Sunday, August 2, 2015

From the Editor

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

August 1, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

I However, as a boater, I wholeheartedly disagree with categorizing all intervals uniformly. Not all time can be alike! August zooms by at twice the pace of January even though both months have 31 days. In my world, one boating day in August feels like seven days in January. have only a rudimentary knowledge of physics; what I think I know is that all time is considered identical. There’s nothing to distinguish one minute from the next in a scientific sense. Five minutes ago, five minutes from now, five minutes in 1600, five minutes in 2099 — same, same, same, same. In addition, you... [Read the full story]

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Letter To The Editor

Letter To The Editor

August 1, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

Dear Editor, Are women just as good sailors as men? You betcha. The gals do everything the guys do: skipper everything from 10-foot dinghies to massive ocean-going yachts, race, particularly soloing around the world, delivery captains, navigators, even boat builders. In the 19th century more than one wife brought home a full-rigged ship when her captain/husband died at sea. So, why is it that on any summer weekend so many boats leaving the marina feature the lads at the wheel? The same with photos in most boating magazines. You could say that’s the culture of the sport with its yo ho ho... [Read the full story]

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Drifting with a Purpose

Drifting with a Purpose

August 1, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

One Friday night after work I announced our boating plans for the weekend to my girlfriend, Robin. I saw her frowning as I described a day of fishing, rafting up, and a sunset photography shoot at Silver Point. The frown became a pained expression when I added we’d be at the dock by 5:00 am. “No!” she declared. “Why is it we must always be doing something on the water? Couldn’t we just drift?” The concept of just drifting befuddled me. As far as I was concerned, boats are for rafting, cruising, and fishing. Robin outlined her kind of boating day — it began late and involved... [Read the full story]

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Boating Times Discovery – Ahoy, Skipper, Prepare To Be Boarded

July 2, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

If you enjoyed “Safety is Priceless” then you’ll also enjoy:                                                                                                                                                                  Read More →

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 Terms shinn-garbage cove

June 4, 2015 · 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

Drifting with a Purpose

Drifting with a Purpose

One Friday night after work I announced our boating plans for the weekend to my girlfriend, Robin. I saw her frowning as I described a day of fishing, rafting up, and a sunset photography shoot at Silver Point. The frown became a pained expression when I added we’d be at the dock by 5:00 am. “No!” she declared. “Why is it we must always... 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


What We Gain by Slowing Down

What We Gain by Slowing Down

Most boaters think little about boat wakes — the waves generated by the passing of their vessels. Excessive boat wakes have a negative effect on the environment, cause property damage and personal injuries, and could be a sign that fuel is being wasted. Excessive boat wakes cause erosion of shorelines along lakes, rivers, streams, and the coast.... Read more of this article


Boating for the Non-Owner

Boating for the Non-Owner

Boating is relaxing and invigorating — the open water and the disappearing sight of the shore provide a sense of freedom and exhilaration. However, owning a boat is neither free nor always exhilarating; there’s responsibility and associated expenses, which makes some boaters look for alternatives to ownership. Owning a boat gives you the ability... Read more of this article


The Right to Live by the Sea

The Right to Live by the Sea

The sunsets are spectacular. The kids can walk right down to the water. And you’re the envy of all your friends. There’s no way this waterside dream home could be a nightmare, except that you find yourself asking, “Who’s that on my property?” and “Where exactly is my property?” Ever since we crawled out of the water millennia ago,... Read more of this article


Look Out for Your Eyes and Skin

Look Out for Your Eyes and Skin

.                                     We enjoy being out on the water and basking in the sun. It’s relaxing, it’s invigorating, but it’s also potentially harmful to our health and our eyesight. Take the proper precautions, however, and you’ll stay... Read more of this article


Overcoming the Fear of Night Boating

Overcoming the Fear of Night Boating

Sooner or later every boater will face a nautical crisis, usually not of his or her own making, that tests skills the skipper has put off learning. It might be a man overboard, running out of fuel, a life threatening storm, electronic systems down, a leak in the hull, a parted anchor rode, a broken halyard, or a call for a tow.  As an educated... Read more of this article


Effective Anchoring

Effective Anchoring

Placing and recovering a boat anchor is a sequential process. Once an acceptable anchor is selected and ground tackle assembled, effective anchoring depends on good site selection and use of proper placement procedures. Many safe anchorages are identified in cruising guides and coast pilots. Others are a matter of local knowledge and are passed... Read more of this article


Changes Are Coming to Life Jackets

Changes Are Coming to Life Jackets

. The way life jackets are categorized is changing. The code of I – V has been used for years to label and differentiate life jacket types, but new designs are in the works. Type code labels, unique to the United States, will no longer be used. According to BoatUS, type coding confuses boaters and increases the cost of life jackets. The change... Read more of this article


Learn Basic Safety as Yacht Crews Do

Learn Basic Safety as Yacht Crews Do

  The average size boat is between 25 and 50 feet. That’s a lot of vessel to handle, yet it doesn’t take much to buy one and head out. In fact, there’s no requirement for adults in New York to obtain a boater’s license (there is to operate a jet ski). It amazes me that people aren’t required to have even a basic level of education about... Read more of this article


When Nature Calls

When Nature Calls

It goes without saying that privacy on a small open boat is nonexistent. That’s a problem when someone has to use the bathroom. What to do? “There’s nothing really practical that’s legal,” concedes Susan Shingledecker, vice president of BoatUS Foundation. “It’s a challenge.” The law is very clear. No untreated or raw human waste... Read more of this article


Leave Gluten and Worry on the Shore

Leave Gluten and Worry on the Shore

. Nothing beats enjoying a day on the boat, soaking up the sun and sharing drinks and little bites with family and friends. If you’re hosting guests with food sensitivities and allergies, you can make sure that they have just as fabulous a time as everyone else. The last thing you want is for someone to get a reaction out at sea or feel excluded,... Read more of this article


A Flying Lifesaver in Our Future

A Flying Lifesaver in Our Future

. There’s a new lifesaving system in development for use with remote control flying drones. The device, called Ryptide, was designed and tested with the help of students at King Low Heywood Thomas, a private school in Connecticut. Project Ryptide began under the guidance of Bill Piedra, who teaches computer science at the school. He saw the... Read more of this article


Games to Enjoy Aboard

Games to Enjoy Aboard

  Going out on the boat doesn’t always mean an active day awaits. Boats offer a breath of fresh air from the toils of the week and a relaxing place to socialize with friends and loved ones. What better way to spend an afternoon, that golden hour leading up to sunset, or an evening on the hook or at the dock than with a few companions engaging... Read more of this article


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