New York is a city surrounded by various bodies of water making it a perfect city to spend the day out on the water. Made up by five boroughs, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island, this lively city sits right where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean making boating an epic and visually stunning experience. Boat your way into a  New York state of mind when you step off the dock and onto the water for a day of sun and adventure as you cruise around the Big Apple.


The inlets and islands of Freeport are perfect for a day of fishing and boating while you take in the beautiful coastline. Freeport is situated in Nassau County on the South Shore of Long Island. Zach’s Bay is southeast of Freeport off the Jones Beach Theatre and is a great place to anchor for families to raft-up and enjoy a concert playing at the theatre or enjoy a day on the beach without the overcrowded feeling.

The Hudson River

The Hudson River offers beautiful scenery along the 300 miles that it stretches. Boaters can escape to the north toward Peekskill where the river offers copious amounts of wildlife. There is abundant largemouth and smallmouth bass around the tributary mouths and in-river structures during the summer and fall. In the spring striped bass can be caught below the Troy Dam to New York City. There are small towns along the river that you can visit, learn the history, stretch your legs and enjoy dinner along the water’s edge. Check out one of the only Dock & Dine spots in New York city at La Marina in Washington Heights for a really fun experience!

Finger Lakes

This is a region of New York State, known for its lush vineyards and named for its series of eleven long, thin lakes extended like fingers. This is one of New York State’s most popular regions for recreational boating with numerous private boat launches to enjoy a scenic route. Take a day trip and explore the Finger Lakes Central Region (the centrally located area found between the two largest lakes; Seneca Lake to the West and Cayuga Lake to the East). These lakes were formed by glaciers and contain over 6.6 trillion gallons of fresh water making it an ideal destination to enjoy a day on the water.

Thousand Islands

If you love fishing, this is the place for you as it has ample fish and fishing holes. With more than 100 boat launches available in the region, this is an easy accessible waterway with much to offer. With it’s crystal clear waters, historic castles and lighthouses, it is arguably one of the best places for pleasure boating in New York State.

New York Harbor

Boating by the Manhattan skyline is an experience everyone should have at least once in their lives. There are many attractions such as Governors Island which is a 172-acre island containing Fort Jay, Castle Williams, and Dock 102. Don’t forget to stop by Liberty Island, home to the Statue of Liberty  as well as Ellis Island  which is a historical site that opened in 1892 as an immigration station for more than 60 years.

Lake George

This was called “the most beautiful water I ever saw” by Thomas Jefferson and this statement still holds true today. It was once an important fur-trading route and held an important role in the American Revolution with traces of the past laying at the bottom of the lake in the form of shipwrecks. Although a lake that once held a violent past,  today, the coastal shores are full of beautiful wilderness, marinas, restaurants and the Adironack Mountains which add to the astounding atmosphere.

Cold Spring Harbor

This is the perfect place to drop an anchor, enjoy a picnic on the boat and go swimming for the day or head out for a day of water skiing and wake-boarding. This is truly some of Long Islands best boating with a coastline full of beaches, parks and historic mansions. For larger vessels who want to anchor for the day, Eaton’s Neck Basin is the perfect place and it’s only a few miles east near Huntington Bay.

Whether you’re going for an all-day boating adventure to take in the picturesque scenery along the coast, throwing down an anchor to take a dip in the water or stopping along the water’s edge to indulge in a scenic meal, New York offers a vast array of options for any type of excursion. The waterways of New York will never disappoint an enthusiastic boater as there is truly something for everyone. Sail through these waters in New York and make memories you will never forget.

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June 18, 2018

#Categories: FAQ New York, Lifestyle

With Father’s Day nearly here, it’s tough to choose that perfect gift for dad to show him how much he really means to you. After all, he’s been your number one supporter from the beginning, giving you advice and always sharing his not-so-funny dad jokes when you need to smile. Dads look forward to the day that they can pass on their traditions to their kids and share common interests for the ultimate goal of spending quality time together. Maybe he took you to his favourite fishing spot and showed you how to put a worm on a hook and helped you reel in that whopper you’d been excitedly talking about all day. This Father’s Day, we have some awesome gifts for you to choose from to save time and to show dad how great you think he is!

Boating License

Dad’s already our captain, why not get him a boating license and make it official on the water! Get it now and he’ll receive two extra cards to keep in his tackle box, car or wallet. Boating allows you to feel free and relaxed out on the water and the BOATsmart! course will help dad boat with confidence this Father’s Day.

Engraved Compass

Swim into dad’s good books this Father’s Day with an engraved compass. This thoughtful, personalized gift is made out of brass metal and measures about 2.5” in diameter. Each compass is hand crafted in a vintage style with minor dents and scratches to add to the charm and character. There are 50-60 characters that can fit per side to personalize your message. This makes a unique yet practical nautical gift for dad that will surely become a keepsake.

Anchor Cuff Links

What do you get the dad who already has everything? Anchor cuff links, of course! These handsome accessories are a perfect way to make a detailed fashion statement for any occasion. Let dad show his boat enthusiasm with these nautical accessories in a sophisticated way this Father’s Day!

Driftwood Charging Dock

This handcrafted driftwood dock for iPhones or iPods is the perfect gift, tying the modern-day electronics to the timeless minimalism of nature. This is a practical gift that looks like art, handmade in Maine by Lee Goodwin and his team who gather and then handcraft them to fit the contours and cord of your device.

Seafood Cookbook

This cookbook is perfect for the dad who loves to cook seafood! It offers more than 150 mouth-watering recipes including entrees, salads, appetizers, soups, sides and more. Every single recipe features seafood that hasn’t been overfished or caught in an environmentally destructive way, making Barton Seaver (the author) one of the most important voices of the sustainability movement. You will learn how to buy and choose the freshest ingredients as well as how to prep and cook seafood. Let dad discover how to make Poached Salmon with Pickled Chilies and Mint or Smoked Lobster and Fennel-Carrot Salad and he’ll become captain of the kitchen in no time.

Nautical Sweater

This striped sweater has a classic look to it that will never go out of style. For those summer days out on the boat that turn to a chilly dusk, dad can throw on this cotton-cashmere sweater and continue on his boating route with his crew in tow.

Sperry Boat Shoes

Dad could always use a new pair of boat shoes so why not treat him to these authentic originals! These have been a long-time favorite to many-a-boater, sailor and yachter for good reason, too! These fine shoes are crafted with genuine all leather upper which allows for years of wear, non-marking rubber outsoles with wet traction as well as genuine hand-sewn Tru-Moc construction for durable comfort. Dad’s feet will be thanking you for this awesome gift!


A fishing or boating subscription is a perfect gift to help dad stay in the know and keep up-to-date on the newest industry news. Help him stay informed with subscriptions to magazines such as Boating Magazine, Boating World or Real Fishing Magazine or set him up with Lucky Tackle Box which sends a box of the newest fishing gear each month.

Dads can often be difficult to buy for as they are the ones that we will always look up to as our teachers, comedians, confidants and protectors. We have so much to thank dads for that it’s hard to show just how much we appreciate their life lessons (mostly at the wrong time but still, it’s the thought that counts) or their silly dad jokes that are not funny at all but that somehow makes them hilarious.  But what dads appreciate the most is quality time spent with you! Hopefully these top Father’s Day gift ideas will help you create more time for dad this year while showing him how much he means to you with these thoughtful gifts.

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June 13, 2018

#Categories: Lifestyle, Lifestyle - USA

We’re feeling the Royal Wedding buzz in the air just like the other 3 billion people who are expected to be tuning in to the big event this weekend. So, in honour of this monumental event, we’d like to share some delicious, easy recipes that will have you eating like royalty on your boat this Victoria Day Weekend.

Prosciutto Wrapped Pears with Blue Cheese
These decadent appetizers are easy to make and transport in your cooler for a fun day of boating in the sun or a nautical picnic on the dock. The saltiness of the thin prosciutto mixed with the sweetness of the pear and bitterness of the blue cheese is a flavor explosion even the Queen would enjoy.

Avocado Ceviche
Nothing says summer like fresh ceviche and nothing tastes like rich creaminess like avocados. The citrus from the lime or lemon juice is what “cooks” the meat, making it a fresh and tasty meal. Not only is it healthy, we’ve created this recipe to be really easy to make. This delicate meal can be eaten as an appetizer or main dish and is fit for any king or queen of the water.

1/2 cup fresh lemon or lime juice
1/2-pound fresh white fish, filleted
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
cilantro, chopped, to taste
1/4 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon ginger, peeled and grated
1 tablespoon capers
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 chopped avocado (keep in a separate bag)

The key ingredient here is freshness. While this method of “cooking” fish is delicious, it doesn’t kill all potential parasites. For this reason, you should only use freshly caught fish from clean waters.

Chop the fish into 1/4-inch cubes, submerge fish in lime or lemon juice with the other all other ingredients except for the avocado, let cool in the fridge (or cooler) for 30 minutes. Allow the fish to marinate until it becomes opaque, take the bag out and add the avocado. Add salt and pepper to taste, toss into a container and serve with corn chips.

Roast Beef Sandwiches
Nothing beats a good ol’ fashioned roast beef sandwich. Roast beef is a national dish of England and was traditionally made for Sunday dinner served with a side of Yorkshire pudding. For this sandwich you’ll need roast beef left over from family dinner or purchased from the deli, two pieces of bread, horseradish or horseradish sauce, pickle slices and one small onion, sliced. Assemble all ingredients onto the bread and enjoy! This will be a sandwich the Royal Family could enjoy any day of the week!

Deviled Eggs
Need a side dish to accompany your roast beef sandwich? We have just the thing! Deviled eggs of course. This rich side dish is packed with flavour and brings a hearty punch to any boating trip. This dish is typically found at picnics and parties with women who wear gloves and oversized hats and sip their tea with raised pinkies. Well, that might be a bit of a stretch but basically what we’re saying is that these dressed eggs will have your taste buds you will be sending your taste buds cruising with these guys.

Fruit Salad
This is a fresh and light option for those hot days out on the boat to help re-hydrate you and add a little bit of sweetness to your day. Cut up some fresh fruit such as grapes, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, kiwis, bananas and don’t forget watermelons! They are one of the best summer fruit to indulge in and will keep you hydrated and satisfied during your sunny picnic.

Mason Jar Pasta Salad
Okay, it might be a bit of a stretch to think that the Royal Family would eat salad out of a Mason jar but this is a super easy, no-mess option.  With these options for cold pasta salads, it’s a perfect meal to keep you fueled for the rest of the day on the water.

You don’t have to be heirs to the throne to eat like princes or princesses; you just need a little bit of time, some great recipes, open water, a boat and your boating license. Ensure you know the rules of drinking and boating before taking to the water this long weekend and make the best of your unofficial kick-off to summer in royal style.

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May 18, 2018

#Categories: Boating License, Lifestyle

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The first time I went boating it was a small group of family friends in Muskoka, Ontario and we were having the perfect getaway weekend. We enjoyed sun-drenched weather all week and the views of the water from the boat made for the ultimate Instagram shots! Deciding to take a leap into the lake from the boat to cool off, we double checked our life-jackets were secure and hopped into the water… Continue reading…

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Learn these 8 Boating Terms so You Aren’t Given Away as an Amateur!

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With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, time is ticking for those last-minute gifts. No need to jump off the deep end though because we’ve come up with some epic Mother’s Day ideas just for you (and your mom). The best part is, they’re all about the experience, since after all, you can’t put a price on memories.

Gift her a boating license
There’s a new wave of boaters ready to set sail – women! It’s time women took the captain’s seat and started making their own boating memories. By giving the gift of a boating license, mom can feel cool and comfortable on the water in any scenario. The BOATsmart! course is full of safety instructions and educational modules to help mom boat with confidence. Boating is a relaxing experience; a place to let the problems of the day trickle into the wake behind you. It’s a place for mom to share stories and make family memories with her crew. We all know mom’s already the intrepid captain, this license just makes it official on the water.

Take a coastal drive
Driving down the coast is a mesmerizing experience. The smell of fresh air, the flecks of sunlight that dance along the top of the water and the lingering anticipation of catching a glimpse of rare wildlife are all elements that make this outing an ideal trip with mom for Mother’s Day. Good conversation and junk food are key to this mini road-trip making it one she’ll never forget. Each road lends an opportunity to take in new scenery and create your own adventure, so be sure to charge your camera and make room on your phone to capture whatever may be in store. There are typically look-out points along any coastal route, so if you happen to spot one, take full advantage of that photo-opp. Stop off at a local seafood restaurant that will be serving up the fresh catch of the day and bask in the patio sun while enjoying a frothy beverage before heading back.

Try water Yoga
New yoga trends that involve water have been popping up recently. One of those popular trends is yoga on stand-up paddle boards. This new practice will get you feeling more connected to the outdoors and help make your movements more meticulous and calculated from fear of falling over and embarrassing yourself in front of the entire class. There are also places that offer aqua yoga where you perform your practice submerged in water. It’s easier on joints but much more challenging when it comes to balance and movement.  You’ll leave feeling more calm and relaxed than ever. This new take on a traditional practice is a perfect way to create and share new experiences with your mom for Mother’s Day and who knows, you might even get hooked!

Go fishing together
Give mom the gift of bragging rights at the next family gathering by taking her fishing. Don’t have a boat? Get creative with it and find a cool rock or dock to fish off of; it’s all part of the experience. Fishing has been a long-standing tradition in many families, and although sometimes masked behind the technical jargon and the right to gloat from the triumphant catch-of-the-day, what it really comes down to is the quality time spent with loved ones.  Whether it be at the end of a dock or on the water, making unforgettable memories with your mom and connecting to the outdoors is something you can’t put a price on.

Go on a canoe ride
Take in the serenity and magnificence of the outdoors while paddling your way into mom’s good books. A canoe ride is one of the most peaceful activities you can do on water; with the methodical stroke of the paddle and the connection you feel to the river, lake or sea. You don’t need to go too far to find a spot to launch your canoe for an afternoon paddle as many local resorts offer water sports and will allow you to use their facilities. You can rent a canoe and flow down a lazy river or day-trip-it on a winding creek. Up your game by finding a spot where the sun hits just right and enjoy a lunch by the shore. You might just become moms new favourite – you’re welcome.

With the busy lives we lead from day-to-day, it’s now more important than ever to get outdoors and connect with nature. The mental and physical benefits of being outdoors can create massive positive effects on your overall well-being. It helps you to disconnect from your hectic life and become refreshed and rejuvenated – it’s like our reset button! This Mother’s Day, you can help mom enjoy these natural stress-relievers and give her an unforgettable, unique gift that you can appreciate together.

Posted By
May 10, 2018

#Categories: Boating License, Lifestyle