Monday, January 22, 2018

Eyes in the Sky

Eyes in the Sky

July 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Now through Labor Day, the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) will be flying over the Long Island Sound. The 56,000 members nationwide of CAP are part of the all-volunteer U.S. Air Force Auxiliary. CAP is part of the Total Force that includes the Air Force, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard. With a fleet of […]

Captain, Teacher, Water Protector

Captain, Teacher, Water Protector

July 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Captain Suzanne “Suky” Cannon lives the life that many boaters dream of having. She lives aboard Shambala, a 41-foot sloop classic built by Morgan Catalina, and travels where she likes. “Shambala is my home, and I do travel with her to various locations. I call it the turtle lifestyle. She is new to me, and […]

Fireworks

Fireworks

June 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Boaters in the know have plenty of opportunities this summer to look skyward and gasp in awe at fireworks! Displays of fireworks are weather dependent and times are subject to change. Always confirm the event, timing, and location before heading out. Get an updated marine weather report and check current charts, then leave early to […]

Towing with the Flow

Towing with the Flow

March 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

. No one wants to have a towboat operator come for their vessel, but everyone is happy to see that towboat heading towards them when they need one. I met with such a two-phased tow operator recently. Captain Jim Reynolds, owner of Towing and Marine Service of Bay Shore (part of the nationwide TowBoatU.S.), has […]

Are VHF Radios Necessary?

Are VHF Radios Necessary?

February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

. You have a smart phone containing marvelous technology that does everything but make coffee. Since one of its more basic features is making phone calls, is there any reason for a boater to have a single function, very high frequency (VHF) radio as well? Yes! Veteran mariners recommend a VHF as your primary tool […]

Boater to Boater

Boater to Boater

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Be Weather Wise  Ann: Check the weather forecast before you leave the house, while you’re in the car, and at the dock. And for goodness sakes…if it looks nasty at the dock, think about what it may look like out on the sound or ocean. Weather should always play an important part in whether […]

Bottoming Out

Bottoming Out

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

            Unless you’re far offshore, shallow waters and narrow channels are a fact of life that may cause your vessel to go aground. Should it happen, do you know what to do when your bottom hits the bottom? Your first concern should always be for the safety of your crew. […]

Banish the B’s of Summer

Banish the B’s of Summer

August 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Blobs, Burns, Buzzers, Barfing, Barbs, Bellyaches, and Boo-Boos Summers should be all about easy-going fun, but there are bothersome irritants lurking everywhere. And when we say everywhere, we mean it! Joy-spoilers can arise from roiling waters, the creatures that swim below, swarming insects, lingering sunshine, shoreline plants, and from the sandwich that sat out way […]

Rafting Up

Rafting Up

June 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. Safely Partying on Boats Have you wondered about those multi-boat gatherings you see in protected waters? What’s going on is a raft up, a good time event with good friends, boating style.  If you haven’t had the chance to participate in one, you’re missing out on a true benefit of owning a boat. Raft […]

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 […]

Gift Giving Made Easy: A holiday guide for boaters

Gift Giving Made Easy: A holiday guide for boaters

November 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s holiday season again! Instead of weeks of head scratching, or the annual gift gaffes, get a handle on presents for all the boaters on your list. Our guide is full of choices designed to make seafaring recipients feel loved and appreciated. *        Working in a dark, tight space on a boat can be frustrating […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

May 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Some vessel owners have been working on their boats for over a month, while others are just emerging from hibernation now. You’ll catch up with the early-birds quickly if you follow our checklist!

Selecting the Right Antenna  For Your Marine Radio

Selecting the Right Antenna For Your Marine Radio

September 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Mastering the language of marine radios earns you respect on the water (and may speed help when needed). But the answer to the question “Is that all there is?” is “no.”

Marine Electronics: VHF Radio 101

Marine Electronics: VHF Radio 101

July 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Your VHF radio is likely to be your only reliable source of help, unless you know the cell phone number of every boater in your vicinity!

Don’t Do What I Did!

Don’t Do What I Did!

March 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Traveling from Bellmore Creek to Reynolds Channel was certainly stressful; we were in unfamiliar, small, shallow waters. The tension was high for a captain making my first big trip while simultaneously trying hard to protect my brand new investment. We went very slowly, our vision obscured by the vapors.