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Re: Traveling the Champlain Canal
Those transiting the Tappan Zee should be alert to the construction of a new bridge crossing the Hudson and refer to the LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS section 1 for particulars on the safety zones surrounding the bridge, the cranes working the bridge, and the moorings for the barges supplying the bridge construction.
You should be able to sail from the NY Harbor to the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. Here Henry Hudson decided that this water was a river not a strait. North of Newburgh the channel narrows and sailing is less reliable. Interestingly the river is tidal 100 miles north to Federal Lock at Troy, NY.
Anchorages: There is a designated anchorage off the Villages of South Nyack, Nyack, and Upper Nyack; alternatively you can take a guest mooring at the Nyack Boat Club by hailing the launch on VHF channel 9. On the east side of Haverstraw Bay there is a good anchorage just north of Croton Point. Just south of the Bear Mountain Bridge, there is good holding in the Doodletown Bight (north of Iona island).
Particular caution for those proceeding southbound through Worlds End at West Point at night: When you pass #44 Magazine Point you will see the lights of the Bear Mountain Bridge but you cannot proceed directly there; you must proceed well east and keep #39 to starboard. Otherwise you'llgo agraound at the very low Gees Point.