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Re: Hell Gate Transit - Advice Needed

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I have to say as many times as I have traveled I would not go in the complete darkness. Last year we saw a picnic table submerged and a CNG container floating near Hell Gate by the trash transfer station. In the past we have seen many large objects in the water.
I would never advocate to go thru East River with our eyes closed. Unless NYC is under blackout, going thru East River or NY harbor is OK.


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Re: Hell Gate Transit - Advice Needed

Just a heads up... I would double check ( call for) diesel fuel availability in the Atlantic Highlands, I believe that they may be temporarily closed. I'm not sure if Great Kills is open yet either..Liberty landing may have diesel. I'm being told that Atlantic Highlands YC will not be renting mooring balls this season. You can anchor as always, but launch service may be limited. You might just want to drop a hook in horseshoe cove behind sandy hook until 6 a.m. weather permitting. I'll know more about fuel stops as the week goes on.

With regard to Hell Gate and the east river..... If coming from the south..I generally cross over to the right side of the main hudson river channel and stay east of the channel toward the bay ridge anchorage and either hug the anchorage or cut through it and take Buttermilk Channel ( behind Governor's island) to access the east river. Unless you feel you need a close up of the Statue. Make sure you keep Roosevelt island to your starboard going up river. Have a great trip..
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Just a heads up... I would double check ( call for) diesel fuel availability in the Atlantic Highlands, I believe that they may be temporarily closed. I'm not sure if Great Kills is open yet either..Liberty landing may have diesel. I'm being told that Atlantic Highlands YC will not be renting mooring balls this season. You can anchor as always, but launch service may be limited. You might just want to drop a hook in horseshoe cove behind sandy hook until 6 a.m. weather permitting. I'll know more about fuel stops as the week goes on.
Thanks for the head up. Keep us informed about the marina situations. We will try again this year to move my friend's Passport up to RI or Maine.


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...I'm not sure if Great Kills is open yet either..
I called the place in Great Kills that I purchased diesel last year and received an out of service message. Shortly after updating active captain about the phone number, it was further updated indicating that the marina was closed.
All of the other fuel stations in Great Kills are listed as closed as well.

Bahrs Landing Marina at the inside base of the hook ( just past Atlantic Highlands) and a few others in that general area are reported open. Couldnt get close enough to confirm.

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I would NOT do it in the dark ..
I'll second that. I have a lot of urban night boating experience and went with two crew who had made the trip before, one of them in the dark. Never again.

OTOH do not obsess about hitting Hell Gate right at slack. The turbulence is greatly over rated. Unless you have a clumsy and slow turning boat just get reasonably close and be sure you have a fair current going up the river.
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