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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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Best Wishes and Happy Holidays to you and your family from the crews at Norwalk Cove and Rex Marine.
Last Minute Gift Panic ? 
Rex Marine has you covered !

Remember that our
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Gift Certificates
work for everyone!

Winter Boat Show Schedule

NY Boat Show   Jan 6-10 
Website... HERE

Hartford Boat Show   Jan 28-31
Website... HERE

Baltimore Boat Show   Jan 28-31 
Website... HERE 
Atlantic City Boat Show    Feb. 3-7 
Website... HERE 
Miami International Boat Show   Feb 11-15

Another GREAT weather program - PredictWind

This amazingly accurate graphic wind forecast tool offers very high resolution, incredible detail with tables, graphs, and the ability to zoom in on high resolution forecast maps. It's available for android and apple tablets in a free version that's actually useful.

If you really want to get serious and download GRIB files for anywhere on earth, the Offshore App (PC or Mac) version is available in a basic free version and three more sophisticated versions. (free offshore PC App shown below)   
It offers incredibly powerful tools: 
* Weather Routing: showing you the fastest route with wind conditions.  
* Trip Planner: showing you the best day for departure.  
* Observations: real time live observations with graphs.  
* Forecast Alerts: get notified of the conditions that matter to you.  
* GPS Tracking: lets friends & family view your position and track.
 (Interfaces with Iridium GO! GPS, plus offers a tracking web page)
See the Predict Wind website...  HERE 
The Sound Gets Cleaner, a Tiny Bit at a Time

A ban on the sale, manufacture, and distribution of synthetic plastic microbeads in facial washes, soaps and shampoos could start in July 2017 after the Senate approved the legislation by unanimous consent Dec. 18.

The Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, which would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, now heads to President Obama's desk for signing.

Fairfield's own U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, a co-sponsor of the bill said "Each day, an estimated eight trillion tiny plastic microbeads enter the country's waterways, threaten the quality of the water, aquatic life, and even our food chain and public health. For much of Connecticut, that means they end up in the Long Island Sound, which is critical to Connecticut's economy and our way of life"

We applaud Senator Murphy and those "behind the scenes" for helping keep our waterways clean.

Read more... HERE

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 


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,

Have a peaceful and happy holiday!