Tuesday, October 17, 2017

An Ocean Tale

An Ocean Tale

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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 […]

Boat Show Shopping Tips

Boat Show Shopping Tips

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There’s something about a boat show that puts a spring in our step (in any season). Maybe it’s the eye-popping glint of new vessels, the fun of acquiring a new gadget we didn’t even know existed, or the chance to talk about accessories, upgrades, and destinations with an abundance of knowledgeable professionals. Chances are it’s […]

How Much Boat Can I Afford?

How Much Boat Can I Afford?

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To be brutally honest, boating can become an expensive lifestyle. If you are a first-time buyer or if you are considering upgrading to a bigger or faster toy, you need to resist the urge until you consult your budget. Don’t be blindsided by those who make their living turning the boating bug into a sale. […]

Boating Creates Lifetime Memories

Boating Creates Lifetime Memories

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Warm memories come back to me whenever I see a waterway. I recall my boating days aboard my grandfather’s boat, Willetta, about a 20-foot Elco, on Long Island’s South Shore. I was 15 the last time my family and I were on that boat named after my grandmother. That was 1967, and yet the memories […]

MY, MY — WHAT A SKY!

MY, MY — WHAT A SKY!

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Racing and Chasing

Racing and Chasing

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Perhaps you followed the great America’s Cup races in 2013, in which Team USA overcame a massive deficit in points to snatch victory from Team New Zealand. I did as well, but if Team USA captain Jimmy Spithill sat next to me in a launch, I wouldn’t have recognized him, as speed racing on open […]

Deadly Carbon Monoxide

Deadly Carbon Monoxide

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This time of year brings colder temperatures and chilly winds, but the hardiest of boaters still enjoy their favorite activity. When they or their passengers shiver, the temptation is to put on the boat covers to block out the cold. Without being overdramatic, that could be a fatal mistake. Carbon monoxide (CO) is termed “a […]

Enjoy Fall’s Foliage

Enjoy Fall’s Foliage

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    Autumn throws a big party before tossing its leaves like confetti, and there’s no better spot for leaf peeping than the water. Your favorite spots may put on a show in front of your boat, but if you want to get even closer to the shore, a kayak, canoe, or SUP lets you […]

Ready Your Boat for the Offseason

Ready Your Boat for the Offseason

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As autumn’s colors put on a show and temperatures drop, boaters know it’s time for the winter layup. It may seem like an arduous task — especially since we rarely want to put our vessels away — but preparation and checklists help. Begin by cleaning the boat thoroughly. Be fastidious, as that leaf laying on […]

Riverhead Country Fair

Riverhead Country Fair

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Celebrating the agricultural heritage of the town of Riverhead, the fair entertains visitors with great food, rides (amusement and pony), works of original artists and authors, and 300 competitions such as woodcarving, largest tomato, and tallest sunflower. The fair takes place on October 8 from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm just opposite the town docks. […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

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If you haven’t entered your vessel in a holiday parade, chances are it will be tucked into its winter home by the time Halloween arrives. Though you want to make the most of every boating minute, you’ll thank yourself next spring if you take some time to write out a to-do list before saying au […]

Take a Deep Breath Already!

Take a Deep Breath Already!

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Are you getting all you can from breathing? Chances are you might not be getting the most out of each inhalation and exhalation. As an instructor of both yoga and meditation, perhaps the most important thing I teach people is how to breathe mindfully. It sounds crazy, but in my experience, most people who come […]

Montauk Fall Festival

Montauk Fall Festival

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The annual Montauk Fall Festival is a family friendly weekend hosted by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce. It features Octoberfest foods, carousel rides, chowder, Long Island wines, and fresh local produce. On Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8 activities take place on the Green in the center of Montauk each day from 11:00 am […]

Skipper’s Pub

Skipper’s Pub

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When this magazine started in 2007, Skipper’s Pub was our first review. Our review criteria then and now is that we feature only restaurants with docking (or close by an area offering transient space) and ones worth the trip to dock and dine. Skipper’s location hasn’t changed — it’s still across from Northport’s tranquil harbor. […]

Oyster Festival

Oyster Festival

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The annual Oyster Festival in Oyster Bay claims to be the largest waterfront festival on the East Coast. Numbers aside, it’s the most enjoyable waterfront festival! This year’s event takes place Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15 from 11:00 am through 6:00 pm (rain or shine). With tall ships, music, contests, midway rides, sports […]

Spooky Sea Dwellers

Spooky Sea Dwellers

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Though you can’t see them from your boat or along the beach, ghostly creatures live below the ocean’s surface. They frighten and then eat other creatures, and can also be pretty scary if spotted by a sea diver or scientist.   The Pacific lamprey can grow over two feet long. They are parasites that attach […]

Foiling Boat Fires

Foiling Boat Fires

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While it would be great if we could avoid adversities of all types at all times, of course we can’t. However, taking steps to prevent calamities that are avoidable lessens our risks and eases our concerns. One such event is averting a boat fire by practicing preventative maintenance and taking simple precautions. According to Ted […]

Drift 82

Drift 82

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On a Saturday evening in late summer, Drift 82 was buzzing. The sun was sliding down the Patchogue River by the restaurant’s docking, a guitarist was crooning by the outside bar as line dancers tossed their limbs, the doors and windows for inside diners let in the breezes, and culinary creations sprang forth from the […]

What Other Words are in HALLOWEEN?

What Other Words are in HALLOWEEN?

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                        Answers: WNAL is LAWN OLLHE is HELLO ELEHW is WHEE LWOH is HOWL LWAL is WALL LALOW is ALLOW ANLE is LEAN HAEL is HEAL

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

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This is where I’ll wax nostalgic about our 10th anniversary as a boating lifestyle magazine. It’s been an amazing journey since our first issue came out at the 2007 Tobay Beach Boat Show. Know-it-alls told us that we’d never survive unless we forgot about boaters and focused exclusively on boats. We didn’t follow that advice, […]

Daylight Day Trips

Daylight Day Trips

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October’s days may grow shorter but our enthusiasm for a day aboard remains strong. If you want a zippy trip to a fun destination or an afternoon of tranquility, try one or more of these suggestions:   Greenport Though there’s plenty of bustle in the village, a day in Greenport also feels like a visit […]

A Water Ambulance Buoys an Island

A Water Ambulance Buoys an Island

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Approximately two miles off the southeastern coast of Connecticut, there’s a small island called Fishers Island. Though part of the town of Southold on Long Island, Fishers Island is accessible by ferry from Connecticut and via the Long Island Sound by experienced boaters. Home to less than a few hundred people year round, Fishers Island […]

Cracking Boating’s Codes

Cracking Boating’s Codes

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To an outsider, the world of boating can seem filled with all sorts of undecipherable abbreviations. While most boaties are welcoming, newbies and landlubber friends can get lost if we lapse into confusing and opaque jargon. Our coded talk may be merely exclusionary, or it might just jeopardize a passenger’s safety. Safety is the concern […]

Clean Sweep for Beaches

Clean Sweep for Beaches

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    Millions of people will flock to beaches worldwide on Saturday, September 16, 2017. It’s not an international festival or official global holiday, but it should be. The gathering is part of International Coastal Cleanup, a day where volunteers join forces to protect the world’s oceans, bays, harbors, and other waterways from menaces including […]

Summer Scenes

Summer Scenes

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All photos by Martha Rose Applegate. More photos and art at http://mrafineart.net/     Additional photos       

Northport’s Great Cow Harbor Weekend

Northport’s Great Cow Harbor Weekend

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As summer draws close to its end, Northport residents and visitors take to the streets, the park, and the harbor to celebrate Great Cow Harbor Weekend. The annual Cow Harbor 10K Run for charity takes place Saturday, September 16. Hordes of runners compete for cash prizes starting at 8:30 am as even more spectators root […]

Stars and Stripes Festival

Stars and Stripes Festival

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The annual Stars and Stripes Fall Festival in East Rockaway is a highlight of late summer! The fun takes place alongside the Talfor Boat Basin Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17. The family-friendly festival features a band, DJ, food, carnival rides, face painting, and vendors. Stay for Saturday’s fireworks — they’ll fill the sky […]

Take a Beat for Boating Safety

Take a Beat for Boating Safety

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Ever wish for a one-stop database for boating safety, training, and awareness that combines the knowledge of multiple boating authorities and includes many helpful resources? Wish no more and start searching www.boatbeat.org to access the National Safe Boating Council, the National Administration of State Boating Law Administrators, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Rachel Johnson, the […]

Van Wyck-Lefferts Tide Mill

Van Wyck-Lefferts Tide Mill

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We live in a world where we can take automatic energy for granted. However, in Long Island’s agricultural past, water created energy to transform grains into flour. You could learn about this type of history in a book, a classroom, or on a website. Or you can visit the Van Wyck-Lefferts Tide Mill in Lloyd […]

The Mysterious Double Green Light

The Mysterious Double Green Light

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Navigating at night can be tricky, even when everything is as it should be. Subtract a missing or misplaced light and even a cautious boater can get fooled. My sailing buddy, Nelson, and I set out for Block Island one fine September day. We figured that with a favorable wind, the catboat could make it […]

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