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Cove Mini Golf is OPEN !
Summer Hours
Starting Saturday
Open Daily
10:00am - 10:00pm
- 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.  
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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   

The Origin of  
Nautical Terms:

A device for measuring the velocity of the wind (orig. XIX) The term comes from the Greek words anem (wind) and
metron (measure).

Nun Buoy
A buoy that is conically shaped in it's visible portion (orig. XVII). From the name of an early English child's top that was tapered on both ends, nunna.

Scuppers: Drains for the weather decks (orig XV). Earlier sometimes spelled skupper, the term came via Middle English from the old French escopier, to bail or empty.     
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Summer is here & July 4th is right
around the corner! 
Here's the Local Firework Schedule:
Norwalk   (Calf Pasture Beach)   INFO  
           Fri. July 3rd at Dusk   Rain Date 7/5
               Tide:  H 1:11 PM  L 7:13 PM


Rowayton, (Bayley Beach)     INFO  
            Sat. July 4th 9:15 Rain Date  7/5   


Westport, Fri. July 3rd  
                  Rain Date  7/6  INFO 
Rex Note:  On July 3rd, for the Norwalk Fireworks, the Rex rack service hours will be extended to accommodate returning boats.  


Rex & Cove Note:   Please tell the Dockmaster anytime you will be away for the night. The best way to insure your slip will be empty upon your return is to send us your float plan that includes your return date. That way, if you need to return early, we will be sure your slip is empty - given a few hours notice.  Thanks. 


For fireworks elsewhere in CT, Click HERE   

Is Your Dinghy Ready ?
The Dinghy Poker Run is July 25th !!

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

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

Rigging Department at Norwalk Cove  

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


Double Park.... Please!

OK, when do you ever hear that request?   With the parking at Rex very tight on a busy weekend, we are encouraging family members or guests to double park their cars to maximize the available space.  It also shortens the walk to the docks!   See the picture and please, Double Park!


With that said, we must also request that you not block in someone you don't know! 

Operation Dry Water is Underway !


The US Coast Guard and local marine police are going to be extra diligent this summer season to keep mariners safe.   


Nationwide, enforcement efforts are

aimed to detect impaired boat operators in conjunction with the national "Operation Dry Water" campaign. Last year some 67 percent of boating accidents in Connecticut that resulted in fatalities were alcohol-related. The national average is about 17 percent.


Boat operators found in violation of the law can face huge fines and even impoundment. Nationally, thousands of local, state and federal marine law enforcement officers will be highly visible on the water as they conduct spot safety checks and enforce BUI (boating under the influence) regulations.




1. Assign a "designated captain" to soberly pilot your boat.

2. Check your Running Lights before you leave.

3. Go slow, and practice defensive navigating.

4. Check the date on your flares.    

5. It's illegal to run at night with a spotlight (or docking / fishing lights) constantly on, where another boater may be affected. Additionally, they must not obscure your running lights.

6. Check the tides before you go out.            


South Street Seaport Tops National
Trust for Historic Preservation's List
of Endangered Historic Sites  


South Street Seaport, the low-scale, brick waterfront district that was once home to New York City's booming maritime industry, made it to the top of a national list. But it is no cause for celebration. 


The National Trust for Historic Preservation put the district, which is south of the Brooklyn Bridge, on its annual list of "America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places,"



The trust contends that  the 11-block historic district and its early-19th-century buildings are threatened by a series of development proposals, including one for a high-rise condominium tower on a pier at the foot of Beekman Street.


See the TIMES article... HERE 


See the Preservation Organization's website... HERE 


and take a look at these websites....  

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 

Check  out "Simply Delicious" at the Ischoda Yacht Club  


Only steps from Rex Marine, the offer...

-          Great food

-          Great value

-          Waterfront dining (Come by dinghy) 

-          Ischoda Membership NOT required

-          EZ Walk thru the gate from the Rex Docks....

-          Lunch daily and dinner Wed thru Sun (Closed Mon)


Plus, The Rex Store has their Grab-N-Go sandwiches and salads, plus Snapple and snacks...


More about owners' Lauren & Tracy...  HERE

Horseshoe Crab Tagging Time  

One Last Chance to Help !


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


For info call The Maritime Aquarium at (203) 852-0700, ext. 2304, or e-mail

Events, Seminars and Courses

Save the Date - Cove Dinghy Poker Run - July 25th!!

Pre-Register ASAP !!  

Participants of all ages are encouraged, and Pre-Registration is REQUIRED!! 

Everyone is welcome... Shore & Country, South Norwalk Boat Club, Norwalk Boat Club, Ischoda Yacht Club, Sprite Island... Come on down! 


Dinghys, 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 !


Registration is  at 1:00 and Game time is 2:00 - 5:00 pm followed by a BBQ and awards. Land your dinghy between "B" and "C" docks to finish. Entry fee is $5 per 'hand' and multiple hands per dinghy are allowed. Winner takes the proceeds!!!


More info & "the rules".....  HERE 



Other Events at Norwalk Cove to put on your calendar:


Friday, July 17th will be BINGO night - 7pm-9pm
in the breezeway at the Ship Store


Saturday, August 15th will be Chili Cook-Off!

2pm-4pm in the breezeway at the Ship Store.


Friday August 21st, another fun BINGO night - 7pm-9pm in the breezeway at the Ship Store




Mystic Blues Festival - This Weekend, June 26 - 28
The Third Annual Mystic Blues Festival will be held June 26, 27 & 28 at the beautiful Mystic Shipyard in Mystic, CT. The festival showcases an array of blues legends, including Grammy winners, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, and Blues Artist of the Year award winners.

Info... HERE


WoodenBoat Show - This Weekend at Mystic

The 23rd WoodenBoat Show, designed and produced by WoodenBoat magazine, will take place June 26-28 at Mystic Seaport. 

SEA Safe Boating Courses


Next Course: THIS Saturday 9:00 at Rex
Please Register ASAP

With the Sea Dolphins, You're on your way to being Safe, Legal, and Confident!  
Sign Up...... HERE 



NY Times - Things To Do Around CT

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