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July 19, 2017

Summertime fun doesn’t get any better than in July. Whether bending a rod on a boat or flipping a burger on the grill, July is the finest time to be outside. So what’s on tap? First on the hit list will be the summertime staple fishery for fluke, while bluefishing will...

July 19, 2017

Since biblical times there have been written references and artwork depicting legendary sea creatures known collectively as merfolk. Of all the mermen, sirens, selkies, melusines, nixes, sirenias and merrows, the most popular of these figures have been the mermaids, es...

July 19, 2017

By far my favorite fish to target are mahi mahi (aka dorado, aka dolphin). As the first full summer month begins, these neon colored, acrobatic fish begin to show up along our south shores. Most people may not realize just how close these fish will come inshore. Last y...

July 19, 2017

Boaters don’t usually have anything good to say about running aground or hitting underwater objects. At best, such affairs could result in bruised egos when they take place before an audience. At worst, a catastrophic grounding could result in sinking or serious damage...

July 19, 2017

The brakes on the small aircraft screeched as the landing gear wheels touched the damp tarmac at LaGuardia Airport. This was his second trip in less than a week. He looked at his watch. It was late and he would have to wait until morning to continue his quest for the t...

July 19, 2017

In continuing our annual series on the Long Island Sound, this year we cruise to Exit Five.   Exit five off the Long Island Sound is the entrance to Huntington Bay.  This is the fifth harbor on the north shore of the Long Island when traveling east from New York City....

July 19, 2017

The Chesapeake and Delaware Canal (C & D Canal) is sometimes called the “parent of all canal projects in the United States.” Delaware Valley’s early European settlers (1600s) were quick to recognize the commercial value of such a waterway. At the time, goods destined f...

July 19, 2017

We’ve owned Ternabout, our 20’ Matilda sailboat, since 1985. Many things have changed since them. Unfortunately, one of them are my knees, they just don’t bend as well as they did in 1985.
Ternabout came to us with a rickety ladder down into the cabin. We tossed it aft...

July 19, 2017

I spotted our instructor in the parking lot.  He proudly bore all the hallmarks of a boater stuck on a strange and unfamiliar land mass (Manhattan):  Top Siders (high mileage); snap-button windbreaker (slightly newer); baseball cap (with fresh salt crust); and a justif...

July 10, 2017

Nantucket is an island that should be on all boaters’ lists of top destinations.  It is located 30 miles off shore from Cape Cod and east of the Martha’s Vineyard.  This pretty island offers something for everyone in the way of beaches, shopping, dining, history, bicyc...

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