Weekend Boating in Southern New Jersey

For boaters, just a glance at a chart is all that’s needed to fall in love with the southern tip of New Jersey, full as it is with white sandy beaches and calm bays. Add in the lively entertainment and good eats, and some might argue that there’s too much to do here for a Read More

Cruising Florida’s Gulf Coast

Boating north from Southwest Florida allows two routes to reach your destination. The Florida Gulf Coast offers both enjoyable and sometimes challenging cruising. In the winter, on days when the winds are light, power boats rule. However, when a cold front passes through, the blustery northwest winds leave the waters free for experienced sailors. Fortunately Read More

Historic Hampton Roads Boating Itinerary

When the English Colonists who established Jamestown sailed through a watery passage into the New World in 1607, there were no charts, lighthouses, or daymarks. They often used familiar English sobriquets as names for the places and rivers that they “discovered” in Virginia — Cape Charles, Cape Henry — but Captain John Smith’s map of Read More

Top 3 Ports of Call in the Long Island Sound

Long Island Sound could busy mariners for years. Its glacially-sculpted namesake – Long Island – borders the south. Connecticut creates the northern shores. The Big Apple shines from the west. This 100-mile tidal estuary of the Atlantic Ocean carries boaters from working waterfronts to quiet coves and crannies, and everything in between. To sample some Read More

Cruising the Lake Erie Islands

ENDLESS ADVENTURES await the boaters who venture to the numerous islands located off the southern shores of Lake Erie in Ohio. This chain of islands has been a top cruising destination for boaters from all over the Great Lakes. The 20-plus islands are all in close proximity to each other which makes for great “day Read More

Cruising the Gulf Coast – From Orange Beach to Pensacola and Beyond

When the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway canal from Mobile Bay opens into Wolf Bay in Orange Beach, Alabama, it begins crisscrossing a series of estuaries tucked behind the finest white-sand beaches in the world. This stretch of beach between here and Panama City, Florida, boasts sugar-soft sands that once were the tops of the Appalachian Mountains. Read More

Boating in Puget Sound

Seattle has a reputation for being a rainy city. In truth, there are on average 152 sunny days per year, and most of those are in the prime summer months. On clear days the views are incredible, with snow-capped Mount Rainier towering over the Seattle skyline to the southeast, the snow-capped Olympic Mountains stretching along Read More

Cruising Beaver Island & Little Traverse Bay – The Great Lakes

Every summer, the Great Lakes offer some of the best cruising grounds in America. What could be better? There’s no salt spray to rinse off and no tides or tidal currents to account for. Add to that a fascinating historical mix of Native Americans, French explorers, religious groups, 19th-century settlers and a larger-than-life cast of Read More

Spend a Long Weekend Cruising the Albemarle Sound, North Carolina

Albemarle Sound is to many boaters, especially Intracoastal Waterway cruisers, just a body of water to be crossed in North Carolina. However, to local boaters or those who have taken the time to explore it, Albemarle Sound is a rich and diverse expanse. The Albemarle is an estuary formed by the confluence of the Chowan and Read More

Cruising Florida’s Treasure Coast

Florida’s Treasure Coast stretches along the Atlantic Coast south from Vero Beach, Fla., to the St. Lucie Inlet area. Our departure point for this long weekend excursion is Vero Beach City Marina. Tucked behind a large mangrove island just off the ICW, it is a favorite marina for cruisers since it is set a distance away Read More