Sunday, August 20, 2017

Fireworks Above!

Fireworks Above!

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Fridays August 4 – 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 August 19 Town of Babylon Beach Blast and Fireworks Extravaganza Overlook Beach at Cedar Beach Dusk https://www.evensi.us/2017-town-of-babylon-beach-blast-town-of-babylon-parks/209217081 Anchor outside of the channel markers/buoys in the State Channel and surrounding bays as […]

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 […]

Stay Alert, Boaters!

Stay Alert, Boaters!

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It’s easy to relax while spending a day on your boat. However, you cannot always surrender completely to relaxation, as being on a boat requires alertness and attention. Sun, alcohol, skipping meals, and dehydration lead to diminished focus, muscle cramps, disorientation, and an inability to concentrate — the opposite of what you need if you’re […]

When There’s No Doctor Aboard

When There’s No Doctor Aboard

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Boat owners are a happy lot — just ask any of the estimated 13 million skippers in the U.S.! However, according to Dr. Michael Jacobs, our fun in the sun pastime involves some health risks. A longtime sailor and co-author of Marine Medicine, Dr. Jacobs identifies seasickness and sunburn as two of the most common […]

Is Your First Aid Kit Fully Stocked?

Is Your First Aid Kit Fully Stocked?

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  Often, a boat’s first aid kit is overlooked until it’s needed. At that point, you don’t want to dig out a dusty box half-filled with dried up or expired items, so before you set out on your next adventure, check the kit. Properly dispose of anything that has expired, open non-sealed bottles and boxes […]

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

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Dear Editor: We have had an amazing summer so far at Huntington Lighthouse. Thanks to your generous support, progress has been made on the critical repair work. However, after much deliberation and many logistical calculations, we were left with no choice but to cancel the 2017 Musicfest. The restoration process that began last fall has […]

Dip into Wellness

Dip into Wellness

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  We get wet to clean up or cool off, but taking a plunge can transform us both mentally and physically. I’m not talking about some elaborate or exotic hydropathy for our health — everyday swimming is a powerful and positive change agent. Kaitie Brown, aquatics director at the Suffolk Y JCC, praises swimming because […]

Past Meets Present

Past Meets Present

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There are people to whom the past is just a memory, and others who dwell in the past to avoid the here and now. Then there are people like Fiona Malkin and her husband, Christopher, who saw a vessel firmly rooted in the past but refused to let her stay there. The loving (and frustrating) […]

Keep Boating Dogs Safe

Keep Boating Dogs Safe

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Choose a life jacket that has a sturdy lifting handle — a wet dog becomes heavy. Dogs may suffer from seasickness, so take short trips at first. Feed lightly until you see how your canine reacts. Reserve a cool shady spot on the boat for your dog. Dogs need sunscreen just like people. Apply canine-safe […]

Learning from History

Learning from History

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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 […]

Grading New York’s Harbors

Grading New York’s Harbors

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  Many people first listen to the forecast of a hurricane or another destructive force of nature with a certain detachment. Though early forecasts are a call to action, it’s easy to be apathetic. When the event is days or a week away, rising water levels, flooding, catastrophic heat, or devastating cold just doesn’t feel […]

Prevent Drowning

Prevent Drowning

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Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., averaging over 3,500 people each year. As nearly all drowning deaths are preventable, it is vital that everyone knows how to act to save a life. The United States Swim School Association has guidelines on how to react to a drowning incident: Throw, […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

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My girlfriend and I were boating when we noticed two men and a young boy in a 14-foot dinghy waving us down. We motored over — they said that that their motor had died. New attempts to start the engine failed, so we agreed to tow them to their marina. We had never performed a […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

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Even if you used the best bottom paint in spring, growth may be collecting underneath your boat by this time of the season. Whether barnacles, mussels, algae, kelp, protozoan, seaweeds, or other undesirables looking for a free ride, these trespasser(s) are messing with your boat. Typical symptoms of such growth are a lower running speed, […]

Check Out These Boating Apps!

Check Out These Boating Apps!

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Smartphones are the go-to technology choice for many boaters. They want forecasts, access, and safety right at their fingertips and that’s what a vast amount of applications (apps) promise to deliver. I’ve scoped out some of the most useful boating apps available to install on your smartphone or tablet. Some are free and some charge […]

Fireworks Above!

Fireworks Above!

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Look up from the deck of your boat and enjoy fireworks far beyond the 4th of July with our listings. As firework displays are weather dependent and times are subject to change, boaters should confirm all details with exhibitor before heading out. Safety tips: Check current charts and get an updated marine weather report Leave […]

A Storm’s Coming — Protect Your Boat!

A Storm’s Coming — Protect Your Boat!

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Whether the forecasters have given it a name or not, a weather situation involving high winds, lashing rains, rising tides, and flooding has consequences. Preventing loss of life is paramount, but with enough preparation, boaters can take action to prevent property damage. Preparation starts while the predicted storm is part of a long-range forecast. Our […]

Eyes in the Sky

Eyes in the Sky

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Now through Labor Day, the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) will be flying over the Long Island Sound. The 56,000 members nationwide of CAP are part of the all-volunteer U.S. Air Force Auxiliary. CAP is part of the Total Force that includes the Air Force, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard. With a fleet of […]

No More Slip Sliding Away!

No More Slip Sliding Away!

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Have you ever lost any of your belongings while afloat or seen your cabin floor strewn with snacks? That rock-and-roll of the tides can sometimes send belongings sailing. Whether we’re talking cell phones or food bowls, we prefer items to stay where we put them. Therefore, I offer some seaworthy solutions to avoid slips when […]

Hurricane and Storm Links

Hurricane and Storm Links

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  Hurricane Preparedness https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness National Hurricane Center www.nhc.noaa.gov/ Marine Safety and Awareness www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/marine_safety.shtml Weather Warning Flags http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/cwd.htm Storm Surge Info www.nhc.noaa.gov/ssurge/risk/ Emergency Apps www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps http://www.uscg.mil/mobile/ Tips and Checklists https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes http://hurricanesafety.org/prepare/hurricane-safety-checklists/ www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340160_Hurricane.pdf www.boatus.com/hurricanes/brochure.asp www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/weather/hurricane/ Pet Safety www.humanesociety.org/issues/animal_rescue/tips/pets-disaster.html    

Summer Reading Sizzles!

Summer Reading Sizzles!

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    When we say summer reading, we don’t mean assigned books and reports in September. Instead, we envision a warm sun, cool shade, an even cooler drink, and a hot chance to relish reading the kinds of books that elude us while living our frenzied lives. The following are recommendations from readers of our […]

Soothe Summer Suffering

Soothe Summer Suffering

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In our minds, summer seems like the most carefree of seasons. However, the reality is that there are lots more B’s in summer than just Boating and Beaches. For instance, there are these Buzzkills: Burns, Bruises, Buzzers, Bacteria, Blobs, Barfing, Barbs, Bellyaches, and Boo-Boos. Nothing wrecks a beautiful day like a tossing deck, a stinging […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

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It was September 24, 1985. I knew Hurricane Gloria was approaching so I ran over to my marina to lash down the boat. Upon arrival, I noted a lot of activity — boats were being hauled as folks feverishly prepared for the storm. Fellow boaters urged me to have my boat hauled too, but as […]

Boating with ADHD

Boating with ADHD

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For a boater with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), safety is the first consideration. According to the Attention Deficit Disorder Association, “ADHD is a highly genetic, brain-based syndrome that has to do with the regulation of a particular set of brain functions and related behaviors… important functions such as attention, concentration, memory, motivation and effort, learning from […]

Captain, Teacher, Water Protector

Captain, Teacher, Water Protector

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Captain Suzanne “Suky” Cannon lives the life that many boaters dream of having. She lives aboard Shambala, a 41-foot sloop classic built by Morgan Catalina, and travels where she likes. “Shambala is my home, and I do travel with her to various locations. I call it the turtle lifestyle. She is new to me, and […]

Don’t Bug Out!

Don’t Bug Out!

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Face it: outdoor lovers can’t hide from biting bugs. There are ticks along the walk to the dock and amidst the shore foliage, and on most evenings there seem to be more mosquitoes than stars! Dr. Sunil Sood says that for the sake of our health, we need to be vigilant against insects, as many […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

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What’s in your toolbox? We know there’s not a lot of space in the average vessel, but the last thing you want is to cut your day short because an essential tool isn’t aboard. For the best shot at a satisfactory fix, stow these tools, parts, and accessories in a waterproof box or compartment: Adjustable […]

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