Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Dear Editor, Are women just as good sailors as men? You betcha. The gals do everything the guys do: skipper everything from 10-foot dinghies to massive ocean-going yachts, race, particularly soloing around the world, delivery captains, navigators, even boat builders. In the 19th century more than one wife brought home a full-rigged ship when her […]

Fire!

Fire!

May 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. There’s nothing more frightening than fire at sea, where the only escape may be by abandoning ship. The good news is that almost all fires are preventable. Except for fires triggered by lightning, almost all fires on recreational vessels are the result of human negligence.  As the average power boat is stuffed with potential […]

Letter to the Editor

May 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Dear Editor: Should you ship out with your kids? The short answer, of course, is yes. Recreational boating revolves around family fun on the water. An afternoon cruise on a sunny day is a grand opportunity to introduce the small fry to the wonderful world of boating. But the question takes on a larger perspective […]

Nautical Rhymes Can Keep You Safe

Nautical Rhymes Can Keep You Safe

April 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Every skipper knows those little memory tools that may help keep you safe at sea. Mnemonics like “red right returning” and “red sky at night, sailors’ delight — red sky in the morning, sailors take warning” allow boaters to recall when and where precautions are necessary. Along with the standards, I’ll share some additional memory […]

The Scoop on Picking the Perfect Marina

The Scoop on Picking the Perfect Marina

April 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Are you new to boating or seeking a better home for your boat? Unless you’re a member of a yacht club, own your own dock, or are buddy-buddy with the town harbormaster, your boat will likely reside in a marina. With hundreds of marinas in our area, choosing the right place for both summer boating […]

Urban Night Boating

Urban Night Boating

January 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Many of us are urban boaters, plying the crowded waters in and around large metropolitan areas. These environments demand extra caution, particularly at night. A city skyline makes a spectacular backdrop for a night’s cruise, yet the greatest challenge for the urban skipper is light pollution coming from traffic lights, auto tail lights, and the […]

Nautical Courtesy

Nautical Courtesy

October 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

I remember watching Tony Soprano on TV the first time he took his son out in his new cabin cruiser. He shot out of his slip at full throttle, submerging the “No Wake” sign in his wash while capsizing a canoeist and a kayaker. He never looked back, and I shuddered. That’s because the wake […]

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 […]