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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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Need a Mid Winter Boating Fix ? Try a Charter...

December 6, 2012

  With local charter boats decommissioned for the Winter, there is always the option to head South to warmer climates to satisfy your Winter boating needs. Here are some ideas for a winter charter... Charter boats can be power or sail, monohull or catamaran, bare boat or fully crewed with every possible option in between. From Megayachts with every conceivable toy (including a submarine…Read More

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Holiday Gift Central !

November 29, 2012

  Gift Ideas from the Norwalk Cove Ship's Store and Nautical Boutique: Nautical Tree Ornaments, Ships Models, Chelsea Clocks and Barometers, Nautical Jewelry, Handheld VHF Radios and Stocking Stuffers.  New Fenders or Docklines, a modern Chartplotter, a color Depth Sounder, a new boat VHF with DSC, Safety gear, a new Chartbook, a copy of 2013 Eldridge book..... Better yet, stop by and…Read More

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Heading into the New Year – make a Resolution

November 29, 2012

  By Capt. Rick Delfosse    203-216-7800       11/29/12   Today’s crazy, accelerated schedules have folks working more, fitting more in, wearing more hats, dealing with more stress…… and using their boats less. So, as we head into the New Year and look forward to a new boating season, let’s make a resolution to use our boats more.  It seems the days of multiple week…Read More

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Wow – We had a Busy Season !

November 8, 2012

  We kicked off the season with an Informational ‘Demo Day’ of Capabilities & Services from Cove Marine and our Partners, followed by National Marina Day Open House & Demos at Rex Marine Center. We offered Coastal Cruising Seminars, Women-Only Boating Skills Seminars, and Co-Ed Boating Skills Seminars. There was the Open House at the Nautical Boutique, the introduction and opening of the…Read More

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Post Sandy Update

November 1, 2012

We’re open and back in operation, phones are up and the fuel docks are pumping !  A major cleanup is underway at Cove afterSandy’s visit. We were very lucky the storm moved through quickly and the tidal surge was less than expected.  It actually crested one hour before high tide was scheduled, and the high water mark in the shop exceeded the 12/11/92 storm by only 12”.  Naturally we…Read More

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Meet Norwalk's New Fire Boat !

October 11, 2012

  Norwalk recently received a $ 600,000 Critical Infrastructure Grant Award under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Port Security Program and used a portion of the award to purchase a 42 foot high tech fire boat. The program provides resources for coastal communities to develop their capabilities to respond with other agencies to marine emergencies in their local jurisdictions and…Read More

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Fall Boating Tips

September 27, 2012

  As the days get shorter and temperatures drop, here are some things to remember when going out on the boat….    Check the Weather.   Knowing the forecast and actually seeing the radar and wind predictions will make your onboard time more enjoyable.  A good web forecasting tool is www.intellicast.com  and view the interactive (zoomable) radar. Other good tools are the Cove…Read More

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Rex Marine Center Appointed as a Dealer for Sealine - "the Range Rover of Boating”

September 20, 2012

  Sealine, a British manufacturer of luxury  motor yachts from 35' to 60' will be a great addition to Rex. With both a C42 and a C48 at the Norwalk show, buyers can see how light and airy the boats are, especially with the sliding sunroof.   The new Sealines are fitted out for the American market with good-sized refrigerator/freezers, a microwave, dishwasher, barbecue, washer/dryer, wine…Read More

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