Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: New York
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There are a few things to note for you.
1. A very good cruising guide for the lower Hudson, New York Harbor and all of Long Island Sound is the Embassy Guide by Maptech. You can get it online from Defender, West Marine, Landfall Navigation, or any other Marine Chandlery. It's chock full of good information and will provide great winter reading.
2. New Jersey's licensing law is new, and it's getting a lot of attention because it purports to apply to all boaters in NJ waters, not merely those who live there or who have a NJ driver's license. It purports to apply to transients, so if you are going to dock at Jersey City or any of the marinas on the Jersey side of the Hudson, this is very likely to impact you.
3. Exactly why are you planning to dock there, if I might ask? If you want to live aboard while working in NYC and you are going to commute, then it's a good choice, but short of that, I'm not so sure I'd pick that as my base for the area. There's not much to cruise along the Jersey coast, so I assume you would be heading more east. If that's true, then I strongly suggest you consider making one of the harbors on Long Island Sound your temporary homeport. From there, you still can come back into NY Harbor if you want, but from a LIS base you would have pretty good sailing, and easy (and I mean EASY) access to dozens of harbors with great places to stay and things to do. Everything from Port Washington, to City Island, Oyster Bay, Huntington, Northport, Port Jefferson, Milford, Westbrook, Mattituck, Essex, Old Saybrook, Mystic, Sag Harbor, Greenport, Shelter Island, Block Island, Newport, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and the list goes on and on. For a 28' boat it's probably a 6+ hour trip from NY Harbor up the East River, through Hell Gate and into Long Island Sound. If you base yourself in NY Harbor, that's a haul that likely will discourage you from going (and be just a plain hassle besides). Just my 2 cents.
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