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KYC Member Bob Gregg recommends this great cruising guide to the Hudson River.




SPECIAL REPORT: Hudson River Cruise – August 25 to August 29, 2010

As KYC representatives to the HRBYCA, the Hudson River Boat & Yacht Club Ass’n, this was our second exploratory cruise to visit other clubs in the Ass’n and report back to KYC.

We try to make reservations a week in advance, at each club we planned to stay at. This is imperative as dock space is limited at their docks and their club rep. and or dockmaster is not readily available when you make your initial call. You may have to follow up until you reach someone who can help with your arrival. We have a copy of the HRBYCA Directory to help with the name contacts and phone numbers of all the clubs in the Association.

Copies for our members are at the club for you to have.


The crew of SWEET CAROLINE, the Bachs and McGintys, left KYC in intermittent rain showers on August 25, for their 1st day trip to Tarrytown Yacht Club at Tarrytown Marina. Not catching the tide, the trip was 7.5 hrs. Dinner that night at the Washington Irving Yacht Club Restaurant.

You have to be very aware of the tidal range when entering or leaving several of the Boat & Yacht clubs or marinas on the Hudson. The low tide depths are listed in the various club profiles in the Member Handbook. Water depths are great in the river but can get very shallow approaching the shore in several locations. A tide book and Hudson River Chart are very helpful in your navigation of the river.

We left Tarrytown at 9:00 A.M. on August 26, for the 2.5 hr. run with the tide, up to the Peekskill Yacht Club, with clear blue skies, but windy. Their dockage is limited with a single fairway and 90 deg. slips on both sides and a lunch dock at the very end.  We made a 180 deg. swing at the end to head out and tied up for the night at the “lunch dock” as they call it.  Shore power is right there. They have a beautiful new clubhouse and we were given the tour. We called the club upriver as we had not heard from their dock rep and talked to Tim who made us welcome and helped with the tie up.

That night, we walk a short distance along the waterfront park to the Peekskill Brewhouse for dinner. There is a good Italian restaurant next door also.

The third day out August 27, with blue skies and light wind, we travelled up river past West Point to view the military school from the river. Very impressive and historic.

They have a yacht club and are members of the Ass’n, but landing in very restrictive.The scenery on this part of the Hudson River and continuing up river is magnificent. Really deep water in the channel. It could be rocky in windy conditions.

Our main trip today was downriver to the Courtland Yacht Club, about 1.5 hours down from Peekskill. They have 4 fairways and multiple slips. They could accommodate several transients and were very helpful in locating a slip for us with easy access. Their contact is Rob who also handles their snack bar. Several members helped with our tie up.

They have a nice clubhouse and a large property with an Olympic swimming pool for use by all. The action is at the snack bar serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can also walk to the town of Verplanck to the Hudson Cove Restaurant or to Bucannon to the deli.

The fourth day out on August 28, we continued a run of 1 hr. downriver again with clear  blue skies and light winds, to the Shattemoc Yacht Club. We stayed there on our last trip as they have very nice dock accommodations. We arranged with Bey.  their dockmaster for our slip. They have a nice clubhouse with great views of the river on 2 sides, and a nice swimming pool for use by all. They are primarily a sailing club so our sailing members will feel especially welcome. Dinner next door at the Boathouse Restaurant.

The fifth day out on Sunday August 29, we  continued our trip downriver, again with clear blue skies and light wind. Fantastic weather this past week.. This run back to KYC was 6.5 hours as we had part of the tide in our favor.

We spent 5 days cruising with 22 hours tach time, travelling  up and down the Hudson River, passing some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. We visited 4 of the 35 clubs in the HYBYCA Ass’n at a cost of  O$ for overnight dockage, not to mention the 20 clubs of the Mohawk Hudson Council of Boat Clubs. A potential saving of over $200 for if we had to pay for each night dockage. All this for our $100 club membership, and we are continuing our clubs cruising up the Hudson River.

All of the clubs that we visited, welcomed us and opened their facilities without restriction, for our use. We felt very welcome and look forward to other trips up the great Hudson River. An invitation to visit our club was extended to the clubs that we visited and we hope to see them soon.

Dan Bach – HYBYCA Club Rep.


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