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Up in the Headwaters I wrote about in June, a friend named Clark builds “woods cruisers.” These assemblages of a decaying fleet of Toyotas (recovered thefts) allow him to move tools around a large tract of land in forest conservancy. A cruiser must meet two criteria: functionality and reliability . Harbors have counterparts to his cruisers, often repurposed, one-offs, unique and lavished with care to keep them functional and reliable. In the Harlem river, it’s Joseph P, a clean basic platform that can haul and push. I’ve no idea who owns Joseph P.

 

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This unnamed workboat on the Arthur Kill passed with such throaty sounds that I’m convinced its small size masks substantial power. Anyone interpret the dayshape just forward the twin stacks?

 

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The crowd on this boat passing Ellis Island puzzles me.

 

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One of the strangest places for a workboat is here, hanging from the Manhattan Bridge all summer, puzzling especially when no one ever seems working in the scaffolding.

 

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Last one for now, Julia, small but seaworthy and elegant. Call it a crew boat. This one’s for Clark, who’d just love to tinker.

 

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Finally, an unrelated link, YouTube clips from Mr. Boat aka Menheer Boot. Stuff goes wrong.

Also, check bowiechick’s waterlogged helping of sand here.

All images by Will Van Dorp.

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