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.

Meeting up with April Sun, Uncle Pauls boat at Castleton Marina.

Thomas just loves his cheese bread.

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With almost 30,000 Nautical miles of experience and 1,800+ sea days and nights on the water. (1,800 sea days is like 5 years on the water, 365 days a year!) I am an RYA Skipper and ICC International Competent Captain, currently working on my RYA Yacht Master with a Commercial endorsement for a 200 ton vessel. My qualifications include; MED A2 Emergency Safety at Sea, Helicopter Rescue, Life raft deployment and use, Offshore Rescue and Fire Fighting at Sea, etc, STCW Code A-VI/1-3, Canadian Equivalent Marine First Aid and CPR/AED. I am an Open Water Certified diver and completed various CYA & Canadian Power and Sail Squadron certifications which include Power/Sailboat handling, Seamanship Sail, Piloting/charting, CYA Coastal Navigation, GPS Navigation, Extended Offshore Cruising, VHF Radio operation license and a Toronto Harbour License. I am now providing skippered charters and yacht deliveries globally, including crew positions for offshore passages. However, my specialities are the Bahamas, US East Coast, The Great Lakes, Welland Canal, Erie Canal and the Adriatic Sea, Croatia, looking to add Greece. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]

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