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Don’t Do What I Did!

Don’t Do What I Did!

October 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

As a couple of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary friends and I planned a three week sailboat trip, thinking about it grew in excitement. Eventually, it took more time and effort in planning than would the journey! We went through an exhaustive checklist of safety items (based on what an auxiliary patrol facility boat would require), […]

Weather Growing Worse? Ask a Verse!

Weather Growing Worse? Ask a Verse!

June 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Want to gauge the weather like the ancient mariners? These little jingles and rhymes may help.* North winds send hail, South winds bring rain, East winds we bewail, West winds blow amain. Northeast is too cold, Southeast not too warm, Northwest is too bold, Southwest bows no harm. When the dew is on the grass, […]

The Perils of Carbon Monoxide

The Perils of Carbon Monoxide

May 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The subject of my story can’t be smelled, seen, touched, or tasted by boaters. However, these drawbacks don’t make my subject insignificant — I’m not overstating it to say that what you don’t sense can kill you. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a byproduct of the incomplete combustion of carbon-based fuels like diesel, gasoline, kerosene, propane, […]

Plotting a Course for Dinner

Plotting a Course for Dinner

May 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey, skipper. Do you find your spouse or significant other is sometimes less passionate about boating than you are? In the early days of our marriage, after I had built a sailboat, Meg’s enthusiasm for cruising diminished like an outgoing tide. It wasn’t that she was inept — my first mate is a pretty savvy […]

Boater’s Best Deal: Free Vessel Safety Checks

Boater’s Best Deal: Free Vessel Safety Checks

April 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

  When it comes to boating, there’s usually a cost. Yet amidst the bills and expenses, there’s a boating freebie available to every vessel owner. This no-cost perk may save lives, prevent injuries, reduce risks, and potentially prevent costly fines. This great-sounding deal is a Vessel Safety Check (VSC), a no-cost, no-risk way to have […]

The Case for Paper

The Case for Paper

April 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

  My marina neighbor boasted to me that the only paper he had aboard was “a roll in the head.” Really? With all of those shiny electronic navigation gadgets lighting up the bridge like a Christmas tree, what would my boater buddy do if a key component, such as a chart plotter, went down? Unless […]

Clean Up Spring Prep

Clean Up Spring Prep

April 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

  A boater’s winter goal is keeping the elements out of the vessel. In spring, it’s preventing toxins from entering our waterways. DIY boaters need to keep harmful substances from leaching into waterways directly from toxic bottom paint, parking lot overflow, and storm drains. Noxious elements also eventually enter our air and waterways from landfills. […]

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 […]

Huntington Safe Boating Week

Huntington Safe Boating Week

September 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Huntington Safe Boating Week is returning for its fifth anniversary, with events taking place from Saturday, May 20 through Friday, May 26. The Greater Huntington Council of Yacht and Boating Clubs, in partnership with the Town of Huntington, promise an informative and fun week of events. As safety is a key component of the week, […]

Law Enforcement on the Water

Law Enforcement on the Water

August 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Have you ever had an encounter with marine law enforcement? Depending upon the circumstances, the meeting can be either a life-saving experience or a nautical humiliation. The good news is that there are men and women at the ready to engage in search and rescue missions, protecting lives and saving vessels. These first responders react […]

Boaters’ Best Deal: Free Vessel Safety Checks

Boaters’ Best Deal: Free Vessel Safety Checks

May 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

When it comes to boating, there’s usually a cost involved. Oh, we love our pastime and understand the expenses, but let’s face it — wouldn’t it be great if someone offered us a boating freebie? Even better, how about providing a no-cost, no-risk way to have the equipment and personal protection gear on our watercraft […]

Cleaner and Greener Spring Prep

Cleaner and Greener Spring Prep

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. In winter, you try to keep the elements out of your boat. In spring, you want to keep toxins out of our waterways. If you’re a DIY boater, be mindful that spring prep may unleash harmful substances into waterways directly via leaching bottoms, parking lot overflow, and storm drains, and indirectly via landfills. There […]

Help Keep Our Waters Safe

Help Keep Our Waters Safe

March 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

  Each of us has written extensively on the need for recreational boaters to boat safely; for the past two years, our respective organizations have been actively collaborating to meet this goal. On Long Island, our primary focus is an effort called Operation Onboard Observer. In a nutshell, United States Power Squadrons® (USPS) members who’ve […]

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 […]

Kids Aboard

Kids Aboard

June 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Boating is a family-friendly activity. While it’s exciting to spend quality time together with all family members, boating with little ones can be quite daunting.  Images of kids wailing about boredom and falling overboard flit through parents’ minds, playing out like two alternating horror movies stuck on repeat. Click off those images and watch instead […]

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 […]

Vessel Safety Checks

Vessel Safety Checks

May 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Risk-Free and Cost-Free Would you avail yourself of the opportunity to have a complimentary and risk-free check of all your onboard equipment and personal protection gear, to be sure that it all meets federal standards? You can do so just by setting up a Vessel Safety Check (VSC) administered by members of the U.S. Coast […]

Green is the Color of Spring

Green is the Color of Spring

April 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. No matter what color your boat is, make it green as you prep it while protecting our waterways. Mike Acebo, General Manager of Brewer Yacht Yard at Greenport and Brewer Stirling Harbor Marina says, “Everything we drop on the ground or spill has the potential to end up in the harbor. We are all […]

So Many Choices!

So Many Choices!

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

I count myself as someone very fortunate to live on Long Island and have the opportunity to enjoy its beautiful waters.  Thanks to the generosity of friends, I’ve experienced the excitement of sailing, paddling, and power boating. Though I yearn to own a power boat, a sailboat, and a kayak of my own, that’s not […]

Northport’s Plein Air Painting and Music Festival

Northport’s Plein Air Painting and Music Festival

January 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Visitors will feel as if they have wandered back in time to the glory days of Impressionism when the Northport Arts Coalition (NAC) hosts their seventh annual en plein air (French for “in the open air”) festival from Friday, June 13 through Sunday, June 15.  The event is a collaboration between NAC, award-winning marine artist […]

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 […]

Boating After Sandy

Boating After Sandy

May 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Boating on Long Island this summer is likely to be very interesting.  In addition to the damage done to homes, boats, and other personal possessions by Superstorm Sandy, there are plenty of things that boaters will have to watch out for, including: Channel depths in general and shoaling specifically; any storm is likely to change […]

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, […]

When the Coast Guard Comes Calling

When the Coast Guard Comes Calling

. Our boat hit the water a couple of weeks later than we originally planned this year, so we were really excited when it came time for our first voyage. We invited our friends Julie and Charlie to join our family (these same friends came along on our final cruise of last season, when we […]

Women Making Waves

Women Making Waves

May 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

As Gail Palminteri travels her favorite waterways, she finds herself encouraging women to take the helm more and more. “I think women are sometimes afraid to grab the throttle or the steering wheel,” she says, “But I’d love to see more women out there taking the lead.”

Understanding & Using Radar Effectively

Understanding & Using Radar Effectively

April 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

We’ve all heard the expression, “ignorance is bliss,” and sometimes it is. However, that’s never the case on the water, where “knowledge is power.”

U.S. Power Squadrons, Coast Guard Auxiliary to boost boating safety efforts

U.S. Power Squadrons, Coast Guard Auxiliary to boost boating safety efforts

November 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

– The U.S. Power Squadrons (USPS) and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will increase their coordinated safety efforts among America’s recreational boating community under a new agreement that broadens cooperative efforts in vessel examinations, public affairs and education. The agreement was signed today at the Auxiliary’s national conference – NACON 2011 – in Charlotte.