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Rex Marine and Norwalk Cove Marina
Vol 6.44
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Rex Marine is a
Certified Mercury
Marine Dealer and
Repair Center,
offering, sales,
service and genuine Mercury parts.  
Rex/Cove logo  
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!

Seminars All Day! Food & Libations, Comradery and New Boats to Explore 

Need a good excuse to "Talk Boats" ??  
Event Flyer...  HERE     Register... HERE
Christmas Gifts at the Norwalk Cove 
Nautical Boutique 
Only 5 Nautical Boutique Shopping Days Left!!
Closing for the Holidays Dec. 21st at 4:30 
Specials at the Nautical Boutique:
   ON SALE   

Images of Norwalk Book


20% OFF Kids Fins, Masks and Snorkels by HEAD

See more pictures of the Cove Nautical Boutique and some great gift suggestions...

Obama Signs Outdoor Recreation Bill into Law

President Obama signed the Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act of 2016 into law on Thursday.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is praising the move, calling the bill "critical" and saying it quantifies the true size of the outdoor economy, including recreational boating.
Better known as the REC Act, it will instruct the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis to assess and analyze the U.S. outdoor recreation economy and it's effects on the nation's overall economy. The industry supports an estimated 6 million jobs and $646 billion in economic activity.

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
Join Save the Sound  in Opposing Trump's Nominee for EPA Administrator

It couldn't be worse: a fossil fuel industry insider and foe of environmental regulation has been nominated to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

You can help stop him.

Installing Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator could have devastating and long-term effects for our region, including damage to air quality, federal funding to protect Long Island Sound, and protections for healthy drinking water. 
We can't let this happen. Please join your neighbors in asking the Trump transition team to withdraw Scott Pruitt's nomination and put forward a qualified nominee who will uphold the law and protect clean air and clean water for all Americans.

Send a signal that you won't stand for it:
 Note: We usually refrain from making political statements, but truly want what is best for Long Island Sound. We believe "Save the Sound" and Norwalk's own "Soundkeeper", founded by the late Terry Backer, best represent what is in the Sound's best interest!


Upgrade Your Rigging this Winter at Norwalk Cove 

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

Check out those rusty turnbuckles and chainplates, dingy lifts, boom lifts and turning blocks.

Call the Norwalk Cove Service Department to discuss with the Rigging Shop.  Call (203) 838-3681
or e-mail
Harbor Seals Sighted off the Norwalk Islands
It's never too cold to hit Long Island Sound for the chance to see some of the seals and waterfowl that spend their winter just off our shores during Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruises with The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. These invigorating 2-hour outings take place aboard the aquarium's R/V Spirit of the Sound, the country's only research vessel with hybrid-electric propulsion. 

Sign Up... HERE 
Thinking About a Tablet this Christmas for Navigating Next Summer ??
Choosing the right tablet is critical, it MUST have an internal GPS and not rely on cell
towers to triangulate an approximate position using a cell signal... That doesn't work very well out of range offshore!

Most android tablets have one, (do your homework) and only the iPads with both WiFi & Cellular have internal GPS. (you don't have to have a Cell plan to use the GPS).

Then there's which software or Apps to use...

Manresa Association & City Move Forward

This week, by a vote of 11 Yes, 0 No and 3 Abstentions, the Norwalk Common Council approved going to contract with Fitzgerald & Halliday to conduct an Economic Impact Analysis for the Manresa property.
After the vote, the Manresa Association presented the City a cashier's check for $75,000, living up to their commitment to raise half the funds for the $150,000 Manresa property analysis. (The city had agreed to pay for half of the Economic Impact study if the Manresa Association could come up with half). 
It will take a few weeks to finalize the contract with Fitzgerald & Halliday, after which a public meeting will be held in January where F&H will outline their approach and seek public input.  Stay tuned for a date. 
There's a long journey ahead, but the Economic Impact Analysis will take a critical step to gain the learning that will guide us to a good outcome for Manresa. (and Norwalk!)
See the Association website... HERE 
Even Though the CHILL of Winter is Here...

Norwalk Cove Summer Contracts are in the Mail!! 
To stay warm in the winter...  THINK SUMMER  !!
On a Final Note,