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Hypothermia can kill...

April 4, 2019

The weekend is almost here and your new boat awaits you.  Maybe you will spend the weekend anchored out on the islands with friends or go fishing out by the lights.  Or perhaps you will even venture down to New York City for the day.  Wherever you go, one thing is certain.  The water temperature may still be dangerously cold.  Hypothermia is the abnormal lowering of your body’s internal...

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Rex Marine Center's recommendations to best prepare your boat before winter storage.

October 17, 2018

While we offer any service you might desire, doing preparatory items yourself will save you money and help keep your boat in top condition. Our service manager recommends that on your way to Rex to drop off your boat for winter storage, or by making a point to take one last boat ride if you are a Rex Summer customer, please make note of anything that needs to be repaired or just does not seem...

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Situational Awareness

April 28, 2018

   Learning how to run a boat is one of the most memorable things a person can do, some learn on their own and others, with the help of a mentor.  It's important to remember that situational awareness is your primary job when you are running a boat.  Situational awareness is:  Knowing what is happening around you in terms of time and space.  Not a step into the twilight zone, but definitely...

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If you really DONT want to sell your boat...

March 19, 2018

Do the following, if for some reason you have decided to sell your boat but don't really want to.   From the bow:   1. After the last cruise of the season, make sure your anchor and rode have the mud, that you collected after your last anchoring, left on the rode and do not coil the rode just leave it crumpled up and mudcaked in the anchor locker. (If the anchor is rusty, all the better) Never...

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How to use your VHF radio during an emergency

June 19, 2017

A while back, the Coast Guard at Station Staten Island had received several emergency "Mayday" calls.  Unfortunately two of them were falsely placed, this leads to very dangerous conditions for both the recreational and commercial boaters in the water that day as well as the Coast Guardsman responding to the search and rescue evolution.  When a Mayday call is received, the watch stander in the...

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Boat Smart From The Start

May 1, 2012

Boat Smart from the Start This Mothers Day thousands of boaters across the nation pulled off their covers and hit the water. We go out on our boat to enjoy ourselves, leave our worries behind and spend time with family and friends. That however does not excuse us from being prudent mariners. To legally operate any boat with an engine, other than a personal watercraft, or a sailboat 191⁄2 feet in...

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Shinnecock and Hampton Bays

April 27, 2012

I don't get to spend much time in the south fork of Long Island but yesterday was asked to bring a 30' Tiara back from Ponquogue Marina in Hampton Bay.  The drive over from Port Jeff was a long hour and change but the scenery is magnificent.  Somewhere between Iowa farm land and the Pine Barrens in New Jersey.  There are hundreds of small homes along the way each with a boat and trailers in...

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Get a FREE Get a Vessel Safety Check for your boat before you get on the water this season

March 9, 2012

Vessel Safety Check is a courtesy examination of your boat to verify the presence and condition of certain Safety Equipment required by State and the Federal regulations. The Vessel Examiner is a trained specialist and a member of the United States Power Squadrons or the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. They will also make certain recommendations and discuss certain safety issues that can help you be a...

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You know your a pro fisherman when...

January 13, 2012

* You have a shiner dangling from your rear view mirrow because you think it makes a good air freshener.* Your wedding party had to tie tin cans to the back of your whaler.* You call your boat "sweetheart" and your wife "grady"* Hiller's Sport shop has your credit card number on file.* You keep a ugly stick by your favorite chair to change the tv channels with.* You get 40 to life because your...

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Bilge Pumps in the Winter

December 29, 2011

Please make sure that your bilge pump is functioning properly during the winter months if your boat is stored in the water.  This means it is important to make sure that your battery system contains enough power to support running the pump for a long period of time.  Make sure you test your batteries weekly and check the water levels if applicable.  It is important to frequently test your bilge...

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