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Become a Green Boater

Become a Green Boater

April 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

  We all want a non-polluting boating environment with clear waters, clean beaches, and healthy marine life. While we cannot control every assault on our environment, boaters can curtail or eliminate our human-generated pollution. Petroleum products are high on the list of marine foulers. Before you leave your slip, take a look over the side […]

A Season in the Sun

A Season in the Sun

February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Even though recreational boaters gripe about every missed chance to get out on the water, we did have a boating season with much more sun than rain. Mother Nature eased off her rollicking and roiling weather antics and we had fun exploring rivers, anchoring in coves, gazing at fireworks, flocking to festivals, rocking out to […]

Free Yourself from Cabin Fever!

Free Yourself from Cabin Fever!

January 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

  My mother didn’t push her kids to play outside all year because it was healthier for us, but it turns out that being outside did as much for us as it did for her. Along with endorphin-enhanced vitality and sun-kissed Vitamin D, time spent outside yields mental and social benefits. It also frees us […]

Oh, the Places We Went!

Oh, the Places We Went!

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

What a year it was for boating — Mother Nature was stingy with rain, though when she let loose in 2015, she sent a bucketful all bunched together. The result was numerous days during boating season with weather just right for exploring rivers, anchoring in coves, watching fireworks, attending festivals, rocking to the music, gazing […]

All By Yourself

All By Yourself

January 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. You have the day off with no commitments, the weather is great, and water conditions are perfect— it’s time for a boat ride! But there’s a catch, as your usual first mate and all your boating pals are unavailable. Will you boat alone, or sit out the day? The thought of going solo may […]

Seeing Fall’s Foliage

Seeing Fall’s Foliage

October 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Summer’s end would be a lot harder to handle if autumn didn’t stage a spectacular show along our waterways. It’s as if Mother Nature wants to distract us from the chill in the air and the shortness of the days, and she succeeds (at least as long as we’re out boating and enjoying her beautiful […]

Good Books, Good Days

Good Books, Good Days

September 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. Autumn is filled with glorious, sun-drenched afternoons. Where better to spend them than on the deck of your boat, reading an enjoyable book?  We’re sharing reviews of books we’ve recently read— there’s one to entertain the ‘tweens, one for fans of short stories, an action adventure, and a novel about sailors seemingly on opposite courses. […]

Rack Storage vs. Trailering

Rack Storage vs. Trailering

September 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

When it comes to storing your boat in a rack or trailering it, which is the best way to go? In many areas of the country, trailer boaters have the option of rack storing their boat at a ‘boatel’ facility. Is it worth the extra cost? As someone who has used both methods over the […]

Enjoy the Ocean Wisely and Warily

Enjoy the Ocean Wisely and Warily

August 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. When you hop off the boat, keep your eye on the currents, wind, and waves, especially along ocean beaches. “The sea is seductive,” says William C. Winslow, public affairs officer in the Auxiliary’s First Southern Region, “but Mother Nature can turn a beautiful day at the beach into a tragedy for the unwary.” Swimmers […]

Know Your Limits

Know Your Limits

August 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Boating for many means experiencing exhilarating freedom and adventure. Out on the water, there are no drawn lanes to be dutifully followed, and boaters can enjoy breaking the surly bonds of land-borne life. At the same time, boating requires a measure of self-sufficiency and accountability; boaters need to be knowledgeable and prepared when heading out […]

Don’t Dirty the Waters When You Clean Your Boat

Don’t Dirty the Waters When You Clean Your Boat

April 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

While you’re raring to prep your boat and get going, our waterways really need you to green up as you clean up. Gone are the days of choosing efficiency over the environment. This spring, you’ll sacrifice nothing but a little time spent selecting the most environmentally-friendly products available. As you search for reduced enviro-impact products, […]

Storm Surges and Rising Sea Levels

Storm Surges and Rising Sea Levels

April 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Can LI be Protected? Much of our region’s coastal area was severely flooded during Superstorm Sandy. Can we permanently prevent a repeat performance, or should officials and environmentalists work to manage the inevitable? After the devastating storm, many called for a barrier to protect metropolitan New York City. In the Sea Level Rise Task Force […]