Conditions: Heavy fog then sunny and warm. Winds southeast 5-10 kts. River predominantly calm then choppy in New York Harbor.
Distance traveled: 64 nautical miles (74 statute miles)
Time underway: 6 hours 10 minutes
Average Speed: 10.5 kts
Max Speed: 18 kts
Fuel used: 83 gallons
Departure time was scheduled for around 8:30 am. We had our good friend, Steve (the Captain’s best friend since high school), joining us for a crew-for-the-day adventure. We are always eager to take people down this stretch of the river (any stretch of the river actually) because of its many scenic parts. Bannerman’s Island, World’s End and West Point to name a few. From the port window of the stateroom, the early morning light on the glassy Hudson River was a nice “good morning!” But, as the dew point and temperature hovered near each other, we knew there’d be fog. Once above deck, we saw that indeed there was plenty of it. Even though the air was chilly, the coffee was hot and it warmed us up. The sun was fighting to peek below the fog and the river seemed as if she were reaching for the sky with wisps of her water. Fortunately for us, we weren’t on a tight travel schedule and Jasper got a nice walk and greeted Steve on land. The older Jasper gets, the more bored he seems to get with his parents… but ANYTIME a guest arrives it’s like someone unloaded a truck full of dog treats and gave him permission to dive in. They met when Jasper was a puppy, so Steve got an extra-happy greeting.
Once the fog monster began to burn off OLOH was off the docks for a perfect river run. There was very little debris to dodge, traffic was light, and while we fought the current for a bit when we first set out, it flipped a couple of hours into the trip and ran with us the rest of the way to our destination in Jersey City across from lower Manhattan (as fast as 3 kts when we got to the George Washington Bridge!).
We’ve taken every boat we’ve owned to Liberty Landing Marina. It’s a convenient stop and terrific marina attached to the beautiful Liberty State Park with simply incredible views. It’s gotten very expensive (now $5.50 per foot in season plus $30 for electric for us) but it remains a worthwhile stop for us when we’re heading south or returning north. Did we mention the views?
The day that’s been hanging over our heads… a full day out on the ocean is next. And it will be an early morning departure for Cape May, New Jersey. See you out there!
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