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Norwalk Cove 

Located beside Norwalk Cove Marina overlooking the area's most
beautiful yachts.


A perfect venue to have weddings, corporate  

or social functions,  

family reunions or team building events.

  Norwalk Harbor View at Cove

48 Calf Pasture Beach Road
East Norwalk, CT 06855



The VOLVO Ocean Race Stops in Newport. 

The fleet is expected to start arriving in Newport around May 5, the same day the VOR "village" opens to the public at historic Fort Adams.


Soundkeeper, Inc. 
is looking for boat operators to run our pumpout boat in Norwalk, CT.  Must have 2 years experience operating a motor boat, close quarters operations, an be familiar with navigating Norwalk Harbor area.   Contact Jason at:


Mercury Marine Update

As a Certified Mercury Marine Dealer and Repair Center, Rex Marine offers, sales, service and genuine Mercury parts to make your boating painless and trouble free.

With factory certified technicians and Master technicians, Rex has the largest staff around to keep your Mercury outboards and MerCruiser I/O's humming.

If you have a spring project in mind...

Now is the time!!

Stop by the store or see the latest from Mercury... HERE  

Save the Date &
Sign up to Help

Participate in the annual SWIM Marathon by volunteering your boat and time for this one-day event.

This year the Marathon will be held on  
Sat. July 25th 

To register as a support boat,
click...  HERE   
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Special Sale at Norwalk Cove Marina
Now 25% OFF
Interlux MarineFilm is a unique, eco-friendly, ultra-thin adhesive film coated with high quality paint designed to provide a temporary repair of small scratches in gelcoat and paint above the waterline.

Available in the 12 most popular gelcoat and Interlux topside paint colors, MarineFilm is ready-to-use right out of the package and easy to apply. Simply locate the scratch, clean the damaged area and carefully apply the microfilm.


Provides an almost invisible, strong, season-long adhesion and is easily removable when the scratch is ready to be permanently repaired.  
See the Application Video.....  HERE  
Spring Boating
The Water is still Dangerously Cold

A byproduct of this year's late Spring is colder than usual water.

Let's review the basics of cold water boating:

  • As a rule of thumb, It's about 10 degrees colder on the water than on land.  Wear layers of clothing with a wind breaking shell on top and bring along hats and gloves.
  • Make a float plan so someone will know you are going out... and call to tell them that you returned safely.
  • Check the weather.  Use the links included on the Norwalk Cove home page to see the current weather in Norwalk from the weather station atop the Cove Administration building and the links for current radar.
  • Wear a life jacket. Even if you don't in the Summer.
  • Bring a VHF radio and cell phone.  There are far fewer boats out there to rescue you than during the season.
For More Info, click....HERE 
New Arrivals at the Cove Nautical Boutique

New merchandise is arriving daily!
Stop by the Nautical Boutique at the Norwalk Cove Marina Ship's Store to see a great new selection of nautical giftware, pillows, clothing and more...


The Rex Marine Catalog
is now Online !!

Now you can have a 280 page marine
supply catalog with you 24/7

Click HERE
for the Catalog Link!

Once you find what you need, order it by calling 203-831-5236 or e-mail
and specify store pickup or home delivery.
It's that Simple !   

See the SV TV Channel on YouTube... HERE
Soundkeepers Clean Boaters Guide


Toxic chemicals are used in all aspects of boating activities.  We all use them (often without realizing it) with products like chlorine bleach, ammonia, cleaning solvents, metal-based bottom paints, and polishes.  The use of toxic chemicals is often more habit than necessity.  The good news is that safe, effective substitutes and alternative cleaning methods do exist.


How do toxic chemicals get into Long Island Sound?

  • Stormwater runoff from pesticide and fertlizer applications, car engine fluids, earth-moving activities, and any other material dumped on land or water
  • Industrial pipes
  • Sewage pipes
  • Maintenance activities in marinas and on boats


Soundkeeper has prepared a great guide that suggests alternate eco-friendly cleaners and marine products. As an alternative to harsh chemicals, look for environmentally friendly products to use this season. 

See the Guide on the SOUNDKEEPER Site.....  HERE 
French Frigate Hermione to Visit this Summer

On March 19, 1780, the frigate Hermione left France and made the crossing to America in 38 days, landing in Boston with the secret news that Lafayette had secured 5,500 French troops and five frigates for General Washington.

This Summer, a replica of the Hermione will visit the United States:  July 1-4 NYC, July 6-7 Greenport, July 8-9 Newport.

Read about the voyage.... HERE
Summer Contracts are Available

Norwalk Cove  
 Please call the Dock Office


Rex Marine contracts

or call 203-866-5555


Horseshoe Crab Tagging Time  

When dinosaurs roamed the earth, the Spring moon brought the lowly Horseshoe Crab to the ocean's beaches to engage in romance (of sorts). This year's Spring moon will have them return to Norwalk, and The Maritime Aquarium needs help counting and documenting it. Sign up to help attach census tags to horseshoe crabs as the crabs come up out of the water to spawn. 

2015 Tagging Dates: 

Tues., June 2 at 11:00 PM to 2:00 AM for high tide census & tagging,  and June 3 Low tide tagging - 5:00 AM to 8:00 AM


Tues. June 16 at 11:00  PM to 2:00 AM for high tide census & tagging, and June 17 low tide tagging - 5:00 AM to 8:00 AM


Wednesday, July 1 at 11:00 PM to 2:00 AM for high tide census & tagging, and July 2 low tide tagging - 5:00 AM to 8:00 AM


To sign up or for more details about the training sessions, call The Maritime Aquarium at (203) 852-0700, ext. 2304, or e-mail

Another article about Horseshoe Crabs... HERE
Seminars and Courses to
Prepare you for Spring!!
This Sunday - SEA Navigation Course  


SEA Navigation Courses take a straight forward approach to Coastal Navigation.  

GPS is used in conjunction with nautical

charts to plan your trip, plot your courses over safe water, and monitor your position along the way.


Course Topics Include:

Chart Reading
Plotting Courses
Dead Reckoning
Trip Planning
Determine Position
The Buoy System
Cruising Guides
Tide and Current Tables
Selecting Nautical Charts
Create GPS Waypoints


With the Sea Dolphins, You're on your way to being
Safe, Legal, and Confident!  
The Next Navigation Course is April 19th at Rex Marine 
Sign Up...  HERE

See the CT Safe Boating Course Schedule.... HERE


Navigating the Norwalk Islands  
This popular seminar will focus on the Norwalk Islands.... Their History, Secrets and Tips for Navigating around and between the 25 plus Islands. 
Saturday April 25th 
9:30 am - 1:30 pm
    Register HERE
Additional Information - e-mail / text Capt. Rick Delfosse  / 203-216-7800


Darien Sail and Power Squadron offers:


SAIL CLASS - Eight nights starting April 22

SAIL covers the basic sailing skills and knowledge necessary for novice and experienced sailors, as well as non-sailors. The course starts with basic sailboat designs and nomenclature, rigging, safety, and sail processes and then tackles the physical aspects of sailing forces and techniques sail applications, marlinespike seamanship, helmsmanship and handling of more difficult sailing conditions, navigation rules, and an introduction to heavy weather sailing.


SEAMANSHIP - Eight nights starting April 20
Seamanship is an ideal next course after qualifying for your CT Boat Operators Certificate or having taken the Piloting course.  It is geared towards making your time on the water safer, less stressful, and more enjoyable.   
Contact to Register   
On a final note,