Albany Yacht Club, Albany NY to Schenectady Yacht Club, Rexford NY – June 4, 2013

We waited until almost 10:00 to get underway today because we did not want to fight the tide for the last tidal area on the Hudson River.  We only had approximately 8 miles
to the Troy, NY lock and that will end the tides and the salt water for the trip.

The Troy Lock is run by the Army Corp of Engineers and is considered Lock 1 for the Erie Canal. All the other Locks on the Erie Canal are run by the State of New York.  After the Troy Lock there is still about 2 miles before you turn to port, leave the Hudson River and enter the Erie Canal.  There is a large sign that points to the Erie Canal to the West and the Champlain Canal to the North.

I was somewhat surprised that there was not more traffic than there was on the canal.  We were locking thru with about a 38’ Mainship that the Captain was taking to Buffalo
with his brother.  The boat will be his Looper boat but he has one more year to work then he retires.  We passed 2 other boats going eastbound on the Canal so traffic was light.

The wind was blowing pretty good out of the northwest and made locking a little more difficult until I realized that I would let the wind help and we did a port tie in each lock.
This let the wind hold us against the wall.  The Mainship on the other hand did a starboard tie in each lock and they had a hard time holding the boat against the wind.

The locks for the most part were ready when we got to each one.  The first 5 locks are a series of locks less than ½ mile apart and the lockmasters all talk and they know what is
coming.  You are not allowed to stop between the locks in this first series. We did one more lock after the first series and then stopped at the Schenectady Yacht Club for the evening.

The Schenectady Yacht Club is not what you might call your
preconceived idea of a Yacht Club.  They
do not have a large club house but rather a 2 story old building that looks
like at one time it could have been a residence.  They are strung out along the river for maybe
¼ mile with a nice river park setting on the shore where you can drive up to
where your boat is. There is one long dock that parallels shore and the boats
are in slips along this dock.  They also
have a small inlet with a canal back to where they can launch/retrieve
boats.  They have storage facilities that
are pretty well hidden and not readily apparent.  We are all the way on the west end by the
fuel dock.

After the long day of locking we decided to
order pizza and have it delivered.  The
place was recommended by the dock master.
Well it took over 2 hours from the time we called till the pizza finally
arrived.  While the pizza was good, even
though it was marginally warm, it was hard to get over the disappointment of
the long wait.

Riverview Marine Services, Catskill, NY to Albany Yacht Club, Albany, NY — June 2, 2013

Left a little before 7:00 this morning.  The forecast is for strong storms later this afternoon and we wanted to avoid that.  The sky was clear and the wind was light but the temp was 74 at 6:00 this morning.

Not a lot of traffic on the river for the first few hours this morning but there was still a lot of debris in the water.  Not quite as much as yesterday but still had to dodge the logs.

I kept checking the NOAA Radar on my IPhone to make sure nothing popped up on us unexpectedly.  The sky did get a little dark to the north but they stayed north and moved northeast away from us.

The approach to Albany, NY is pretty industrial with a lot of the tows we passed the last 2 days now in port.  Lots of petroleum dockage along the south waterfront.  The Yacht Club is up near the 1st bridge into Downtown.

We arrived in Albany at the Yacht Club before 11:30 and the rain did not come until a couple of hours later.  I wanted to get to Albany so I can do an oil change on the engines and generator tomorrow and be ready for the last leg of the trip.  We are about 8 miles south of the start of the Erie Canal.  We will try for Tuesday to move up into the Canal but I need to make some preparations for the locking now that we are going to be back in that mode for the Erie, Oswego and Trent-Severn Canals.  I have to re-inflate the 2 large ball bumpers and one small one.  I have a problem with my inflator that I will need to address first so it is not a simple job.  They never seem to be.

Shadows Marina, Poughkeepsie, NY to Riverview Marine Services, Catskill, NY — June 1, 2013

We started late today waiting for the low tide.  We wanted to get the push of a rising tide.  We left the marina at 2:15.

This gave me a chance to do some shopping this morning,  The Marina Dock Master arranged a ride for me from one of the local boaters to the Price Chopper Supermarket.  This was the first real shopping since Annapolis  so we needed quite a few things.

There was a lot going on today as this was the first good weather they have had this spring on a weekend.  Not all the boats are in the water but everyone seemed ready to party.  Lots of activity along the banks both up and down river from the towns.  More boats on the water and the small local boaters were out getting in some water time.

As the day went on it got hotter and the winds picked up from the south.  No challenge for us as we were going with the wind and the current.  In a lot of respects it was like boating on the St. Clair River.

We did pass several tows on the river and an awful lot of tree branches and wood in the river.  They had lots of rain early in the week.  The Erie Canal was closed between Locks 7 and 19 due to high water and debris.  I think some of the debris is what was flushed out of the Erie Canal.

We did get a couple of pictures of the Catskill Mountains in the background of the river bank on the west side.  This was about 5 to 8 miles south of the town of Catskill.  Nice scenery along the way and there have been quite a bit of variation.

I called the Riverview Marine Services where we will stay in Catskill New York about 4:30.  The women on the phone, Susan, wanted to know because they normally close at 5:30 and she was curious when we would be there.  I let her know we were on schedule and would be there by 5:30.  We were docking right at 5:30.

They had a nice spot for us in that we were up the inlet and laying against the dock so there was minimal wake disturbance and that went away as the sun went down.  A real working marina for the locals with limited transient space.  There were 3 transients there and the one was a 60′ Viking headed south and a sailboat had its mast stepped for the canal ride home.

I was pretty bushed and did lights out about 9:30 or so.  Well that did not last long because Catskill had a fireworks display that lasted about 1/2 hour.  Candy was so tired that the fireworks did not really effect her.  She just seemed to roll over and go back to sleep.  Other than the fireworks the marina was quiet.

Mike, the Owner, was great.  He runs the place along with his wife Susan.  They did not leave until about 6:30 after they finished fueling the Viking.  They went down the street to the local pub and had a couple of beers.  He stopped back in the marina after they left the pub and I asked him if he could get me some ice.  No problem, he opened the office to get the Ice Machine key and we were all set.  He had someone in the marina at 6:30 this morning that was able to help us off the dock.