Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Circle Long Island by Boat: A Different Adventure Every Day

Circle Long Island by Boat: A Different Adventure Every Day

April 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Did you know a boat trip around Long Island is about 250 nautical miles and can be completed in less than two weeks? If you’re a local boater who plans a big adventure to Block Island each summer, change things up and take an engaging and entertaining backyard boat vacation with the fun itinerary of […]

Pirates Cove

Pirates Cove

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  Though many refer to the area as Pirates Cove, some still call it Mount Misery. No matter what its formal name, everyone seems to understand where you’re heading when you tell Port Jefferson and nearby north shore boaters, “We’re going to the Cove.” Once you’ve dropped anchor in this calm water haven on the […]

Zachs Bay

Zachs Bay

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When boaters want to get away just far enough to relax, Zachs Bay is often their choice. It is an easy anchorage to reach from points east and west. Located just off the State Channel and east of Wantagh Parkway (where Sloop Channel meets the State Channel), the bay is well protected and usually very […]

Fire Island National Seashore

Fire Island National Seashore

March 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

. Fire Island is one place with many destinations. Resort communities abound and natural wonders entice, but a major part of the island falls within the U.S. National Park Service’s protection as a national seashore. Boaters are a common sight in the Great South Bay on summer weekends. Many are flocking to Talisman, Sailors Haven, […]

Fishers Island

Fishers Island

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. Though closer to Connecticut, Fishers Island is part of the Town of Southold in New York. The island is home to residents with long-term roots and those seeking a secluded retreat. Despite much of it being private, visiting boaters can enjoy a portion of the seven-mile-long, one-mile-wide island’s beauty and serenity. The trip requires […]

Shelter Island

Shelter Island

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. Shelter Island’s five harbors beckon boaters. Tucked in between the forks of the east end of Long Island, about one-third of the island is a nature preserve. Coming from the north, opposite Greenport, lies Dering Harbor, home to a fleet of classic wooden sailboats. It is protected from all winds except those from the […]

A Season in the Sun

A Season in the Sun

February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Even though recreational boaters gripe about every missed chance to get out on the water, we did have a boating season with much more sun than rain. Mother Nature eased off her rollicking and roiling weather antics and we had fun exploring rivers, anchoring in coves, gazing at fireworks, flocking to festivals, rocking out to […]

Paddle, Row, and Go in Nippy Weather

Paddle, Row, and Go in Nippy Weather

November 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Until or unless the waters (or your fingers) freeze, Long Island has great locations to paddle and row, including these New York State parks. Belmont Lake 631-667-5055   Captree 631-669-0449 Beware of strong currents   Hecksher 631-581-2100   Hempstead Lake 516-766-1029   Hither Hills 631-668-3781   Jones Beach 516-785-1600   Nissequogue River 631-269-4927 Check tide […]

Hemlock Cove

Hemlock Cove

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Ask South Shore boaters to name a low-key place to relax on the hook, and quite often they’ll share how much they love Hemlock Cove. Hemlock Cove is located along the State Boat Channel opposite Gilgo State Park. Most of the cove is deep, but check the depth as you get closer to land.  The […]

West Harbor

West Harbor

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One of the most protected bodies of water by Oyster Bay, West Harbor is in the northwest part of Oyster Bay Harbor, to the west side of Centre Island. This is a wide open area where you can drop anchor, hang out, ooh and ahh at the large homes and mega yachts you see, and take a […]

Fort Pond Bay

Fort Pond Bay

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Fort Pond Bay in Montauk is a triple-threat destination. It offers a spectacular view of the bluffs, has deep water to accommodate many sizes of boats, and has an underwater attraction for snorkelers and divers. This is an easy-to-reach spot if you are boating from points east of Shelter Island, as it’s located just west […]

Pirates Cove

Pirates Cove

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Called Pirates Cove by many, Mt. Misery by others, some Port Jefferson and nearby North Shore boaters just say, “We’re going to The Cove.” No matter what you name it going in, you’ll call it a great place once you’ve dropped anchor in this calm water haven on the east side of the entrance to […]

Swan River

Swan River

January 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

    Swan River is easily accessible from the Great South Bay. Located between Patchogue River and Mud Creek, the 1½ mile long and 15-foot wide river is tidal. It’s home to several marinas, a water accessible restaurant, and waterfront homes. There’s another community as well — one made up of wildlife and fish. The […]

Nissequogue River

Nissequogue River

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      The Nissequogue River is located on the western side of Smithtown Bay.  At over eight miles long, part of this freshwater river (derived from groundwater) flows through Nissequogue River State Park. The park, a designated State Bird Conservation area, serves as shelter for waterfowl, herons, and egrets, and is along the migration […]

Oh, the Places We Went!

Oh, the Places We Went!

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

What a year it was for boating — Mother Nature was stingy with rain, though when she let loose in 2015, she sent a bucketful all bunched together. The result was numerous days during boating season with weather just right for exploring rivers, anchoring in coves, watching fireworks, attending festivals, rocking to the music, gazing […]

Dazzling Fall Colors

Dazzling Fall Colors

November 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Perhaps to make summer’s passing more palatable, autumn throws quite a party along Long Island’s shores. Boaters have a wonderful perspective to see these fall festivities! We’re listing some great leaf-peeping spots; please note that access to some waterside sites may be limited to rowers and paddlers only. Don’t forget to wear your life jacket […]

North Hempstead Beach Park

North Hempstead Beach Park

November 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  Tucked in the south part of Hempstead Harbor at Bar Beach is North Hempstead Beach Park.  Bar Beach, in the south part of the harbor, is usually a calm place to drop anchor and enjoy a relaxing day. In addition to the beach, the park has a concession stand offering food and beverages; restrooms […]

Zachs Bay

Zachs Bay

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            As a hot summer day begins, hundreds of boaters turn their thoughts — and then their boats — towards Zachs Bay. Just off the State Channel and just east of Wantagh Parkway (where Sloop Channel meets the State Channel), Zachs Bay is well protected and usually very calm. The […]

Fort Pond Bay

Fort Pond Bay

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Fort Pond Bay in Montauk has a lot to offer Long Island boaters — breathtaking views of the bluffs, deep water, and a place for divers to explore. It is easily reachable if you are boating from points east of Shelter Island as it is located just west of Lake Montauk and east of Hither Hills […]

Leeds Pond

Leeds Pond

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        Leeds Pond, on the southeast side of Manhasset Bay, is a place well-known to locals who love to drop anchor and enjoy the views, go swimming, and raft up with friends. The nearby beach can be reached by dinghy.  There are no facilities, but Port Washington is a very short trip […]

Peconic River

Peconic River

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The Peconic River originates as basically a bog near the Brookhaven National Laboratory. It flows for 15 miles, mainly within the Long Island Pine Barrens, and empties into Flanders Bay. Most of the river west of Riverhead is slow moving and shallow, making it only accessible by canoes and kayaks. Exploring this area of the […]

Sand City

Sand City

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An alternative to Lloyd Harbor just south of Eaton’s Neck is a stretch of beach named West Beach. Called Sand City by the locals, this thin beach is just off Sand City Island and south of Hobart Beach and Price Bend at the northwest entrance to Northport Bay. This is a popular destination for boaters […]

Banish Boating Boredom!

Banish Boating Boredom!

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Boating is always fun, but even the most exuberant boater can tire of the same route, the same scenery, and the same routine time after time after time. That’s why we bring you so many ways to find glee at sea and shake up your boating habits. Fun times aren’t dependent on arriving by mega-yacht […]

3 Coves for Autumn

3 Coves for Autumn

November 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

      Fall days may be shorter, but that’s no reason to stop boating. Take advantage of a sun-drenched day by taking a short-ish trip to a welcoming cove. The southeast part of Coecles Harbor is a wonderful place to drop anchor. Known as Cedar Island Cove, this is one of the protected areas […]

Pirates Cove

Pirates Cove

June 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Are you a cove hunter?  You know, the type of boater that simply likes to find a calm place to spend a day at anchor? If so, the calm waters of Pirates Cove won’t disappoint you.   Located on the east side just as you enter Port Jefferson Harbor, this cove has a wide entrance and […]

Three Long Island Anchorages

Three Long Island Anchorages

May 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Whether you boat on the South Shore, North Shore, or East End of Long Island, you come across beautiful and protected anchorages at which to drop anchor and enjoy a wonderful day on your boat. Though you may already have a favorite spot, how about trying one of these three destinations for a change? South […]

Great Gun Beach – Day Tripper

Great Gun Beach – Day Tripper

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Great Gun Beach – Day Tripper – Destination Review – Long Island.

The Sand Hole

The Sand Hole

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The Sand Hole at the east side entrance to Oyster Bay Harbor at Lloyd Point is a wonderfully calm and tranquil place to spend a day at anchor.