Bowsprite: A New York Harbor Sketchbook

Fishing Boats

Posted in new york harbor, vhf, watercolor, drawing, boat, sketch, waterfront by bowsprite on 2009/05/01

Peconic Puffin had put in a request to see things move a bit on these pages, and so I am happy to oblige…

I. Every Boat Show at the Jacob Javits Center at the end of the year, you can find me tending some table for some historic vessel.

During one break, I was herding a small group of children who went straight for the luxury yachts. They launched off the swim platforms and shot up, climbing up all gangways, waving from the sundecks, peeking into cabins (—oh, sorry, I mean staterooms), examining anything set out in the galley, testing silk pillows, crowding into the cockpit. The yacht salespeople would insist that the children be accompanied by an adult, that everyone take off shoes, and would bear with us with various levels of tolerance until the whirlwind would move off to the next boat.

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We wandered through luxury yachts, sailing boats, and ended up on the other side of the convention hall. Still full of energy, the children charged up one boat where two men were talking. I lumbered after them, and asked the men if they wanted us to take off our shoes.

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They looked at me and said, “This is a fishing boat.”

We all had a good laugh. You can tell which side of the bar I’m sitting at for happy hour.

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II. The chief mate of the Amistad was in town and stopped by to visit. He picked up my VHF, and looking at the fleet of fishing boats said in a faux-Bayridge Bklyn accent: “Tony, you there? Tony–you there?”

“You know someone there?”

“No, but there’s always a ‘Tony.’”

What are they fishing for? we are not quite sure…

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  1. O Docker said, on 2009/05/01 at 23:34

    Always the details! What luxury motor yot is complete without a zebra skin rug?

    • bowsprite said, on 2009/05/01 at 23:41

      Aha! the Unblogger strikes again! the mark of O seared into the screen…

  2. Jed said, on 2009/05/02 at 10:33

    I. Looks like Tiger skin to me
    II. You NAILED that oh so condescending frown on Jeeves – The Boat Butler

  3. tugster said, on 2009/05/03 at 05:33

    best rendition of a “wedding cake” yacht i’ve yet seen. bellisimo in a bart way! as to said-zebra skin, i’m 100% with Jed: coloration and design is more feline of the sauvage sort than striped equine.

    • bowsprite said, on 2009/05/03 at 08:43

      The skin, dear friends, is the pelt of the en vogue genetic improvement on skins of old, that of the Tibra. It has the long stripes of the zebra with the coloration of the tiger which goes much better with most decks of endangered, exotic wood, comes with a ceritificate of pedigree from the lab, and is strong: impervious to traffic of stiletto heels.

  4. Michael said, on 2009/05/03 at 09:01

    “Lady, this is a FISHING boat…you wanna wear your shoes? You can gut a frickin’ TUNA if you wanna.”

    -a Tony.

    Thanks for the new eye candy, Ms. Sprite! I shall spend my day with visions of tibra skins.

  5. Jed said, on 2009/05/03 at 11:43

    Stilettos?
    They must get put on AFTER transiting a slatted dock (I hope) Of course they WILL make it across ONCE.
    And I’ll bet they sit beneath a jacket with a Red left sleeve and a Green right sleeve

    Just sayin’

  6. George Conk said, on 2009/05/05 at 13:02

    Bowsprite -

    Those 3 draggers look like the 3 at anchor in Port Clyde, ME, near where I am right now.

    I wish we saw a lot more of that off the Colgate clock.

    - George

  7. John Paul XII said, on 2009/05/06 at 06:20

    as i boarded the carnival cruise liner for my mardi gras celebration, a voice beamed out, ‘take off your shoes, you are standing on holy ground’ . “these are slippers, i pleaded”.”well you haven’t been watching where you are stepping” was the answer. i looked down and to my dismay i saw that indeed one of my bootees had been sullied. I tried boarding the fishing vessel but had no better luck. so I kicked my slipper up to the moon.


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