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  • The 79th Street boat basin, along the Hudson River in Manhattan, is used by both small sailboats and large houseboats where people live year-round.
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    The 79th Street boat basin, along the Hudson River in Manhattan, is used by both small sailboats and large houseboats where people live year-round.
  • There's a seven-year waiting list to rent boat slips but the boat basin also has one pier that the public can use free.
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    There's a seven-year waiting list to rent boat slips but the boat basin also has one pier that the public can use free.
  • At a time when kayaks are growing more popular, Michael Cumella of Manhattan prefers a scull.
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    At a time when kayaks are growing more popular, Michael Cumella of Manhattan prefers a scull.
  • On this mild fall afternoon, he rowed three miles north, reaching as far as 138th Street, and then returning, hugging the shore for most of the way .
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    On this mild fall afternoon, he rowed three miles north, reaching as far as 138th Street, and then returning, hugging the shore for most of the way .
  • To propel a scull, a rider slides back and forth on a seat as he rows, which is much more demanding physically than using oars alone.
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    To propel a scull, a rider slides back and forth on a seat as he rows, which is much more demanding physically than using oars alone.
  • Today a visitor from Oregon, Ray Thomas, who likes to row himself, stops to ask Cumella about his scull.
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    Today a visitor from Oregon, Ray Thomas, who likes to row himself, stops to ask Cumella about his scull.
  • Cumella likes to talk to people about sculling and invites Thomas to go out onto the water himself.
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    Cumella likes to talk to people about sculling and invites Thomas to go out onto the water himself.
  • Sculls go faster than kayaks because they're propelled by the user's legs, not just the oars, and Thomas quickly heads upriver, until he's little more than a dot on the water.
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    Sculls go faster than kayaks because they're propelled by the user's legs, not just the oars, and Thomas quickly heads upriver, until he's little more than a dot on the water.
  • After he returns, Thomas, a lawyer, says he wants to write a pamphlet about the legal rights of kayakers and other rowers, who have to share the waters with faster and more aggressive motorboats.
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    After he returns, Thomas, a lawyer, says he wants to write a pamphlet about the legal rights of kayakers and other rowers, who have to share the waters with faster and more aggressive motorboats.
  • Almost as if to prove Thomas's point, the wake from a distant passing boat begins to head toward the pier.
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    Almost as if to prove Thomas's point, the wake from a distant passing boat begins to head toward the pier.
  • As the pier begins to move and water washes over the edge, Cumella quickly picks up his oars and scull before they're swept into the river.
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    As the pier begins to move and water washes over the edge, Cumella quickly picks up his oars and scull before they're swept into the river.
  • Cumella says he often has to contend with much bigger and more aggressive boats while on the water, and he says sometimes they even toy with him by deliberately circling his scull.
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    Cumella says he often has to contend with much bigger and more aggressive boats while on the water, and he says sometimes they even toy with him by deliberately circling his scull.
  • Although the public can use the pier for free, Cumella rents a storage unit from the city where he keeps his scull.
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    Although the public can use the pier for free, Cumella rents a storage unit from the city where he keeps his scull.
  • Cumella rows from April through November, and he'll soon be putting his scull away for the season.
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    Cumella rows from April through November, and he'll soon be putting his scull away for the season.
  • With all the sites to see in Manhattan, the 79th Street boat basin attracts relatively few visitors, which makes it a peaceful place to spend an afternoon.
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    With all the sites to see in Manhattan, the 79th Street boat basin attracts relatively few visitors, which makes it a peaceful place to spend an afternoon.

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