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tcm
February 11th, 2007, 08:00 AM
hi. we're visiting NYC weds feb14 to sunday and i need to know if there's somehwere i can buy or rent or borrow a small boat? An inflatable with oars would be great, or anything with a sail would be fantastic. This is very important.

Ok, the reason for the boat is that i need to "sail" past the Times Square webcam. Because in the UK, when things are a bit slow somebody sails past a webcam, which livens things up for others on a UK boating forum. Well, actually, they love it, and there is no doubt that somehow boating/sailing down the sidewalk would go down very well for webcam viewers.

The webcam is next to TGI Fridays and a suitable time is 7am eastern time ie midday UK time = GMT. Also somehow sailing/rowing/slithering along the pavement (sorry, I mean sidewalk) in a small boat at 7am will be ok, ish, at that time, possibly, without disturbing the traffic too much.

We are staying at four seasons hotel, self wife and two kids 4 nites weds-sun. Perhaps msg or email me, if you have any ideas for the sailing/boating event. I can pay forexpenses in dragging a boat along, or it could be on a trailor i suppose. Any ideas welcome. Most likely is a crummy inflatable with oars and i can chuck the thing afterwards. But of course, with it being America perhaps there are more options.

Now of course it may be that dozens of new yorkers are just itching to have a sail in Times Square, in which case of course no harm in anyone else turning up and faux-sailing or boating along the sidewalk at or around 7am. Whatever. Or perhaps this is already quite popular and there's an established NYC Sidewalk Sailing Club? If so, perhaps someone has details?

Otherwise i need to know where to buy a smallish boat in manhattan.

Oh and look don't just say "jeez, totally ridiculous" because that's stating the obvious. I know it's ridiculous. Or you can say it's ridiculous but i'll still need a boat.

Cheers.

Matt

lofter1
February 11th, 2007, 11:25 AM
That's a tough one -- you might be better off, both price-wise and logistics-wise. to purchase an inflatable boat.

How about one like this that seats 4 for $49.95 (http://www.amazon.com/Challenger-68364-four-person-inflatable/dp/B00080ND2E/sr=1-8/qid=1171210487/ref=sr_1_8/002-1938387-3011215?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods)? Any rental would probably cost you more -- IF you could find it.

Methinks the yellow would show up great on the webcam ...
http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B00080ND2E.01-A14X2WOLPJFQSS._SS400_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg
However, oars are extra (http://www.amazon.com/Sevylor-Aluminum-Oars-59/dp/B0000BYF4A/ref=pd_sim_sg_2/002-1938387-3011215) (19.95):
http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/B0000BYF4A.01-A1PVVMQ30UW2Y0._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg
This less flashy one only seats 2 (http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-Colossus-Two-Person-Inflatable-Boat/dp/B0009PURMC/sr=1-4/qid=1171210487/ref=sr_1_4/002-1938387-3011215?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods), but the oars are included ...

Although the grey color might cause it to become "invisible" on a NYC sidewalk:
http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/B0009PURMC.01._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg

ZippyTheChimp
February 11th, 2007, 11:41 AM
Do it on Feb 14th and call it The Love Boat.

CMANDALA
February 11th, 2007, 04:07 PM
The Hudson River shoreline is encased in ice. There are ice flows in the river. Terrible conditions for sailing any small boat, especially an inflatable. The USCG or NYPD would pick you up as soon as you were spotted.

This photo was taken February 9.

lofter1
February 12th, 2007, 10:57 AM
Shouldn't ^^^ be a concern ...




... i need to "sail" past the Times Square webcam ... somehow sailing/rowing/slithering along the pavement (sorry, I mean sidewalk) in a small boat at 7am will be ok

... it may be that dozens of new yorkers are just itching to have a sail in Times Square, in which case of course no harm in anyone else turning up and faux-sailing or boating along the sidewalk ...

Last I heard Times Square wasn't experiencing any ice floes.

(Although it is indeed true that there is ice all along the Hudson River shore; pictures HERE (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=147578&postcount=13).)

CMANDALA
February 12th, 2007, 03:24 PM
My error, for some reason I thought he really wanted to be on the water.

FrankHegly
February 14th, 2007, 03:41 AM
Lol this is funny.

I agree with Zippy go for an inflatable boat... i dont think that 'liberating' one from Central Park lake would be appreciated and other than that I think you would have difficulties finding a boat and getting it to times square.

I would also recommmend buying a skateboard and putting it under the boat.... this way you could actually move along.

This would be funny to watch...:)

ZippyTheChimp
February 14th, 2007, 07:30 AM
Snow and ice in New York today.

Sail (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Iceboat.jpg) down Broadway.

CMANDALA
February 14th, 2007, 09:01 AM
I don't know if the same camera is still working, but when Howard Johnsons was open, there was a closeup webcam view on the internet. You would stand on the corner of Broadway and 46th Street, facing east. Camera was across the street, high on the billboards. I brought many tour groups there. They'd call their friends and tell them to log on to the webcam site. Only time it was spoiled was if a Gray Line tour bus blocked the scene.

We've also had fun with some of these:

http://nyctmc.org/xmanhattan.asp

tcm
February 20th, 2007, 12:38 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pK9xIxr1Wo

ZippyTheChimp
February 20th, 2007, 02:41 PM
So silly, it's a LOL moment.

:)

lofter1
February 20th, 2007, 08:52 PM
My hat is off to you, Matt ...

Well done!! http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/images/icons/icon14.gifhttp://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/images/icons/icon14.gifhttp://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/images/icons/icon14.gifhttp://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/images/icons/icon14.gifhttp://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/images/icons/icon14.gif

ps: Where did you get the boat?

tcm
February 20th, 2007, 10:57 PM
Boat purchased from a catalogue-shop (Argos) in uk for practise run and then brought over in hand baggage. We arrived at JFK during the snowy conditions last week on wednesday evening and very cold on thursday and friday - the temp during the sidewalk-boating was around 17 degrees, which probably (partly) explains why passers-by just continued walking rather than stopped to ask what on earth...

Oh and thanks for the tip about a yellow boat btw, hadn't considered that until you mentioned it

Back in UK now, excellent trip.

lofter1
February 21st, 2007, 05:49 PM
From today at curbed (http://www.curbed.com/archives/2007/02/21/british_vessel_invades_times_square.php) ...

British Vessel Invades Times Square

Wednesday, February 21, 2007, by ROK88

http://www.curbed.com/2007_02_TSRafting1a.JPG


For those heading to work through Times Square early last Friday morning it should have been quite the wake-up call: Two suspicious characters rowing down the icy sidewalk in an apparent attempt to invade the local TGIF. Not since the War of 1812 has anyone attempted such a brazen naval incursion into New York City territory. And right under the watchful eye of the Times Square web cam. Now presented (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pK9xIxr1Wo) for all the world to see. Reports from the perpetrators (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?p=149524#post149524) claim their mission was a complete success and that they have now returned to their homebase:
Boat purchased from a catalogue-shop in UK for practise run and then brought over in hand baggage ... the temp during the sidewalk-boating was around 17 degrees ... Back in UK now, excellent trip.One can only wonder what secrets the nefarious "rafters" were able to carry away with them.


http://www.curbed.com/2007_02_TSRafting2.JPG

Sidewalk Rafting (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pK9xIxr1Wo) [youtube]
help please: boating in Times Sq, Friday 16th at 7am (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?p=149524#post149524) [wirednewyork]

krulltime
February 22nd, 2007, 12:11 PM
Boat purchased from a catalogue-shop (Argos) in uk for practise run and then brought over in hand baggage. We arrived at JFK during the snowy conditions last week on wednesday evening and very cold on thursday and friday - the temp during the sidewalk-boating was around 17 degrees, which probably (partly) explains why passers-by just continued walking rather than stopped to ask what on earth...

Oh and thanks for the tip about a yellow boat btw, hadn't considered that until you mentioned it

Back in UK now, excellent trip.

:D That was hilarious! Please come back and boat in Times Square again. Do it on another season besides the winter time. There will be more people in Times Square for sure. But do it earlier in the morning again. Less people but a good amount.

Funny that Curbed took note.