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  • March 2021
  • Get Out, Screw Up, Try Again, Be Careful
    With pandemic times still about, new and used boat sales have been at record highs. This means for the upcoming 2021 boating season there will be a new crop of captains on the water. The reason for the high bump in sales is because on…
  • January – February 2021
  • A Sailor Named “Beamish”
    The name “Beamish” originated in the County Durham on coastal North West Britain (but the Irish claim it as their own). End of the summer, 1967, I was studying art at St. Johns University. I grew up in Rosedale with miles of wetlands, which we…
  • The Evolution of Modern Submarine Power Plants – Pt. II
    The term “nuclear” or “atomic” submarine generally denotes a submarine that is powered by nuclear propulsion generated by a reactor. The performance advantages of nuclear submarines over “conventional” diesel-electric submarines are considerable in that nuclear propulsion, being entirely independent of the necessity for combustion air…
  • Traghetto
    The gondola is synonymous with Venice and its ancient churches, great museums, grand palazzos, and intricate canals. It conjures up images of romantic couples nestled on the elaborately decorated couches in shinny black gondolas decorated with shimmering brass while echoes of singing gondoliers reverberate off…
  • The Belle of Southern Cruising: Savannah, GA
    One of the darling ports of calls when boating up and down the east coast is Savannah, GA. The city was founded in 1733 by the British as a buffer between the Spanish in Florida and the city Charleston to its north. It is distinctly…
  • Long Island Sound Hybrid Catamaran
    For the past year, First Harvest Navigation of Norwalk, Connecticut has been using its hybrid-powered vessel to transport supplies between its four-year-old Harbor Harvest food market in East Norwalk and a new one of the same name that it opened on the waterfront in Huntington…
  • The Greek Tragedy of the Tzenny Chandris
    Each month, an interesting aspect of the world’s oldest continuous maritime service will be highlighted. The men and women of the United States Coast Guard follow in the fine tradition of the brave mariners who have served before them. As sentinels and saviors of the…
  • Hooked on Fishing
    Working at jobs we see as rewarding and fulfilling never happens for some of us. We can go through several careers and jobs before some of us find the right path. The really lucky among us see their opportunities early on and focus on making…
  • Rhode Island’s Castle Hill Lighthouse
    Frank W. Parmele had served four years as Saybrook Breakwall Lighthouse’s head keeper until his reassignment to Castle Hill Light in March of 1890. Standing at the end of a breakwall, at the mouth of the Connecticut River, Saybrook was probably not a sought-after keeper…
  • Replacing a Trim-Tilt Unit on Your Outboard
    So. I lost pretty much (hah! … all of!) the past summer on my boat. Well, I got the bottom painted, and all was well until the end of June when a simple little “Oh, go take the grandkids out for a ride,” from the…
  • Emergency Pumps
    Last year I finished up a major project on my boat Keeper (Putting it all Together). Part of that project was removing the engines and among many other things removing the original seawater pumps and replacing them with a belt driven pump mounted in a…
  • CT Fishing Report
    What the heck is there to do during January? If Santa was listening, maybe you have a new rod and reel to rig up for the 2021 season. If the old gear is still in operational order, it is a good time to check guides…
  • On Living Aboard
    With our boat, Patty O’ safely ensconced on the beach and with my wife, the Blonde, happy with her ‘work from home’ (read boat) office intact, I began dealing with the dry-rot I’d found in Patty O’s transom. One of the biggest complaints I hear…
  • The Sailaway Gourmet
    Another new year and let’s hope that at some point it gets better than 2020 was. So much of what used to call ‘normal’ has changed and in many ways the world is a different place. Let us pray it’s all for the better and…
  • LI Fishing Report
    When the weather cooperates there has been plenty of action throughout Long island. The name of the game has been warmer than normal air and water temperatures coupled with an abundance of baitfish. Bunker and sand eels have been in the bays, inlets, and all…
  • Boating Safety Tips
    Marlinspike Seamanship … The Line on Lines … Marlinespike seamanship is a seasoned mariner’s skill that entails being able to proficiently work with all types of lines, ropes, and knots. The applications of this skill range from the handling of large lines on large ships,…
  • Boating Through the Ages – Pt. XI
    Now, although I have attempted to relegate sailing to it’s rightful place in boating – that being a thing of the past long since committed to the abyssal regions which we’d all like to forget – I hereby admit that there are two particular sailboats…
  • Legal Perspective
    The Three Wicked Sisters… that sounds like a good name for a nasty underwater rock formation. These three sisters actually involve a topic that students often see in the first year of law school. It refers to a trio of legal defenses commonly thrown at…
  • NJ Fishing Report
    Man, if 2020 was any barometer, 2021 is going to be a strange year, at least its going to start off like that. COVID concerns will no doubt dictate many facets of life throughout the winter and into early spring, but we can only pray…
  • Iceboating
    A long tradition of speed that can top over 100mph Here we are, sliding into winter. Most pleasure boats are being pulled and winterized. It was a real relief to be in boating this year with Covid 19 wreaking havoc. At least you were on…
  • Where Have All the Winter Flounders Gone?
    The winter flounder with its mild, slightly sweet white flesh, is frequently sought by recreational fishermen as a great food source. Easily prepared with its thin fillets and delicate flakes, it is recognized as a healthy source of dietary protein, B-vitamins and niacin. Recommended by…
  • USS Jamestown
    and America’s First Humanitarian Mission There has been a seething hatred between the Irish people and the British government for more years than anyone can remember. Undoubtedly, a major cause is what happened to the Irish people during the potato famine in the late 1840s…
  • The Dauntless “Veruna”
    For over two-hundred years the Mystic River in Connecticut was a center for New England’s shipbuilding industry. Many of the 1400 ships built there went on to have long successful careers. One ship that gained fame at the time and now is almost forgotten is…
  • Summer 2021 “Teach and Take a Kid” Free Sailing Program
    The wind was light from the east that lovely Sunday morning in September, sailing from Little Peconic Bay to deliver the newest member of our fleet, the 29-foot sloop Caprice back to the other end of Long Island in Brooklyn. This vessel would begin its…
  • Evolution of Modern Submarine Power Plants – Pt. I
    From the advent of submarine design, a crucial obstacle was the ability to provide life support for the crews and later-on combustion air for propulsion engines, hence, early submarines ran solely on batteries while submerged and so were considered to be electric boats. And although…
  • NJ Fishing Report
    You can leave all that comfy warm weather behind, because November and December bring some of the finest fishing in Jersey saltwater. Number one on the hit list is striped bass as the roving schools migrate southward and peak in Jersey waters throughout November then…
  • Going Lobstering
    My first serious boyfriend introduced me to a treat I never forgot. A diver, he sometimes came across lobsters in the ocean off Fire Island. His mother steamed the three he found at a wreck off Ocean Beach, provided lots of melted butter and showed…
  • The Evolution of USN Submarine Launched Weapons – Part II
    Unaware by the American public the much-publicized 1960s era space race was as much about developing ballistic missiles as it was putting a man on the moon. And more specifically achieving submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM) capability because there was an equally crucial and secret…