Hell's Gate is not that bad
Originally Posted by Bene505
Our boat is really close to NYC now, in Port Washington. However, the thought of going through Hells Gate without experienced crew is a bit daunting. (That and making sure I get the tides right.)
When/if the time comes, I plan to call you and Caleb (and maybe put out a general call on SN and AS).
I have been through Hell's Gate several times and if you get the tides right it is one of the great anti-climaxes of our time. I went through when I screwed up the tide schedule and it still was not that bad - some overfalls and the like but not dangerous - slow as can be though. The joggers were passing us. I found the Cape Cod Canal to be much nastier and I think the two times I did that, I had the tides right.
Someone mentioned the name making it worst and I imagine this is part of it. One of the places we may stop next year is 'Hellville" in Mozambique. Named after a M. Hell and apparently not that bad.
More of a question than a comment - wasn't a major obstruction in Hell's Gate dynamited a number of years ago so that it is not nearly as nasty?
In South Africa doing lots of boat stuff. Departure north from Cape Town around December 15th. Arrival in the Caribbean around the beginning of February, after 5300 miles or so.
Last edited by killarney_sailor; 12-16-2011 at 11:10 AM.