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From the Editor

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

January 1, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

Happy New Year! Whether you greet January with a sigh of relief or a wave of disappointment, it’s an attention-grabbing month. Do you make multiple resolutions or decree yourself resolution-free? Either way, you’re likely open to self-improvement. Winter provides boaters with the opportunity to improve. Perhaps calling it an upgrade is more à propos. Let’s take a skills course in January and also set a course for increasing mental and physical flexibility. Let’s learn about modern safety equipment and appreciate the basics. While we’re at it, let’s improve/upgrade the environment... [Read the full story]

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Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

October 1, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

Dear Editor: On Sunday, September 18 a boat ran aground and capsized while operating in Fire Island National Seashore’s wilderness breach, a channel closed to boating. Eight passengers, rescued by National Park Service (NPS) Rangers and Town of Brookhaven lifeguards, were transported off of Fire Island by the Village of Bellport to the South Country Ambulance Company. “Since the breach opened in 2012 there have been 17 calls for assistance and two rescues,” said NPS Supervisory Park Ranger Jon Swindle, who was first on the scene. “This is a dangerous area that is difficult... [Read the full story]

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Boat Lingo

Boat Lingo

January 1, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

Shiver me timbers, mate. Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Salty boating language? You bet, right out of Hollywood. However, the actual language spoken by recreational boaters today has everything to do with safety. New boat owners and inexperienced passengers without boating experience need to understand and utilize common nautical terms to communicate effectively. The key to a successful outing is to make sure everyone aboard is familiar with the main parts of a vessel and understands the skipper’s commands. If you don’t know where you are on a boat, you won’t know where to go when requested... [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

Boat Lingo

Boat Lingo

Shiver me timbers, mate. Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Salty boating language? You bet, right out of Hollywood. However, the actual language spoken by recreational boaters today has everything to do with safety. New boat owners and inexperienced passengers without boating experience need to understand and utilize common nautical terms to communicate... Read more of this article


Emergency Locator Beacons Provide Life Saving Communication

Emergency Locator Beacons Provide Life Saving Communication

A perfect day on the water can quickly change. A boat may hit an unseen object, a wave capsizes it, a sudden storm makes navigation impossible, or equipment fails. In situations like these, communication is key. Many boaters operate in locations beyond cell phone towers and the line-of-sight capabilities of their VHF radio, so owning and registering... Read more of this article


Books at Sea

Books at Sea

  If something goes wrong on your boat, do you have the resources and the knowledge to fix it before you get into trouble? An onboard floating reference library of how-to books on the basics of seamanship and marine repair will give you that knowledge you need.   I know space is at a premium on recreational craft, but even on open runabouts... Read more of this article


Why Isn’t My Boat Selling?

Why Isn’t My Boat Selling?

    Your broker hasn’t called in months and you’re still making payments to your lender, insurance company, and marina. The For Sale sign has faded and fallen off the boat. Your broker suggested your boat would make a good donation to a charity because no offers have come in and there is little interest in your boat. Stressed? If... Read more of this article


Candy Bars and a Canal

Candy Bars and a Canal

For five years, I stood before the bay window at my work counter and watched the seasons change along the canal. I came to know the canal’s personality as well as I knew my children’s and husband’s. I learned to understand the signs of discontent, joy, and excitement as the weather played itself out on the water’s surface. The winters... Read more of this article


Thrills Aboard Sloop Anne B

Thrills Aboard Sloop Anne B

When Maggie receives permission to board Hersh’s anchored sailboat, she’s partially undressed and he’s almost completely adrift. Shrouded in mystery, Maggie’s arrival soon invites danger and intrigue aboard — situations that excite skipper Hersh and reignite his days as an intelligence agent. In Anne Bonny’s Wake, Dick Elam creates... Read more of this article


Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

It was one of those autumn days with cobalt blue skies and high cirrus clouds. It was cool and breezy, but still a good day for boating, so Robin and I spent the morning in my 17-foot Mako. I had shut down the engine so we could drift off the beach. About that engine — it was a bit fickle, sometimes requiring the application of a screwdriver... Read more of this article


Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

Batteries are the bane of many boaters. It’s best not to ignore them all winter and then just keep your fingers crossed in the spring. If you didn’t remove the batteries during winter prep, attach a marine trickle charger now and keep it running while the rest of your boat hibernates. Note we said marine — not all chargers are alike, so get... Read more of this article


Strengthening the Huntington Lighthouse

Strengthening the Huntington Lighthouse

There’s a gem of a lighthouse in Huntington Harbor. Standing as a 48-foot-tall navigational director since 1912, its head and torso have been battered by winds, bullied by temperature fluctuations, and beaten by rain, while the harbor’s waters erode it from its toes to its knees. While the U.S. Coast Guard maintains the main signaling device... Read more of this article


Be Wary of Whales!

Be Wary of Whales!

  Hardy boaters out in the coldest weather and people on whale cruises are often lucky enough to spot whales and other marine mammals. Did you know that these creatures are protected and may not be approached or disturbed? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries division doesn’t want to discourage viewing marine... Read more of this article


Holiday Wish List – Top Waterproof Electronics

Holiday Wish List – Top Waterproof Electronics

  As the holidays approach, the majority of us have moved out of active boating season and into that phase when we daydream about perfect days on the water. Daydreaming can be just a way to spend the off-season, or fantasies can turn into a brainstorming session on ways to enhance next season’s boating adventures. Whether the boating boosts... Read more of this article


Books to Savor and Give

Books to Savor and Give

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Give More This Holiday Season

Give More This Holiday Season

  The holidays are a time of joy and sharing, so it’s nice to add groups and organizations to your gift-giving plans that support our waterways, shores, sea creatures, and our entire planet. By all means support your favorite sea charity or non-profit, but if you need a suggestion, here are eight organizations working hard to improve the... Read more of this article


Reliable Repairs Within Reach

Reliable Repairs Within Reach

 You love your boat and have a lot invested in it, so it’s hard to know where to turn when it needs fixing or upgrades. (Our ads are great jumping off spots, letting you skip step 1 below.) In any case, it’s usually a matter of “boater beware,” so be sure to do the groundwork before you trust your floating home and open your wallet to... Read more of this article


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