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John Vargo

John Vargo

Boating on the Hudson editor

Saturday, 24 June 2017 11:30

A COMMON SENSE APPROACH

At our annual Hudson River Marine Trades Association Christmas dinner on December 13, 2016 there was an eye
opening individual present, who by pure circumstance gave a realistic, down to earth perspective of what it is like to be on the Hudson River seven days a week working with the Hudson River Pilots. His name is Captain Joe Thomas, owner of Sea Tow Mid-Hudson and he patrols the Hudson River from Newburgh to Troy.

Captain Thomas works closely with the Hudson River Pilots’ Association as operator of the pilot boat located at
Norrie State Park. This pilot launch, the Sen. John E. Flynn, is responsible for changing out ship pilots coming upriver from Yonkers or down river from one of the marine terminals.

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Friday, 23 June 2017 11:24

I Remember Robert Boyle

Living in Verplanck since 1960 and being born in Buchanan, NY only a half mile away, my memory and experiences with Robert Boyle are many, some wonderful and a few not good at all….

Our lives were entwined throughout the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. (Bob lived on Finny Farm Road in Croton, NY only 4 miles away in the 70’s.)

I was a simple, hard working salesman with an absolute passion for duck hunting, fishing, flying, ice boating and all things Hudson River. Bob Boyle, being a senior writer at Sports Illustrated also had a passion for the Hudson River. He, however, was in a very strong position to do something about the tremendous pollution that was occurring in the Hudson River and along its shores.

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 15:52

BOAT TALK WITH with Alex - June 2017

Alex: I Have Excessive Vibration of the Outboard Engine

Engine vibration can be caused by a variety of factors. The most common cause is a damaged or loose propeller. The first step in troubleshooting this problem is to check if the propeller is attached securely. Examine the blades for any breaks, bends, or cracks. If the propeller seems loose,  ighten the components. However, if the propeller is damaged, replace it with a new one, and then run the engine to see if the vibration stops.

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Homeowners Insurance Simplified - Getting The Best Coverage at The Best Rate

For most people, your home is your most valuable asset. Whether you own a traditional house, a condo, townhouse, coop or tiny home, there are very specific types of homeowners policies for each. Even if you are renting, there is an insurance policy form for tenants that insures your personal property and also provides liability insurance. When was the last time you really looked at the limits of coverage, deductibles, endorsements and coverage form on your policy to know what you are covered for and also what is excluded? Maybe never or just when you first made the purchase.

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Cathy J. Karas, President, Certified Insurance Counselor, KARAS INSURANCE AGENCIES INC, 321 SO. RIVERSIDE AVE, CROTON-ON-HUDSON, NY 10520.

You can contact me for quotes or questions at 914-271-5188 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are a 3rd generation family owned agency, with only licensed brokers to help you.

IT’S MAY ANCHORS AWEIGH!

Whatever type of vessel(s) you have, seeing the leaves on the trees, grass and flowers coming up and birds singing signal the start of the boating season! When we had that warm spell in February I actually saw someone out in a small outboard on the Hudson. Besides the fact that he must have had to at least get his feet wet in the launching process, this is a crazy idea, especially to undertake by yourself since it would only be minutes before hypothermia would set in if you fell in.

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Cathy J. Karas, President, Certified Insurance Counselor, KARAS INSURANCE AGENCIES INC, 321 SO. RIVERSIDE AVE, CROTON-ON-HUDSON, NY 10520.

You can contact me for quotes or questions at 914-271-5188 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are a 3rd generation family owned agency, with only licensed brokers to help you.

Sunday, 07 May 2017 16:44

“A SPECK IN THE SEA”

A BOOK REVIEW by John H. Vargo, Publisher

If you live to be as old as I am you will realize that certain people in your lifetime and many before survive all the terrible things that could  possibly happen to a person to live to a ripe old age. Some call it luck, but I think it is far more than that, a combination of skill, will, and tenacity, whatever.

John Aldridge is one of these people. This book is now being made into a movie. What is interesting about that is how the partners in the lobster boat have become partners in the book and the movie.

Truly smart men with very smart advisors.

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 14:49

Stem To Stern Boat Restoration

Stem to Stern Restoration is now located at Coeymans Landing Marina, Coeymans NY. This beautiful marina with its huge indoor work area is ideal for any kind of fiberglass or wood restoration says Mel Perkins owner of stem to stern Restoration. The company  perates as an independent contractor it has 20 years experience and has been been in business for 7 years.

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 18:36

Slot Limits for Striped Bass

Slot Limits on the Hudson River

In 2017, we will be experiencing our third season of the implementation of slot limits for breeding class striped bass that come every year to the Hudson River to spawn. For those who are new to this, the slot limit is set from 28”- 40” and works as such that any stripers that are within this slot must be released unharmed back into the river. So, how has it been working?

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 18:26

A New Service at Westerly Marina

westerlyMarina

Westerly Marina has now introduced a unique way of boaters saving time in getting supplies for their Saturday morning spring refurbishment. Bottom paint, teak cleaner, zincs, wiring, props and a wide variety of necessary items to get their boat ready for early spring can be order during the week, cutoff is Thursday at 3 PM and have everything ready for quick pickup early on Saturday morning.

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 18:23

Croton Yacht Club

croton yacht club environmental series 2017

Captain John Matthews of Halfmoon Charters will present a candid discussion of the Hudson River Striped Bass fishery. Captain John will discuss the remarkable story of the recovery of the Hudson River striped bass population which was long ago devastated by pollution and over-fishing. John has lived on or close to the shores of the Hudson his entire life.

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