::   The Hudson River   ::
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The backdrop of Manhattan, this unbeatable cruise extends through the Hudson Valley and
past such legendary villages as Sleepy Hollow, the estates of the Rockefellers, Vanderbuilts,
and Mills, and the mansions of Franklin Roosevelt, Martin Van Buren, Samuel Morse, and
Washington Irving.   
Personally I believe this 134 mile leg of the Great Loop (from the Statue of Liberty to the
entrance of the Erie Canal) is at the top or our list as one of the most beautiful and interesting
areas you will boat through - provided or course, you take time to visit some sites. The Statue of
Liberty is not on the Hudson river, but she is so close to it, she welcomes you to this wonderful
waterway through the Hudson Valley.

From Lady Liberty your cruise past Governors Island and past the East River, will have you
rubber necking all the way to the Erie Canal. With over 50 Marinas within this 134 mile stretch, it
should give you an idea of just how popular boating on the Hudson River really is.
Seriously, how much better can it get than taking a Hudson River excursion with the one you
love and getting a first hand view of this historic shoreline from the deck of your very own
vessel?  Not only can you visit the estates of Roosevelt, Martin Van Buren, the Mills, the
Vanderbilts, the Rockefellers, and Samuel F. B. Morse, you will boat right beside the
Livingston's Clermont Estate - this is the location (and name sake) where Fulton's steamboat,
"the Clermont" was built and demonstrated for the very first time. In addition, you will cruise past
Dobb's Ferry, and even past West Point.

Entering NY Bay from the south, the first landmark you will see will be the Statue of Liberty.
The Statue with the equivalent height of a 22-story building, was (In 1886) it was the tallest
structure in all of New York.  The Statue of Liberty faces Southeast and as you cruise by with
her on your port side, her left side faces the Hudson River which is just ahead.
If you cruise just east of Lady Liberty (between Liberty Island and Governors Island) then
you will cruise past Ellis Island. It too will be on your port side as you approach the Hudson
River. The Troy Lock and Dam, is 134 beautiful miles away, and you won't have any problems
taking your time on this leg of your voyage. You can expect a lot of Charter and Ferry Boat
traffic between Liberty Island and on past the Hudson River's famous Lighthouses.

The Hudson River, south of Federal Lock 1 is technically not a river at all. It is a fiord which is
subject to tidal changes of up to five feet. You will want to remember that tidal changes can be a
real challenge when you are tied to a fixed (non floating) dock or pier. Tides also have to be
considered when you anchor since every five or six hours the tide will reverse sending the boat
180 degrees in the opposite direction. Keep in mind the current is roughly 2 knots, and it also
changes direction every six hours or so until you reach the non-tidal waters past the first Lock
on the Erie Canal.
The tidal flow can work with you or against you, literally. Normally, on our voyage up the
Hudson we experience a tidal flow change as much as 2 knots. The Hudson River has very
deep sections of water and very high cliff-like walls. At first, you are not likely to realize the
depth of this canyon until you see the size of a freight train hugging the sheer wall on the
western shore, or see a commuter train racing along near the water on the eastern shore and
start noticing some really huge buildings are dwarfed in comparison to the cliffs. There are
many interesting places to stop see and do on this leg of your journey.

We always stop at the Striped Bass Restaurant in Tarrytown. It offers casual waterfront
dining, plenty of free transient slips, and smooth wave free docking. You can also fuel up on
your way out and you will have made the perfect stop. There is also Half Moon Bay Marina
about 25 miles north of New York City, and Rondout Bay Marina and Restaurant, Kingston, NY
If at all possible, we suggest you take some time off your boat and pay a visit to the America's
Culinary Institute. Obviously, this is a great place to take a tour so that you are there for Lunch.
The Hudson River is a popular getaway destination offering spectacular mountain views,
historic estates, wine trails, shopping, outdoor adventures, river tour boats, Lighthouse tours,
and more. Literally, millions of visitors visit the Hudson river and Hudson Valley where all these
bountiful choices are but a stone’s throw away from where you are going to be cruising.
The New York Harbor Region includes the NJ side of the Hudson River.  This is an
extremely busy area.  There are commercial ships, tour boats, ferry boats and, of course,
recreational boaters on the water all the time during the boating season. The waters around
the Statue of Liberty are especially busy.  The river is usually quite choppy.  However the view
and the voyage is more than worth the effort.

The good news is, that the farther you cruise north, the less and less traffic you will see.
There are ample marinas and services along the river. Tugs and other commercial
ships also run the river.
The tides under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge can be quite swift. Sail boaters will have a
better time of it traveling with the tide. Liberty Island does not have public docking and there
are buoys designating a do not enter area around the Island.

If you have followed the seasonal plan, most likely you are here on the Hudson in May.
That means you have plenty of time to spend time to enjoy the sites. Certainly, no other place
in the world has the amount of (cheap) public transportation as the NY, NJ.
So, we suggest you stop and visit the area. Don't miss: Times Square, Kingston, Sleepy
Hollow, or The Culinary Institute.
    From the Statue of Liberty to the Erie Canal, you will
pass by Lighthouses, mansions museums and great
food!
    All along the way you are at the Northeast's most
popular tourist area.  There is lots to see and enjoy,
and much of it is free.
    For sure, take your time, enjoy the sights, sounds
and tastes in this area. From NYC's Time Square,
Broadway Plays, 9/11 Memorial to Frank Sinatra's
favorite "Little Italy" this area is a great area to stop
and linger.
    You don't want to be at the Erie Canal until mid May
anyway.
This leg of your voyage is 134 beautiful miles, and for some reason, the Hudson River seldom gets more
Fact is however, the Hudson Valley is home to many of the most visited sites in America. From the US Military Academy at
West Point, the Mohonk Mountain House, the Culinary Institute of America, and many more.
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