Boating With Baymen Tour Kicks Off In Montauk This Saturday

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Long Island Traditions will host its annual Boating with the Baymen tour out of Montauk this Saturday as the kickoff to a series of educational and historical lectures at sea.

This is the first year the tour will set sail from Montauk, said Nancy Soloman, executive director of Long Island Traditions. The Montauk tour is one of three, she added. The other two depart from Bay Shore and Freeport in June and late October, respectively.

“Montauk seemed fitting,” Ms. Soloman said of the organization’s choice to host a tour from that location. “We’ve worked closely with commercial fishermen out there and we want to help educate people on what challenges commercial fishermen face on the East End.”

The tour will have three storytelling sessions, Ms. Soloman said. The first will include stories about working on the water and the necessities for doing so, including what types of fish are in season, “close calls,” and the “occupational culture,” she added.

“Then we’re going to segue into a discussion about women in the fishing industry,” Ms. Soloman said. “A lot of people think these women are sitting at home waiting for their husbands. Women are really partners with their spouses.”

The tour will also include original poetry and storytelling by local commercial fisherman Dave Krusa.

“I’ll probably read excerpts from a story I wrote called Winter’s Trip,” Mr. Krusa said. The story, he explained, is about an off-shore storm during a 10-day fishing trip.

“It’s a very real depiction of a very real storm,” he said, and laughed when asked if the story was fictional.

Mr. Krusa, who also plans on reading some of his poetry, said much of his work is inspired by boating traditions and ocean elements.

“One is about the change of watches, one is about salinity, safe harbor, how the sea can be a saving hand,” he added.

Chip Duryea, another local fisherman in Montauk, will talk about the lobster industry and its changes on his family’s business, Ms. Soloman said.

“I think from a cultural perspective, there’s a strong sense of identity shared among these fishermen,” she said. “I think they’ll always be connected to the water and are happy to share how to save that for future generations. There’s also an understanding of what it means to catch fish as well as learning from people in their families. We want to share the role of tradition in the fishing community.”

The tour from Montauk will take place on The Viking Superstar, and is scheduled for this Saturday, May 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. It will depart from the Viking Dock, 462 West Lake Drive. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children under 16. For more information, visit www.longislandtraditions.org, or call (516) 767-8803.

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