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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Ow! My Stomach Hurts!

Ow! My Stomach Hurts!

June 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Boating is a great way to escape from our everyday schedules, relax, and enjoy ourselves. Yet sometimes things happen out on the water that quickly bring us back to reality — and possibly back to shore. One of the most common and potentially troubling reality checks is gastrointestinal issues. Just being on a boat […]

Swim lessons for All

Swim lessons for All

May 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Think swim lessons are only for infants being taught how to float on their backs or toddlers splashing into a pool with the guidance of a swim instructor?  If you’re an adult who cannot swim, it’s an important water safety and life-saving skill. Danny Kurinskas, aquatic supervisor at the Sid Jacobson Y JCC (sjjcc.org), cautions, […]

Daytime into Nighttime Looks

Daytime into Nighttime Looks

May 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Planning a fun day on the water should certainly include looking great and feeling stylish. Effortlessly transforming your day’s look into a fabulous one for evening makes a great day even better. The number one style rule for a day-into-evening transformation is to keep your fashion choice simple and effortless. “Your aim is easy, fresh […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Loving Life on the Water

Loving Life on the Water

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

When you grow up loving the water and spend your free time windsurfing, sailing, and wakeboarding, it’s likely an ad in the paper for paddleboard lessons will catch your eye. That’s exactly what happened to Katie Aksak. Once she answered that ad in a Vermont paper, she went on to become PaddleFit certified in Florida, […]

Are Historic Ships Welcome in New York Harbor?

Are Historic Ships Welcome in New York Harbor?

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Last summer, visitors to the Intrepid Museum’s pier in Manhattan may have seen the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) sail training ship, USCG Eagle, wedged in an angle against a dock 145 feet shorter than the ship itself. Was the crew in a hurry to enjoy New York City’s sights after too much time at sea? […]

Unscrambler

Unscrambler

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Kids Unscrambler

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

March doesn’t pretend to believe its own hype. It knows the proverb about coming in like a lion and departing like a lamb, but March can easily roar for 31 days with no consequences. It knows that the first day of spring arrives on its watch, but if the cold winds continue to blow and […]

Fresh Takes on Old Looks

Fresh Takes on Old Looks

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

What I love about fashion is that if you wait long enough, things will eventually come back into style. It is cyclical and linear at the same time — old trends become new again, but with modern perspective and fabrics. From fringe to floral, the 1970s are back in a big way, baby. The trends […]

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. […]

Sailing over Frozen Waves

Sailing over Frozen Waves

February 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Most sailors enjoy spring, summer, and fall days on the water. They see the sights, challenge each other in regattas and club races, and vacation aboard. Yet once winter sets in most sailors — even the die-hards nicknamed “Frostbite Dinghies” — head south or head home. However, there’s a group of committed sailors who don’t […]

Stepping Stones Lighthouse

Stepping Stones Lighthouse

February 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Long Island has its share of beautiful architectural lighthouses. Boaters, spoiled by the views, rarely (if ever) focus on the cost of upkeep as we pass by these beauties. One such picturesque lighthouse known to boaters in the western Long Island Sound and travelers across the Throgs Neck Bridge is Stepping Stones Lighthouse. Built in […]

Love-ly Valanetine’s Day Gift Ideas

Love-ly Valanetine’s Day Gift Ideas

February 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Ja-vie shoes are the perfect combination of comfort and fashion. The shoes, priced at $68.00 and available in over 20 colors, are perfect for wearing anytime, and any place (on or off the boat). This gift is as fabulous for the fashionista as for the woman who loves going barefoot! www.ja-vie.com   Swell eco-conscious accessories are as stylish […]

Studying the Earth and Oceans

Studying the Earth and Oceans

February 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Choosing a college and deciding what to study are among the biggest decisions in high school students’ lives. I know — I was in your shoes, picturing what my life would be like depending on whether I chose another major or attended a different school. My advice to you is to go with your gut […]

Growing Up as the World Ends

Growing Up as the World Ends

February 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Whether you’re a voracious reader or someone who only has time to squeeze an occasional book into a busy schedule, I’d recommend that Flotilla by Dan Haight be on your reading list. It is an exciting young adventure story that kept me engaged right from the start. Actually, the book’s beginning left me no choice […]

Rowing Forward

Rowing Forward

February 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

On a flight home from Hawaii to California in 2012, Angela Madsen, a world-class athlete, looked out upon the Pacific Ocean and thought, I’m going to row that. She failed in her first attempt — a solo mission, but succeeded the next time with a rowing partner. Just a few years later, she has circumnavigated […]

The Color of Sand

The Color of Sand

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The shores of the Bahamas are tinted pink with bits of coral. Shale makes the beaches of Shelter Cove in California a stark shade of grey. Hawaiian sands get their many vibrant hues courtesy of volcanic lava. The captivating bi-colored beaches of Fire Island, New York are made of quartz and feldspar. Within the finest, […]

Date Night Fashion

Date Night Fashion

February 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Whether on a first date or heading out with your sweetie for the hundredth time, figuring out what to wear can be the hardest part of the evening. In the past, seeking the perfect look may have involved changing into nearly every outfit in the closet, but I have picked out a few essential date […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

February 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Nothing personal, February, but I’m very glad you’re a short month. You’re rarely mellow or moderate, and your chill is hard to shake. Yes, you give many of us a long weekend to celebrate President’s Day, but frankly, except for that bright red Valentine’s Day heart smack dab in the middle, you’re a month that […]

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