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Harbor Talk Weekly
Rex Marine and Norwalk Cove Marina
Vol 6.26
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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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If you have a busy life  
but love the water,  
it's the answer!  


Do you Know What This Means on a Chart ?

The number in parenthesis indicates how much of the rock is exposed above the water at mean low tide!!

Note that many new charts (paper, plastic and electronic) have been eliminating the exposed height # in favor of

THIS >>> 

with obviously less
important detail!!

Rex Marine Navigation Course

Rex Marine and Sound Environmental Associates (SEA) are excited to offer a three hour evening Navigation Class 
on Tues Aug 23rd at 6:30 PM,

Special pricing... $ 75.00

Come learn the basics and get your CT Coastal Endorsement,  
PLUS learn about electronics, chart plotters and Navionics on tablets or phones.

Register Online at SEA: or e-mail
Capt. Rick...  

The FIRST person to e-mail Capt Rick attends for FREE!
Perseids Meteor Shower - See it From Your Boat!

The Perseids meteor shower will be very visible out in the harbor away from all the extraneous light "noise" This year, they're even more visible and exciting than usual.  

"Instead of seeing about 80 Perseids per hour, this year the rate could top 150 and even approach 200 meteors per hour," NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke explained.

The meteor shower will peak on August 12, but will continue to rage on until August 24. If you're
planning to brave the early hours and get a good view of the display, it will be best to do it before the full Moon on August 18. They will be best seen looking in a north-eastern direction from the Northern Hemisphere after 10pm.

Meteor showers are simply pieces of space debris hitting the upper atmosphere of Earth. In the case of the Perseids, that debris comes from the 16 miles wide
Swift-Tuttle comet, which regularly passes Earth.
More info... HERE
ON SALE at Rex Marine   

Great Pricing on Dinghies and Engines for your Summer Fun.

Planning an August cruise?
Put the dinghy package
together now! 

ON SALE at the Norwalk   
Cove Nautical Boutique
Ladies Tunics &
Beach Bags /Totes
Now 30% OFF

(excludes cooler Bags)

Short Haul Special
Schedule a short haul at either Norwalk Cove or Rex Marine and save $$$. It is especially recommended that zincs/anodes be replaced on Bravo3 sterndrives    

August 1st thru 31st  

Rex Service 203-831-5234 
Cove Service 203-838-3681  

Call for Details 
Walk Bridge News

The CTDOT is hosting an informational open house about Norwalk's WALK Bridge on August 16th.

Come share your thoughts and learn about the Walk Bridge Replacement Program. The Walk  Bridge is one of the oldest movable rail bridges in the country and a critical link in the regional passenger and freight rail system on the New Haven Line/Northeast Corridor.  The Department of Transportation is developing plans for the Replacement of the Walk Bridge.  Sketches and documents related to the Program will be displayed and staff will be available for informal conversation and to hear your ideas.

WHEN:   Tuesday, August 16th at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
WHERE:  Lobby of the IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium

For More... CLICK HERE 

Cove Member Activities
Bingo Night #2 ............ Friday August 19 


Rex Marine Picture Posters... tag them:   #myrexsummer 
"Great White Doghead Shark" 

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

Get the Details... HERE

E-mail pictures to
Stamford Loses as Predatory Developer Wins

The Stamford Zoning Board voted this week in favor of the proposed (tiny) Davenport Boatyard Plan in a unanimous 5-0 vote. Coincidentally, the vote was held just before the paid land use chair, Norm Cole retires on Sept 6th.
Despite the Davenport Plan being voted down twice by the Harbor Commission and Stamford Planning Boards, the Zoning Board dis-regarded both commissions recommendations and voted in favor of the small yard instead of a large boat yard to replace the old Yacht Haven yard. Additionally CT DEEP never gave input or rulings as to whether the proposed plan was acceptable or not.
It seems the vote was held without input regarding the Master Plan, the Harbor Mgmt. Plan, the Coastal Mgmt. Act, comments from the public, etc. The Zoning Board may have violated their own zoning regulations, and their own Cease and Desist Order.  It appears they voted on the applications without looking at the lease in place with the future small boatyard operator of the Davenport facility (Hinckley) or what BLT plans to do with the rest of the 14 acre site.

Read the Stamford Advocate article... HERE

Read an Op-Ed reply... HERE 
Are We Due a Hurricane?   
From Jason Samebow - the Washington Post's weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist.

When you add an ever-increasing coastal population along the US East Coast to a waiting game, the results could be catastrophic. For the best part of 4000 days now, the US has not seen a hurricane hit the shore, which means it is overdue. When you add to that that all of the events in the intervening time caused more than enough havoc, the pressure of concern is palpable. 
Hurricanes, large and small, have eluded U.S. shores for record lengths of time. As population and wealth along parts of the U.S. coast have exploded since the last stormy period, experts dread the potential damage and harm once the drought ends.
A major hurricane hasn't hit the U.S. Gulf or East Coast in more than a decade. A major hurricane is one containing maximum sustained winds of at least 111 mph and classified as Category Three or higher on the one - five Saffir-Simpson wind scale.
Note that Hurricane Sandy had transitioned to a post tropical storm when it struck New Jersey in 2012, and was no longer classified as a hurricane at landfall, though it had winds equivalent to a Category One storm.

The streak has reached 3,937 days, longer than any previous drought by nearly two years. 

Read more...HERE   
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:

Save the Date - August 27th  
Soundwater's Stamford HarborFest16

The City of Stamford was founded on its harbor in 1641 and has a rich maritime history in shipping, fishing, swimming and boating. SoundWaters HarborFest is a celebration of Stamford's harbor and its vibrant sea shore amenities. 

SoundWaters, a Stamford-based non-profit organization founded in 1989, is a premier environmental education organization focused on the protection of Long Island Sound.  SoundWaters teaches over 28,000 children about Long Island Sound every year, on the shore and on its flagship schooner, SoundWaters. 

SoundWaters believes that teaching young people about the Sound not only builds their skills and interest in science, but also fosters a sense of responsibility for the environment that will guide their actions as they get older.

Info...  HERE  
Boating Courses and Seminars

Safe Boating Certs, Navigation & Boat Handling  

See the updated list...    HERE

Laser Sailors, Come Out - Come Out!
Save the Date:  
Sept 10th

Duck Island Yacht Club
Laser Regatta  


Get the Flyer... HERE
On a Final Note,