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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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