Monday, December 11, 2017

Fire Island National Seashore

Fire Island National Seashore

March 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

. Fire Island is one place with many destinations. Resort communities abound and natural wonders entice, but a major part of the island falls within the U.S. National Park Service’s protection as a national seashore. Boaters are a common sight in the Great South Bay on summer weekends. Many are flocking to Talisman, Sailors Haven, […]

Fishers Island

Fishers Island

March 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

. Though closer to Connecticut, Fishers Island is part of the Town of Southold in New York. The island is home to residents with long-term roots and those seeking a secluded retreat. Despite much of it being private, visiting boaters can enjoy a portion of the seven-mile-long, one-mile-wide island’s beauty and serenity. The trip requires […]

Prevent Vessel Theft

Prevent Vessel Theft

November 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The appeal of trailered boats and personal watercraft (PWC) is their mobility, but only for your purposes. To prevent anyone else from taking off with it during the off-season, secure it inside a guarded storage facility. Can’t afford a 24/7 guard for your runabout or jet ski? Secure your vessel to make your trailer and […]

Unscrambler

Unscrambler

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Unscrambler

Swan River

Swan River

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    Swan River is easily accessible from the Great South Bay. Located between Patchogue River and Mud Creek, the 1½ mile long and 15-foot wide river is tidal. It’s home to several marinas, a water accessible restaurant, and waterfront homes. There’s another community as well — one made up of wildlife and fish. The […]

Nissequogue River

Nissequogue River

January 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

      The Nissequogue River is located on the western side of Smithtown Bay.  At over eight miles long, part of this freshwater river (derived from groundwater) flows through Nissequogue River State Park. The park, a designated State Bird Conservation area, serves as shelter for waterfowl, herons, and egrets, and is along the migration […]

First Boat, Right Boat

First Boat, Right Boat

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

There’s an old saying that the two happiest times of a boater’s life are when you buy a boat and when you sell it. However, it’s likely that cliché was first coined and then repeated by people who didn’t buy the right boat for their needs. Trust me — making the right choice means a […]

The Art of Relaxation

The Art of Relaxation

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Just saying the word relax makes me start to unwind and calm down. Yet as anyone (everyone) with a busy life knows, it’s not that easy to relax. In an age of constant communication and instant gratification, relaxation is almost a lost art. Almost, but not quite, as boaters have a great vehicle for loosening […]

What Every Boater Should Know

What Every Boater Should Know

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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 […]

Start Now for a Fit Summer

Start Now for a Fit Summer

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Did you cringe last year when boating season approached, thinking you couldn’t wear a swimsuit?  Then winter arrived, and it’s not a kind season — we lose our restraint at holiday parties and those leftover treats (not to mention Valentine’s Day candies) tempt us way too long into the new year. It’s time to stop […]

North Hempstead Beach Park

North Hempstead Beach Park

November 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  Tucked in the south part of Hempstead Harbor at Bar Beach is North Hempstead Beach Park.  Bar Beach, in the south part of the harbor, is usually a calm place to drop anchor and enjoy a relaxing day. In addition to the beach, the park has a concession stand offering food and beverages; restrooms […]

A River Club with a Past

A River Club with a Past

May 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

.                   At the Inwood Canoe Club (ICC), a quaint and crowded little outpost just off the top of Manhattan, there are few visible canoes. These days, it’s about the kayak. “It’s been that way since about 1997,” said Kevin McKeon, secretary of the ICC. “Things change, […]

Custom Café & Deli

Custom Café & Deli

May 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

    The Custom Café & Deli, open since 2011, calls a 100-year-old building home. Looking over the far corner of Port Jefferson Harbor, it offers a comfortable, casual environment to grab a bite to eat — it’s a great combination of deli and café. There is only one menu for the Custom Café, so […]

Safety is Priceless

Safety is Priceless

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Let’s talk about a great deal — a no-cost, no-risk way to have the equipment and personal protection gear on your watercraft checked to make sure it complies with all applicable standards. There’s no catch beyond taking a half-hour or so to interact with a knowledgeable inspector who’ll also freely share safety tips and […]

Stop a Spring Sinking

Stop a Spring Sinking

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

We say it every year — and we mean it — this was a brutal winter. Add a rainy spring onto a frigid, snowy winter and perilous elements are present that could sink your boat. To prevent that from happening, visit it as soon as you can with our checklist in tow.  Don’t overlook even […]

Heck, No! We Won’t Go!

Heck, No! We Won’t Go!

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Summers fly by fast; the official calendar only affords us 13 weekends during the season. Unless you work in a school, it’s likely you’ll cobble your summer boating days together by taking a vacation, tacking a Friday and a Monday onto the July 4th weekend, and knocking off of work for a few additional Fridays. […]

Boating with Lupus

Boating with Lupus

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Lupus, formally known as systemic lupus erythematosus is a disease of the immune system that attacks tissues in various parts of the body. If you have lupus, it’s likely you’ve been warned that sunlight aggravates the disease. However, with the proper precautions, boating can still be a part of your life. The immune system […]

Be a Cleaner, Greener Boater

Be a Cleaner, Greener Boater

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Just as your goal was to keep the elements out of your boat during the winter, keep that mindset in spring. Whether you’re a DIY kind of boater or one who’d rather engage the services of pros, it’s important to note that every aspect of spring prep affects the environment. It’s up to every […]

Fort Pond Bay

Fort Pond Bay

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Fort Pond Bay in Montauk has a lot to offer Long Island boaters — breathtaking views of the bluffs, deep water, and a place for divers to explore. It is easily reachable if you are boating from points east of Shelter Island as it is located just west of Lake Montauk and east of Hither Hills […]

Pier 44

Pier 44

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Pier 44 has been open in Babylon across from Sampawams Creek for over 30 years. The wood paneling and the giant shark out front give it a very cool old school feel, as if you’ve arrived back at a classic seafood shack. But looks aren’t everything, as Pier 44 proves once you step inside. There […]

Spring Cleaning Pays

Spring Cleaning Pays

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While most truly welcome the season of spring, many of us try to avoid the task of spring cleaning. But what if slimming down our closets could fatten our wallets? As seasons change, we want out with the old and in with the new. Instead of throwing out your unwanted clothes, you can sell them. […]

A Cleaner and Clearer Moriches Bay

A Cleaner and Clearer Moriches Bay

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When Aram Terchunian, founder of First Coastal, an environmental services company, approached the Westhampton Dunes Barrier Beach Preservation Association in 2012 with the idea of bringing the community together to care for Moriches Bay and improve its water quality, they jointly created the Moriches Bay Project®. While the project’s creators were enthusiastic, we could not […]

Where Will My Boat Spend the Summer?

Where Will My Boat Spend the Summer?

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

There’s no pair of pants that fits every person, and there’s no one berth that suits all boats (and boaters) best. When it comes to choosing a marina, yacht club, mooring field, or boatyard, you must first determine what’s most important to you. Our list of considerations and questions can help, and then once you […]

Boat Trailering Basics

Boat Trailering Basics

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If you’re new to trailering a boat, it’s likely that you fall into one of two categories. There is the How Hard Can It Be? crowd and the So Many Steps! group. Those of the first mindset would do well to know that it’s a bit harder than it looks to do it correctly, and […]

Kiteboarding Flies off the Pages

Kiteboarding Flies off the Pages

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. If you love water sports, enjoy amazing photographs, and appreciate reading exciting and cool information, then Kiteboarding: Where it’s at… by Alex Hapgood should be in your hands. Hapgood captures 15 years of the sport with stunning images and information. Since writing about surfing and kiteboarding for other publications and magazines, Hapgood jumped at […]

Don’t Do What I Did!

Don’t Do What I Did!

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Nuns in the sun drinking beer. That was why we had braved a cranky Rockaway Inlet, venturing farther west than ever before. Yes, JFK’s mighty jets loomed in the distance, but basically, it was just us and the dear sisters at this pub on the pier. It was not enough. We needed excitement. I asked […]

Peconic River

Peconic River

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The Peconic River originates as basically a bog near the Brookhaven National Laboratory. It flows for 15 miles, mainly within the Long Island Pine Barrens, and empties into Flanders Bay. Most of the river west of Riverhead is slow moving and shallow, making it only accessible by canoes and kayaks. Exploring this area of the […]

Loving Life on the Water

Loving Life on the Water

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When you grow up loving the water and spend your free time windsurfing, sailing, and wakeboarding, it’s likely an ad in the paper for paddleboard lessons will catch your eye. That’s exactly what happened to Katie Aksak. Once she answered that ad in a Vermont paper, she went on to become PaddleFit certified in Florida, […]

Are Historic Ships Welcome in New York Harbor?

Are Historic Ships Welcome in New York Harbor?

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Last summer, visitors to the Intrepid Museum’s pier in Manhattan may have seen the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) sail training ship, USCG Eagle, wedged in an angle against a dock 145 feet shorter than the ship itself. Was the crew in a hurry to enjoy New York City’s sights after too much time at sea? […]

Unscrambler

Unscrambler

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Kids Unscrambler

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