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Enjoy Fall’s Foliage

Enjoy Fall’s Foliage

October 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

    Autumn throws a big party before tossing its leaves like confetti, and there’s no better spot for leaf peeping than the water. Your favorite spots may put on a show in front of your boat, but if you want to get even closer to the shore, a kayak, canoe, or SUP lets you […]

Paw Prints on Deck

Paw Prints on Deck

August 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Memories made on the water last a lifetime — for everyone aboard. Yes, our furriest four-legged companions enjoy the experience as much as we do, savoring hours and days on the water with loved ones. However, as these stories relate, you need to observe your dog’s reaction and safeguard them in unknown circumstances. Encourage, reward, […]

Who Has to Obey the Rules?

Who Has to Obey the Rules?

February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

. If you’re strictly a non-motorized kind of boater, you might be unaware that the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) makes and enforces rules that affect watercraft of all types. The USCG considers kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, kiteboards, bodyboards, and motorized tubes operated outside of very limited areas to be vessels. Therefore, the rules of safety […]

Row or Paddle?

Row or Paddle?

February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

. If I say, “Quick! Name a rowing song” you’ll probably say “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” immediately. But can you name a song about paddling? I couldn’t think of one. Rowing is what we sing about, but paddling is probably what many of us do. That’s because the two words describe different actions in […]

Paddle, Row, and Go in Nippy Weather

Paddle, Row, and Go in Nippy Weather

November 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Until or unless the waters (or your fingers) freeze, Long Island has great locations to paddle and row, including these New York State parks. Belmont Lake 631-667-5055   Captree 631-669-0449 Beware of strong currents   Hecksher 631-581-2100   Hempstead Lake 516-766-1029   Hither Hills 631-668-3781   Jones Beach 516-785-1600   Nissequogue River 631-269-4927 Check tide […]

Kayaking 101 Start Online or on the Water?

Kayaking 101 Start Online or on the Water?

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. If you’re new to kayaking and want to take a day trip, what’s the best way to be prepared and proceed? I wondered if new paddlers would be better off taking an online instructional safety course first or just going by the seat of their pants and learning by the waterside. I tried both […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

July 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

One beautiful summer day, back in 2011, I went kayaking with a friend on the North Fork. Both of us were inexperienced, but it was a beautiful morning and we were ready to go! We put on our lifejackets, hopped into our double-seated kayak, and pushed ourselves off the shore. That’s all there is to […]

Banish Boating Boredom!

Banish Boating Boredom!

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Boating is always fun, but even the most exuberant boater can tire of the same route, the same scenery, and the same routine time after time after time. That’s why we bring you so many ways to find glee at sea and shake up your boating habits. Fun times aren’t dependent on arriving by mega-yacht […]

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 […]

Why We Boat

Why We Boat

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Asking why we boat in this magazine may seem like a silly question. The usual answer — because it is fun — would make for a very short story. However, simple fun is not all there is to boating. Owning a vessel is not an inexpensive diversion, yet the people who love it find ways […]

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 […]

Havens Along Our Shores

Havens Along Our Shores

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Long Island is home to many nature preserves, sanctuaries, and wildlife refuges, and we’ve compiled a guide to some eye-opening, mind-enriching, and fun places along the water.

Nissequogue River

Nissequogue River

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

If you are looking for a calm place to drop anchor with a nearby beach, or a place to travel along and explore, the Nissequogue River is your spot. This freshwater river, derived from groundwater, is located off of the western side of Smithtown Bay. While most of this 8.3-miles-long river is too shallow to […]

Huntington Lighthouse Music Festival

Huntington Lighthouse Music Festival

August 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

. There are few better ways to spend a day on your boat than soaking up the sights and the sounds of the 6th Annual Huntington Lighthouse Music Fest on Saturday, September 1, 2012. This event, the only music festival held on top of a working lighthouse in the middle of the water, cannot be […]

See Spot Paddle!

See Spot Paddle!

September 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Seeing a dog on a boat, in a kayak, or on a surfboard has become commonplace. Now our four-legged friends have a new water activity: stand-up paddle boarding (SUP).

Glowing Reviews for Long Island Kayaking

Glowing Reviews for Long Island Kayaking

May 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

As I quietly coasted along the shore, gentle waves lapped at my kayak in hypnotic rhythm.