Saturday, July 30, 2016

From the Editor

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

July 1, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

Hello, July! Do you know how beloved you are by boaters? We open our arms in greeting, we emblazon your sky with wondrous fireworks, and we sing your praises everywhere. The moment I typed that last phrase, I recalled one of Walt Whitman’s beautiful poems. I realized that, even in the midst of our national squabbles and anxieties, life in the U.S.A. supports — and encourages — boaters’ essential yearnings to hop on our vessels and relax along our magnificent waterways. Our magazine is about having fun on the water. However, I’m not going to fill my monthly column with self-praise.... [Read the full story]

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Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

June 1, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

Dear Editor: A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 441,999 visitors to Fire Island National Seashore in 2015 spent $18.7 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 218 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $23.5 million. “Fire Island National Seashore welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Seashore Superintendent Chris Soller. “We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy,... [Read the full story]

Features

Fireworks Above Your Boat

Fireworks Above Your Boat

July 1, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

  Summer boating isn’t all about sunshine. When the sun goes down, the sky lights up again in brilliant colors visible from the comfort of your boat. Fireworks are weather dependent, so always confirm the event, timing, and location before heading out. Check the latest marine weather report and current charts before setting out (leave early to ensure a good spot). Keep clear of designated security/safety zones. Seek out the harbormaster or other enforcement personnel for the latest info on wind direction, as you want to be clear of where the wind will deposit ashes. Skippers must be... [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

Fireworks Above Your Boat

Fireworks Above Your Boat

  Summer boating isn’t all about sunshine. When the sun goes down, the sky lights up again in brilliant colors visible from the comfort of your boat. Fireworks are weather dependent, so always confirm the event, timing, and location before heading out. Check the latest marine weather report and current charts before setting out (leave early... Read more of this article


Boating App-titude

Boating App-titude

  The newest boating apps go beyond GPS and safety features to provide better experiences on the water and ways to utilize your boat when you’re not aboard. An app, or application, is a program or single-purpose software downloaded onto a mobile device. There are apps that summon assistance, find an available transient slip, order food... Read more of this article


Do Life Jackets Right

Do Life Jackets Right

. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the authority on boating safety, drowning prevention begins with requiring all boat operators to have wearable life jackets for each person aboard. Choosing the proper life jacket takes a bit of knowledge and effort, but it really comes down to remembering three simple rights: the jacket must be the right... Read more of this article


Don’t Keep it Secret!  Share Your Boating Day for Safety’s Sake

Don’t Keep it Secret! Share Your Boating Day for Safety’s Sake

Can you keep a secret? When it comes to boating, you don’t need to blab to everyone, but it is vital to tell someone what you’ll be doing, where you’ll be going, and about how long you’ll be gone. The disclosure, known formally as a float plan, is actually a pretty simple way to ensure the safety of everyone aboard the vessel, whether... Read more of this article


Don’t Dip Into a Rip

Don’t Dip Into a Rip

. If you’re spending a leisurely boating afternoon on the hook, not too far offshore, those waves breaking against the beach certainly appear cool and inviting. For safety’s sake, don’t jump in just yet! It’s important to assess the waves for dangerous rip currents. According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration... Read more of this article


The Last Sail

The Last Sail

It was a match made in marine heaven. He wooed her on a cruise to Maine and for the next 25 years they sailed every weekend from early spring until late fall. “We have explored every harbor, gunk hole, and sand bar on Long Island,” says Caroline (we’re using first names only here). They signed on for their yacht club’s annual summer cruises... Read more of this article


Docking and Dining Tips

Docking and Dining Tips

Why stop boating when you get hungry? It’s so enjoyable to dock near a restaurant and stroll in for a meal. Though stress-free waterside dining is basically a combination of boating know-how and common courtesy, we’ve compiled the dos and don’ts to know before you go. Do: Check the latest navigational charts for the best route and confirm... Read more of this article


Bye-Bye, Summer Buzzkills!

Bye-Bye, Summer Buzzkills!

.   We picture summers as non-stop fun, but bothersome joy-spoilers are everywhere. Nothing wrecks a day like a tossing deck, floating creature, swarming insect, broiling sun, or proliferating bacteria. However, we know simple ways to ease the summer blues… and reds… and greens. Bug Bites Make your own repellent with oils (such as citronella,... Read more of this article


Protect Your Boat and Minimize Storm Damage

Protect Your Boat and Minimize Storm Damage

.   Whatever the meteorological term or name given to a massive storm, the possibility looms that high winds, lashing rains, rising tides, and flooding may cause widespread property damage and put lives in peril. The only shield against a storm’s full fury is to be prepared, and that starts well in advance of the first warning that a churning... Read more of this article


Fuel Up Safely

Fuel Up Safely

For safety’s sake, boaters need to be mindful out on the water and equally aware at the gas dock. Refueling can become more than a quick pit stop if gas leaks from a cracked fuel hose or vapors don’t properly disperse — such an unstable situation may lead to a fire or explosion. Following our pointers will reduce refueling risks and safely... Read more of this article


Hot Reads! Books You’ll Enjoy

Hot Reads! Books You’ll Enjoy

  Give me a good book, a large iced tea, and hours on the boat’s deck with no interruption and I’m in heaven. Many of our magazine’s readers have the same love of reading and happily sent along their recommendations for our annual list of good summer boat reads. Connie The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. It’s an 810-page, somewhat... Read more of this article


Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

The summer I turned 23, I planned to have lots of fun on the water. I had recently purchased my second boat, a 19-foot cuddy cabin with a 100 horsepower outboard engine that could cruise at about 34 miles per hour. Unlike my first boat, this one had a small cabin with a head, so I was looking forward to extended adventures. One sunny day, I met... Read more of this article


Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

What’s in your onboard toolbox? As space is limited on many vessels, it’s likely you’ll have only a few tools available to deal with any offshore glitch. To have the best shot at a satisfactory fix, keep these tools, parts, and accessories in a waterproof box or compartment on your boat: Flashlights and batteries Safety glasses Screwdrivers Screws,... Read more of this article


Going Aground

Going Aground

Crunch! You have just run aground. You feel embarrassed to do so in view of your family and friends, and your ego is dinged. Welcome to the club — you’re not really a true boater until you have experienced a scraping. What distinguishes an old salt from a newbie is what you do to minimize your bad luck, and how you get unstuck when you’re... Read more of this article


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