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Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

September 1, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

September is a mixed-up stew of ingredients — extra obligations, warm days, spectacular sunsets occurring just about dinnertime. When weekdays are measured by work and school, the boat becomes a savory respite for a few hours. As warm weekends dwindle, time aboard feels less like feasts and more like desserts. However, dessert is often the best part of any meal! Voyages may be shorter, but they can still be plentiful — that’s why we’ve upped the amount of fun-filled Day Trippers in this issue to seven. We make it easy for you to have a good time by providing docking information for... [Read the full story]

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Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

September 1, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

Dear Editor: The summer has flown by, but you know the warm weather will continue to give us more opportunities to enjoy ourselves outdoors. Many of those will be places in and around the water, so it’s a good time to refresh ourselves on the importance of “Know Before You Go.” See our infographics here:  http://swimstrongfoundation.org/know-before-you-go/. Remember: It only takes two minutes and two inches of water to drown. More than half of fatal and non-fatal drownings among those 15 and older occurred in natural water settings. Drowning is the leading cause of death for autistic... [Read the full story]

Features

Bye, School Bus! Hello, Boat!

Bye, School Bus! Hello, Boat!

September 1, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

Once kids head off to school, many parents return to the office and household routines that were disrupted all summer. However, more than a few moms and dads tell us that they delay the inevitable and postpone weekday schedules for a while longer. We asked a simple question, “Do you boat while the kids are in school?” and received some very affirmative answers. Lou:  I save three vacation days for after school starts, and we go boating without our kids. It’s not the same, but it’s quiet. And my wife and I can reconnect. Sara: September is a great month for what we call our “parents... [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]

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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

Bye, School Bus! Hello, Boat!

Bye, School Bus! Hello, Boat!

Once kids head off to school, many parents return to the office and household routines that were disrupted all summer. However, more than a few moms and dads tell us that they delay the inevitable and postpone weekday schedules for a while longer. We asked a simple question, “Do you boat while the kids are in school?” and received some very... Read more of this article


Who Has to Obey the Rules?

Who Has to Obey the Rules?

. If you’re strictly a non-motorized kind of boater, you might be unaware that the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) makes and enforces rules that affect watercraft of all types. The USCG considers kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, kiteboards, bodyboards, and motorized tubes operated outside of very limited areas to be vessels. Therefore, the rules... Read more of this article


Tails of Adventure:  A Playful Look at Canine First Mates

Tails of Adventure: A Playful Look at Canine First Mates

  From the most pleasant of tailwinds to ruff seas, our four-legged friends are some of our favorite boating companions. They love it, too, perhaps because they have twice the sea legs we do, or there’s no need to roll down the windows to get a lovely rush of air. Whatever the reason, boating with our dogs is part of our lifestyle — there’s... Read more of this article


Boating Dogs Need Our Protection

Boating Dogs Need Our Protection

Plenty of dog lovers bring their pooches along for a relaxing day on the boat. However, relaxing is not the same as letting down your guard — our furry friends depend on us to keep them safe. Kayaks, canoes, SUPs, and trailered boats often launch from areas ringed with reeds, brush, and grasses — the places ticks hang out. Tickborne illnesses,... Read more of this article


Clean Locally, Act Globally

Clean Locally, Act Globally

. Showing up at your local beach on the third Saturday of September can make a world of difference. You’ll be joining thousands of people all over the world as The Ocean Conservancy (TOC) hosts an International Coastal Cleanup. On Saturday, September 17 volunteers from over 100 countries will collect and document the trash that they collect... Read more of this article


Shop Smart at Boat Shows

Shop Smart at Boat Shows

Boaters love boat shows! We can ooh and aah at gleaming new vessels, learn about accessories, gadgets, and upgrades we suddenly desire, and have the opportunity to talk boating with an abundance of knowledgeable professionals. A boat show is a fun experience if you’re looking to see the latest and greatest and perhaps pick up a few items. However,... Read more of this article


Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

Insurance was a top priority for my spouse and me when we purchased our third sailboat. We had been sailing for 14 years on smaller boats, and had moved up to a keelboat — this vessel was an investment we meant to protect. We knew that we needed a comprehensive policy that protected us from all eventualities, so we did our homework before selecting... Read more of this article


Let’s Get Lost

Let’s Get Lost

. Ages ago, I had a tee shirt that proclaimed, I never get lost because everybody tells me where to go. I’m not really sure what statement teenage me hoped to make, but if I had that tee today, author George Michelsen Foy would likely say that people telling me where to go were stunting my humanity. In 1844, Halvor Michelsen perished at sea... Read more of this article


Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

September can be stormy, so getting to your boat before a predicted storm may mean the difference between a season-ending repair and enjoying another two months of boating. Check that all bilge pumps are working properly. Inspect the wires for corrosion or fraying, lift the auto switch, and turn the pumps on. Add fresh water and make sure the... Read more of this article


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


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