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Rex Marine and Norwalk Cove Marina
Vol 7.8
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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 contact Whit Miller  
at Rex Marine.
See the listings... HERE 
or give us a call at 203-866-5555 Ext.135

Buy Factory Direct at the 
Formula Boats NE Showroom 
Contact John Herrmann

Seventy degree days! Springtime comes to the boatyard... sanders and polishers droning, dumpsters full of shrinkwrap, ladders and tool boxes appearing, snaking extension cords everywhere and dazed boaters wandering about trying to locate their boats!

The first boatyard Smurfs have appeared!

Think About Zincs !
Sacrificial Zincs are installed on your boat's prop shaft, rudders, outdrive, outboard or even the hull to protect the bronze, stainless steel or others metals used in those crucial parts from disintegrating due to corrosion.  
 Corrosion occurs anytime two or more dissimilar metals are placed together in a conductive solution (like seawater). The corrosion that takes place is most severe on the least noble (or most corrosive) metal. By introducing Zinc into this equation, we are adding a less noble metal that will corrode first but can be easily replaced. Thus, by using the more corrosive Zinc, we are protecting the more expensive components under the boat from corrosion.     
As zincs slowly deteriorate, they build up a coating that renders them less effective, which is why it is recommended to replace zincs when they are half deteriorated. How frequently zincs need to be replaced is dependent on how much you use your boat, how many zincs are installed, how your boat is wired and how other boats in the marina are wired.

Believing it's better to be safe than sorry, the cost of zincs and installation is cheap insurance, compared to the expense of your other hardware. 
Click HERE for a more scientific explanation.
Nautical Boutique Update

The Cove Nautical Boutique is stocked up and ready to go for the Spring and Summer season!
New items are arriving daily!

Don't forget, Mothers Day is coming (May 14th) 
Stroffolino Bridge Repairs This Summer

The Connecticut Department of Transportation has announced that construction activities for the rehabilitation of Norwalk's Stroffolino Bridge will begin on or around April 13, 2017. 
The project consists of work that will include storm armoring, waterproofing of the bascule pits by raising the front wall of the bascule piers to a projected high water elevation, repairing electrical conduit, limit switches, environmental upgrades consisting of a new oil water separator, installation of suction stand pipes, installation of new submersible sump pumps and upgrading the navigational lights.

Note: The Stroffolino bridge spans the Norwalk River as Rt 136 and the end of Washington St in SONO. 
Official-Looking Vessel Documentation Renewal Notices
Can Lead to Confusion and Higher Costs

The BoatUS consumer protection department is advising boaters with vessels having a US Coast Guard Certificate of Documentation to be wary of any letter arriving by US mail offering renewal. An increasing number of  members have complained that these letters direct them to websites that may be mistaken for the actual US Coast Guard Vessel Documentation Center located in Falling Waters, West Virginia, and appear to show a significant increase in the annual fee to renew US Coast Guard (USCG) documentation.

BoatUS advises that while the USCG does send official annual renewal notices by US mail, other notices being received by members are not from the USCG but rather third-party companies whose name or return addresses may appear similar to that of the official USCG Vessel Documentation Center. Members of the boat owners group report the letters look like "real" USCG communications. Some examples members have forwarded to BoatUS do not have any disclaimers noting that they are not official USCG correspondence.

 For the whole article, click...  HERE 
Captain's Cup Coffee Shop  
is Open Weekends Starting 4/21 

Early Spring hours will be Fri 7am - 2pm & Sat & Sun 7am - 3pm  
The Captains Cup at Norwalk Cove serves Italian based Lavazza brand coffee, espresso, cappuccino and Latte. Additionally, several selections of Mighty Leaf tea are being offered, as well as iced coffee, iced tea and smoothies.
To complement the hot and cold beverages, baked goods are available.  
The Captain's Cup is located adjacent to the Cove Ship' store and has outdoor seating.

Stop by and try out the Captain's Cup. 
Rex Valet Rack Service

The racks are filling up quickly!
  • Indoor and Outdoor Summer Valet Rack Service for powerboats up to 32 ft.
  • Keep your boat looking NEW !  Indoor Valet Rack Service is like a garage for your boat. Helps it look better, longer.
  • Includes free dockage for consecutive day use.
  • Annual, seasonal, monthly, or weekly availability.
  • Easy and convenient 5 minute, "Launch on Demand", no advance notice required during operating hours. Or use the mobile Launch App.
  • 24/7 access: Your boat can be used anytime, including night or early morning.
 Learn More   See the RACK MAN video

See the winter storage Drone Clip... HERE
15 Wind Turbines to be Built
30 Miles Off Montauk 

In case you missed it...The Long Island Power Authority's board of directors voted unanimously to approve a proposal for a 15-turbine, 90-megawatt "South Fork Wind Farm" 30 miles off Montauk in federally leased waters. The formal approval of the installation, which is expected to be operational by December 2022, came just one month after the five-turbine, 30-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm, (the nation's first such offshore facility), went online.

Jeff Grybowski, chief executive of Deepwater Wind, said the $ 740 million price tag included all elements of the project, "soup to nuts" - from purchase of turbines to laying the 50-mile cable to bring the energy to the South Fork. He said the project could employ "hundreds" of Long Islanders through its six-year construction period. Construction could start in 2020.

More information is... HERE

Boating and CT Certification Courses  
Spring is Here - Now is the time to take that boating course!

See the list of local courses... HERE

Note: If your organization is offering courses or seminars, please e-mail the info or links to Capt. Rick: 

Rules of the Road Review

Boats approaching each other head on... both boats must alter course to starboard to pass (as if on a road). Neither boat is the "stand on" vessel, both must "give way". If you are unsure of another boats intentions, make a dramatic 20 degree veer in course to indicate your intentions and slowly come back onto course. If done while you are both far apart, this will give the other a "heads up".  If still on a collision course and they don't see you, take immediate action to avoid them and sound your horn 5 times signaling danger.  Remember that sailboats sailing, unless passing, are the stand on vessel.  Be safe out there !

On a Final Note,