Tuesday, 5 September 2017



Saturday, August 12, 2017 ~ We were up at 5:30 am and left the dock at 6:10.  We have a 134  nautical mile run up the Hudson River to the Troy Lock.  The Hudson River is a well marked shipping channel.  This is our fourth time on it and it is the calmest we have ever seen it.  At Haverstraw Bay the river is at its widest, stretching 3 miles.  It narrows to 800 yards as it snakes through a 15 mile long gore where West Point dominates the landscape.  After the winding stretch we are in the “Lange Rack” (Dutch for Long Reach) which is a straight stretch for 10 miles. There are so many interesting sights along this river.  At 1:00 pm we are at the Albany Yacht Club where we stopped for diesel and a pump out.  They were having a Summerfest barbecue so I went up to buy some hamburgers for lunch.  Much to my amazement they were free.  We are only a few miles south of the Troy Lock so we continued heading north.  From the Troy Lock we entered the Erie Canal and did the five Waterford Locks by 4:00 pm.  We did one more lock and at 5:30 pm we docked at the Schenectady Yacht Club.  They were having a potluck club get together and we were invited.  A free lunch and now a free dinner after a long day on the water.

New York Skyline sunrise as we are leaving
Liberty Landing Marina, New Jersey.

Rocky Heights of the Palisades on the western shore.

West Point, NY is a preparatory school for
the United States Military Academy.

The Poughkeepsie Bridges, spanning 1.25 mi.
It was too expensive to  tear down the old bridge when the
new one was built so it was turned into a "walkway" linking
New York and New England over the Hudson River.

The restored Saugeries Lighthouse is now a
Bed and Breakfast on the Hudson River.

Traffic Jam - We are waiting and allowing the big ship
'Star Gamma' to come thru a busy, narrow opening.

Erie Canal Lock 7 - Our last lock for today.

Schenectady Yacht Club showing some of the structures
from an old lock that have been saved.

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