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Fire Island and Watch Hill

January 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

Navtool Agreement Farmers Markets

August 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Navtool Agreement To View and Download Routes  click on the Navtool link below. Please complete the NAVTOOL MARINE ROUTE MAPPING SOFTWARE agreement to continue: WARNING Do not enter or utilize the marine route-mapping data while craft is in motion. NAVTOOL MARINE ROUTE- MAPPING CHARTS AND DIRECTIONS are for use by experienced maritime operators only and are […]

Routes To Huntington Harbor

May 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Welcome to Boating Times Long Island’s NAVTOOL.  Click on the title above to access the routes. Then scroll down and click on the harbor below where you keep your boat to view a waypoint by waypoint route to this destination. You can zoom in for greater detail and download the route to your GPS by […]

Short Beach

Short Beach

February 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Almost equally distant from Oceanside and Amityville, Short Beach is one of the nicest, cleanest, sandy beaches on the south shore. This small basin, tucked into the northwestern side of Jones Beach State Park, is adjacent to the Jones Beach Coast Guard Station and located just between Jones Inlet and Bascule Bridge on Sloop Channel. […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

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 […]

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Does dreaming up ideas for the people on your holiday list give you nightmares? That’s all in the past, as we have 16 presents that are sure to please.   The Olympia RG850 Flashlight This intensely bright flashlight’s settings include strobe and SOS, and it remembers the last used setting mode when it’s turned on […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

Fall Prep and Winter Storage

Fall Prep and Winter Storage

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Some boaters bail before Columbus Day, while others celebrate Christmas aboard. The majority of vessel owners around here seem to bid goodbye to their summer homes before they carve the Halloween pumpkins. Whether you set a certain deadline, or declare boating season over when you’d need a scarf and gloves on the water, you need […]

Detective-Turned-Coach Imparts Sailing Smarts

Detective-Turned-Coach Imparts Sailing Smarts

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A long career in the military or a police force can be rewarding, but there comes a time when even the most dedicated public servants seek retirement nirvana. For Bellport native Bill Sloan, who retired in 1997 after a 30-year career as a Suffolk County detective, nirvana means sailing. These days, Sloan spends as much […]

Avoiding or Treating Environmental Illness

Avoiding or Treating Environmental Illness

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A boater’s goal is to spend as much time outdoors and on the water as possible. However, there are known and hidden environmental concerns that may cause illness for some. Awareness and eliminating —or avoiding— certain triggers may enhance overall health and well being. Environmental illness can affect our daily lives and curtail activities. According […]

Sea Ya, Summer!

Sea Ya, Summer!

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Montauk Fall Festival

Montauk Fall Festival

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

It must truly be autumn if boaters are heading to the Montauk Fall Festival. This year’s event, hosted by the Montauk Chamber, will be held at the Village Green on Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. If there’s a chill in the air, it’s understandable that visitors to […]

CO — Invisible but Lethal

CO — Invisible but Lethal

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Fall boating can be enjoyable, though you might need to toss on a sweater or jacket. While an extra layer of clothing may be all you need to stay warm, there may be occasions when you’d welcome blocking the winds and chill by keeping the covers on your boat. Though covering up your boat while […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

During all of my years on the water, I focused on power boating. My parents owned a 21-foot cuddy cabin when I was growing up, and I’ve owned boats of my own from 16 to 37 feet.  Before buying my current boat with twin engines, the boats I owned were single engine outboards and inboards. […]

Seeding Our Waters

Seeding Our Waters

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In the fall, many land-based agricultural growing operations prepare for harvest.  On the water, the timing is right for a special aquaculture-based planting operation.  Hundreds of thousands of baby clams and oysters will soon be sent off from their hatchery at Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Suffolk County Marine Environmental Learning Center in Southold (SCMELC), to seed […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

You’re reading our seventh anniversary issue; I hope that you’re enjoying it as much as we love bringing it to you. Since we started this magazine in 2007, we’ve had fantastic support from readers and the advertisers who support us. Yet there have been a few know-it-alls eager to tell us that our business is […]

We’re on a Boat!

We’re on a Boat!

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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Northport’s Cow Harbor Race and Day

August 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

  Northport is a terrific village to visit anytime, but there’s something special about being there during its annual Cow Harbor Day and, perhaps, participating in the race that precedes it. Back in the days when cows used to graze alongside the harbor, the area was known as “The Great Cow Harbor.” Nowadays, it’s known […]

Fire Island Dance Festival

Fire Island Dance Festival

July 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. The only way to make the Fire Island Dance Festival even more of a fun event is to arrive via your boat. The entrance to the Pines harbor is directly due south of Sayville on Fire Island; the harbor entrance actually starts east of the marina at marker “G1.”  Follow that marker to “G3” […]

Current Tides (Please click on this title to view the current tides)

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Exploring Montauk

Exploring Montauk

May 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Nestled on the very tip of Long Island’s South Shore, in the Town of East Hampton, is a small hamlet named Montauk. It has a big history that includes many things, a few of which are the Montaukett Indians, Captain Kidd, Teddy Roosevelt, and as recently as last summer, the “Montauk Monster.”

Circling Long Island

Circling Long Island

May 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

An engaging and entertaining summer boat vacation is practically at your doorstep. A trip around Long Island is 250 nautical miles (which is not much more than visiting Block Island), and it can be completed in less than two weeks. While your pauses may vary, we’ve put together a fun itinerary of harbor-side stopovers. You can start this trip from any harbor and reverse our directions, depending on your starting point.

Long Island’s Coves & Anchorages

Long Island’s Coves & Anchorages

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Click on each highlighted cove listing below to read our review. North Shore Coves & Anchorages (West to East) Little Bay Leeds Pond North Hempstead Town Beach West Harbor The Sand Hole Lloyd Harbor Sand City Nissequogue River Whitehall Beach Pirates Cove South Shore Coves & Anchorages (West to East) Plumb Beach Short Beach Zach’s […]

Short Beach

Short Beach

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Are you looking for a clean, sandy beach between Oceanside and Amityville? Short Beach is what you’re seeking!

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