Saturday, October 20, 2018

From the Editor

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

October 1, 2018 · Leave a Comment 

I gave myself a pep talk to write this letter. C’mon, c’mon, think of things that are exciting about October — what makes it a good month? The pep talk pooped out. As regular readers know, I’m a summer person. I rejoice at spring — while admittedly gazing past it — but once summer is three seasons away, my crankiness escalates. Pumpkin drinks and pumpkin soap can’t hold a candle to sipping icy drinks on the boat deck, and the pervasive smell of cinnamon and pinecones cannot compete with the unique bite of salty sea air. Yet reality sets in when I look at how autumn lovers enjoy... [Read the full story]

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Letters To The Editor

Letters To The Editor

August 1, 2018 · Leave a Comment 

Dear Editor: Are you an avid boater? Do you care about preserving the accessibility and beauty of our local bodies of water? I am a junior at East Hampton High School who is concerned for the future of our local waters. There are unseen and lurking threats to our channels, inlets, bays, and harbors. Nutrient loading — especially nitrogen leaching from cesspools into groundwater and then into bays and harbors — is causing harmful algae blooms like rust and brown tides. The buildup of sand into shoals causes not only problems for boaters but for the environment. Shoals also prevent needed... [Read the full story]

Features

Look — Whales!

Look — Whales!

October 1, 2018 · Leave a Comment 

The people on American Princess, a whale watching boat, intently eye the water. From a distance, they see a shape intermittently bob in and out of the water. At times, a spout comes out. Then it happens — a humpback whale breaches the water! Time seems to freeze for the whale watchers; the whale hangs in the air for an impossibly long time, especially given its gargantuan size. Seconds seemingly go by so slowly you can almost count the individual drops of water surrounding its enormous frame. Then the slo-mo effect ends as the whale crashes back into the water, though it doesn’t fully... [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

Look — Whales!

Look — Whales!

The people on American Princess, a whale watching boat, intently eye the water. From a distance, they see a shape intermittently bob in and out of the water. At times, a spout comes out. Then it happens — a humpback whale breaches the water! Time seems to freeze for the whale watchers; the whale hangs in the air for an impossibly long time,... Read more of this article


Everyday Sailor Phrases

Everyday Sailor Phrases

  Have you ever been asked to please stand by? Ever told someone not to barge in? Did you hang on to the bitter end, or been given a clean bill of health? If so, you have spoken like a sailor. Each type of human activity, noted essayist L. Pearsall Smith, has its own vocabulary. Perhaps this is most evident in the speech of mariners. The English... Read more of this article


Spend Wisely at a Boat Show

Spend Wisely at a Boat Show

Boat shows are fun when you’re just looking to have a good time. However, for those in the market to make a major purchase, stepping onto the display floor of a boat show can be overwhelming. You may miss out on a good deal or make an impulse buy that’s just not a good fit. To avoid either outcome, we recommend you start asking and answering... Read more of this article


Beware of Carbon Monoxide

Beware of Carbon Monoxide

As temperatures drop and breezes become biting winds, many boaters turn their attentions elsewhere. Yet there remains a band of robust boaters who savor brisk weather and near-empty waterways. Despite their appreciation for cold weather boating, what happens when a skipper or a passenger starts to shiver? The inclination is to put on the boat... Read more of this article


Fall Maintenance Prevents Spring Expenses

Fall Maintenance Prevents Spring Expenses

For many boat owners, it’s hard to catch up on maintenance. There’s always checking, repairing, and/or replacing, but the sun is shining and the season is so short! Unless there’s a safety issue, those owners defer routine maintenance, figuring they’ll take care of things next spring. However, I would suggest that there are advantages... Read more of this article


Winterizing Tips and Checklists

Winterizing Tips and Checklists

Always consult your vessel’s owner’s manual for specific winter recommendations. If there are no specific advisories, your options include bringing your boat home, staying in the water, or having the boat hauled for inside or outside storage at a marina or boatyard. In the water Close all seacocks. Check rudder shafts and stuffing boxes for... Read more of this article


A Different View of Home

A Different View of Home

When Thomas Halaczinsky moved to Manhattan from Europe, it surprised him how blasé New Yorkers were about their surroundings — did they really not know or did they just not care that they were living on an island? Either way, Halaczinsky didn’t want to fit in — he was inspired to explore his new home. On an old 30-foot sloop outfitted... Read more of this article


Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

I’ll never forget when my wife Meg and I set off on our first cruise on Phoebe Ann. After our first night sleeping on the boat, we headed for an area known for its violent water along with a swift current that sometimes reaches six knots. However, we didn’t know its reputation, nor did we consult the tide table for the best time to make the... Read more of this article


Boating After Dark

Boating After Dark

Someone once said, “There’s nothing new about boating.” I disagreed, remarking that everything is new until you go through it often enough. Only then does it become part of your boating wisdom and experience. It’s definitely that way with boating at night — you need to experience it to know how different it is, and then you must practice... Read more of this article


Red Right Returning?

Red Right Returning?

Almost everything you need to know about navigating a boat is contained in three words: “red right returning.”  This saying reminds skippers entering from seaward to keep red buoys on their right (starboard) side. These ATONs (aids to navigation) are all even-numbered, starting with number two at the entrance to a channel. On the left will... Read more of this article


What Pros Know About Safety

What Pros Know About Safety

Recreational boaters deal with the same safety issues as do professional mariners. Towboat operators, commercial fisherman, and passenger vessel skippers operate in many difficult situations, often in dangerous waters. Our commercial cousins employ a number of safety practices and use specialized gear that can be adopted by all boaters, especially... Read more of this article


DDWID

DDWID

My husband bought an extravagant new car with a keyless entry fob. He loved having people notice the fob if they couldn’t ogle the car. We’re big boaters, so I went in a drawer and dug out one of those keychain-bobbing things from a boat show. He told me that I was nuts if I thought he was going to clip a yellow piece of spongy foam to his... Read more of this article


Refreshing, Festive Boat Brunch

Refreshing, Festive Boat Brunch

Whenever I see a few leaves start to fall, I know that autumn is just around the corner. That means celebrating and welcoming the changing seasons with a refreshing boat trip and a festive brunch menu. This easy menu is both nutritious and delicious and is sure to please omnivores and vegans alike. Miso-Parsley Hummus is a flavorful hummus, perfect... Read more of this article


Boaters Love Summer

Boaters Love Summer

By Csaba Nemeth By Captain Jonathan Fazio By Captain Jonathan Fazio By Adam B. Feder By Mark Kohn By John Wilson By Jennifer Onufrey-Sheehy  Read More →


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