Recapture history in the Bayles Boat Shop Study and Learn the Joy of Wood
In October 2006, within 10 days, the post and beam frame was shaped, assembled and raised with the help of the Timber Framers. Over 100 volunteers, organizations and businesses pitched in giving their time, money, services and equipment.
Since then, working through winter snow and summer heat, volunteers have completed the structure. Senator LaValle procured another grant for $25,000 and NYS Assemblyman Steve Engelbright obtained another one for $50,000. Over $40,000 was raised in cash from the community, donations which are commemorated with names carved into beams and rafters of the structure.
The project has also been supported by tremendous discounts on materials, and countless volunteer hours of work. LISEC especially recognizes Nassau Suffolk Lumber Company, which provided all our lumber needs at their cost, and most recently, Bright Side Electrical, which did all the interior wiring without cost - saving LISEC $15,000.
The Boat Shop truly is a team effort
to be enjoyed by all.
THE STORY OF THE BAYLES BOAT SHOP
The building and restoration of wooden boats was one of LISEC's early commitments. As the program expanded and captured the interest of the community, a permanent home for the activity was researched. Master carpenter, Bill Ramsden, who had already built the 39' Malabar Schooner TAO in his back yard, proposed building a post and beam structure using 1850's technology in keeping with the history of the original Bayles Boatyard once located at this site. LISEC's former director Guy Wulfing discovered the Timber Framers Guild from Beckett, Massachusetts, which assists not-for-profit organizations in creating timber frame structures for community use.
Jacques Garant came on board as the architect. LISEC's application was accepted by the Guild and LISEC went to work getting planning approval, preparing the site, and laying a foundation. Crucial to the project at this step was Phil Schiavone who had managed large construction projects for years with E.W. Howell and Company.
Donations of service came at many stages – tree clearing, cement pouring, bull dozing.The real leap forward came with a NYS grant for $50,000 procured by NYS Senator LaValle to raise the frame. It was an exciting day when the lumber arrived.
Pine branch secured for good luck
...a job well done...
...thanks to many volunteer efforts...
LONG ISLAND SEAPORT & ECO CENTER
101A EAST BROADWAY
PORT JEFFERSON, NY 11777
INSIDE THE BAYLES BOAT SHOP
...bringing the past into the present...
The Bayles Boat Shop at Harborfront Park is open for business every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9am- 12 noon and Tuesday evenings 7pm-9pm
and you are invited to visit, even help.
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Restored Beetle Cat with trailer - $5,500