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Prevent Vessel Theft

Prevent Vessel Theft

November 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The appeal of trailered boats and personal watercraft (PWC) is their mobility, but only for your purposes. To prevent anyone else from taking off with it during the off-season, secure it inside a guarded storage facility. Can’t afford a 24/7 guard for your runabout or jet ski? Secure your vessel to make your trailer and […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

March 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

From where I sit, March has a serious identity crisis. The calendar may designate this month’s waning days as the beginning of spring, but when I set foot outside I’m immediately tempted to spring back inside to escape the cold. Don’t be so fast to disparage March, astronomers would say. They know the earth is […]

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 […]

Nissequogue River

Nissequogue River

January 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

      The Nissequogue River is located on the western side of Smithtown Bay.  At over eight miles long, part of this freshwater river (derived from groundwater) flows through Nissequogue River State Park. The park, a designated State Bird Conservation area, serves as shelter for waterfowl, herons, and egrets, and is along the migration […]

Prep Your Guest List

Prep Your Guest List

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Your boat is cleaned and polished. Your fuel tanks are full and all systems are operational. But you’re not ready to get going until you’ve fully prepped your crew and guest lists. As many of the recreational vessels in local waters are under 25 feet and don’t offer amenities like a cabin or head, a […]

The Art of Relaxation

The Art of Relaxation

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Just saying the word relax makes me start to unwind and calm down. Yet as anyone (everyone) with a busy life knows, it’s not that easy to relax. In an age of constant communication and instant gratification, relaxation is almost a lost art. Almost, but not quite, as boaters have a great vehicle for loosening […]

What Every Boater Should Know

What Every Boater Should Know

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

How many times in your boating life have you said, “I wish someone had told me that…”? If you’re like me — and most everyone else you’ll encounter on the water — you learned something about your boat and the hobby of boating the hard way. Although nothing beats experience and practice, I’ll share with […]

Repair or Replace?

Repair or Replace?

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Have you ever walked down the docks and caught a glimpse of that one boat in complete disrepair that looks held together mainly by duct tape? While there is a place and a time for utilizing duct tape and other quick fixes, there comes a time when you must fix a boat the right way. […]

Kids Can Be Junior Captains!

Kids Can Be Junior Captains!

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

Start Now for a Fit Summer

Start Now for a Fit Summer

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Did you cringe last year when boating season approached, thinking you couldn’t wear a swimsuit?  Then winter arrived, and it’s not a kind season — we lose our restraint at holiday parties and those leftover treats (not to mention Valentine’s Day candies) tempt us way too long into the new year. It’s time to stop […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

      After a long and brutal winter, the arrival of spring could not have been more welcome. Though it was not quite as warm as we would have liked, this April morning seemed a good enough day to take my friend’s new speed boat out for its maiden voyage. Our day on the […]

Montauk Fall Festival

Montauk Fall Festival

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. The Montauk Fall Festival is a family friendly weekend hosted by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce. It features music, Octoberfest foods, carousel rides, chowder, and local beers and wines. On Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9, activities take place on the Green in the center of Montauk from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm […]

My Personal Safety Officer

My Personal Safety Officer

June 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By the time my father started boating I was married with three young children. He quickly grew to love being on the Great South Bay. He savored every aspect of caring for his Bayliner, naming it Maggie Rose after his granddaughter. Dad spent hours winterizing the boat himself (he even took a class where he […]

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 […]

A River Club with a Past

A River Club with a Past

May 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

.                   At the Inwood Canoe Club (ICC), a quaint and crowded little outpost just off the top of Manhattan, there are few visible canoes. These days, it’s about the kayak. “It’s been that way since about 1997,” said Kevin McKeon, secretary of the ICC. “Things change, […]

Who’s Going Where This Summer?

Who’s Going Where This Summer?

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

We’ve all heard (and maybe used) the word “dreamboat.” Then there’s “dream destination,” the phrase on the lips of many boaters we encountered during the winter. They were happy to share the places they long to visit by boat once the weather warms. Will you nod your head in agreement with one or more of […]

Safety is Priceless

Safety is Priceless

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Let’s talk about a great deal — a no-cost, no-risk way to have the equipment and personal protection gear on your watercraft checked to make sure it complies with all applicable standards. There’s no catch beyond taking a half-hour or so to interact with a knowledgeable inspector who’ll also freely share safety tips and […]

Stop a Spring Sinking

Stop a Spring Sinking

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

We say it every year — and we mean it — this was a brutal winter. Add a rainy spring onto a frigid, snowy winter and perilous elements are present that could sink your boat. To prevent that from happening, visit it as soon as you can with our checklist in tow.  Don’t overlook even […]

Heck, No! We Won’t Go!

Heck, No! We Won’t Go!

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Summers fly by fast; the official calendar only affords us 13 weekends during the season. Unless you work in a school, it’s likely you’ll cobble your summer boating days together by taking a vacation, tacking a Friday and a Monday onto the July 4th weekend, and knocking off of work for a few additional Fridays. […]

Be a Cleaner, Greener Boater

Be a Cleaner, Greener Boater

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Just as your goal was to keep the elements out of your boat during the winter, keep that mindset in spring. Whether you’re a DIY kind of boater or one who’d rather engage the services of pros, it’s important to note that every aspect of spring prep affects the environment. It’s up to every […]

Halt Boat Burglary

Halt Boat Burglary

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Ever had anything stolen from your boat? This article is for you. Never had anything stolen from your boat? This article is for you. In my book, the secret to good marine security is to think like a crook and then do the opposite. Here’s what I imagine a criminal might say in certain […]

Putting Long Island on the Map

Putting Long Island on the Map

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Artist and carpenter Colin Salmaggi literally brings a unique set of skills to the table. With the heart of an old world cartographer and the intensity of a modern day DIY’er, Salmaggi utilizes both wood burning and carving for his map renderings of Long Island. After first adorning a salvaged wooden table with a carving […]

Style Your Trailer

Style Your Trailer

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Those who own boats or jet skis and trailer them know how much maintenance there is to keep them in great condition. Road conditions are tough on trailers and salt water contributes to rust and corrosion. I have had my common silver metal trailer for five years. It’s functional, but it’s also boring and just […]

Letter To The Editor

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Dear Editor, At the New York Boat Show in January 2015, I encountered the Emily Catherine Fedorko Foundation, whose slogan is, “Turn it off for Emily.” Emily Fedorko was a beautiful 16-year old high honor student and athlete who loved the water and had a zest for life.  Emily lost her life in a tubing […]

A Cleaner and Clearer Moriches Bay

A Cleaner and Clearer Moriches Bay

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

When Aram Terchunian, founder of First Coastal, an environmental services company, approached the Westhampton Dunes Barrier Beach Preservation Association in 2012 with the idea of bringing the community together to care for Moriches Bay and improve its water quality, they jointly created the Moriches Bay Project®. While the project’s creators were enthusiastic, we could not […]

Where Will My Boat Spend the Summer?

Where Will My Boat Spend the Summer?

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

There’s no pair of pants that fits every person, and there’s no one berth that suits all boats (and boaters) best. When it comes to choosing a marina, yacht club, mooring field, or boatyard, you must first determine what’s most important to you. Our list of considerations and questions can help, and then once you […]

Boat Trailering Basics

Boat Trailering Basics

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

If you’re new to trailering a boat, it’s likely that you fall into one of two categories. There is the How Hard Can It Be? crowd and the So Many Steps! group. Those of the first mindset would do well to know that it’s a bit harder than it looks to do it correctly, and […]

Kiteboarding Flies off the Pages

Kiteboarding Flies off the Pages

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. If you love water sports, enjoy amazing photographs, and appreciate reading exciting and cool information, then Kiteboarding: Where it’s at… by Alex Hapgood should be in your hands. Hapgood captures 15 years of the sport with stunning images and information. Since writing about surfing and kiteboarding for other publications and magazines, Hapgood jumped at […]

Don’t Do What I Did!

Don’t Do What I Did!

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Nuns in the sun drinking beer. That was why we had braved a cranky Rockaway Inlet, venturing farther west than ever before. Yes, JFK’s mighty jets loomed in the distance, but basically, it was just us and the dear sisters at this pub on the pier. It was not enough. We needed excitement. I asked […]

What Kind of Sailboat is Right for Me?

What Kind of Sailboat is Right for Me?

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Did you spend an enjoyable day on a friend’s sailboat this past summer, watching how much fun your kids had as well? Perhaps you spent time on sailboats growing up, or always see others enjoying themselves out on the water and want to be a part of the fun. Whatever the reason, the lure of […]

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