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What's New in Boating

Mar 26 2013

Blueway Trail comes to Nassau County

According to Newsday, a  Blueway trail is in the making on the south shore of Nassau County.  Paddlers should now be able to head to Nassau’s southern bays toting a map showing launching areas, historic sites, waterfront restaurants and safe routes to explore without worrying about power boat traffic and excessive currents.

The blue way has been in the planning for four years and is moving forward with an initial public meeting on April 4th at 6 p.m. in the village of Freeport Recreation Center.  If you wish to attend you need to register at

www.bit.ly/13JoNaG or on the project web site at www.southshoreblueway.com   The planners also have a face book page at www.facebook.com/southshoreblueway 

Jan 22 2013

Quadski on Water

Gibbs unveils world first high speed sports amphibian in Detroit. 

The first high-speed sports amphibian - the Gibbs Quadski - will go on sale in the United States next month.  The dream of two visionary entrepeneurs, the Gibbs high-speed amphibian is the product of millions of research dollars and years of development work in the United States, New Zealand and the UK.  It will be produced at a 54,000 sq. ft. assembly plant in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

An entirely new form of transportation for US consumers, the Quadski is capable of reaching speeds of 45 MPH on both land and water and transitions betwen both in five seconds or less.

Read more: Quadski
Jan 18 2013

Introducing the Anchor Claw, in today's world everything must be faster, cleaner, and easier.  As Boaters when retrieving our anchors we need to wrestle with material from the bottom of the waters we float on  Thanks to the Anchor Claw, we now have a faster, cleaner and easier way to help us deal with this.  We have bow pulpits to assist in setting our anchors.  To help with this process many have anchor windlasses, some are controlled by switches on the bow of the boat, making anchoring a fairly simple procedure, fast, clean and easy.  When we retrieve our anchors all we need to do is reverse the procedure.  It sounds as if it would be just as fast, clean, and easy, but we suddenly realize the "demons of the depths" have left us with a gift.  It seems that most places you anchor, these demons feel the need to leave us this gift.

Read more: Anchor Claw
Dec 23 2012

As part of our "in the news" section from time to time we will report on government activities that effect boaters.  This time we will report on positive news coming out of our state government.

I just received a press release from the Canal Corporation regarding a grant program that will benefit 13 projects in 10 upstate counties. 

Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation Board Chairman, Howard P. Milstein said, "These investments in the Canalway corridor will encourage economic growth and inspire visitors to reconect to the historic waterway that made New York the Empire State.  I applaud the Regional Economic Development Councils and the local community groups behind each project for their vision and commitment to revitalizing our state's greatest asset"

Read more: Funding for Canal Communities

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