I agree the Eldridge Tide and Pilot book is a MUST for these waters. If I'm heading to Long island Sound
from New York
Harbor . I arrive at the Battery
about two hours after low water
there to ride the flood current
up the East River through Hell's Gate into the Sound.
If I'm coming from Long Island Sound
I time my arrival at the Throgs Neck Bridge around the time the current
starts to ebb southward at that location and ride the ebb down into the Harbor.
Expect to be motoring the whole way for safety
. Sometimes I have been able to sail for parts
of it. But, at some point the tall buildings screw with the winds and with the currents may cause you boat
to spin if you are under sail only. The tugboat captains are not amused when this happens in the narrower channel around midtown Manhattan.
Since I converted to electric propulsion
this transit has become much nicer trip. I found I can drift along with the currents at about 4 knots in silence and only occasionaly have to put on a little thrust to straighten out. But, with a diesel
or an outboard
I would keep it on for the whole passage
because if it does not start you will be in a whole bunch of hurt real fast in this water
Enjoy the journey. I always get a kick when my boat
is moving faster than the traffic on the FDR Drive. Plus I always see some interesting things when I make the trip too. You can see some of the sights from a transit I made last year here:
THE BIANKA LOG BLOG: AN ELECTRIC SAILBOAT CRUISE TO NEW YORK: PART TWO
and if you want to see what doing this transit at 200 knots looks like check this out:
THE BIANKA LOG BLOG: DESTINATION: NEW YORK HARBOR