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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

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   

Boating Tip:


The following are excerpts concerning proper sound signals taken from the U.S. Coast Guard Rules of the Road rule 35. A full text of U.S. Coast Guard Rule 35 can be reviewed  HERE  


One Short Blast:

Shows an intention to leave another boat on your port (left) side.

The same signal is used whether you are passing another vessel bow to bow or you are passing a vessel from their stern. The other vessel shall, if in agreement, sound a similar sound signal. If in doubt the vessel should sound the danger signal.  
Two Short Blasts:

Shows an intention to leave another boat on your starboard (right) side. As above, the other vessel shall, if in agreement, sound a similar sound signal. If in doubt the vessel should sound the danger signal. 


Three Short Blasts: Indicates the vessel's engines are going astern (in reverse). This is used on larger vessels with restricted visibility or possible boat traffic passing by the stern.  


Five or more short and rapid blasts: A danger signal used when the other vessel's intentions are not understood or where the other vessel's indicated course is dangerous. When vessels in sight of each other are approaching, and for whatever reason, either vessel fails to understand the intentions or actions of the other, or is in doubt whether sufficient action is being taken to avoid collision, the vessel in doubt may give at least five short and rapid blasts on the whistle.


One Prolonged Blast (4 to 6 seconds): One prolonged blast is a warning signal (for example, used when exiting a slip or coming around a blind corner). This signal should be answered with a prolonged blast by any approaching vessel that may be within hearing around the bend or behind an intervening obstruction.  Always approach waterway intersections and crowded mooring areas with caution. Always be ready to maneuver and keep a look out.  


Do we use them?  Not often, but large vessels do and you need to know them too! 

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It's June Already!
Wow, it's June already!  How did that happen??  The 2015 boating season is here and nice weather has finally arrived.

For Norwalk Cove folks, a few weeks ago we noted that "Val's Lost & Found" included a custom cushion and a sailboat wheel cover... well, the cushion has been retrieved (and the owner very happy) but the Hathaway wheel cover is still here, missing it's boat.

Safety First
On a safety note: The Stamford Sail and Power Squadron is sponsoring "Flare Up!" this Monday June 8'th, starting at 5:30.
This is a chance to not only get rid of your old flares, but practice shooting them off in a safe environment. They are additional offering fire fighting and safety instruction. If you boat and have never fired a flare, this should be on your "to do" list. It's educational and fun.

For details or information on how to donate flares:

Contact George Hallenbeck at 203-348-7121 or e-mail  



Fathers Day is Just Around the Corner

A gift certificate from Rex Marine or Norwalk Cove is perfect if you don't know what to get!  See the gift items at the Cove store or order a flagpole for the house at Rex (yes, they do that too!) An in-ground 20 foot flagpole starts at $149.00.   

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   

2015 Hooks for Heroes Event Sat. June 20 at Halloween Yacht Club, Stamford

Since the 2012 inaugural Halloween Yacht Club Hooks for Heroes event, this annual fundraiser has collected and donated over $20,000 to benefit wounded warriors and U.S. military veterans from the Walter Reed National Military Hospital.

For Information and to Register, click... HERE

Rigging Department at Norwalk Cove  

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


What is Being Done to Restore and
Protect the Long Island Sound?

Long Island Sound Study

Since the federal Clean Water Act became law in 1972, investments in water pollution control programs have led to measurable improvements in the water quality of Long Island Sound. Obvious sources of pollution were controlled through permit programs. Tidal wetlands were protected, sewage treatment plants improved, and industrial discharges controlled.


However, to fully restore the health of the Sound, a cooperative effort focusing on the overall ecosystem was needed. As a result, EPA, New York, and Connecticut formed the Long Island Sound Study (LISS) in 1985, a bi-state partnership consisting of federal and state agencies, user groups, concerned organizations, and individuals dedicated to restoring and protecting the Sound. In 1994, the LISS completed a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan that identified seven issues:

  1. Low dissolved oxygen (hypoxia)
  2. Toxic contamination
  3. Pathogen contamination
  4. Floatable debris
  5. Living resources and habitat management
  6. Land use and development
  7. Public involvement and education

The LISS partners have made significant strides to restore and protect Long Island Sound, giving priority to hypoxia, habitat restoration, public involvement and education, and water quality monitoring.

Read more in the spring edition of  their "Sound Bytes" newsletter..... HERE
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



ActiveCaptain Locations

The folks from ActiveCaptain have released a new app that allows you to ID your boat's location to your cruising buddies or selected friends.

As part of their e-boat cards site (kind of a Facebook for boats), your info and location can be selectively shared. This could become your go-to app when cruising with friends or in a group!

Read more about it... HERE

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 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 this 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,

Sharks with human teeth are less scary!