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Boating fun in spring and summer

It's springtime and it's that month when we're all preparing for summer. Everyone's getting their boats in the water for fun trips. Boating is big in my family, so here are some tips to get you ready:

Kids 12 and older, you can get your boating license during the summer. The Coast Guard Auxiliary offers boating courses throughout Long Island to get your license. Remember, boating can be dangerous, and some safety tools you'll need are Coast Guard-approved life jackets for each person, a fire extinguisher, flare kit, a sound device, a tracking device and many more items.

Before you get your boat in the water, you'll need to prepare it for the season. A full tune-up is recommended. The oil and filter should be changed, as well as the fuel filters and water pumps. You should also paint the bottom of your boat with an antifouling paint to prevent any water stains, algae or barnacles from adhering to the boat.

For all those fishermen out there, my uncle Robert is a pro. He said that Fire Island Inlet is the best place to go in the summer because it's filled with striped bass. Clamming is another fun way to get your feet wet on a hot summer day. Last, you don't need to own a boat to have lots of fun. You can hop on a ferry or water taxi from the South Shore of Long Island and be at Fire Island in 20 minutes. You can have lots of fun traveling with family and friends while hanging out on the ferry's upper deck. Don't forget to search for the Fire Island Lighthouse on your way there!

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