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Top Ten Costliest Boating Casualties

November 7, 2013

  Top Ten Costliest Boating Casualties - per an Insurance Company  BoatUS Marine Insurance published a list of the 10 costliest casualties in 2005 and recently, based on the amount of money paid out per category between 2008 and 2012. Note that there have been several large storms including Hurricanes Sandy and Irene, which could skew the results. The first few made the top…Read More

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The End of the Traditional Paper Chart

October 23, 2013

  NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey, which creates and maintains the nation’s suite of over a thousand nautical charts of U.S. coastal waters, announced yesterday major changes ahead for mariners and others who use nautical charts. Starting April 13, 2014, the federal government will no longer print traditional lithographic (paper) nautical charts, but will continue to provide other forms of…Read More

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Norwalk Dredging Begins

October 23, 2013

 The Dredge is Here - and it's HUGE The Cashman Dredge"Dale Pyatt" arrived in Norwalk harbor right on schedule and it's imposing silhouette dwarfs the harbor. Call it humongous, or ginormous, it's just REALLY big at 1,500 tons X 185 feet long with a 65 beam.  The new barge - believed to be the largest of its kind in the nation - is equipped with a crane and two mammoth custom clamshell…Read More

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Outboard Winterizing

October 17, 2013

  It used to be as simple as “ear muffs” for running fresh water into an outboard, spraying some fogging agent into the carburetor air intake, clean and grease the prop shaft, change the zincs, change the lower unit gear lube and Presto, it’s done, let’s watch football ! Ok, with an older two cycle engine that may still suffice, but modern four cycle engines need a bit more love and…Read More

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Boating's Next Wave - Introduce Someone to Boating !

October 17, 2013

    Anyone paying attention has noticed a decrease in the number of people boating. Of course the economy has hurt boating as an industry, but there are other serious reasons participation in boating has fallen off in the last decade. Time constraints.  We're just working more, and harder and technology won't let us escape ! So we try to fit everything in less time. This has really hurt…Read More

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Plum Island Update

October 2, 2013

  Boaters have long known to avoid Plum Island, home of the “Plum Island Animal Disease Center”. As young adults, crossing through Plum Gut, we would joke about two headed cattle and the “rule” to hold your breath while passing down wind.  Today the 840 acre island, under the watchful eye of Homeland Security, may be up for sale and the laboratory moved to Manhattan, Kansas. The…Read More

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Seamanship FAILS - in our own Backyard !

September 25, 2013

  Imagine the joy of going to a boat show on your own boat, getting picked up by a professionally captained launch and enjoying a great day looking at new boats and hardware. Now, imagine heading back out to your boat and finding that it’s not anywhere near where you left it when you anchored ! Welcome to the Norwalk Boat Show 2013 where this happened to at least FIVE boats ! …Read More

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Marine Technology Skills & Seamanship - NOT the same

September 12, 2013

  Mariners should be careful not to confuse technology skills, or the sophistication of their integrated, networked navigation system (complete with redundancy)… for seamanship.   Seamanship (as defined by Wikipedia) is “the art of operating a ship or boat”. “It involves topics and development of specialized skills including: navigation and international maritime law;…Read More

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Protection for your Phone or Tablet

August 29, 2013

Are you using your phone or tablet more frequently on the boat ? Is it time to consider a protective case....                 just in case ?  Here's a quick guide to some options that are available...   The lowest common denominator is a heavy duty zip lock bag, followed by the waterproof pouch type cases.  Most will allow touch screen…Read More

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Where you on a boat when the power went out ?

August 14, 2013

  10 years ago this week the Northeast suffered the largest blackout ever experienced. Were you out on your boat when it happened ?   On our mooring in Norwalk harbor, having just finished a picnic supper aboard, we were astonished to see the lights ashore go out as if a magic wand waived first over Sono and then around to East Norwalk. Eventually, only the lights of cars ashore and…Read More

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