Almost Time to Winterize - Here are Some Ideas

October 18, 2018

 If you are winterizing your own boat, here are some things you should add to your list to protect your boat from moisture, freezing or corrosion damage: Drain your fresh water tanks, including the hot water heater and winterize with non-toxic antifreeze (AKA Pink Stuff). Winterize all other plumbing including fresh and salt water pumps and drains, air conditioning, refrigeration, ice makers…Read More

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Pet Safety While on the Water

August 1, 2018

  If you enjoy boating, you probably enjoy taking your best friends out on your boat. What if some of your best friends happen to have four legs and a tail? The following tips can help you keep your pet safe and happy while out on the water. Keep plenty of fresh drinking water available Provide a shaded area—excessive exposure to the sun can cause problems for animals. Protect their…Read More

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Rules of the Road Review

July 26, 2018

  Here's the scenario: You (Boat A) are leaving the Norwalk town dock after a great lunch in SONO and decide to head out to the Sheffield light house before heading home. As you head South and pass green Can "19" and are next to the Shore and Country Club dock, a boat (Boat B) is coming out of the Norwalk Cove Marina channel with the intention of heading South. At the same time another boat (Boat…Read More

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Happy April Fools Day

March 31, 2018

           Thank you for laughing with us !            We hope you have enjoyed our "Fishtails"   The 2018 April Fools Edition is.... HERE   If you missed the 2017 April Fools Edition, click... HERE   See  the 2016 April Fools Edition... HERE        It was  reported in the Norwalk Hour... HERE   The story of the Power Plant is..... HERE   See  the 2015 April…Read More

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Out Fall Boating ? The Water is Getting Cooold!

November 19, 2017

Some intrepid boaters, fishermen and a few kayakers are still going out on the water, and the water is getting COOLD !   So it’s time to review the basics of boating in the Fall: As a rule of thumb, It’s about 10 degrees colder on the water than on land.  Wear layers of clothing with a wind breaking shell on top and bring along hats and gloves. Make a float plan so someone will know you…Read More

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Winterizing Your Engine

November 7, 2017

  As temperatures fall, water will freeze, we know that… but when that water is inside an engine or gearcase, a cracked block or housing might be the net result, along with astronomical repair bills ! You can prevent this, and sleep well on those cold winter nights by taking the right steps now…. Remember that Neglect = Trouble next season ! Make a Check List - It’s important that you…Read More

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Storm & Hurricane Preparation

September 5, 2017

  Preparation for a direct hit from a hurricane is different from prepping for a wind/ rain event. Until the storms path is more certain, the prudent mariner will prepare for the worst and hope for the best.   Preparing your boat is YOUR responsibility.Consider hauling your boat. It may well be safer ashore. Tie it down. If on a trailer, tie the trailer to a tree or building.Remove all sails…Read More

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Hurricane Season - Be Prepared !

August 30, 2017

  Hurricane Season runs from June 1'st through Nov. 1'st. Earlier this summer, the NOAA 2017 Hurricane Season Prediction called for "slightly more hurricane activity" for this season. See below for safety suggestions and the best sources of information.   Get Timely Updates: Follow live Storm Tracking on the NOAA National Hurricane Center website. It's updated every 4 hours with live…Read More

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Using Currents when Planning a Trip

August 2, 2017

Not long ago vessels used to depart "on the tide".  Mariners have long used tide calendars and current charts to find ways to get a free boost from nature. Closely watching weather forecasts helped avoid headwinds or adverse sea conditions, with an occasional boost from tailwinds or waves.   Boaters were spoiled by years of cheap fuel and bigger engines, which made using tidal currents less…Read More

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Summer ThunderStorms !

August 2, 2017

 With Summer comes the chance of thunderstorms with high winds, waves and dangerous lightning strikes. Here are some tips on how to protect yourself and your family from lightning hazards while on the open water.     Don’t wait until it’s too late: Get off the water early: Getting to safe harbor is the safest bet. If you’re in a powerboat and can’t get in, you may be able to get…Read More

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