February 5, 2016 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Boat sales are growing nationwide, and the Progressive Atlantic City Boat Show is 25 percent bigger than it was last year. Organizers of the event, which opened at the Atlantic City Convention Center on Wednesday and runs through Sunday,- are hoping for record attendance at the show, which has been making a splash here for 37 years. The show attracts thousands of boat lovers looking for a glimpse of summer - and perhaps their next nautical toy - in the dead of winter.
January 8, 2016 |
In his former career with the U.S. Coast Guard, Philadelphia police Ofc. Jesse Hartnett braved rough waters directing boats and crews through their missions, but the waters were never rougher for Hartnett than they were Thursday night on a piece of asphalt in West Philadelphia when he was ambushed in his patrol car by a gunman determined to take his life. But the shooter had no idea who he was dealing with and Hartnett - a man described as "tough" by his father and a "warrior" by his boss - not only survived three gunshot wounds to his arm at point-blank range, he got out of his patrol car and returned fire, striking his assailant in the buttocks.
December 28, 2015 |
'A three-hour tour? On a boat?" my brother asked with a raised eyebrow. "What could possibly go wrong?" He walked toward the gangplank ahead of the rest of our group of six, softly humming the Gilligan's Island theme song. A brisk week in November found my brothers and me, along with our significant others, trekking around Iceland in search of culture and relaxation - but mostly, the elusive and entrancing aurora borealis, the Northern Lights. We hadn't traveled together since we were kids, and I felt that seeing something really magical together would help make up for lost time.
December 21, 2015 |
During Hurricane Agnes in 1972, Samuel B. Hess figured that the safest place for his 25-foot sailboat would be on the water. And so with his family onboard, he maneuvered his craft from his dock near Chestertown, Md., into the Chester River. "There was mom, my brother, and me and my dog, a beagle," said Mr. Hess' daughter, Julie Hughes, all onboard. "The waters were pretty darn high," Hughes said, but they all saw it through. "We were all being tossed around," she said, "but he knew what he was doing.
December 11, 2015 |
Gov. Christie on Wednesday signed into law legislation that cuts sales and use taxes on purchases of recreational boats by 50 percent, a move supporters said would spur economic growth. The law also sets a $20,000 cap on sales tax imposed on such purchases, and provides a 30-day grace period during which a tax will not be levied on the use of such boats in the state. About 150,000 recreational vessels are registered in New Jersey, down by 100,000 over the past 15 years, according to the state's Marine Trades Association.
October 17, 2015 |
Fredric "Rick" Stevenson Wright, 67, of Ardmore, a surgical-equipment salesman and sailor, died Monday, Oct. 12, of cancer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He lived with care, courage, and a fierce empathy for those around him, his wife and daughter said. After high school, the San Francisco-born Mr. Wright became a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War. Instead, he trained as a medic at Fort Houston in San Antonio and then served as an operating-room assistant at Fort Campbell in Kentucky from 1971 to 1973.
October 5, 2015 |
THOSE WHO celebrate autumn each year on the banks of the Schuylkill River watching 20-foot dragons glide through the murky water will have to wait until next month when it may even be colder. The Dragon Boat Festival was canceled Thursday. Festival coordinator Carol Lee Lindner released a statement yesterday afternoon that the event, with 161 participating teams, would be rescheduled for Nov. 7. No other details were included, leaving racers scratching their heads. "We're all kind of waiting in limbo," Leigh Vlasblom, captain of the co-ed Relentless Mixed Team from New Hope, said.
August 9, 2015 |
The best attraction at the Jersey Shore is at the southern tip of the Wildwoods. According to TripAdvisor, at least. Search the Web for the best attractions at the Jersey Shore and you're likely to come across two lists at that user-generated travel advice site: top New Jersey boat tours and top Jersey Shore tours and activities. The Thunder Cat Dolphin Watch leads both. Of nearly 250 reviews for the dolphin watch, only one was below average (and that was due to a cancellation). Why is this tour so universally beloved?
August 9, 2015 |
You've arrived. You've gone to the beach. You've pondered the majesty of the ocean. And now, you just want to get out there. But you don't have a boat. How can you find yourself upon the high seas or the back bays? Where can you go to embark on a relaxing evening cruise or a big day of fishing? Or just have a little paddle around to look at the flora and fauna of the Jersey Shore? Surprisingly, there are a lot of options up and down the coast that don't require a huge investment in time or money.
August 7, 2015
IN HER signature song, "People," Barbra Streisand proclaims that "people who need people are the luckiest people in the world. " Well, as we head into the dog days of summer, we'd like to amend that to include people who own boats, as well as people who have friends who own boats. That's because there are few ways to better beat the summer heat and enjoy nature than by spending time on the bounding main, feeling the cool ocean spray on your face while watching dolphins frolic in the foamy water.