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Harbor Talk Weekly
Rex Marine Center and
Norwalk Cove Marina

7/17/14  Vol 5.18
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Norwalk Cove Marina
Rex Marine Center  

Fuel Prices at Norwalk Cove
89 Octane Gas
$4.38 /gal   &
Diesel  $4.25 /gal 
 *Prices subject to change
Saturday, Jul 19th 
Highs in the 80's
and lows in the 60's.

L 12:06 pm H 6
:16 pm  
Sunday, July 20th
 Highs in the 80's  
and lows in the 60's
H 6:46 am L 1:04 pm 
Sale at Rex Marine


Get a FREE towline with any tube sale over $100


Rex Store now stocks Evinrude E-Tec outboard oil  


Mini Golf  is OPEN
Summer Hours

Open 10:00 till 10:00
Every Day   

- weather permitting -

Busloads of kids have been visiting!

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Cove Store Hours 
Mon - Fri 8:00 - 6:00
Saturday 8:00 - 5:00
Sunday 8:00 - 4:00

Cove Fuel Dock Hours
Mon - Thurs 8:00 - 7:00 
Fri, Sat 8:00 - 8:00 
Sunday 8:00 - 6:00

-Weather Permitting-

Captains Cup Hours

7 Days a Week
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM  
-Weather Permitting- 


Rex Store Hours
Mon - Fri 8:00 - 5:30
Sat 8:00 - 5:00
Sun  9:00 - 3:00 
Fishing Report ! 
Captains Cup Coffee

Featuring coffee, Espresso, Cappuccino and Latte, plus teas, iced coffee, several flavors of fruit smoothies, baked goods, croissants, muffins plus healthy breakfast choices like juices, oatmeal, yogurt, and a daily hot
soup or Chili.

In addition, we now offer
fresh egg burritos, egg sandwiches and fruit cups delivered daily from Cove Deli!

Rigging Department  

at Norwalk Cove  

Need new lifelines, halyards, radar mast or bracket, custom docklines ?  



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THIS WEEKEND !   Take advantage of this free service

US Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering
FREE Vessel Safety Checks

No, you won't get a ticket for having
outdated flares!!

These free vessel safety checks (VSC) will review your required and recommended safety equipment and review your readiness for an emergency.

On  Saturday July 19 certified vessel examiners will be at Norwalk Cove Marina from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.for free, confidential VSCs. The exams will be performed by Coast Guard certified examiners from the Saugatuck River Sail & Power Squadron of the US Power Squadrons, the world's largest boating education organization. The results of the VSC are confidential and will be shared only with the owner or operator of the boat, who must be present during the exam. A  signup sheet is available at  the Ships Store at Cove Marina

Items covered in the VSC include  proper vessel registration, personal flotation devices, visual distress signals, fire extinguishers, sound producing devices, ventilation and backfire flame controls for inboard motor boats, navigation lights, overall condition of boat and local and state requirements (anchor and line for local area as recommended and required for any NY registered boats). Boats that pass the exam will be awarded a decal for optional display on the vessel.


This examination service is provided at no charge  in the interest of boating safety by the US  Power Squadrons. For boaters not available in Norwalk Cove on July 19, or for further information about VSCs, write or call Al Stauderman, VSC Chair, at or 203-762-9527. Special arrangements to meet at your boat can usually  be made.  


Register ASAP!  It'd Going to be FUN!
The Dinghy Poker Run  
@ Norwalk Cove  July 26th 
Register ASAP for the 3rd Annual Dinghy Poker Run!       


Participants of all ages are encouraged.  

Everyone is welcome... Shore & Country, South Norwalk Boat Club, Norwalk Boat Club, Ischoda Yacht Club...

Come on down! 


Dinghies, Jet Skis or kayaks are allowed (water pistols are encouraged).   Join your friends and enjoy a fun day on the water!


There will be 5 card pick-up checkpoints around the harbor. Collect a playing card (in an envelope) at each checkpoint.   


Bring the envelopes back to the finish and find out what hand you have for a prize!


Check In and Late Registration is at 11:00 and Game time is noon - 3:00 pm followed by a BBQ and awards at our beautiful venue "Harbor View at Norwalk Cove" for all participants.   


Entry fee is $5 per 'hand' and multiple hands per dinghy are allowed. Winner takes the proceeds!!

Click HERE for the Rules and to Register
 Click HERE for past year's pictures

Sea Scouts Ship 6 is Recruiting New Members.

Ship 6  has big plans and needs to  
"grow the crew" to make them happen!

If you know of a teenager, 14 and up, who might be interested in this great co-ed program, show them this:
Consider this...A 100 mile non-stop sail... weekend trips... week long cruise... Block Island, Newport, Mystic, racing... 3 a.m... moon so bright. 4:00 a.m... no moon, no lights, so dark nothing but stars, phosphorous glowing in our wake. Navigation... sunset sails... sunrise sails... long sailing season. We're alone out here, except for the distant barge. More navigation... winter program... skiing. It's definitely not sailing with your parents... it's "hands on"... it's really hot.
E-Mail, Phone or Click:   
203.249.8138     Web Site 

Book Signing at Norwalk Cove Ships Store

Meet Lisa Wilson Grant, author of Norwalk - Images of America
Saturday, August 2'nd at Cove.

Norwalk is the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing's Images of America.

The book, by local author Lisa Wilson Grant, uses stunning vintage images and postcards to illustrate the history of this town. 


Highlights of Norwalk include:


  • Images from private collections - not found in other books.
  • The book includes rare views of Norwalk's biggest industries, oystering, hatting, mills and factories.
  • New York City's "Boss Tweed" Marcy's four henchman owned summer residences by the shore in South Norwalk.

Get your signed copy today!  

Rock the Sound at

Norwalk Cove  

This Saturday at  7 pm!  


Don't miss it!! Saturday at 7 p.m.! A classic summer beach party with fun live music!

Headlining live is NYC party rock band The Subscribers, with warm up sets by DJ Dharma! There will be delicious food and locally crafted libations. Everyone is welcome and all proceeds go towards helping Cancer Survivors!

Huntington Lighthouse Festival  - August 30th


A great on-the-water party accessible only by boat! Bands play from the roof of the Lighthouse to an fleet of anchored boats from 11 am til dusk.


Read THIS article or 

See THIS website for info.

Anchoring 101 - A review  


Select the best type of anchor and rode for varying conditions. Calculate the necessary scope and diameter of swing (remember swing will be 2X the scope).

Identify the best location to anchor for the least contact with rocks, wreckage or coral (wishful thinking). If you have a windlass, really learn how it works, including the use of the manual hoist features.
Have you marked your anchor rode so you know how much is paying out?  Is your salt water wash down system working?


To determine scope: (the ratio of depth to anchor rode length), first add the depth PLUS the height from the waterline to bow roller. Consider the tide in your calculations!

First a little about scope: In calm seas, if you are staying on the boat during daylight... use 5 X depth.

If staying overnite or if leaving the boat... use 7 X depth

If it's windy, stormy... 10 X depth!


Find other boats like yours and anchor with them. Remember, powerboats swing in the breeze and sailboats (with deeper keels) swing in with the tide. Check the bottom characteristics. Swing a circle while watching the depth sounder. (a LED fish finder is a bonus here) so you know the bottom is flat and uniform depth.

Approach into the wind and stop headway. Lower the anchor and pay out correct length of rode as boat drifts backward. Cleat off or snub the rode. Back down to dig anchor in. Make sure you aren't dragging, and sleep well. 


Things To Do:       

The Norwalk Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach.

Held in the city park next to Norwalk Cove Marina. Bring a folding chair and picnic supper.  Be prepared to sing along or get up and dance!

WED, JULY 23, 2014, (raindate: July 24)

6:00 pm ... Classic Car Show Beach Cruise presented by The Coachmen

7:00 pm ... Concert: The Royal Kings  

Click HERE for the schedule of Wednesday evening concerts. 

July 25 - 27 2014  Newport Folk Festival   

 Fort Adams  



The VIBES - Bridgeport July 31st - Aug 3rd

Gathering of the Vibes is an annual music, arts and camping festival now in its 19th year. Rock On! 


Hint:  You can hear the music from the water! Seaside Park, Bridgeport

Info HERE 
2014 SWIM Marathon is August 2nd. 
Boat Captains are Still Needed 

To register, please click...  HERE  
For Info about the SWIM Marathon, please click..... HERE

Things to Do and See, Fun Activities,
Courses and Seminars
On a final note,