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North Brooklyn Boat Club Adds Floating Dock for Easier Water Access

By Meredith Hoffman | July 24, 2012 7:02am | Updated on July 24, 2012 9:18am

GREENPOINT — The paddles are poised for boaters to glide more easily onto Newtown Creek with the North Brooklyn Boat Club.

The club launched a floating dock this weekend in its interim space on Ash Street by the Pulaski Bridge, so the group's 20 kayaks, canoes and rowboats can more swiftly slide onto the waves.

"It was exhilarating," club member Jens Rasmussen said of the work carrying the dock's pieces to the water from the street.

"They're big and heavy," he said of the pieces, "but we worked together. We called it a 'work party.'"

Rasmussen, a certified canoe instructor and a member of the club's steering committee, said the dock — loaned by the organization Urban Swim — would allow less experienced boaters to launch vessels, since the drop-off from the platform was just a few inches compared with several feet from their plot of land.

"You just have to bring yourself... and be prepared to get wet," he said of the nautical experience, which is open to club members.

Anyone can join the group — which typically has three weekly rides on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays — by signing up online and paying $30 to the club and $30 to the American Canoe Association, he said.

The 70-person club, which is working to expand membership, began its rides from the Ash Street slice of land earlier this summer.

The group keeps updated ride times on its website (from two-hour trips to 14-mile journeys) and will likely continue boating into October, Rasmussen said.