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Fire Island and Watch Hill

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Step back in time at the Fire Island Lighthouse, to days before GPS, when lighthouses were important landmarks for mariners — a beacon of hope after a long journey. View the exhibits on the rich maritime history of Fire Island, see the lighthouse’s original, first-order Fresnel lens, and climb to the top of the lighthouse […]

Aching Ears at Sea

Aching Ears at Sea

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As boaters, we’re excited to make the best use of great summer weather and all our available free time. We think that minor health problems shouldn’t stop us from getting out on the water, and usually they don’t. However, some common ailments such as an ear infection or ache can be more serious if we […]

Picking the Proper Sunglasses

Picking the Proper Sunglasses

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As soon as the weather warms, boaters and beachgoers search for summer sunglasses. They will stop at the department store counter and try on several pairs, look for the best bargains at the flea market, model a few styles while looking at tee shirts in a shop by the shore, and perhaps end up buying […]

Boating Fun Calls for Plans A & B

Boating Fun Calls for Plans A & B

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  Boating season is never long enough, and for many, time on the water is mostly limited to weekends, holidays, and days off from work. With time on the water so valuable, I get the most out of boating by having a Plan A and a Plan B so that I may adapt to changes […]

Canine Mates Come Aboard

Canine Mates Come Aboard

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When the whole family is ready to go out on the water for a fun-filled day, are the furry members also in tow? They certainly can be, as long as you take simple precautions to keep them safe. Starting cruising companions out early is helpful. Gabrielle Stroup, a photographer and office manager at the North […]

Restoring a Boat and Building a Family

Restoring a Boat and Building a Family

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Early on in our life together, my husband Mike and I began dreaming about owning a sailboat. Our neighbor Charlie, who owned a 26-foot Hughes, took us sailing the weekend before our wedding. While on our honeymoon in Barbados, we ventured out on a Sunfish dinghy. Though both events led to newbie mishaps, we were […]

Keep on Rocking in the Lighthouse

Keep on Rocking in the Lighthouse

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. Every year, thousands show up at the Huntington Lighthouse Music Festival by boat, kayak, canoe, SUP, and dinghy on the Saturday before Labor Day. Everyone on the water surrounding the lighthouse is just looking to have fun, while behind the scenes, a dedicated group of volunteers makes sure that the only music festival held […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

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Does your boat have BO (boat odor)?It’s most likely coming from the bilge. The bilge collects everything dropped, dripped, and spilled on the boat.  If your boat’s bilge has been neglected, pouring bilge cleaner in and closing the hatch may not fully resolve the issue.  You’ll need to roll up your sleeves, remove all the […]

Boat Jokes

Boat Jokes

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Knock knock. Who’s there? Rhoda. Rhoda who? Rhoda boat as fast as you can! Knock knock. Who’s there? Owl. Owl who? Owl aboard! Knock knock. Who’s there? Canoe. Canoe who? Canoe come out and play? Knock knock. Who’s there? Dumbbell. Dumbbell who? Dumbbell doesn’t work so use your whistle. Knock knock. Who’s there? Monroe. Monroe […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

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Despite the bleak looking landscape outside our window, everything about January is optimistic. The year is new, we hatch resolutions anew, and that aching for summer we abandoned in November and December? We renew our hopes about this time, as spring’s arrival on March 20 lets the countdown to summer officially begin. While we await […]

Shining a Light on History – The National Lighthouse Museum Opens on Staten Island

Shining a Light on History – The National Lighthouse Museum Opens on Staten Island

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On August 7, 1789, George Washington signed the National Lighthouse Act, placing all the new nation’s lighthouses, buoys, coastal beacons, and other navigational aids under the federal government’s control. Exactly 225 years later, a group of historians and mariners celebrated the unveiling of the National Lighthouse Museum, an institution on Staten Island dedicated to preserving […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Cold weather and I are completely incompatible. I don’t like hats, I don’t like gloves, I don’t like fleece, and I sure don’t like anything frozen unless it’s a dessert. As we embark upon the coldest (and shortest) days of the year, I always seek ways to warm up without having to bundle up. The […]

Freezing for a Reason

Freezing for a Reason

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Would you jump into freezing water for a few seconds? Before you decide, what if you were fundraising for Special Olympics athletes, children with diabetes, or helping to grant sick children’s wishes? Many Long Islanders who would otherwise avoid the beach in the cold weather flock to the  water for a polar bear plunge fundraiser […]

Emma Takes the Helm

Emma Takes the Helm

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

My kids and I took a weekday boating trip to Fire Island while my wife was at work. Though we were having fun and the weather was beautiful, I’d promised my wife that we would all have dinner together, so it soon became time to pack things up and head home. As we loaded up […]

A NACK for Paddling

A NACK for Paddling

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From its beginning, the North Atlantic Canoe and Kayak (NACK) group has worked to help paddlers enhance safety and develop skills. Founded in 2005 and based on Long Island, they have programs that cover paddlesports throughout the northeastern United States. NACK’s mission statement is straightforward: “We believe that a strong commitment to training and assessment […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

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In December of 1998, I had accepted delivery of Shear Pleasure in Staten Island.  The dealer provided a captain to escort me home; I shrugged aside my ego and accepted. I planned for us to leave Staten Island and navigate Fire Island Inlet at slack water to avoid a rough inlet. We left Staten Island […]

Pointing Towards Port Starbird

Pointing Towards Port Starbird

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Tell me a book is a boat-filled adventure, a mystery, or a romantic tale, and I’ll start reading. Find me a good story that combines all three, plus a dog, and I’ll be recommending the book to others. Port Starbird by Garrett Dennis is the first of what the author promises will be the “Storm Ketchum […]

Preventing Future Disasters

Preventing Future Disasters

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Superstorm Sandy was the stuff of nightmares — swaths of our region plunged into prolonged darkness, subway stations and roads submerged, and shoreline structures pushed around like toys. Yet the scariest thing about Sandy may be that it could have been worse. Lots of people said that we needed to be better prepared and stronger […]

Lobster Grille Inn

Lobster Grille Inn

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Lobster Grille Inn 162 Inlet Rd. Southampton 631-283-1525 http://lobstergrilleinn.com/ I’m secure enough to describe the Lobster Grille Inn as cute. There’s a very homey atmosphere on the inside, with a fully stocked bar sitting right in front of a large fish tank. In addition, the restaurant’s location right on the water provides a pretty nice […]

October 2014 Featured Writer

October 2014 Featured Writer

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Kimberly Barbour is the Habitat Restoration Outreach Specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County’s Marine Program.  She has over a decade of experience in management of local coastal and marine issues.  She resides in Hampton Bays with her husband, daughter, and dog.

October 2014 Featured Writer

October 2014 Featured Writer

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Ann Fox is a former flight attendant who wrote about traveling for a magazine in Spain. She now spends much of her free time sailing on the Sound with her husband on their 36′ Mariner, Vixen.

October 2014 Featured Writer

October 2014 Featured Writer

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Michael Griffin is a native New Yorker who has many fond memories of going deep-sea fishing in his youth. He lives near Long Island with his wife, son, and cat (who is sitting in his lap as he types this).

October 2014 Featured Writer

October 2014 Featured Writer

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Rebecca Hoey lives on Long Island’s east end with her teenage daughter. They dedicate much of their time to animal rescue.  She began a writing career as a contributor/blogger for Patch.com.  Her greatest escape is baking.

October 2014 Featured Writer

October 2014 Featured Writer

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Matt Howard is a lifelong boater, retired U.S. Marine, U.S. Coast Guard licensed Master, and yacht broker with United Yacht Sales. He lives in northern Virginia, and boats primarily on the Chesapeake Bay. He can be reached at matt@unitedyacht.com.

October 2014 Featured Writer

October 2014 Featured Writer

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Kat Long is a freelance journalist focused on science and the environment. Her work has appeared in Grist and Coastal Commons, the online magazine of Going Coastal, Inc. Follow her on Twitter at @kat_long or check out her blog, katlong.com (photo by Maro Hagopian).

October 2014 Featured Writer

October 2014 Featured Writer

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Melissa McMahon enjoys water sports and boating with her family. She spends most weekends on the water and enjoys writing about her activities. Visit her website: http://www.onthewaterwithmelissa.com  

October 2014 Featured Writer

October 2014 Featured Writer

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Robert Ottone is an assistant editor with National Mortgage Professional Magazine and also writes for Dan’s Papers, JustPressPlay.net, CHUD.com, and Popular Mechanics, along with various other print and online outlets covering the environment, technology, and politics.

October 2014 Featured Writer

October 2014 Featured Writer

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Jennifer Pollock is a writer and editor who writes about health, nutrition, boating, arts and entertainment, and water sports. Her hobbies include travel, water sports, and boating, which she has loved since she was a young child.

October 2014 Featured Writer

October 2014 Featured Writer

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Robert Sample is a freelance writer and journalist with a  25-year background in corporate communications and  publishing. His freelance career has included assignments  for Robert Half, General Electric, WIKA, Mapquest, an  insurance website, other publications, and several  universities.

October 2014 Featured Writer

October 2014 Featured Writer

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Laura Theodore is a TASTE Award-winning television personality, radio host, vegan chef, award-winning jazz singer and actor, and author of Jazzy Vegetarian Classics: Vegan Twists on American Family Favorites and Jazzy Vegetarian: Lively Vegan Cuisine Made Easy and Delicious. Season 4 of “Jazzy Vegetarian” airs nationwide. www.jazzyvegetarian.com

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