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Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

We can plan summer boating trips far in advance and invite only the people we really like to join us. However, there’s always a party-crasher lurking about, ready to ruin a good day on the water. Predicting Mother Nature’s mood several days in advance (let alone while planning an outing weeks in advance) is difficult. […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

January 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

It was one of those autumn days with cobalt blue skies and high cirrus clouds. It was cool and breezy, but still a good day for boating, so Robin and I spent the morning in my 17-foot Mako. I had shut down the engine so we could drift off the beach. About that engine — […]

Don’t Do What We Did!

Don’t Do What We Did!

November 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Rafting up with other boats can be fun and exciting, but it can have its downside as well. A few years ago, we went out for the day to Pirates Cove, a great place for getting together with family and other boaters. We always enjoy climbing the hills, swimming, and relaxing, so that’s all we […]

Don’t Do What He Did

Don’t Do What He Did

October 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

I was enjoying a peaceful sunny afternoon on our sailboat, tied up opposite a dock, when I witnessed something that gave me cause for reflection and a change in attitude. The area we were in hosts a multitude of sail and power boats and a myriad of water-related activities, including jet skiing, canoeing, paddle boarding, […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

September 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Insurance was a top priority for my spouse and me when we purchased our third sailboat. We had been sailing for 14 years on smaller boats, and had moved up to a keelboat — this vessel was an investment we meant to protect. We knew that we needed a comprehensive policy that protected us from […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

July 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The summer I turned 23, I planned to have lots of fun on the water. I had recently purchased my second boat, a 19-foot cuddy cabin with a 100 horsepower outboard engine that could cruise at about 34 miles per hour. Unlike my first boat, this one had a small cabin with a head, so […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

June 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Don’t ever try to outwit a railroad bridge. I know from first-hand experience that you will lose and be one unhappy boater. A number of navigable Connecticut waterways, such as the Housatonic, Thames, and Connecticut Rivers, empty into the Long Island Sound. These are popular destinations for Long Island boaters, as are the historic seaport […]

Don’t Do What I Did!

Don’t Do What I Did!

May 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

After boating for three decades, you figure I would have seen and done everything imaginable. Yet that assumption proved wrong one day in December, 2004, while I was out on my 27-foot Shamrock, Striper Viper. The day already had some early issues such as hitting ground and calling for a tow to pull me free […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Coming off the worst six months of my life (after losing my mother, then my father), I was grasping at straws for something to take my mind off grief and loss. Having been introduced to the sea at an early age by my grandfather, the water was the only place I ever really found refuge. […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

March 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

It was a warm and sunny August day with 10 to 12 knot winds out of the southeast. The day was made better because our daughters Christin and Annie were visiting my wife Suzy and me. Christin’s college roommate, Alex, and Annie’s fiancé, Matt, were also along for a boat ride. The six of us […]

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