What could be better, the last vestiges of February’s cold, brutal winds, and then the opposite, of a warm sunny day, and finally its March!
Striper season on the Hudson River has arrived. Some of us fisherman are getting smart as we age; we painted the bottom of the boat with a fresh coat of bottom paint, after we washed it down during haul out, and cleaned up the boat, already for spring. Now, if it is not buried in the back of the boat yard, or in your own back yard, you can get it out and down to the river for an early launch that will begin the wonderful ritual of spring striper season on the Hudson River.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region creates, seeks and supports programs and services that directly improve the health and well-being of children.
Albany Ronald McDonald House provides a haven of comfort, love, healing and hope – free of charge – for critically ill children and their families. The Family Room and Family Suite offer families respite and support within the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center, close to their ill child and his/her caregivers.
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Welcome dock at Hudson Crossing Park just north of Lock C5.
The next time you are at lock C5 pull into the dock on the northeast side and explore one of the best kept secrets along the river. But, it won’t be a secret for long. Hudson Crossing Park celebrates the Hudson River
and the importance of this location as a river crossing point throughout history. You can see the remnants of several crossings, but not so visible are the fordings made by travelers hundreds, even thousands, of years ago.
By Judy Dean
Winters are busy for boaters because they are planning their trips and activities for the upcoming summer, so let’s begin that planning right now.
This past summer’s beautiful weather did not bring an increase to travel and traffic on the Hudson River/Champlain Canal. Boaters reported almost daily that “we were about the only ones up and down the river”. Fuel prices were reasonable, so what was the problem?
The situation reminded me of an article that BOTH’s own Editor John Vargo had written a couple of years ago about the underutilization of the Hudson River and NYS Canal System. He and I are in agreement and have had subsequent conversations since then and have wondered - are we the only people who realize what a magnificent, clean and accessible Hudson River and NYS Canal System we have?? Are we the only people who can see the myriad of opportunities for travel, exploration, fun and truly soulful experiences are found on the Hudson River and NYS Canal System??
Obviously we are not, but this magazine is currently the only publication devoted to the promotion of the river and canal system.
Question: When I winterize my boat can I leave my battery or batteries in the boat for the winter?
Alex: The answer really depends on the boat, personal watercraft or sailboat. Every boat, properly wired has a master switch with off/1/2. Some modern boats have a draw, or drain on the batteries even with the battery switch in the off position... READ FULL ARTICLE