The up side of having spent too much time on the Erie Canal was that color was now pretty much peak. We had one more lock to do called the Troy lock and run by Federal Government but luckily did not get closed down when the work stoppage came earlier this month. We join the Hudson River just north of Troy and Albany.
Our first stop on the Hudson was to the little town of Castleton-on-Hudson where we stepped(put up) our masts. It is a do-it-yourself place and utilizes a boom and winch system for raising the mast. We worked together with another boat to have more hands. After 3 hours Maraki’s 2 masts were in place. Several other buddy boats also came here and John was able to help them. This is the view from the deck of the Boat Club.
Draft beers were cheap and here are the happy faces of our friends after all the re-rigging was done.
They are from 3 different boats. The couple next to me are from Edmonton, Alberta and are first timers. The 3 young guys are Canadian (2 brothers and a cousin) and are hoping for a year in the Bahamas playing. Jim, the guy behind me is single handing a small home built trimaran from Houghton Michigan. You meet the most interesting people!
The sunsets were spectacular and most mornings had plenty of fog giving us great photo opportunities.
Traffic is heavy up and down the Hudson and the ships pass quite close to the anchorage which results in some rolling but it also provides plenty of entertainment from the cockpit. Many of the tug and barges were carrying fuel and crude. Some were empty and high out of the water and others fully ladened.
Soon we were ready to continue on down the river. We had days and days of gorgeous Indian summer weather and kept waiting for the cold to come. The days are spent with both of our eyes watching for buoys, ship traffic and sight seeing for old castles and homes, bald eagles, and enjoying the scenery. This is an example of a stone light house that is being used as a B & B outside of Kingston.
The Catskill Mountains are seen in the background to the west of the Hudson. John from his perch to see where he was going.
My brother Will had been in close contact awaiting a time where he could come for a visit. He lives in NYC and took the early morning Amtrak to Rhinecliff. Check out his blog “tugster-a waterblog” which chronicles much of the boat traffic in New York. Here is Tugster(aka Will) and Lucy.
Will has sailed the Hudson many times and was a good guide as we floated past Hyde Park and other huge homes of the famous and weathly. This is an example of an old brokendown castle named Bannermans Castle.
Mr Bannerman was an arms and ammunition dealer in NYC post WW1. He was told to move his goods out of the city so he bought this island near West Point and built this castle and warehouse on it complete with a moat like security system. it is now in ruins. The story goes that the warehouse suffered a major explosion and caused much damage to the buildings.
- The Not-So-Fairytale Castle of New York (messynessychic.com)
By late in the day we had made it to Croton-on-Hudson and rowed Will ashore to take the train back to NYC.
Early Monday morning we set out for NYC. it started out cloudy but by the time we reached the George Washington bridge the sun was shining and the weather was warm again. The current helped out by pushing us at least 2-3 knots faster. This shows the GW bridge as well as the palisades on the New Jersey side.
Our next stop was hopefully the 79th Street Boat Basin in NYC where we had parked Maraki 13 years earlier. It had been where we had our dinghy stolen but also a place we remembered as being very affordable and central to seeing the sights. So we were very pleased to find open moorings balls.
The current runs through here at 3-4 knots during flood tide by our calculations, making the row to shore easy when going with the tide and near impossible to go against it. We took our bikes to shore and found a great bike path that went from the Harlem River to lower Manhattan along the river. There were parks and sculptures, lots of bikers and runners, strollers and kids with playgrounds and dog parks. Everything you would think a city like New York would have. We loved exploring the city by bike. If you ever get the chance, NYC now rents bikes through citibike which cost $10 per day to rent. They have stations all over mid and lower Manhattan.
That is where our next post will pick up again.