Bayles Boat Shop brings boat building back to Long Island

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Most mornings on the Port Jefferson, N.Y. harbor front are quiet ones.  But on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, while locals are jogging or walking their dogs along the water, Bayles Boat Shop is an eruption of construction sounds.  Sawing, drilling, hammering, the works.

An aroma of sawdust and epoxy fills the modest, rectangular shed that sits in the shadow of the Port Jefferson Village Center on East Broadway.  Inside, Long Island Seaport and Eco Center (LISEC) Board of Directors President Betty Ann Arink is making her way around the room, talking to the other 36 boat shop members.  Continue reading →