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11-01-2012 02:53 PM
labatt
Re: Stuck in a Hudson River Marina heading from Toronto to St Maarten.

I actually rode out the storm at Haverstraw Marina with Pasquale and another cruising boat they were hanging out with. The marina and the river became one, but because of its design we still made it through OK. We were probably within 6 inches of total destruction, but things mostly held and only a few boats were lost. There was cosmetic damage (trees blown down, roads washed away, restaurant deck destroyed, restaurant docks (where there were no boats) washed away, a few buckled docks, lots of dock floats popping out, some broken welds, etc.) but for the most part the majority of boats survived with minimal damage. It got hairy at times as we shifted locations to move to higher ground and avoid debris falling. Around the corner from us, however, was total destruction. The rest of the area marinas had almost all of their docks and boats swept ashore and destroyed or massively damaged.
10-31-2012 08:44 PM
Ninefingers
Re: Stuck in a Hudson River Marina heading from Toronto to St Maarten.

Update:

Toronto 2 St Maarten
10-29-2012 06:04 PM
Sal Paradise
Re: Stuck in a Hudson River Marina heading from Toronto to St Maarten.

I'd hunker for a little longer. Stay in. No telling whats floating in the river in the dark.
10-29-2012 05:07 PM
bubb2
Re: Stuck in a Hudson River Marina heading from Toronto to St Maarten.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ninefingers View Post
These guys are from my sailing club in Toronto. They left Toronto a couple of weeks ago on their way to St Maarten, via canals and Hudson. Now they're parked in a foreign Marina in their 36.7 wondering "what the f+++ now?"

Here is there blog. If you are familiar with the marina they are in, maybe you can suggest something.

Toronto 2 St Maarten
Stay Put.
10-29-2012 04:58 PM
smurphny
Re: Stuck in a Hudson River Marina heading from Toronto to St Maarten.

If they came down the river from Canada, they could have hunkered down way up in Esopus Creek. There are a number of very good choices a bit farther north but not too many when the river widens out. If I were in there and the water was close to coming over the breakwater, I'd be OUTA there! Just my opinion.
10-29-2012 04:47 PM
Ninefingers
Re: Stuck in a Hudson River Marina heading from Toronto to St Maarten.

Thanks,

I posted a link to this thread on their blog.

Hate to see a fantastic voyage turn so ugly.

I would assume with only two hours till landfall, they will ride it out at the marina. But who knows.
10-29-2012 04:39 PM
Vasco
Re: Stuck in a Hudson River Marina heading from Toronto to St Maarten.

I rode out Floyd in 1999 anchored in the Hudson just north of Catskill Creek. During the night all the docks started being flushed out of the creek with boats still tied to them. A lot of boat were lost then, it only blew about 50 but it rained tons. A couple of days later when we resumed going down the river we saw many boats high and dry on the banks of the Hudson. Unfortunately I think it'll be worse this time. I would rather be anchored than in a marina where all hell can break loose.
10-29-2012 04:32 PM
smurphny
Re: Stuck in a Hudson River Marina heading from Toronto to St Maarten.

I rode out a TS a couple of years ago right across the river, in back of Croton Point Park. You can get very close to the entire lee shoreline in winds NW to SW. Depending on wind direction, other options around there are right across from the Indian Point Nuke, or a little farther up the river just before the Bear Mt. Bridge. There's also a spot I've used, just upstream of the Bear Mt Bridge VERY close to east shore. There's a pretty good breakwater where he is but if it were over-topped, could be a real mess, exposed to a long fetch of water from all but west wind. It's usually packed with boats. It can get surprisingly rough at the north mouth of Haverstraw Bay when the river current opposes the wind.

I've found very good holding along the shore opposite Haverstraw Marina.
10-29-2012 04:17 PM
Ninefingers
Re: Stuck in a Hudson River Marina heading from Toronto to St Maarten.

Thanks, looks like they are trying to decide whether to stay at the marina, or try to anchor in the Hudson. All unfamiliar territory to them.
10-29-2012 04:07 PM
azguy
Re: Stuck in a Hudson River Marina heading from Toronto to St Maarten.

They need to hunkerdown and be prepared for what's coming...
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