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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

First Boat, Right Boat

First Boat, Right Boat

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

There’s an old saying that the two happiest times of a boater’s life are when you buy a boat and when you sell it. However, it’s likely that cliché was first coined and then repeated by people who didn’t buy the right boat for their needs. Trust me — making the right choice means a […]

Wardrobe to Water Pollution

Wardrobe to Water Pollution

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Plastic waste in our waterways can be quite an eyesore. Bags and containers litter shorelines, clog streams and rivers, and form floating trash heaps in the middle of the ocean, imposing harmful effects on the environment and resulting in often deadly consequences to marine life. Additionally, there are lesser known and potentially more pervasive plastic […]

Fill the First Aid Kit

Fill the First Aid Kit

April 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

A first aid kit on a boat is vital. Away from shore, you may need to treat an ailment or clean and protect an abrasion. The last thing you want to do is open up a dusty kit and find it’s only half-filled with items that are all dried up or expired. So before setting […]

Boating with Lupus

Boating with Lupus

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Lupus, formally known as systemic lupus erythematosus is a disease of the immune system that attacks tissues in various parts of the body. If you have lupus, it’s likely you’ve been warned that sunlight aggravates the disease. However, with the proper precautions, boating can still be a part of your life. The immune system […]

Hurry Up, Summer!  Readers Share their Photos

Hurry Up, Summer! Readers Share their Photos

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

                                       

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 […]

Cold Water Boating

Cold Water Boating

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

As boaters, a warm-ish day will entice us onto the water. It’s understandable that we’d want to leave the shore when the sun is shining, but we can never throw caution to the wind. Safe boating is a year-round practice, but there are more precautions to take and laws to heed in late winter and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Greater Resilience along the Great South Bay

Greater Resilience along the Great South Bay

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Long Island was devastated by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 as storm surges surpassed record highs for the region. This monstrous storm caused $6.7 billion in property damage on Long Island’s waterfront and displaced many residents from their homes for prolonged periods of time. With sea levels rising and the potential for more frequent and […]

Long Island Surfing Spots

Long Island Surfing Spots

February 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  If your boat’s buttoned up for the winter, but you still want to have fun on Long Island waters, I suggest picking up a surfboard and heading south. No, not south as in Florida, but rather to Long Island’s South Shore beaches. The summer’s crowds are long gone and the beaches beckon to surfers. […]

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 […]

Little Bay

Little Bay

February 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

If you’re a western north shore boater looking for a cove to duck into and drop anchor without heading into one of the many harbors off the Long Island Sound, Little Bay fits the bill. Located under the southern side of the Throgs Neck Bridge (just west of Willets Point), this cove is easily accessible […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

February 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  Boats kept in the water over the winter need some routine maintenance. Regularly go down to the boat and inspect both the outside and inside. Check lines for wear and replace worn ones (doubling up on lines is a good idea as well). Make sure all the bumpers around the boat are still secure. […]

A Barge thrives in Brooklyn

A Barge thrives in Brooklyn

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Dave Sharps has the best seat in the house to view the Statue of Liberty, because he and his family live aboard a former barge on Pier 44 in Red Hook, Brooklyn. After searching for nearly 10 years, Sharps bought the barge in 1985 for just $1.00 from a dock builder in Edgewater, New Jersey. […]

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 […]

Shining a Light on History – The National Lighthouse Museum Opens on Staten Island

Shining a Light on History – The National Lighthouse Museum Opens on Staten Island

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

On August 7, 1789, George Washington signed the National Lighthouse Act, placing all the new nation’s lighthouses, buoys, coastal beacons, and other navigational aids under the federal government’s control. Exactly 225 years later, a group of historians and mariners celebrated the unveiling of the National Lighthouse Museum, an institution on Staten Island dedicated to preserving […]

Visiting the Bug Lighthouse

Visiting the Bug Lighthouse

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

I usually only see lighthouses as we pass them by while on my family’s boat. So when Bob Allen, aka “The Long Lighthouse Guy,” invited me along on the Long Beach Bar Light tour during the Greenport Festival, I jumped at the chance to see a lighthouse up close — very up close. When I […]

International Grand Slam Racing on Long Island

International Grand Slam Racing on Long Island

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Manhasset Bay Yacht Club in Port Washington recently hosted the 31st annual Knickerbocker Cup. This prestigious Grand Slam match racing event had teams from France, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Great Britain, and Singapore.  There were also three entrants from the United States, including the Riptide Racing team, based in Oyster Bay. One week […]

Taking Better Photos

Taking Better Photos

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Want to take more professional looking photos when you’re out on the boat or exploring the waterside sights? Photographers provide pointers with terms such as F-stop, shutter priority, aperture, and depth of field, but I have some simple tips to correct common photo errors and improve the quality of amateur images. Some spectacular photos violate […]

Beyond the Tide Chart

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

  With all the recent hoopla surrounding supermoons and their consequences, it’s wise for boaters to understand why tides are ever-changing.  Though the Romans didn’t even know there were tides until they invaded Britain, we now all know that the moon drives the tides. But so does the sun, the weather, and the sea bottom […]

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 […]

What Do Boaters Desire?

What Do Boaters Desire?

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Just before summer turned to autumn, we asked a bunch of boaters what they hoped to receive as December holiday gifts. Most of those who responded didn’t wish for practical items — they wanted to buy both necessities and bells and whistles gadgets for themselves (it will be a long winter, confided one boater, so […]

South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center

South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Bridgehampton’s Main Street, the South Fork Natural History Museum (otherwise known as SoFo) is a nature enthusiast’s paradise. It is the only museum of its kind on the south shore of Long Island, and a visit there is singularly rewarding. The museum’s roots stem from the South […]

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