Sailing through Hell Gate NY
Hell Gate is a breeze (no pun intended) as long as you''re in sync with the currents. You want to get to it at slack, ebb begins. The current will then take you all the way to the Battery. Make sure you take the channel west of Roosevelt Island.
City Island is a great place to stop and wait for your moment; it''s about an hour from the Gate. There are 4 Yacht Clubs on the western shore of the island and I believe all have guest moorings.
I''m prejudiced (since I''m a member) but I prefer Stuyvesant Y.C. They monitor channel 72, have a bar/restaurant, shower facilities and 24-hour launch service. You can also reach them at 718-885-9840.
If you prefer, it''s an easy 10 minute walk from Stuyvesant''s dock to the main drag where you''ll find restaurants - seafood and others - galore. I highly recommend Rhodes'' as both a restaurant and a good place for a few drinks.
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