Boat Maintenance - Cleaning and WaxingJuly 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 Boat Maintenance - Cleaning and Waxing
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 What is Being Done to Restore and Protect Long Island Sound?
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 The Summer Solstice and SUPERMOON !
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 Is Renaming a Boat Unlucky ?
Boating Safety - Fenders and DocklinesJune 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 Boating Safety - Fenders and Docklines
Nautical Terms - A Fun LookMay 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
Boating Destinations - Some FeedbackMay 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
Americas Cup Countdown BeginsMay 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
Boat Flag EtiquetteMay 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
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.