May 10, 2015 – Great Kills to Croton on Hudson – 47.1 nautical miles

We had determined that the currents up the Hudson River would be with us all the way if we left about 1000 hours. At 0930 the fog cleared and the wind had dissipated so we were off the dock at 0952 and headed on our own boat for the Big Apple.

Vicki and the Verrazano

Vicki and the Verrazano

As we neared the Verrazano Narrows Bridge we realized the shipping lanes were going to have a steady stream of freighters so stayed well to the west and skirted the harbor all the way to the statue. We pulled up to the security barrier bouys and stopped with the bow of the boat pointed at the statue for a photo of Vicki and the Orcas Island Yacht Club Burgee with “The Lady”. Fun! We continued on past Manhattan and up the Hudson identifying iconic landmarks as we went. The harbor had tour boats, ferries and water taxis headed in every direction but the end result was not nearly as bad as imagined. Boat wakes were not that bad and traffic separation was not a problem. By the time we reached the northern end of Manhattan Island there was just an occasional boat.

OIYC Burgee makes it to "The Lady"!

OIYC Burgee makes it to “The Lady”!

We continued up the river under the George Washington Bridge, the Tappan Zee Bridge and eventually to Croton on Hudson. Vicki was reading the cruising guide books all the way up the river but we still wonder what we missed.

When we arrived at Half Moon Bay Marina in Croton on Hudson the wind was blowing about 10 knots so there was some anxiety getting into an unknown marina with narrow fairways. It turned out to be not so bad and we met by the brother of the dock master to give us a hand. After getting settled in we took a walk to get a lay of the land.

Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan

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