Monday, September 24, 2018

From the Editor

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

September 1, 2018 · Leave a Comment 

I’m in complete denial about this being September. June and July sped by, but I truly thought August would linger a lot longer. However, the calendar says we’ve moved on, and the earlier sunsets indicate the same. So I’ll shake off my disbelief long enough to look at what makes September boating special. There are five full weekends in September. When the kids return to school, left-over vacation days can be used as adult recess. The kids likely have a couple of days off this month. If you don’t observe, go boating. The heat and humidity may morph from a roar to a whisper. Stopping... [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

Boating After Dark

Boating After Dark

September 1, 2018 · Leave a Comment 

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 it until you gain confidence. Night boating and day boating share the same underlying basics: check all your safety gear and operating equipment and wear a life jacket. Attach a whistle and a strobe flashlight to your life jacket (if you find yourself... [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

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 →


Taking a Shot at Escape

Taking a Shot at Escape

If you’re a fan of novels or movies that glamorize sailing across a vast expanse of water seeking new opportunities, you’ll likely answer the ocean’s call to find what you’re missing. Or, if you’re the 15-year-old Gabe, who recalls his life before his family sailed to Polynesia, water represents the escape route from an oppressive reality. In... Read more of this article


Eating Well Aboard

Eating Well Aboard

There’s nothing like bracing sea air to set the culinary juices flowing. Whether it’s docking and dining at a waterside restaurant, a pizza ordered dockside, or a multi-course meal prepared aboard, eating is one of the great joys of the boating lifestyle. My thoughts on successful chowing down, gleaned from 25 years of nautical dining, start... Read more of this article


Keep Boating Dogs Safe and Sound

Keep Boating Dogs Safe and Sound

If you’re traveling any distance from your home port, take along the numbers of emergency veterinary services both along the route and at your destination.   Dogs may suffer from seasickness, so take short trips at first. Feed lightly until you see how your canine reacts.   Reserve a cool shady spot on the boat for your dog.   Dogs... Read more of this article


How to Handle a Squall

How to Handle a Squall

Technically, the headline to this story is misleading. You can’t handle any kind of storm — it does what it wants, when it wants. But if you know what to do, you can keep your cool and minimize risk. Squalls seem to come out of nowhere. The weather is fine until that moment things shift suddenly; the wind gusts and rain pelts. Set aside your... Read more of this article


East End with Kids

East End with Kids

Boating is such a great family experience that you don’t want to ruin a day by stopping off at a spot unsuitable for kids. These fun kid-friendly destinations and anchorages make any boating day better: Greenport Greenport is a quaint, bustling town lined with shops, restaurants, art galleries, and other places of interest. The refurbished Mitchell... Read more of this article


Communicating in an Emergency

Communicating in an Emergency

Know which boaters are most relaxed and able to enjoy a great time on their boats? The ones with nautical knowledge who also do proper planning beforehand. They know they have reduced the amount of possible maritime mishaps that can arise, and if something occurs, it’s less apt to turn into an emergency. However prepared we may be, problems... Read more of this article


Severe Storm Resources and Safety Tips

Severe Storm Resources and Safety Tips

  National Hurricane Center nhc.noaa.gov/ Safety Tips https://www.weather.gov/safety/hurricane   Dial-A-Buoy 888-701-8992 http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/dial.shtml   Storm Surge Hazard Maps https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/nationalsurge/   Emergency Apps http://uscgboating.org/mobile/ redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps   Marine... Read more of this article


The Hull Perspective

The Hull Perspective

While boating, chances are you focus on the scenery, the rolling waves, and the way the blue sky seems to merge into the water.  While you’re appreciating what’s out and beyond your vessel, photographer Michele Dragonetti keeps her focus squarely on the hull. “Photographing boat hulls happened by chance in 2013,” says Dragonetti. “I... Read more of this article


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