Fall color tour down the Hudson River to New York City October 8-17

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.

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.


8 thoughts on “Fall color tour down the Hudson River to New York City October 8-17

  1. Lucy & John,

    We love reading your posts, especially the recent one about your sail down the Hudson. Greg just moved from Rhinebeck – a few miles east of Rhinecliff. He went to culinary school in Hyde Park so we know the area very well. We envisioned waving to you from the old railroad bridge in Poughkeepsie, which is now a park and trail.

    Alas, I think we will probably miss you as we will be in NYC a week from today. We are leaving GR early Saturday and stopping in PA to see two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s houses. Then on Sunday, we drive to Warwick, NY, which is where Greg lives now. We are planning to go to the city on Tuesday, October 29. Let us know if you are staying for a while in NYC.

    On another note, we will all be in Puerto Rico from February 20-27 and will be on the island of Vieques from February 23-27. It would be great to meet you there or in the BVI. Would love to meet you at Sidney’s Peace and Love Restaurant on Jost van Dyke. Let us know your schedule. We’re assuming that you are planning to sail around the world – again – but you have a long time to do that. So, maybe you can be in the Caribbean while we are there.

    Please keep in touch and let us know your plans and schedule.

    Barb & Dennis

    • Hey Dennis, we talked about the CIA being there and giggled about which CIA it was. we had such sunny autumn weather while there. and yes we have moved on as the weather is getting colder. we are now in the chesapeake and delaware canal with another slight problem- we have no prop.
      Jim knape now lives in PR about 15 miles from san juan in Dorado Beach teaching water sports. he moved there in sept and plans about 6 months there before moving back to WA. he needed a break from his life in WA.so who knows we might just be there but not sure of any timing. Love to you and Barb., thanks for reading our attempts at bloggig. it is getting easier and faster. Lucy

  2. By just having a quick look on FB I noticed that you set for another circumvoyage. Must be outrageous. Be sure we will follow your experiences on FB meanwhile we are working on our boat to get ready……
    If the good winds will bring you to Europe again one day, be sure to stop at our place.
    Have many beautiful and safe trips.
    With warm nautical greetings from Holland,
    Jan van Dik

    • Hey Jan, glad to hear that you are able to follow our travels this way. i am learning how to blog each time i do this. yes lots of adventure in store for us again as today we are being hauled out because we lost our prop in a canal between the chesapeake and delaware bay. we must have hit or snagged something underwater and lost propulsion. oh well. shuld be fixed and moving again soon. we are not sure of what route we are planning but would love to make our way to holland again. but right now warm weather calls. keep in touch and good luck with your boat. Lucy and john

  3. Dear Lucy and John,
    We are really enjoying your posts and look forward to each one. Among the many things we admire about you is the way you make friends along the way. Can’t help but think, as much as you are enjoying each day, that it will be a huge relief when you can hoist the sails and turn off the engine! Thanks again for writing this and taking such nice photos.
    Terry and the Sarasota gang.

    • thanks Galvins. Making boat friends is easier than on shore in many ways. you rely on each other for info, help, friendships etc. this is what i missed a lot when we moved to shore some years ago. land people are involved in their own life and dont have the need for each other in this way so much. maybe parents get this from their kids circle of friends is the closer i have seen. anyway we are moving slowly but steadily towards the warmer weather. we will connect with you there. love and thanks for reading our blogging attempts. Lucy

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    Accessible by boat, Pollapel Island, otherwise known as Bannerman Island, is located approximately 50 miles north of New York City and 1,000 feet off the Hudson River’s eastern bank. Purchased by Francis Bannerman in 1901, Bannerman Island became the storage site of ammunition and surplus stock that had been purchased at government auctions. Following the Spanish-American War, Francis Bannerman purchased 90 percent of the Army’s decommissioned weapons and over 30 million rounds of ammunition. With excess supplies stored on the island, it was believed that Bannerman was in contact with enemy troops during World War I. Because of this, American troops were stationed on the island until 1918. By 1960, Bannerman Island was abandoned. Bannerman’s estate was sold to the State of New York in 1967. On Aug. 8, 1969 an explosion ravaged the arsenal, leaving it in its present ruined state. Thriving with spirit and still standing the test of time, the west tower of the Bannerman Arsenal is in need of stabilization.
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    “No one can tell what associations and incidents will involve the island in the future. Time, the elements, and maybe even the goblins of the island will take their toll on some of the turrets and towers, and perhaps eventually the castle itself, but the little island will always have its place in history and in legend and will be forever a jewel in its Hudson Highland setting,” said Charles Bannerman of the Bannerman Castle Trust.Please remember the journey of this island began long before our time. With your support, it will continue to thrive.

    If you would like to become a “Friend of the Castle,” you can join the preservation efforts by writing to the Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc., P.O. Box 843, Glenham. NY 12527-0843. Visit http://www.bannermancastle.org
    About Tiny Houses, Inc.
    Tiny Houses, Inc., located in Putnam Valley, N.Y., launched in 1998, is a custom design/ build company of small high-end, homes for ecologically conscious people. Ranging in size from 100 to 1,000 square feet, Tiny Houses, Inc., is committed to creating more environmentally friendly structures, as well as renovating already existing ones. Visit Tiny Houses, Inc., online at http://tinyhousesinc.com, on Facebook, Google+, YouTube, and LinkedIn.
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