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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 

The Origin of  
Nautical Terms:

Batten down the hatches
To prepare for inclement weather by securing the closed hatch covers with wooden battens so as to prevent water from entering from any angle.

Beam sea
A sea where waves are moving perpendicular to the direction a ship is moving covers with wooden battens so as to prevent water from entering from any angle.

When a ship or boat lists too far and rolls over, exposing the keel. On large vessels, this often results in the sinking of the ship. Compare Turtling 

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The 4th of July Weekend is HERE !! 
The crew at Norwalk Cove and Rex Marine wish you and your family a joyful, safe holiday !   
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.

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. (see below)

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.            


Rigging Department at Norwalk Cove  

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


Boating at Night - Check Your Running Lights

If you are planning to stay out after sunset, it's time to check your running lights. See the picture below to see what your light configuration should be. 

Be aware that night time navigation gets more complicated when you add tugboats, barges and other commercial vessels into the mix.

See Page 4 of the CT State Boaters Guide.....

See also the...
 The Coast Guard Rules

Remember that a sailboat under power IS a powerboat and must display a steaming light forward on the mast.
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 

Long Island Sound Restoration  

and Stewardship Act  


NORWALK, Conn. - U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) joined local leaders conservationists on the fishing pier at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk to promote a new federal bill that would devote $65 million a year toward the protection of Long Island Sound.


Murphy introduced the Long Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship Act last week along with fellow U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). The act would authorize $350 million over the next five years to invest in water quality and coastal management along the Sound.


See the article in the Norwalk Daily Voice... HERE 


Long Island Sound recently received a Eco-Health grades ranging from A-F over different sections of the waterway.


See the report... HERE 

Safe Boating Starts with the Skipper 

  1. Practice good seamanship.
    It is the responsibility of every boat or PWC operator to take all necessary action to avoid a collision, taking into account the weather, vessel traffic, and limits of other vessels. Such action should be taken in ample time to avoid a collision and at a safe distance from other vessels. Be responsible for the safety of your crew and vessel.
  2. Keep a proper lookout.
    Failing to keep a sharp lookout is the most common cause of collisions. Every operator must keep a proper lookout, using both sight and hearing, at all times. Watch and listen for other vessels, radio communications, navigational hazards, and others involved in water activities. 
  3. Maintain a safe speed.
    Safe speed is the speed that ensures you will have ample time to avoid a collision and can stop within an appropriate distance. Safe speed will vary depending on conditions such as wind, water conditions, navigational hazards, visibility, surrounding vessel traffic density, and the maneuverability of your boat or PWC. Always reduce speed and navigate with extreme caution at night and when visibility is restricted.
 Read more....  HERE

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 - 4:00 pm, Put away your dinghy & change between 4:00 - 5:00 with card collection at 5:00 - 6:00 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


NYC Fireworks

If you are experienced, a trip to the NY City fireworks by boat can be a once in a lifetime experience. 

This year the annual 4th of July fireworks show will take place on the East River with additional barges on the Hudson between East 23rd and East 42nd Streets, promising a great show.

More info... HERE  


SEA Safe Boating Courses


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,