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Boating Destination Reviews for Travelers Along the Eastern Seaboard

Tug captain offers his transit tips

Capt. Bill Brucato started out as a deckhand on his father’s tugboat almost 40 years ago and has been “licensed and steering” tugs for more than 30 years. He is based in New York Harbor, but ranges as far as Bucksport, Maine, and Norfolk, Va. He serves as master of the articulated tug barge Nicole L. Reinauer for Reinauer Transportation Co. in New York.

Brucato shares some thoughts about how boaters should — and should not — transit the East River and Hell Gate.

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Resources/Water Tours/Marinas - New York City

New York City's expansive waterways

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Schnaitman's - Wye Mills, Md.

Photos by Bob Grieser 

Have you ever wanted to be a chicken necker — that is, try your hand at being a Chesapeake Bay crabber for a day, even if you’re without a boat, basket, crab net or trotline rig?

Get thee to Charlie Schnaitman’s Wye Landing seafood compound, a family operation squirreled since the late 1940s near the head of the fabled Wye River off the Miles River on Maryland’s middle Eastern Shore. Here reside in elegant repose and growing fat the monster “Number One Jimmies” — males that can measure 8-plus inches across their hard shells.
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The Miami River

Photos by Michael Pancier.

The Miami River, known in times past as the Sweetwater River or Lemon River, is just 5-1/2 miles long, but it packs a lot into those few miles. Reputed to have been a lawless drug haven during the “Miami Vice” era of the 1980s, the river has since settled down while remaining very much an urban waterway that reflects a diverse population and a kaleidoscope of backdrops.

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Perfect Picks

Photos by Robert L. Drake

Soundings contributing writer Mary Drake and her photographer husband, Bob, have profiled 150 destinations for Soundings since 1986. Traveling every year between their homes in Hodgdon, Maine, St. Simons Island, Ga., and Big Pine Key, Fla., the couple are gifted with a restless curiosity that keeps them poking around and looking for unique, historically rich, friendly waterfront communities that are steeped in maritime tradition and heartily embrace boats and boaters.

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