Folbot and 10,000 Friends Celebrate Gotham’s Waterways

Dave Goodsmith, our New York City Folbot correspondent, has filed the below report about the City of Water Day Festival.

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At this year’s City of Water Festival I learned just how many thousands of my fellow New Yorkers have been asking themselves the same question: How do I paddle from the shores of the greatest island city in the world?

After joining 10,000 water lovers on the historic Governor’s Island, I got to share my love for Folbot’s design and to show hundreds how easy it is to make the daily paddle part of the New Yorker’s summer experience.

The native tribes of Manahatas used Pagganck (what we now know as Governor’s Island) as a fishing camp until it was “purchased” by the Dutch in 1637 for two ax heads, a string of beads, and a handful of nails.  After years of military and civilian use, and waters that saw a near exodus of fish, Governor’s Island is now once again open exclusively for the public to enjoy and appreciate the greatest natural resource.  There is no better location to celebrate our city’s renewed appreciation of its coast.

Metrobot making friends

The robust NYC hand-powered boating community has proven that getting families on the water is the best way to improve the ecosystem – only hand-powered boats are legal to launch and paddle without a license in the city.  Every visitor to our booth at the City of Water Day was thrilled to meet a daily urban kayaker and get to see and sit in the MetroBoat, Citibot, Kiawah and Cooper. Many remarked on the svelte skin-over-skeleton design of the boats, and most were surprised when I pointed to the boats of our wonderful neighbors from Qajaq USA and explained how the Inuit’s invented kayaking over a thousand years ago with this very skin-over-bone technology.

Real estate was another topic of conversation (inevitable with New Yorkers) and it was so gratifying to see the familiar gleam in each apartment dweller’s eyes when they realized a Folbot could allow them to kayak wherever and whenever they wanted — despite the fact that an additional backpack’s worth of storage was about all they had.  Yep, I’d explain, I take the kayak on the train, and on the bus, all the time.

Finally, the kids love the Folbots.  They can lift them, build them, and the boats fill their imaginations with adventures that, it turns out, are probably not even as amazing as the reality of urban boating.

New Yorker’s: Do you own a Folbot?  Drop us a line at nyc@folbot.com so we can get organized, share tips, setup a charity circumnavigation of Manhattan, and of course participate in the fastest-assembly contest.

New Yorker’s: Do you not yet own a Folbot?  Drop us a line at nyc@folbot.com and we’ll tell you all the different options you have to paddle around the city, and how easy it is to get a Folbot in your closet.

See more of Folbot’s adventures at the City of Water Day Festival in the album below.

Folbot City of Water 2011
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