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Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

May 1, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

  You don’t need me to tell you what month it is. You can look around almost anywhere and know that it’s May. Moms are beaming, graduates are cheering, trees are greening, birds are singing, and flowers are blossoming. It’s the same out on the water. No matter how many tricks Mother Nature decides to play, her pranks can’t stop May from flourishing. Anticipation is swelling as plans are gelling; boaters are renewing friendships up and down the docks, and there’s activity at every launch, boatyard, and marina. Reliving memories and planning for new ones — ways to keep our... [Read the full story]

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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

May 1, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

Dear Editor: Do you love boating with your dog? Do you know how important dog life vests are? I learned it is very important not only to protect your pet from drowning but also to prevent injuring yourself if Fido falls overboard. It is true that many dogs are natural swimmers but that doesn’t mean a life jacket isn’t a necessity. It is always best to be prepared for anything while having fun with your dog on the water. A properly fitted K9 life jacket is snug with no restriction of movement and should be equipped with a handle. The handle assures your full control while getting... [Read the full story]

Features

Present and Ready. Safety, Skill, and Satisfaction through Mindfulness

Present and Ready. Safety, Skill, and Satisfaction through Mindfulness

May 1, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

. Earlier this year, a photo of a sailor went viral on the web. While he’s seen glued to his cell phone, he’s missing a humpback whale that’s breaching right in front of his boat.  The photo, captioned, “A sign of the times,” makes an important social commentary — we rarely pay attention to what’s around us at the present moment. Living in the here and now is called mindfulness. It’s about focusing attention and awareness on what you are doing, experiencing, and feeling. While the concept sounds quite simple, in reality, we spend a lot of our lives being anything but mindful.... [Read the full story]

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Boating Times Discovery – Bald Eagles of Long Island

May 6, 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]

NavTool

Routes To Huntington Harbor

May 1, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

Welcome to Boating Times Long Island’s NAVTOOL.  Click on the title above to access the routes. Then scroll down and click on the harbor below where you keep your boat to view a waypoint by waypoint route to this destination. You can zoom in for greater detail and download the route to your GPS by clicking the download button. Routes From: Mattituck  Mt. Sinai Port Jefferson Smithtown  Oyster Bay Hempstead Harbor Manhasset Bay  Read More →

Features

Present and Ready. Safety, Skill, and Satisfaction through Mindfulness

Present and Ready. Safety, Skill, and Satisfaction through Mindfulness

. Earlier this year, a photo of a sailor went viral on the web. While he’s seen glued to his cell phone, he’s missing a humpback whale that’s breaching right in front of his boat.  The photo, captioned, “A sign of the times,” makes an important social commentary — we rarely pay attention to what’s around us at the present moment. Living... Read more of this article


Man Overboard!

Man Overboard!

One of the most frightening cries heard on a boat is “Man overboard.” Falling into the drink can be brutally unpredictable and sudden; the lack of a quick rescue response can result in death. Grim U.S. Coast Guard statistics over the years reveal that the majority of Man Overboard (MOB) incidents happen to people of both genders on open motorboats... Read more of this article


A River Club with a Past

A River Club with a Past

.                   At the Inwood Canoe Club (ICC), a quaint and crowded little outpost just off the top of Manhattan, there are few visible canoes. These days, it’s about the kayak. “It’s been that way since about 1997,” said Kevin McKeon, secretary of the ICC. “Things change, but it is... Read more of this article


Swim lessons for All

Swim lessons for All

Think swim lessons are only for infants being taught how to float on their backs or toddlers splashing into a pool with the guidance of a swim instructor?  If you’re an adult who cannot swim, it’s an important water safety and life-saving skill. Danny Kurinskas, aquatic supervisor at the Sid Jacobson Y JCC (sjjcc.org), cautions, “Drowning... Read more of this article


Rowing and Paddling Fitness

Rowing and Paddling Fitness

. Has running on the treadmill day after day at the gym become tiresome? Does your local area lack appealing pathways for a scenic or lengthy bike ride? Or are you just seeking a new way to enjoy the outdoors and get in a great workout at the same time? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, paddling and rowing may be the right activities... Read more of this article


Stay Alert, Captain!

Stay Alert, Captain!

The open water is clear as glass, the sun is blazing in a crystal blue sky, and your friends are excited to spend the day on your boat. Yet no matter how much coffee you drink, you simply cannot shake off your fatigue. You just don’t have the energy to be out all day entertaining those friends and piloting your vessel. Is that how you want... Read more of this article


Living the Dream:  Raises Disability Awareness

Living the Dream: Raises Disability Awareness

        The 60-foot catamaran Impossible Dream sits high in the water with sloping curves and an expansive deck. Owned by philanthropist and paraplegic Deborah Mellen, the carbon-fiber vessel is one of the most accessible boats in the world — it’s designed to be fully operational by someone in a wheelchair. “And she... Read more of this article


Fire!

Fire!

. There’s nothing more frightening than fire at sea, where the only escape may be by abandoning ship. The good news is that almost all fires are preventable. Except for fires triggered by lightning, almost all fires on recreational vessels are the result of human negligence.  As the average power boat is stuffed with potential fire hazards... Read more of this article


Preventing Melanoma

Preventing Melanoma

. Almost five million people are treated for skin cancer annually in the U.S. The American Cancer Society states that one person dies of melanoma, an ominous form of skin cancer, about every hour. The annual cost for treatment of melanoma is over $3 billion. The good news in these grim statistics is that many occurrences of melanoma can be prevented... Read more of this article


Always Ready — To Play! The U.S. Coast Guard Cutters

Always Ready — To Play! The U.S. Coast Guard Cutters

. Hockey players will tell you that the game they love is rooted in their DNA.  It’s part of who they are.  The games, practices, road trips, locker rooms — all bring something different and special to their lives. This is true especially for the Cutters hockey team, which is composed of members of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). Organized... Read more of this article


50 Water Adventures

50 Water Adventures

. Photo by Conrad Maldives A big part of life is about enjoying it and having fun — adding water to it makes it even better.  If fun isn’t fun for you unless it’s also thrilling, then I recommend  Lia Ditton’s 50 Water Adventures to do Before You Die, the ultimate bucket list handbook for water lovers. This captivating book depicts... Read more of this article


Picking the Proper Sunglasses

Picking the Proper Sunglasses

As soon as the weather warms, boaters and beachgoers search for summer sunglasses. They will stop at the department store counter and try on several pairs, look for the best bargains at the flea market, model a few styles while looking at tee shirts in a shop by the shore, and perhaps end up buying a drug store brand while waiting to fill a prescription. As... Read more of this article


Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

I wanted to anchor just uptide of a bridge, so my friend dropped the anchor as I powered in reverse to set the hook. Using a 4:1 ratio of line to depth — we played out 40 feet of line for the 10-foot depth. A short while later, we were frantically fending off the bridge piling, which nevertheless scratched the gel coat on my boat. Cost of gelcoat... Read more of this article


Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

The last thing you want is a vessel that won’t work when there’s a boatload of people waiting to spend the day on the water.  Now’s the time to get to work on your boat — performing routine maintenance in the spring prevents problems in the summer. If you didn’t change the oil and filter before winterizing, do it now. Replace the fuel... Read more of this article


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