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Re: NYC Harbor current/waves
Don, depending on the timing and the actual wind direction and strength it's possible that you could get some steep, short period, very choppy seas in the Narrows, that could induce a little hobby horsing, and knock your speed down. I typically cut behind governors island via buttermilk channel and through the bay ridge flats. Going through buttermilk channel you avoid the Staten Island ferries. if you stay In the bay ridge flats, you'll avoid the seastreak from the highlands, that use the Bay Ridge, and red hook channels. There will be barges anchored in the flats, just keep an eye out for anything getting underway etc.
If it is nasty in the main shipping channel at the narrows you could cross over toward Staten Island and cut behind hoffman island. ( between hoffman is. and staten island) look at the chart. That gets you out of the standing waves earlier ( if present) then once into raritan bay, you can take a tack toward Sandy hook, that let's you clear the Earl ammunition Navy depot and on into Sandy Hook bay.
Just a thought for a fall back plan, in case it's tough slogging through the narrows and down the main shipping channel. The difference can be remarkable.
Last edited by tempest; 09-26-2016 at 07:11 PM.