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 Nautical Terms - A Fun Look

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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 Boating Destinations - Some Feedback

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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 Open House at the Nautical Boutique, May 16'th

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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 Americas Cup Countdown Begins

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Boat Flag Etiquette

May 1, 2013

  It seems nautical traditions and nomenclature are disappearing as fast as new technologies are appearing !   Generations of mariners have created and followed a code of identifying and decorating their boats that reflects “proper” maritime tradition. Observing flag etiquette will allow you to display your colors with pride.    The Ensign The ensign is the US flag, either…Read Boat Flag Etiquette

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The Ship 6 Sea Scouts have had a busy winter and have ambitious goals for this season.

May 1, 2013

  The Ship 6 Sea Scouts went on several field trips including a visit to NOAA, a trip to Webb Institute to see their yacht design towing tank and a fun ski trip to Okemo. Several scouts also achieved Sea Scout Advancement ranks. Since mid-March the scouts have been practicing their annual swim / survival skills and working on their boat “Celebration II” , a Tripp 37 racing/cruising…Read The Ship 6 Sea Scouts have had a busy winter and have ambitious goals for this season.

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Harbor Watch shoreline water quality testing program receives grant

May 1, 2013

  Harbor Watch, a water quality testing program and part of the Westport based Earthplace Nature Discovery Center recently received a $ 38,165.00 from the state of Connecticut to help expand its shoreline tracking effort to assist in the elimination of bacteria sources identified in 2012. Harbor Watch’s mission is "restoring the biological integrity of Long Island Sound and its watershed"…Read Harbor Watch shoreline water quality testing program receives grant

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New Research Vessel for the Maritime Aquarium

April 10, 2013

  The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk has contracted Robert E. Derecktor, Inc. of Mamaroneck, NY to construct a 65 foot $ 2.5 million dollar hybrid diesel-electric research vessel. The new vessel will replace the Aquarium’s existing 33 year old diesel powered 40 foot trawler “Oceanic”. The yet to be named vessel's hybrid system is being engineered to propel the vessel for almost 2 ½…Read New Research Vessel for the Maritime Aquarium

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Is Your Boat Zinc-ing ?

April 3, 2013

  So what is the big deal about putting zincs on my boat, and why should I care ?   Galvanic Corrosion When two different metals (like your bronze propeller and your stainless steel prop shaft) are put together underwater, they basically create a battery and electric voltage can flow between them. As in a battery, one material is more noble (the SS shaft) and the other less noble…Read Is Your Boat Zinc-ing ?

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June Boating Seminars

March 11, 2013

  Two Boating Seminars are being offered this June by Capt. Rick Delfosse: Coastal Cruising and Cruising Destinations Seminar and Women Only Boating Skills Seminars    Women Only Boating Skills Seminar  Two Tuesday Evenings,  June 11'th & 18'th  from 7 - 9:30 PM    Continues from where the state eight hour course leaves off:  Brush up on your boating knowledge. …Read June Boating Seminars

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