Monday, May 21, 2018

From the Editor

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

May 1, 2018 · Leave a Comment 

You’d think my May letter would be easier to write than the one in January or February, but I find this one harder. In those issues, I mostly gripe about how cold it is, but May unleashes so many plans and opportunities that it’s hard to fit them all into this space. However, I’m going to do my best! Everything is possible in May as the boating season rises on the horizon (of course, Mother Nature has to cooperate, but she definitely owes us a boatload of great weather). An off-season’s worth of ideas for places to go and people to invite are now reality — the calendar fills up so... [Read the full story]

Readers' Page

Letter to the Editor

May 1, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

Dear Editor: There are so many times I love to take my boat out alone. However, even if you know how to swim, you must follow some important rules when going solo. Wear a life jacket — don’t take anything for granted. File a float plan — inform someone about your trip. Also, carry some form of ID so that someone can be notified in case of an emergency. Never drink alcohol — it can severely impair your judgment and result in accidents. Dress according to the weather conditions and water temperature — wear a hat and apply sun block. Hydrate — carry lots of drinking water (and food)... [Read the full story]

Features

TLC for Newbies

TLC for Newbies

May 1, 2018 · Leave a Comment 

One of the great joys of boating is introducing new people to our pleasurable pastime. As captain and crew are responsible for passengers’ well being, heed the advice of experienced boaters who know how to make newbies (and all your guests) safe and comfortable. By Matt Howard Skippers should make it part of their pre-departure safety routines to familiarize newbies with boating basics. Imagine things from your visitors’ perspectives. They don’t know what they don’t know and they don’t speak our language, so it’s your responsibility to talk and walk them through what they’ll... [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 Address & Phone 30 Merrick Road, Amityville, 631-842-1280 229 Meetinghouse Creek, Aquebogue, 631-722-3400 Website www.amityharbormarine.com www.lighthousemarina.com Monitors VHF Channel N/A 10 Total... [Read the full story]

NavTool

Routes To Westhampton Bath & Tennis

May 7, 2018 · 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: Amityville Babylon Bay Shore Oakdale Patchogue Freeport From Points East  Read More →

Features

TLC for Newbies

TLC for Newbies

One of the great joys of boating is introducing new people to our pleasurable pastime. As captain and crew are responsible for passengers’ well being, heed the advice of experienced boaters who know how to make newbies (and all your guests) safe and comfortable. By Matt Howard Skippers should make it part of their pre-departure safety routines... Read more of this article


Sailing Beyond Limitations

Sailing Beyond Limitations

Pre-internet, the world seemed a much bigger place, and the only way to learn about it was by reading or exploring. Andy Cassell, a boy in England, read The Kon-Tiki Expedition: By Raft Across the South Seas by Thor Heyerdahl. His imagination flared as did his desire to see what was beyond the horizon — he’d build a raft and set out in quest... Read more of this article


How to Trailer a Boat

How to Trailer a Boat

Newbies to trailering a boat (or jet ski) usually fall into one of two categories — the How Hard Can It Be? crowd and the So Many Steps! group. The first set should know that proper boat trailering is a bit harder than it looks; as for the second, all the equipment checking and step-by-step procedures are not too much once you realize the steps... Read more of this article


Sunscreen: A Daily Routine

Sunscreen: A Daily Routine

If you forget to slather on sunscreen before a day on the boat the best thing that will happen to you is a painful sunburn. The worst is ultraviolet radiation damage to cells that can lead to cancerous tumor growth. Apply sunscreen before you leave home (at least 20 minutes before heading outside if you use a chemical sunscreen). Walking to the... Read more of this article


When to Hire a Pro

When to Hire a Pro

You’ve probably seen a do-it-yourself boating repair video on YouTube and thought, That looks easy! There are plenty of simple tasks you’ve successfully tackled, yet hours later, you’re no further than when you started (quite possibly, you’ve created even more work for yourself in the process). I’ve been there and done that; I learned... Read more of this article


Stop That Thief!

Stop That Thief!

Trailered boats and personal watercraft (PWC) appeal to many water lovers because of their mobility. While you may enjoy taking off on a moment’s notice, so do thieves! In order to prevent a criminal from making off with your runabout or jet ski, you could hire a guard 24/7, or you can secure your vessel to make it less apt to disappear with... Read more of this article


Heads Up on Tying Down

Heads Up on Tying Down

Mark Twain observed that too much whiskey is barely enough, and it is the same with the number of ropes and fenders securing a boat. More boating accidents occur when skippers fail to tie up their boats adequately at the dock than happen underway, according to BoatUS. Such incidents include sinkings, hull damage, and harm to marina property.... Read more of this article


Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

I started boating back in the days when standard equipment on a boat included a VHF radio, compass, horn, bell, and running lights. Radar was for the military, and GPS, autopilots, chart plotters, and other navigation electronics didn’t exist. One day I invited my parents along on my 24-foot cabin cruiser. The plan was to cruise a bit, have... Read more of this article


Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

We know you’re raring to go, but before you do, take the time to make sure you’re not heading for trouble. Follow your owner’s manual for specific precautions and follow these general pre-launch procedures: Look over the hull for cracks, blisters, buckling, and stress indicators. Repair, patch, or otherwise address before it gets worse. Inspect... Read more of this article


What Every Boater Should Know

What Every Boater Should Know

How many times in your boating life have you said, “I wish someone had told me that”? If you’re like me, you learned something about your favorite type of recreation the hard way. Though nothing beats your own experiences and lots of practice, I’ll share with you my hard-learned lessons in the hope you’ll avoid some common problems and... Read more of this article


Catching Great Boat Show Deals

Catching Great Boat Show Deals

We love boat shows! However, we don’t love missing out on a good deal or making an impulse buy that’s just not a good fit. Both those things happen because stepping onto the display floor of a boat show can be immediately overwhelming. We recommend you start asking and answering questions before the show even begins so you can sail through... Read more of this article


North or South Shore?  Long Island Offers Boaters Many Choices

North or South Shore? Long Island Offers Boaters Many Choices

  Talk to a handful of Long Island boaters and a lively debate might break out over who has the “better” boating life. Those who boat on the North Shore prefer it to the South, and vice versa. I’m now in a distinctive category of those that have experienced both. (Boaters who trailer their vessels from north to south and those with... Read more of this article


Cold Water Boating

Cold Water Boating

  Sunny days and warming temperatures turn our boating desires into possibilities. Proceed with caution — a warmup that entices a crocus to bloom isn’t adequate to heat up bodies of water that were chilly (or even frozen) for months. Though eager to get aboard and go, spring brings more boating safety precautions. As it will be months before... Read more of this article


Risk-Free, Cost-Free Vessel Safety Check

Risk-Free, Cost-Free Vessel Safety Check

  Spring fitting out is the ideal time to find out if your boat is safe, so smart and safety-conscious recreational boaters request a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Vessel Safety Check (VSC). This free courtesy examination gives skippers the comfort of knowing that their boats are safe, could lower insurance premiums, and saves time and possibly money... Read more of this article


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