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Harbor Talk Weekly
Rex Marine and Norwalk Cove Marina
Vol 6.17


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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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Has your boat been in the water all winter ?

Maybe it's time for  
a short haul....

or maybe more !

Contact the Cove or Rex Service Department
ASAP !! 

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If you have a busy life  
but love the water,  
it's the answer!  


Your Help Is Needed - Fight the EPA's Misguided Push For E-15 Fuel

The Environmental Protection Agency opened the public comment period on its proposal to increase biofuels in the 2017 fuel supply, a move that would increase the amount of ethanol in the fuel supply and prompt more pumps selling fuel with 15 percent ethanol, or E15.

The EPA's newest proposal increases the need for higher blends of ethanol to record levels in 2017, pushing further past the E10 blend wall, according to critics of the proposal. The blend wall is the term used for the maximum amount of ethanol in fuel that all engines can tolerate - which is E10, or 10 percent ethanol. 

"The proposal would increase the amount of E15 that must be sold next year [by at least 700 million gallons], putting countless Americans at risk of misfueling with a prohibited fuel," the National Marine Manufacturers Association said.
The EPA has slowed the increase of ethanol in the overall fuel supply in previous years from the requirements set forth in the 2007 Renewable Fuel Standard, but continues to set increases the law requires.

PLEASE click on THIS LINK to send a message to your representative.
It's easy and will take 2 minutes!    
Save the Date: June 25th 
Rex Marine Center
"We Love our Customers"
Summer Party!
It's been a long winter! Come celebrate summer and re-connect with your boating friends at Rex Marine Center on
Saturday, June 25th     12:00 - 4:00 pm*

Enjoy the Sounds of the Caribbean with the
Steel Drum Vibes of Mustafa Alexander

Tastings - we're finalizing the select list for you!
Great BBQ fare, steamed mussels, all the fixin's, & more
by "Ripka's at the Beach"

Take a Demo ride on a new Formula,
Sign-up for a free
Better Boating Class, and more!

If you have a friend who has an interest in boating
or Rex Marine, please invite them as your guest.
RSVP Required, Register... HERE  
*Join us under the tent, rain or shine.

Rex & Norwalk Cove are hosting a "virtual" fishing contest.
(Virtual as in "please don't bring fish in to be weighed" !!)

The contest is based on the honor system: Catch a fish, ID it, weigh it, take a selfie while measuring and either release (greatly encouraged) or keep for eating. Please include angler name and where it was caught. Weight is important and will be the primary method of judging. The catch must be made in the Sound between Throggs Neck and the Milford - Port Jeff line.

The contest began June 5th and will continue through Sept. 30th. Winners will be announced in the Harbor Talk Oct. 6th edition with periodic updates and a photo gallery posted. Note that all State fishing regulations must be followed! 
(CT regs are... HERE

Please e-mail your pictures and info to
2016 Calendar of Fun Things to do
Around the Sound  

It's time to make your summer boating plans - check out our 2016 Calendar of fun things to do around the Sound !

See it... HERE 

E-mail additional events to:
WARNING - Divers In The Water!

The WALK bridge saga got even more strange when it was announced that the wooden "fenders" that protect the central rotating section of the bridge need to be immediately repaired / replaced (and maintained until the bridge is replaced).
The ConnDOT had divers in the water inspecting the bridge early this week with the appropriate "diver down" flags flying when a clueless boater motored right through the dive zone! Please beware and remember that boats must stay 100 feet away from a diver's flag - and SLOW DOWN!
Here's the official schedule:
Repairs to the fenders in the east channel will start this month and wrap up by approximately Aug. 26. The work will require placement of a 35-by-75-foot barge, 14-by-40-foot material barge or 8-by-20-foot work float in the channel during work hours, according to a Notice to Mariners posted by the U.S. Coast Guard.

 Repairs to the fenders in the west channel will take place from Aug. 29 to Sept. 16 and require placement of a 24-by-48-foot barge, 14-by-40-foot material barge or 8-by-20-foot work float in the channel during work hours, according to the notice.
Work will proceed Monday to Friday, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.; however, the hours may change.

Barges will not be in the channel after work hours and not affect operation of the bridge. Mariners should use caution when moving through the area, the notice advised.
Manresa Association Meeting and Presentation

All are invited to the Manresa Association's annual meeting on Wed. June 15 at 6:00 PM at the Shore and Country Club.

New information on Manresa is to be examined, as well as a public forum exploring the economic and environmental impact of revitalizing the Manresa Island power plant property.  
Please RSVP to Julie Horowitz at  

See the meeting's posting.... HERE  
Father's Day Gifts at Rex Marine & Norwalk Cove

Father's Day is June 19th - Get your shopping done early!

Stop by the Cove Store for specials such as 30% OFF Helly Hansen Duffle Bags and great deals on ships clocks and barometers, rigging bags, flashlights and more!

Stop by REX Marine for Topsiders, pocket & rigging Knives, LED flaslights, BBQ's, foul weather gear and more!

Don't have a clue ??  Get a Rex / Cove Gift Card !!
Boater Safety - Watch That Prop !  

S.P.I.N. Stop Propeller Injuries NowPropeller Injury Information
top Propeller Strikes
rovide Support to Survivors
nform and Educate Public Policy Legislators and Regulatory Agencies
etwork with Victims and Their Families to Enhance Boating Safety
It's up to you to prevent marine accidents:
  2. PRE-BOARDING INSTRUCTIONS: Establish clear rules for reversing, idling, swim platform activities, boarding ladders and seating.
  3. ASSIGN A RESPONSIBLE ADULT to each child. A child caught in the propeller in the worst heartache one can experience.
  4. GET AN EDUCATION. Thanks for reviewing these program slides. But remember, it is not what you know when you are in the strike zone. It is what you know to keep yourself clear of that zone.
For more info, click...  HERE

The Rex Marine & Norwalk Cove Photo Contest is underway and here is the current leading photo>>>> 
The aerial shot of  
Norwalk Cove from 
is STILL the leader!

Check the link to see many new pictures recently added and remember to "vote" by Liking the picture!

Remember, Submit your photos, we'll post them Instagram, and they'll be judged by how many "Likes" they receive.

The winner of the Spring Photo Contest will be announced at the Rex June 25th Customer Appreciation / Open House Party and get a $ 50.00 Gift Certificate! 

Submit your photos to:

See the pictures here...
Cove Member Activities
Bingo Night............ Friday July 8

Dinghy Poker Run
...   Saturday July 23
               This year with LIVE Music for the party  

Bingo Night............ Friday August 19
Boating Courses and Seminars

Safe Boating Certs, Navigation & Boat Handling  

See the updated list...    HERE 
On a Final Note,