Hudson River- Mast unstepping - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > Out There > Destinations
 Not a Member? 


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 04-18-2012
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
jfitzgerald is on a distinguished road
Hudson River- Mast unstepping

Planning on doing the Hudson-Troy Canal in early June. Would appreciate advice on laying the mast down. Specifically, is the Castleton Boat Club Do-It-yourself method feasible for a 50 ft. mast? (I'm too old to go up the mast anymore.) Riverview Marine Svcs. looks like it's positioned for two days of riding the tide from Midtown? Are there any others?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 04-18-2012
PorFin's Avatar
Señor Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 1,340
Thanks: 1
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Rep Power: 8
PorFin is on a distinguished road
Re: Hudson River- Mast unstepping

When we went thru back in 2008, we pulled the mast at Riverview. Overall it was a good experience.

The staff was the strong point -- very engaging and helpful. Nothing spectacular about the amenities, but nothing nightmarish either.

If you need lumber for blocking/bracing your mast on deck, there's a lumber store within walking distance.

Depending on your draft, you may need to wait for higher water to get into the well. We draw just a hair under 6', and we had to time our session right around high tide (got into position 45 min prior to peak.)

Best of luck on your transit.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 04-19-2012
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 160
Thanks: 1
Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Rep Power: 7
VallelyJ is on a distinguished road
Re: Hudson River- Mast unstepping

I drove to Castleton last fall to check out their crane. Should be no problem for you. I plan on stepping my 47' keel-stepped mast there soon, and will do it alone. I talked to a guy who had just unstepped his mast, and he said the crane, which is electric and controlded via a switch box on a very long cord, moves very slowly and you can be on the boat manoevering the mast while you hold the control box in one hand. He made it sound slow, but easy.
Know any good no-frills marinas in the mid- to lower Hudson?
John V.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 04-21-2012
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
jfitzgerald is on a distinguished road
Re: Hudson River- Mast unstepping

John. thanks for the advice. Can't help you much on Marinas, I'm relying on Skipper Bob.
JimF
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 04-21-2012
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
jfitzgerald is on a distinguished road
Re: Hudson River- Mast unstepping

Re: Mast unstepping. Many thanks, Good sailing.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 04-22-2012
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: N. VA
Posts: 656
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 7
dacap06 is on a distinguished road
Send a message via Yahoo to dacap06
Re: Hudson River- Mast unstepping

Quote:
Originally Posted by jfitzgerald View Post
Planning on doing the Hudson-Troy Canal in early June. Would appreciate advice on laying the mast down. Specifically, is the Castleton Boat Club Do-It-yourself method feasible for a 50 ft. mast? (I'm too old to go up the mast anymore.) Riverview Marine Svcs. looks like it's positioned for two days of riding the tide from Midtown? Are there any others?
It looks like you are getting ready to transit the Champlain Canal (jeez, I feel like Microsoft's annoying Clippie saying that). I helped a friend transit his power boat through that canal last Autumn.

Active Captain, the crowdsourcing site, rates both those facilities with 5 stars. I have no experience with either to pass on, but regardless of which you use I'd recommend you join Active Captain (if you haven't already) and share your experiences there after you drop your mast. Besides, Active Captain first choice sponsors offer discounts to members (sadly neither of those facilities is a sponsor). Active Captain is free to join and is a great way to find good info from your fellow boaters about facilities.

If you don't know the Champlain Canal well, I also recommend perusing the state of New York's Canal web site. This page contains bridge height info. This page displays a table of pass prices for duration vs boat length. In addition, I consider getting one of the canal books with navigational charts an absolute requirement. The Hudson has a number of mud flats and navigational restrictions that are not necessarily obvious from the water.

The Champlain Canal is easily transited in two days. If you can go the canal speed limit (10 mph) and don't get stuck behind someone slow (e.g. a tug and tow) you can do the entire thing in one day if you start at 7 AM when the canal locks open for business. Commercial traffic has priority, though, so it isn't always possible even with a speedy boat.

Tom
__________________
T. P. Donnelly
S/V Tranquility Base
1984 Islander 30 Bahama
Pasadena, MD
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 04-22-2012
smurphny's Avatar
Over Hill Sailing Club
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
Posts: 2,916
Thanks: 67
Thanked 67 Times in 65 Posts
Rep Power: 6
smurphny is on a distinguished road
Re: Hudson River- Mast unstepping

I use the self-serve gin pole at the Castleton Boat Club twice every year. You should have no problem as people usually team up to help each other step/unstep masts. I would estimate the pole sheave is around 45' off the water so your pivot point is well within the lift range. The only thing to be careful of is watching out for wakes at the wrong time but I have never had a problem. They are a great group of folks that belong to the club and I'd highly recommend going there.
__________________
Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.

Last edited by smurphny; 04-22-2012 at 10:25 AM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
help unstepping mast in MA BristolJonny Gear & Maintenance 16 04-09-2013 10:11 AM
Need help in preparation for unstepping my mast. Beersmith Gear & Maintenance 37 03-11-2011 05:43 PM
Hudson River Croton on Hudson Tempest US Northeast 5 03-16-2010 10:27 PM
Newbie Needs Mast Unstepping Advice jimmiebuchanan Gear & Maintenance 11 08-17-2007 04:08 PM
Hudson River to Patuxant River rgartley Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 13 06-10-2002 09:21 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:15 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.