Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Cold Water Boating

Cold Water Boating

April 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

.   Warmer days entice us onto the water after spending months seemingly trapped indoors. Though eager to get aboard our boats and go, we must never leave caution behind. While practicing safe boating is a year-round necessity, there are more precautions to take when water temperatures are chilly. As it will be months before […]

Caught in a Squall

Caught in a Squall

October 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. Suddenly the breeze turns gusty and the water surrounding your boat gets choppy. Next thing you know, you’re in the midst of a squall. What should you do? In any potentially adverse situation, start by putting on your life jacket — make sure all on deck do the same (attach harnesses if applicable). If […]

Don’t Keep it Secret!  Share Your Boating Day for Safety’s Sake

Don’t Keep it Secret! Share Your Boating Day for Safety’s Sake

July 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Can you keep a secret? When it comes to boating, you don’t need to blab to everyone, but it is vital to tell someone what you’ll be doing, where you’ll be going, and about how long you’ll be gone. The disclosure, known formally as a float plan, is actually a pretty simple way to ensure […]

Cold Water Boating Basics

Cold Water Boating Basics

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

.  After a winter spent indoors, warmer days entice us onto the water. Though we’re eager to jump aboard, we must never throw caution to the wind. Safe boating is a year-round practice, but there are more precautions to take when water temperatures are chilly. It’ll be awhile before local waters climb above 60 degrees, […]

Brr! Cold Weather Boating

Brr! Cold Weather Boating

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

When the warm weather wanes, the throngs of boaters disappear. However, none of the basics of safe boating vanish. In fact, there are more laws and precautions that crop up as the temperature drops. Though there may be abundant sunshine when you venture out, never relax your vigil or remove your life jacket. While warm […]

Don’t Venture Out Without a Float Plan

Don’t Venture Out Without a Float Plan

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Know what float plans and water have in common? Both are vital components of every boating day. A float plan, which is just the name for sharing the details of your boating plans with someone on land, isn’t only necessary before a multi-day adventure out in open water. Let’s imagine some of the unlucky situations […]

Reduce the Risks of Drowning

Reduce the Risks of Drowning

May 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

During the summer months, there is often tragic news about drownings on Long Island. After hearing these stories year after year, Bobby Hazen was motivated to found the Long Island Drowning Prevention Task Force (LIDPTF). Hazen, also a member of the Infant/Toddler Committee of the United States Swim School Association,has been a swim instructor and […]

All By Yourself

All By Yourself

January 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. You have the day off with no commitments, the weather is great, and water conditions are perfect— it’s time for a boat ride! But there’s a catch, as your usual first mate and all your boating pals are unavailable. Will you boat alone, or sit out the day? The thought of going solo may […]

Frosty Boating

Frosty Boating

October 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. Wear a Coat and a Life Jacket The crowds on the waters have disappeared, but so has the warm weather. Cold weather boating requires all the safety precautions of summer, along with the additional laws and precautions that crop up when the temperature drops. Even if there’s sunshine on your shoulders, never remove your […]

Know Your Limits

Know Your Limits

August 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Boating for many means experiencing exhilarating freedom and adventure. Out on the water, there are no drawn lanes to be dutifully followed, and boaters can enjoy breaking the surly bonds of land-borne life. At the same time, boating requires a measure of self-sufficiency and accountability; boaters need to be knowledgeable and prepared when heading out […]

What Makes a Competent Boater?

What Makes a Competent Boater?

February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Besides acquiring sufficient marine supplies and equipment, and outside of planning destinations and adventures, what makes an outing outstanding? When family and friends gather, I bet you’d rather they talk about the relaxing days spent on your boat, where everyone had a good time and every snag was dealt with seamlessly, rather than laughing at […]