Saturday, June 25, 2016

From the Editor

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

June 1, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

When I sat down to compose this letter, it occurred to me that all I really needed to do was copy and paste It’s June! over and over again across the entire page. Because, really, what more do you have to say to a boater after a long off-season to elicit joy, happiness, and delight? I guess you could couple It’s June! with fun day trips (and routes) and tasty dock and dine restaurants, which we do. Pairing It’s June! with interesting stories, safety tips, and multiple ways to enjoy your boat amps up the excitement, too. Also looking out for your health so you can make the most of every... [Read the full story]

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Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

June 1, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

Dear Editor: A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 441,999 visitors to Fire Island National Seashore in 2015 spent $18.7 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 218 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $23.5 million. “Fire Island National Seashore welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Seashore Superintendent Chris Soller. “We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy,... [Read the full story]

Features

Going Aground

Going Aground

June 1, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

Crunch! You have just run aground. You feel embarrassed to do so in view of your family and friends, and your ego is dinged. Welcome to the club — you’re not really a true boater until you have experienced a scraping. What distinguishes an old salt from a newbie is what you do to minimize your bad luck, and how you get unstuck when you’re in too-thin water. Skippers’ errors turn into trouble when they ignore signs of danger or indulge in risky navigational behavior such as not paying attention to where they are headed.  So how to keep the captain alert? A depth finder should be... [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

Going Aground

Going Aground

Crunch! You have just run aground. You feel embarrassed to do so in view of your family and friends, and your ego is dinged. Welcome to the club — you’re not really a true boater until you have experienced a scraping. What distinguishes an old salt from a newbie is what you do to minimize your bad luck, and how you get unstuck when you’re... Read more of this article


Night Moves

Night Moves

. I was once on a friend’s boat on a foggy moonless night trying to find a cut leading to his channel. He says, “It’s easy, we just stay between the two red flashing lights ahead.” We were seconds away from smacking into a bulkhead! It turns out what he was using as a navigation guide were two flashing red lights at an intersection on... Read more of this article


Make a Splash! Water Sports and Dock Toys

Make a Splash! Water Sports and Dock Toys

  Few things compare to spending time relaxing on the boat or floating along with the tide. A bit of warm sunshine on your face and the rhythmic lapping of the water are key ingredients in the recipe for a picture-perfect day. Instead of a plain, relaxing treat, make being on the water tastier by adding jumping, sliding, and splashing! I’ve... Read more of this article


Save Lives — Boat Sober

Save Lives — Boat Sober

. Nothing’s more invigorating than being out on the boat without a care in the world. However, the reality is that some boaters don’t have a care for your safety or their own, as they boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Though inebriation is the chief contributing factor in boating fatalities, there is an attitude from some irresponsible... Read more of this article


Sunscreen and Beyond! Dermatologist-Approved Tips for Sun Safety

Sunscreen and Beyond! Dermatologist-Approved Tips for Sun Safety

.   When spending any time outdoors, sun protection is an absolute must to prevent skin cancer, the most widespread cancer in the United States. Research suggests as few as five sunburns over a lifetime double the chances of getting melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer. Along with attempting to sidestep basal and squamous cell cancers as... Read more of this article


Sun Tips for Babies and Dogs

Sun Tips for Babies and Dogs

Safe Sun Tips for Pups Don’t forget Fido as you prepare for sunny day fun with your family! Our best friends need sun protection as well. Just as with children, do your best to keep your dog out of the direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day. “If sun avoidance isn’t possible, then applying a sunscreen or having your pet wear a... Read more of this article


Fireworks Light up the Sky

Fireworks Light up the Sky

.         Watching fireworks from your boat makes them more amazing. This year, boaters have plenty of opportunities to look skyward, gasping in awe! As displays of fireworks are weather dependent, always confirm the event, timing, and location before heading out. Get an updated marine weather report and check current charts... Read more of this article


Predicting and Planning for Heat Waves

Predicting and Planning for Heat Waves

. While climate scientists are able to formulate ideas about what weather would be like in winter using the El Niño weather pattern, they did not previously have accurate tools available to predict when summer heat waves would occur. They do now with research on the Pacific Extreme Pattern. Karen McKinnon photo by Valerie Lazzari (Harvard) In... Read more of this article


Water Makes Us Better

Water Makes Us Better

.   Like a siren’s call, the book Blue Mind by Wallace J. Nichols drew on my deep passion for water. Certainly, I would love to learn about how we are all connected to the sea and learn the latest science demonstrating the benefits we get from our proximity to the water! Nichols compiles research demonstrating the economics, psychology,... Read more of this article


Easy, Breezy Boating Food

Easy, Breezy Boating Food

. When you’re planning to dine aboard your boat, you’ll want versatile recipes that are light but provide substantial nutrition and taste. My festive floating menu starts with Cashew, Cucumber and Basil Soup, a refreshing cold soup for any warm day. The cashews impart an authentic creamy texture while the cucumbers and basil provide seasonal... Read more of this article


Fun in the Sun! Readers Share Photos

Fun in the Sun! Readers Share Photos

courtesy Katy Mennicken By Phil Caputo by Tom Greco by Paulette Billson by Paulette Billson by Mike Sampson by Jonathan Fazio By John Wilson by John Wilson  Read More →


Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t ever try to outwit a railroad bridge. I know from first-hand experience that you will lose and be one unhappy boater. A number of navigable Connecticut waterways, such as the Housatonic, Thames, and Connecticut Rivers, empty into the Long Island Sound. These are popular destinations for Long Island boaters, as are the historic seaport... Read more of this article


Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

Once you start tinkering and retooling things on your boat, you have to be sure that an upgrade doesn’t downgrade something else. Here’s what I mean: after I updated some of my boat’s electronics, I noticed voltage issues when all the equipment was on. One look at the tangled web of wiring I’ve created over the years and I knew it was... Read more of this article


Awash in Stolen Money

Awash in Stolen Money

. Beth Swahn is drowning under the weight of what she discovers to be her part in the theft of millions of dollars from a powerful Chinese-based international business, but what can she do to right the ship? The mastermind of the financial crime, Leonard Sloane, has died at sea, leaving her behind to answer as to why she failed in her responsibility... Read more of this article


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