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Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

August 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

I love everything about August except the way every experience seems measured by the hourglass. People say, “Let’s get together one more time this summer!” and “Is there still time to do that before summer ends?” This August, let’s stop calendar and clock watching. Is the water calm and is the breeze delightful right now? […]

Check Out These Boating Apps!

Check Out These Boating Apps!

July 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Smartphones are the go-to technology choice for many boaters. They want forecasts, access, and safety right at their fingertips and that’s what a vast amount of applications (apps) promise to deliver. I’ve scoped out some of the most useful boating apps available to install on your smartphone or tablet. Some are free and some charge […]

A Storm’s Coming — Protect Your Boat!

A Storm’s Coming — Protect Your Boat!

July 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Whether the forecasters have given it a name or not, a weather situation involving high winds, lashing rains, rising tides, and flooding has consequences. Preventing loss of life is paramount, but with enough preparation, boaters can take action to prevent property damage. Preparation starts while the predicted storm is part of a long-range forecast. Our […]

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 […]

No More Slip Sliding Away!

No More Slip Sliding Away!

July 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Have you ever lost any of your belongings while afloat or seen your cabin floor strewn with snacks? That rock-and-roll of the tides can sometimes send belongings sailing. Whether we’re talking cell phones or food bowls, we prefer items to stay where we put them. Therefore, I offer some seaworthy solutions to avoid slips when […]

Hurricane and Storm Links

Hurricane and Storm Links

July 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

  Hurricane Preparedness https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness National Hurricane Center www.nhc.noaa.gov/ Marine Safety and Awareness www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/marine_safety.shtml Weather Warning Flags http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/cwd.htm Storm Surge Info www.nhc.noaa.gov/ssurge/risk/ Emergency Apps www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps http://www.uscg.mil/mobile/ Tips and Checklists https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes http://hurricanesafety.org/prepare/hurricane-safety-checklists/ www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340160_Hurricane.pdf www.boatus.com/hurricanes/brochure.asp www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/weather/hurricane/ Pet Safety www.humanesociety.org/issues/animal_rescue/tips/pets-disaster.html    

Soothe Summer Suffering

Soothe Summer Suffering

July 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

In our minds, summer seems like the most carefree of seasons. However, the reality is that there are lots more B’s in summer than just Boating and Beaches. For instance, there are these Buzzkills: Burns, Bruises, Buzzers, Bacteria, Blobs, Barfing, Barbs, Bellyaches, and Boo-Boos. Nothing wrecks a beautiful day like a tossing deck, a stinging […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

July 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

It was September 24, 1985. I knew Hurricane Gloria was approaching so I ran over to my marina to lash down the boat. Upon arrival, I noted a lot of activity — boats were being hauled as folks feverishly prepared for the storm. Fellow boaters urged me to have my boat hauled too, but as […]

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 […]

Don’t Bug Out!

Don’t Bug Out!

July 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Face it: outdoor lovers can’t hide from biting bugs. There are ticks along the walk to the dock and amidst the shore foliage, and on most evenings there seem to be more mosquitoes than stars! Dr. Sunil Sood says that for the sake of our health, we need to be vigilant against insects, as many […]

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