Friday, June 23, 2017

Sober Boaters are Safer Boaters

Sober Boaters are Safer Boaters

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Nothing’s more invigorating than being out on the boat without a care in the world. However, the reality is that some boaters don’t have a care for your safety or their own, as they boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Intense sun, winds, sea spray, vibration, and the rolling motion of a vessel […]

A Newbies Guide to Safer Boating

A Newbies Guide to Safer Boating

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Those of us who have been around boats for a while regard safety precautions and smart maneuverability as second nature. However, our non-boating friends and family don’t always possess the same instincts that we do around slippery and moving surfaces, leading to avoidable accidents at the dock and on the water. Skippers should make it […]

Big Winds Ahead

Big Winds Ahead

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The time to plan for one of nature’s biggest blows — a hurricane — is not when the local weather forecaster warns in an ominous voice that disaster is just around the corner. That’s too late; the marina will be swamped with last minute requests to pull boats, the shelves at your local marine supply […]

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 […]

Family to the Rescue

Family to the Rescue

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Who takes better care of you than your family? If your family doesn’t own a towing business, then the Frohnhoefer family is quite happy to consider you a relative. Now celebrating its 34th year in operation, Sea Tow is the Frohnhoefer family’s joint enterprise. Started by spouses Captain Joe Frohnhoefer and Georgia Frohnhoefer when Joe […]

Fireworks

Fireworks

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Boaters in the know have plenty of opportunities this summer to look skyward and gasp in awe at fireworks! Displays of fireworks are weather dependent and times are subject to change. Always confirm the event, timing, and location before heading out. Get an updated marine weather report and check current charts, then leave early to […]

Better Docking

Better Docking

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Docking scenarios are quite variable. Since I can’t describe every possible docking scenario you’ll encounter, I’ll instead offer a few guiding principles and practical ideas to make you a more confident boater and save you from frayed nerves.   Enlist a teacher. Seek experienced, hands-on help. Classroom knowledge, while eminently valuable, cannot take the place […]

Sunscreen Every Day

Sunscreen Every Day

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Skip brushing your teeth one day and you probably won’t cause yourself any harm. Forget to take your multivitamin on occasion? There’s likely not going to be any effect. However, there will always be consequences if you forget to slather on sunscreen before a day on the boat — the best case scenario is a […]

Weather Growing Worse? Ask a Verse!

Weather Growing Worse? Ask a Verse!

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Want to gauge the weather like the ancient mariners? These little jingles and rhymes may help.* North winds send hail, South winds bring rain, East winds we bewail, West winds blow amain. Northeast is too cold, Southeast not too warm, Northwest is too bold, Southwest bows no harm. When the dew is on the grass, […]

Make Like a Boat — Float

Make Like a Boat — Float

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Does floating in a relaxing environment sound appealing? Of course it does — you love boating! However, there are many precautions and responsibilities that accompany the joy of boating, and then there’s gravity. Those issues (and pull) are eliminated when you enjoy the benefits of a float pool or tank. Tom Wunk, the founder and […]

Letters To The Editor

Letters To The Editor

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Dear Editor: The Trump administration is proposing to eliminate Federal funding for the National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant). This is a bad idea. Sea Grant is vital! For fifty years, Sea Grant has been helping businesses and communities deal with the challenges inherent in using coastal resources while protecting their long-term sustainability. Sea […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

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This isn’t a story I like to tell in person because it really makes me look foolish. However, I will tell you anonymously how I lost my boat. I travel a lot for business so I rely on my staff to help me out with personal matters from time to time. Yes, it was outside […]

Fire Aboard

Fire Aboard

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A fire at sea, just as on land, may start for any number of reasons and quickly turn catastrophic. Are you doing all you can to , and would you know how to act if your boat began to burn? Solid boat materials, including wood, fiberglass, and fabrics, are highly flammable. Fires can start from […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

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A leaky stuffing box needs attention so it doesn’t turn into a major issue. A stuffing box, affixed to the inside of the hull, allows the shafts to pass through while preventing water from penetrating. To locate the stuffing box, follow the prop shaft from the transmission to where it exits the hull. Check the […]

Shallow Water, Deep Problems

Shallow Water, Deep Problems

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Unless you’re far offshore, shallow waters and narrow channels are a fact of life that may cause your vessel to go aground. Should it happen, here’s what to do. Is everyone OK? Your first concern is always the safety of those aboard. Hitting sand or mud while cruising along can cause people and items in […]

A Speck in the Sea

A Speck in the Sea

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A few Julys back, John Aldridge fell off the back of his lobster boat 40 miles south of Montauk. He later calculated that it took him just 17 seconds to become “a speck in the sea.” The time was 3:30 am and the water temperature was 72 degrees. There were five-foot swells remaining from a […]

Lighter Footprints

Lighter Footprints

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Human-caused climate change is an issue of our time. While no figures are available for recreational boating greenhouse gas emissions, the National Marine Manufacturers Association says that over 87 million Americans participate in recreational boating at least once yearly. If over 35 percent of the population engages in a motor-driven activity, chances are that carbon […]

Boat Love is Universal

Boat Love is Universal

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Have you heard the one about an Irish woman, a Dutch boat, and the English waterways? No, this isn’t a joke, but my unusual tale has raised quite a few eyebrows amongst the sailing fraternity with whom I now find myself rubbing shoulders. I moved from my native Ireland to Essex (UK) seven years ago, […]

Buoying Hopes for Whales

Buoying Hopes for Whales

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                                                                                                                                                                    ©Julie Larsen Maher Whales have had a long and uneasy relationship with vessels over the years, and vice versa. While we’ve tried to understand the swimming patterns of these giant creatures so that we might best plot ways to avoid hurting them, it’s been haphazard in the past. This is where the New York […]

The Perils of Carbon Monoxide

The Perils of Carbon Monoxide

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The subject of my story can’t be smelled, seen, touched, or tasted by boaters. However, these drawbacks don’t make my subject insignificant — I’m not overstating it to say that what you don’t sense can kill you. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a byproduct of the incomplete combustion of carbon-based fuels like diesel, gasoline, kerosene, propane, […]

Salt Spray Your Cares Away

Salt Spray Your Cares Away

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There’s something about the ocean that relaxes us. It may be the vastness, it can be the solitude, or it could be the salt. Actually, all of those are relaxing, and two out of three of these calming conditions are available in a salt cave… along with additional health-giving benefits. A visit to a salt […]

Inspiring the Next Generation

Inspiring the Next Generation

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Youth education is an important aspect of what Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County (CCE) does. Education is a core mission, with the goal of reaching as many individuals as possible each year. That makes the youth in our communities a target audience. Inspiring the next generation of scientists and environmental stewards is something those […]

A Pool on the Plus Side

A Pool on the Plus Side

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Summer and public pools seem to go hand in hand. Yet there’s a worrisome thing about public pools — the high levels of chlorine used to kill as many germs as possible. So the creators of + POOL came up with an idea to avoid immersing people in chemicals: they can swim in a floating […]

Change a Habit, Clean the Water

Change a Habit, Clean the Water

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So much of what we do and use affects our waters, yet I’d venture that there’s none among us who says, “I’m going to damage the ecosystem today.” Rather, we just go about our lives, doing what we always do — use, toss, flush, release, wrap, and other actions that are mindless and seem harmless. […]

Plotting a Course for Dinner

Plotting a Course for Dinner

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Hey, skipper. Do you find your spouse or significant other is sometimes less passionate about boating than you are? In the early days of our marriage, after I had built a sailboat, Meg’s enthusiasm for cruising diminished like an outgoing tide. It wasn’t that she was inept — my first mate is a pretty savvy […]

Letter to the Editor

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Dear Editor: There are so many times I love to take my boat out alone. However, even if you know how to swim, you must follow some important rules when going solo. Wear a life jacket — don’t take anything for granted. File a float plan — inform someone about your trip. Also, carry some […]

Strokes at Sea

Strokes at Sea

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Every responsible boater has a first aid kit, but it’s not possible to be prepared for all emergencies. Everything seems well as you head away from shore, but then someone aboard begins to look or act quite strangely. You suspect something serious is happening — what should you do? Let’s put our engine into neutral […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

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Did you hear the one about three guys getting stuck and possibly struck after engine failure? Actually, it’s no joke — our cluelessness caused us to drift into a busy channel, exposing us to quick moving boats. We were in trouble. My friends Brandon and Steve were with me on the family boat. We were […]

Salty Poetry

Salty Poetry

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You might send a text to inform a friend, I’m working on my boat today. Craig Parmelee Carter, also known as The Salty Bard, might instead write: It’s a ceaseless discussion at every marina, Should you finish the teak or just let it patina. You can let it turn silver, in an interim stage, But […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

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Pros know ways to have an uninterrupted season. Sean Gilligan, service writer for Brewer Yacht Yards in Greenport, offers boaters these tips: Check your owner’s manuals for annual service recommendations and follow them. Regular quality maintenance is the surest way of preventing breakdowns. Hold off on filling your vessel’s water tanks. During warm weather, water […]

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