A New York Councilman is now enjoying the fruits of his labor after spending late-fall and winter building a handmade rowboat.
According to an article in the Shelter Island Reporter, Peter Reich, a veteran Republican councilman on Shelter Island, New York, has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the SUNY Maritime College in Ft. Schuyler, where he majored in naval architecture. He repaired boats and worked at a marina back in the early 1980s, but had never built a boat until he got bitten by the bug that prompted him to buy a boatbuilding kit.
He plunked down $1,400 for the kit, $2,000 for a front-rowing mechanism and estimates he spent about $200 more on paint and other minor supplies. His records show he spent 110 hours from the time the kit arrived last fall until early April when he finished work in time for an Easter Sunday launching in Menantic Creek.
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