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post #4 of Old 05-05-2003
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Sailing through Hell Gate NY

I live and sail out of Tarrytown Ny on the Hudson. I have made the trip to long island sound and back many times. The tides times will dictate where and when and if you might want to stop as this trip can be made in a day. I would sugest you be at the Throgs Neck bridge 2 hours after low tide. As the rising tide will carry you through Hells Gate and to the Battery at an extra 4 to 5 knots. I have done it with a VMG of 11 1/2 knots. Works the same going back be at the Battery 2 hours after low tide and let it carry you back through. If i were going to take 2 days to do the trip i would stop at Liberty Landing Marina, Jersey side of the Hudson across from Manhatten. Look for the Collgate clock. Free 4 hour dock and dine tie up and restaurant on site. If the overnite forcast is good i would move out and anchor next and behind Liberty Island(Statue of Liberty). The lights of Manhatten, the glow of Lady Liberty''s torch and the harbor traffic will be your company for the evening. While you are there say a little prayer for her as Liberty needs all the help she can get these days. Next morning catch the incoming tide and your be in Nyack in just a few hours. Regards Bubba
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