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Docking & Dining Guide 2016 (Click on the title to the left to view the entire guide)

Docking & Dining Guide 2016 (Click on the title to the left to view the entire guide)

May 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Docking & Dinning Guide 2016

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

February 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

When February blows itself onto the calendar, I appreciate why people head for warmer climes. I envy them and want to be them. However, at some point (it does vary from year to year), I finish being fed up with February. I look around Long Island and remember the reasons I love living here. Yes, […]

Fire Island and Watch Hill

January 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Step back in time at the Fire Island Lighthouse, to days before GPS, when lighthouses were important landmarks for mariners — a beacon of hope after a long journey. View the exhibits on the rich maritime history of Fire Island, see the lighthouse’s original, first-order Fresnel lens, and climb to the top of the lighthouse […]

Village of Northport

Village of Northport

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Enter Northport Bay from Huntington Bay — you’ll see four looming power stacks, Northport’s most visible landmark.  The village dock offers transient space on a first-come, first-served basis at no charge until 5:00 pm.  From 5:00 – 10:00 pm there is a flat fee of $20.00, and boaters wishing to remain overnight pay $2.00/foot for […]

Kids Can Be Junior Captains!

Kids Can Be Junior Captains!

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When the family goes boating, everyone has responsibilities. Kids can pitch in when they are old enough and make a fun day even more enjoyable. Give your child or children this list and let them help at home and aboard the boat: Only bring what’s necessary. Boats can’t be overloaded. Are you helping us stay […]

Navtool Agreement Farmers Markets

August 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Navtool Agreement To View and Download Routes  click on the Navtool link below. Please complete the NAVTOOL MARINE ROUTE MAPPING SOFTWARE agreement to continue: WARNING Do not enter or utilize the marine route-mapping data while craft is in motion. NAVTOOL MARINE ROUTE- MAPPING CHARTS AND DIRECTIONS are for use by experienced maritime operators only and are […]

Routes To Huntington Harbor

May 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Welcome to Boating Times Long Island’s NAVTOOL.  Click on the title above to access the routes. Then scroll down and click on the harbor below where you keep your boat to view a waypoint by waypoint route to this destination. You can zoom in for greater detail and download the route to your GPS by […]

The School on the Water

The School on the Water

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

                        The view while crossing over the Throgs Neck Bridge is breathtaking. Included in the panorama is the school on the water — The State University of New York Maritime College (SUNY Maritime) — and its training ship, Empire State VI. There’s excitement at […]

Fun with Boat Names

Fun with Boat Names

February 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  On one of our last cruises of the boating season, we passed Goodwives River with the smooth, rocky obstacle, Old Baldy, near its entrance. What great names! Thinking back on the boats I saw last summer, I’d say that vessels are sporting some good maritime monikers as well. Though Captain Whiskey, Captain Fantastic, and […]

Sand City

Sand City

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An alternative to Lloyd Harbor just south of Eaton’s Neck is a stretch of beach named West Beach. Called Sand City by the locals, this thin beach is just off Sand City Island and south of Hobart Beach and Price Bend at the northwest entrance to Northport Bay. This is a popular destination for boaters […]

Boating Fun Calls for Plans A & B

Boating Fun Calls for Plans A & B

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  Boating season is never long enough, and for many, time on the water is mostly limited to weekends, holidays, and days off from work. With time on the water so valuable, I get the most out of boating by having a Plan A and a Plan B so that I may adapt to changes […]

Canine Mates Come Aboard

Canine Mates Come Aboard

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When the whole family is ready to go out on the water for a fun-filled day, are the furry members also in tow? They certainly can be, as long as you take simple precautions to keep them safe. Starting cruising companions out early is helpful. Gabrielle Stroup, a photographer and office manager at the North […]

Pregnancy at Sea

Pregnancy at Sea

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Boating season is underway, and it seems like everyone wants to enjoy the waves, the sunshine, and the breezes.  However, there is one group that can’t just head out on a power or sail boat with abandon. Pregnant women must first pause to consider whether they should be boating this summer, and if they are […]

Restoring a Boat and Building a Family

Restoring a Boat and Building a Family

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Early on in our life together, my husband Mike and I began dreaming about owning a sailboat. Our neighbor Charlie, who owned a 26-foot Hughes, took us sailing the weekend before our wedding. While on our honeymoon in Barbados, we ventured out on a Sunfish dinghy. Though both events led to newbie mishaps, we were […]

Don’t Do What I Did!

Don’t Do What I Did!

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Capt’n Mike and I dreamed during the frosty winter about a boating adventure aboard our trailered 17-foot Siren, Katie. We would have our first overnight trip with the boat, accompanied by our nine-year-old and seven-year-old kids. A handheld GPS had been Capt’n Mike’s Christmas gift (a real budget breaker), and I had read the manual, […]

Keep on Rocking in the Lighthouse

Keep on Rocking in the Lighthouse

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. Every year, thousands show up at the Huntington Lighthouse Music Festival by boat, kayak, canoe, SUP, and dinghy on the Saturday before Labor Day. Everyone on the water surrounding the lighthouse is just looking to have fun, while behind the scenes, a dedicated group of volunteers makes sure that the only music festival held […]

Breezy Brunch Menu

Breezy Brunch Menu

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As the weather warms up and segues into the sizzling heat of summer, sharing food with friends becomes particularly appealing. I love serving a breezy brunch to my guests when they appear at the lake for a weekend visit — my cruise-worthy menu can be prepared well in advance of a summer excursion. A smooth, […]

Boater to Boater

Boater to Boater

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. Be Weather Wise  Ann: Check the weather forecast before you leave the house, while you’re in the car, and at the dock. And for goodness sakes…if it looks nasty at the dock, think about what it may look like out on the sound or ocean. Weather should always play an important part in whether […]

Flyboarding is a Blast!

Flyboarding is a Blast!

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. You’re on the boat, and someone exclaims, “Check it out! It’s a flying person!”You’re not seeing things —someone nearby is flyboarding. The sport of flyboarding, growing fast around the world, is catching on around Long Island. As I’m always happy to try out different watersports, I jumped at the chance to flyboard. When I […]

Boat Jokes

Boat Jokes

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Knock knock. Who’s there? Rhoda. Rhoda who? Rhoda boat as fast as you can! Knock knock. Who’s there? Owl. Owl who? Owl aboard! Knock knock. Who’s there? Canoe. Canoe who? Canoe come out and play? Knock knock. Who’s there? Dumbbell. Dumbbell who? Dumbbell doesn’t work so use your whistle. Knock knock. Who’s there? Monroe. Monroe […]

Hungry Boaters? Not on our Watch!

Hungry Boaters? Not on our Watch!

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Billys by the Bay 2530 Manhasset Avenue Greenport 631-477-8300 www.billysbythebayrestaurant.com   Captree Cove Restaurant 3500 East Ocean Parkway Bay Shore 631-587-3447 www.captreecoverestaurant.com/   Dynasty of Port Washington 405 Main Street #3 Port Washington 516-883-4100   The Fifth Season 34 East Broadway Port Jefferson 631-477-8500 http://thefifth-season.com/   Flynn’s 1 Cayuga Street Ocean Beach Park Fire Island […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

Surprise, it’s Seahorses!

Surprise, it’s Seahorses!

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. Who doesn’t love the seahorse? Images of seahorses are often found cascading across bed linens and beach towels, and on all sorts of coastal-themed knick-knacks (I happen to have a beautiful set of seahorse coffee mugs). However, did you know that in addition to seahorses showing up on housewares and being featured in artwork, […]

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 […]

Lock In Good Locks

Lock In Good Locks

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. As summer is just around the corner, we’re looking to enjoy outdoor activities without worrying about stressed-out tresses.It’s important to keep hair in shape and protected when the sun shines bright and the humidity is cranked high on the frizz-meter. Many women desire lighter hair colors now, perhaps to shake off winter memories. Others […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

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 […]

Emma Takes the Helm

Emma Takes the Helm

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

My kids and I took a weekday boating trip to Fire Island while my wife was at work. Though we were having fun and the weather was beautiful, I’d promised my wife that we would all have dinner together, so it soon became time to pack things up and head home. As we loaded up […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In December of 1998, I had accepted delivery of Shear Pleasure in Staten Island.  The dealer provided a captain to escort me home; I shrugged aside my ego and accepted. I planned for us to leave Staten Island and navigate Fire Island Inlet at slack water to avoid a rough inlet. We left Staten Island […]

Pointing Towards Port Starbird

Pointing Towards Port Starbird

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Tell me a book is a boat-filled adventure, a mystery, or a romantic tale, and I’ll start reading. Find me a good story that combines all three, plus a dog, and I’ll be recommending the book to others. Port Starbird by Garrett Dennis is the first of what the author promises will be the “Storm Ketchum […]

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