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Cove Mini Golf is CLOSED
for the Winter
See You in the Spring!

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.  

Rex Yacht Sales
has long been known in NY & CT as the place to find, purchase and sell a boat. 

If you are looking to purchase a new, used or trade-in boat, or to sell the boat you own, please visit 
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Are you Winterized Yet ?

The pump out station and fresh water will be shut down for the season when the next cold front comes through. This weekend's temperatures are slowly dropping... 49 on Saturday & 56 on Sunday, but we have a warm weather window heading into next week. We will likely see cold weather following with the low now over the Great Lakes.

Meanwhile, even though hurricane season is technically "over".... Hurricane Kate is heading up the NE coast of the US on the other side of the Gulf Stream.
She's about 260 miles north of Bermuda, moving northeast near 40 mph  and is expected to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Hurricane Kate doesn't know the season is over!    
Winter Contracts are Available from
Norwalk Cove and Rex Marine
Make your plans now - Fall is here.... It's getting late !

Norwalk Cove Winter Contracts are ...  HERE  
Note: Plan your Rigging Work Now!

Rex Marine Winter Contracts are...    HERE
Sail Storage, Service and Washing  

If you need Sail Pickup / Repair / Washing / Storage services, bring your sail(s) to the Cove Service Department.

They'll connect you with Neil Pryde, Quantum, Hathaways or North Sails.     

See the SailNet Guide to sail care...  HERE

The North Sails Guide...  HERE

and from Neil Pryde... HERE
Electronics Manufacturers are Integrating Active Captain Boating Guide Data
Furuno's new NavNet TZTouch2 now includes Active Captain fully integrated into their chartplotter hardware product line. You can even write a review with the on-screen keyboard!  Furuno joins Garmin, who licensed Active Captain for their Blue Chart Mobile App with on-board capabilities.  Of course, if your existing plotter doesn't have it, you can run the mobile version on your tablet, phone, PC or Mac.

We've liked the Active Captain concept from when it first came out, and love the honest (often blunt) reviews of marinas and services by other boaters!

With a quarter million users, Active Captain has now expanded outside the US and is building an international database of marinas, services and other information pertinent to boaters.

They also offer a live online charting tool for cruise planning (or just dreaming)  
See it...  HERE

See their website... HERE

Rex & Cove are your 
Winterizing Headquarters 
Everything you need - From A to Z 
(Antifreeze to Zincs) including:   
  • Fuel and Oil Filters
  • Tarps
  • Pink Stuff (antifreeze)
  • Fuel Stabilizer
  • Engine Fogger
  • Spark Plugs
  • Engine Oil
  • Shrink Wrap Supplies
  • Bubbler Systems
  • Jack Stands
  • Gear Case Lube
  • Zincs
  • Outboard Muffs
  • Marine Sanitation Filters
And More !! 
The US Navy is teaching celestial navigation to cadets again amid fears that the GPS system could be hacked.

Keep this in mind as you are cruising next season!  A great reason to bring out your "backup" chartbook and log your location occasionally. (As a easy trick, use a "post it" note so you aren't writing all over your charts - or use a plastic case and mark with a grease pencil).

In 1995 the Naval Academy stopped teaching Celestial Navigation, since the accuracy of the technology was so good. Now they fear it may be "hackable" or can be jammed and are returning to tried and true celestial navigation. 

Just for fun, see if your GPS receiver or phone is capable of picking up the Russian GLONASS signals (their version of GPS).
Many are!

See the article...
Things to Do, Events, Seminars and Courses 

Safe Boating Course  Sat Dec. 5th  9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sea Scout Ship 6, along with the Norwalk Sail and Power Squadron is hosting "America's Boating Course" which emphasizes boating safety and earns successful students the credentials needed for the required CT Safe Boating Certificate. The class is suitable for ages 10-99 (under 13 should be accompanied by an adult). Makes a great gift for the aspiring boater. Class will be held at St. Philip Church in Norwalk. Sign up early to get your pre-read textbook.
$60 per person incl. textbook ($20 for a family member sharing a textbook in the same household).

For more info and to pre-register go to


City Island NY - Ship Building Exhibit 
Now through Dec. 20th at the City Island Nautical Museum
See the history of City Island's contribution to shipbuilding.

Info is... HERE 


Mystic Seaport Exhibit - Ships, Clocks and the Stars
Open through March 2016, the captivating exhibition is on tour from England for a limited time only. "Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude" tells the extraordinary story of the race to determine longitude at sea. Spurred on by the promise of rich rewards, astronomers, philosophers, and artisans-including John Harrison and his innovative timekeepers-finally solved one of the greatest technical challenges of the 18th century. 

See more... HERE


Christmas at the Newport Mansions - Nov 21 - Jan 3

If you've never seen them... GO!  This season the Breakers, the Elms and Marble house will be decked out in yuletide finery

Get the info... HERE 

Navigating the Norwalk Islands  
The Norwalk Islands....  
Their Formation, History, Secrets, Stories and  Navigation around and between the 25 plus Islands.
From the ice age and the formation of Long Island Sound by the
retreating glaciers, the Indians and early settlers, to the Oyster Industry, Hotels, Bordellos and Prohibition Speakeasy's.  The Norwalk Islands have always played an integral part in the development of Norwalk and the region. Public Islands, Private Sanctuaries, Posh Retreats.... all right off the Norwalk shoreline.  
Saturday morning Nov 21st  9:30 am thru 1:30 pm    
at the Formula Boats Northeast training room at Rex Marine.
Price is $60.00 / person.     
Note: Bring a bag lunch or snack to the Saturday Seminars 
Click HERE to register.   E-mail / text Capt. Rick     203-216-7800  for info. 
On a Final Note,