The scene at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan this past weekend was all-nautical as the Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show was in full swing. First held in 1905, it is the nation’s longest-running boat show, bringing together hundreds of businesses that represent dozens of manufacturers. READ
Registered boaters can use the SlipFinder app to locate a last minute reservation for a boat berth.
Need to order a pizza? Click on an app. Need to book a plane ticket? Click on an app for that, too.
Need to find an open slip at a marina while out on the water? Well, now there’s an app for that.
The app SlipFinder — a recent addition to the boating world designed by two Long Islanders — allows boaters to make last-minute accommodations from their smartphone. Several local marinas have signed on with the app this season, while others remain skeptical over its effectiveness.
Ready, set, wear it! East Enders Saturday will attempt to break a world record for the most life jackets worn at one time.
Strong’s Marine in Mattituck will host the event to kick off National Safe Boating Week, which runs from May 18 though 24. The annual Ready, Set, Wear It campaign, sponsored by the National Safe Boating Council, hopes to raise awareness about the importance of wearing life jackets.
Last year in New York, the U.S. Coast Guard reported that in 85 percent of fatal drowning cases victims were not wearing a life jacket.
“Some people think it’s macho not to wear a life jacket,” Peconic Bay Power Squadron member Len Llewellyn said. “They don’t realize what could happen if they go overboard.”
This is the second year members of the local squadron will try to break the record. A photo will be taken to document the world record attempt at noon.
“If you own a life jacket come on down and get in the picture,” Mr. Llewellyn said.
The Peconic Bay Power Squadron will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m to conduct safety inspections and answer questions about boating safety.
“Anything you want to know and you’ve been afraid to ask these people will be able to answer,” Mr. Llewellyn said.