Originally Posted by hover2sail
Where in the photo of Cravens Point is it acceptable/suitable to anchor? I think the location is the one I indicated on the attached chart (red circle target, NW corner ) ......is this correct? Thanks for the help.
Yes, that's the spot. It is on the small side and there is not room for more than about six boats at a time. The channel leading into it is very narrow with shoal water on either side but the course is straight and it is easy to follow the State maintained markers.
However once inside, and if you can get a spot, there is excellent cover from land to the north and west, and to the south a broken breakwater projects from sandy Caven Point, one of the few remaining natural beaches in New York
Harbor, it is now a protected bird sanctuary.
I think the depths are fairly accurate as far as showing the shallow at the back of the bay and deeper water up front towards the entrance, but I am working with a lead line lately so you might want to use some caution. The holding is good although a wash down pump is handy as the bottom is a rather nasty black sludge, a legacy of the area's unfortunate industrial past.
As has been commented elsewhere, New York
Harbor is busy place and subject to frequent chop. Yes you can park between the Statue of Liberty and Ellis island, but if you are not on a big cat you might not enjoy it for long.
The reason I like Caven Point is because it provides good protection in all winds (you can duck inside the floating sailing school
docks in an southeasterly) with a very rustic setting that is about as far removed from the bustle of the city as is possible. The park closes at night and the nature preserve is so quiet and dark you wouldn't know you were in a city of millions.
I highly recommend it as a layover spot for those waiting for the tide to turn when transiting the East River but have known people to stay there for months at a time.
It is rustic however and there is nothing on shore whatsoever, but with a cell phone
a taxi can always be hailed.
MarkJ - Agreed, I never said there wasn't, but Manhattan doesn't come cheap
and Caven Point is free!