In the Prohibition era, many vessels were used to smuggle alcohol from overseas to the United States. A sign of the times, one of those rumrunners was nicknamed the Running Wild.
Today, it's the namesake of a 52-foot renovated yacht owned by Shoreline Trading Company, a new cruising business that will encourage locals to legally booze and cruise along the Great South Bay.
“We wanted to pay homage to the past,” Fire Island Ferries Inc. vice president Brendan Mooney said of the name.
Bay Shore-based Shoreline Trading Company is the joint partnership of Fire Island Ferries Inc. and Anthony Tartaglia of Coastal Kitchen & Daiquiri Bar in Bay Shore. The 40-passenger boat will offer daytime, nighttime and sunset excursions with various cocktails, beer and wine options, as well as light snacks and cold appetizers for travelers.
“We do the food and beverage side of things, do the nautical, coastguard side of things,” Bay Shore resident Tartaglia said.
The vessel, constructed by the Scarano Boat Building company in Albany, N.Y., was transported to Long Island after the Shoreline team purchased it in Philadelphia in March 2021 and sailed it home on a daylong trip, Tartaglia said.
Mooney said the charter service has been in the works for several years. This summer served as the perfect opportunity to launch the program, he said.
“I think people are eager to get out on the water after a difficult year,” Mooney said. “There’s nothing that’s so intimate like this on the bay. I think many people aren’t comfortable in a large crowd, so this offers them to host a small gathering of friends and family with more control.”