When I sat down to compose this letter, it occurred to me that all I really needed to do was copy and paste It’s June! over and over again across the entire page. Because, really, what more do you have to say to a boater after a long off-season to elicit joy, happiness, and delight? […]
May might be a tiny word but it’s also a monumental one. Depending on Mother Nature’s quirkiness, we probably boat more in summer than we do in May, but anticipation about the places we’ll go and things we’ll experience is highest now. Since this month marks the start of boating season, I make all my […]
What a year it was for boating — Mother Nature was stingy with rain, though when she let loose in 2015, she sent a bucketful all bunched together. The result was numerous days during boating season with weather just right for exploring rivers, anchoring in coves, watching fireworks, attending festivals, rocking to the music, gazing […]
Happy New Year! Whatever we hope to see happen in 2016, it’s likely none of us is yearning for stress. Yet stressful situations and circumstances are likely lurking around every corner… and on every dock. How can we possibly avoid them? We happen to know many ways to reduce stress because we write stories about […]
Welcome to the sometimes-unsettled and slightly mysterious month of September! Mother Nature surrounds us in her golden glow and then turns the lights out early. Summer’s heat scurries along on its last legs while autumn’s winds and chills keep sticking their feet in the door. Vacation days used in July and August, many boaters start […]
Almost equally distant from Oceanside and Amityville, Short Beach is one of the nicest, cleanest, sandy beaches on the south shore. This small basin, tucked into the northwestern side of Jones Beach State Park, is adjacent to the Jones Beach Coast Guard Station and located just between Jones Inlet and Bascule Bridge on Sloop Channel. […]
Despite the bleak looking landscape outside our window, everything about January is optimistic. The year is new, we hatch resolutions anew, and that aching for summer we abandoned in November and December? We renew our hopes about this time, as spring’s arrival on March 20 lets the countdown to summer officially begin. While we await […]
Cold weather and I are completely incompatible. I don’t like hats, I don’t like gloves, I don’t like fleece, and I sure don’t like anything frozen unless it’s a dessert. As we embark upon the coldest (and shortest) days of the year, I always seek ways to warm up without having to bundle up. The […]
You’re reading our seventh anniversary issue; I hope that you’re enjoying it as much as we love bringing it to you. Since we started this magazine in 2007, we’ve had fantastic support from readers and the advertisers who support us. Yet there have been a few know-it-alls eager to tell us that our business is […]
. The only way to make the Fire Island Dance Festival even more of a fun event is to arrive via your boat. The entrance to the Pines harbor is directly due south of Sayville on Fire Island; the harbor entrance actually starts east of the marina at marker “G1.” Follow that marker to “G3” […]
Centerport Harbor – Nestled between Huntington and Northport Harbors is Centerport Harbor. At the mouth of Centerport Harbor are two beaches: the westerly one is Fleets Cove Beach and the easterly one is Centerport Town Beach. Boaters can anchor off either one but Fleets Cove has no facilities.
Nestled on the very tip of Long Island’s South Shore, in the Town of East Hampton, is a small hamlet named Montauk. It has a big history that includes many things, a few of which are the Montaukett Indians, Captain Kidd, Teddy Roosevelt, and as recently as last summer, the “Montauk Monster.”
An engaging and entertaining summer boat vacation is practically at your doorstep. A trip around Long Island is 250 nautical miles (which is not much more than visiting Block Island), and it can be completed in less than two weeks. While your pauses may vary, we’ve put together a fun itinerary of harbor-side stopovers. You can start this trip from any harbor and reverse our directions, depending on your starting point.
Great Gun Beach – Day Tripper – Destination Review – Long Island.
The Town of Babylon didn’t get its own identity until about 1803, when it stopped being known as “Huntington South”. The Village enjoyed growth a bit later when the railroad brought post-Civil War summer visitors, and gained renown as the home of the first African American professional baseball team, Robert Moses (memorialized with a statue in front of Village Hall), Butterfly McQueen, and Captain Kangaroo.
Destination Review – Glen Cove Harbor , Long Island – Glen Cove’s ten plus miles of waterfront hold many attractions for boaters.
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 […]
Fisher Island – Day Tripper
Oceanside And East Rockaway – Day Tripper
Originally called Oysterponds, Orient was and still is abundant with shellfish. It is a historic, rural place, with many homes and structures dating back to the1700s. With not much more than a post office, general store, and gas station to its name, Orient Point offers boaters a place to kick back and enjoy crystal clear, calm waters and a hush that is unlike its South Fork counterpart, Montauk.
Are you looking for a clean, sandy beach between Oceanside and Amityville? Short Beach is what you’re seeking!
hile boating is a great family experience, there are some places that are just not tailored for kids. Over the years we have found a cache of kid-friendly haunts that we seem to revisit because they make both kids and adults happy. In no particular order, here are our family favorites:
Theater lovers looking for a unique boating excursion in local waters should plan on seeing a show at one of Long Island’s many theaters. The stage is set as we present local theaters in towns and villages on both shores along with nearby transient space. It is advisable to buy your tickets and reserve transient space for your boat in advance, as many marinas have limited space for visitors.
Boaters looking to take a memorable day trip with their families should plan to visit Atlantis Marine World in Riverhead.
Nicoll Bay is situated between Heckscher State Park and West Sayville on the northern side of the Great South Bay. Known to locals as an area to drop anchor and relax, Nicoll Bay provides panoramic views of Heckscher State Park and West Sayville.
Drop anchor and enjoy the views, go swimming, or raft up with friends. Nearby is a beach you can reach by dinghy (there are no facilities).
Flushing Meadows Corona Park is the largest park in Queens. There’s plenty to do on its 1,255 acres, including visiting three sites that are fun for the whole family.
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.
The American Merchant Marine Museum provides information and displays boats and other historical objects such as marine art, ship models and nautical artifacts. Located at the McNulty Campus on the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point (516-773-5515), the museum provides merchant marine perspective on World War II.