An Article From The Long Island Press....Feb 2007

Five Great Boat Excursions From L.I.

 
     You donít always have to have a destination. Sometimes, it is great to just get on the water and cruise. But with so many great locations within reach, boaters with any level of experience can find a place to drop anchor and go ashore, or spend a serene night sleeping on the ripples. Be smart, though: Before setting sail, check local regulations. Make sure the area is safe. Any time you head out on the water, do your homework. Check local tide tables and charts, and ask questions. The smarter you are, the safer you will be. Here is a quick glance at some popular boating destinations:

 1. The Heading
     Located only minutes from Amityvilleís shore, this little stretch of beach lies between Gilgo Beach and Tobay Beach and provides hours of safe family fun. You can anchor up near the beach with other boats, spend your time on the boat, or go ashore and travel under the Ocean Parkway through a tunnel to the oacean beaches.

 2. Fire Island
     It is 32 miles long and less than a mile wide at its widest, but Fire Island is a true gem along the East Coast. Many different communities have public short-term dockage, including Ocean Beach, Ocean Bay Park, Davis Park and Watch Hill, which is the most popular destination for boaters, since public slips are available as is access to camping, barbecues and other great amenities. There are rules though, so call ahead to reserve space.

 3. Shinnecock Bay/Southampton
     Just east of the Shinnecock Inlet lies a stretch of sand that is tailor-made for boaters to anchor and enjoy the day. Be careful of high boat traffic and tricky currents, especially if you are swimming.

 4. Jones Beach/Fireworks/Zachís Bay
     The bay waters near Jones Beach provide some great cover for boats looking to dock up for the day or night. The most popular place, Zachís Bay, is a sheltered cove that is the preferred location for thousands throughout the summer. A real treat is to get anywhere near Jones Beach for its famous Fourth of July fireworks show. It is truly incredible from the water.

 5. NYC
     If you are up to it, heading west to see New York City from the water is an unforgettable experience. Lady Liberty rises high as you cruise below, and the Manhattan skyline is meant to be seen from the waters. Make sure you know what you are doing; New York Harbor is one of the busiest in the world, plus the river and ocean meeting makes for very tricky currents.

     And remember, The Hudson River, Martha's Vineyard, Newport, R.I, and the entire north end of the Long Island Sound are nearby.
 

  


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