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Cove Mini Golf is OPEN WEEKENDS !

Mini Golf
Open Weekends  
11:00 am - ?? pm 
 - weather permitting -

Please call if the weather is 'iffy' 203-853-8282

Boating Tip: 
"Red Right Returning"

"Overtaking Boat Keep Clear" 

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.  

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   
The Longshore Pavilion 
at Norwalk Cove

The Inn at Longshore is now hosting all events at the former Ascension Beach Club (Harborview) site at Norwalk Cove.
We welcome them as the exclusive caterers for all affairs.

To book your next event, please call
or click... HERE 
Summer Contracts are Available
Norwalk Cove  
Please call the
Dock Office

Rex Marine

or call 203-866-5555   

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TONITE - Ladies Night at the Nautical Boutique at Norwalk Cove  6-8 PM 

Join us for the third annual
ladies night event with wine, snacks and shopping.

Take a 10% discount on all boutique items

Men are welcome too!   
The Nautical Boutique is  the best kept secret in East Norwalk! 
Free Boat Safety Inspections at Norwalk Cove Marina Friday May 22 and Saturday May 23.  

The Saugatuck River Sail & Power Squadron Vessel Examiners will be providing free vessel safety checks (VSCs) on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday.  Signup sheets are in the Norwalk Cove Ships Store. Many thanks in advance for helping to promote boating safety! 

For more information, please contact Al Stauderman 
Memorial Day and Flag Day (June 14) = FLAGS !!

See the great selection of FLAGS at Rex Marine 

Stop by the store or see our catalog... HERE

See the ANIN Flag Catalog..... Here 
(Rex is a stocking ANIN Flag Dealer and can get any flag)

Boat Flag Etiquette - It seems nautical traditions and nomenclature are disappearing as fast as new technologies are appearing !

Click HERE for details

NASA says current lull in major US hurricanes only happens once every 177 years 
We're having a "hurricane drought," with nearly a decade passing without a category three or higher storm making landfall. Will our luck hold?
In the Northern Atlantic Ocean, a distinct hurricane season occurs from June 1 to November 30, sharply peaking from late August through September; the season's climatological peak of activity occurs around September 10 each season. 

A new NASA study shows that such a "hurricane drought" only comes along once every 177 years.

While the study did not delve into the meteorological causes behind this lack of major hurricane landfalls, it appears it is a result of luck.  "The last nine hurricane seasons were not weak - storms just didn't hit the U.S., It seems to be an accident of geography, random good luck." 

Even though the United States has certainly seen its share of destructive storms over the past nine years, we haven't gotten slammed by a category three or higher hurricane in nine years -- the longest stretch in which we've been free from such monster storms since 1850.


For the whole report, click... HERE   

See some serious Statistics....
Rex Marine Rack Storage Referral Program


Store your boat at Rex + Have a friend with a boat= $$$ 


You know how easy Valet Rack Storage makes boating and simplifies your life... Tell a friend and you BOTH get 5% off your next slip or storage charge!!  


 Call Bill Gardella Jr. for info.... 203-984-1278



USS Constitution undergoes extensive restoration


The world's oldest commissioned warship afloat is no longer afloat after entering dry dock May 19 for a planned multi-year restoration.

USS Constitution, eased into historic Dry Dock 1 at Charlestown Navy Yard Boston National Historical Park with the help and coordination of a large team of stakeholders including the ship's crew, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Naval History and Heritage Command's Maintenance Detachment Boston, USS Constitution Museum, and the National Park Service.


This restoration will last more than two years and marks the first time Constitution will have been dry docked since 1992. The work of this restoration will include:
* replacing lower hull planking and caulking,
* removing the 1995 copper sheathing and replacing it with 3,400 sheets of new copper that will protect the ship's hull below the waterline,
* replacement of select deck beams,
* on-going preservation and repair of the ship's rigging, upper masts, and yards. 


Get the whole story... HERE    See the Navy website...  HERE

Retail Store / Office Space Available at Rex Marine.

Prime marine commercial / retail / office space (1500 sq ft) has become available at Rex Marine along the north side of the rack building.

This is an extremely rare occurrence and will go fast! It is being offered to the Rex & Norwalk Cove community before it is formally "listed" 

Please contact Bill Gardella Jr. with your interest at 203-984-1278 

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

Events, Seminars and Courses

SEA Safe Boating Course


With the Sea Dolphins, You're on your way to being Safe, Legal, and Confident!  
The CT Safe Boating Course is this Saturday, May 16th at Rex Marine 

Sign Up...... HERE


Fleet Week is Coming to NYC


May 20th - 26th - Fleet Week is in New York and nearby.

Featuring tours of US Navy ships, concerts, aerial rescue and anti-mine operations demos, airshows, search and rescue demos and more!   

Now in its 27th year, is the NY City's time-honored celebration of the sea services. It is an unparalleled opportunity for the citizens of New York and the surrounding tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today's maritime services.
See the Website & list of events... HERE 
On a final note,