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Old 16-01-2013, 19:49   #1
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Where does a little sailboat stay in the NYC area during Fleet Week?

Hi -

Has anyone experienced Fleet Week aboard their yacht, somewhere in/around the city? Is it too late to look for mooring in NJ or Staten Island?

We were planning to come down the Hudson in May, (on our 40' sailboat), on our way to a transatlantic crossing, but I see the timing is not so great....hints? Tips? Advice?
Should we linger up the river 'til it's all over?

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I was out on my boat during fleet week this past year. Was busy out in the harbor but its always busy out there. I don't think you are too late to book a spot at the chelsea piers or liberty landing marina or anything. Might even be able to get a spot at 79th st thay weekend at a moments notice. It'd be a mooring but they have lots of space. Also if you don't need to make landfall there are a few good places to anchor - by the statue of liberty, by red hook, by bay ridge. You could make it through the city and see the sites and stay down in Altlantic highlands NJ as well.
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Oh and I'm sure you know for riding in the Hudson, watch the tides. Critical for making good time anywhere, and and if in the east river, for going anywhere at all
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Old 17-01-2013, 15:00   #4
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Re: Where does a little sailboat stay in the NYC area during Fleet Week?

Best bet would be something like Liberty Landing, on the NJ side of the Hudson right across from Manhattan, so you can watch the parade from your berth. Easy PATH train trip into Manhattan also.

Staten Island will be way less convenient. IIRC the river and parts of the bay are shut down entirely at times, so location counts.

The Jersey marinas get a lot of wake action from the river traffic, so it isn't peaceful, but the open anchorages are the same, and worse if the weather is bad. And since it is NY harbor...if you anchor, it may foul. Inconvenient if you're planning to set out on a passage right after.
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Re: Where does a little sailboat stay in the NYC area during Fleet Week?

Can arrange for guest mooring if you are interested in staying in
City Island/Manhasset Bay area in western most Long Island Sound. About a hour and half up the East River to the sound.
About 30 minutes to heart of city by railroad, very convenient. Timing is not a problem, and lots of support facilities and Long Island's gold coast is close. Can PM me for more information if interested.
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Re: Where does a little sailboat stay in the NYC area during Fleet Week?

Wonderful replies, everyone, thanks very much!
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Re: Where does a little sailboat stay in the NYC area during Fleet Week?

Yog, if you do take up Hugo's generous offer, do bear in mind that you'll need to round the Battery and go up the East River timing that trip for a slack in the Hell Gate. Depending on the time and date, that may be an issue. Speaking of which, the Hudson is tidal (a flooded estuary actually, not a river) all the way up to Kingston, and you may easily gain or lose a full knot from that point all the way down.
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