Sunday, March 1, 2015

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Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

March 1, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

March doesn’t pretend to believe its own hype. It knows the proverb about coming in like a lion and departing like a lamb, but March can easily roar for 31 days with no consequences. It knows that the first day of spring arrives on its watch, but if the cold winds continue to blow and the precipitation stays white, what can anyone do about it? March isn’t an easy issue to put together. We have cold water safety tips for the hardiest of boaters — those who are determined to splash in March (so long as the water isn’t frozen). And we have a checklist for those taking their time to find... [Read the full story]

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Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

March 1, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

Dear Editor: It was not the work of a single person that led to the establishment of Fire Island National Seashore; it was the passion and dedication of many. In the early 1960s, residents and visitors came together to protect what they loved about Fire Island — its rolling dunes and pristine beaches and its charming “car-free” communities. In September of 1964, this grassroots effort paid off, as Fire Island was set aside by Congress as a unit of the National Park System. To mark the 50th anniversary of Fire Island National Seashore’s establishment, the National Park Service and park... [Read the full story]

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Cold Water Boating

Cold Water Boating

March 1, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

As boaters, a warm-ish day will entice us onto the water. It’s understandable that we’d want to leave the shore when the sun is shining, but we can never throw caution to the wind. Safe boating is a year-round practice, but there are more precautions to take and laws to heed in late winter and spring, when water temperatures lag way behind the warmth we’re enjoying on land.  “Atlantic Ocean and Long Island Sound water temperatures continue to cool until late February or early March. Thereafter, the water takes a long time to absorb heat relative to land temperatures, as it tends... [Read the full story]

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Boating Times Discovery – Keeping Suffolk Boaters Safe

January 30, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

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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

Cold Water Boating

Cold Water Boating

As boaters, a warm-ish day will entice us onto the water. It’s understandable that we’d want to leave the shore when the sun is shining, but we can never throw caution to the wind. Safe boating is a year-round practice, but there are more precautions to take and laws to heed in late winter and spring, when water temperatures lag way behind... Read more of this article


The Art of Relaxation

The Art of Relaxation

Just saying the word relax makes me start to unwind and calm down. Yet as anyone (everyone) with a busy life knows, it’s not that easy to relax. In an age of constant communication and instant gratification, relaxation is almost a lost art. Almost, but not quite, as boaters have a great vehicle for loosening up and letting go — their vessels. The... Read more of this article


Where Will My Boat Spend the Summer?

Where Will My Boat Spend the Summer?

There’s no pair of pants that fits every person, and there’s no one berth that suits all boats (and boaters) best. When it comes to choosing a marina, yacht club, mooring field, or boatyard, you must first determine what’s most important to you. Our list of considerations and questions can help, and then once you have the answers, it should... Read more of this article


Boat Trailering Basics

Boat Trailering Basics

If you’re new to trailering a boat, it’s likely that you fall into one of two categories. There is the How Hard Can It Be? crowd and the So Many Steps! group. Those of the first mindset would do well to know that it’s a bit harder than it looks to do it correctly, and as for the second, be assured that it’s not too complicated once you... Read more of this article


Dragons against Cancer

Dragons against Cancer

Breast cancer, like all cancers, is scary. Patients can feel isolated and alone even if they are supported and surrounded by family. Thereafter, coming back from treatment can be very daunting — getting a clean bill of health leaves a specter of doubt in even many strong-willed persons. The Empire Dragons Boat Club, the first New York City... Read more of this article


Kiteboarding Flies off the Pages

Kiteboarding Flies off the Pages

If you love water sports, enjoy amazing photographs, and appreciate reading exciting and cool information, then Kiteboarding: Where it’s at… by Alex Hapgood should be in your hands. Hapgood captures 15 years of the sport with stunning images and information. Since writing about surfing and kiteboarding for other publications and magazines,... Read more of this article


What Kind of Sailboat is Right for Me?

What Kind of Sailboat is Right for Me?

Did you spend an enjoyable day on a friend’s sailboat this past summer, watching how much fun your kids had as well? Perhaps you spent time on sailboats growing up, or always see others enjoying themselves out on the water and want to be a part of the fun. Whatever the reason, the lure of casting off has tugged at you so that you’ve decided... Read more of this article


Start Now for a Fit Summer

Start Now for a Fit Summer

Did you cringe last year when boating season approached, thinking you couldn’t wear a swimsuit?  Then winter arrived, and it’s not a kind season — we lose our restraint at holiday parties and those leftover treats (not to mention Valentine’s Day candies) tempt us way too long into the new year. It’s time to stop kicking yourself over... Read more of this article


The School on the Water

The School on the Water

                        The view while crossing over the Throgs Neck Bridge is breathtaking. Included in the panorama is the school on the water — The State University of New York Maritime College (SUNY Maritime) — and its training ship, Empire State VI. There’s excitement at this... Read more of this article


Loving Life on the Water

Loving Life on the Water

When you grow up loving the water and spend your free time windsurfing, sailing, and wakeboarding, it’s likely an ad in the paper for paddleboard lessons will catch your eye. That’s exactly what happened to Katie Aksak. Once she answered that ad in a Vermont paper, she went on to become PaddleFit certified in Florida, gave lessons out of her... Read more of this article


Are Historic Ships Welcome in New York Harbor?

Are Historic Ships Welcome in New York Harbor?

Last summer, visitors to the Intrepid Museum’s pier in Manhattan may have seen the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) sail training ship, USCG Eagle, wedged in an angle against a dock 145 feet shorter than the ship itself. Was the crew in a hurry to enjoy New York City’s sights after too much time at sea? No, the Eagle wasn’t dumped at the dock by... Read more of this article


Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

Though it’s still too cold to begin spring prep on your boat, now is the right time to shop for what you need. That’s because most marine supply stores start running their early spring sales now. Sales present great opportunities to fill your cart with everything you need to get your boat in shape for summer. Consult your list and start shopping…... Read more of this article


First Boat, Right Boat

First Boat, Right Boat

There’s an old saying that the two happiest times of a boater’s life are when you buy a boat and when you sell it. However, it’s likely that cliché was first coined and then repeated by people who didn’t buy the right boat for their needs. Trust me — making the right choice means a sweeter life afloat. The ultimate decision is all... Read more of this article


Sailing over Frozen Waves

Sailing over Frozen Waves

Most sailors enjoy spring, summer, and fall days on the water. They see the sights, challenge each other in regattas and club races, and vacation aboard. Yet once winter sets in most sailors — even the die-hards nicknamed “Frostbite Dinghies” — head south or head home. However, there’s a group of committed sailors who don’t fit that... Read more of this article


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