Matthew Rhys and his Wheeler Playmate

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Actor Matthew Rhys never planned on buying an old wooden boat, but a combination of whiskey and eBay got him in some Brooklyn-deep water.

Rhys purchased an old Wheeler Playmate, the same type of boat Ernest Hemingway famously tooled around in, refurbished the classic and now charters it around New York Harbor.

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You can read about his interesting years-long travail in this entertaining The New York Times article.

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