Friday, June 23, 2017

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

July 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. Her right arm holding her torch high for all to see, the Statue of Liberty is many things — a former lighthouse, an immense sculpture, a landmark, and a world-famous icon of freedom. There’s something splendidly unique about seeing Lady Liberty from your boat — young or old, it’s a moving experience to gaze […]

Long Island’s Coves & Anchorages

Long Island’s Coves & Anchorages

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Click on each highlighted cove listing below to read our review. North Shore Coves & Anchorages (West to East) Little Bay Leeds Pond North Hempstead Town Beach West Harbor The Sand Hole Lloyd Harbor Sand City Nissequogue River Whitehall Beach Pirates Cove South Shore Coves & Anchorages (West to East) Plumb Beach Short Beach Zach’s […]

Sea Change for Jamaica Bay

Sea Change for Jamaica Bay

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Jamaica Bay has played many roles in the lively history of New York. The fertile marshes provided rich fishing grounds for Lenape Indians, and the tides gave power to the Dutch gristmills along its banks. The waters teemed with bass, weakfish, flounder, and oysters; migratory birds gathered to rest and recharge for their long journeys […]

Touring Manhattan

Touring Manhattan

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Very few local day trips provide as much breathtaking scenery and shoreline architecture as does a cruise around Manhattan. Moreover, New York City is easily accessible from both the north and south shores, making this trip ideal for many Long Island boaters.

Jamaica Bay Area Unit

Jamaica Bay Area Unit

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Located on the southwestern tip of Long Island in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens and in the Town of Hempstead, Jamaica Bay connects with both the Lower Bay entering New York City and Rockaway Inlet on the shore of Long Island.

Swimming Towards Important Life Skills

Swimming Towards Important Life Skills

November 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s a scene straight out of a nightmare — one moment, you’re in your home, at the beach, on a boat, and then the next, you’re in the water — and you don’t know how to swim. However, one person’s bad dream is another person’s reality when hurricane-propelled waters flood a home, a rogue wave […]

Sebago Canoe Club

Sebago Canoe Club

October 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. The entrance to the Sebago Canoe Club of Brooklyn lets you know what it’s all about immediately—it’s a door in the shape of a wave. The sort of symbol that Elvis Presley might have used at the entrance to Graceland, the wave proclaims that beyond the door lies the gateway to fun outdoors! The […]

Helping the Gowanus Canal Come Clean

Helping the Gowanus Canal Come Clean

September 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Helping the Gowanus Canal Come Clean Aquatic robot aids effort to save polluted NYC waterway Peering into the opaque, olive-toned water of Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal from the safety of my canoe, I spotted patches of lavender oil speckling the surface. Clumps of unidentifiable garbage floated past my paddle. Up ahead, pedestrians crossing the Union Street […]

U-S-P-S Spells Fun!

U-S-P-S Spells Fun!

August 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

I love to write about boating safety and enjoyment, and each time I do, I mention the U.S. Power Squadrons® (USPS®) and tell readers what it does within the context of the article. On the eve of its 100th anniversary in 2014, the present context is purely why I think USPS® is a super organization. […]

Hearing Voices Along the Shore

Hearing Voices Along the Shore

September 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Terry Walton is a writer who has had many seaside adventures. One favorite was dropping off the bow of a Coast Guard cutter onto Shooters Island (this former shipbuilding site now serves as a bird sanctuary, and Walton wanted to photograph herons). Another adventure involved helicoptering out to the Ambrose Light to research an article. In 1975, she explored old wooden ships in their graveyard beyond Staten Island, where “metal fittings and wooden masts had decades ago been stripped and sold for scrap, and over time the tides kept loosening planks and floating them away.”

Gas Saving Tips

Gas Saving Tips

June 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Check vehicle and trailer tires for wear and damage, and maintain tire pressure Read owner’s manuals for leaner fuel mixtures and recommended tire pressure Fuel-up in cooler morning or evening hours Tune tow vehicle’s engine, change spark plugs and wires Drain water from bilge Clear debris from bottom of boat and trailer Keep weight down– […]