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July 1, 2016

With the arrival of the Fourth of July weekend, boaters in the region are excited about getting on the water and making up for the cold gray days of winter. For some, it’s time to break out igloo coolers and sunscreen while enjoying warm reunions with fellow boaters at...

July 1, 2016

Paul Esterle has been building or repairing watercraft, of all descriptions, for longer than he cares
to admit, from hovercraft to power and sailboats. Paul specializes in boat improvement and repair
projects utilizing wood, epoxy, and fiberglass.If you have any questi...

Here’s a good bar bet: Where is a boat more likely to sink – at the dock or on the open water? Hard to believe, but study after study shows that four times as many boats sink at the dock than under way! Why is that?

Well, candidly, Mark Twain had it right: there are lie...

July 1, 2016

 It’s a beautiful July morning. Not a cloud in the sky. Wake up the kids and get them ready and out the door. You notice that the smiles you were expecting are not quite happening. Joan is still “tired”, Mike forgot his I pad filled with his games and Timmy is crying c...

If you are old enough to remember wooden dinghys and rowboats, you’ll also remember weekends spent at anchor that involved at least two round trips ashore if you brought the dog along. These dinghys were heavy and had to be painted every year. They were so awkward that...

July 1, 2016

 “To perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving our country.”


When driving along River Road in Hackensack, New Jersey one may be astonished by
the sight of two periscope masts glistening in the sunlight that...

July 1, 2016

It seemed like we just jumped into summer, bypassing spring completely. One day it was gloves, jacket and watch hat and the next was shorts and a T shirt. Not that I’m complaining, mind you, it’s just that I miss the nice, long segue from spring into summer that I reme...

July 1, 2016

Each month, an interesting aspect of the world’s oldest continuous maritime service
will be highlighted. The men and women of  the United States Coast Guard follow in the
fine tradition of the brave mariners who have served before them. As sentinels and saviors
of the...

July 1, 2016

We are fortunate that the waters of the Long Island Sound have gotten cleaner over the past few decades. One of the highlights to the improved environmental laws that took shape was in 2011 when the shellfish beds in the northern waters of Hempstead Harbor were opened....

July 1, 2016

Simon Lake was proud of his baby. At a length of twenty-two feet, with a beam of six feet and weighing in at over two tons, it was one of the biggest babies that any of the curious guests had ever born witness to in their day. But Simon Lake, an inventor and tinkerer,...

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