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Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

December 31, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

Happy New Year! Are you ready to become new and improved, or are you just looking for some down time to catch your breath and feel refreshed? This month can offer you both if you’re open to it. Resolution “experts” all seem to agree that making lofty, pie-in-the-sky resolutions are likely to result in quick plummets back to reality. However, small, incremental adjustments in actions or attitudes seem to have long-term effects, so maybe you’ll try my 10-minute rule. Name a goal such as “get fitter” and pick an activity that will help, such as walking. Assign it just 10 minutes a... [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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Keeping Pain at Bay

Keeping Pain at Bay

December 31, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

The advice “pace yourself” is often expressed when someone appears in danger of burning out by doing too much, too fast. It’s also excellent counsel to persons trying to cope with painful or fatiguing health conditions including arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, heart conditions, lupus, fibromyalgia, and depression. Stacey L. Schepens Niemiec The concept known as activity pacing “involves balancing periods of activity and task engagement with periods of rest, so that an individual can more easily achieve meaningful goals throughout the day,” says Stacey L. Schepens... [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 Address & Phone 30 Merrick Road, Amityville, 631-842-1280 229 Meetinghouse Creek, Aquebogue, 631-722-3400 Website www.amityharbormarine.com www.lighthousemarina.com Monitors VHF Channel N/A 10 Total... [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

Keeping Pain at Bay

Keeping Pain at Bay

The advice “pace yourself” is often expressed when someone appears in danger of burning out by doing too much, too fast. It’s also excellent counsel to persons trying to cope with painful or fatiguing health conditions including arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, heart conditions, lupus, fibromyalgia, and depression. Stacey L.... Read more of this article


Don’t Do What I Did!

Don’t Do What I Did!

If it’s not your habit to check a marina’s hours of operation when you pick up or discharge guests or crew you might be in for a surprise. Three of us were heading out to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts at the end of September, looking forward to uncrowded anchorages along the way. The first night we put into Greenport on Long Island, getting... Read more of this article


Protecting Fire Island’s Creatures

Protecting Fire Island’s Creatures

It’s not unusual for John McCollum to be riding his bike on Fire Island with deer following behind. As president of The Fire Island Welfare Animal Society (its motto is “Preserve and Protect”), he’s been a hero to the animals of Fire Island for 35 years. He works with his wife, Shoshanna McCollum, the editor of Fire Island News, who takes... Read more of this article


Salud! Drink to Your Health

Salud! Drink to Your Health

The Ancient Mariner may have bemoaned his thirst (”Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink”) but we live in an age and area that allows us access to clean water. Yet the fact is that plenty of us take in too little water to keep our minds and bodies going full-tilt. I promise this article won’t demand you drink a gallon of water daily... Read more of this article


Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

We pulled away from the dock behind our house shortly after sunrise on a clear, calm August morning and entered the canal to join friends for a cruise. My wife and guests were drinking coffee in our 35-foot Chris Craft Catalina aft cabin while I was at the helm. We met up with Bob and company, who took the lead in his 31-foot Sea Ray Express cruiser.... Read more of this article


Off-Season Boating Tips

Off-Season Boating Tips

Many of my particular boating stressors disappear once the temperature drops. The water becomes a serene and peaceful place without the jet skiers playing chicken with my wake, boaters cranking out loud music, and the maddening traffic. The silence comes from an absence of boaters, which means that it isn’t all good news. There’s some comfort... Read more of this article


Cold Water Boating Safety

Cold Water Boating Safety

   At this time of year, temperatures plummet while water safety precautions rise. Though you practice safe boating in the summer, the other three seasons have two additional perils. The first is the inhospitable (life-threatening) coldness of the water and the other is the lack of other boaters to lend a hand or call for assistance if they spot... Read more of this article


Fun Family Days

Fun Family Days

Colder days don’t mean hibernation. Instead, they mean chances to visit one of Long Island’s many museums, historical sites, recreation venues, refuges, and nature centers. Each spot on our list is a lot of fun to keep you busy and smiling!   Bailey Arboretum 516-571-8020 https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/2818/Bailey-Arboretum Fire Island Lighthouse 631-687-4750 https://www.nps.gov/fiis/planyourvisit/fireislandlighthouse.htm   Ice... Read more of this article


Holiday Gifts for Boaters

Holiday Gifts for Boaters

Buying, wrapping, and sharing gifts are easier than coming up with gift ideas. This holiday season, we’ve done the thinking for you, no matter your budget.   No Break, No Spill Glasses They hold breakfast smoothies as easily as evening libations, they don’t break, and they roll with the flow rather than topple over. At four for under... Read more of this article


Watch Out for Whales!

Watch Out for Whales!

Courtesy NOAA Fisheries’ West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network Whether looking for them or not, cold weather boaters often spot whales (and other marine mammals). Did you know that these creatures are protected and may not be approached or disturbed? While the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries division... Read more of this article


Cold Weather Skin Care

Cold Weather Skin Care

      When the air turns frosty and the indoor heat turns on, skin reacts in a negative way. We may become quite itchy or develop flaky patches. However, it’s not just a matter of discomfort or unsightliness. Cold weather changes may be more than skin-deep — vulnerable skin can’t act as a barrier against wellness enemies... Read more of this article


The Soundness of the Long Island Sound

The Soundness of the Long Island Sound

Technically, the Long Island Sound is not a sound. In geography, a sound is a sizeable sea or ocean inlet or a narrow sea or ocean channel between two bodies of land. In actuality, the Long Island Sound is an estuary, and a vast one at that. It has 600 miles of coastline embracing New York City, Long Island, and Connecticut. Averaging 63 feet... Read more of this article


Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor: A unique summer program is available for junior high school students at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. The program, Academy Introduction Mission (AIM), offers an intense six-day summer curriculum for a select group of students prior to their senior year. This is aimed at students who would like to consider... Read more of this article


Don’t Do What I Did!

Don’t Do What I Did!

As a couple of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary friends and I planned a three week sailboat trip, thinking about it grew in excitement. Eventually, it took more time and effort in planning than would the journey! We went through an exhaustive checklist of safety items (based on what an auxiliary patrol facility boat would require), and considered suitable... Read more of this article


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