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mustang7nh posted 08-12-2004 10:59 AM ET (US)   Profile for mustang7nh   Send Email to mustang7nh  
I ordered the Cruising Guide and the NYS Canal guide. Should arrive in a few days. From previous posts there seem to be many forum members on the Hudson, I'd love to meet you and/or have you tag along. My plan is to leave either Sun the 22nd from Eastern Long Island, or the 23rd if weather doesn't permit. I will definitely make it to Troy and if all goes well head into Lake Champlain and back home later that week. I'll know a bit more of my specific itinerary when I read over the guides; but any suggestions of must see (as it get out of the boat and visit) and good marinas to overnight are welcomed. Thanks.
gimcrack225 posted 08-12-2004 01:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for gimcrack225    
Great choice!
To avoid repetition, I suggest that you use the thread with the same name of a few weeks ago. These is a lot of info there. What kind of boat do you have?
mustang7nh posted 08-12-2004 02:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for mustang7nh  Send Email to mustang7nh     
1991 Outrage 22 1995 250 Yam
mustang7nh posted 08-22-2004 07:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for mustang7nh  Send Email to mustang7nh     
Leaving tomorrow (Mon) for the Hudson. Will probably stay at Havershaw, Coeymans, Rondout YB, Haverstraw or Piermont, then maybe I'll splurg for Surfside 3 at Chelsea Pier, then home. Any members on the Hudson this week feel free to give me a call on vhf 16.
mustang7nh posted 08-29-2004 07:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for mustang7nh  Send Email to mustang7nh     
Return on Friday afternoon.

Trip: 437 miles 165 gals = 2.648 mpg 26 hours of running time.

Fantastic trip. Highly recommended. I didn't go as far north as I originally planned but it gave me more time to explore Manhattan and the southern Hudson.

First day left Mattituck Inlet on the eastern end of Long Island. Met AUBV at Hell Gate as he returned from his trip. Circled Manhattan and overnighted at Haverstraw Marina. Second day went to Kingston for lunch, stayed a few hours at the Kingston Town Dock. Rondout Yacht Basin looked nice as I scouted it out. Headed south that afternoon and overnighted at Cold Spring Yacht Club. Nice people, great sunset, full moon, and morning clouds over the mountains across the river. Had my breakfast watching the freight trains and barges traverse back and forth. Went to Highland Falls Marina for a couple of hours and toured West Point. Had a bit of a run in with the owner as they told me no problem to tie up at the small dock for a few hours and then came up to me and told me I owed them $25 dollars when I went to say good bye. Seemed like the price was arbitrary and considering that Kingston was $2 per hour, Cold Spring was free for the day and $22 for an overnight, the price for 2.5 hours seemed a bit like someone was trying to pull a fast one. Lesson learned, always ask how much.

Next, headed to Tarrytown Marina for an overnight. Got a ride into Manhattan the next day by a fellow boat owner in the marina on his way to work. Saw Manhattan and took the train back out. Headed south, talked to gimcrack225 but were unable to hook up. Next time! Spent the night at Liberty Landing and took the boat out that night to see the sunset and drove around Manhattan at night. Full moon, fireworks over Staten Island, bridges illuminated, Statue of Liberty, Ellis, Manhattan.... Fantastic experience. But watch out for those water taxis, they don't slow at night and a few times I look up and see that Green, Red, White looking right at me and closing fast. Lots of sailboats also that were hard to see, their lights weren't visible till you were practically on top of them. I was only at trolling speed but a watchful eye is a must.

Next day home. Great trip. I'm going to try to do an Oct run and see the foliage if I can.

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