Thursday, June 16, 2011

Women only: Building boats and connections

Originally published in Long Island Newsday, June 10, 2011.

When temperatures across Long Island began to plummet last December, Ann Bell had no difficulty deciding how to occupy her time. To dispel the winter blues, she signed up for a challenging task, joining six other women at the Carmans River Maritime Center in Brookhaven Hamlet for its inaugural women-only boatbuilding class.

During the program's three-hour sessions on Sunday afternoons, starting in early December and lasting for about six months, she constructed her own kayak from a kit, complete with a seat, seat back, footbraces and a hatch. It was her first building experience of any kind. ...

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