While in Venice my family and I stayed in an apartment in Dorsoduro near the Zattere fondamenta.
Each morning I would take the Vaporetto to Piazzale Roma to catch a bus to Mestre where my rowing club is.
The first time I caught sight of this hoist, there were boats and people there but my camera was deep in my backpack.
Each time after that, I would have it ready and the place would be empty.
Finally, on the last day of our stay, there was a mascareta there and I snapped a shot.
Here's a close-up:
Bepi Penzo at the GSVVM said this hoist is usually used by members of a rowing club by the name of "Ferrovia" - no doubt the name indicates that they are close to the train station.
I was looking through all of my photos after returning home, and found another shot of the "hidden hoist"...taken by my daughter Cassandra.
Here it is:
It looks like she got a better shot than I did.
I've heard it said that Venice has around 65 rowing clubs now. For me, that number is currently unverified, but even if it's half that - there are a lot of clubs out there. And is evidenced by this photo, you never know where you'll find them.