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    Question 32 Pickerell Tong Boat

    Hi everyone.

    My boyfriend and I recently purchased a 1976 - 32í Pickerell tong boat. Itís had a long life working in different waters around Long Island. It was used by towns for seeding, privately owned for oystering, tonging, and scalloping. It started in Patchogue, moved to East Hampton, South Hampton, Southold, Shelter Island, back to the north fork where it sat high and dry shrink wrapped for a few years. The next owner purchased and brought it to West Islip. We bought it from that person in West Islip.

    I had the opportunity to talk to Howard Pickerell recently on the phone and he enlightened me on the boats rich history. He owned the boat four times in-between the previous seven owners. He always kept an eye it. It was funny, when I first got him on the phone I said Iíd like to ask him about a 32 Pickerell he built. He said youíre going to have to give me some more information on the boat, I built 9 of them. So I said tong boat, and the phone went almost quite before you could sense the nostalgic excitement. I forgot to ask him how many of them he made, but I didnít have to describe it, he knew the boat I was talking about. Countless times over the course of our conversation saying how heíd love to have the boat now.


    All of my excitement aside. Iím reaching out to see if anyone out there may have pictures or stories of our boat at any point in its life. Iíll post some pictures below. Originally, the boat was just a deck. Pickerell sold it and purchased it from the first owner where he put a motor and house on it. At this point it was gray with a boom and shell fishing equipment. The owner before us painted it teal. As you can see in the pictures, it has a proud squared bow. If you live on South Bay, youíll probably see us around.
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    Default Re: 32 Pickerell Tong Boat

    Welcome to the forum & what a cool boat! There are some long islanders here, so you may well hear from them. I grew up on that other side of the sound, so I wouldn't know nuthin'...
    "If it ain't broke, you're not trying." - Red Green

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    Default Re: 32 Pickerell Tong Boat

    Thank you for the welcome and compliment

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    Default Re: 32 Pickerell Tong Boat

    Great boat! Looking forward to hearing more in her history!

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