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Daysailing on the Hudson

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We are a crew of four who are thinking of moving our 22,5 foot Pearson Ensign day sailor from sheepshead bay to the boat basin. We don't know the Hudson area as well and wanted to ask if any fellow sailors on this forum have experience with docking at the boatbasin or in general sailing the Hudson. Our concern is that the Hudson may not have a variety of options for day sailing and/or may be too challenging for a smaller boat because of current and traffic
Any advice / experience / opinion welcome!
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Re: Daysailing on the Hudson

There are a lot of Ensigns at the Nyack Boat Club, a fine organization that I would highly recommend.
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Re: Daysailing on the Hudson

I believe there are a few members here who keep their boats at the basin. They can tell you more about that location. Many of the sailing schools and clubs use J 24's. for instruction and rental on the Hudson. I think that you'll be fine in your ensign. Heck, there are kayaks and paddle boards out there. There's a fair amount of commercial traffic and ferry boats to contend with, but easy enough to stay clear of once you become familiar with their routes.

The current is also something you'd need to deal with, you just need to plan your timing as to not buck the current anymore than you have to. Having a reliable engine is critical imho.

The winds can be light and fluky at times, The best winds are down near the battery and the statue of liberty and beyond in the afternoons, but you'll get days where you can sail anywhere. The area around the statue and the battery can get very choppy at times from all the traffic, current and wind..no particular hazard if you can keep your speed up and maintain good steerage.

There are not many places to stop. But, I suppose you could pull in to Newport Marina or Liberty Landing ( Jersey City) for lunch. Maybe, Lincoln harbor in Weehawken

I sailed there for 3 seasons and enjoyed it. Even if you decide to move again, I think you'll enjoy the experience. Saturday and Sunday mornings, you can almost have the River to yourself. Can't beat the scenery.
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Re: Daysailing on the Hudson

I'll second the Nyack Boat Club. There is a large fleet of Ensign's there that race actively. Sailing on the lower Hudson can be quite marvelous (Tappan Zee area). Not much commercial traffic but the new bridge will be going up over the next 10 years of so.

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Nyack is about 25 nautical miles from the Battery so the trip can be done in 1 full day. Timing your runs on the Hudson with the current helps a lot.
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Re: Daysailing on the Hudson

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Hello
Our concern is that the Hudson may not have a variety of options for day sailing and/or may be too challenging for a smaller boat because of current and traffic
Any advice / experience / opinion welcome!
Thanks
Stina
Welcome aboard.
If your concern about variety of day sailing options or
NY harbor being to challenging I would suggest you
look into sailing on the western sound, lots of protected bays and close day sail destinations.
We sail out of Steppingstone Marina in Great Neck
about a mile from the Throggs Neck Bridge and
about 30 minutes from Penn Station on the railroad.
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I'll second the Nyack Boat Club. There is a large fleet of Ensign's there that race actively. Sailing on the lower Hudson can be quite marvelous (Tappan Zee area). Not much commercial traffic but the new bridge will be going up over the next 10 years of so.

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Nyack is about 25 nautical miles from the Battery so the trip can be done in 1 full day. Timing your runs on the Hudson with the current helps a lot.
I can third Nyack Boat Club, I was only there once, but the people were friendly, beer was cold and cheap. Can't ask for more than that. Oh the burgers were good as well! If I were looking for a mooring on the Hudson that and the Chelsea Yacht Club though the latter is likely to far north as it is about 60 miles north of the city. They do have several Ensigns there as well. I will warn you that I hear there is a cranky old guy with a 27 foot tartan there that can be a real handful at Nyack! ;-~

It would be hard to decide between the sound or the Hudson, for me it is more based on where I work than anything. If the job and kids were not up the Hudson I would likely be on the sound somewhere as there is better sailing. But then again I would not likely be in New York!
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Re: Daysailing on the Hudson

If you wanted to stay closer to Brooklyn, you could also check out, Great Kills on Staten Island. Moorings and slips, Protected harbor, good restaurants, easy access to the lower
Hudson, the Atlantic Highlands and Sandy Hook bay, etc. The bridge toll might be a pain.
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