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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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Cruising Offshore ?

The next day long Safety at Sea seminar will be held at SUNY Maritime on April 16th.

If you are considering serious cruising offshore, this is a must!

This is a hands-on seminar where attendees will climb into life rafts, fire off distress flares, put out fires, set storm sails and rescue a man overboard (among other things).

 Info is... HERE 
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It may not feel like the Holiday season outside, but Christmas is really only one week away !!
SALE at the  
Cove Nautical Boutique 
until Dec. 19th at 3:00 PM ! 

Nautical Pillows on Sale

Nautical Tote Bags 30% OFF

Helly Hansen Duffle Bags
26" X 14" Heavy Duty

Canvas Riggers Pocket Bags

Helly Hansen Sea Boots
(in store stock only)

& Christmas Ornaments ! 

Cove Ships Store Sale Items

RinseKit  SALE 
Reg $ 89.95
NOW $ 69.95  (20% OFF) 
See the RinseKit  
video...    HERE


Weems & Plath and AM 
Clocks & Instruments
Now 20 % OFF

(limited to stock on hand)

Take an extra 
20% OFF Fins, Masks and Snorkels by HEAD


Rex Marine Gift Sale

Put a little Summer Fun under the tree
for the Boater on your list:
Eldridge Tide and Pilot Book... $14.95
Embassy Long Island Sound Cruising Guide
Special price... $34.95
Leatherman "Wave" pocket tool... $79.95
Standard HX290 handheld VHF... $119.95
(plus a $20.00 mail-in rebate)
Jensen MSR3012RTL Marine Stereo... $179.99
Lewmar Pro Sport 550 Windlass... $549.95
(good for 20-30 ft boats)
Lewmar V700 Windlass... $699.99
(good for 28-40 ft boats)
Mercury 3.5 Hp Four Stroke
Outboard... $949.99
Mercury 270 Sport 8"4"
Inflatable... $1399.95
If you can't decide,
remember that our
     Rex / Cove 
Gift Certificates
work for everyone!

Santa Tracker - can your radar do this ?

Just for fun, here's some websites that will keep kids of all ages busy Christmas eve... fun to share with the little ones in your life.

NORAD Santa Tracker   (yup, that NORAD)  
Tracking Santa since 1955, this year's website is complete with a selection of Christmas tunes, games, information (including the kids version of the NORAD mission statement), a countdown clock, and fighter jets escorting Santa's Sleigh.

The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD (early iteration of NORAD) Commander-in-Chief's operations "hotline." The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born. 
Today, NORAD relies on volunteers to make the program possible.
 Each volunteer handles about forty telephone calls per hour, and the team typically handles more than 12,000 e-mails and more than 70,000 telephone calls from more than two hundred countries and territories. Most of these contacts happen during the twenty-five hours from 2 a.m. on December 24 until 3 a.m. on December 25 

Among the questions kids have had on their minds when they called in previous years:
- "Am I on the nice list or the naughty list?"
- "Can you put my brother on the naughty list?"
- "Are you an elf?"
- "How much to adopt one of Santa's reindeer?"
See the NORAD Santa Tracker site... HERE


Not to be outdone, Google also offers a Santa Tracker website...

With many interactive games, history, holiday traditions from around the world and other fun features.

            Find it.... HERE        

and yes, there is also an i-tunes app...

Terry Backer - State Rep & Norwalk's SoundKeeper has died from a brain tumor.

Terry, a friend to Rex Marine and Norwalk Cove, rose to prominence for his decades of work to improve Long Island Sound. He worked on the water lobstering and shellfishing with his father, Henry, in the Sound for many years. He was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 1992 and re-elected 11 times, representing the 121st District. Most recently he was the founder and inspirational leader of SoundKeeper, who's goals are to protect the Sound from pollution and keeping the water clean and the marine life healthy. SoundKeeper's pumpout boats are active in harbors from Mamaroneck to Westport.

He was very pleased with Rex Marine's effort to become a CT DEEP certified "Clean Marina" and Norwalk Cove's installation of a large powerwash catch basin and tank system to prevent bottom paint runoff.
In 1984, after witnessing degrading water quality in the Sound, Backer and Chris Staplefelt co-founded the Connecticut Coastal Fishermen's Association with a plan to track down municipal and corporate polluters of the Sound and bring them to court.
Backer became the group's president, investigator and public point man. The association brought federal Clean Water Act lawsuits against several Connecticut municipalities, including Norwalk, Bridgeport and Stratford, for violations of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination Systems Permits.

In 1987, Backer - with Hudson Riverkeeper John Cronin and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. - founded the Long Island Soundkeeper Fund Inc. That year, Backer became the first Soundkeeper and executive director of the not-for-profit environmental protection organization.

For those interested in paying last respects to Terry Backer:
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday Dec. 18th at St. Matthew's Church in Norwalk. Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Hoyt-Cognetta Funeral Home and Crematory in Norwalk.
See the SoundKeeper website... HERE 
Amazing Updated Weather Website

Windyty provides a unique way of looking at weather - from a global viewpoint!  It incorporates the very latest web technologies to create the beautiful animated display and predictions.

Windyty was written by kite boarder Cameron Beccario who loves the weather.

Watch a quick introduction... HERE
There are too many great capabilities within this completely free resource to list them all. Click on a point and move it around for dynamic data values, adjust the time at the bottom, select wind, waves, or other features. Once you have a single data point, click the "Detailed forecast for this location" and then click the "Wind and Waves new" button to display a display much like "BuoyWeather" with a table of forecast predictions for the selected spot. Amazing stuff!

See the website... HERE

(this is one you should bookmark!)

Norwalk Islands Seminar   
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 January 9th  9:30 am thru 1:30 pm    
at the Formula Boats Northeast training room at Rex Marine.    Price is $60.00 / person - please pre-register! 
Note: Bring a bag lunch or snack to the Seminar
Click HERE to register.   E-mail / text Capt. Rick   Call (203) 216-7800 203.216.780for info. 
Things to Do, Events, Seminars and Courses 

Going Cruising Next Summer ?
Sign your crew up for the
to be held at Mystic on Feb. 6th 2016   
This is a US Sailing & US Powerboating approved Near Coastal Safety at Sea seminar.

Every serious boater who cruises the Sound and beyond should take this course. Even the most experienced boater will learn something new... guaranteed.     
The seminar provides mariners with the information and skills required to be safe on local coastal waters. Topics new for 2016 include boating safety, common medical problems at sea, safety equipment, communications, diesel engine maintenance, NOAA weather, and life raft inflation.

Sign up... HERE 

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,