Tuesday, October 17, 2017

An Ocean Tale

An Ocean Tale

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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 […]

Boat Show Shopping Tips

Boat Show Shopping Tips

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There’s something about a boat show that puts a spring in our step (in any season). Maybe it’s the eye-popping glint of new vessels, the fun of acquiring a new gadget we didn’t even know existed, or the chance to talk about accessories, upgrades, and destinations with an abundance of knowledgeable professionals. Chances are it’s […]

How Much Boat Can I Afford?

How Much Boat Can I Afford?

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To be brutally honest, boating can become an expensive lifestyle. If you are a first-time buyer or if you are considering upgrading to a bigger or faster toy, you need to resist the urge until you consult your budget. Don’t be blindsided by those who make their living turning the boating bug into a sale. […]

Boating Creates Lifetime Memories

Boating Creates Lifetime Memories

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Warm memories come back to me whenever I see a waterway. I recall my boating days aboard my grandfather’s boat, Willetta, about a 20-foot Elco, on Long Island’s South Shore. I was 15 the last time my family and I were on that boat named after my grandmother. That was 1967, and yet the memories […]

MY, MY — WHAT A SKY!

MY, MY — WHAT A SKY!

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Racing and Chasing

Racing and Chasing

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Perhaps you followed the great America’s Cup races in 2013, in which Team USA overcame a massive deficit in points to snatch victory from Team New Zealand. I did as well, but if Team USA captain Jimmy Spithill sat next to me in a launch, I wouldn’t have recognized him, as speed racing on open […]

Deadly Carbon Monoxide

Deadly Carbon Monoxide

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This time of year brings colder temperatures and chilly winds, but the hardiest of boaters still enjoy their favorite activity. When they or their passengers shiver, the temptation is to put on the boat covers to block out the cold. Without being overdramatic, that could be a fatal mistake. Carbon monoxide (CO) is termed “a […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

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A marine sanitary device (MSD), aka toilet or head, is one of the most disliked pieces of equipment on a boat. That’s because an MSD’s equipment frequently breaks down, and if it’s not clogging, backing up, or overflowing, it’s not reliably containing its foul odor. An MSD serves as a handy garbage disposal for clueless […]

Ready Your Boat for the Offseason

Ready Your Boat for the Offseason

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As autumn’s colors put on a show and temperatures drop, boaters know it’s time for the winter layup. It may seem like an arduous task — especially since we rarely want to put our vessels away — but preparation and checklists help. Begin by cleaning the boat thoroughly. Be fastidious, as that leaf laying on […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

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If you haven’t entered your vessel in a holiday parade, chances are it will be tucked into its winter home by the time Halloween arrives. Though you want to make the most of every boating minute, you’ll thank yourself next spring if you take some time to write out a to-do list before saying au […]

Take a Deep Breath Already!

Take a Deep Breath Already!

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Are you getting all you can from breathing? Chances are you might not be getting the most out of each inhalation and exhalation. As an instructor of both yoga and meditation, perhaps the most important thing I teach people is how to breathe mindfully. It sounds crazy, but in my experience, most people who come […]

Take Responsibility for Our Waters

Take Responsibility for Our Waters

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As inhabitants of a planet that’s more than 70 percent water, it’s easy to take water for granted. If you do treat our waters carelessly, that’s a choice. However, the shore and sea creatures, aquatic plants, and coastlines don’t have any say in how they are handled. Treat them with disrespect and they’ll die off […]

Foiling Boat Fires

Foiling Boat Fires

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While it would be great if we could avoid adversities of all types at all times, of course we can’t. However, taking steps to prevent calamities that are avoidable lessens our risks and eases our concerns. One such event is averting a boat fire by practicing preventative maintenance and taking simple precautions. According to Ted […]

A Water Ambulance Buoys an Island

A Water Ambulance Buoys an Island

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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 […]

Cracking Boating’s Codes

Cracking Boating’s Codes

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To an outsider, the world of boating can seem filled with all sorts of undecipherable abbreviations. While most boaties are welcoming, newbies and landlubber friends can get lost if we lapse into confusing and opaque jargon. Our coded talk may be merely exclusionary, or it might just jeopardize a passenger’s safety. Safety is the concern […]

Clean Sweep for Beaches

Clean Sweep for Beaches

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    Millions of people will flock to beaches worldwide on Saturday, September 16, 2017. It’s not an international festival or official global holiday, but it should be. The gathering is part of International Coastal Cleanup, a day where volunteers join forces to protect the world’s oceans, bays, harbors, and other waterways from menaces including […]

Summer Scenes

Summer Scenes

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Take a Beat for Boating Safety

Take a Beat for Boating Safety

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Ever wish for a one-stop database for boating safety, training, and awareness that combines the knowledge of multiple boating authorities and includes many helpful resources? Wish no more and start searching www.boatbeat.org to access the National Safe Boating Council, the National Administration of State Boating Law Administrators, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Rachel Johnson, the […]

The Mysterious Double Green Light

The Mysterious Double Green Light

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Navigating at night can be tricky, even when everything is as it should be. Subtract a missing or misplaced light and even a cautious boater can get fooled. My sailing buddy, Nelson, and I set out for Block Island one fine September day. We figured that with a favorable wind, the catboat could make it […]

Boating + Brunch = Bliss!

Boating + Brunch = Bliss!

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As summer wanes and cooler temperatures arrive, boating excursions still appeal. Brunch is the perfect meal to serve family and friends — enjoying satisfying food makes shorter days aboard still feel leisurely. Cute Lil’ Zucchini Quiche Cups will wake up any meal but are especially appetizing for brunch. The crispy little bread crust cradles a […]

Don’t Medicate Our Waters

Don’t Medicate Our Waters

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Perhaps your doctor changed your prescription, or you didn’t need to finish a prescription, and now there’s a half-filled bottle of pills left over. If you’re like most people, that bottle now joins a collection of other unused prescription drugs in your medicine chest, taking up space until you decide to dispose of them.  But […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

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My girlfriend and I spent hours repairing, sanding, painting, washing, compounding, waxing, buffing, rubbing, and polishing our boat to start the season. Our extended labor of love yielded a boat that was so good-looking it even garnered a compliment from the boatyard mechanic. I put the boat into the slip. Using the “tighter must be […]

Don’t Delay — Go to Sleep!

Don’t Delay — Go to Sleep!

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Did you just stifle a yawn? Have you been struggling to stay awake all week and complete your work? You may be suffering from social jet lag, a superficial-sounding occurrence that actually is a gateway for poor health. “Social jet lag is the phenomenon of staying up later and sleeping in later on the weekends, […]

Moving Made Sea-sy

Moving Made Sea-sy

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Moving has been rated as one of the most stressful times of life. As someone who has done it over 20 times in my 50-something years, I can vouch for that. I grew up with a loathing for packing boxes and an aversion to hired vans. I suffered the frustration of not being able to […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

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Uh-oh! Your boat needs a repair you just don’t have the time or tools to handle. How do you pick the right person or shop for your vessel and budget? Ask boaters and look online. Don’t go by one rave or gripe, but you’ll spot the trending opinion of a boatyard or mechanic after some […]

Fireworks Above!

Fireworks Above!

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Friday  September 1 Fireworks at Coney Island 9:30 pm 718-372-5159 www.coneyisland.com/tourist-information Ocean viewing by boat off of the beach   Saturday September 23 Fireworks at Citi Field After Mets-Nationals game concludes http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=nym  View from Flushing Harbor   Tips for boaters: Fireworks are weather dependent and times are subject to change. Always confirm with the event’s […]

Paw Prints on Deck

Paw Prints on Deck

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Memories made on the water last a lifetime — for everyone aboard. Yes, our furriest four-legged companions enjoy the experience as much as we do, savoring hours and days on the water with loved ones. However, as these stories relate, you need to observe your dog’s reaction and safeguard them in unknown circumstances. Encourage, reward, […]

Fun In Bayville

Fun In Bayville

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Well, at Bridge Marina and Bridge Marine Sales, it translates into a totally satisfying experience.  As Bayville’s premiere family-owned-and-operated marina for nearly 30 years, we’ve developed a style of doing business that is distinctly friendlier than your average boat dealership. We also have a unique philosophy that guarantees absolute customer satisfaction, which explains our high […]

Reading Clouds

Reading Clouds

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Clouds are signposts in the sky — if you know how to read them, they are the most accurate weather forecast tools available. They are so local they can predict storms that are half a mile away and may hit your area in the next 10 minutes. Where else can boaters get that kind of […]

Alone and Together on the Water

Alone and Together on the Water

Each summer, my husband and I manage to get out on the boat for one afternoon — alone. Of course, we enjoy including our kids, friends, and family on our voyages, but we also need a dose of “we” time. Although going to dinner or seeing a movie are other venues that offer us an […]

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