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Ospreys in the Harbor

June 24, 2017

Even if you have no interest in birding, it would be hard not to notice and admire the Osprey's throughout the Norwalk area. There are approximately 20 nests beginning up the Norwalk River near the I-95 bridge , on the flashing green rock pile #1 (aka "buglight") off of Vet's Park, another on a pole at Calf Pasture Beach behind the Cove administration buildings and a few surrounding the old power…Read More

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Scientists find gene for love of the sea

June 10, 2017

Have you had a lifelong tendency to divert time, attention and money to the boat instead of the family, your IRA or fixing the roof ? Are you aware of the suffering and agony caused by the seemingly harmless passion for “simply messing about in boats” ?  Children crying for their absent parent ?    Spouses pining on the widows’ walk ?      Vast sums of money thrown into a "hole in…Read More

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Hathaway Rigging at Norwalk Cove Marina

June 9, 2017

     When the crew at Norwalk Cove Marina heard of the retirement of the principals at sailmaker & rigging company Hathaway Reiser and Raymond, the initial reaction was sadness that another iconic stalwart of the industry was gone. The second reaction was of opportunity, and the third reaction was in the form of a question… how can we help preserve the legacy of Hathaway? The discussions…Read More

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Pet Safety While on the Water

June 9, 2017

  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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Something Serious - Cold Water Boating

May 28, 2017

  Every spring and fall we hear about the potential dangers of cold water boating.  This week a potentially tragic accident occurred in Norwalk that needs to be reviewed..... Here's what happened:  It's time to get the boat off the dock and onto the mooring, so you tow it out with the large dingy.  Your friend asks if you need help, but you've done this dozens of times before and say no. …Read More

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Did You get April Fooled?

April 1, 2017

The April Fools Harbor Talk newsletter was just that.... an April Fools newsletter ! None of the news items were real !  Just fishtails. Thanks for your feedback, it's going to be a great summer ! Click HERE if you missed it or want to see previous years April Fools editions              Read More

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It may be Spring, but the water is still Cooold!

March 30, 2017

Some intrepid boaters, the crew teams in their shells and a few kayakers have been on the water already and have realized the water is still VERY cold !   So it’s time to review the basics of boating in the early spring: 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…Read More

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Happy April Fools Day

March 30, 2017

           Thank you for laughing with us !            We hope you have enjoyed our "Fishtails" 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 See  the 2015 April Fools Edition... HERE See the controversial 2014 April Fools Edition.... HERE    (This is the one…Read More

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Why is 89 Octane Fuel Important?

March 20, 2017

  Our friends at ValvTect offer an explanation of how the addition of ethanol undermines octane and fuel efficiency:   There are three potential causes for “octane loss” and unfortunately none of them are linear.   First: Ethanol separation.  In regular E-10 gasoline, ethanol accounts for about 3 octane numbers.  Should the gasoline phase separate the gasoline on top of the…Read More

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VHF Radio Channels & Radio Use

July 19, 2016

If you carry a VHF radio onboard, (a good idea for all boaters) you should maintain a watch on channel 16 whenever the boat is underway. Commercial vessels and all vessels over 20 meters and those carrying passengers for hire are required to maintain a radio watch.  (see the Federal Regs... HERE) Most radios have a memory scan option where you can add specific channels to the memory and press…Read More

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