Day 7-10 Catskill, NY, Hop-O-Nose Marina Mast Stepping!


We made it to Catskill, NY, Hope-O-Nose Marina, absolutely the best place to step your mast on the Hudson. Great facilities, such as a swimming pool for your family to enjoy, while you are working away. The Creekside Restaurant with surprisingly amazing food and atmosphere – also a favourite of the locals!

Shawn is the owner & Chef at the Restaurant and the proprietor of both the Hop-O-Nose & Catskills Marina across the river. It is the only place on the Hudson, where you can claim that the Cook, Bar Tender (TIM) and dishwasher stepped your mast! However, don’t let that fool you Shawn and his staff are very efficient and skilled at mast stepping. That might be due to the thousands that they have done in their career.

TIP: If you are in a hurry, don’t wait for any instructions! If you arrive in the late afternoon or evening, and the dock under the crane is free, pull right in bow first. Do all your preparations to step your mast prior to meeting the staff in the morning. When they show up in the morning, usually about 8am, they will be raring and ready to go. If you are not ready, you’ll miss your window of opportunity. Same goes if you dock in one of the other slips, get your boat ready to step, and all you’ll have to do is move in under the crane once the first boat is done, and they’ll be ready to do yours. Usually takes about 1/2 hour per boat.

Top Ten Reasons to Step your Mast at Hop-O-Nose Marina.

1) Knowledgeable and very Experienced Crew.

2) Efficient and Quick, They don’t dilly dally.

3) Flexible and Easy going staff.

4) No wake to disrupt your stepping as there is on the Hudson.

5) Your family can relax and enjoy the pool, while you slave away.

6) You can store your mast cradles for when you return, and build new ones, if you don’t have one.

7) Creekside Restaurant on site, amazing food and great entertainment on the weekends.

8) If you want to hang around longer, affordable long term docking rates.

9) Quaint little town, with many shops and art galleries to explore.

10) Lets not forget Catskill’s Cats all lined up and down the Main street! You must check them out!

The night we arrived a massive party was underway. Two bands, one inside and one outside on a stage that was constructed from an old floating dock. The bands were exceptionally good, and the food and drinks were amazing! For lunch you must try the fish and chips!

The party was for “30 years of Life” Thrown by the man that fell head first off the Rip Van Winkle Bridge on the Hudson just outside of Catskill. This bridge is about 150 feet tall, and the man fell head first into 3 feet of water. Luckily there was nothing but smooshy mud underneath. He was waist deep, head first in it. He managed to dig himself out and survived. He is thankful to be alive, and throws a large party every 5 years or so to celebrate!

The residents and folks that keep their boats here are very friendly, and hospitable. One of the friendly boat owners, Pete offered us his truck so we can get around town. We were able to use it for a night out, and to get our laundry done. Very thankful! Thanks Pete!

Many things for families to do on this pit stop. Ice Cream and little amusement rides at the end of the road.

Catskill is famous for the annual display of artistic cat like creations along the main road. They are very creative and entertaining. Local artists get very creative with their themes, and this year dogs were added to the mix.

Try finding this interesting artsy area, near the end of the road where the ice cream store is. It is some kind of Meeting Post. Visitors leave notes and messages on the table or on the post, and others can read and enjoy them.

We decided to leave our boats here for the next couple of months. The rate offered to us were very competitive and we like the facilities and the floating docks with power. We can return for a week-end on the boats over the next couple of months. But the goal is to delivery the boats to the Bahamas, just after hurricane season, which officially ends November 1st.

Links below from our Blog Posts 5 years ago when we last did this trip.

One of the Castles on the Hudson, Listed as one of the Top Beautiful abandoned places in the world.




s/v Black Diamond

I have been boating for over 25 years, at the age of 43, this is more than half of my life time. Starting out with a number of smaller power boats, then switching to sail about 8 years ago. I have sailed various boats from wind surfers, dinghies (lasers), keel boats from 26 to 45 foot yachts. I live in the area of Toronto Canada and sail mostly on Lake Ontario. I have been racing yachts for the past 7 years. I have also entered many long distance races such as the Fort Lauderdale to Charleston, completed in 2 days 8 hours, we received 4th place in division, 8 minutes in PHRF behind a 3rd place trophy. Then 4 times finishing the Susan Hood, a 75 mile over night race, 4 times entered in the Lake Ontario 300 the worlds longest fresh water race, a 308 knotical mile race around the perimeter of Lake Ontario. My crew and I on Black Diamond finished in 2 days 12 hours in 2009. In 2009, delivering the boat back up to Canada from the Bahamas we entered in a couple of interesting races, one from Fort Lauderdale to Charleston described as a sled ride up the gulf stream, the Charleston race week regatta series and the New Year's Day Staniel Cay Regatta in the Exumas, Bahamas. This race we came in 2nd over entire fleet, only lost by 3 minutes in a 2 hour race to a 47 footer. This was a boat for boat race, no PHRF scoring. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So cast off the bowline, Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain Blue water experience include yacht deliveries from the Abacos, Bahamas to Charleston South Carolina 2006. This delivery was a non-stop, 3 and half days, total of 500 miles. We crossed parts of the Bermuda Triangle, and during most of the delivery were over 200 miles offshore. The delivery of Black Diamond a 40 foot Jeanneau racer/cruiser has been delivered to New York City and then offshore to Florida and the Bahamas from Toronto, Canada. This delivery from NYC to Florida was completed 100 miles offshore, for a distance of over a 1000 miles non-stop to Jacksonville, Florida. Completed in what might be a cruisers record of 5 days 3 hours non-stop offshore. This fall my family and I added another 500 miles of sailing throughout much of the Bahamas. Spending 6 weeks aboard Black Diamond sailing the Abacos, Nassau and the Exumas. I then sailed the boat back to New York, completely offshore, entered a few races along the way, and back to Toronto through the Hudson River and Erie Canal. During the 2009 season, we sailed Black Diamond off the dock 148 different days out of 365, winning the Vacant Dock award the second year in a row. Most recently, 2011, completed the delivery of friends boat Tracey & Nilson Ruiz, from Tortoal, BVI to New York. Tortola to Georgetown Bahamas in 5 days non-stop. Last leg from Charleston to New York over the momorial day long week-end non-stop Friday to Monday in 4 days. All completed safe and sound without incedent. Need any deliveries let me know. I am also an Open Water Certified diver and an active member of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron, certifications included Power/Sail boat handling, Seamanship Sail, Piloting/charting, GPS Navigation, Extended Offshore Cruising and a VHF Radio operation license. I hope to further my education, qualifications and experience in long distance cruising and racing. One of my goals is to obtain a commercial Captains License. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]

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