Saturday, July 4, 2015

From the Editor

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

July 1, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

Do you think it’s a complete coincidence that July and joy both begin and end with the same letters? I don’t think so, as July is jam-packed with joy! This month seems inexhaustible. The hustle and bustle of June is in the past, and Labor Day is so far away. I can’t see anything from the deck of my boat except blue skies and happy faces, and that’s all I need to make me happy. Actually, that’s not true. I’m happy when I’m dining with family and friends, and it just so happens that in addition to our restaurant reviews, we have tips and ideas for a summer overflowing with docking... [Read the full story]

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Letter to the Editor

July 1, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

  Dear Editor: A couple of years ago, we collaborated on a Boating Times Long Island article that discussed the pros and cons of classroom vs. online boating education.  It was written to demonstrate the partnership that exists between the United States Power Squadrons and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.  Since that collaboration, the partnership has been and is being expanded upon.  The article was prefaced with the statement that while we both believe that each of these forms of boating education may be needed, there are times when an online course trumps a traditional classroom... [Read the full story]

Features

Ahoy, Skipper, Prepare To Be Boarded

Ahoy, Skipper, Prepare To Be Boarded

July 1, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

.   Unlike any other law enforcement arm, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) may board your boat at their discretion — they need no search warrant, no provocation, and no reason other than ensuring your boat is in full compliance with all applicable federal laws and regulations. Do you know what to do and say (besides “Yikes!”) if you see a USCG vessel in the vicinity and hear their voice on VHF channel 16 (or across the water) hailing your vessel and ordering you to bring your boat to a full stop? You have been stopped by highly trained federal officers who will soon impress you with their... [Read the full story]

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Boating Times Discovery – Ahoy, Skipper, Prepare To Be Boarded

July 2, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

If you enjoyed “Safety is Priceless” 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]

NavTool

NAVTOOL Terms shinn-garbage cove

June 4, 2015 · 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

Ahoy, Skipper, Prepare To Be Boarded

Ahoy, Skipper, Prepare To Be Boarded

.   Unlike any other law enforcement arm, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) may board your boat at their discretion — they need no search warrant, no provocation, and no reason other than ensuring your boat is in full compliance with all applicable federal laws and regulations. Do you know what to do and say (besides “Yikes!”) if you see a USCG... Read more of this article


How Small a Wave Can Capsize My Boat?

How Small a Wave Can Capsize My Boat?

News events all too frequently point to the need for boat captains to understand more about capsizing. It is a technically precise area — the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard live by and cite data on righting moments and centers of buoyancy and gravity. Despite the formula-heavy nature of the field, recreational boaters need to apply the lessons... Read more of this article


Healing Waters: Battling Cancer Aboard

Healing Waters: Battling Cancer Aboard

. Is there any greater celebration of life than being out on the water, feeling the sun, smelling the freshness, seeing a beautiful vista, and escaping land in the company of friends and family? On the other hand, is there any greater threat to life than cancer? The questions above lead to a third: may the joy and wonder of a boating lifestyle... Read more of this article


Keeping the Beat on the Boat: Learn CPR

Keeping the Beat on the Boat: Learn CPR

. Great weather and opportunities to spend time on the water with family and friends seem like celebrations. Yet along with all the fun comes an obligation to stay safe when away from shore and medical help. Properly working safety equipment, a well-stocked first aid kit, and life jackets for all aboard are part of every careful captain’s arsenal.... Read more of this article


Sidestep Summer’s Miseries

Sidestep Summer’s Miseries

Start with the word summer and begin free associating. Fun, sun, boats, vacation, friends all come to mind, but how quickly do you arrive at mosquitoes, sunburn, heat rash, and jellyfish?  This time of year should be about fun, but bothersome ailments can zap all the pleasure out of a summer day. Joy-spoilers are everywhere, from tossing decks,... Read more of this article


Docking and Dining Done Right

Docking and Dining Done Right

It’s so much fun to bring your boat alongside a restaurant and stroll in for a meal. Yet we hear some boaters are unsure about the dos and don’ts when it comes to waterside eateries, so here are some tips to avoid dockside difficulties and dining delays: Do: Study navigational charts for the best route. Check the low water depths along... Read more of this article


My Summertime of Dock and Dine

My Summertime of Dock and Dine

Going out to dinner is a completely different experience during boating season. There’s something special about gathering up friends and cruising to enjoy a good meal. Being in a small group and traveling together, enjoying sea breezes and great views, is a lot more fun than traveling separately by car and meeting up. My wife Maureen and I ask... Read more of this article


All Aboard for Books!

All Aboard for Books!

            Every year we ask the readers of this magazine for summer reading recommendations. Following are good words about pleasurable, amusing, illuminating, thrilling, entertaining, diverting, enthralling, and gripping boat-worthy books. Alison The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Rachel takes the same commuter... Read more of this article


Storm Planning and Procedures

Storm Planning and Procedures

  No matter the prediction for this hurricane season, all it takes is one powerful storm to destroy property and jeopardize lives. Start preparing while the sun is shining — follow our checklist and protect your valued vessel (and/or your investment). You’ll be prepared with time to spare, because once a storm looms, you want to focus on... Read more of this article


Hurricane and Storm Safety Links

Hurricane and Storm Safety Links

National Hurricane Center www.nhc.noaa.gov/ Marine Safety and Awareness www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/marine_safety.shtml www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/pdf/marinersguide.pdf Storm Surge Info www.nhc.noaa.gov/ssurge/risk/ Tips and Checklists http://hurricanesafety.org/prepare/hurricane-safety-checklists/ http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/hurricane To... Read more of this article


Swim Wisely and Warily

Swim Wisely and Warily

. When you hop off the boat, keep your eye on the currents, wind, and waves, especially along ocean beaches. The sea is seductive, but Mother Nature can turn a beautiful day at the beach into a tragedy for the unwary. Swimmers should be aware of five potentially explosive conditions: rip currents, rip tides, littoral currents, big waves, and... Read more of this article


Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

One beautiful summer day, back in 2011, I went kayaking with a friend on the North Fork. Both of us were inexperienced, but it was a beautiful morning and we were ready to go! We put on our lifejackets, hopped into our double-seated kayak, and pushed ourselves off the shore. That’s all there is to it, right? Brimming with confidence, we kayaked... Read more of this article


Knots to Know

Knots to Know

. The Ashley Book of Knots lists some 3900 knots. But you can get along just fine with 10. Knots are used to contain and fasten things on a vessel, such as a boat tied to a dock, an anchor secured to an anchor line, and control lines such as halyards and sheets on a sail boat. Tie the wrong knot and it might break, come loose, or jam at an inopportune... Read more of this article


Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

The bilge blower is one of the most important components on a boat. If your vessel has an inboard or inboard/outboard engine, you must run the blower before starting the engine to be sure the bilge is free of fumes. However, the blower may not be working properly even if it turns on. The vent opening on the outside of the boat can become the... Read more of this article


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