALL YOUR CHARTS UPDATED

October 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Most, if not all, boaters now rely heavily on GPS and chart plotters to assist them in navigating from point to point. And why not? Equipment costs are coming down while functionality is increasing. Yet we all know that electronic navigation equipment should never replace good old paper charts; should your electronics fail, chances are you’ll still be able to get to a safe port using your compass and paper charts.

USPS District 3’s 2010 Rendezvous East

USPS District 3’s 2010 Rendezvous East

August 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

It was an absolutely marvelous summer weekend with pleasant temperatures and low humidity when members of District 3 of the United States Power Squadrons® (USPS®) got together to hold their annual Rendezvous East.

Float Plan:  Don’t Leave Port Without It!

Float Plan: Don’t Leave Port Without It!

July 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Imagine that you’ve decided to take your vessel out solo one day.You board your sailboat, cruiser, kayak or PFD and head to a familiar spot, when all of a sudden the fog rolls in, leaving you disoriented. Your cell phone is not getting any reception and you failed to include a VHF radio in with […]

DON’T DO WHAT THEY DID!

DON’T DO WHAT THEY DID!

July 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Paddle boating is one of the fastest growing forms of water sport; kayaks and canoes account for over 50% of new boat sales. No wonder: paddle boats are relatively inexpensive (no fuel or engine maintenance costs), provide great exercise, and are fun!

June 2010 Featured Writer

May 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Joe Possert has been a member of USPS since 2004, achieving the grade of Senior Navigator.  Currently serving as Executive Officer in Sewanhaka Squadron, Joe actively teaches Public Boating Safety and Celestial Navigation classes.

Safety Enhances Fun On The Water

Safety Enhances Fun On The Water

April 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The media usually only reports on negative boating incidents; unfortunately, tragedies will sell more newspapers than an article on the joys of boating at night. But no one should be deterred from enjoying the pastime because they think recreational boating is dangerous. It is no more hazardous than driving, thought it is different. It’s up to boat operators to recognize and understand the differences and to learn how to run boats safely and competently in that different environment.

Kids: Get Certified

Kids: Get Certified

October 1, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Kids: Get Certified

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.

U.S.P.S. – The Best Kept Secret on LI!

U.S.P.S. – The Best Kept Secret on LI!

February 1, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

The United States Power Squadrons (USPS®) is America’s
largest and oldest recreational power and sail boating organization, delivering safe boating. With representation in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Guam and Japan, USPS has over 40,000 members organized into 440 local units (Squadrons) and 33 Districts. On Long Island, USPS is represented by District 3 (D/3) with over 2,000 members in 18 local squadrons located on both the North and South shores from Brooklyn and Queens in the West to both forks in the East, ensuring boaters of a Squadron presence wherever they choose to boat.