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Boat Maintenance - Cleaning and Waxing

July 4, 2013

The wax you so diligently applied in the spring may be wearing thin after all the rain and bad weather we've had so far this summer. Boaters often swear by the products they choose; silicone based, paste waxes, carnauba, PETF or mystery additives, but none protect forever and some, not even a few weeks. So starting with the exterior and working our way to the boat bottom, let’s discuss boat…Read More

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What is Being Done to Restore and Protect Long Island Sound?

July 1, 2013

The federal Clean Water Act of 1972, started water pollution control programs which have led to measurable improvements in the water quality of Long Island Sound. Obvious sources of pollution were controlled through permit programs. Tidal wetlands were protected, sewage treatment plants improved, and industrial discharges controlled.     However, to fully restore the health of the…Read More

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The Summer Solstice and SUPERMOON !

June 20, 2013

  The Summer Solstice - The longest day of the year, arrives tomorrow, June 21, at exactly 1:04 am EDT. At that time the Northern Hemisphere of the Earth will reach it’s point of greatest inclination to the Sun.   Also known as Mid-Summer, the summer solstice is an important holiday in much of the Northern Hemisphere, and was very important to many ancient cultures. Long associated with…Read More

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The Summer Solstice and SUPERMOON !

June 20, 2013

  The Summer Solstice - The longest day of the year, arrives tomorrow, June 21, at exactly 1:04 am EDT. At that time the Northern Hemisphere of the Earth will reach it’s point of greatest inclination to the Sun.   Also known as Mid-Summer, the summer solstice is an important holiday in much of the Northern Hemisphere, and was very important to many ancient cultures. Long associated with…Read More

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Is Renaming a Boat Unlucky ?

June 20, 2013

  Can it be done without a ceremony ?   Will the lords and gods of Sea and Wind be offended ?    We try to answer those questions. A quick Google search turns up 83,900 results in 0.29 seconds and a Bing search, 193,000 results, so the answer must be yes…   Here’s some of what we found:    Remember, everything you read on the internet is true, right…Read More

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Boating Safety - Fenders and Docklines

June 13, 2013

  Notice:  NOT Bumpers or Ropes !  Bumpers are for dinghies and strollers and a dockline (or any line on a boat) stopped being a "rope" the minute you walked out of the store. Seriously, walking the docks you can see a vast array of fenders and various docklines ranging from mermaid fenders, "hole on each end" spherical and "line through the middle" fenders along with docklines which…Read More

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Nautical Terms - A Fun Look

May 29, 2013

Ahoy The first in a series of four letter words commonly exchanged by skippers as their boats approach one another Bar Long. Low lying navigational hazard, usually awash, found at river mouths and harbour entrances, where it is composed of sand or mud, and ashore, where it is made of mahogany or some other dark wood. Sailors can be found in large numbers around both. Boom A Laterally…Read More

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Boating Destinations - Some Feedback

May 16, 2013

   Some feedback we received on the boating destination piece,  “The Beer Garden @ Harbor Point” was: “Where in the area can I take my boat and dock for an hour or two, grab lunch, ice cream, coffee, sandwich (eat in), and how do these places operate when arriving by boat ?       Do I need to call ahead to make a reservation for a slip?        Can I just show up ?      …Read More

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Open House at the Nautical Boutique, May 16'th

May 9, 2013

  OPEN HOUSE The Nautical Boutique at the Norwalk Cove Ships Store Thursday May 16'th      6:00pm – 9:00pm APPETIZERS, REFRESHMENTS & SHOPPING New Shipments have arrived! Join us as we kick off the new season of marina events.  What started out as a Ladies Night has turned into a mixed event, so please bring your husbands and say hello to your marina friends.  We’ll have light…Read More

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Americas Cup Countdown Begins

May 8, 2013

  Last year the 12 teams competing for the Americas  Cup were practice racing in 45 foot high speed catamarans. The actual 2013 challenger selection and cup match will be sailed in incredibly powerful 72 foot catamarans capable of 40-plus knot speeds. With the Cup races in San Francisco only 4 months away, the teams are setting up bases and practicing a new sailing technique called…Read More

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