Thursday, August 25, 2016

From the Editor

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

August 1, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

Whoa, it’s August! I debated whether that should have been a statement, an exclamation, or a question, because it seems to me as if it was just June. Summer was starting, the days were getting longer, and then… the month accelerated into July, which sped by in a whoosh of boating fun. No matter how we got here, it’s decidedly August, the last full month of summer. Don’t get me wrong — that’s nothing to mope about. Instead, it’s a great month for doing everything we want to do on the boat, and it’s also a terrific excuse to avoid anything we don’t want to do. We all know how... [Read the full story]

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Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

August 1, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

Dear Editor: For many years, Lillian and I were cruisers. We spent a night or two sleeping on the boat and also took seven to 10-day cruises. I would always be diligent about checking all my safety equipment before spending time away from our homeport. One time I noticed how dark it was in the cabin during the night. It made me think about what would happen if there was a fire in the boat next to me while we were sleeping aboard. There are three fire events that represent the greatest percentage of marine industry fire losses. One occurs while fueling up, another starts in the engine room... [Read the full story]

Features

Are VHF Radios Necessary?

Are VHF Radios Necessary?

August 1, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

. You have a smart phone containing marvelous technology that does everything but make coffee. Since one of its more basic features is making phone calls, is there any reason for a boater to have a single function, very high frequency (VHF) radio as well? Yes! Veteran mariners recommend a VHF as your primary tool for communication on the water, especially in emergencies. Smart phones suffer from limitations of battery life, become useless when unable to connect to a cell source or charging source, and generally fail to function when wet. A VHF has an effective range of 10 to 15 nautical... [Read the full story]

Marina 411

Marina 411

Marina 411

July 10, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

Click on the image to view all listings and then scroll down. Boating Times Long Island’s database of Long Island Marinas. Get details about each marina including transient rates, low water depth, electricity and water availability, additional amenities, plus a lot more. Name Amity Harbor Marine Lighthouse Marina DeGarmo’s Boatyard Address & Phone 30 Merrick Road, Amityville, 631-842-1280 229 Meetinghouse Creek, Aquebogue, 631-722-3400 21 Post Place, Babylon,631-669-0789 Website www.amityharbormarine.com www.lighthousemarina.com www.degarmosboatyard.com Monitors... [Read the full story]

NavTool

Navtool Agreement Farmers Markets

August 13, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

Navtool Agreement To View and Download Routes  click on the Navtool link below. Please complete the NAVTOOL MARINE ROUTE MAPPING SOFTWARE agreement to continue: WARNING Do not enter or utilize the marine route-mapping data while craft is in motion. NAVTOOL MARINE ROUTE- MAPPING CHARTS AND DIRECTIONS are for use by experienced maritime operators only and are meant to supplement and not replace conventional navigational instruments, maps and charts. NAVTOOL MARINE ROUTE- MAPPING CHARTS AND DIRECTIONS do not contain all of the information necessary for safe marine navigation. Operators are... [Read the full story]

Features

Are VHF Radios Necessary?

Are VHF Radios Necessary?

. You have a smart phone containing marvelous technology that does everything but make coffee. Since one of its more basic features is making phone calls, is there any reason for a boater to have a single function, very high frequency (VHF) radio as well? Yes! Veteran mariners recommend a VHF as your primary tool for communication on the water,... Read more of this article


Nature Strikes!  Avoid Close Encounters on Water and Shore

Nature Strikes! Avoid Close Encounters on Water and Shore

Boaters flock to the waters, relaxing as they go. While the usual safety warnings are never far from their minds, most boaters don’t think about some dangers lurking in protected bays and coves and within pristine beaches and parks. The menaces are the multitude of wildlife and vegetation in the waters and along the shores — a chance meeting... Read more of this article


Boating with Dogs? Fur-Sure!

Boating with Dogs? Fur-Sure!

Everything pleasant calls to you at the start of a boating day. There’s cool rippling water, toasty sun, cold drinks, and hot tunes to accompany the chill as family and friends relax. Lastly, but far from least, there’s the warmth from your canine companion, tail wagging, with eyes that say, “Let’s go!” The combination of recreational... Read more of this article


Summer Fireworks

Summer Fireworks

After the sun sets, fireworks relight the sky. And you can see the show from the comfort of your boat! Firework displays are weather dependent — always confirm the event, timing, and location before heading out. Consult an updated marine weather report and current charts. Leave plenty of time, but before selecting a good viewing spot, be sure... Read more of this article


Law Enforcement on the Water

Law Enforcement on the Water

Have you ever had an encounter with marine law enforcement? Depending upon the circumstances, the meeting can be either a life-saving experience or a nautical humiliation. The good news is that there are men and women at the ready to engage in search and rescue missions, protecting lives and saving vessels. These first responders react when peril... Read more of this article


Swim Safety and Drown Prevention Tips

Swim Safety and Drown Prevention Tips

. Relaxing in the water is one of summer’s pleasures — swimming safely means you’ll add many more summers to your lifetime. The most important rule of swim safety starts before your boating day begins: Learn to swim or don’t go in. Thereafter, when you choose to jump off the boat and swim alongside, mind these tips: Wear a life jacket... Read more of this article


Cool Local Breweries

Cool Local Breweries

What’s better than a cold beer on a warm summer day? A cold beer made on Long Island. A drink from a locally owned brewery tastes delicious and boosts the local economy, and going by boat makes it the perfect trifecta! Along with two friends, Dave and Kelly, I visited the Crooked Ladder Brewing Company and Mustache Brewing Company in Riverhead,... Read more of this article


The Warmth of the “Welcome” Light:  A Special Visit to the Fire Island Lighthouse

The Warmth of the “Welcome” Light: A Special Visit to the Fire Island Lighthouse

. Your friends have been raving forever about an incredible little seaside haven. When the time arrives to check this awesome-sounding place out for yourself, you arrive filled with excitement and anticipation. Then you see it — a full staircase to climb in order to reach the destination. You can’t physically accomplish this, and with... Read more of this article


Hurricane and Storm Links

Hurricane and Storm Links

National Hurricane Center www.nhc.noaa.gov/ Marine Safety and Awareness www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/marine_safety.shtml Storm Surge Info www.nhc.noaa.gov/ssurge/risk/ Emergency App www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps Tips and Checklists http://hurricanesafety.org/prepare/hurricane-safety-checklists/ www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340160_Hurricane.pdf www.boatus.com/hurricanes/brochure.asp www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/weather/hurricane/ Pet... Read more of this article


Boating Scenes

Boating Scenes

Readers Share Their Summer Snapshots by Paulette Billson by Paulette Billson rainbow 1-2 Kids on boat by Ken Leydon by Ken Leydon by Darren Annunziata by Csaba Nemeth Raft up by Ken Leydon Pace’s by John Wilson sunset serene Over the bow by Arnie Brulhardt Long Island Sound flag underway by Ana Brice  Read More →


Offshore Payback

Offshore Payback

The Port Fee, Garrett Dennis’ third novel in the Storm Ketchum adventure series, doesn’t disappoint fans of his earlier novels. Set as always on the Outer Banks region of North Carolina, the novelist draws us, via his main character, “Ketch,” into a world of mystery and danger. Divers wash up dead, shipwrecks are revealed, and perhaps... Read more of this article


Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

When it’s time to change your engine’s oil, consult the manual to determine the filter you need, the type of oil required, and the amount to buy. Pick up a filter remover, funnel, bucket (preferably with a cover), absorbent pad, and a pump. Before the new oil goes in, you must remove the old oil. Run the engine until it warms up, then remove... Read more of this article


A Life at Sea

A Life at Sea

. There are multiple opportunities in a lifetime to decide what you want to do for a job or as a career. If you asked me five years ago, as I was entering college, what I wanted to do after graduating, I would probably have described a regular nine-to-five desk job. I thought then that was my only option. However, now that I’ve graduated, my... Read more of this article


Smart Tips to Sell Your Boat

Smart Tips to Sell Your Boat

Selling a boat on your own takes both luck and preparation. I’ve compiled a list of tips for you to follow; do the legwork, make the right moves, and you’ll be in position to enhance a quick sale. Survey your vessel. Unless you are selling your vessel “as is” (seen by some buyers as a red flag), you may be responsible for repairs. You... Read more of this article


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