In the middle of a dream, the usual one about being back at 3M and unable to find my busy meeting schedule, and am jolted awake by a THUD that shakes the boat.
Not my favorite way to awake, but preferrable, I suppose, to waking up and finding the berth underwater.
The thud was caused by a small fishing boat drifting into our starboard bow. We were anchored, the bow pointing windward. They were drifting slowly downwind, looking windward at their lines dragging behind them and… you get the picture.
No damage to either boat, but a red face on the other skipper.
Also, I have to remember to leave a full pile of clothing by the door…
The sad part about being jolted awake at 6 am is that we did not, for once, need to get up early to catch a tide. The northward flow on the Hudson River currently starts midday.
A nice, slow sail up Raritan Bay brought us to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Just before the bridge we encountered a tidal rip caused by the collision of northward current in the bay and still southward Hudson River flow. The standing waves were lively but the only effect was a drop in boat speed from 8.5 mph to 5.5 mph.
Approaching the bridge we spied the first shipping traffic.
The bridge soars 228 feet over the Hudson.
Fort Wadsworth is nestled below the bridge.
Farther up, we began to get an appreciation for the amount of traffic on the water.
Everything from 40 mph ferries…
And tour boats…
And the ever-present sport fishermen, in a hurry as always…
And Staten Island Ferries plowing across our bow at 16 mph…
And passing their counterpart going the other way…
To catamaran tour boats (with the Empire State Building in the background).
Manhattan, with Hudson River to left and East River to right.
It was a tremendous thrill to pass Lady Liberty close by… in our own boat!
“Does this gown make my ass look fat?” -Lady Liberty
Weirdly enough, difficult to actually visit the statue from our boat. Tour boats dock on the island but, for security reasons, private boats are prohibited. To step ashore we must take a train back to the city from our next stop and ride a tour boat.
Still, the setting at our anchorage is worth it. To the northeast is Ellis Island and Manhattan beyond.
To the southeast is Liberty Island, and a fellow looping boat, “Slow Hand”.
In this photo, lifted from Wikipedia, we are anchored halfway to shore behind the island. A good spot to chill and watch traffic on the Hudson. The two islands reduce wakes from the river, but the water is still quite bouncy.
Such an interesting journey it has been from Hudson, Wisconsin to the Hudson River.