Another cool, clear morning with minimal wind. Quite a few boats out in the anchorage on the south side of the marina.
We got underway a little after 8:00. I was not sure what the currents would be in the river. High tide was predicted at about 9:30 at Croton on Hudson. We were pretty fortunate with the current. We were able to get a positive effect for almost the whole trip north and that was good.
With the good weather we had plenty of locals in the areas of the towns. The locals appear to stay right around the town and we only saw a few venturing up or down river. Still quite a number of boats moving north. We passed 2 trawlers that had left Half Moon Bay earlier than us. We also passed “At Last” a large trawler we were docked next to in Cape May.
You can see in the pictures that the wind for the most part was pretty light. This made for good boating conditions for everybody. We were quite surprised to see tows on the river on Sunday. We passed 3 going south and one going north.
We passed the West Point Military Academy on the west shore of the river. It is quite an impressive Looking community. You can see which buildings are from the original granite and limestone construction. West Point was occupied by the military in 1778 and is the oldest military installation in the US.
As we got nearer to Kingston there was a little breeze from the south. The sailors were happy and there were sailboats all over the river and it was a little like a slalom course to avoid the sailboats and follow the channel markers.
After rocking at the dock for the last 2 days in Half Moon Bay we decided to go to Kingston. There are several marinas here along with a Maritime Museum and about a mile up the Rondout Creek is the Rondout Yacht Basin. It was good to see that the sheriff patrol was on the water enforcing the No Wake zones. The water was nice and quite.
The marina was busy and most of the large slips were full. We had called ahead and they had a slip for us. The docks are floaters and a little old and wobbly. They appear to maintain the marina but the facility is pretty old. The seasonal boats here are generally the small boats and there are still a lot of boats on the hard. Some have been on the hard for a long. long, long time. You can tell that when you see the plastic shrink wrap deteriorating and shredding on the boat.
There are probably 3 boats here that were at Half Moon Bay last night.
They are predicting rain tonight and rain on/off tomorrow. Actually, other than Wednesday, there is a chance for rain every day this week. Our next stop is Albany.