Promising way to start the day, with a schooner sailing by! That's the Pioneer, ordinarily out of the South Street Seaport, and one of 2 schooners that was offering free rides all day.
Red Hook Boaters boats at the Valentino Pier Park ("home port" for them), on their way & headed for Governor's Island.
Hipster eco-art boat. I was told that the story with these boats was that they were made entirely out of found materials and cost almost nothing to build. Looks it too, doesn't it? Think I'll stick with my "boughten" boat.
US Army Corps of Engineers Drift Collection Vessel, the Hayward (thank you Tugster Will for the ID!) at Yankee Pier.
Kayaks on the grass (alas, alas) plus a nice red canoe (woohoo, woohoo) and out on the water, retired fireboat John J. Harvey & one of the New York Waterways ferries that were bringing people to & from the island all day.
OK, so the art boat didn't sink. And the police barricade oars are a cute touch. I guess. Still, just looks so slapped-together. Oh well, I'm a fine one to talk, I never built a boat, now did I?
Notorious G.I.G. (hee hee)
6-man (or woman) canoe from New York Outrigger
Continuing on with the tropical theme, a stand-up paddler made the trip with the Manhattan Kayak Company contingent - ok, I'm impressed!
The Water Pod. More floating eco-artistic-ness, but very thought out and looked to have been put together with care. Actually made me think "Hm, must be kind of cool to be one of the group on this" (I'd be infinitely too square, I just know it). For more info, http://www.thewaterpod.org
Schooner Adirondack, giving free rides all day (always proud to say I was part-time crew on this boat for 5 seasons - hard work but I loved it). I was terribly tempted to try to go for a ride, but I know where they dock, I can go buy a ticket any time (or maybe get to tag along for free if they aren't filling up and I know the people who are working that day), and it was my first time ever on Governors Island, and I decided to keep checking out the island intead.
In the foreground, the Swivel, a 40-something tugboat used by GIPEC (the group that runs Governors Island) as a ferry for personnel & the like. Way off in the distance, one of the escort boats sees the Long Island City Boathouse gang safely to the Brooklyn shore. They did a nice job, those escorts.