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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 18:12

A Different Kind Of Snowbird

As I was about to leave Liberty Landing Marina by car on January 4th, something a little unusual peeked my interest. It was a beautiful Down East sedan coming past the fairway in a light snow. I stopped to check it out. As the boat got closer it executed a perfect landing. There was the captain, comfy at the wheel in a light sweater vest, and his lovely mate. She stepped onto the deck in winter garb, leaned over with the stern line, and snagged the dock cleat with a single wave of her arm. She then moved to the foredeck and did the same for the forward line… a winter boating ballet.

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Spring 2017 brings a new resort boating experience for mariners on Lake Champlain. Basin Harbor, now formally known as Basin Harbor Resort & Boat Club, will introduce the lake’s first-ever Boat Club in time for the historic Vermont resort’s 131st season, which begins in May 2017. The resort’s brand-new, 60-slip docking system will give travelers arriving by boat access to 400 acres of resort amenities, including golf, spa, boating, swimming, dining, and more.

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New York State Parks has rolled out new initiatives to encourage greater safety (and fun!) out on
the water. Free stickers and decals are being given out to paddlesport enthusiasts. The “If Found” Stickers are for identification of owners of non-powered watercraft such as kayaks, canoes, rowboats, standup paddleboards, and sailboats.

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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 18:00

Saratoga Lake Readies For A Great Year

As boaters head north on their vessels towards Lake Champlain, or tow their trailers up I-87 to Lake George, Lake Placid and other destinations, a beautiful treasure is often overlooked. Saratoga Lake, the closest trailerable powerboatfriendly lake north of Albany and the Hudson Valley, provides great recreational fun, whether it be cruising its beautiful water, sailing on its smooth surface, kayaking/paddling up the Fish Creek, swimming, or even indulging in something called “waterflight”.

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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 17:56

First Riverport Women’s Sailing Conference

by Deborah Medenbach

The first Riverport Women’s Sailing Conference will draw women from up and down the Hudson River on March 25 for a day of education, networking and skill building at the Riverport Wooden Boat School on the grounds of the Hudson River Maritime Museum.

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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 17:52

The Boy Scouts of America are alive and well!

Warren Smith, age 53, has 43 scouts in his Troop 49, Ossining, NY. When you speak with Warren you feel the vibration and enthusiasm that he gives off! When describing his troop, they’re accomplishments and many trips that they have taken over the past few years one trip stands out. On a scout trip three years ago, Warren took the troop to Mount Vernon, Virginia, Washington’s home for many years.

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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 17:47

Constitution Marsh “By Land”

Constitution Marsh is one of our favorite local canoeing destinations: a peaceful, scenic, unique experience (unless you misjudge the tides and end up pretty much stuck deep inside the marsh by a receding tide). Last Fall (Boating on the Hudson & Beyond, October 2015, Constitution Marsh “By Sea”, pp 26-31) we described one of our frequent Summertime Constitution Marsh explorations aboard our trusty 17’ Royalex WeNoNah Sundowner canoe.

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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 17:41

Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean


Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean

For anyone with the least curiosity about the world’s tides this well written and researched book is a must readbook is a must read.

The author, a surfer and skipper of a 46’ sloop on the Pacific Northwest Coast, begins his book with a falling tide bringing near disaster to his sloop. Narrowly averted with a good crew, hard work, and a flood tide.

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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.

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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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