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She’s the Officer in Charge

She’s the Officer in Charge

November 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

An energetic 29-year-old officer oversees a sophisticated National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research boat. Lieutenant Junior Grade Sarah Chappel is the officer in charge of the NOAA Research Vessel (R/V) Bay Hydro II, a ship equipped with multi-beam, vertical beam, and side scan echo sounding sonar equipment to assist the crew’s mission. That mission is […]

Speed Thrills!

Speed Thrills!

May 12, 2016 by · 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 […]

Lighthouse Waterfront Café

Lighthouse Waterfront Café

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

When it comes to dock and dining restaurants, Lighthouse Waterfront Café has it all. Good food, welcoming service, and an attractive setting with inside and outside seating and a friendly outdoor bar featuring music every Friday. We woke our taste buds up with a signature mojito of Bulgarian ginger vodka, tequila, and mint, and then […]

My Summertime of Dock and Dine

My Summertime of Dock and Dine

July 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Going out to dinner is a completely different experience during boating season. There’s something special about gathering up friends and cruising to enjoy a good meal. Being in a small group and traveling together, enjoying sea breezes and great views, is a lot more fun than traveling separately by car and meeting up. My wife […]

Boca Kitchen * Bar * Catering

Boca Kitchen * Bar * Catering

June 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  Boca is the new dock and dine located at the end of Glen Cove Creek. While reservations are recommended on weekends, diners will not mind waiting for a table on the large patio complete with rocking chairs and lounge furniture overlooking the marina. The restaurant’s CEO, Carlos Amaury Tavarez, said the Boca name “came […]

Chase the Winter Blues

Chase the Winter Blues

February 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  My wife and I have two important things in common. One is that both Maureen and I hate winter, and two, we share a love for being on or around water. It started in 1981 when we honeymooned on an old houseboat in the 1000 Islands. Over the years, we spent many a vacation […]

Bistro SK

Bistro SK

February 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

        Most boaters who cruise to City Island include a meal in their visits. They gravitate towards the convenience of docking and dining establishments, but a meal at Bistro SK is worth a short walk on land. We grabbed a mooring ball at the City Island Yacht Club and walked to the […]

International Grand Slam Racing on Long Island

International Grand Slam Racing on Long Island

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Manhasset Bay Yacht Club in Port Washington recently hosted the 31st annual Knickerbocker Cup. This prestigious Grand Slam match racing event had teams from France, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Great Britain, and Singapore.  There were also three entrants from the United States, including the Riptide Racing team, based in Oyster Bay. One week […]

Tale of Two Clubs

Tale of Two Clubs

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

For many boaters, being out on the water is just part of the fun. Many of us also love being around people who share our same nautical interest. One place to be around like-minded boaters is a yacht club, yet yacht clubs are not all alike. They come in different shapes and sizes to meet […]

Why We Boat

Why We Boat

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Asking why we boat in this magazine may seem like a silly question. The usual answer — because it is fun — would make for a very short story. However, simple fun is not all there is to boating. Owning a vessel is not an inexpensive diversion, yet the people who love it find ways […]

Rowing for Sport and More

Rowing for Sport and More

August 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In 2010, Monika Dorman dreamed of starting a rowing club off the waters of Port Washington.  An avid rower, she wanted the students in the Port Washington area to enjoy being out on the bay as well. Turning her dream into a reality required help, so Dorman approached Mitch Tamkin and Steve Panzik, former high […]

Exit One On The L.I. Sound, Open to Boaters!

Exit One On The L.I. Sound, Open to Boaters!

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Many say that Long Island waters officially start at Manhasset Bay. Squeezed between the tip of Great Neck and Port Washington, this is the first of several large harbors that literally cut into the North Shore of Long Island. They offer protected anchorage, entertainment, nature and more.

Vine Street Café

Vine Street Café

October 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Lisa and Terry Harwood, owners of casual restaurant Blue Canoe in Greenport, also have a pricier, upscale establishment worth visiting. With ceiling rafters, simple white walls with large windows, and dark wood plank floors, Vine Street Café emits a cozy country feel. After being seated, we were brought a fresh-out-of-the-oven baguette, crisp and tasty paired […]

Maroni Cuisine

Maroni Cuisine

August 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Northport is one of our favorite overnight boating destinations.  The town dock at the foot of Main Street is always a place to be seen!  When we pull into Northport hungry, we usually go for the tasty and great-value takeout of Maroni Cuisine, which is located a very quick walk from the dock. While known […]

Start the Season Prepared

Start the Season Prepared

May 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Boating season is here! You’ve paid your docking and insurance fees, had the engines commissioned and performed safety inspections on your boat’s fuel lines, exhaust hoses, intake valves, bilge pumps, and other working components. Now it’s time to check some on the things that might have expired, become obsolete, or been misplaced during last year’s […]

Blue Canoe Oyster Bar & Grill

Blue Canoe Oyster Bar & Grill

April 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Blue Canoe Oyster Bar & Grill is a relaxed restaurant just a quick stroll from Greenport’s Mitchell Park Marina, Brewer Yacht Yard, Brewer Stirling Harbor Marina, and other local stops. Water views and outside tables keep diners a part of this vibrant seaside village. As its name implies, seafood abounds on the menu. Entrées […]

Canal Cafe

Canal Cafe

February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

We received a restaurant tip from foodies we know:  they drive out from Manhattan just to satisfy their craving for the lobster salad roll at the Canal Café.  Located on the west side of the Shinnecock Canal (behind Hampton Watercraft Marine), this restaurant offers friendly casual dining inside and outdoors on a spacious patio that […]

Overcoming Docking Jitters

Overcoming Docking Jitters

January 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In my first season as a boat owner, I found that after a perfect, stress-free outing with friends, I’d become anxious once we neared the marina. My anxiety arose because my lightweight 35’ Carver was so tall that it mimicked a sail in any wind. My slip was fairly narrow to my starboard side (less than four feet of room for error) while a consistent summer southerly breeze battled me at my beam. I envied those with a north side slip where the breeze carried them in.

One Peninsula, Two Bays, Two Advocates

One Peninsula, Two Bays, Two Advocates

September 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The peninsula of Port Washington is flanked by two beautiful bays. Advocating for the preservation and improvement of those waters is the Manhasset Bay Protection Committee (MBPC) on the western shore, while the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee (HHPC) safeguards the eastern shore. Both groups are comprised of volunteers working to save the waters from further […]

Riding With the Nassau Marine Bureau

Riding With the Nassau Marine Bureau

August 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Nassau Marine Bureau, the police agency charged with protecting the waters of Nassau County, has highly trained and dedicated veteran officers such Ben Macchia and Tony Simonetti.  They patrol their “beat” in a 33′ Bertram, and allowed us the privilege of riding along with them. An average day on the water for Officers Macchia […]

Are You Up On Your Radar Basics?

Are You Up On Your Radar Basics?

August 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Your marine radar may be one of the lesser-used instruments on your boat, but it is a most critical piece of equipment. Most boaters head out on beautiful days and never bother to turn on the radar system. However, a lovely day can quickly be marred by squalls and fog (either unexpected or forecasted but […]

Yes, I Bought a Boat on eBay!

Yes, I Bought a Boat on eBay!

July 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Always boaters at heart, my wife, Maureen, and I chartered a boat on our honeymoon. Living in Port Washington, we admired the many boats passing by as we stood at the town dock. Boating seemed to be in our blood, but we limited our experience to chartering vacations.

Beware of Boater’s Fatigue

Beware of Boater’s Fatigue

June 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

A day spent on a boat is relaxing. However, chilling out while performing repetitive actions may lead to yawning, tired eyes, poor concentration, and slow reactions, symptoms of “Boater’s Fatigue.” I’ve experience it myself, and I am fortunate that things didn’t turn ugly.

Tideminders

Tideminders

May 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Tideminders offers a simple solution when tying up to a stationary dock.

Pump It

Pump It

February 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The weather is beautiful, the boat’s fueled up, you have sandwiches and drinks in the cooler, and you head out for a great day on the bay. Then, just as the anchor sets, someone needs to use the head, only to find it fairly full.

Piloting a Boat: It’s Different than Driving a Car

Piloting a Boat: It’s Different than Driving a Car

January 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

When you get in your car and pull out of the driveway, you give a quick look in each direction and then stay on the right side of the road. You expect other drivers will know the speed limits and rules of the road, and will behave in a civilized manner at stop signs and intersections. Though defensive driving is important, you don’t continuously worry about multiple cars crossing in front of your hood at different angles and varying speeds. And when it comes to passengers in the car, they need to do nothing more than put on their seatbelts and enjoy the ride.

Don’t Do What I Did!

Don’t Do What I Did!

January 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Last July, I got myself in the worst possible place. The day began like any other beautiful summer Sunday, with temperatures in the 80s and winds at 5 knots. I picked up my cousins from the City Island Yacht Club and motored back across the Sound to Manhasset Bay for lunch and a swim. By mid afternoon, when our bay constables informed us that the weather was taking a turn, I decided to run our guests back to City Island. I downloaded the radar and weather on my phone, saw the storm approaching the Bronx, and estimated I had enough time. We crossed the Sound to City Island in 10 minutes, but as we approached, it became evident that this was not the usual, quick summer thunderstorm.

Cookie Goes Cruising: Tips for Boating with Dogs

Cookie Goes Cruising: Tips for Boating with Dogs

August 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

My wife Maureen’s dog, Cookie, was never really a big part of our boating experience. She would go on now and then, but for the most part stayed home (with someone to let her out and take care of her). This year, with both our kids on their own, Cookie has become the latest (and cutest) creature on A Dock.

Cruising the Triple Play

Cruising the Triple Play

July 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Cruising is a fun way to explore places outside your home port while improving your nautical skills. Like much of life, I’ve found that the key to having fun is careful planning.

You Can’t Hurry Skill

You Can’t Hurry Skill

June 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Becoming a good boater poses a dilemma: how do you gain valuable boating experience in bad conditions unless you find yourself in bad conditions?

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