Friday, June 23, 2017

From the Editor

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

June 1, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

There’s something about June that makes it unique. It’s a busy month filled with too many obligations for this boater’s taste, but those obligations are mostly celebratory — such as honoring fathers and other men we love, and Flag Day. Many June events are also about new adventures — graduations, weddings, and the launch of summer. There’s a new world waiting for graduates and wedded couples, and there’s a new chapter for boaters, too. Despite summer’s swiftness, this is a season that soars for another reason. We’re not encumbered in summer as we are in other months. We don’t... [Read the full story]

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Letter to the Editor

May 1, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

Dear Editor: There are so many times I love to take my boat out alone. However, even if you know how to swim, you must follow some important rules when going solo. Wear a life jacket — don’t take anything for granted. File a float plan — inform someone about your trip. Also, carry some form of ID so that someone can be notified in case of an emergency. Never drink alcohol — it can severely impair your judgment and result in accidents. Dress according to the weather conditions and water temperature — wear a hat and apply sun block. Hydrate — carry lots of drinking water (and food)... [Read the full story]

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Sober Boaters are Safer Boaters

Sober Boaters are Safer Boaters

June 1, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

Nothing’s more invigorating than being out on the boat without a care in the world. However, the reality is that some boaters don’t have a care for your safety or their own, as they boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Intense sun, winds, sea spray, vibration, and the rolling motion of a vessel create “boater’s fatigue,” a condition that mimics the effects of being under the influence in persons who are sober. Add in alcohol and/or certain legal and illegal drugs, which lessen sharpness of vision, balance, judgment, and reaction time, and a skipper quickly slips into being... [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

Sober Boaters are Safer Boaters

Sober Boaters are Safer Boaters

Nothing’s more invigorating than being out on the boat without a care in the world. However, the reality is that some boaters don’t have a care for your safety or their own, as they boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Intense sun, winds, sea spray, vibration, and the rolling motion of a vessel create “boater’s fatigue,” a condition... Read more of this article


A Newbies Guide to Safer Boating

A Newbies Guide to Safer Boating

Those of us who have been around boats for a while regard safety precautions and smart maneuverability as second nature. However, our non-boating friends and family don’t always possess the same instincts that we do around slippery and moving surfaces, leading to avoidable accidents at the dock and on the water. Skippers should make it part... Read more of this article


Big Winds Ahead

Big Winds Ahead

The time to plan for one of nature’s biggest blows — a hurricane — is not when the local weather forecaster warns in an ominous voice that disaster is just around the corner. That’s too late; the marina will be swamped with last minute requests to pull boats, the shelves at your local marine supply store will be empty, and that protected... Read more of this article


Fun In Bayville

Fun In Bayville

Well, at Bridge Marina and Bridge Marine Sales, it translates into a totally satisfying experience.  As Bayville’s premiere family-owned-and-operated marina for nearly 30 years, we’ve developed a style of doing business that is distinctly friendlier than your average boat dealership. We also have a unique philosophy that guarantees... Read more of this article


Family to the Rescue

Family to the Rescue

Who takes better care of you than your family? If your family doesn’t own a towing business, then the Frohnhoefer family is quite happy to consider you a relative. Now celebrating its 34th year in operation, Sea Tow is the Frohnhoefer family’s joint enterprise. Started by spouses Captain Joe Frohnhoefer and Georgia Frohnhoefer when Joe learned... Read more of this article


Fireworks

Fireworks

Boaters in the know have plenty of opportunities this summer to look skyward and gasp in awe at fireworks! Displays of fireworks are weather dependent and times are subject to change. Always confirm the event, timing, and location before heading out. Get an updated marine weather report and check current charts, then leave early to ensure a good... Read more of this article


Better Docking

Better Docking

Docking scenarios are quite variable. Since I can’t describe every possible docking scenario you’ll encounter, I’ll instead offer a few guiding principles and practical ideas to make you a more confident boater and save you from frayed nerves.   Enlist a teacher. Seek experienced, hands-on help. Classroom knowledge, while eminently... Read more of this article


Sunscreen Every Day

Sunscreen Every Day

Skip brushing your teeth one day and you probably won’t cause yourself any harm. Forget to take your multivitamin on occasion? There’s likely not going to be any effect. However, there will always be consequences if you forget to slather on sunscreen before a day on the boat — the best case scenario is a painful sunburn while the worst... Read more of this article


Weather Growing Worse? Ask a Verse!

Weather Growing Worse? Ask a Verse!

Want to gauge the weather like the ancient mariners? These little jingles and rhymes may help.* North winds send hail, South winds bring rain, East winds we bewail, West winds blow amain. Northeast is too cold, Southeast not too warm, Northwest is too bold, Southwest bows no harm. When the dew is on the grass, Rain will never come to pass. When... Read more of this article


Make Like a Boat — Float

Make Like a Boat — Float

Does floating in a relaxing environment sound appealing? Of course it does — you love boating! However, there are many precautions and responsibilities that accompany the joy of boating, and then there’s gravity. Those issues (and pull) are eliminated when you enjoy the benefits of a float pool or tank. Tom Wunk, the founder and co-owner... Read more of this article


Letters To The Editor

Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor: The Trump administration is proposing to eliminate Federal funding for the National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant). This is a bad idea. Sea Grant is vital! For fifty years, Sea Grant has been helping businesses and communities deal with the challenges inherent in using coastal resources while protecting their long-term sustainability. Sea... Read more of this article


Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

This isn’t a story I like to tell in person because it really makes me look foolish. However, I will tell you anonymously how I lost my boat. I travel a lot for business so I rely on my staff to help me out with personal matters from time to time. Yes, it was outside of their responsibilities, but if you asked nicely and gave big holiday bonuses,... Read more of this article


Fire Aboard

Fire Aboard

A fire at sea, just as on land, may start for any number of reasons and quickly turn catastrophic. Are you doing all you can to , and would you know how to act if your boat began to burn? Solid boat materials, including wood, fiberglass, and fabrics, are highly flammable. Fires can start from electrical sources or liquids including gasoline,... Read more of this article


Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

A leaky stuffing box needs attention so it doesn’t turn into a major issue. A stuffing box, affixed to the inside of the hull, allows the shafts to pass through while preventing water from penetrating. To locate the stuffing box, follow the prop shaft from the transmission to where it exits the hull. Check the amount of water dripping from each... Read more of this article


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