Cruising the Great South Bay on the Moon Chaser

Regardless of what may be Long Island inhabitants’ roots set in sedentary cement, there is nothing like a cruise around the Great South Bay to offer you an aquatic alternative for their view and empower them to briefly adopt a tourist’s viewpoint of the place they call home 3d moon lamp Australia. It was this philosophy that enticed me from land to sea to the”Moon Chaser” trip boat from Captree State Park on a recent mid-July day.

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“Captree State Park (itself) is situated at the eastern tip of the narrow beach known as Jones Beach Island,” according to itself description.

The park offers a snack bar, a nautically-themed, full size restaurant, a bait and tackle store, and two fishing piers for land-launched lines.

The place on this dry, flawlessly blue, 80-degree day said summer on Long Island. The air was suffused with the sound of seagulls, which flapped, cried , and flew, and the scent of the sea. The parking lot on the other side afforded to the one on the side, as a lineup of mainly fishing boats–Long Island’s largest fleet of these, actually –bowed into the dock, such as the”Capt. Eddie B. III,” that the”Spectrum,” that the”North Star II,” along with the”Bay Princess II.”

Water lapped in the deck. The seagulls sang. And fishing rods projected out of everyone, as if they constituted their third arms.

Designed and constructed by the Blount Marine Corporation, of Warren, Rhode Island, also found in 1982, the blue-and-white”Moon Chaser” vessel intended for my own nautical excursion, stretched 65 feet, accommodated up to 220 on 2 decks, and was tied to the furthest pier from the restaurant complicated.

Cruising the Great South Bay

A brief line facing its cellular ticket booth, as happened every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon in the summer, suggested a match of roughly 25 on its excursion now.

A laborious engine mill signaled its 13:00 departure and a brief backpacks jolt preceded a 180-degree turn and follow during the buoy-lined channel, as the Captree Boat Basin receded from sunlight.

Mimicking the”Moon Chaser’s” course, two additional, fishing trip destined boats trailed it, riding its aftermath, while two inbound vessels, the”Laura Lee” and the”Captree Princess,” created their strategies.

Among the proverbial bread slices, along with Long Island itself, it ensured that the 45-mile-long Great South Bay remained sandwiched between landmasses and thus protected from the Atlantic, whose access was supplied from the inlet between Jones Beach Island’s eastern and Fire Island’s western endings.

Native to the region were the Meroke Tribes, but the oldest settlers were those from Europe, who encountered them in the 17th century, eventually establishing a succession of south east shore bay towns, based upon fishing and boating, such as Lindenhurst, Babylon, Islip, Oakdale, Sayville, Bayport, Blue Point, Patchogue, Bellport, Shirley, and Mastic Beach.

Assessing to pierce the differently bright day, the lens beneath the black-and-white towered Fire Island Lighthouse blinked in the boat as it inched toward it, abreast of the sand and scrub shoreline from the starboard side.

Appearing like an uninterrupted pattern of projected fishing rods wrapped around its deck, the”Island Princess,” anchored a short distance off, passed off to vent.

Established on September 11, 1964, when Congress designated 26 miles of Fire Island as a national seashore, which narrow tract of land today encircles 17 residential areas, New York’s only federally deemed wilderness, marine and upland habitat, wildlife, beaches, recreational amenities, and many historic sights.

Rhythmic waves, high dunes, historical maritime forests, historic landmarks, and glimpses of woods, Fire Island has been a special place for diverse plants, animals, and humans for centuries. Far from the stress of city life, lively barrier island shores offer you both privacy and camaraderie, and spiritual renewal.”

Though the Statue of Liberty was the symbolic entry to New York Harbor, the Fire Island Lighthouse was the actual one since the 19th century, directing transatlantic ships and people transporting the millions of European immigrants from the Old World into the new.

The first, 74-foot-high structure serving this function, a cream colored octagonal pyramid of Connecticut River blue split stone constructed in 1826 in the island’s end, certainly indicated the inlet, but did not necessarily serve the purpose.


Too brief, in fact, to accomplish this, it was dismantled when Congress appropriated $40,000 in 1857 to get a 168-foot, creamy yellow substitute that uttered a red brick tower and was first lit on November 1 of the subsequent year, even though stone from the original had been integrated into its terrace.