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Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

February 1, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

Despite the stresses in our everyday world, living the boating lifestyle affords opportunities to escape. Once the dock fades from view, I enjoy a vacation from life’s big and small burdens. As family and friends laugh on the boat, gentle waves, sunshine, and sea creatures distract and soothe. The recipe for short-term relaxation is simple: Take your tensions, mix them with water, and watch them dissolve. Bigger pressures respond well, too — after repeatedly letting water flow over the sharpest of anxieties, you’ll feel the edges smooth a bit. This magazine focuses on enhancing boating,... [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]

Features

Who Has to Obey the Rules?

Who Has to Obey the Rules?

February 1, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

. If you’re strictly a non-motorized kind of boater, you might be unaware that the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) makes and enforces rules that affect watercraft of all types. The USCG considers kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, kiteboards, bodyboards, and motorized tubes operated outside of very limited areas to be vessels. Therefore, the rules of safety and navigation apply. The USCG defines a vessel as a watercraft or other manmade piece of equipment that is used (or is capable of being used) as a means of transportation on the water. To be a vessel, the watercraft must be capable of... [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

Who Has to Obey the Rules?

Who Has to Obey the Rules?

. If you’re strictly a non-motorized kind of boater, you might be unaware that the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) makes and enforces rules that affect watercraft of all types. The USCG considers kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, kiteboards, bodyboards, and motorized tubes operated outside of very limited areas to be vessels. Therefore, the rules... Read more of this article


Are VHF Radios Necessary?

Are VHF Radios Necessary?

. You have a smart phone containing marvelous technology that does everything but make coffee. Since one of its more basic features is making phone calls, is there any reason for a boater to have a single function, very high frequency (VHF) radio as well? Yes! Veteran mariners recommend a VHF as your primary tool for communication on the water,... 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


Do Life Jackets Right

Do Life Jackets Right

. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the authority on boating safety, drowning prevention begins with requiring all boat operators to have wearable life jackets for each person aboard. Choosing the proper life jacket takes a bit of knowledge and effort, but it really comes down to remembering three simple rights: the jacket must be the right... Read more of this article


Boating While Pregnant FAQ

Boating While Pregnant FAQ

  When you’re pregnant, you may be wondering if it’s necessary to give up the boating lifestyle until the baby arrives. To answer that and other concerns on the minds of moms-to-be, we turned to Dr. Jessica Shepherd. She is an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of minimally invasive gynecology at the University of... Read more of this article


Boating with a Toddler in Tow

Boating with a Toddler in Tow

. Part of the beauty of boating is that it’s an enjoyable activity for just about all ages. I played on my grandfather’s boat in his backyard as a toddler and soon graduated to day-long bay fishing expeditions in search of “Big Charlie” on my dad’s boat. My husband and his brothers spent their summers canoeing, kayaking, and sailing... Read more of this article


Boating with Dogs? Fur-Sure!

Boating with Dogs? Fur-Sure!

Everything pleasant calls to you at the start of a boating day. There’s cool rippling water, toasty sun, cold drinks, and hot tunes to accompany the chill as family and friends relax. Lastly, but far from least, there’s the warmth from your canine companion, tail wagging, with eyes that say, “Let’s go!” The combination of recreational... Read more of this article


Safe Water Sports

Safe Water Sports

. Jet skiing, tubing, and water skiing have grown in popularity, and though much is written about safety for boaters, I believe the safety issues concerning these other water sports require attention. Jet and water skiers and people in tubes are vulnerable as they are unprotected by a hull, so those engaging in the activities must be informed... Read more of this article


When It’s Time to Quit

When It’s Time to Quit

Boating may be your passion, but do you know when to call it quits? I’m not talking about canceling an afternoon’s outing because of nasty weather — I’m referring to gradual changes in physical and mental capacity that pose challenges. If not acknowledged and addressed, these challenges may endanger the safety of the captain, the crew,... Read more of this article


Know the Ropes

Know the Ropes

Choosing the right ropes for your boat can become a rat’s nest of confusion. Three strand, laid, braided, hollow core, solid core, single braided, double braided — it’s a challenge to match the right rope to its intended application. An anchor line, a dock line, and a towline each perform a specific function. Get it wrong and your confidence... Read more of this article


Why Get a Boat Survey?

Why Get a Boat Survey?

  Buying a boat may be the second biggest purchase you make after buying a house; as with a home, a motor or sailboat is complex with lots of components. That means a lot can go wrong! Just as it’s smart to hire a home inspector or engineer before buying a new home, it’s advisable for a boat buyer to engage a marine surveyor to look at a... Read more of this article


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


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