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If you had any thoughts about trying off-season kayaking (after Labor Day until Memorial Day), you still have a little time to get organized. Most kayakers consider summer to be that period between the two holidays. Unlike boaters who have a much longer season, kayaker...

May 24, 2017

There’s nothing that drives me crazier than listen to people who apparently

haven’t a clue use their boat’s VHF for everything but what it was meant for— this includes babysitting; I simply love hearing a drooler jamming up Channel 16.
There is protocol to follow when u...

May 24, 2017

After experiencing one of the warmest winters ever, even though the temperature did bounce up and down, Old Man Winter gave us one last slap in the face. And I’m delighted to report that the winter cover remained in place! This was mostly due to the wind keeping snow o...

Not too long ago I was invited by the Skipper of a Chesapeake Bay Deadrise boat, the Wendy Lee. The plan was to attend a weekend long event celebrating the famous wooden deadrise boats.  The boat arrived at my dock bright and early on a Saturday morning. I had picked u...

May 24, 2017

May and October are the bookends of the angling year, one leads spring into summer and the other turns greens of summer into the radiant colors of fall.  Both are periods when fish of all species feed actively in the spring to recover from the depredations of winter an...

May 23, 2017

On a late November morning, Florida Tech marine biologist Robert van Woesik and several of his students are aboard a 25-foot dive boat, speeding several miles east of Key Largo to the site of an underwater coral nursery.
Wrapped tightly in wet suits, they wriggle into...

According to the Long Island Genealogy.com web site: “.... From 1797 to 1902, some 44 individuals and firms const

ructed 354 vessels: 68 sloops, 233 schooners, 20 brigs, 10 barks, 2 ships (full-rigged), 17 steamers, 3 yawls, and 1 gunboat,” at Long Island shipyards.  Am...

May 23, 2017

Well, Jersey certainly has an interesting situation regarding the summer flounder season. As it stands of this writing in early April, the regulations remain the same as last year, with a season spanning from May 21 to September 25, and a 5 fish bag limit at 18-inch mi...

May 23, 2017

The longshoreman grabbed for the hawser as it flew through the air. A few muted toots of a passing ship sliced through the foggy and damp din of the morning as the rust splotched tramp steamer’s stack offered a last puff of black smoke as it finalized docking at the bu...

May 23, 2017

Q-ships, also identified as Q-boats, decoy vessels, special service ships, or mystery ships were heavily armed merchant ships having concealed weaponry and were designed to bait enemy submarines into making surface attacks so that the Q-ships could then attack and sink...

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