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Unlocking the Locks

Unlocking the Locks

November 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Imagine cruising all the way around South America or going up and above Canada to get to the west coast of the United States. Historically, a vessel would have to do so, braving the elements and being at sea much longer, before the Panama Canal opened in 1914. The concept of building a ship canal […]

Don’t Do What We Did!

Don’t Do What We Did!

November 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

  Rafting up with other boats can be fun and exciting, but it can have its downside as well. A few years ago, we went out for the day to Pirates Cove, a great place for getting together with family and other boaters. We always enjoy climbing the hills, swimming, and relaxing, so that’s all […]

Schmitty the Weather Dog

Schmitty the Weather Dog

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. The question, “Hey Schmitty, what’s the weather today?” is asked by elementary school students of a tiny weather reporter. Schmitty is a Yorkie who travels the country teaching children about weather, science, and math in a fun, exciting way. Though most lessons about science and weather can be a tad boring, a visit by […]

Raising Money, Lowering Temperatures!

Raising Money, Lowering Temperatures!

November 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. While most of us bundle up against the cold, many intrepid people run into the water to raise money for exceptional causes. Polar bear-type plunge fundraisers take place all over the country. On Long Island, organizations that benefit include the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Special Olympics (the term Polar Plunge is a registered trademark of […]

Step up and Clean a Beach

Step up and Clean a Beach

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Every year, the International Coastal Cleanup includes our area, thanks to the efforts of the Northeast Chapter of the American Littoral Society. Based in Broad Channel, Queens, the chapter continues its work, urging boaters and other beach lovers to make a difference by volunteering at the 30th annual New York State Beach Cleanup on […]

The Yacht Guru’s Bible

The Yacht Guru’s Bible

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

You love the water and being out on a boat, so have you ever wondered what it would be like to work on a motor yacht? Do you imagine yourself living and working aboard a beautifully designed yacht that can take you to places around the world you’ve dreamed of visiting? Alene Keenan has cruised […]

Sailing towards Healing

Sailing towards Healing

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Many of us have a passion for the sea and enjoy quality time on the water.  The Duclay brothers, Sean and Kilian, have those feelings, too, along with a desire to help others share their enthusiasm. Sean and Kilian are teenagers who have created an amazing organization called Sail Ahead to engage traumatized and […]

Learn Basic Safety as Yacht Crews Do

Learn Basic Safety as Yacht Crews Do

August 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  The average size boat is between 25 and 50 feet. That’s a lot of vessel to handle, yet it doesn’t take much to buy one and head out. In fact, there’s no requirement for adults in New York to obtain a boater’s license (there is to operate a jet ski). It amazes me that […]

Don’t Do What We Did!

Don’t Do What We Did!

August 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  It is never a dull moment when the McMahon family goes to Port Jefferson. As much as we love boating there, something always occurs. Something that ends up on these pages! Pirates Cove in Port Jefferson had taken one of my family’s anchors in the past. I recounted on this page how changing tides […]

50 Water Adventures

50 Water Adventures

May 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. A big part of life is about enjoying it and having fun — adding water to it makes it even better.  If fun isn’t fun for you unless it’s also thrilling, then I recommend  Lia Ditton’s 50 Water Adventures to do Before You Die, the ultimate bucket list handbook for water lovers. This captivating […]

The Adventures of Colin the Coastguard

The Adventures of Colin the Coastguard

May 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Don’t be scared to be out on the water — there are people whose jobs are to protect us and keep us safe. Across the Atlantic Ocean, there’s a member of the Coastguard in the United Kingdom named Colin. He and his dog, Rocky, are the heroes in the town of Tideswell, because they […]

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 […]

Artist Inspired by the North Fork

Artist Inspired by the North Fork

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Long Island’s beauty catches the eye of everyone who lives here or visits. Yet it takes an artist such as Danielle Malmet Rodger to draw inspiration from the seasonal beauty of the North Fork and create children’s books and bright watercolor paintings. The first book, called Adventures through North Fork: Autumn, captures colorful fall scenes. […]

Long Island Surfing Spots

Long Island Surfing Spots

February 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  If your boat’s buttoned up for the winter, but you still want to have fun on Long Island waters, I suggest picking up a surfboard and heading south. No, not south as in Florida, but rather to Long Island’s South Shore beaches. The summer’s crowds are long gone and the beaches beckon to surfers. […]

Stepping Stones Lighthouse

Stepping Stones Lighthouse

February 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Long Island has its share of beautiful architectural lighthouses. Boaters, spoiled by the views, rarely (if ever) focus on the cost of upkeep as we pass by these beauties. One such picturesque lighthouse known to boaters in the western Long Island Sound and travelers across the Throgs Neck Bridge is Stepping Stones Lighthouse. Built in […]

Studying the Earth and Oceans

Studying the Earth and Oceans

February 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Choosing a college and deciding what to study are among the biggest decisions in high school students’ lives. I know — I was in your shoes, picturing what my life would be like depending on whether I chose another major or attended a different school. My advice to you is to go with your gut […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

February 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Few boaters (if any) will say that the boat ramp is their favorite part of boating — especially on those days when the scene at the ramp is complete chaos. Tempers flare as people yell at each other over who is taking too long and who is cutting in line. If you are new at […]

Freezing for a Reason

Freezing for a Reason

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Would you jump into freezing water for a few seconds? Before you decide, what if you were fundraising for Special Olympics athletes, children with diabetes, or helping to grant sick children’s wishes? Many Long Islanders who would otherwise avoid the beach in the cold weather flock to the  water for a polar bear plunge fundraiser […]

A NACK for Paddling

A NACK for Paddling

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

From its beginning, the North Atlantic Canoe and Kayak (NACK) group has worked to help paddlers enhance safety and develop skills. Founded in 2005 and based on Long Island, they have programs that cover paddlesports throughout the northeastern United States. NACK’s mission statement is straightforward: “We believe that a strong commitment to training and assessment […]

Lace Up a Fashion Statement

Lace Up a Fashion Statement

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

What if you knew of innovative techniques to tie boat shoes besides the classic around the tree through the loop or bunny ears methods? Do you crave ways that would stop that annoying habit laces have of becoming undone? Are you a fashionista who eschews wearing practical, comfortable boat shoes because you think they don’t […]

Launch a Nautical Birthday Party

Launch a Nautical Birthday Party

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Searching for a birthday party theme? Want one that isn’t the same as everybody else’s party plan? How about a nautical-themed birthday party? Boatloads of decorating ideas and activities abound, making a nautical party one to remember. Search popular parent and party-planning sites and you’ll find plenty of ideas for a nautical party. Some sites […]

Small Vessel, Big City

Small Vessel, Big City

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Seeing New York City from a kayak is a ritual for Bonnie Aldinger. Though the buildings look sky-high, and her kayak must look teeny from the top of the Statue of Liberty, Aldinger isn’t fazed. She’s an adventurous kayaker (and canoe paddler) who’s lived in NYC most of her adult life, blogging about her adventures […]

A Fish Can Fly?

A Fish Can Fly?

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

You know that airplanes and birds fly, but did you know there is a species of fish that can fly? In the book called The Amazing World of Flyingfish by Steve N.G. Howell, readers learn about flyingfish — what they are, how they fly, what they look like, and where to see one. If you […]