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Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

February 1, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

Nothing personal, February, but I’m very glad you’re a short month. You’re rarely mellow or moderate, and your chill is hard to shake. Yes, you give many of us a long weekend to celebrate President’s Day, but frankly, except for that bright red Valentine’s Day heart smack dab in the middle, you’re a month that seems as white as George Washington’s powdered hair. Yes, I know that it’s impossible to speak to a month, let alone insult it. And I confess that I am maligning February long before any nasty storm systems form or Canada sends us a prolonged blast of icy air (like the... [Read the full story]

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Letter To The Editor

Letter To The Editor

November 20, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

Dear Editor: In the summer, Newsday reported on the activities of a bipartisan Suffolk County Legislative Committee that is working to reduce the county “pipeline debt” (Newsday, 08-26-2014, Rick Brand). According to the article, the committee was launched “after the legislature approved a package of capital budget amendments that increase County Executive Steve Bellone’s proposed 2015 capital budget by $22.78 million and his three-year capital plan by $58 million. The aim was to offset those increases.” The article goes on to state, “the largest capital projects that the... [Read the full story]

Features

First Boat, Right Boat

First Boat, Right Boat

February 1, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

There’s an old saying that the two happiest times of a boater’s life are when you buy a boat and when you sell it. However, it’s likely that cliché was first coined and then repeated by people who didn’t buy the right boat for their needs. Trust me — making the right choice means a sweeter life afloat. The ultimate decision is all yours, and I offer no absolutes except one. Happy ownership is tied into the people closest to you. If you are part of a couple and/or a family, involve everyone in the process every step of the way. Should I buy a sailboat or powerboat? In sheer... [Read the full story]

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Boating Times Discovery – Keeping Suffolk Boaters Safe

January 30, 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]

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NAVTOOL Terms bab east rockaway

December 5, 2014 · 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

First Boat, Right Boat

First Boat, Right Boat

There’s an old saying that the two happiest times of a boater’s life are when you buy a boat and when you sell it. However, it’s likely that cliché was first coined and then repeated by people who didn’t buy the right boat for their needs. Trust me — making the right choice means a sweeter life afloat. The ultimate decision is all... Read more of this article


Sailing over Frozen Waves

Sailing over Frozen Waves

Most sailors enjoy spring, summer, and fall days on the water. They see the sights, challenge each other in regattas and club races, and vacation aboard. Yet once winter sets in most sailors — even the die-hards nicknamed “Frostbite Dinghies” — head south or head home. However, there’s a group of committed sailors who don’t fit that... Read more of this article


Chase the Winter Blues

Chase the Winter Blues

  My wife and I have two important things in common. One is that both Maureen and I hate winter, and two, we share a love for being on or around water. It started in 1981 when we honeymooned on an old houseboat in the 1000 Islands. Over the years, we spent many a vacation at different beaches. In 2002, we purchased a used 35-foot boat that we... Read more of this article


Repair or Replace?

Repair or Replace?

Have you ever walked down the docks and caught a glimpse of that one boat in complete disrepair that looks held together mainly by duct tape? While there is a place and a time for utilizing duct tape and other quick fixes, there comes a time when you must fix a boat the right way. Aesthetics are a matter of personal choice — it’s no big deal... Read more of this article


Stepping Stones Lighthouse

Stepping Stones Lighthouse

Long Island has its share of beautiful architectural lighthouses. Boaters, spoiled by the views, rarely (if ever) focus on the cost of upkeep as we pass by these beauties. One such picturesque lighthouse known to boaters in the western Long Island Sound and travelers across the Throgs Neck Bridge is Stepping Stones Lighthouse. Built in 1876 in... Read more of this article


Romantic Rendezvous

Romantic Rendezvous

Boating is a popular activity, and popular activities draw crowds. While it’s often fun to be part of a happy group, we also desire alone time with one special someone. It’s easy enough for the two of you to sail or motor offshore, but what if you want to shake things up and approach romance from a new direction? Our readers shared the places... Read more of this article


Sweeney’s Wake

Sweeney’s Wake

Don claimed he had never agreed to go on a Sunday morning boat ride. In fact, he claimed to have no recollection of any conversation that involved heading out at 10:00 am after playing until 2:00 am out in Westhampton. While he was not completely awake, he was fully dressed, albeit in the western wear his country rock band favored. “Come on,”... Read more of this article


Fun with Boat Names

Fun with Boat Names

  On one of our last cruises of the boating season, we passed Goodwives River with the smooth, rocky obstacle, Old Baldy, near its entrance. What great names! Thinking back on the boats I saw last summer, I’d say that vessels are sporting some good maritime monikers as well. Though Captain Whiskey, Captain Fantastic, and Captain Zip were all... Read more of this article


Studying the Earth and Oceans

Studying the Earth and Oceans

Choosing a college and deciding what to study are among the biggest decisions in high school students’ lives. I know — I was in your shoes, picturing what my life would be like depending on whether I chose another major or attended a different school. My advice to you is to go with your gut and study what interests you most. I don’t have... Read more of this article


Keeping Suffolk Boaters Safe

Keeping Suffolk Boaters Safe

Suffolk County, New York’s hundreds of miles of open water, coves, bays, and beaches attract numerous pleasure boaters. Keeping them safe is the mission of the 70-person Suffolk County Marine Bureau. The Marine Bureau is a permanent year-round unit of the Suffolk County Police Department, patrolling the waters of the Long Island Sound, the Great... Read more of this article


Growing Up as the World Ends

Growing Up as the World Ends

Whether you’re a voracious reader or someone who only has time to squeeze an occasional book into a busy schedule, I’d recommend that Flotilla by Dan Haight be on your reading list. It is an exciting young adventure story that kept me engaged right from the start. Actually, the book’s beginning left me no choice but to dive in. Who doesn’t... Read more of this article


Eat to Your Heart’s Content!

Eat to Your Heart’s Content!

  Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to host a theme dinner party for cherished friends. With colorful cuisine, satisfying flavors, and a chocolaty dessert, this menu fills the bill for a fun party that will warm hearts any time of the year as well. Stuffed Red Pepper Boats Makes 4 servings Vibrant red pepper halves stuffed with rice,... Read more of this article


Snowy Owls of Long Island

Snowy Owls of Long Island

As a nature photographer who loves the beaches and other shorelines, winter doesn’t always appeal to me as much as the other seasons. However, the annual return of the snowy owl is one of the things I anxiously anticipate as the weather grows increasingly colder. Snowy owls spend much of their time in the northernmost parts of North America,... Read more of this article


Rowing Forward

Rowing Forward

On a flight home from Hawaii to California in 2012, Angela Madsen, a world-class athlete, looked out upon the Pacific Ocean and thought, I’m going to row that. She failed in her first attempt — a solo mission, but succeeded the next time with a rowing partner. Just a few years later, she has circumnavigated Great Britain and now has three... Read more of this article


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