Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sober Boaters are Safer Boaters

Sober Boaters are Safer Boaters

June 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Nothing’s more invigorating than being out on the boat without a care in the world. However, the reality is that some boaters don’t have a care for your safety or their own, as they boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Intense sun, winds, sea spray, vibration, and the rolling motion of a vessel […]

A Newbies Guide to Safer Boating

A Newbies Guide to Safer Boating

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Those of us who have been around boats for a while regard safety precautions and smart maneuverability as second nature. However, our non-boating friends and family don’t always possess the same instincts that we do around slippery and moving surfaces, leading to avoidable accidents at the dock and on the water. Skippers should make it […]

Big Winds Ahead

Big Winds Ahead

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The time to plan for one of nature’s biggest blows — a hurricane — is not when the local weather forecaster warns in an ominous voice that disaster is just around the corner. That’s too late; the marina will be swamped with last minute requests to pull boats, the shelves at your local marine supply […]

Family to the Rescue

Family to the Rescue

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Who takes better care of you than your family? If your family doesn’t own a towing business, then the Frohnhoefer family is quite happy to consider you a relative. Now celebrating its 34th year in operation, Sea Tow is the Frohnhoefer family’s joint enterprise. Started by spouses Captain Joe Frohnhoefer and Georgia Frohnhoefer when Joe […]

Fireworks

Fireworks

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Boaters in the know have plenty of opportunities this summer to look skyward and gasp in awe at fireworks! Displays of fireworks are weather dependent and times are subject to change. Always confirm the event, timing, and location before heading out. Get an updated marine weather report and check current charts, then leave early to […]

Better Docking

Better Docking

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Docking scenarios are quite variable. Since I can’t describe every possible docking scenario you’ll encounter, I’ll instead offer a few guiding principles and practical ideas to make you a more confident boater and save you from frayed nerves.   Enlist a teacher. Seek experienced, hands-on help. Classroom knowledge, while eminently valuable, cannot take the place […]

Sunscreen Every Day

Sunscreen Every Day

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Skip brushing your teeth one day and you probably won’t cause yourself any harm. Forget to take your multivitamin on occasion? There’s likely not going to be any effect. However, there will always be consequences if you forget to slather on sunscreen before a day on the boat — the best case scenario is a […]

Weather Growing Worse? Ask a Verse!

Weather Growing Worse? Ask a Verse!

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Want to gauge the weather like the ancient mariners? These little jingles and rhymes may help.* North winds send hail, South winds bring rain, East winds we bewail, West winds blow amain. Northeast is too cold, Southeast not too warm, Northwest is too bold, Southwest bows no harm. When the dew is on the grass, […]

Make Like a Boat — Float

Make Like a Boat — Float

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Does floating in a relaxing environment sound appealing? Of course it does — you love boating! However, there are many precautions and responsibilities that accompany the joy of boating, and then there’s gravity. Those issues (and pull) are eliminated when you enjoy the benefits of a float pool or tank. Tom Wunk, the founder and […]

Letters To The Editor

Letters To The Editor

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Dear Editor: The Trump administration is proposing to eliminate Federal funding for the National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant). This is a bad idea. Sea Grant is vital! For fifty years, Sea Grant has been helping businesses and communities deal with the challenges inherent in using coastal resources while protecting their long-term sustainability. Sea […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

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This isn’t a story I like to tell in person because it really makes me look foolish. However, I will tell you anonymously how I lost my boat. I travel a lot for business so I rely on my staff to help me out with personal matters from time to time. Yes, it was outside […]

Fire Aboard

Fire Aboard

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A fire at sea, just as on land, may start for any number of reasons and quickly turn catastrophic. Are you doing all you can to , and would you know how to act if your boat began to burn? Solid boat materials, including wood, fiberglass, and fabrics, are highly flammable. Fires can start from […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

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A leaky stuffing box needs attention so it doesn’t turn into a major issue. A stuffing box, affixed to the inside of the hull, allows the shafts to pass through while preventing water from penetrating. To locate the stuffing box, follow the prop shaft from the transmission to where it exits the hull. Check the […]

Take Me Out to the (Ball) Park!

Take Me Out to the (Ball) Park!

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  Whether the Mets win big or play small ball, a boat trip to Citi Field is a home run! You’ll avoid traffic snarls and won’t arrive late or have to leave early because of train schedules or delays. Flushing Bay is a deepwater harbor easily reachable from Long Island. Traveling from the south shore, […]

Pirate Festival

Pirate Festival

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Ahoy, mateys! Weigh anchor, hoist the mizzen, and head to West Sayville to discover a gleaming treasure! X will mark the spot where the Long Island Maritime Museum’s Pirate Festival parties hearty on Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18. This family-friendly event will have everyone smiling like scallywags as energetic crews of roving plank […]

A Speck in the Sea

A Speck in the Sea

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A few Julys back, John Aldridge fell off the back of his lobster boat 40 miles south of Montauk. He later calculated that it took him just 17 seconds to become “a speck in the sea.” The time was 3:30 am and the water temperature was 72 degrees. There were five-foot swells remaining from a […]

Port Jefferson

Port Jefferson

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Port Jefferson is an exciting village to visit by boat, as it offers plenty of entertainment, eateries, and interesting establishments a short walk from its beautiful harbor. Watch your approach to the harbor from the Long Island Sound — large ferries head between Port Jefferson and Bridgeport, Connecticut all day. Transients are welcome at Port […]

Swim Smarts

Swim Smarts

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You may feel very comfortable being on a boat, but you’ll be a lot safer if you know how to swim. We don’t want to scare you, but kids who take swimming lessons (and wear life jackets everywhere but the cabin) cut their risk of drowning. While it’s great to have a parent or an […]

Lighter Footprints

Lighter Footprints

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Human-caused climate change is an issue of our time. While no figures are available for recreational boating greenhouse gas emissions, the National Marine Manufacturers Association says that over 87 million Americans participate in recreational boating at least once yearly. If over 35 percent of the population engages in a motor-driven activity, chances are that carbon […]

Playland Amusement Park

Playland Amusement Park

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Whether you still call it “Rye Playland” or by its proper name, this destination along the Long Island Sound has been fun since 1927, especially when you visit by boat. Moorings are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Pier Restaurant and Tiki Bar at the water’s edge of the park. The launch service […]

Crazy Beans

Crazy Beans

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A boating trip to Stony Brook may include shopping, historical sights, fine dining, and walking the labyrinth at Avalon Park. All that activity works up the kind of appetite that may only be satisfied by a stack of pancakes and a frothy sweet drink, or a hearty sandwich and an aromatic cup of tea or […]

What Other Words are in SUNSCREEN?

What Other Words are in SUNSCREEN?

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          Answers: UERC is CURE ESCREU is RESCUE RSNUE is NURSE RSENEC is SCREEN REESCU is SECURE ENESR is SNEER

The Clubhouse

The Clubhouse

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You know those times on the boat when you’re having so much fun that you don’t want to stop, even when someone announces, “I’m hungry”? Dock at The Clubhouse — the atmosphere and food will keep the fun going! Sit outdoors by the sandy beach or grass hut or inside where the open wall, Jimmy […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

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There’s something about June that makes it unique. It’s a busy month filled with too many obligations for this boater’s taste, but those obligations are mostly celebratory — such as honoring fathers and other men we love, and Flag Day. Many June events are also about new adventures — graduations, weddings, and the launch of […]

USPS America’s Boating Course

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USPS America’s Boating Course Bridge Marine Sales and Tackle Bayville 9:00 am 516-987-9715 TJP98@optonline.net

Air Show at Jones Beach

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Air Show Jones Beach State Park Wantagh Noon – 5:00 pm 631-321-3510 http://bethpageairshow.com/

Plein Air Art Show

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Plein Air Art Show Fire Island Lighthouse 631-661-4876 www.fireislandlighthouse.com

Art Show on the Green

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Art Show on the Green Montauk Village Green 631-668-5336 http://www.montaukartistsassociation.org/

World Turtle Day

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World Turtle Day Quogue Wildlife Refuge 11:00 am – noon Reservations required 631-653-4771 www.quoguewildliferefuge.org

USCGA About Boating Safely

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USCGA About Boating Safely Cold Spring Harbor Library 9:30 am – 5:00 pm 516-223-3887 cgauxcsh@gmail.com

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