Boating on the Hudson editor
No question about, this is going to be an early spring boating season, despite the infrequent cold snaps hitting between the highs of sixty degrees the sun is so strong that we now have it made, Spring is here for sure.
Ninety or so miles north of New York City or “Mannahatta” (as the indigenous peoples called it) lies the waterfront town of Kingston, nestled comfortably in Ulster County along the shores of the majestic Hudson River and the Rondout Creek.
Norrie Point Marina, located within Mills-Norrie State Park in the Town of Hyde Park, will open early for striped bass fishing, subject to weather conditions. While the official operating season for the marina is May 1 to Oct. 31, marina staff will attempt to open the marina by the middle of April to coincide with the beginning of striper season. Boaters are encouraged to call the marina at 845- 889-4200 to confirm the operating schedule in April.
Focusing specifically on venues within Greene County accessible by boat is a unique concept available to young and old alike! All of Greene County can be reached within an hour of the waterfront. Your trip to Athens, Catskill or New Baltimore is only part of the adventure. Once you have arrived there are plenty of venues close by
For the first time ever the Cortlandt Yacht Club has opened their facilities to a striped bass derby. The Clubhouse, free dockage for all three days, hot showers, a Holiday Inn close by and an attitude about striper fishing that has all but disappeared on the Hudson River.
I have been picking night crawlers at night all my life. Nothing makes my backache as much as bending over and trying to grab a night crawler before it zips back into its hole! To many, going out in April, with snow still under the evergreens, the peepers peeping, and the air temperature 60 degrees and a damp night is a ritual not to be missed.
The trip from the Hudson River through the NYS Canal is one that I have written about before. It is fun, scenic and very different from what some of us are used to. The canal system is very boater friendly with marinas and the canal locks which act as a park for your enjoyment.
Maintaining Your Boat Insurance in the Off Season and Proper Fueling In Season
At this time of year, our agency receives several phone calls from some of our watercraft insurance customers asking if they can temporarily cancel their policies, since they are not using their boats. For many reasons this is a bad idea. On January 1st of this year at a marina in New Rochelle, a boat caught on fire and damaged other boats and there was an injury.
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Cathy J. Karas, President, Certified Insurance Counselor, KARAS INSURANCE AGENCIES INC, 321 SO. RIVERSIDE AVE, CROTON-ON-HUDSON, NY 10520.
Q: Alex, my boat is on a trailer, it is my first boat and I am very excited to use it for Striper Season on the Hudson River shortly.
What should I do to prepare? (For much of our readership the answers are straight forward, however for a first time boat buyer and user below are some important and helpful hints.)
A: Check your battery. Bring it up to full charge. Check your steering. Turn the engine back and forth with the engine in the down position. (Have someone else do this as you stand behind turning the engine and watch that everything is working properly.)
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