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When It’s Time to Quit

When It’s Time to Quit

February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Boating may be your passion, but do you know when to call it quits? I’m not talking about canceling an afternoon’s outing because of nasty weather — I’m referring to gradual changes in physical and mental capacity that pose challenges. If not acknowledged and addressed, these challenges may endanger the safety of the captain, the […]

Attractive Hands within Reach

Attractive Hands within Reach

February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

.         Hands are one of the places on the body that show aging and wear and tear because they tend to be uncovered. If yours are rough and sun-speckled from time outdoors, use the offseason to recuperate and rejuvenate. Dr. Dana Stern, a New York-based dermatologist specializing in hands and nails, […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

October 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

I like October. It may be sweater weather but it’s not usually coat weather. It’s a time when weekends are great for apple picking, leaf peeping, and football watching, but there’s also lots of time for boating. The days are long enough and the weather mild enough to take a leisurely cruise or an invigorating […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

September 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

September is a mixed-up stew of ingredients — extra obligations, warm days, spectacular sunsets occurring just about dinnertime. When weekdays are measured by work and school, the boat becomes a savory respite for a few hours. As warm weekends dwindle, time aboard feels less like feasts and more like desserts. However, dessert is often the […]

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

August 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Dear Editor: For many years, Lillian and I were cruisers. We spent a night or two sleeping on the boat and also took seven to 10-day cruises. I would always be diligent about checking all my safety equipment before spending time away from our homeport. One time I noticed how dark it was in the […]

The Last Sail

The Last Sail

July 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

It was a match made in marine heaven. He wooed her on a cruise to Maine and for the next 25 years they sailed every weekend from early spring until late fall. “We have explored every harbor, gunk hole, and sand bar on Long Island,” says Caroline (we’re using first names only here). They signed […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

June 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Don’t ever try to outwit a railroad bridge. I know from first-hand experience that you will lose and be one unhappy boater. A number of navigable Connecticut waterways, such as the Housatonic, Thames, and Connecticut Rivers, empty into the Long Island Sound. These are popular destinations for Long Island boaters, as are the historic seaport […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s a shame that April only has 30 days, as there’s so much to accomplish this month. Now’s the time for choosing where our boat will spend the summer and readying it in a cost-efficient and eco-friendly way. We start frantically declining social invitations that would otherwise strand us on land during quality weekends and […]

Help Keep Our Waters Safe

Help Keep Our Waters Safe

March 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

  Each of us has written extensively on the need for recreational boaters to boat safely; for the past two years, our respective organizations have been actively collaborating to meet this goal. On Long Island, our primary focus is an effort called Operation Onboard Observer. In a nutshell, United States Power Squadrons® (USPS) members who’ve […]

Gathering despite the Cold

Gathering despite the Cold

March 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. While waiting for the days to grow longer and the weather to warm up, boaters gather in living rooms, clubhouses, boathouses, and the occasional bar for group activities. These events help them stay in touch and get through icy days, while strengthening bonds formed on the water. As a new boater who’s looking forward […]

A Walk in the Sun

A Walk in the Sun

March 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The words “walk” and “sun” in the same phrase likely conjure up images of strolling during warm weather while enjoying balmy breezes. Yet for me, the opposite is true, as the walks I most enjoy are on a desolate beach as an intense winter or early spring sun warms me and a brisk northwest wind brings […]

Step-By-Step Boat Show Shopping

Step-By-Step Boat Show Shopping

March 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

If you’re planning to buy a boat during a show, it’s important to be knowledgeable and prepared. A boat is a large investment and shouldn’t be an impulse buy, so we help you organize and not overlook any important steps. Before the Show Determine what you need. Everyone’s essentials for a new boat differ. If […]

Great South Bay Society Cleans Up

Great South Bay Society Cleans Up

March 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. Todd Brice grew up in Amityville enjoying life on the water, as did his parents and his grandparents. When he and Ana married, it was a given that they would raise their family in this waterside town. Life in Amityville is water-centric for many. “There are boathouses on the bay. People use the bay […]

A Frosty Fire Island

A Frosty Fire Island

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The rising sun casts a warm glow across the cold, quiet beach, revealing a landscape at once foreign and familiar. Sand is firm underfoot, refusing footprints at its frozen surface, and the quiet roar of the wind brings with it an unwelcome bite. Only at the water’s edge is the briny smell of the ocean […]

Summer Snapshots

Summer Snapshots

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Readers Share Summer Photos

Where Does Melted Snow Go?

Where Does Melted Snow Go?

March 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. When snow falls and canvasses Long Island’s suburbia, our hurried roads seem momentarily tranquil. In those fleeting moments, the chaos is muted, and neighborhoods bask in the relative silence. Thereafter, the snowfall becomes an almost tragically different story of filth and inconvenience — that snow that was so peaceful becomes a burden to drivers […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

March 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

It was a warm and sunny August day with 10 to 12 knot winds out of the southeast. The day was made better because our daughters Christin and Annie were visiting my wife Suzy and me. Christin’s college roommate, Alex, and Annie’s fiancé, Matt, were also along for a boat ride. The six of us […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

March 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Though spring boat prep is in the future, the present is the perfect time to shop boat shows and marine supply stores sales. Consult the list you made last fall for replacements and improvements and add those items to supplies needed to get your boat in shape for the season such as oil, filters, antifreeze, […]

Critter Questions

Critter Questions

March 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Have you thought about shaking hands with an octopus and why a penguin looks so clean? Author Wendy Rydell thinks about things like that! An octopus? I’d rather not meet him Because I don’t know how to greet him. You should shake hands to be polite But with an octopus that could take all night. […]

Fun Boating-Themed Food

Fun Boating-Themed Food

March 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

.       Your family’s boating adventures need not be confined to the water. With a little creativity, you can keep kids entertained and well-fed with a fun selection of snacks and entrées prepared with a boating theme. I’ve fed these nautical nibbles to my own picky toddler and I’m happy to share these […]

How Does Your Raingarden Grow?

How Does Your Raingarden Grow?

March 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. Created as a way to mimic the natural water retention areas that existed before an area was developed, raingardens have grown in size and popularity over the last decade, expanding to both residential use as well as in the commercial building industry. Rusty Schmidt, co-author of The Blue Thumb Guide to Raingardens, is a […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

March 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

From where I sit, March has a serious identity crisis. The calendar may designate this month’s waning days as the beginning of spring, but when I set foot outside I’m immediately tempted to spring back inside to escape the cold. Don’t be so fast to disparage March, astronomers would say. They know the earth is […]

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor: New Yorkers and the American people have made great strides toward eradicating the selfish scourge of drunk driving from our society. The numbers of needless deaths decline year after year and the legal penalties are stiffer than ever for those who choose to drive drunk or under the influence of drugs. Yet, those […]

Read It Before You Sign It

Read It Before You Sign It

February 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Your boat needs a summer home, and you’ve found a great spot. However, before the boatyard or marina welcomes you in, you’re presented with a contract to sign. You figure it’s just standard language that’s not worth reading. Please think again. You may not be familiar with the concepts of risk shifting, subrogation, limited liability, […]

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 […]

What Every Boater Should Know

What Every Boater Should Know

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

How many times in your boating life have you said, “I wish someone had told me that…”? If you’re like me — and most everyone else you’ll encounter on the water — you learned something about your boat and the hobby of boating the hard way. Although nothing beats experience and practice, I’ll share with […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

      After a long and brutal winter, the arrival of spring could not have been more welcome. Though it was not quite as warm as we would have liked, this April morning seemed a good enough day to take my friend’s new speed boat out for its maiden voyage. Our day on the […]

Wardrobe to Water Pollution

Wardrobe to Water Pollution

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Plastic waste in our waterways can be quite an eyesore. Bags and containers litter shorelines, clog streams and rivers, and form floating trash heaps in the middle of the ocean, imposing harmful effects on the environment and resulting in often deadly consequences to marine life. Additionally, there are lesser known and potentially more pervasive plastic […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

October 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Other months are certainly better for boating Chilly days and nippy nights are here Then again, the leaves along the shore are gorgeous Other boaters depart, leaving the waters wide-open But then again, the temperature’s growing colder Even so, I’ll take any day in October over one in January Right?  

Montauk Fall Festival

Montauk Fall Festival

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. The Montauk Fall Festival is a family friendly weekend hosted by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce. It features music, Octoberfest foods, carousel rides, chowder, and local beers and wines. On Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9, activities take place on the Green in the center of Montauk from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm […]

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