Boating Blog

Clean Marina Program

It’s everyone’s job to keep our waterways clean.  You can join the Clean Marina Program and be proud to do your part! The following article is based on a letter from the Connecticut Marine Trades Association, Inc.  They are leading the way in Connecticut. The Mission To begin with, Long Island Sound is a precious environmental,…

Anchoring a Boat

Anchoring equipment Let’s familiarize ourselves with the equipment when anchoring a boat.  The Anchor Rode consists of all the pieces and parts used for anchoring.  In addition to the anchor itself, the rode includes the line, rings, chain leader, and swivels to name a few.  Nylon is a great choice for line as its elasticity…

Safe Water Skiing Endorsement

WHAT IS THE SAFE WATER SKIING ENDORSEMENT The Safe Water Skiing Endorsement has been a part of Connecticut boating education since 2015.  In short, it is a “Plus” endorsement on your Safe Boating certificate.  It allows an operator to tow either a water skier or someone on an inflatable.   Incidentally, the old law allowed operators…

The Preferred Channel Buoys

PREFERRED CHANNEL BUOYS Ah the dreaded Preferred Channel Buoys, what are these beasts?  This buoy sinks vessels in the blink of an eye and has been known to cause magnetic disturbances, no of course NOT!   Read along and understand they’re not that complicated at all. Preferred Channel Buoys are very helpful and easy to understand.…

Boating and the Weather

DRESS FOR THE WEATHER WHILE BOATING Whether you are out on the lakes or on Long Island Sound weather plays an important role in everyday boating.  Weather traits are magnified on the water.  Hot days are hotter and cold days are colder.  The sun shines off the water into our eyes.  The winds get stronger…