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Re: Sailing to NYC
From another old log book entry (July 4th 2000) ...
Easy sail from Chesapeake Bay entrance to Sandy Hook NJ (Lower NY Harbor) Broke passage at Absecon Inlet (Atlantic City) for an overnight anchor between the CG station and Brigantine Bridge.
Sandy Hook Anchorage (Lower NY Harbor) crowded and exposed to the west, but good access and reasonable depths... 5 ft tides so check tide state when you pick a spot. If you forget, you could find yourself laid over on the bottom at low tide (Don't ask how I know)
Across the other side of the lower harbor is Great Kills. Great hole in a blow if you can find room in all the moorings.
Had planned to scoot through NY area early to avoid July 4th traffic issues, but daughter REALLY wanted to watch the fireworks so the old man broke down and anchored north of Ellis Island (designated anchorage, still open) Extremely crowded (July 4th 2000) with lots of wake from pleasure boat traffic. Great view of Lower Manhattan. Prices for everything were simply outrageous from cigs to fuel, even on the Jersey side. Left anchorage late morning and sailed (not motored) up the Hudson to West Haverstraw for fuel and a late lunch. Much better prices, made some new friends and ended up docking overnight before continuing up Hudson.
Big tidal race in the Hudson, so sail options will depend on tides and wind (as always)
Between Verrazano Narrows and George Washington Bridge there is a huge amount of big ship and ferry traffic, so even if you sail it is probably best to leave the engine idling for quick maneuvering. Gross-tonnage rule applies rather than inland rules. If they outweigh you, get out of the way... quickly. Ferries in particular are high speed, and stick to their course and schedule.
Hope some of that helps... Me, I am headed south. .
"If the wind will not serve, lay to the oars"
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