After several nice days in New York, docktails with friends and celebratory Loop completion dinner with Humbug, Carol Anne and Off Leash, it was time to move north. The rain of yesterday was over and the sky was clear.
Humbug and Carol Anne were leaving today after us. Humbug is headed back to Mystic, CT and Carol Anne to New Rochelle, NY. We did hear them on the VHF radio for awhile.
We started late because of the tide and also we had a problem with a starting battery. We finally got underway and the 1st 8 miles of the Hudson River is very lumpy because of all the ferry traffic. We stayed to the west side of the river to get out of the current as much as we could and it helped somewhat with the ferry wake.
The view again was spectacular as we motored up from the Financial Center in Manhattan, past the Bronx. Once past the George Washington Bridge the water was relatively smooth. The train from points north that brings the daily commuters into NYC runs right along the East bank of the Hudson. There seems to be a constant stream of trains going by.
We did see some barge traffic on the river. Most of the pleasure boats were headed North. We saw Adagio 1, that is a large DeFever trawler headed north. We had followed Adagio 1 in the Chesapeake-Delaware Canal and he was in front of us on the dock in Delaware City.
We are staying at Half Moon Bay Marina tonight. It is located by Croton on Hudson, NY. The reviews are mostly good for the marina. It was easy getting into the marina and the staff is very helpful. The big downside was that the wind was out of the northwest and this part of the Hudson River is about 3 miles wide and the outer seawall configuration did not quiet all the waves. we rocked most of the afternoon and evening before the wind quieted down and shifted direction.
Another downer is that the marina is locate immediately adjacent to a large condo complex that does not allow dogs on their grounds. Some of the marina docks exit on to the condo property and then you walk north to get to the marina office. We were assigned to their north dock which does not exit onto the condo property. There is a nice river walk with a city park about 1/2 mile up but they do not allow dogs into the park. Seems to be a pretty unfriendly place for dogs.
The Marina is pretty well located with all the town amenities reasonably close by. Cab rides into town are not expensive so that helps. We are going to stay here 2 days before heading North on the Hudson River.