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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 
or give us a call at
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The Water is Off... the end of the season
(except for some die-hard fishermen  
and seal watchers) 

The fresh water lines have been drained at both Cove and Rex in anticipation of overnight freezing temperatures beginning Saturday & Sunday. If you need water to fill jerry jugs, please ask for the locations of the taps.

The Cove Pump Out Station will be open until the first deep freeze is forecast, so pump out ASAP


Meanwhile the crew of SoundWaters has been getting a jump on spring by sanding the bottom, painting the topsides, building a frame and shrink wrapping during this weeks warm spell.

From the SoundWaters web site:  
SoundWaters was founded 25 years ago with the mission to protect Long Island Sound through education and action. Since then, we have engaged hundreds of thousands of students and adults to build a deeper interest and literacy in science for improved school achievement and to raise awareness about the small differences we all can make to protect the health of the Sound. The schooner
SoundWaters, our most visible and recognized resource, conducts 250 experiential education sails each season for school and community groups and public sails for everyone throughout the region.

SoundWaters teaches over 27,000 students of all ages from CT and NY annually, including 9,000 on scholarship from low-income communities, aboard the schooner, in schools and at our Coastal Education Center in Stamford. We expand educational opportunities and achievement through fun, yet rigorous, hands-on science tied to classroom content and state education standards in partnership with 146 schools and organizations across the Long Island Sound region. Camp SoundWaters offers exciting, outdoor activities and learning on the shore and our sailing programs are training the next generation of mariners.

See their website...   HERE 
Winter Contracts are Available from
Norwalk Cove and Rex Marine
Make your plans now - Fall is here.... It's really late !

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

Rex Marine Winter Contracts are...    HERE


      All too soon..... 
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
Upgrading Your Boat's Electronics ? 
                         Do your Homework

It's hard to keep up with what is happening in marine electronics nowadays, it's moving faster than ever. 

If you are considering an complete upgrade or replacing a specific item, you would be well advised to do your homework first to insure the new equipment will both do what you need and be compatable (integrate with) you existing equipment.

That might be easy if you are an all Garmin or all Raymarine boat. (or Simrad, Furuno, B&G, etc) but much harder if you are mixing and matching. Then it might be time to call in an electronics expert to help with the integration.

It's been a distressing fact that when many boats call the Coast Guard for help and use their new "state-of-the-art" DSC radio, they find that it isn't connected to their GPS, was never registered correctly with the FCC and they don't have a MMSI number!

If you do have a DSC radio and this is all Greek to you,
click... HERE    then check your radio to see if it is showing your Lat / Lon position. If not, you need to get it connected so when you do need to push that little red (Holy Cr@#) button, it will give the Coast Guard your exact position and maybe save your life.

Meanwhile to see a summary of what is new in marine multi-function displays, read a good summary in Yachting magazine.... HERE
Is your boat starting to look like this ? 
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
You can never use too much "Pink Stuff"
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.  
THIS 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. 
The Coast Guard Needs Your Help
Your input and/or contribution is requested for the next release of the American Practical Navigator, Pub. 09, more commonly known as "Bowditch".

This publication, as you likely know, is the quintessential encyclopedia of navigation. Given that navigation has changed so much over the years, especially in the last decade, your participation in the development and writing of this important and historical book is crucial to both safe navigation as well as documenting the current state of the art of navigation.

Please see the flyer at for more information.

See history of Bowditch... HERE  
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 
On a Final Note,