Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Put a Bow on a Greener Planet

Put a Bow on a Greener Planet

November 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Eco-conscious boaters want to support our planet, waterways, and sea critters all year round. In a season of sharing and gifting, selecting presents from groups and organizations that share your goals will make gift recipients happy and lift up the earth at the same time. Here are eight sites working to improve the world and […]

Salud! Drink to Your Health

Salud! Drink to Your Health

November 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Ancient Mariner may have bemoaned his thirst (”Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink”) but we live in an age and area that allows us access to clean water. Yet the fact is that plenty of us take in too little water to keep our minds and bodies going full-tilt. I promise this […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

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We pulled away from the dock behind our house shortly after sunrise on a clear, calm August morning and entered the canal to join friends for a cruise. My wife and guests were drinking coffee in our 35-foot Chris Craft Catalina aft cabin while I was at the helm. We met up with Bob and […]

Off-Season Boating Tips

Off-Season Boating Tips

October 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Many of my particular boating stressors disappear once the temperature drops. The water becomes a serene and peaceful place without the jet skiers playing chicken with my wake, boaters cranking out loud music, and the maddening traffic. The silence comes from an absence of boaters, which means that it isn’t all good news. There’s some […]

Cold Water Boating Safety

Cold Water Boating Safety

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   At this time of year, temperatures plummet while water safety precautions rise. Though you practice safe boating in the summer, the other three seasons have two additional perils. The first is the inhospitable (life-threatening) coldness of the water and the other is the lack of other boaters to lend a hand or call for […]

Fun Family Days

Fun Family Days

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Colder days don’t mean hibernation. Instead, they mean chances to visit one of Long Island’s many museums, historical sites, recreation venues, refuges, and nature centers. Each spot on our list is a lot of fun to keep you busy and smiling!   Bailey Arboretum 516-571-8020 https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/2818/Bailey-Arboretum Fire Island Lighthouse 631-687-4750 https://www.nps.gov/fiis/planyourvisit/fireislandlighthouse.htm   Ice skating Brooklyn […]

Holiday Gifts for Boaters

Holiday Gifts for Boaters

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Buying, wrapping, and sharing gifts are easier than coming up with gift ideas. This holiday season, we’ve done the thinking for you, no matter your budget.   No Break, No Spill Glasses They hold breakfast smoothies as easily as evening libations, they don’t break, and they roll with the flow rather than topple over. At […]

Watch Out for Whales!

Watch Out for Whales!

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Whether looking for them or not, cold weather boaters often spot whales (and other marine mammals). Did you know that these creatures are protected and may not be approached or disturbed? While the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries division doesn’t want to discourage recreational boaters and cruisers from enjoying the sight of whales […]

Cold Weather Skin Care

Cold Weather Skin Care

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      When the air turns frosty and the indoor heat turns on, skin reacts in a negative way. We may become quite itchy or develop flaky patches. However, it’s not just a matter of discomfort or unsightliness. Cold weather changes may be more than skin-deep — vulnerable skin can’t act as a barrier […]

The Soundness of the Long Island Sound

The Soundness of the Long Island Sound

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Technically, the Long Island Sound is not a sound. In geography, a sound is a sizeable sea or ocean inlet or a narrow sea or ocean channel between two bodies of land. In actuality, the Long Island Sound is an estuary, and a vast one at that. It has 600 miles of coastline embracing New […]

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

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Dear Editor: A unique summer program is available for junior high school students at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. The program, Academy Introduction Mission (AIM), offers an intense six-day summer curriculum for a select group of students prior to their senior year. This is aimed at students who would like to […]

Don’t Do What I Did!

Don’t Do What I Did!

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As a couple of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary friends and I planned a three week sailboat trip, thinking about it grew in excitement. Eventually, it took more time and effort in planning than would the journey! We went through an exhaustive checklist of safety items (based on what an auxiliary patrol facility boat would require), […]

Is Electric Right for You?

Is Electric Right for You?

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Engines are like people — the older they get the crankier and more in need of repair they become. As soon as you have replaced one part another goes; after doing that for a while, it doesn’t make sense to sink more money into repairs. Once you’ve reached the point of swapping the old engine […]

A Nautical Oxymoron

A Nautical Oxymoron

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We boaters are a strange breed. We are all thrilled when we buy a boat, and quite a few are equally thrilled when they sell their boats. What gives? I don’t have all the answers, but perhaps my experiences during a quarter-century on the water can provide some clues. Marriage drove me to my first […]

An Ocean Tale

An Ocean Tale

October 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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!

October 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

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