Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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 […]

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 […]

Keeper of Clean Waters

Keeper of Clean Waters

September 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

.   While we’re out boating, the sad reality is that we often spot trash. You scoop it out, but you wonder how dirty water affects everything — boating, marine creatures, and safe drinking levels. Marc Yaggi and the Waterkeeper Alliance think about that as well, as they work to protect our precious water resources […]

Don’t Keep it Secret!  Share Your Boating Day for Safety’s Sake

Don’t Keep it Secret! Share Your Boating Day for Safety’s Sake

July 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Can you keep a secret? When it comes to boating, you don’t need to blab to everyone, but it is vital to tell someone what you’ll be doing, where you’ll be going, and about how long you’ll be gone. The disclosure, known formally as a float plan, is actually a pretty simple way to ensure […]

Adventureland

Adventureland

June 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

  Who doesn’t love a fantastic day at an amusement park — it may be the best way, next to boating, to have fun with family and friends. Adventureland, located at 325 Point Judith Road in Narragansett, Rhode Island, is an awesome, family friendly amusement park for all ages. If Long Cove Marina doesn’t have […]

Slipping into Boating Fun

Slipping into Boating Fun

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Technology has long been a part of boating; vessel designs have evolved to make them more efficient and safer, utilizing advanced motors that go faster. Communication devices bring boaters knowledge and assist in emergencies. So it made sense for Keith Cooper to turn to technology to help solve what he saw as a problem: a […]

Time Management for Boating Families

Time Management for Boating Families

Don’t you find that the last 20 minutes of getting your family out the door for a day of boating is a scramble, no matter how many hours before you started getting ready? For any event or activity to be successful, some planning and organization is required. Even something as simple-sounding as a boat trip […]

Loving the Water with MS

Loving the Water with MS

July 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

People affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) are drawn to the water since it’s there that they can move more freely than on land. Aquatic activities offer exercise possibilities in places such as Camp Hemlocks in Fairfield County, Connecticut, a year-round camp with special swim and boating programs for disabled persons.  Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune […]

Pointing Towards Port Starbird

Pointing Towards Port Starbird

July 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Tell me a book is a boat-filled adventure, a mystery, or a romantic tale, and I’ll start reading. Find me a good story that combines all three, plus a dog, and I’ll be recommending the book to others. Port Starbird by Garrett Dennis is the first of what the author promises will be the “Storm Ketchum […]

A First Mate’s Primer

A First Mate’s Primer

July 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

My wife, Lil, and I have been boating for almost 30 years. We’ve owned seven boats; our current boat is Couple Secons, a 28-foot center console with twin outboards, which we’ve enjoyed since 2012.  Lil has achieved the United States Power Squadrons® education rank of Seaman. All of our previous vessels were single-engine boats, and […]

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