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Robert and Ann Mauchan of West Islip grill burgers on board Always and Forever at Gilgo State Park in Babylon at the Jones Beach Power Squadron's annual "Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville" event. (July 14, 2013)

Love boats

Many Long Islanders keep summer afloat with buoyant traditions and boating camaraderie.

Robert and Ann Mauchan of West Islip grill
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Robert and Ann Mauchan of West Islip grill burgers on board Always and Forever at Gilgo State Park in Babylon at the Jones Beach Power Squadron's annual "Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville" event. (July 14, 2013)

At the Coast Guard Cut (aka Sunset Cove),
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At the Coast Guard Cut (aka Sunset Cove), at Gilgo State Park in Babylon, members of the Jones Beach Power Squadron hold their annual "Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville" event. This year 19 boats tied up together. (July 14, 2013)

Holding hands, girls take flight to make a
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Holding hands, girls take flight to make a big splash at Gilgo State Park. (July 14, 2013)

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At the helm: Neil Phillips of Freeport on
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At the helm: Neil Phillips of Freeport on an outing with friends in the Peconic Bay out of Greenport. (July 27, 2013)

Dusk on dark waters offers a rosy sunset
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Dusk on dark waters offers a rosy sunset view for a boating trio off Atlantique, Fire Island. (July 5, 2013)

City firefighter Rich Hill of Oakdale, center, takes
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City firefighter Rich Hill of Oakdale, center, takes his wife and two boys to Atlantique, Fire Island, for a few weeks every summer for potato-sack races and other fun. They get there via his 37-foot Tide One On cabin cruiser. (July 5, 2013)

A boater with a hat and a smile
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A boater with a hat and a smile delivers ketchup to another boat at Gilgo State Park at the annual "Margaritaville" event. (July 14, 2013)

Friends relax in the calm of Peconic Bay,
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Friends relax in the calm of Peconic Bay, from left: Elena Budkina of Oyster Bay, skipper Neil Phillips, Cawsie Jijina of Bellmore, Marco Rojas of Oyster Bay, Howard Rotun of Bayside, and Andr’ea Mahee of the Bronx. (July 27, 2013)

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At Tobay Beach Marina in Massapequa, Christine McCauley
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At Tobay Beach Marina in Massapequa, Christine McCauley enjoys coffee on her cruiser, Louisa’s Den. She and her family weekend on the boat, the dock offering a kind of “tailgate party,” she says. (July 5, 2013)

There may be no place like home, but
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There may be no place like home, but for Ed Wallace of Massapequa, who docks at Tobay Marina, his pillow says it all: He’s at home on his boat. (July 5, 2013)

Beside some quiet sunbathing, Tom Fasini swabs the
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Beside some quiet sunbathing, Tom Fasini swabs the swim platform on his boat at Hemlock Cove in Gilgo State Park. (July 14, 2013)

Suited up for the sun, boaters speed out
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Suited up for the sun, boaters speed out of Gilgo State Park for a quick spin. (July 14, 2013)

Boaters kick back in some quiet moments at
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Boaters kick back in some quiet moments at anchor in Hemlock Cove, Gilgo State Park. (July 14, 2013)

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Anchored in Gilgo State Park's Hemlock Cove on
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Anchored in Gilgo State Park's Hemlock Cove on the South Shore, boaters relax and keep cool with beverages. (July 14, 2013)

Andre’a Mahee and Neil Phillips get into the
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Andre’a Mahee and Neil Phillips get into the swing of things dancing on his Chris-Craft in Peconic Bay, between the North and South Forks. (July 27, 2013)

It's party time for the Jones Beach Power
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It's party time for the Jones Beach Power Squadron at Gilgo State Park. As one member says, “We’re like one big family.” There are more than 97,000 boats registered in Nassau and Suffolk, not counting an estimated equal number who sail, kayak, canoe, scull and paddle. (July 14, 2013)

Andre'a Mahee of the Bronx and Cawsie Jijina
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Andre'a Mahee of the Bronx and Cawsie Jijina of Bellmore catch some rays on board Neil Phillips' Chris-Craft in Peconic Bay off Greenport. (July 27, 2013)

At Tobay Beach Marina in Massapequa, James Oates
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At Tobay Beach Marina in Massapequa, James Oates and his wife, Jennifer, enjoy the sunrise on board the Kailey V. (July 5, 2013)

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Jacqueline Skubik of Brightwaters takes a quick exit
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Jacqueline Skubik of Brightwaters takes a quick exit from her boat into the water off Atlantique, Fire Island. (July 5, 2013)

A group of boaters who meet on weekends
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A group of boaters who meet on weekends at Atlantique get some exercise in a sack race on the sand. (July 5, 2013)

Charlie Kornahrens of Islip is a weekend grill
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Charlie Kornahrens of Islip is a weekend grill master for boaters at Atlantique, Fire Island. (July 5, 2013)

Suited up for another boating day, Tom Cassella
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Suited up for another boating day, Tom Cassella enjoys breakfast at Tobay Beach Marina in Massapequa. (July 5, 2013)

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