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Paddle, Row, and Go in Nippy Weather

Paddle, Row, and Go in Nippy Weather

November 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Until or unless the waters (or your fingers) freeze, Long Island has great locations to paddle and row, including these New York State parks. Belmont Lake 631-667-5055   Captree 631-669-0449 Beware of strong currents   Hecksher 631-581-2100   Hempstead Lake 516-766-1029   Hither Hills 631-668-3781   Jones Beach 516-785-1600   Nissequogue River 631-269-4927 Check tide […]

Village of Northport

Village of Northport

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Enter Northport Bay from Huntington Bay — you’ll see four looming power stacks, Northport’s most visible landmark.  The village dock offers transient space on a first-come, first-served basis at no charge until 5:00 pm.  From 5:00 – 10:00 pm there is a flat fee of $20.00, and boaters wishing to remain overnight pay $2.00/foot for […]

The Art of Relaxation

The Art of Relaxation

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Just saying the word relax makes me start to unwind and calm down. Yet as anyone (everyone) with a busy life knows, it’s not that easy to relax. In an age of constant communication and instant gratification, relaxation is almost a lost art. Almost, but not quite, as boaters have a great vehicle for loosening […]

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 […]

Where Will My Boat Spend the Summer?

Where Will My Boat Spend the Summer?

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

There’s no pair of pants that fits every person, and there’s no one berth that suits all boats (and boaters) best. When it comes to choosing a marina, yacht club, mooring field, or boatyard, you must first determine what’s most important to you. Our list of considerations and questions can help, and then once you […]

Loving Life on the Water

Loving Life on the Water

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

When you grow up loving the water and spend your free time windsurfing, sailing, and wakeboarding, it’s likely an ad in the paper for paddleboard lessons will catch your eye. That’s exactly what happened to Katie Aksak. Once she answered that ad in a Vermont paper, she went on to become PaddleFit certified in Florida, […]

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. […]

Bistro SK

Bistro SK

February 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

        Most boaters who cruise to City Island include a meal in their visits. They gravitate towards the convenience of docking and dining establishments, but a meal at Bistro SK is worth a short walk on land. We grabbed a mooring ball at the City Island Yacht Club and walked to the […]

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 […]

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

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

Visiting the Bug Lighthouse

Visiting the Bug Lighthouse

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

I usually only see lighthouses as we pass them by while on my family’s boat. So when Bob Allen, aka “The Long Lighthouse Guy,” invited me along on the Long Beach Bar Light tour during the Greenport Festival, I jumped at the chance to see a lighthouse up close — very up close. When I […]

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 […]

What Follows “Mayday”

What Follows “Mayday”

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

When a Mayday! cry comes in from a boater in peril, many layers of experience, planning, and technology come together as rescuers spring into action. Search and Rescue (SAR) is the most recognizable and time-honored task of any mariner, especially that of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). Having saved over one million lives since its […]

Tale of Two Clubs

Tale of Two Clubs

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

For many boaters, being out on the water is just part of the fun. Many of us also love being around people who share our same nautical interest. One place to be around like-minded boaters is a yacht club, yet yacht clubs are not all alike. They come in different shapes and sizes to meet […]

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 […]

Seafaring Jargon

Seafaring Jargon

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Have you ever wondered why a vessel’s toilet is a head, and instead of turning left or right on the water, you’ll turn port or starboard? Such seafaring terms are almost exclusively used as part of the language we speak on the sea, but the language of long-gone sailors migrated inland, coloring our language and […]

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 […]

Letter To The Editor

Letter To The Editor

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Dear Editor: In the summer, Newsday reported on the activities of a bipartisan Suffolk County Legislative Committee that is working to reduce the county “pipeline debt” (Newsday, 08-26-2014, Rick Brand). According to the article, the committee was launched “after the legislature approved a package of capital budget amendments that increase County Executive Steve Bellone’s proposed 2015 […]

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 […]

Launch a Nautical Birthday Party

Launch a Nautical Birthday Party

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Searching for a birthday party theme? Want one that isn’t the same as everybody else’s party plan? How about a nautical-themed birthday party? Boatloads of decorating ideas and activities abound, making a nautical party one to remember. Search popular parent and party-planning sites and you’ll find plenty of ideas for a nautical party. Some sites […]

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 […]

3 Coves for Autumn

3 Coves for Autumn

November 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

      Fall days may be shorter, but that’s no reason to stop boating. Take advantage of a sun-drenched day by taking a short-ish trip to a welcoming cove. The southeast part of Coecles Harbor is a wonderful place to drop anchor. Known as Cedar Island Cove, this is one of the protected areas […]

What Kind of Powerboat is Right for Me?

What Kind of Powerboat is Right for Me?

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Maybe you were on a friend’s boat and had a great time, and saw how much fun your kids had as well. Maybe you spent time on boats growing up or see others enjoying themselves out on the water and want to be a part of the fun. Whatever the reasons, the lure of boating […]

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 […]

Small Vessel, Big City

Small Vessel, Big City

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Seeing New York City from a kayak is a ritual for Bonnie Aldinger. Though the buildings look sky-high, and her kayak must look teeny from the top of the Statue of Liberty, Aldinger isn’t fazed. She’s an adventurous kayaker (and canoe paddler) who’s lived in NYC most of her adult life, blogging about her adventures […]

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