Boat trip from Champlain Marina to New York City
Cruising from Champlain Marina to New York City is an awesome boating experience.
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|Here is a brief photo overview of that trip.You don’t need a big boat to make this cruise and have a great time.
If you have a very large boat with high clearance, there a couple of bridge heights you should verify when planning the trip.The trip is a little over 300 miles each way. If you cruise 20 to 25 miles per hour on good water, it takes two and half days each way. So, if you have a week and nothing breaks down, you can spend two days in New York City. We usually go to a dinner and show and then may use the last day to ride though Long Island Sound.If you have more time, it is only about 110 miles to Atlantic City and another 40 or so to Cape May,
New Jersey. If you cast off at first light, and calm seas, you can be there for lunch.With good weather, you can run off shore and the ocean can be as calm and flat as Lake Champlain. It can also get ugly so
know where the inlets are and be sure to check the weather – often.
|Ready to cast off.The “fleet” should be more than one boat in case of a
breakdown.Reservations can be problem
with too many boats.
Two to four boats works well.
|Lake Champlain narrows at the south end and becomes very narrow,
like a swamp river, just north of Whitehall.
|Approaching Whitehall, New YorkThe north end of
Champlain Canal System is at
Lock 12 in Whitehall.
Lock 12 Marina is on the east side. They have fuel and a restaurant.
Whitehall Marina is on the west side.
|This shows the lock completely filled.Notice the boat hook. You can use a boat hook from the bow and stern
to hold your boat away from the wall and minimize the dirt on the
fenders and rub rail.
|We have made this trip many times. Years ago, there was a lot
of traffic during the 4th of July week and locks were crowed.These days, we are often the only group.
|Busted!!The canal is a no wake zone. This boater was only given a warning
because she was traveling LESS then the speed limit.
|Bridge Ahead Large boats need to check the bridge heights before starting this
trip through the Champlain Canal System.
|Kids on the bridge overhead.Keep an eye on the bridges as you pass under. Although we have never
had any trouble, we have heard rumors that kids drop cinder
blocks from the bridges in the Harlem River.
|HEADS UP!!!!This is what a canal dam looks like.There are dams in the canal system. On our first trip, we nearly
went over the dam!When southbound, follow the west side of the canal to the lock.
|Rain or shine Unless you have plenty of time, you have to keep to the schedule
whether the weather is good or not. We make an exception for high
seas in the ocean.
Schuylerville Yacht Basin is a favorite stop. This is a small family
run marina located about half way through the Champlain Canal
System.Depending on weather and locking events, this is usually about 9
hours from Champlain Marina.Gas is available here.
|HEADS UP!!It is important to enter the marina from the SOUTH.There are rocks under the bridge at the north of the marina. Left
photo shows south approach.
|The Albany / Troy town docks are just after the (Federal) last lock. The
town docks are located on the east of the river.
|Open water, up on plane and heading south to the second layover
at Kingston, NY – about seven hours cruise at our speeds.
|An old light house marks the entrance to Kingston from the
|After the turn into the Kingston channel, it is about 20
minutes to the Kingston waterfront area.Gas is available along the channel as well as at least one of the
|The waterfront has some retail stores and a few restaurants.There are a couple of marinas just past the town waterfront.There are town docks at the waterfront but no showers.|
|The smaller boats can be packed two per slip
on a busy weekend.If it rains, our “Green Mountain Biminis” are fantastic. We are dry
and don’t care how crazy we look.
|Happy Hour!We always look forward gathering on one boat for
happy hour at the end of a day on the water.
|Sunset at Kingston.Tomorrow is a new day and we will be in New
York Harbor by noon.
|Keep moving south. This the Hudson River near West Point.|
|West Point. You can tie up here and go ashore for a tour.|
|Here is the Indian Point nuclear plant 40 miles north of New York City.|
|Come on in. The water warm here at Indian Point!|
|You are getting near the city when you see the Tappan Zee Bridge.|
|The sight of the George Washington Bridge means the city is
|New York City!!|
|Grey Goose passing the towers before 9/11|
|Hang On!!!The wake in New York Harbor is fierce. There are boats everyplace –
big boats, little boats, commercial boats, ferries and they are all
moving and creating wakes.
|Nobody even thinks about the rules of the road. If you
see a boat coming at you, you had better get out of the way.
|There several good marinas located along the west side of the
Hudson River in New Jersey. There are water taxis and regular taxi
service for getting into the city.We prefer
liberty landing marina because it
HAS NO WAKE. The others all have tremendous wakes even in the slip.
The wake stops at !:00 AM when the ferry boats stop running.
|You can extend your trip to include Atlantic
City and Cape may New Jersey – about 125 miles running offshore.
Farley Marina is a NJ state park located in front of
Trump Castle. The casino is at the end of the dock.
|Cape May, New Jersey is great destination. It is an old sea
shore town with lots of Victorian B & Bs, restaurants and quaint
shopping area. There are bike rentals so you can tour the area.