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Harbor Talk Weekly
Rex Marine and Norwalk Cove Marina
Vol 6.43
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Certified Mercury
Marine Dealer and
Repair Center,
offering, sales,
service and genuine Mercury parts.  
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Brokerage 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 contact Whit Miller  
at Rex Marine.
See the listings... HERE 
or give us a call at 203-866-5555 Ext.135

John Herrmann 

Save the Date!  
Sat, Jan 14th  
With winter closing in, come to

Rex Marine's 
Boating Seminar Day  
and Open House!

Details to follow! 

Need a good excuse to "Talk Boats" ??  
Christmas Gifts at the Norwalk Cove 
Nautical Boutique 
Only 17 Days until Christmas !!  
Specials at the Nautical Boutique:

Helly Hanson Duffle Bags
30% OFF

and the

TruPlug Mini Plug

It's a soft shaped plug designed to  conform to the shape of your vessel's purge valve hole or through hull. TruPlug Mini Adapts to slow or stop leaks. Its unique shape allows it be compressed by hand so it fits into holes to stop intrusion of water.  Now only $ 9.95

WEEMS & PLATH SOS Distress Light Electronic Flare


The Weems and Plath SOS Distress Light is an electronic flare that meets US Coast Guard requirements (certified Visual Distress Signal for night use) as a qualified alternative to traditional flares, with no expiration date or hazardous disposal to worry about. The SOS sequence flashes for up to 60 hours on 3 C-cell batteries. Combine it with the Daytime Distress Signal Flag-included in package-and together they meet ALL USCG requirements for day and night use. Visible up to 10 miles. Can be tested regularly with simple twist of the lens. $99.00

See more pictures of the Cove Nautical Boutique and
some great gift suggestions...HERE
Urge President Trump:  
Reform the Ethanol Mandate!

The EPA has announced its plans to further increase the country's ethanol mandates, surpassing the current record high levels finalized less than one year ago.  Despite overwhelming evidence, they unilaterally decided to increase the country's mandated ethanol amounts requiring the American public to consume 1.2 billion more gallons of renewable fuel. 
It's very likely the EPA's decision will lead to more E15 being sold to unassuming consumers across the country-increasing the likelihood of a boater buying it accidentally!

Send the letter... HERE 
Christmas Ideas from the Rex Ships Store  
Put a Little Summer Fun Under the Tree!!

Eldridge Tide and Pilot Book.    
Embassy Long Island Sound
Cruising Guide
Leatherman "Wave" pocket tool
Standard HX290 handheld VHF
Jensen Marine Stereos
Lewmar Pro Sport 550 Windlass (good for 20-30 ft boats)
Lewmar V700 Windlass (good for 28-40 ft boats) 
Mercury Four Stroke Outboards
Mercury Inflatable Boats

If you can't decide, remember that our Rex / Cove 
Gift Certificates work for everyone!

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 or North Sails.      
The Greenwich Power & Sailing Squadron offers


Do you want to navigate unfamiliar waters  in limited visibility or take an extended cruise with confidence?  Learn to use radar, chart plotters, AIS and other electronic tools to supplement basic GPS navigation.  Obtain a thorough understanding of piloting techniques in a variety of coastal tide, current and wind conditions.

Advanced Piloting is given over 8 Tuesdays at the Greenwich Police HQ, 11 Bruce Place. 

Sign up... HERE
Make Your Summer Plans Early...
Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival
After a year's hiatus, the 2017 Clearwater Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 17th and 18th 2017 at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, NY.
Inspired by Pete Seeger's desire to clean up the river over forty years ago, Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival initially helped raise the funds to build the sloop Clearwater, which has since become a world-renowned floating classroom and a symbol of effective grassroots action.

Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival (aka "the Clearwater Festival" or "Revival") features seven sustainably powered stages with diverse music, dance, storytelling and family-oriented programming as well as a juried Handcrafters' Village, the Green Living Expo, the Working Waterfront with small boat exhibits and rides, the Artisanal Food & Farm Market, environmental education displays and exhibits, and the Circle of Song where audience participation is the focus.

It's a great festival, Get your tickets... HERE

Upgrade Your Rigging this Winter at Norwalk Cove 

Need to replace your rigging, reefing lines or halyards? Maybe your lifelines?

Vinyl covered lifelines can hide problems that are hidden until the wire fails (at exactly the wrong moment). The exposed ends of the vinyl can allow water to be trapped underneath, causing crevice corrosion of the stainless steel wire. If you have seen brown stains near the ends of your lifelines, the clock is ticking!

Call the Norwalk Cove Service Department to discuss with the Rigging Shop.  Call (203) 838-3681
or e-mail
CTDOT and Norwalk Officials Held a Public Information Meeting on the Walk Bridge Structure Type Alternatives on Dec. 5th

After a very informative and highly technical presentation, it was announced that after comparing the three Movable Bridge Alternatives, the 240' wide  Vertical Lift Span Bridge (Option 11C) was identified as the preferred alternative based on the comparison of success factors identified as they relate to the Project's Purpose and Need Statement.
The 240 foot wide Option (Option 11C) is the only alternative with foundations proposed outside of the existing swing span limits, which will allow the existing bridge to remain operational longer during construction and requiring a shorter rail track outage.

Key Dimensions:
Structure Height: 105 ft (closed) & 140 ft (open)
Vertical Clearance: 27 ft (closed) & 60 ft (open)
Horizontal Clearance: 200 ft
Anticipated Cost:  $425 - $460 million

Construction of the Walk Bridge is expected to occur over
approximately four years in multiple stages to best accommodate railroad, marine, and local traffic. Construction staging is currently conceptual and will be refined as the design progresses.

See the Meeting Summary... HERE 

Join the Norwalk Harbor Management Commission for their Dec 14th:

 7:00 at Norwalk City Hall with speakers including representatives from the Norwalk Marine Fire Department and the Norwalk Marine Police Department.
On a Final Note,

  Decorating for Christmas...