May 9 – 11 Peekskill to Waterford

May 9 Peekskill to Saugerties

Brrr, it was a chilly morning on Persuasion; 12C/54F. But oh my, what a beautiful sunrise!

We weighed anchor and left at 06:00. The water was so calm and before long we came to Bear Mountain Bridge. Just look at the view! Can’t you just imagine the colours in the late fall.

Here are the highlights of what we saw as we meandered along on the Hudson:

For our railway followers

A close up for our CN friends!

Two trains meeting

Sheer rock cliffs reaching down to the Hudson. And the view on the other side of the river is breathtaking too. Beautiful scenery

Lots of large logs in the river to watch out for

West Point; The United States Military Academy is the oldest of the country’s five federal service academies and was established in 1802. It was originally a fortified site during the American Revolutionary War in 1778. West Point is located on a plateau on the west bank of the Hudson River about sixty miles north of New York City. And viewing it from the water just never disappoints!

Railway tunnel at West Point. Right after snapping the first photo, a train came through

The college and campus goes on forever

Love the soldier statue on the hill

Looking back

And the mountains across from West Point. Spectacular!

One of the Army buildings. Note the words on one side of the roof; Sink Navy and on the other; Beat Air Force 🙂

Storm King Highway; a three mile segment of New York State Route 218. The highway winds around the steep slopes of Storm King Mountain. It was built in 1916 and is added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 recognizing its accomplishment in civil engineering. However, I just can’t imagine driving up there. Yes, it is on that ledge that you can see. Eek

Bannerman Castle on Bannerman Island. It would have been a beauty back in the day

Cornwall-on-Hudson looked like a very pretty place

Mid Hudson Suspension Bridge and Railway Bridge in Poughkeepsie

The Railway Bridge has now been converted to a walkway over the Hudson River to the Hudson State Historic Park. We could see people walking and biking on it

The Esopus Meadows Lighthouse built in 1871

The Saugerites Lighthouse is a an 1869 landmark beacon on the Hudson River that is now a renowned bed and breakfast!

We entered in by the lighthouse and set the hook in Saugerites at 15:45. We had travelled 52.3 nm.

Jim had suggested we anchor there. He and his wife had gone south for many years and enjoyed staying at Saugerties. This was his first time back in nine years and he wanted to walk up through the town and see if everything was as he remembered it. So we dinghied over to the dock and walked up a steep hill to the town. Here are some of photos of the little town:

A neat name for a book store

We ate at the Village Diner and it was very good home cooked meal

An old warehouse is now apartments

Thanks to Jim for introducing us to the town of Saugerites. We were back to the boats by dusk and it was calm and quiet in the anchorage. The two masts you see are our boats out in the anchorage.

It had been a long day but we certainly enjoyed the many lovely sights along the beautiful Hudson River.

May 10 Saugerties to Castleton-on-Hudson

It was cloudy and 15C/59F so a little warmer than the day before. We weighed anchor at 05:50 and it was a dismal rainy day. The little hamlets along the river were quite picturesque, even in the rain.

Our sightings of the day along the Hudson are captioned below:

The Hudson-Athens Lighthouse

More picturesque scenes

Coeymans Landing Marina

The port at Coeymans is a busy little port

Castleton-on Hudson Railway Bridge and Bridge

And just as we were about to go under, a train went across the tracks

And just under the bridge, we came to the Castleton Boat Club where we would lower the mast.

We pulled in for fuel and water and then tied up on the dock at 10:50. We had travelled 31.1 nm. We paid for the night on the dock and for the use of the crane. We had raised our mast at this club on the way down last year so all our framework was stored behind their club. It is a popular spot for sailboats to raise and lower their masts. It is a self help club and costs $55 to use their crane and it helps if you are with a buddy boat to help each other. Here is Blossom tied up to the dock with the bridges in the background.

I got lunch ready for us and Jim and then we got to work. We worked on lowering Jim’s first and then ours. The sun came out and it was nice and warm. But, it was quite a job. We were pleased when it was all tied on, that’s for sure. There were no incidents this time like in the fall. A yellow speed boat kept going by the club, making quite a wake, rocking the boats and our mast fell off the stand on to the dock! Apparently, he is known to do that. Why aren’t some boaters considerate and follow the no wake zone? Because I was busy helping Mike and Jim with the masts, I didn’t get any photos. Mike captured this one on the phone after we were finished.

The guy at the Boat Club told us earlier, when we were in paying, about a new restaurant that opened late last year in town. He even had a menu for us to look at. The town is small and with no other diners or restaurants, he said that they are hoping the place makes a go of it. So far, he said it has been doing well. We walked there and as we were halfway there, it started pouring and it was coming down in buckets. I knew that I should have grabbed the umbrella from the boat! We were drenched but so were a lot of the other customers in there. The prices were very reasonable, the food was yummy and it seemed quite busy for a very rainy Friday night. It had stopped pouring and it was just drizzling by time we left. We went to use the club showers and then turned in early. It had been an exhausting day but we were so thankful to have the mast safely secured on the boat, ready to head for the locks and canals that would take us home.

May 11 Castleton-on-Hudson to Waterford

Well, we woke up to another morning of rain. We shoved off the dock at 05:55 and headed out. It was to be an even shorter day on the water for us than the day before. 🙂

Here are some of our highlights of the day:

A tug and a barge out on the water early

And a ship

So many fishermen out. We heard them talking on the radio and they were fishing for striped bass

Beautiful Albany; the capital city of New York

Lots of highways

Then we came to Troy. Love to see the old warehouses being used as apartments or offices

Quite a contrast to the new buildings going up

On the other side of the river, a new retaining wall and building

A neat looking lift bridge; with the mast down we didn’t need to radio for it to go up 🙂

Heading toward the Troy Federal Lock

The dam

Inside the lock

Almost to the top; we could see and hear the the water rushing In the dam

And just down the way, we were in Waterford and saw this sign

There were only about five other boats on the dock. And they were down at the end where they would be heading up the Hudson to the Champlain Canal. We had quite a bit of current under the bridge where the Mohawk River meets the Hudson. We and Blossom went up to the other end close to Lock 2 which is the beginning of the Erie Canal from Waterford, NY. (There is no lock 1 now) We tied on to the dock at 09:15 and had travelled 16.8 nm. The waterfront harbor is run by the Town of Waterford and it is only $10 for hydro for the length of your stay. There is water at your dock and you pay $10 for a key for the use of the washroom and showers. When you return the key, you get your $10 back. We loved staying here last fall. They are super friendly, it’s close to grocery stores, eateries and lots of places to get out walking. I snapped this photo of our boat on the dock later in the day.

Our view of Lock 2 from Persuasion

We arrived on the 11th, and we knew we were a little early but with the canals scheduling to be open on the 17th, we wanted to make sure to get a spot on the wall. Plus, that would give us time to relax and enjoy the town. The sun came out around noon and it was very warm. We spent the day walking around town and talking to other boaters and the volunteers at the harbor office. There will be lots of photos of the town in the next blog.

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