. If you’re strictly a non-motorized kind of boater, you might be unaware that the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) makes and enforces rules that affect watercraft of all types. The USCG considers kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, kiteboards, bodyboards, and motorized tubes operated outside of very limited areas to be vessels. Therefore, the rules of safety […]
Asking why we boat in this magazine may seem like a silly question. The usual answer — because it is fun — would make for a very short story. However, simple fun is not all there is to boating. Owning a vessel is not an inexpensive diversion, yet the people who love it find ways […]
Know what float plans and water have in common? Both are vital components of every boating day. A float plan, which is just the name for sharing the details of your boating plans with someone on land, isn’t only necessary before a multi-day adventure out in open water. Let’s imagine some of the unlucky situations […]
We bought our first sailboat, a used Pearson 33, and needed to relocate it from Hampton Bays to Northport. My husband, Ron,had sailed in San Francisco Bay before moving to New York, while I had no experience other than fishing from small power boats. So we asked a friend who was familiar with Long Island […]
Before launching: Make sure all gear is properly stowed, tie downs are removed, drain plug is inserted and trailer lights are unhooked before entering ramp area (leave winch line attached until ready to launch) Sailboats should have mast stepped up Never create your own launch area; use designated area only When it’s your turn, launch […]
I recently chatted with bigger boat owners and found out while they all loved owning their yachts, some people missed having a smaller boat.