Speaking of wind, not to be alarming, but there is a GALE WARNING (!!!) in effect until 6 p.m. So this is not the day to see if the skiff might be seaworthy.
Per the Weather Channel:
WHAT...Northeast winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 35 kt and seas 2 to 4 feet.WHERE...Long Island Sound west of Port Jefferson and New Haven, and New York Harbor.WHEN...Until 6 PM EDT this evening.IMPACTS...Strong winds will cause hazardous seas which could capsize or damage vessels and reduce visibility.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Mariners should alter plans to avoid these hazardous conditions. Remain in port, seek safe harbor, alter course, and/or secure the vessel for severe conditions.
Speaking of the Mariners, Seattle made the playoffs this year.