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Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

February 1, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

When February blows itself onto the calendar, I appreciate why people head for warmer climes. I envy them and want to be them. However, at some point (it does vary from year to year), I finish being fed up with February. I look around Long Island and remember the reasons I love living here. Yes, many of our area’s incentives entice me most in the spring, summer, and fall, but they don’t vanish completely in winter. Mother Nature may work hard to camouflage our picturesque island but she can’t take away our superb beaches and waterways teeming with creatures. What she does take away in... [Read the full story]

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Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

January 11, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

To the Editor of Boating Times LI, I’m writing this letter to ask for your assistance, and that of your readers, in reducing what has become a frequent and significant problem with vessels near the seal haul-out area at Cupsogue Beach, an extensive sandbar just east of Moriches Inlet. For more than a decade, harbor seals, grey seals, and others have been using the sandbar north of the channel (near the green buoy marked as 7E) from November through May for resting and socializing (a behavior called hauling-out). They typically begin to haul-out onto the sandbar about three hours before dead-low... [Read the full story]

Features

Getting Through Winter: Do You Have Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Getting Through Winter: Do You Have Seasonal Affective Disorder?

February 1, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

. Some welcome chilly weather for the comforts it brings, such as hot cocoa and roaring fires. But those that experience Seasonal Affective Disorder, commonly known as SAD, grow depressed and uncomfortable with short days and cold weather. While boaters and others experience the winter blues, SAD has more severe symptoms that mimic clinical depression, including a lack of interest in activities and mood changes during the fall and winter followed by a burst of excessive energy once spring returns. “Seasonal Affective Disorder refers to mood disorder that for some people comes and goes... [Read the full story]

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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

Getting Through Winter: Do You Have Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Getting Through Winter: Do You Have Seasonal Affective Disorder?

. Some welcome chilly weather for the comforts it brings, such as hot cocoa and roaring fires. But those that experience Seasonal Affective Disorder, commonly known as SAD, grow depressed and uncomfortable with short days and cold weather. While boaters and others experience the winter blues, SAD has more severe symptoms that mimic clinical depression,... Read more of this article


An Able Lifesaver: Portable and Inflatable Drowning Prevention

An Able Lifesaver: Portable and Inflatable Drowning Prevention

. About 10 people die from unintentional drowning every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. After a friend lost his life in a drowning accident, Tom Agapiades thought long and hard about the how to prevent such tragedies. “Initially, I thought of a buoyancy aid to be worn around the neck,” Agapiades says. “Though... Read more of this article


A Bridge over Frugal Waters

A Bridge over Frugal Waters

Sometimes when things go wrong on a boat, you might immediately seek professional help from the friendly mechanic at your marina or boatyard. However, if the quoted hourly rate makes you cringe, you may try to get creative. As for me, I make it a practice to trim costs anywhere I can, but a challenge with my catboat left me scratching my head. I... Read more of this article


Passionate Winter Dining

Passionate Winter Dining

We long for brightness and warmth in winter, and Valentine’s Day makes the perfect day for hosting a party! A romantic theme with a special guest, or a gathering of good friends, provides an opportunity to serve a variety of delicious dishes. I’ve created a dreamy and satisfying menu, including a tempting and festive first course salad, a... Read more of this article


Dream Cruising Destinations

Dream Cruising Destinations

. Do you long to boat in places far from your home port? The places you fantasize about may actually exist; the book Dream Cruising Destinations by Vanessa Bird is a solid guide to reaching and enjoying exotic locales. From locations in the United States to private islands across the seas, this book has it all. Read about waterways you already... Read more of this article


Do You Know What’s in Your First Aid Kit?

Do You Know What’s in Your First Aid Kit?

It’s mid-winter and the snow is blowing. I’ve read every boating article and nautical yarn I could find and now I’m getting bored. It will be a few months before I can get back out on the boat. What to do? I know! Why not re-stock the boat first aid kit? I figure that stuff probably doesn’t last forever, so I decide to take a look at mine. I... Read more of this article


List of Items for your First Aid Kit

List of Items for your First Aid Kit

    Basic items we suggest be part of every vessel’s first aid kit: a variety of bandages antibiotic ointment gauze tweezers thermometer disposable gloves face mask alcohol wipes razor blade first aid tape eye wash clean cloths cold packs heating packs eye dressing plastic bags antibacterial soap pain relievers (baby aspirin for adult... Read more of this article


Bravo for Bilge Pumps!

Bravo for Bilge Pumps!

  Taking your pumps for granted is a dangerous game that rarely ends well. Fortunately, during my first season with Melodic, I learned the easy way that keeping pumps on the daily safety checklist is an essential part of avoiding the misery of sinking — at the dock or when underway. The boatyard that the Melodic called home was in Point... Read more of this article


Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor of Boating Times LI, I’m writing this letter to ask for your assistance, and that of your readers, in reducing what has become a frequent and significant problem with vessels near the seal haul-out area at Cupsogue Beach, an extensive sandbar just east of Moriches Inlet. For more than a decade, harbor seals, grey seals, and others... Read more of this article


Prep Your Guest List

Prep Your Guest List

Your boat is cleaned and polished. Your fuel tanks are full and all systems are operational. But you’re not ready to get going until you’ve fully prepped your crew and guest lists. As many of the recreational vessels in local waters are under 25 feet and don’t offer amenities like a cabin or head, a day that starts off promisingly can... 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


Why Get a Boat Survey?

Why Get a Boat Survey?

  Buying a boat may be the second biggest purchase you make after buying a house; as with a home, a motor or sailboat is complex with lots of components. That means a lot can go wrong! Just as it’s smart to hire a home inspector or engineer before buying a new home, it’s advisable for a boat buyer to engage a marine surveyor to look at a... 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


Safe Boating with Dogs

Safe Boating with Dogs

When bringing your pooches on a boat ride, think safety, necessities, and comfort. Those considerations make the experience a lot more pleasurable for you and your dogs. While many owners assume dogs can naturally swim, that’s not always the case.  Short muzzled dogs, dogs with short legs, and even large chested dogs don’t always swim that... Read more of this article


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