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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.
Last edited by Tempest; 03-19-2014 at 03:58 PM.