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Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

August 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

I love everything about August except the way every experience seems measured by the hourglass. People say, “Let’s get together one more time this summer!” and “Is there still time to do that before summer ends?” This August, let’s stop calendar and clock watching. Is the water calm and is the breeze delightful right now? […]

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July 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Call it luck, serendipity, fortune, or just calendar roulette — July has five full weekends. Yes, the gift to boaters that is July itself has a bonus weekend, and we intend to make the most of every one of them. Over the years, we average 13 weekends of “official” summer. However, the way the days […]

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June 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

There’s something about June that makes it unique. It’s a busy month filled with too many obligations for this boater’s taste, but those obligations are mostly celebratory — such as honoring fathers and other men we love, and Flag Day. Many June events are also about new adventures — graduations, weddings, and the launch of […]

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May 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Hello, May! I’m an unabashed fan, and I’d really like to tell you why. Though you treat me a bit coldly some days, you’ve got a warmth about you I find appealing. You’re full of celebrations such as May Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Armed Forces Day. You devote one of your 31 precious days […]

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April 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The month of April feels like a reward for making it through winter. Sure, it’s a quirky month, but the likelihood is that we won’t be plunged into an extended Arctic chill. In other words, it may be changeable, but April is all about progress. Unless you’re exclusively an ice boater, the factors that matter […]

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March 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Should we consider March a month to celebrate or overlook? It does usher in the seedlings of spring, but March seemingly specializes in something else — dreary days. Days may get lighter towards month’s end, but they certainly don’t get bright enough fast enough for me. The best way to speed up the brightening is […]

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February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite the stresses in our everyday world, living the boating lifestyle affords opportunities to escape. Once the dock fades from view, I enjoy a vacation from life’s big and small burdens. As family and friends laugh on the boat, gentle waves, sunshine, and sea creatures distract and soothe. The recipe for short-term relaxation is simple: […]

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January 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Happy New Year! Whether you greet January with a sigh of relief or a wave of disappointment, it’s an attention-grabbing month. Do you make multiple resolutions or decree yourself resolution-free? Either way, you’re likely open to self-improvement. Winter provides boaters with the opportunity to improve. Perhaps calling it an upgrade is more à propos. Let’s […]

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December 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Really, December — you’re back so soon? It’s hard to believe that within this month, you’ll usher in winter and escort 2016 out the door. Once again, you’ll gather together our loved ones and those we only see once a year. You’ll be so joyous and festive, sprinkling us with good cheer, and then suddenly […]

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November 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Things I Don’t Miss About Boating Season: Sunscreen streaks on all clothing not white. Endless repetition of It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. People who start every conversation with, Is it hot enough for you? Rain on weekends, sunshine on weekdays. Things I Do Miss About Boating Season: Everything else. I’m lucky enough to […]

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October 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

I like October. It may be sweater weather but it’s not usually coat weather. It’s a time when weekends are great for apple picking, leaf peeping, and football watching, but there’s also lots of time for boating. The days are long enough and the weather mild enough to take a leisurely cruise or an invigorating […]

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September 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

September is a mixed-up stew of ingredients — extra obligations, warm days, spectacular sunsets occurring just about dinnertime. When weekdays are measured by work and school, the boat becomes a savory respite for a few hours. As warm weekends dwindle, time aboard feels less like feasts and more like desserts. However, dessert is often the […]

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August 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Whoa, it’s August! I debated whether that should have been a statement, an exclamation, or a question, because it seems to me as if it was just June. Summer was starting, the days were getting longer, and then… the month accelerated into July, which sped by in a whoosh of boating fun. No matter how […]

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July 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Hello, July! Do you know how beloved you are by boaters? We open our arms in greeting, we emblazon your sky with wondrous fireworks, and we sing your praises everywhere. The moment I typed that last phrase, I recalled one of Walt Whitman’s beautiful poems. I realized that, even in the midst of our national […]

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June 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

When I sat down to compose this letter, it occurred to me that all I really needed to do was copy and paste It’s June! over and over again across the entire page. Because, really, what more do you have to say to a boater after a long off-season to elicit joy, happiness, and delight? […]

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May 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

May might be a tiny word but it’s also a monumental one. Depending on Mother Nature’s quirkiness, we probably boat more in summer than we do in May, but anticipation about the places we’ll go and things we’ll experience is highest now. Since this month marks the start of boating season, I make all my […]

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April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s a shame that April only has 30 days, as there’s so much to accomplish this month. Now’s the time for choosing where our boat will spend the summer and readying it in a cost-efficient and eco-friendly way. We start frantically declining social invitations that would otherwise strand us on land during quality weekends and […]

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March 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

From where I sit, March has a serious identity crisis. The calendar may designate this month’s waning days as the beginning of spring, but when I set foot outside I’m immediately tempted to spring back inside to escape the cold. Don’t be so fast to disparage March, astronomers would say. They know the earth is […]

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February 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

When February blows itself onto the calendar, I appreciate why people head for warmer climes. I envy them and want to be them. However, at some point (it does vary from year to year), I finish being fed up with February. I look around Long Island and remember the reasons I love living here. Yes, […]

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January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Happy New Year! Whatever we hope to see happen in 2016, it’s likely none of us is yearning for stress. Yet stressful situations and circumstances are likely lurking around every corner… and on every dock. How can we possibly avoid them? We happen to know many ways to reduce stress because we write stories about […]

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November 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

You know that saying, “Dates are closer than they appear”? I think that describes how we seemingly jumped from August to the end of the year! Regular readers know I’m not a fan of the winter, and I’ve used this page on more than one occasion to bash Mother Nature for her mistreatment. However, all […]

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November 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Do you love November and the way this month ushers in a festive time of year? This column isn’t for you, joyful reader! Do you detest the month for its barrenness and the way it stands on the cusp of winter? This column isn’t really for you, either, as you slip rapidly into hibernation. This […]

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October 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Other months are certainly better for boating Chilly days and nippy nights are here Then again, the leaves along the shore are gorgeous Other boaters depart, leaving the waters wide-open But then again, the temperature’s growing colder Even so, I’ll take any day in October over one in January Right?  

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September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Welcome to the sometimes-unsettled and slightly mysterious month of September! Mother Nature surrounds us in her golden glow and then turns the lights out early. Summer’s heat scurries along on its last legs while autumn’s winds and chills keep sticking their feet in the door. Vacation days used in July and August, many boaters start […]

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August 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

I However, as a boater, I wholeheartedly disagree with categorizing all intervals uniformly. Not all time can be alike! August zooms by at twice the pace of January even though both months have 31 days. In my world, one boating day in August feels like seven days in January. have only a rudimentary knowledge of physics; what […]

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July 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Do you think it’s a complete coincidence that July and joy both begin and end with the same letters? I don’t think so, as July is jam-packed with joy! This month seems inexhaustible. The hustle and bustle of June is in the past, and Labor Day is so far away. I can’t see anything from […]

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June 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

When a sunny and clear June day unfolded without a discernable wind and any perceptible humidity, my mother would remark on the “absence of weather.” In other words, focus on something else, because what are you going to complain about when the skies are blue and the temperature is pleasant? My mom’s observation sums up […]

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May 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  You don’t need me to tell you what month it is. You can look around almost anywhere and know that it’s May. Moms are beaming, graduates are cheering, trees are greening, birds are singing, and flowers are blossoming. It’s the same out on the water. No matter how many tricks Mother Nature decides to […]

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April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

April begins with an A — as does anticipation. It’s a month where we shed just dreaming about boating and actually work towards getting out on the water. Boat prep is a major April activity; so is fun prep. Lucky for you, we can help with both! We share tips and pointers for being greener […]

Letter To The Editor

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Dear Editor, At the New York Boat Show in January 2015, I encountered the Emily Catherine Fedorko Foundation, whose slogan is, “Turn it off for Emily.” Emily Fedorko was a beautiful 16-year old high honor student and athlete who loved the water and had a zest for life.  Emily lost her life in a tubing […]

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