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Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

April 5, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

In my experience, there’s nothing more frustrating than having something go wrong that causes you to lose control of your vessel while underway. Running aground, engine failure, mechanical issues, or simply running out of fuel makes it impossible to continue or return to port. You’re stuck, but it’s more than an irritation. When you’re out […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

March 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

I can’t tell you a thing about the day that was remarkable, thought it was a perfect boating day — nice weather, good company, and a fun destination. On the way back, things plummeted quickly, and it was entirely my fault. The captain trusts me to make sure that the first aid kit is stocked, […]

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 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, […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

October 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

I like October. It may be sweater weather but it’s not usually coat weather. It’s a time when weekends are great for apple picking, leaf peeping, and football watching, but there’s also lots of time for boating. The days are long enough and the weather mild enough to take a leisurely cruise or an invigorating […]

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

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. […]

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