Flashing Lights on the Hudson River and other sights

I never expected to get pulled over by the Westchester County Marine Police on the Hudson River with their lights flashing and a loud speaker voice calling “Captain, put the boat in neutral and keep a straight course, we’re pulling along side”.

We were cruising south on the Hudson River outside the main channel, taking a short cut into Nyack harbour and I wondered if that bothered them – I couldn’t think of another reason for them to pull us over.  Turns out, they pulled us over as were a foreign flagged vessel and because the Hudson River is technically a coastal border and they wanted to make sure we’d checked into the country legally.

They tossed Tim their lines and secured their boat to ours and requested permission to board.  The answer was “yes”  – of course!  They turned out to be two of the nicest cops around, so friendly and polite.  They checked our official docs (registration for the boat, passports, cruising license), made sure we were reporting in each night and checked our safety gear.  I was completely horrified when the officer said my safety flares were out of date! (What does that fine cost!!!!) He kept going through the packages and saying “these are expired, and so are theses….” I told him they were not!  I was trying not to raise my voice, but I had checked all our flares very carefully before we left Canada.  I knew that half of them would expire in November, but not before.  All of a sudden he said, “I’m sorry, I was reading the manufacture date, not the expiry – they are all good.”  Whew.

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Westchester County Police Boat

After admiring our wood burning stove and showing Poppy some love, the officers asked where we were headed in the next couple of days – I told them New York City!  He turned a bit stern and said we could not have picked a worse time to enter NYC harbour.  You see, the Pope was coming to town and so was the United Nations – security was tight and he suggested we might not be able to get a spot at the 79th Street Boat Basin.  He had us worried that we might have to skip NYC or spend the next 5 days in Nyack!  As they cast off, they wished us good luck and safe travels.

We headed for Nyack and make an urgent call to the Boat Basin to confirm they would have availability.  Since they don’t take reservations, I asked if they thought there would be room with the Pope coming to town – she kinda laughed and said “I’m sure there will be space.”  Disaster averted.

So here we are after 7 days on the Hudson River, moored in NYC, just steps from Central Park.

 

 

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The view of the Upper West Side from the cockpit.

 

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Approaching the George Washington Bridge with Manhattan in the background.

 

Other sites we saw along the Hudson…

Lighthouses!

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One of these is actually a B&B – I think it might be this one.

Barges and Ships…

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We anchored next to this one outside Kingston, NY – give them plenty of swing room as they move with the tide!

 

 

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Amazing Properties…

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Love this place.

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West Point

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Bannerman Island

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I don’t know what this was – if you do, let me know!

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I think this is The Culinary Institute of America

Next up is the New Jersey Coast!  It looks like we’ll finally be sailing again after almost a month of motoring – we can’t wait.

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5 thoughts on “Flashing Lights on the Hudson River and other sights

  1. Your pictures make it feel as though you are somewhere in Europe, not America! Love the properties along the shores. This is just the beginning. I can’t wait for more 🙂
    bob

  2. Love the pictures of the lighthouses. Glad to see they are being maintained. The camera shots really bring back memories of our first trip down the Hudson.

    • The lighthouses were so pretty – I wish we had had time to visit one. In the future I would give myself more time on the Hudson to explore and visit this really beautiful place.

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