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An Ocean Tale

An Ocean Tale

October 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

I recently spent 18 days at sea on an Atlantic Ocean crossing, and time feels like it stretches out forever when you’re stuck on the same boat as 15 other crewmembers. I realized I had two choices: I could focus on the beauties of earth and nature, or I could lose my mind! I’d been […]

Unlocking the Locks

Unlocking the Locks

November 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Imagine cruising all the way around South America or going up and above Canada to get to the west coast of the United States. Historically, a vessel would have to do so, braving the elements and being at sea much longer, before the Panama Canal opened in 1914. The concept of building a ship canal […]

Don’t Do What We Did!

Don’t Do What We Did!

November 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

  Rafting up with other boats can be fun and exciting, but it can have its downside as well. A few years ago, we went out for the day to Pirates Cove, a great place for getting together with family and other boaters. We always enjoy climbing the hills, swimming, and relaxing, so that’s all […]

A Life at Sea

A Life at Sea

August 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. There are multiple opportunities in a lifetime to decide what you want to do for a job or as a career. If you asked me five years ago, as I was entering college, what I wanted to do after graduating, I would probably have described a regular nine-to-five desk job. I thought then that […]

Up and Away!

Up and Away!

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. Are you a person who is never bored on the water because you’re happy to grab a board and go wakeboarding, surfing, paddleboarding, or flyboarding? Then chances are you’ll take to hoverboarding as well — it’s something out of the future to experience now. Hoverboarding is a newer watersport than flyboarding, but it’s catching […]

A Fresh Look at Long Island

A Fresh Look at Long Island

March 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. Growing up in a small town in Georgia, Marli Ross didn’t dream of visiting Long Island on a millionaire’s private yacht. Yet that’s what she accomplished last summer. Ross grew up with a keen sense of adventure and the water. “You could always find me near the water. I used to go wakeboarding and […]

Dream Cruising Destinations

Dream Cruising Destinations

February 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. Do you long to boat in places far from your home port? The places you fantasize about may actually exist; the book Dream Cruising Destinations by Vanessa Bird is a solid guide to reaching and enjoying exotic locales. From locations in the United States to private islands across the seas, this book has it […]

Schmitty the Weather Dog

Schmitty the Weather Dog

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. The question, “Hey Schmitty, what’s the weather today?” is asked by elementary school students of a tiny weather reporter. Schmitty is a Yorkie who travels the country teaching children about weather, science, and math in a fun, exciting way. Though most lessons about science and weather can be a tad boring, a visit by […]

Raising Money, Lowering Temperatures!

Raising Money, Lowering Temperatures!

November 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. While most of us bundle up against the cold, many intrepid people run into the water to raise money for exceptional causes. Polar bear-type plunge fundraisers take place all over the country. On Long Island, organizations that benefit include the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Special Olympics (the term Polar Plunge is a registered trademark of […]

Pace’s Dockside

Pace’s Dockside

October 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  For many boaters, a nice day includes clear skies, calm waters, and a delicious meal. One North Fork restaurant that fits boaters’ criteria is Pace’s Dockside at Strong’s Waterclub & Marina in Mattituck. This establishment offers boaters the opportunity to enjoy the scenic East End as well as a mouthwatering menu. While Pace’s Dockside […]

Step up and Clean a Beach

Step up and Clean a Beach

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Every year, the International Coastal Cleanup includes our area, thanks to the efforts of the Northeast Chapter of the American Littoral Society. Based in Broad Channel, Queens, the chapter continues its work, urging boaters and other beach lovers to make a difference by volunteering at the 30th annual New York State Beach Cleanup on […]

The Yacht Guru’s Bible

The Yacht Guru’s Bible

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

You love the water and being out on a boat, so have you ever wondered what it would be like to work on a motor yacht? Do you imagine yourself living and working aboard a beautifully designed yacht that can take you to places around the world you’ve dreamed of visiting? Alene Keenan has cruised […]

Sailing towards Healing

Sailing towards Healing

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Many of us have a passion for the sea and enjoy quality time on the water.  The Duclay brothers, Sean and Kilian, have those feelings, too, along with a desire to help others share their enthusiasm. Sean and Kilian are teenagers who have created an amazing organization called Sail Ahead to engage traumatized and […]

Learn Basic Safety as Yacht Crews Do

Learn Basic Safety as Yacht Crews Do

August 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  The average size boat is between 25 and 50 feet. That’s a lot of vessel to handle, yet it doesn’t take much to buy one and head out. In fact, there’s no requirement for adults in New York to obtain a boater’s license (there is to operate a jet ski). It amazes me that […]

Don’t Do What We Did!

Don’t Do What We Did!

August 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  It is never a dull moment when the McMahon family goes to Port Jefferson. As much as we love boating there, something always occurs. Something that ends up on these pages! Pirates Cove in Port Jefferson had taken one of my family’s anchors in the past. I recounted on this page how changing tides […]

50 Water Adventures

50 Water Adventures

May 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. A big part of life is about enjoying it and having fun — adding water to it makes it even better.  If fun isn’t fun for you unless it’s also thrilling, then I recommend  Lia Ditton’s 50 Water Adventures to do Before You Die, the ultimate bucket list handbook for water lovers. This captivating […]

The Adventures of Colin the Coastguard

The Adventures of Colin the Coastguard

May 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Don’t be scared to be out on the water — there are people whose jobs are to protect us and keep us safe. Across the Atlantic Ocean, there’s a member of the Coastguard in the United Kingdom named Colin. He and his dog, Rocky, are the heroes in the town of Tideswell, because they […]

Style Your Trailer

Style Your Trailer

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Those who own boats or jet skis and trailer them know how much maintenance there is to keep them in great condition. Road conditions are tough on trailers and salt water contributes to rust and corrosion. I have had my common silver metal trailer for five years. It’s functional, but it’s also boring and just […]

Kiteboarding Flies off the Pages

Kiteboarding Flies off the Pages

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. If you love water sports, enjoy amazing photographs, and appreciate reading exciting and cool information, then Kiteboarding: Where it’s at… by Alex Hapgood should be in your hands. Hapgood captures 15 years of the sport with stunning images and information. Since writing about surfing and kiteboarding for other publications and magazines, Hapgood jumped at […]

Loving Life on the Water

Loving Life on the Water

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

When you grow up loving the water and spend your free time windsurfing, sailing, and wakeboarding, it’s likely an ad in the paper for paddleboard lessons will catch your eye. That’s exactly what happened to Katie Aksak. Once she answered that ad in a Vermont paper, she went on to become PaddleFit certified in Florida, […]

Artist Inspired by the North Fork

Artist Inspired by the North Fork

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Long Island’s beauty catches the eye of everyone who lives here or visits. Yet it takes an artist such as Danielle Malmet Rodger to draw inspiration from the seasonal beauty of the North Fork and create children’s books and bright watercolor paintings. The first book, called Adventures through North Fork: Autumn, captures colorful fall scenes. […]

Long Island Surfing Spots

Long Island Surfing Spots

February 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  If your boat’s buttoned up for the winter, but you still want to have fun on Long Island waters, I suggest picking up a surfboard and heading south. No, not south as in Florida, but rather to Long Island’s South Shore beaches. The summer’s crowds are long gone and the beaches beckon to surfers. […]

Stepping Stones Lighthouse

Stepping Stones Lighthouse

February 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Long Island has its share of beautiful architectural lighthouses. Boaters, spoiled by the views, rarely (if ever) focus on the cost of upkeep as we pass by these beauties. One such picturesque lighthouse known to boaters in the western Long Island Sound and travelers across the Throgs Neck Bridge is Stepping Stones Lighthouse. Built in […]

Studying the Earth and Oceans

Studying the Earth and Oceans

February 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Choosing a college and deciding what to study are among the biggest decisions in high school students’ lives. I know — I was in your shoes, picturing what my life would be like depending on whether I chose another major or attended a different school. My advice to you is to go with your gut […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

February 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Few boaters (if any) will say that the boat ramp is their favorite part of boating — especially on those days when the scene at the ramp is complete chaos. Tempers flare as people yell at each other over who is taking too long and who is cutting in line. If you are new at […]

Flyboarding is a Blast!

Flyboarding is a Blast!

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. You’re on the boat, and someone exclaims, “Check it out! It’s a flying person!”You’re not seeing things —someone nearby is flyboarding. The sport of flyboarding, growing fast around the world, is catching on around Long Island. As I’m always happy to try out different watersports, I jumped at the chance to flyboard. When I […]

Visiting the Bug Lighthouse

Visiting the Bug Lighthouse

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

I usually only see lighthouses as we pass them by while on my family’s boat. So when Bob Allen, aka “The Long Lighthouse Guy,” invited me along on the Long Beach Bar Light tour during the Greenport Festival, I jumped at the chance to see a lighthouse up close — very up close. When I […]

Freezing for a Reason

Freezing for a Reason

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Would you jump into freezing water for a few seconds? Before you decide, what if you were fundraising for Special Olympics athletes, children with diabetes, or helping to grant sick children’s wishes? Many Long Islanders who would otherwise avoid the beach in the cold weather flock to the  water for a polar bear plunge fundraiser […]

A NACK for Paddling

A NACK for Paddling

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

From its beginning, the North Atlantic Canoe and Kayak (NACK) group has worked to help paddlers enhance safety and develop skills. Founded in 2005 and based on Long Island, they have programs that cover paddlesports throughout the northeastern United States. NACK’s mission statement is straightforward: “We believe that a strong commitment to training and assessment […]

Lace Up a Fashion Statement

Lace Up a Fashion Statement

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

What if you knew of innovative techniques to tie boat shoes besides the classic around the tree through the loop or bunny ears methods? Do you crave ways that would stop that annoying habit laces have of becoming undone? Are you a fashionista who eschews wearing practical, comfortable boat shoes because you think they don’t […]

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