829 Southdrive

829 Southdrive

A New Jersey state of mind



Thursday, November 1, 2012

My Favorite Boat Yard
















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15 comments:

  1. According to the message, scattered in the back marshes. I was at the shore and planned on swinging by, but I decided to see if Charley had heard anything. I just headed home.

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  2. Oh dear - I've always enjoyed your posts where you share a ramble through Beaton's.

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    1. What killed me is when Charley said to forget about all the antique tools that were in the shed.

      There will be another post featuring Beaton's resurgence, I promise.

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    2. I'll look forward to that one. Sad about the tools, though. When TQ and I took my folks to the South Street Seaport Museum, which is nice but weirdly un-nautical under the auspices of the Museum of the City of New York, I think our favorite thing in the whole place was a large room where someone had laid out this beautiful collection of old hand tools of all sorts on a big, sloped platform. So simple, so gorgeous, and you could have picked a few of them up and built something right there.

      Very, very glad to hear that you & your family came through relatively well. Lucky to have your power back so fast, I didn't think we'd hear much from you for a while!

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    3. "you could have picked a few of them up and built something right there." - no, not really, a docent would have come and yelled at you. But they all looked like you could use 'em and keep using 'em for a hundred more years.

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    4. Note to self: Write post about the few old-fashioned tools that I inherited from my Dad.

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    5. One of the few mementoes I havet from my Dad is one of his old-fashioned tools.

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  3. Baydog,

    I had a hard time understanding Charley's voice mail. What is the condition of your boat?

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    1. Bay Rhumb is intact in Forked River. This yard is in shambles.

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  4. Even after listening to it for the hundredth time, I feel tears emerging, for it's the total resignation of Charley's voice that tells me there's little hope at the moment of feeling any kind of salvation. This will take a long time.

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  5. I don't know the men who work at Beaton's. Not their names or their faces, at least.

    But I know them from the work their hands produce. From the old boats they bring back to life and from the new boats they give life to.

    It's those men who are Beaton's. Not the sheds or the docks or the tools.

    There's more demand for their work today than there was 10 years ago. As the traditions they're keeping alive came close to extinction, folks began waking up to what they were about to lose. Traditional boat building is coming back almost wherever there are salt water and wood.

    These are guys who can bring a boat back from a few rotting ribs. Rebuilding is what they do. And how often do their restorations surpass the originals?

    It will take more than a stinking storm to sink them.

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    1. I'm more at ease after reading this, M.

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  6. Apparently, the sheds themselves survived, I heard that Sjogin sank among many other boats that were still in the water when Sandy arrived. I am only commenting on what I have heard, I have not seen the devastation myself. I hpe that it is not as bad as it sounds, keep everyone in your thoughts and prayers.

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    1. You're my go-to-guy, Chah-looch. You're better off in the Keys. We'll keep you abreast of what's going on here.

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