Day 6 – Hudson River, Waterford to Castleton
August 26th, On the Hudson, Waterford to Castleton.
After an overnight stop in Waterford, we left with full water tanks, and fully charged batteries. We were unable to get diesel fuel in Waterford so after a few miles down the Hudson River we stopped in Troy for fuel. We continued on, through our last lock, the Troy Federal Lock.
From here on we had to start keeping track of the tides. We quickly learned that it is not worth trying to go against the tides. Fortunately, it worked out well for us this afternoon, we were traveling south, out with the tide which helped us reach 8 knots. Our normal cruising speed is about 6 knots, so if we were to go against the tide we would only travel at about 4 knots.
We made it to Castleton Marina where we met uncle Paul, on his boat, in time for lunch. We did not stay for long because we still wanted to make it to Catskill while the tide was in our favour. Catskill is a charming little town approximately one mile up a little creek off the Hudson. We found a marina called Hop O Nose which has a good reputation for (lifting) stepping masts. We chose to make this marina home for the next few days while Ed and uncle Paul reconnected the rigging, set up the sails and all of the electrical equipment. Hop O Nose was a great stop because there was a swimming pool for the kids to enjoy while Ed rigs the boat.
P.S. For our friends at the yacht club, Uncle Paul is the boat electrician and technical guy for Spirit of Canada, he also flew down to South America when Derek ran into some trouble last time, to re-wire his whole boat. He has recently joined PCYC as a senior member with his boat April Sun.