Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Seal Walks at Cupsogue Beach

Seal Walks at Cupsogue Beach

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The Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island (CRESLI) leads beach walks at Cupsogue Beach County Park on the following dates and times: Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 11:30 am Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 11:00 am Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 11:30 am Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 9:00 am Sunday, January 14, […]

Polar Plunges

Polar Plunges

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Freeeeeeeeeeezing and Fundraising! Gather up your courage and toss off your parka as you plunge into cold (or downright icy) waters while raising funds for good causes including Special Olympics. Choose a location, sign up, gather pledges, and jump in — or stay toasty and just make a pledge. We won’t judge. See websites below […]

Put a Bow on a Greener Planet

Put a Bow on a Greener Planet

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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 […]

Annual Reenactment of the Flying Santa

Annual Reenactment of the Flying Santa

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Not all Santa stories involve reindeer. At the Reenactment of the Flying Santa at the Fire Island Lighthouse, Santa is delivered to his destination via a historic plane, much to the delight of the gathered children. The Flying Santa started in 1929 when the late Captain Bill Wincapaw brought packages of candy, toys, and other […]

Salud! Drink to Your Health

Salud! Drink to Your Health

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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 […]

Moving and Shifting

Moving and Shifting

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  When you’re on the boat, you’re always moving, even when you seem not to be going anyplace. Although you’re tied to a dock or attached by an anchor or mooring, the wind and current moves you. Perhaps there’s wave activity as well. But that’s not all, as far beneath you there’s movement of the […]

West End Electric Light Parade

West End Electric Light Parade

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On Saturday, December 9 the annual Long Beach Electric Light Parade features a festive array of decorated floats, antique cars, fire trucks, and bicycles. The parade starts at 6:30 pm on Ohio Avenue and then heads east on Beech Street to New York Avenue. Hot chocolate will be available on the parade route, and area […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

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There’s plenty of notice that the holiday season is approaching. Stores smell like cinnamon, carols fill radio playlists, invitations arrive, and, boom, we’re up to our ears in tinsel, cranberries, and nog! Yet despite the multiple warning signs, December still seems to arrive before I’m ready. I need a little more time to organize and […]

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 […]

Midnight on Main Street

Midnight on Main Street

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Patchogue puts on its party hats and cranks its noisemakers and tunes on Sunday, December 31. Though called “Midnight on Main Street,” the two-hour street party starts at the family-friendly time of 7:00 pm. When Patchogue’s version of the New Year’s ball drops at 9:00 pm, the sky will erupt in fireworks. Food vendors will […]

Whalers

Whalers

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Before stepping inside Whalers’ restaurant, you feel its brightness and warm charm. That giant “Whalers” sign and two floors of open windows overlooking the Great South Bay make you anticipate a welcoming atmosphere and a good meal. After moving through a pleasant waiting area, you’ll glimpse a large bar and multiple TVs. You’ll notice the […]

Off-Season Boating Tips

Off-Season Boating Tips

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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 […]

Greenport Shellabration

Greenport Shellabration

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Greenport Shellabration Stroll through the Village of Greenport on Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3 from noon until 4:00 pm and treat yourself to delicious local shellfish, wine, and beer! Wristbands are being sold as a fundraiser for the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Marine Program, entitling wearers to a raw bar tasting of clams and […]

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), […]

Annual Charles Dickens Festival

Annual Charles Dickens Festival

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Port Jefferson transports itself from a bustling harborside village into a Victorian wonderland at its annual Charles Dickens Festival. On Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3, the village transforms into a scene that would make Charles Dickens feel right at home. Carols will warm hearts, magicians will amaze, Santa’s workshop will be open, carriage […]

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 […]

Float Your Boat Science Projects

Float Your Boat Science Projects

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Are you looking for a science project that isn’t same old, same old? Or do you enjoy boating so much you’d even focus on science when school’s out? We found four ideas that involve water but aren’t all wet. Check the links for full directions, get both your parent’s permission and help to stay safe, […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

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I am at my happiest when the temperature is 80 degrees or higher, but as that ship has sailed for 2017, I’m thinking about a new approach to November. I guess I might as well join in the pumpkin buzz and embrace the frostiness as everyone else does. Do you have any advice to share […]

Inlet Seafood Restaurant

Inlet Seafood Restaurant

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When you’re willing to go to great lengths to enjoy a delicious meal, head to Montauk. Specifically, travel towards the end, to the spot where Lake Montauk meets Block Island Sound. There you’ll find water just about everywhere you look and a beautiful eatery that embraces the sea scenery. We arrived right before dusk with […]

What other words are in FLOATING?

What other words are in FLOATING?

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What other words are in FLOATING? IGELB is ___________ YBUO is ___________ CZASPIE is ___________ ELMH is ___________ BRRDAEVOO is __________ CSRWE is __________               Answers: BILGE BUOY CAPSIZE HELM OVERBOARD SCREW  

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 […]

Freeport Nautical Mile of Lights Annual Holiday Boat Parade

Freeport Nautical Mile of Lights Annual Holiday Boat Parade

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Freeport’s waterways will be ablaze on Saturday, December 2 during the Nautical Mile of Lights Annual Holiday Boat Parade. Participating boats (there is a fee) will gather along Woodcleft Canal. Once underway, the route brings the glittering boats past Sea Breeze Park, down Randall Bay, and into the canal between South Long Beach Avenue and […]

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 […]

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