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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 More

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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 More

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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 More

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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 More

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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 More

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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 More

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Demo Day at Norwalk Cove Marina was a GREAT Success

February 6, 2013

  Over a hundred Cove and Rex customers attended - and the Chowder was great ! The Cove informational Demo Day held Saturday March 9'th offered these sessions with the pros:   Paint, gelcoat, fiberglass repairs. Troubleshooting basic engine problems & tips on how to fix them. Care & maintenance of engines. Introducing John Deere engines and service at Norwalk…Read More

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Best Restaurants in CT for 2013

January 30, 2013

  Locals and frequent visitors know that Norwalk offers an incredibly diverse selection of award winning restaurants, but now the word is out……   Connecticut Magazine declared in its February 2013 edition the winners for Best Restaurants of 2013 in 26 categories. Each category listed the top five winners (in alphabetical order) and additional noteworthy honorable mentions. The…Read More

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OPINION: Is online boater training sufficient?

January 7, 2013

  By Capt. Rick Delfosse    Re-Posted from Soundings 3/8/13 The controversial issue of online safe boating classes and testing has surfaced again in Connecticut. Shot down twice before, a bill drafted by the Boating Division of the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection has been presented to legislators in Hartford. This new law would recognize at-home online…Read More

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Holiday Boat Parades

December 13, 2012

  A fun tradition is spreading to many waterfront towns as pictures of holiday boat parades have been posted online. From rowboats and crew shells to huge commercial ferries, across the country, boaters are joining this joyful celebration. Stamford recently held their “Harbor Parade of Lights”.  On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, a dozen or more boats were decorated with incredible…Read More

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