Saturday, September 23, 2017

A Water Ambulance Buoys an Island

A Water Ambulance Buoys an Island

September 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Approximately two miles off the southeastern coast of Connecticut, there’s a small island called Fishers Island. Though part of the town of Southold on Long Island, Fishers Island is accessible by ferry from Connecticut and via the Long Island Sound by experienced boaters. Home to less than a few hundred people year round, Fishers Island […]

Learning from History

Learning from History

August 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

When I look out towards the ocean, I’m always hoping to spot a whale or dolphin coming up for air. As someone keenly aware of the creatures around us, I know how precious and irreplaceable marine lives are, and I understand that humans are responsible for preserving their habitats and lives. However, for us to […]

Boating with Dogs? Fur-Sure!

Boating with Dogs? Fur-Sure!

February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Everything pleasant calls to you at the start of a boating day. There’s cool rippling water, toasty sun, cold drinks, and hot tunes to accompany the chill as family and friends relax. Lastly, but far from least, there’s the warmth from your canine companion, tail wagging, with eyes that say, “Let’s go!” The combination of […]

Saving America’s Fireboat

Saving America’s Fireboat

October 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. A floating museum in Greenport attracts visitors with a passion for our country’s history, firefighters, and the military. Firefighters are rightfully acknowledged as great assets to the communities they serve on land. Perhaps less recognized is the mighty job performed by firefighters battling and extinguishing fires near or on our waters, utilizing powerful boats. […]

The Warmth of the “Welcome” Light:  A Special Visit to the Fire Island Lighthouse

The Warmth of the “Welcome” Light: A Special Visit to the Fire Island Lighthouse

August 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. Your friends have been raving forever about an incredible little seaside haven. When the time arrives to check this awesome-sounding place out for yourself, you arrive filled with excitement and anticipation. Then you see it — a full staircase to climb in order to reach the destination. You can’t physically accomplish this, and with […]

To The Rescue! Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center

To The Rescue! Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center

May 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. From beaches to forests, in our private backyards, and everywhere in between, there’s an amazing array of wildlife inhabiting Long Island.  You may come across wild turkeys walking proudly together in a line, a beautiful red-tailed hawk flying overhead, a turtle making its way to another pond, or hear a screeching owl calling to […]

A Sound Education

A Sound Education

March 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. The Webb Institute, nestled along the Long Island Sound in Glen Cove, is a unique college. Originally founded in the Bronx in 1889 by shipbuilder and philanthropist William H. Webb, this academic gem has just one major — naval architecture and marine engineering. Webb has a small student body; the current number of students […]

Seals on Long Island

Seals on Long Island

November 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Even if the colder months aren’t boating season for most, we do live nearby the coast year-round. Off-season is a great time to stay connected to the waters we love by going seal watching. Whether it’s by land or by sea, spotting these sometimes-graceful, sometimes-comical creatures is great fun for everyone. Seal Walks at […]

Charles Dickens Festival in Port Jefferson

Charles Dickens Festival in Port Jefferson

November 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Port Jefferson is an enticing destination during the warmer months, but it’s also appealing to stroll around this seaside village in nippy weather while sipping a warm beverage and soaking in festive holiday cheer.  As if even more incentive was necessary to visit, characters will be reenacting Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in December. […]

A Mayor by Land and Sea

A Mayor by Land and Sea

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Whether you live on Long Island or boat over from a neighboring state, there’s a significant chance that you’ve enjoyed multiple visits to the Village of Port Jefferson. Located about the halfway point of Long Island on its north side along a deep water harbor leading to the Long Island Sound, the bustling village is […]

Sailing Onward and Beyond MS

Sailing Onward and Beyond MS

June 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Severe chronic illness can rob individuals of the life they had hoped and planned for, though many find a silver lining — strength that grows through trials and tribulations. For those living with multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system, brain, and spinal cord, Oceans of Hope is a special […]

Ow! My Stomach Hurts!

Ow! My Stomach Hurts!

June 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Boating is a great way to escape from our everyday schedules, relax, and enjoy ourselves. Yet sometimes things happen out on the water that quickly bring us back to reality — and possibly back to shore. One of the most common and potentially troubling reality checks is gastrointestinal issues. Just being on a boat […]

The School on the Water

The School on the Water

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

                        The view while crossing over the Throgs Neck Bridge is breathtaking. Included in the panorama is the school on the water — The State University of New York Maritime College (SUNY Maritime) — and its training ship, Empire State VI. There’s excitement at […]

Canine Mates Come Aboard

Canine Mates Come Aboard

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

When the whole family is ready to go out on the water for a fun-filled day, are the furry members also in tow? They certainly can be, as long as you take simple precautions to keep them safe. Starting cruising companions out early is helpful. Gabrielle Stroup, a photographer and office manager at the North […]

Go Gently on the Waters

Go Gently on the Waters

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

                            On a peaceful, overcast morning in Hampton Bays, two rows of excited onlookers silently formed a path to the calm Long Island waters as the star of the hour peeked through a crate at her fans. I wondered, did she know […]

Oh No, Not My Tooth!

Oh No, Not My Tooth!

August 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

You’re enjoying your day out on the water, basking in the sun and enjoying your lunch. Then you take another bite of your sandwich and — in a split second — know something’s wrong with one of your teeth.What do you do while you’re away from shore? Dental emergencies are always disconcerting, so I sought […]

Rockin’ Your Life Jacket

Rockin’ Your Life Jacket

May 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Who in your family wears a life jacket while boating? I’ve met some folks who think everybody should be wearing one. Ro Woodard, Boating Safety Educator for NY State Parks, let me know that in New York State, “Children under the age of 12 must wear a securely fastened U.S. Coast Guard-approved wearable life jacket […]

Exploring the Wild Side of Long Island

Exploring the Wild Side of Long Island

April 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Albert Einstein said, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Though he may not have been talking about Long Island’s incredible natural wildlife and habitats, it’s true that some are tucked away within Long Island’s National Wildlife Refuges. There are nine such U.S. refuges on Long Island, explains Jody DeMeyre, Visitor […]

Seal Spotting

Seal Spotting

February 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Whether seals along our shores are romping, sunbathing, eating, or sleeping, they are a delightful sight to see! We’ve compiled some of the multiple adventures offered in our area, giving you abundant opportunities to spy seals throughout the colder months. Seal Walks at Cupsogue Beach The Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island, Inc. […]

All Paws on Deck!

All Paws on Deck!

January 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. You love your pooch, and you love your boat. Do you have to keep them separated? Not at all! Lots of boaters take their canine companions along; just like the precautions that people take to stay safe, there are tips to make excursions safer for dogs, as well. A canine life jacket is always […]

Keeping Busy During the Other Season

Keeping Busy During the Other Season

November 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

When the professionals who make boating season so rewarding embark on their off-season, what floats their boats when they’re not actually working on or near one? Jason Yabsley, currently a Freedom Boat Club dockmaster, was formerly a Fire Island Ferry Captain. He comes from a long line of seamen, so taking to the marine life […]

Sea-Worthy Used Boats

Sea-Worthy Used Boats

June 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. You work hard for your money, and it’s your dream to own a boat.  How can you insure that you get the vessel that you desire — without losing your money or your mind? There are different ways to go about searching for a used boat.   Many potential purchasers choose to enlist the […]