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Call it a sea change.  The air warms up although the water is still very cold.

Sea Lion does what it has all winter, but what’s different is the reappearance of non-workboats.  Sea Lion has some history on this blog.

Evening Light moves north in anticipation of summer.

Pleasure boats move into an environment that has been consistently about work throughout the winter.

Mischief passes New Champion and Stephen Dann, which brought in highway ramp sections.  Would these sections be for the Bayonne, the Tappan Zee, or another?

Small party boats

head out to catch what spring fish migrate in. Should there be a Really Never Snuff Express?

Bigger party boats appear as well.

Fast open boats and

slower enclosed cruisers, of all sorts

pass Atlantic Salvor as it returns from another dredge spoils run.

Norwegian Escape has smaller boats

accompany it on its way into the Narrows and the harbor.  If my numbers are correct, Escape has capacity for 5999 souls, including crew, which is more than the population of Taos, Marfa, and well more than the town where I grew up.

I’ve not seen many of these smaller boats since early last fall, and on a warm Sunday, they start to reappear.  Drive safe; work safe.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, whose other posts about small craft can be read here.

 

Does “shiny” help you beat away the blues?  My first thought upon seeing this boat was that it might be made by the same folks who designed the stern of a Citroen DS.  Any guesses on the price you’d pay to buy this 44′ runabout?

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Some folks cruise slowly,

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and other go so fast I couldn’t make out the name.

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Here’s a Texas-flagged Refuge on the Hudson.

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I could see getting this for some professional development.

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Back to our shiny 44-footer.  It’s a Zeelander that’ll set you back a staggering $1.34 million!  That’s a Zeelander, as in Zeeland, Michigan.  Here’s a short video about the builder, Leon Slikkers.  For more on the boats, click here.

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And many thanks to Mage, very frequent commenter on this blog.  Mage beats the hot weather blues by going down to see the ships, as she did here on the pier to see USS Midway.  Click here to see more boat pics Mage took recently.

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All fotos–except the one of Mage and cousin–by Will Van Dorp.

… as in “ain’t no [time] for [them] as well as “ain’t no cure for them.”  Here’s to all ways of getting on the water for fun . . . aka whatever boat’s your float!  So here’s an idea:  send me your best “beat the summertime blues” fotos  and I’ll post them.  I have some from you already.  Fotos should be your own, and I’ll choose ones that are focused, well-composed, . .  and at least 300k.

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In not too much time we’ll be dressed for iceboating, cowering in a dark four p.m. corner out of the icy gale rather than basking in seven p. m. sunwarmth, stepping carefully on icy surfaces, dealing with frozen equipment, and  . . .

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Here are some recent rec-boats I’ve taken fotos of, starting with a Manhattan  smartboat . . .

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a green flash,

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a rising Nimble from Michigan,

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a Trophy fishing (?) in Susan H‘s net,

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a Nordhavn 35 negotiating the last lock before Lake Ontario,

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passing the corn barge (two up) and English River,

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an elegant wooden Owens  half a century young,

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Valentine the Nordic Tug 35 from Morro Bay, CA,

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(A parenthetical note:  When I asked the owner if he knew Fred of Tug44, his response was, “Doesn’t everybody?”)

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Bernadette a Trumpy “houseboat,”

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and of course my conveyance in Guanabara Bay, where technically it is winter, Do Surf, with a tiller to steer her by.

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So no matter what your float to beat the summertime blues and no matter where you float on any part of the +70% watery parts of the globe, if you feel like it, send your pics and I’ll choose what to put up, as I have before.

Here and here are some of my previous fotos of folks plying the waters for play.

Unrelated:  Dewaruci–a visitor to the sixth boro in summer 2012–has been dismasted off western Australia.

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