Saturday, September 23, 2017

From the Editor

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

September 1, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

I really didn’t want to write this letter. My fingers simply refused to embrace the month when autumn begins. Nope, I just couldn’t write about September. Having left my toddler days long ago, I soon realized that throwing a tantrum wouldn’t actually prevent the currents from floating the calendar forward. Maybe I’d just start by making a list of the first things that came to mind about September: It’s not October. It’s not November. Obviously, that approach was pointless, but I nevertheless decided to give this one more go by focusing on the fact that only one-third of September... [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]

Features

A Water Ambulance Buoys an Island

A Water Ambulance Buoys an Island

September 1, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

Approximately two miles off the southeastern coast of Connecticut, there’s a small island called Fishers Island. Though part of the town of Southold on Long Island, Fishers Island is accessible by ferry from Connecticut and via the Long Island Sound by experienced boaters. Home to less than a few hundred people year round, Fishers Island swells to a few thousand folks during summer months. Jane Ahrens, editor of the island’s newsletter, The Fog Horn (http://fishersisland.net/), says that the basic needs of residents and visitors such as a post office, supermarket, and gas station,... [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

A Water Ambulance Buoys an Island

A Water Ambulance Buoys an Island

Approximately two miles off the southeastern coast of Connecticut, there’s a small island called Fishers Island. Though part of the town of Southold on Long Island, Fishers Island is accessible by ferry from Connecticut and via the Long Island Sound by experienced boaters. Home to less than a few hundred people year round, Fishers Island swells... Read more of this article


Cracking Boating’s Codes

Cracking Boating’s Codes

To an outsider, the world of boating can seem filled with all sorts of undecipherable abbreviations. While most boaties are welcoming, newbies and landlubber friends can get lost if we lapse into confusing and opaque jargon. Our coded talk may be merely exclusionary, or it might just jeopardize a passenger’s safety. Safety is the concern if... Read more of this article


Clean Sweep for Beaches

Clean Sweep for Beaches

    Millions of people will flock to beaches worldwide on Saturday, September 16, 2017. It’s not an international festival or official global holiday, but it should be. The gathering is part of International Coastal Cleanup, a day where volunteers join forces to protect the world’s oceans, bays, harbors, and other waterways from... Read more of this article


Summer Scenes

Summer Scenes

All photos by Martha Rose Applegate. More photos and art at http://mrafineart.net/     Additional photos         Read More →


Take a Beat for Boating Safety

Take a Beat for Boating Safety

Ever wish for a one-stop database for boating safety, training, and awareness that combines the knowledge of multiple boating authorities and includes many helpful resources? Wish no more and start searching www.boatbeat.org to access the National Safe Boating Council, the National Administration of State Boating Law Administrators, and the U.S.... Read more of this article


The Mysterious Double Green Light

The Mysterious Double Green Light

Navigating at night can be tricky, even when everything is as it should be. Subtract a missing or misplaced light and even a cautious boater can get fooled. My sailing buddy, Nelson, and I set out for Block Island one fine September day. We figured that with a favorable wind, the catboat could make it to Block in two days. We remained uncertain... Read more of this article


Boating + Brunch = Bliss!

Boating + Brunch = Bliss!

As summer wanes and cooler temperatures arrive, boating excursions still appeal. Brunch is the perfect meal to serve family and friends — enjoying satisfying food makes shorter days aboard still feel leisurely. Cute Lil’ Zucchini Quiche Cups will wake up any meal but are especially appetizing for brunch. The crispy little bread crust cradles... Read more of this article


Don’t Medicate Our Waters

Don’t Medicate Our Waters

Perhaps your doctor changed your prescription, or you didn’t need to finish a prescription, and now there’s a half-filled bottle of pills left over. If you’re like most people, that bottle now joins a collection of other unused prescription drugs in your medicine chest, taking up space until you decide to dispose of them.  But then what... Read more of this article


Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

My girlfriend and I spent hours repairing, sanding, painting, washing, compounding, waxing, buffing, rubbing, and polishing our boat to start the season. Our extended labor of love yielded a boat that was so good-looking it even garnered a compliment from the boatyard mechanic. I put the boat into the slip. Using the “tighter must be better”... Read more of this article


Don’t Delay — Go to Sleep!

Don’t Delay — Go to Sleep!

Did you just stifle a yawn? Have you been struggling to stay awake all week and complete your work? You may be suffering from social jet lag, a superficial-sounding occurrence that actually is a gateway for poor health. “Social jet lag is the phenomenon of staying up later and sleeping in later on the weekends, compared to the rest of the week,”... Read more of this article


Moving Made Sea-sy

Moving Made Sea-sy

Moving has been rated as one of the most stressful times of life. As someone who has done it over 20 times in my 50-something years, I can vouch for that. I grew up with a loathing for packing boxes and an aversion to hired vans. I suffered the frustration of not being able to find the things I needed, followed by the tedium of puzzling where... Read more of this article


Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

Uh-oh! Your boat needs a repair you just don’t have the time or tools to handle. How do you pick the right person or shop for your vessel and budget? Ask boaters and look online. Don’t go by one rave or gripe, but you’ll spot the trending opinion of a boatyard or mechanic after some research. Get it in writing. Ask for an itemized estimate... Read more of this article


Fireworks Above!

Fireworks Above!

Friday  September 1 Fireworks at Coney Island 9:30 pm 718-372-5159 www.coneyisland.com/tourist-information Ocean viewing by boat off of the beach   Saturday September 23 Fireworks at Citi Field After Mets-Nationals game concludes http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=nym  View from Flushing Harbor   Tips for boaters: Fireworks... Read more of this article


Paw Prints on Deck

Paw Prints on Deck

Memories made on the water last a lifetime — for everyone aboard. Yes, our furriest four-legged companions enjoy the experience as much as we do, savoring hours and days on the water with loved ones. However, as these stories relate, you need to observe your dog’s reaction and safeguard them in unknown circumstances. Encourage, reward, praise,... Read more of this article


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