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Cove Mini Golf is OPEN For the Season !!
Mini Golf Hours

Mon - Thurs
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Fri 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Sat & Sun
10:00 am - 10:00 pm 

- weather permitting -

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

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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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2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season
likely below-normal
This wee the NOAA Climate Prediction Center said the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season will likely be below-normal, but that's no reason to believe coastal areas will have it easy.

For the hurricane season, which officially runs from June 1 through November 30, NOAA is predicting a 70 percent likelihood of 6 to 11 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 3 to 6 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including zero to 2 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).

While a below-normal season is likely (70 percent), there is also a 20 percent chance of a near-normal season, and a 10 percent chance of an above-normal season.

See the NOAA Climate Prediction Center...HERE 

For some basic
hurricane / storm tips, click...HERE  
Is Your Dinghy Ready ? 

Another thing needed for a fun cruise that gets forgotten until the last minute... the darn dinghy engine!

Is the dinghy patched and ready, the engine tuned and run? Where are the oars and pump? A wire and lock?  

Remember, Rex is an authorized inflatable repair station for almost every brand of inflatable... except maybe THIS   

US Radio Watchkeeping Regulations for
Recreational Vessels in US Waters


U.S. recreational vessels not required to carry radios Vessels not required to carry a marine radio (e.g. recreational vessels less than 20m length), but which voluntarily carry a radio, must maintain a watch on channel 16 whenever the radio is operating and not being used to communicate. Such vessels may alternatively maintain a watch on VHF channel 9, the boater calling channel. Note however that urgent marine information broadcasts, such as storm warnings, are announced on channel 9 only in First CG District waters (northern New Jersey , New York and New England ).  



For radio channels and their uses, click... HERE

For a good review article on VHF Radios, click...

Rigging Department at Norwalk Cove  

The Rigging Department at Norwalk Cove is
"hanging around" to help you!


 Connecticut Signs New Tow Age Restrictions Into Law


Connecticut Governor Malloy has signed into law tow age restrictions which would require boat operators to be at least 16 years old when towing a person, and also requires them to have passed safe towing education and a safe boating course.

The bill grandfathers in those people who are under the age of 16 and have already obtained a safe boating certificate. The boater operator age will remain at 12 years and older with education.

This law will go into effect October 1, 2015.  Watch for updates.    

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



Sea Music Festival  June 11 thru 14'th.

Mystic Seaport's  hosts it's 35th annual  Sea Music Festival, one of the world's premier sea music events, June 11 thru 14'th.

Fans of traditional sea music gather each year to hear international performers and the Museum's chantey staff perform music from the golden Age of Sail through the best of contemporary compositions.

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 next CT Safe Boating Course is Saturday, June 6th at Rex Marine 

Sign Up...... HERE


Rowayton Summer Concerts at Bayley Beach

Anchor right off the beach to enjoy the music!

See the Website & list of events... HERE 
On a final note,