Thursday, March 23, 2017

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Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

March 1, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

Should we consider March a month to celebrate or overlook? It does usher in the seedlings of spring, but March seemingly specializes in something else — dreary days. Days may get lighter towards month’s end, but they certainly don’t get bright enough fast enough for me. The best way to speed up the brightening is to scrub winter’s grime from every nook and crevice. Think of it as a spring-cleaning for ourselves! Dust off that boat supply shopping list, polish your skills with a basic or refresher safety course, clear away the doldrums by making plans for the season’s boating events... [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

Whooshing on the Water

Whooshing on the Water

March 1, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

Talk to Jimmy Cazzani and you learn that he’s passionate about many things, including speedboats, teamwork, safety, and the support of sponsors and fans. Spend more time conversing and be amazed at the complexity of superboat racing while discovering what recreational boaters can learn from a daring but cautious pro. Serafino V. Cazzani, known as “Jimmy,” is a success in ventures on land and water. A pioneering offshore racer, he’s team principal and throttle man of a Superboat sponsored by the ALEX AND ANI brand of jewelry. Cazzani recalls that his love of speed has been present... [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

Whooshing on the Water

Whooshing on the Water

Talk to Jimmy Cazzani and you learn that he’s passionate about many things, including speedboats, teamwork, safety, and the support of sponsors and fans. Spend more time conversing and be amazed at the complexity of superboat racing while discovering what recreational boaters can learn from a daring but cautious pro. Serafino V. Cazzani, known... Read more of this article


Marina Contracts

Marina Contracts

The order in which you take care of boating season to-do’s is important. Once you’ve chosen where your boat will spend the summer, you’re presented with a contract from the boatyard or marina. The contract will likely cover risk shifting, subrogation, limited liability, and exculpation — if your boat is damaged while repairing, launching,... Read more of this article


Where Will Your Boat Spend the Summer?

Where Will Your Boat Spend the Summer?

  Boaters and their vessels vary, and so do boating accommodations. Choosing a marina, yacht club, mooring field, or boatyard is based on what you need and can afford; our list of considerations and questions will help you make the best selection. Location. Do you head to your boat after work or dinner? A spot nearby works best. Do you use... Read more of this article


Go, Coast Guard, Go!

Go, Coast Guard, Go!

By Chief Petty Officer Thomas Sperduto If a maritime disaster such as terrorism on the high seas, a hurricane, fire, grounding, or sinking occurs, it’s comforting to know that the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) will respond 24/7. By Petty Officer 3rd Class Eric Woodall As the principal federal agency responsible for maritime safety, security, and environmental... Read more of this article


Towing with the Flow

Towing with the Flow

. No one wants to have a towboat operator come for their vessel, but everyone is happy to see that towboat heading towards them when they need one. I met with such a two-phased tow operator recently. Captain Jim Reynolds, owner of Towing and Marine Service of Bay Shore (part of the nationwide TowBoatU.S.), has been an unwelcome/welcome sight... Read more of this article


Boating or Camping? You Decide!

Boating or Camping? You Decide!

  If you think there’s a world of difference between boating and camping, you’re likely someone who goes home when the sun goes down. As far as I’m concerned, sleeping on my 19-foot catboat is an exercise in advanced survival camping. At six-feet, six-inches, my boat’s two bunks are long enough, but as each narrows down at the foot,... Read more of this article


Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

I can’t tell you a thing about the day that was remarkable, thought it was a perfect boating day — nice weather, good company, and a fun destination. On the way back, things plummeted quickly, and it was entirely my fault. The captain trusts me to make sure that the first aid kit is stocked, and that there are remedies for seasickness and... Read more of this article


Is It Summer Yet

Is It Summer Yet

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A Seaworthy Toolbox

A Seaworthy Toolbox

  Do you have an onboard toolbox? If so, does it contain the most helpful tools? Toolboxes are neither space wasters nor for show. Having a properly stocked toolbox may save you from a soaking, a tow, or from running up a big repair bill. Let’s start with the toolkit itself. As space on small recreational vessels is tight, the trick is... Read more of this article


Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

Even if you’re not doing work on your boat yet, now is the time most marine supply stores start promoting early spring sales. That makes this a great time to stock up on what you’ll need to get your boat in shape before launching it. Consult your list and then start shopping. It’s really that easy, unless you never made an off-season “to... Read more of this article


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


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