Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Gowanus Canal Boat Yard?

Along the Gowanus Canal, on the hard behind the Tom Ottterness studio, lies a 20-something foot sloop. While not the first sailboat we've seen along the Gowanus, this is much more peculiar because a crane was needed to pull her out of the water. From our vantage point, we could see that the boat is fully rigged with a mainsail and a relatively new outboard. She appeared to have decent bottom paint. We know the boat has been out of the water for at least six months.

In the water is what appears to be a Boston Whaler. It is conceivable that this Whaler is used to commute and for pleasure or even a run to Fairway.

Perhaps Otterness knows the story of the boats.

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At Thursday, July 17, 2008 5:14:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How interesting. How did they get it there? Looks like a 22-footer of 70s/early 80s vintage. An O'Day 22, maybe? I spoke once with the owner of Fat Cat, the Irwin Citation 31 that used to dock further up the canal. Apparently, they would charge him 500/month for docakge, so in the end he's had to sell it. Plus the aggravation of having to give a two hours' notice to the bridge folks each time he wanted to sail...,



At Friday, July 18, 2008 5:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've walked by a number of times and was kinda jealous. By the way I noticed you don't have a search box on your blog, would be nice if there was one - I read back a bunch of posts looking for any mention of Manhattan Sailing Club - couldn't find one. Have an opinion?


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