Sunday, May 29, 2016

From the Editor

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

May 1, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

May might be a tiny word but it’s also a monumental one. Depending on Mother Nature’s quirkiness, we probably boat more in summer than we do in May, but anticipation about the places we’ll go and things we’ll experience is highest now. Since this month marks the start of boating season, I make all my resolutions in May and not on New Year’s Day. I figure that if I share them with you publicly, I’ll have to keep them.* Resolutions: Boat to new destinations around Long Island. Return to favorite spots like Citi Field, Statue of Liberty, and Port Jefferson. Rent a boat to visit Fire... [Read the full story]

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Letter to the Editor

March 1, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

Dear Editor: New Yorkers and the American people have made great strides toward eradicating the selfish scourge of drunk driving from our society. The numbers of needless deaths decline year after year and the legal penalties are stiffer than ever for those who choose to drive drunk or under the influence of drugs. Yet, those who choose to operate a boat under the influence will face a relative slap on the wrist for their destructive choice. I recall one case in particular which perfectly illustrates this absurd regulatory gap. According to a July 24, 2014 report in The Long-Islander, a man... [Read the full story]

Features

Speed Thrills!

Speed Thrills!

May 12, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

For the first time since 1920, New York City hosted the America’s Cup. Though weather conditions caused the cancellation of the previous day’s races, crews representing six countries raced their vessels along the Hudson River on Sunday, May 8, past a crowd estimated at 100,000. The race boats seemed to be flying over the water at times due to wind gusts of up to 20 knots. Race details and results:  www.americascup.com/en/results.html. Photos by www.tabhauserphoto.com. By Tab Hauser  Read More →

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

Speed Thrills!

Speed Thrills!

For the first time since 1920, New York City hosted the America’s Cup. Though weather conditions caused the cancellation of the previous day’s races, crews representing six countries raced their vessels along the Hudson River on Sunday, May 8, past a crowd estimated at 100,000. The race boats seemed to be flying over the water at times... 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


Boaters’ Best Deal: Free Vessel Safety Checks

Boaters’ Best Deal: Free Vessel Safety Checks

When it comes to boating, there’s usually a cost involved. Oh, we love our pastime and understand the expenses, but let’s face it — wouldn’t it be great if someone offered us a boating freebie? Even better, how about providing a no-cost, no-risk way to have the equipment and personal protection gear on our watercraft checked to make sure... Read more of this article


Boating for Different Abilities

Boating for Different Abilities

Boating is a great morale builder for those with physical disabilities. If you have family members or friends with restricted mobility that you have been reluctant to take aboard your boat, please revisit your position — an open passenger policy benefits everyone. Persons confined to a wheelchair, those who must use a walker or crutches to get... Read more of this article


Find Your Park and Share Your Passion

Find Your Park and Share Your Passion

You stand before a breathtaking view and smile, pausing to relish in the moment before documenting the majestic landscape. The scene is filled with details fit for a photograph, but few snapshots will do it justice. To share your memories you will need to paint a picture with words, as you do often. Even years later, you find you rarely miss the... 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


Sailors without Sight

Sailors without Sight

. Picture yourself on a beautiful day; the sky is nearly crystalline blue and there’s nary a cloud in it. The glowing sun warms your skin and the sparkling water is gorgeous as its waves swell around your boat. This perfect vision makes you feel alive. Now imagine that you’re in that same picturesque setting, except that you’re blind and... Read more of this article


Lyme Disease Prevention and Treatment

Lyme Disease Prevention and Treatment

. While boaters look forward to warm weather, this is the time that ticks carrying Lyme disease are most active. Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness in North America and Europe, carried by blacklegged (deer) ticks. If left untreated. Lyme disease can cause many health problems including issues with joints, heart, and/or the nervous... Read more of this article


Voyage through Loss

Voyage through Loss

. As Paul Heiney recalls his eventful voyage from England to the infamous Cape Horn in his book One Wild Song, he is simultaneously navigating a new life without his son. The author’s son, Nicholas, creates a deafening silence after his suicide at age 23. This burns in the narrator’s mind throughout the book; he begins by sharing with the... Read more of this article


Right Navigation Lights

Right Navigation Lights

. The sleek power cruiser glided into the marina just at sunset, lit up like a Christmas tree.  Port and starboard navigational rope lights gave the vessel a slightly demon-like quality while a line of underwater blue lights along the hull further added to its bizarre beauty. You couldn’t miss seeing it, but all those lights are not permissible... Read more of this article


Don’t Do What I Did!

Don’t Do What I Did!

After boating for three decades, you figure I would have seen and done everything imaginable. Yet that assumption proved wrong one day in December, 2004, while I was out on my 27-foot Shamrock, Striper Viper. The day already had some early issues such as hitting ground and calling for a tow to pull me free of the sand, but by lunchtime I was heading... Read more of this article


Gifts from the Heart and the Shore

Gifts from the Heart and the Shore

  If you’re reading this, you’ve probably long since graduated from making your mom a macaroni necklace for Mother’s Day. So what do you plan as an encore — flowers, chocolate, a new floppy hat for the boat? While those are nice gifts, returning to the days when you gave with your heart (minus the pasta shells) may be more appreciated. Was... 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


Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

This column is usually boat-focused, but trailers need attention, too. Before you head out on your shore-to-shore adventures, take some time to ensure trouble-free traveling. Along with following the manufacturer’s directions for maintenance, be sure to do the following: Inspect the tires for cracks and wear. Check the winch to make sure it... Read more of this article


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