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Boat show brings enthusiasts to Greenport

Griffin Lewis, 2, of Manhattan, pretends to steer

Griffin Lewis, 2, of Manhattan, pretends to steer a boat on display at the North Fork Chamber of Commerce and Greenport Village Boat Show at Mitchell Park and Marina in Greenport. (June 9, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)

Griffin Lewis’ hair, with short red ringlets, waved in the breeze while he pretended to steer a 20-foot speed boat at North Fork Chamber of Commerce and Greenport Village Boat Show at Mitchell Park Marina Saturday.

His father Evan Lewis sat next to him, waiting for his son to finish his “excursion.”

“We came here with my wife and daughter,” said Lewis, 43, of Manhattan, who spends his summers in Orient with his family. “We bring the kids out mostly because he [Griffin] likes getting on the boats. We love the waterfront in Greenport and we love getting on and off boats.”

The second annual boat show will continue Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with visitors taking a peek inside 50 boats, representing 13 different companies, displayed for sale or rent.

Richard Abatelli, 66, a board member of the North Fork Chamber of Commerce and event organizer, said the show helps businesses and gives potential buyers a head start on purchasing a boat to sail this summer.

Kathie and Al Martin, who live in Southold on the weekends, recently purchased a 22-foot Hydra-Sports boat for fishing, but they still browsed the boats docked.

“We just bought ours at a boat show in Southampton, but we came here to reevaluate what we bought and to see if there was something better,” said Kathie Martin, 62, of Massapequa. “We really have to find a hobby in our old age and we’d like to learn how to fish.”

Jeff Goubeaud, Mitchell Park and Marina manager, said this year’s boat show has grown, with 10 more boats and a better turnout than last year, which was affected by rain.

“It’s a slow weekend normally, but this event is another way of attracting people,” said Goubeaud, 57, of Southold. “We have boats for sale ranging in size from 20 footers to 54.”

It’s Phyllis Pattinian’s second year coming to the boat show, but this time she came with an avid fisherman, her friend Mark Novak, of Medford. They looked at a one-person kayak up for sale, a newer version of one Novak already owns.

Pattinian and Novak walked away from the kayak and looked out over the marina at the boats.

“On the island, it’s very congested with cars,” said Pattinian, of Middle Island. “It’s nice to get away.”

Above: Griffin Lewis, 2, of Manhattan, pretends to steer a boat on display at the North Fork Chamber of Commerce and Greenport Village Boat Show at Mitchell Park and Marina in Greenport. (June 9, 2012)

Tags: Greenport , North Fork , chamber of commerce , boat , show

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