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Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

November 20, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

Cold weather and I are completely incompatible. I don’t like hats, I don’t like gloves, I don’t like fleece, and I sure don’t like anything frozen unless it’s a dessert. As we embark upon the coldest (and shortest) days of the year, I always seek ways to warm up without having to bundle up. The fastest way that I’ve found to dispel the chill is thinking about pleasurable times spent boating. My brrrrr-sitis melts away once I recall a wonderful afternoon at anchor doing nothing more than catching a catnap, or remembering an eventful day with family and friends, boating to a fun... [Read the full story]

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Letter To The Editor

Letter To The Editor

November 20, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

Dear Editor: In the summer, Newsday reported on the activities of a bipartisan Suffolk County Legislative Committee that is working to reduce the county “pipeline debt” (Newsday, 08-26-2014, Rick Brand). According to the article, the committee was launched “after the legislature approved a package of capital budget amendments that increase County Executive Steve Bellone’s proposed 2015 capital budget by $22.78 million and his three-year capital plan by $58 million. The aim was to offset those increases.” The article goes on to state, “the largest capital projects that the... [Read the full story]

Features

Visiting the Bug Lighthouse

Visiting the Bug Lighthouse

November 20, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

I usually only see lighthouses as we pass them by while on my family’s boat. So when Bob Allen, aka “The Long Lighthouse Guy,” invited me along on the Long Beach Bar Light tour during the Greenport Festival, I jumped at the chance to see a lighthouse up close — very up close. When I arrived at the East End Museum to join the waiting crowd, I looked around at the others waiting to board the boat. I noted that I was probably the youngest person there, but if any of my generation has preconceived notions about the dryness of learning local history, taking the tour would set them right.... [Read the full story]

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Boating Times Discovery – What Follows “Mayday”

November 22, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

If you enjoyed “What Follows “Mayday”" then you’ll also enjoy:                                                                                                      Read More →

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]

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NAVTOOL Terms bab east rockaway

December 5, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

To View and Download Routes  click on the Navtool link at the bottom of this page. Please review the NAVTOOL MARINE ROUTE MAPPING SOFTWARE terms 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 solely... [Read the full story]

Features

Visiting the Bug Lighthouse

Visiting the Bug Lighthouse

I usually only see lighthouses as we pass them by while on my family’s boat. So when Bob Allen, aka “The Long Lighthouse Guy,” invited me along on the Long Beach Bar Light tour during the Greenport Festival, I jumped at the chance to see a lighthouse up close — very up close. When I arrived at the East End Museum to join the waiting crowd,... Read more of this article


International Grand Slam Racing on Long Island

International Grand Slam Racing on Long Island

The Manhasset Bay Yacht Club in Port Washington recently hosted the 31st annual Knickerbocker Cup. This prestigious Grand Slam match racing event had teams from France, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Great Britain, and Singapore.  There were also three entrants from the United States, including the Riptide Racing team, based in... Read more of this article


Taking Better Photos

Taking Better Photos

Want to take more professional looking photos when you’re out on the boat or exploring the waterside sights? Photographers provide pointers with terms such as F-stop, shutter priority, aperture, and depth of field, but I have some simple tips to correct common photo errors and improve the quality of amateur images. Some spectacular photos violate... Read more of this article


Beyond the Tide Chart

  With all the recent hoopla surrounding supermoons and their consequences, it’s wise for boaters to understand why tides are ever-changing.  Though the Romans didn’t even know there were tides until they invaded Britain, we now all know that the moon drives the tides. But so does the sun, the weather, and the sea bottom itself. When... Read more of this article


Freezing for a Reason

Freezing for a Reason

Would you jump into freezing water for a few seconds? Before you decide, what if you were fundraising for Special Olympics athletes, children with diabetes, or helping to grant sick children’s wishes? Many Long Islanders who would otherwise avoid the beach in the cold weather flock to the  water for a polar bear plunge fundraiser (the term... Read more of this article


What Follows “Mayday”

What Follows “Mayday”

When a Mayday! cry comes in from a boater in peril, many layers of experience, planning, and technology come together as rescuers spring into action. Search and Rescue (SAR) is the most recognizable and time-honored task of any mariner, especially that of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). Having saved over one million lives since its founding in 1790,... Read more of this article


Tale of Two Clubs

Tale of Two Clubs

For many boaters, being out on the water is just part of the fun. Many of us also love being around people who share our same nautical interest. One place to be around like-minded boaters is a yacht club, yet yacht clubs are not all alike. They come in different shapes and sizes to meet your budget, taste, and style. Some clubs are centered around... Read more of this article


Emma Takes the Helm

Emma Takes the Helm

My kids and I took a weekday boating trip to Fire Island while my wife was at work. Though we were having fun and the weather was beautiful, I’d promised my wife that we would all have dinner together, so it soon became time to pack things up and head home. As we loaded up the boat, I realized something was different about the marina at Watch... Read more of this article


What Do Boaters Desire?

What Do Boaters Desire?

Just before summer turned to autumn, we asked a bunch of boaters what they hoped to receive as December holiday gifts. Most of those who responded didn’t wish for practical items — they wanted to buy both necessities and bells and whistles gadgets for themselves (it will be a long winter, confided one boater, so he didn’t want to lose out... Read more of this article


2014 Holiday Gift Guide

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Does dreaming up ideas for the people on your holiday list give you nightmares? That’s all in the past, as we have 16 presents that are sure to please.   The Olympia RG850 Flashlight This intensely bright flashlight’s settings include strobe and SOS, and it remembers the last used setting mode when it’s turned on again. $89.99 www.olympiaproducts.com   The... Read more of this article


A NACK for Paddling

A NACK for Paddling

From its beginning, the North Atlantic Canoe and Kayak (NACK) group has worked to help paddlers enhance safety and develop skills. Founded in 2005 and based on Long Island, they have programs that cover paddlesports throughout the northeastern United States. NACK’s mission statement is straightforward: “We believe that a strong commitment... Read more of this article


South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center

South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Bridgehampton’s Main Street, the South Fork Natural History Museum (otherwise known as SoFo) is a nature enthusiast’s paradise. It is the only museum of its kind on the south shore of Long Island, and a visit there is singularly rewarding. The museum’s roots stem from the South Fork Natural History... Read more of this article


Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

In December of 1998, I had accepted delivery of Shear Pleasure in Staten Island.  The dealer provided a captain to escort me home; I shrugged aside my ego and accepted. I planned for us to leave Staten Island and navigate Fire Island Inlet at slack water to avoid a rough inlet. We left Staten Island with a 15 knot easterly wind and two to three... Read more of this article


Seafaring Jargon

Seafaring Jargon

Have you ever wondered why a vessel’s toilet is a head, and instead of turning left or right on the water, you’ll turn port or starboard? Such seafaring terms are almost exclusively used as part of the language we speak on the sea, but the language of long-gone sailors migrated inland, coloring our language and enriching the way we communicate,... Read more of this article


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