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John Vargo

John Vargo

Boating on the Hudson editor

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 10:47

Tug Boat Round-Up

Tug Boat Round Up

This morning was beautiful. A bit of smoke on the water as mist rose through a great September sunrise. The air a bit cooler and drier than it has been. 

Really, though, the weather has been great and it was nearly perfect for the Roundup - which was pretty darned good!

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016 10:37

The Vikings Have Landed in the Hudson!

vikings on hudson river

This trip, taking a historic copy of a large Viking ship across the North Atlantic from Norway to Labrador,Canada and then to the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes, was truly epic in every sense of the word! The many videos on Youtube provides the viewer with a real sense of what it was like for the original Vikings to have made this trip a thousand years ago. “Oh, you did not know that Vikings explored much of the Northern part of our continent long before anyone else”? Well they did, and there is plenty of proof given to us by archeologists that this is so. Actually on this trip some of the archeological findings were featured in support of the ships trip.

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chelsea yatch club view

Letter to the US Coast Guard

Dear Mr. Lapiejko:

We are writing to express our concerns with the proposed rule which would establish ten new anchorage grounds along the Hudson River between Yonkers, NY and Kingston, NY. Chelsea Yacht Club’s Interest in the Proposed Rule Chelsea Yacht Club is located on the east bank of the Hudson River approximately two miles north of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. Our facilities include a mooring field, boat ramp and launching pit. A Submerged Land License from New York State authorizes up to 140 moorings in our mooring area. Members’ boats range in size up to 36 feet overall length.

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Monday, 26 September 2016 19:24

BOAT TALK WITH with Alex - October 2016

Question: Hi Alex, I have a 2002 Yamaha 115hp 4-stroke outboard boat engine. Just when I need the engine the most, as I was approaching a dock or slip the engine stalls. It makes my hair stand on end! I have tried everything, new plugs, and fuel filter. Have run most of old gas out of the tank. I even tried sea-foam and stable 360. Some people said I needed new fuel injectors, however engine runs just fine at greater speeds. So it cannot be the injectors. Please Help!

Alex: Without actually testing this engine my guess is that it is out of time. It needs to be hooked up to Yamahas YDS scan tool in order to see if the throttle-positioning sensor was working correctly?... READ FULL ARTICLE

Monday, 26 September 2016 19:21

Fountains of Youth

Croton Yacht Club’s “River Day”

The sheer joy of Luella Walsh, age 5, catching her first catfish, and the joy that Tony DiModugno shows in helping her, (he gently held the rod while Luella reeled it in), proves out the saying, “give a child a fishing rod, and they will fish forever!” Commodore Dennis Kooney of the Croton Yacht Club and his crew of volunteer yacht club members have built a wonderful concept into a reality that every yacht club should establish at least once a year on the Hudson River.

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Thousands of words and photos have been used to describe what occurred on the Hudson River on January 15th, 2009 as flight 1549 went into the drink. Here is one fellow’s account of his participation in the rescue. Scott Koen a member of Lincoln Harbor Yacht Club was on scene four minutes after the plane crashed.

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Thursday, 08 September 2016 20:00

Your Insurance with Cathy Karas - September 2016

AIRBNB and Your Homeowners Insurance

A couple of weeks ago in the Sunday edition of the New York Times, there were photos of a wealthy business man who owned an expensive home in South Hampton and a picture of another man, an  xecutive, who paid to rent out the home for a fundraising event for shelter animals. The picture of the man renting the house out showed him on a deck in a bathing suit with a “champagne gun” shooting it into the huge crowd of people.

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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.

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 20:00

Boil Me Crabby!

I had a blast working this month’s column. I was sitting at my desk when our Publisher, John Vargo called, informing me that he was en-route and bringing Blue Claw Crabs. While I’m a big-time seafood freak, I grew up on Long Island, Blue Crabs weren’t my specialty. If you want to talk to me about Steamers, I could drone on for days. Blue Crabs, I knew nothing, but I was going to find out.


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Tuesday, 06 September 2016 20:00

Your Finances - September 2016

Article provided by Art Stahl

Retirement Confidence Leveled Off in 2016

As we think about retirement, we may be very confident that someday we’ll quit working and get out on our boat whenever we feel the urge, or we may be wondering if we’ll ever be able to leave our day job. This article summarizes the latest Retirement Confidence Survey that discloses how the rest of us are feeling about it. AFS.

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Art can be reached by phone at 201-836-2460 or 845-729-7638, or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday, 05 September 2016 20:00

BOAT TALK WITH with Alex - August 2016

Question: Why do I have to worry about my fuel over the winter?

Alex: Nothing you can do for your boat when putting it away is as important as treating the fuel in your tank as the secret to enjoying a trouble free 2017. Buy fuel that is Ethanol free, fuel that is treated to combat the determinal affects of Ethanol in your fuel system like Valvtect, or by using a fuel additive.

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