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Responsibilities of the Captain


We see the fun plaques:  The Captain’s word is Law….    or      Marriages performed by the Captain are valid ONLY for the duration of the cruise….

But what are the REAL responsibilities of the Captain (vessel operator or “boater”) ?


Three Major Responsibilities of Every Boater

  1. Practice good seamanship.
    It is the responsibility of every boat or PWC operator to take all necessary action to avoid a collision, taking into account the weather, vessel traffic, and limits of other vessels. Such action should be taken in ample time to avoid a collision and at a safe distance from other vessels. Be responsible for the safety of your crew and vessel.
  2. Keep a proper lookout.
    Failing to keep a sharp lookout is the most common cause of collisions. Every operator must keep a proper lookout, using both sight and hearing, at all times. Watch and listen for other vessels, radio communications, navigational hazards, and others involved in water activities.
  3. Maintain a safe speed.
    Safe speed is the speed that ensures you will have ample time to avoid a collision and can stop within an appropriate distance. Safe speed will vary depending on conditions such as wind, water conditions, navigational hazards, visibility, surrounding vessel traffic density, and the maneuverability of your boat or PWC. Always reduce speed and navigate with extreme caution at night and when visibility is restricted.

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Overtaking Boat

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Stay to your Right when Approaching







Additional Responsibilities

  1. Review a pre-departure checklist.  (The same actions a pilot must take before taking off)
    Check the weather.  Make sure steering and engine controls are working. Check that lights are working.   Check for fuel / oil/ coolant leaks and check hoses. Check the bilge and drain plug. Check fuel level (1/3 fuel rule). Check battery voltage. Check Fire Extinguishers. Check Life Jackets. Leave a Float Plan with a friend.
  2. Review Safety Items with the crew and guests. Life Jacket and safety equipment. Man Overboard procedures.  VHF radio operation. How to call for help. How to stop / start the boat. Reckless operation rules. Trash and dumping rules. Docking / Anchoring procedures.
  3. Review BWI laws and your boat’s rules regarding Alcohol and Drugs.  Specify a Designated Operator.
  4. Review Rules of the Road with your crew, the 3 basic scenarios: Approaching head on, crossing, passing
  5. Review Aids to Navigation.  Red Right Returning  (and vice-versa when heading out) and speed limits  (NO WAKE within 100 feet of a moored or anchored boat, dock or in the channel… the entire channel)
  6. Review the basic rule of the sea: You MUST aid another boater in distress unless you are putting your crew or boat in jeopardy by doing so.
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    Keep Them Safe !

Everyone who uses or enjoys the waterways of our country, whether boating, walking along the shoreline or actually living on the water’s edge has the same rights to enjoy the tranquility of the water. Boaters should respect the rights of others who live or play on the shoreline, don’t disturb private property owners by docking on their land. You should be careful about the amount of wake that you are leaving when operating close to shore, since you are responsible for any damage you cause with your wake. Control your speed and obey posted speed limit signs.

Finally, because sound carries farther over water than over land (especially at night)  you should keep voices, music and other noises to a minimum if anchored near a waterfront property.   Practice common sense, it can’t be legislated.


Capt. Rick Delfosse  203-216-7800
Rick is a Coast Guard captain, National Safe Boating Council close-quarters boat-handling and open water boat handling instructor, Connecticut and New York certified safe boating instructor and a US Sailing-certified instructor.   He also conducts on-the-water courses and classroom seminars on coastal cruising and boating skills. The owner of a 43-foot pilothouse cutter and an Aquasport powerboat, he has extensive cruising and one-design, coastal and offshore racing experience

Summer Fog – Where Does It Come From ?

So you will no longer be in a fog….   (sorry)

There are different types of fog, which essentially is a cloud on the ground which reduces visibility to less than 1km. For fog to form, the basic requirements are moisture in the air  (the closer to 100% humidity the better) and the air near the ground must be cooled to within 5 F (3 C) of dew point (the temperature to which air must be cooled in order for water vapor in the air to condense to liquid water). When the air near the ground cools to dew point, the water vapor in the air will become visible as fog in the air or dew on the ground.SAN-FRAN FOG

During the summer when the sky is clear and the humidity is near 100 %, fog will form. There must also be condensation nuclei (something onto which the water can condense). Condensation nuclei can be dust particles, aerosols or pollutants to which the additional moisture will condense onto when the air is saturated.

Fog often forms after sunset when the air begins to cool and condensation replaces evaporation. Air cools best with clear skies, as there are no clouds to trap the heat. Fog can also form at lower humidity levels if there are high levels of airborne nuclei, especially if it is something such as salt.

During fall and early winter the most common form of fog is Radiation Fog. This type of fog forms when the land cools after sunset by radiating the heat up into the atmosphere. The air must be calm and the skies clear (as the cloud cover will trap heat in the atmosphere). When the ground finally cools, it causes condensation in the air above it. The more calm the air, the closer to the ground fog will sit, often only a few feet deep. Air movement will generally produce a thicker fog.  In the late winter and early spring boaters are more concerned with Advection Fog caused by relatively warm, moist air flowing over a colder surface. This is especially true after a cold spell when the ground is cold or there is lying snow.

To track the dew point in Norwalk, use the weather station at Norwalk Cove.  See it…. HERE


.Capt. Rick Delfosse

Rick is a Coast Guard captain, the editor of Harbor Talk Weekly, a National Safe Boating Council close-quarters boat-handling and open water boat handling instructor, Connecticut and New York certified safe boating instructor and a US Sailing-certified instructor.   He also conducts on-the-water courses and classroom seminars on coastal cruising and boating skills. The owner of a 43-foot pilothouse cutter and an Aquasport powerboat, he has extensive cruising and one-design, coastal and offshore racing experience.

 Private Sessions – On-the Water – On your boat

Contact Capt. Rick     203-216-7800





Norwalk Summer Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach

The City of Norwalk Rec. and Parks Wednesday Evening Summer Concert Series brings music to Calf Pasture Beach throughout the summer.
Sponsored by First County Bank All rain dates will be on the following day, except for the July 3 Fireworks and Concert program, which will be held on July 5 in case of inclement weather. 
All concerts are free and open to the public. Concerts may be added and/or dates changed throughout the year, call the office (854-7806) for updates; cancellation number (854-7938).
June 24 6:00pm7:00pm The car Show Beach Cruise Presented by “The Coachmen”“Tim Curries Motown Band Revue
July 3 FireworksRain Date: 5th 5:30pm6:00pm8:00pm 


For the Kids “The Amazing Andy Show”“Dance to the Music with DJ Nuzzo”“Jimmy & The Parrots” #1 Jimmy Buffett Tribute BandThe band will perform before and after the fireworks

4th of July Fireworks

July 8 7:30pm In My Life: An intimate tribute to John Lennon”
July 15 7:00pm “Johnny Cash is Alive and Kicking with Cash is King”
July 22 6:00pm7:00pm “The Car Show Beach Cruise Presented by “The Coachmen”It’s not Déjà vu its “Summertime
July 29 6:30pm7:30pm Kids Show _ TBA“The music of Crosby Stills and Nash with CSN”
August 5 7:00pm Back by Popular Demand It’s the Neil Diamond Tribute BandOne Hot Night”: Featuring Tommy Lynn
August 12 6:30pm7:30pm Kids Show – TBA“The #1 Eagles Tribute Band Desert Highway is back again
August 19 6:30pm7:30pm “The Car Show Beach Cruise Presented by “The Coachmen”Royal Kings”
August 26 7:00pm A Hometown Favorite:” Billy Genuario & Destiny”
September 2 6:00pm7:00pm The Final Car Show Beach Cruise Presented by “The Coachmen”“The Keith Marron Band” Last Concert of the Year


Walk from Norwalk Cove – If you are driving:  Vehicle Sticker Information… HERE

For Wednesday night concerts, a parking fee of $5.00 per car will be charged for cars without a Norwalk Resident Pass.

For the July 3rd Fireworks and Concert, a parking fee of $20 per car will be charged for cars without a Norwalk Resident Pass.



Dinghy Poker Run – July 25th 2015

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Pre-Register ASAP for the 4rd Annual Dinghy Poker Run !     

Participants of all ages are encouraged, and Pre-Registration is REQUIRED!!

Everyone is welcome… Shore & Country, South Norwalk Boat Club, Norwalk Boat Club, Ischoda Yacht Club… Come on down! Dinghys, Jet Skis or kayaks are allowed (water pistols are encouraged).   Join your friends and enjoy a fun day on the water !  There will be 5 card pick-up checkpoints around the harbor. Collect a playing card (in an envelope) at each checkpoint. Bring the envelopes back to the finish and find out what hand you have for a prize !

Registration is  at 1:00 and Game time is 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Put away your dinghy & change between 4:00 – 5:00 with card collection at 5:00 – 6:00 followed by a BBQ and awards for all participants. Land your dinghy at the service dock between “B” & “C” dock. Entry fee is $5 per ‘hand’ and multiple hands per dinghy are allowed. Winner takes the proceeds!!!!

DINGHY POKER RUN RULES & REGISTRATION INFORMATION Pre-Registration is required !  Please e-mail or call 203-838-3681 to pre-register. There is a $ 5 cash entry fee per contestant…and there can be multiple contestants in each dinghy.  Entry fee will be collected at registration.

Rules:    1. Participants of all ages are encouraged to join in on the fun. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and wear a PFD. 2. All participants must register at 1:00 pm on the event day in order to receive their cards at each checkpoint. Registration and the Finish will be behind the Cove Service Department with the Start from the Service Department docks (Between “B” and “C” dock). All participants should be back by 4:00 PM and winner will be selected soon after. 3. Participants must adhere to speed limits and no-wake zones as well as proceed with caution in congested areas and in the channel. NOTE:  This is a run…not a race and there is no benefit to finishing ahead of everyone else.    Safety  First !! 4. All participating watercraft must have proper safety equipment, (kill switch lanyards are recommended) and must follow all boating safety regulations. 5. It is suggested that all participating watercraft carry a VHF radio and monitor VHF channel 68 (Not required). 6. Water guns are allowed (and encouraged) however, mechanically powered water cannons and water balloons are prohibited during this event. 7. Approach each checkpoint with your watercraft under control. 8. Tie-ups may be required at some destinations so please have 2 dock lines (1 fore and 1 aft) pre-rigged. 9. Maps of the card pick-up locations will be provided upon registration. 10. Participating boats are not to exceed 16’ in length. 11. All boats must start the race together upon starting signal. No departures before assigned start time. 12. Only one poker run hand is permitted per participant = one card redeemed at each checkpoint per participant. 13. Only sealed envelopes containing your cards will be accepted at card submission judging. Do NOT open the envelopes containing your cards. This must be done in the presence of an event judge. 14. Cash prizes for top three best hands will be awarded based on the “Winning Hand Guidelines” below. Decision of the event official is final. 15. Each participant is required to sign a waiver upon registration in order to participate in the event.

Procedure for Obtaining Cards at Checkpoints: At registration, each participant will be given five checkpoint passes, a map and instructions in a zip-lock bag. Please use the markers provided at registration to write your name and phone number on your zip-lock bag. Each checkpoint pass is identified as A, B, C, D and E. You must go to each checkpoint as indicated on your map and can do so in any random order.   For example, if you start at checkpoint ‘C’, once there, hand your checkpoint pass labeled ‘C’ to the official and in return, you will be handed a sealed envelope labeled ‘C’, containing your first poker card.  DO NOT OPEN THE ENVELOPE! Place it in the ziplock bag, seal the bag and continue on to your next checkpoint until all checkpoint passes have been exchanged for cards. (5 in total.)  If you have more than one registered player in your watercraft, they will need to have their own set of checkpoint passes to redeem for their playing cards. Once completed, return to the Service Department docks (Between “B” and “C” dock) by  5:00 pm where the event judge will open your envelopes and record your best poker hand.

Poker Hand Ranking There are 52 cards in the pack, and the ranking of the individual cards, from high to low, is ace, king, queen, jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. There is no ranking between the suits – so for example the king of hearts and the king of spades are equal. A poker hand consists of five cards. The categories of hand, from highest to lowest, are listed below. Any hand in a higher category beats any hand in a lower category (so for example any three of a kind beats any two pairs). Between hands in the same category the rank of the individual cards decides which is better, as described in more detail below.

Winning Hand Guidelines Hands are judged according to the following guidelines listed in order from best to worst hand based on 5-Card Stud Regulations. Since it is possible to get a five of a kind, if a five of a kind should occur, it will beat all of the traditional poker hand rankings as outlined below. (Highest five of a kind is top hand.) If a tie occurs with a four of a kind, three of a kind, two pair or one pair, the tie will be broken using the next highest single card held in each hand.   Any ties that cannot be broken using cards held will be handled by the team’s choice of either splitting the prize money or breaking the tie using the highest cut of the deck. 1. Royal Flush – This is the highest poker hand. It consists of ace, king, queen, jack, ten, all in the same suit. As all suits are equal, all royal flushes are equal. 2. Straight Flush – Five cards of the same suit in sequence – such as J-10-9-8-7. Between two straight flushes, the one containing the higher top card is higher. An ace can be counted as low, so 5-4-3-2-A is a straight flush, but its top card is the five, not the ace, so it is the lowest type of straight flush. The cards cannot “turn the corner”: 4-3-2-A-K is not valid. 3. Four of a kind – Four cards of the same rank – such as four queens. The fifth card can be anything. Between two fours of a kind, the one with the higher set of four cards is higher – so 3-3-3-3-A is beaten by 4-4-4-4-2. If you need to compare two fours of a kind where the sets of four cards are of the same rank, then the one with the higher fifth card is better. 4. Full House – This consists of three cards of one rank and two cards of another rank – for example three sevens and two tens. When comparing full houses, the rank of the three cards determines which is higher. For example 9-9-9-4-4 beats 8-8-8-A-A. If the threes of a kind were higher, they win. 5. Flush – Five cards of the same suit but not in sequence. When comparing two flushes, the highest card determines which is higher. If the highest cards are equal then the second highest card is compared. If those are equal too, then the third highest card, and so on. For example K-J-9-3-2 beats K-J-7-6-5 because the nine beats the seven. 6. Straight – Five cards of mixed suits in sequence – for example Q-J-10-9-8 (in varying suits). When comparing two sequences, the one with the higher ranking top card is better. Ace can count high or low in a straight, but not both at once, so A-K-Q-J-10 and 5-4-3-2-A are valid straights, but 2-A-K-Q-J is not. 5-4-3-2-A is the lowest kind of straight, the top card being the five. 7. Three of a Kind – Three cards of the same rank plus two other cards. When comparing two threes of a kind the hand in which the three equal cards are of higher rank is better. So for example 5-5-5-3-2 beats 4-4-4-K-Q. If you have to compare two threes of a kind where the sets of three are of equal rank, then the higher of the two remaining cards in each hand are compared, and if those are equal, the lower odd card is compared. 8. Two Pairs – A pair is two cards of equal rank. In a hand with two pairs, the two pairs are of different ranks (otherwise you would have four of a kind), and there is an odd card to make the hand up to five cards. When comparing hands with two pairs, the hand with the highest pair wins, irrespective of the rank of the other cards – so J-J-2-2-4 beats 10-10-9-9-8 because the jacks beat the tens. If the higher pairs are equal, the lower pairs are compared, so that for example 8-8-6-6-3 beats 8-8-5-5-K. Finally, if both pairs are the same, the odd cards are compared, so Q-Q-5-5-8 beats Q-Q-5-5-4. 9. Pair – A hand with two cards of equal rank and three other cards that do not match these or each other. When comparing two such hands, the hand with the higher pair is better – so for example 6-6-4-3-2 beats 5-5-A-K-Q. If the pairs are equal, compare the highest ranking odd cards from each hand; if these are equal compare the second highest odd card, and if these are equal too compare the lowest odd cards. So J-J-A-9-3 beats J-J-A-8-7 because the 9 beats the 8. 10. High Card – Five cards that do not form any of the combinations listed above. When comparing two such hands, the one with the better highest card wins. If the highest cards are equal the second cards are compared; if they are equal too the third cards are compared, and so on. So A-J-9-5-3 beats A-10-9-6-4 because the jack beats the ten.  For more information please email   203-838-3681

Hurricane Season – Be Prepared !

Hurricane Season is June 1’st through Nov. 1’st. The 2015 Hurricane Season Prediction sources are all forecasting at or below normal hurricane activity for this season :
See the 2015 NOAA prediction HERE

Live Storm Tracking. NOAA’s National Hurricane Center website is updated every 4 hours for live storm tracking when storms are active.     Go to    also see Intellicast:


Preparation and Action Steps:   Careful planning, taking precautionary measures, and making smart and safe choices during and after a storm are all necessary to reduce the impact a storm could have on you, your family and your assets:


General Hurricane Precautions and Preparations for Boat Owners

The key to protecting your boat from hurricanes or any severe threatening weather is planning, preparation and timely action. The following precautions and checklists are meant only as guidelines. Each boat owner needs a plan unique to the type of boat, the local boating environment, the severe weather conditions likely to occur in that region, and the characteristics of safe havens and/or plans for protection. The following preparation and precautionary suggestions are issued as guidelines to be used by the marine community.

Never Stay Aboard Your Boat.

Winds may exceed 100 miles per hour, and tornados are often associated with land falling hurricanes. First and foremost – safeguard human life!

Prior to hurricane season, develop a detailed plan of action to secure your vessel in the marina, if permitted; remove your boat from the threatened area; or take your boat to a previously identified hurricane refuge. Specifically, identify and assemble needed equipment and supplies. Keep them together. Before hurricane season, practice your plan to ensure that it works.

Arrange for a friend to carry out your plans, if you are out of town during the hurricane season.

Check your lease or storage rental agreement with the marina or storage area. Know your responsibilities and liabilities as well as those of the marina.

Consolidate all records, including insurance policies , a recent photo of your vessel, boat registration, equipment inventory, lease agreement with the marina or storage area, and telephone numbers of the appropriate authorities (i.e. harbor master, Coast Guard, insurance agent, National Weather Service, etc.) and keep them in your possession. They may be needed, when you return to check on your boat after the hurricane.

Maintain an inventory of both the items removed and those left on board. Items of value should be marked, so that they can be readily identified, if dispersed by the storm.

Before a hurricane threatens, analyze how you will remove valuable equipment from the boat and how long it will take, so you will have an accurate estimate of the time and work involved. When a hurricane is approaching, and after you have made anchoring or mooring provisions, remove all moveable equipment such as canvas, sails, dinghies, radios, cushions, biminis, and roller furling sails. Lash down everything you cannot remove, such as tillers, wheels, booms, antennas, etc. Make sure the electrical system is shut off unless you plan to leave the boat in the water, and consider removing the battery to eliminate the risk of fire or other damage.  NOTE: When wind and seas warrant, marine agencies (the marine police) remove their boats from service and will not be able to rescue foolish boaters.  In addition to these general steps, which should be taken no matter where you plan to leave your boat during a hurricane or other severe weather, the following specific steps should be taken depending on your situation and the option you select.

Trailerable Boats.

Determine the requirement to load and haul your boat to a safer area. Be sure your tow vehicle is capable of properly and adequately moving the boat. Check your trailer; tires, bearings and axle should all be in good condition. Too often a flat tire, frozen bearings or broken axle prevents an owner from moving the boat.

Once at a “safe” place, lash your boat to the trailer and place blocks between the frame members and the axle inside each wheel. Owners of light weight boats, after consulting with the manufacturer, may wish to consider letting about half the air out of the tires, then filling the boat one-third full of water to help hold it down. (The blocks will prevent damage to the springs from the additional weight of the water.)

Secure your boat with heavy lines to fixed objects. Try to pick a location that allows you to secure it from four directions, because hurricane winds rotate and change direction. It can be tied down to screw anchors secured in the ground. Remember that trees are often blown over during a hurricane.


Non Trailerable Boats in Dry Storage.

Determine the safest, most realistic, obtainable haven for your boat, and make arrangements to move your boat there. When selecting a “safe” location, be sure to consider whether storm surge could rise into the area. Wherever you choose to locate your boat for the duration of the hurricane, lash the boat to its cradle with heavy lines and consider, based on the weight of the boat, adding water to the bilge to help hold it down.

NEVER leave a boat on davits or on a hydro-lift.


Non Trailerable Boats in Wet Storage.

Owners of large boats moored in a berth or slip typically have three options:

Secure the boat in the marina berth or slip

Moor the boat in a previously identified safe area

Haul the boat

Each of these actions requires a separate strategy. Ask your insurance company what they want you to do.  (They may offer to pay a portion of the hauling bill to get the boat out of the water) Another alternative, running from the storm, is not encouraged except for large commercial vessels, unless there is enough time to get your boat beyond the storm’s projected path.  Double up an all lines and fenders and consider using short lengths of chain and a shackles to connect lines to dock beams or other secure fittings. Wrap lines passing through chocks and hawse pipes with chafing gear, fire hose or towels.  Remember,  Chafe is your enemy !


These tips and information are compliments of NOAA,  Collier, Lee, Charlotte and the Sarasota County Florida Emergency Management Departments. This information is advisory in nature.  It is offered as a resource to be used together with your professional insurance adviser in maintaining a loss prevention program. No liability is assumed by reason of the information in this document.

Capt. Rick Delfosse

Wife’s Diary / Husband’s Diary

Wife’s Diary:

Tonight, I thought my husband was acting weird. We had made

plans to meet at a nice restaurant for dinner. I was

shopping with my friends all day long, so I thought he was

upset at the fact that I was a bit late, but he made no

comment on it. Conversation wasn’t flowing, so I suggested

that we go somewhere quiet so we could talk. He agreed, but

he didn’t say much.

I asked him what was wrong; He said, “Nothing.” I asked him

if it was my fault that he was upset. He said he wasn’t

upset, that it had nothing to do with me, and not to worry

about it. On the way home, I told him that I loved him. He

smiled slightly, and kept driving.

I can’t explain his behavior I don’t know why he didn’t say,

“I love you, too.” When we got home, I felt as if I had lost

him completely, as if he wanted nothing to do with me

anymore. He just sat there quietly and watched TV. He

continued to seem distant and absent. Finally, with silence

all around us, I decided to go to bed. About 15 minutes

later, he came to bed. But I still felt that he was

distracted and his thoughts were somewhere else. He fell

asleep — I cried. I don’t know what to do. I’m almost sure

that his thoughts are with someone else. My life is a



Husband’s Diary:

Boat wouldn’t start, can’t figure it out.



Note:  Finally got it started…. Here’s How

It’s Horseshoe Crab Tagging Time Again !

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The spring moons soon will be drawing male and female horseshoe crabs up our beaches for an annual Mating Ritual and staff and volunteers from The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk will be on hand to greet them.

The Maritime Aquarium is seeking volunteers to help attach census tags to horseshoe crabs as they come out of the water to spawn at Calf Pasture Beach.  It’s all part of a census of horseshoe crabs in Long Island Sound, being led by Dr. Jennifer Mattei of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, and The Maritime Aquarium is assisting with the census and tagging.

Dr. Mattei’s census is establishing a baseline crab population and will reveal horseshoe crab migrations and any changes in numbers or behaviors. The data is needed because horseshoe crab eggs are an important food source for migrating shorebirds. If the horseshoe crab population declined, that could mean fewer birds on our coastline.

Horseshoe crabs come up onto beaches on the nights of the full and new moons.   That’s a tagging bonanza time for researchers, so extra volunteers are needed to help. To participate, volunteers should attend one of two training sessions at the Aquarium: at 7 p.m. on either Wed., May 8 or Sun., May 12. They’ll learn about the natural history of horseshoe crabs, what has been learned so far from the census work, and how to safely tag horseshoe crabs. Volunteers should be in 10’th grade or older.  Younger children can assist if working with a parent, teacher or guardian.

2015 Tagging Dates: 

Tues., June 2 at 11:00 PM to 2:00 AM for high tide census & tagging,  and June 3 Low tide tagging – 5:00 AM to 8:00 AM


Tues. June 16 at 11:00  PM to 2:00 AM for high tide census & tagging, and June 17 low tide tagging – 5:00 AM to 8:00 AM


Wednesday, July 1 at 11:00 PM to 2:00 AM for high tide census & tagging, and July 2 low tide tagging – 5:00 AM to 8:00 AM


We will go rain or shine.  Only thunder and lightning will cancel – in which case we will go the next night and following morning.

To sign up or for more details about the training sessions, call The Maritime Aquarium at (203) 852-0700, ext. 2304, or e-mail


Happy April Fools Day

April Fools

Thank you for laughing with us ! We hope you have enjoyed our “Fishtails”

See this year’s April Fools Edition… HERE

See last year’s (2014) April Fools Edition…. HERE   (This one had a lot of people fooled!


See some of the hundreds of comments we received about last year’s edition below:


As for my wife and me, no apology needed — we thought this was the most creative, interesting and best April Fools surprise we have seen in a very long time!

We must admit, we were just gullible enough to be taken in at first — until we reread and notice on our second read, in plain red ink at the top, “April Fools Edition.”

So, we howled with belly laughs at the audacity and wit — and at the sure knowledge of the writers that some readers like us might be a little too quick and skip over the red ink, at first!

Thank you for one great April Fools joke. Too bad some of it was only a joke.  Some parts the fictionalized news deserve to be a vision and maybe a reality, oh I don’t know, like maybe the High Speed Ferries!

And this is coming from a tenant of “B” dock.  We are missing our “Boneyard”/Cove-by-the-Sea” slip already!

I would like to think that “a joke a day keeps the Alzheimers doctor away.”   But even if I’m wrong about this, who doesn’t need a few more laughs for optimal health, happiness and joyful living down by the sea?

All the best,    S…….


Are you kidding me?? How highly insensitivity, how rude, crude and just so inappropriate. I’m highly insulted and laughing my ass off.

Life’s too short we need more laughter and less stress. By the way screw the sailboats…. they should be out on the water anyway.


No need to apologize. Everyone should have seen it was an April Fool’s joke when they got to the end and saw the photo and caption “how to get under the bridge on April Fool’s day”

Thank you for some humor – as we get to the end of this long winter and anticipate a good boating season!

Best regards,    G……


I enjoyed the newsletter, perhaps if someone did not understand the nature of it (a joke) they shouldn’t be sitting behind the wheel of a boat !!!!!


For what ever it’s worth coming from me…..i got a real hoot out of the April Fools Edition of Harbor Talk.

It was sent out on a Tuesday, not the usual Thursday, and on April first.  I thought it was great fun while it lasted.


Greatest April fool’s joke I’ve seen in years.   Thanks.


Good grief, no apologies needed. It was fun. What’s the matter with these old poops? You should have added that the newly refurbished Rex store was going to be converted to “Mike’s Bar & Grill”. Now that would have gotten some reaction!

Best,   John


Personally I thought it was Hilarious, totally made my day. I’m still sharing it with people and laughing every time I read it.

Boneyard renamed “cove by the sea” hahahahahaha


Ah, I was looking forward to the tattoo parlor and wet t-shirt contests Saturday nights.


I thought your April fools edition (clearly titled as such) was good humored. I’m a little disheartened that folks are so wound up that they can’t see a joke even when it’s titled Aprils Fools Newsletter.  They probably read the comics and complain that Dilbert’s boss should reprimanded.

Please don’t feel bad. It wasn’t a mistake or in bad taste.  It was funny.

Thanks for the laugh.


That’s disappointing, I was ready to sign up for Flair Craft training !


F….’em if they can’t take a joke.

Even a half wit like me figured it out.  Although I was thinking to apply for a ferry boat drivers job….

Smooth sailing,    Peter Willcox

S/Y Rainbow Warrior


I’m shocked that an apology was in order for some innocent, good humor fun. One would think boating brings together individuals with a casual attitude and a sense of tongue in cheek. Guess not. Certainly the winter has taken its toll on a few.


I am hoping that your apology email is tongue-in-cheek, and that no one really complained requiring you to issue a serious apology.    Don’t listen to any fuddy-duddies!!!   It was fantastically funny!!!    Keep up the good April 1 work in the future!!!


Omg   I knew there was going to be those people out there with no sense of humor but really….     An apology letter ?!

Were the responses that bad?         People….lighten up!


With your position, and the fact that your slips are pre-paid in full … you would be well advised not to pull this shit again. I do not have a sense of humor when the firm I have just written a check for $2,500 uses their “letterhead/official email communications format” to screw with me. I do not read fine print on blogs; I read the headlines.  I forwarded your “joke” on to others that boat thinking it was accurate – due to the format and that it was from you. If I were a Gardella, you would be reading the classifieds.


Canceled——–Introducing the CRUISING CLUB!!

5/1/15   The Cruising Club meeting and events have been

canceled due to lack of interest (no registrations).

2015 Summer Cruises

Have you secretly harbored a desire to do some cruising but prefer not to travel solo or aren’t sure how to start?   Let your cruising friends make it easy for you…

Introducing the CRUISING CLUB!!

We envision some simple raft-ups and overnights, including more elaborate multi-day cruises. Throw in some seminars that will cover in detail what you will need to know, and we have some happy boaters with new found skills and knowledge. Small or large boats, power or sail – it doesn’t matter… Do one cruise or do them all, let’s have fun!
The First Cruise:     Oyster Bay – Afternoon Raft-up and stay overnight… June 20-21.  Anchor out or get a mooring, head back home early if you can’t stay overnight.
The Second Cruise:   Port Jefferson – Danfords Marina and hotel… July 18-19    Leave Norwalk Friday or Saturday AM for Port Jeff, where we will stay on the dock and have a nice dinner ashore, followed by open house boat party on the dock for those who wish to participate. Anyone not wishing to stay on their boat could get a room ashore.  We will get up to a 25% DISCOUNT (depending on # of boats attending)
The Third Cruise:  CT River – Saybrook Point Marina… Aug 15-16 , rooms available if you can’t stay on board. Fun place, beautiful marina – see their website….     Leave Norwalk Friday or Saturday AM for the Connecticut River and Saybrook Point. Open house party on the dock followed by buffet dinner ashore.  Again, rooms ashore as required. Return Sunday, or Monday…   We get a 10% DISCOUNT for 6 or more boats!

Join the Cruising Club by clicking… HERE.


The Cruising Club Kickoff Meeting and Seminar will be Saturday May 9th at 10 AM


Meet in the Rex Marine / Formula Yachts NE training room (in the Rex Marine Showroom).   We will discuss the cruise schedules, cruising basics and have a seminar on Anchoring, Rafting Up and Docking.  Please register (join) to reserve your spot. 


Register for the Seminar & Club... HERE


Membership is only $150.00 to cover making the arrangements, seminars and flotilla management.   Please indicate which cruise(s) you plan on attending.     Once you have registered, please contact Danfords and/or Saybrook Point and book your reservations directly.    We are planning on Saturday night get-togethers, but you are welcome to come early or stay late as your schedule allows.

Sound like fun to you ?  Interested in joining us ?  Click the link above to join and get started.   Additional questions:   Please email Capt. Rick at Rex with comments, level of interest, and ideas. Please include your boat name, size, type (including power or sail).
Circular raftup

       We look forward to hearing from you!   Rick

Capt. Rick Delfosse…


Yes it’s open to anyone – the goal is to get folks out using their boats and having fun on the water.

Kids are always invited and encouraged. Going on family cruises and raft-ups is how many boaters first got their start. Please use your judgment before bringing young children to someone’s boat for a quiet cocktail party… otherwise dive right in!

Come for the day or come for the weekend. If you can’t stay overnight, that’s ok, head back before dark! We have made reserve slips well in advance for some cruises and boat owners will be making those financial arrangements directly. We’re working on group discounts, so don’t call yet.

No boat is too large or too small, too fast or too slow. Some may want to cruise alone, others in a group.

We will have a few seminar/ meetings in advance to review what you will need to know. You don’t need to be an expert, just willing to learn and have fun.

Pets? Why not? but it’s your call. Many folks cruise with pets regularly. If not ready, try the Pooch Hotel in Norwalk.

Additional Costs? There is only a “membership” registration fee of $150.00 to cover making the arrangements, seminars and flotilla management.

 Watch for additional information in Harbor Talk.   Get on the mailing list …   HERE

We look forward to hearing from you!   Rick

Capt. Rick Delfosse…



Spring make-ready: Bottom Paint


With spring, boaters everywhere are gazing longingly at the harbor and beyond,

thinking about.… Bottom Paint.


Yes, bottom paint.  What to use, how to prepare the hull, how much to put on, how to clean it mid-season, what is new this year, are they really going to ban copper ?

If you are asking these questions or need expert advise, see the professionals at Rex Marine or the Cove ships store. With over 75 years of experience, they can tell you what seems to work best and how to do the job correctly. Each store stocks all the materials required, at very competitive prices.  Ask about manufacturers specials and rebate offers.

Prefer to do your homework online first ?  There is a wealth of information on bottom paints on the web, so here are some links to help get the answers you need:

International Paint:

International Painting Guide:

International Paint 2015 Rebate Form:


Petit Paint:

Petit “Gone Water Based” 2015 Mail in Rebate form:


Here are some additional links to articles and guides about bottom paint: 

Antifouling Paints

The Bottom Line (Bottom Paint)

Is Copper Bottom Paint Sinking?

 What Paint Should I Use ?









                            By Capt. Rick Delfosse    203-216-7800