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.
Most of us have a pair of comfortable jeans we love to wear, a favorite restaurant that feels welcoming and relaxing, and a movie we’d gladly watch over and over. Most boaters also have a favorite spot to visit, so we asked readers to share the spot they’d choose over all others. If it’s a […]
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 […]
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).
Many say that Long Island waters officially start at Manhasset Bay. Squeezed between the tip of Great Neck and Port Washington, this is the first of several large harbors that literally cut into the North Shore of Long Island. They offer protected anchorage, entertainment, nature and more.
Stony Brook is a quaint village with a welcoming atmosphere. With its stores, tours, parks, and museums, it is truly a place for every member of the family. The Stony Brook Yacht Club is a short walking distance from the heart of town, but before venturing over to Main Street, boaters may want to hop […]
If you enjoy live theater and are always looking for new places to visit by boat, why not combine the two activities? We’ve compiled a list of theaters that are accessible by boat and nearby vessel lodging. All that you need to do is check the schedule of plays and musicals, buy tickets, and reserve […]
Many Long Islanders have enjoyed visiting the iconic Playland Amusement Park, commonly known as Rye Playland, for many years. Chances are, most of us arrived via car, and weren’t delighted with the traffic getting there and back. So why not start and end your park visit with a pleasurable boat trip?
Just south of Eaton’s Neck is a stretch of beach named West Beach, though the locals call it “Sand City.” This is a popular spot for area boaters from Huntington and Northport to visit, since the water drops off quickly and you can bring boats quite close to the beach. This thin beach is just […]
Are you looking for a western north shore cove to duck in and drop anchor? Little Bay, located under the southern side of the Throgs Neck Bridge (just west of Willets Point), is a relaxing place to hang on the hook. This cove is easily accessible from Manhattan and Flushing Bay, as well as western Nassau County harbors.
. Though you’re in love and everything seems sunny, planning a wedding can become a stressful and anxiety-provoking time. Couples find that they have each spent a lifetime dreaming about this special day in differing, and perhaps even conflicting, ways. Mix in friends and families’ expectations (and suggestions), and storm clouds quickly gather. As […]
Many of us enjoy living near or visiting the water. The soothing power of rhythmic tides eases the daily tensions of life, as does hearing repetitious waves and the sound of flowing water. And there’s no denying the therapeutic benefits of water even while quietly drifting along on a paddleboard. Fortunately, for those living with […]
. Living with any type of disability presents numerous challenges in everyday life, such as being excluded from enjoyable activities like going for a swim or paddling a kayak. Recognizing that, STRIDE was created to help those with handicaps enjoy sports and overcome (emotional and physical) barriers. Mary Ellen Whitney was an adaptive physical education […]
“Suffolk County Waters” means what? If it flows in, through or by Suffolk County, it counts. And the certificate needs to be on the board, and apply to the skipper at the helm, if/as/when the boat is stopped by law enforcement. What penalties ensue? First offense? $250.00. Second offense? $500.00. After that, you are guilty […]
As the weather cools, seals seek Long Island’s shores. They lay out in the sun, frolic, and go about their outdoor lives; they don’t care that most of us are bundled up inside our homes. In other words, the Harbor and Grey seals (and some Arctic visitors, too) won’t come to look at us, so […]
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 […]
Living on or near the water has always been a way of life for Mindy and Mark Yuknat. The Connecticut couple, who says that they’ve each been boating since they were young, lived aboard Adventure, a 65-foot -long, 900-square-foot yacht for four years.
When someone in the family suffers from a lifelong fear of water (hydrophobia), or suddenly develops it after years of boating, it can be disruptive and often disabling. The fear may be passed along by parents or arise from a sudden trauma, but however it arrives, the phobia can be effectively diminished or eliminated. Martin […]
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. The “in-between” season coming! It’s that time of year that links winter and spring, dreaded by many women. Inconsistent weather, random warm days, and the occasional late season blizzard act as fashion roadblocks; transitioning from late winter into early spring can wreak havoc on our closet choices. Let’s be optimistic that the signs of […]
As the longest and largest island in the contiguous United States, Long Island supports the missions of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) on and below our waters, as well as above them. AUXAIR is a USCG Auxiliary operational program, designed to support and enhance USCG aviation and surface operations.
In my first season as a boat owner, I found that after a perfect, stress-free outing with friends, I’d become anxious once we neared the marina. My anxiety arose because my lightweight 35’ Carver was so tall that it mimicked a sail in any wind. My slip was fairly narrow to my starboard side (less than four feet of room for error) while a consistent summer southerly breeze battled me at my beam. I envied those with a north side slip where the breeze carried them in.
. Your boat came with an owner’s manual, explaining how to get the maximum enjoyment and performance out of it. But dogs aren’t bundled with instructions, so owners need guidance on how to employ extra precautions when canines join our voyages. Dogs are increasingly accepted as part of families and society in general, and it is […]
Does your back hold you back as the summer progresses? Lower back injuries are common among boaters, and though some people deal with an occasional trauma such as a slip and fall, the majority of injuries occur from repetitive stress or improper body mechanics.
A woman should not boat while pregnant if she has been, “previously advised to restrict her activity. But if she is experiencing a healthy, normal pregnancy, I feel it is perfectly safe to be on a pleasure cruise.”
. The East End of Long Island has a rich maritime heritage, but not all of it is relegated to the pages of history. The exhibits and lighthouse tours of the East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation in Greenport aim to both recognize and restore the area’s legacy. “People need a context to which […]
At every boat show, we overhear someone complaining. He or she will say,“Boating gets boring. We go to the same places over and over again. There’s nothing to do except head to _________ over and over again.” On the other hand, lots of readers come over to us to thank us for supplying them with […]
As long as I can remember, I have loved boating. When I was a very little girl, my grandpa took us out on his 36-foot yacht, cruising the awesome Lake Erie waters. Grandma would pack enticing snacks to savor on board. Growing up, my family spent summers on Kelleys Island, where my parents owned a small but sturdy Chris Craft. Mom often packed yummy treats and we’d embark on a fun day of boating, traveling to neighboring islands. These days, my husband and I live on a stunning lake and love to spend time floating on our deck boat. I now prepare the food and drinks to share with family and friends.
I’m a citizen of the Czech Republic, and I came to the United States in 1999. One of my first clients was Kevin, who later became my friend. As our friendship developed, he showed me a completely new world of adventure and freedom through boating.