ONE HOT BOAT
And even more so, one " Very Hot" boater not long after this photo was taken .
The duck hunter is most likely one Joseph F. Knapp aka "Dode" in Mastic Beach in the late 1920s I say most likely because, there's no way to see his face that clearly. If it is not Dode, it is one of his pals, perhaps Ed Kiely, who was also his personal secratary and lived on the Knapp Estate too. What I'm more certain of is, the Sea Sled boat and Big Twin Johnson motor are Dode Knapp's. This is because the photo was used in an ad for Sea Sleds the boat company the Knapps owned from 1923 - 33 . The Knapp family appeared in several of their ads back then.
The location is most likely at the foot of the Knapp estate somewhere between where Pattersquash creek and Beaver Dr is today. The large dock could be at the foot of where Jefferson Dr now ends and where the Knapp Airstation was a decade earlier in WW1 . It could also possibly be taken across narrow bay at the Coast Guard Station dock across from Forge River ( later known as the MBPOA dock ) but the vegatation in the background looks too tall. But who really knows how high the dunes were before the Hurricane of 1938 ?
The one person I can say for sure it is NOT, is the "Rascalian", who stole Dode's boat and motor in November of 1927.
BTW Attorney and later Judge John R. Vunk was one of the 4 Patchogue investors who originally purchased the Woodhull Estate for 75G and quickly sold it to Home Guardian Co for &125 G, thereby creating the town of Mastic Beach in 1926.
Oh little town of Mastic Beach ... Still Making HIstory
WOW DON'T HAVE A COW DODE....
ACTUALLY HE WANTS YOU TO HAVE ONE AND AN ENGLISH SETTER TOO