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John Vargo

John Vargo

Boating on the Hudson editor

by Pete Bardunias, President/CEO, the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County

Larry Jensen is a classmate of mine from our formative days in the Lakeland school district in Shrub Oak. His family used to own a popular office supply store on Route 6 in Mohegan Lake, and they were a fixture in the local community. The “big boxes” eventually drove the Jensens out; Larry and I graduated from Lakeland in the early ‘80s and went our separate ways. We eventually reconnected thanks to the power of the Internet, and found ourselves living not too far apart – me in upstate New York, Larry in Vermont, although he traveled often throughout the USA by motorcycle, kayak, bicycle and boat with Lexie, his beloved Yorkshire Terrier.

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by Pete Bardunias, President/CEO, the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County

Perhaps you are seeking to throw the boat on the trailer and cruise up the Thruway to the many inland bodies of water north of Albany. If so, there is a really great alternative that you may not have heard about, and that’s big, majestic Saratoga Lake, just a few short miles north of Albany. In the Lake’s southwest corner is a big marina, a newly refurbished restaurant and even some lakefront cabins for rent, so perhaps now is the time to consider checking it out

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One of the least known of US government agencies is also the oldest!

In 1807, Thomas Jefferson signed a law authorizing a survey of the U.S. coast, leading to the establishment of the U.S. Coast Survey – the predecessor of NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Its mandate was to survey the coast and inlets of our navigable waterways for safe navigation.

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Thursday, 30 June 2016 10:42

Tug Auction & Tugboat Trail Esopus, NY

The Tugfest Committee for the Town of Esopus is preparing for another Tug Auction and Tugboat Trail. This year our committee is excited to announce the addition of 10 Esopus Meadows Lighthouses and 15 Tugs to our fleet .It was a pleasure to meet friends from Boating on the Hudson at our last event. This year’s auction will be Saturday, September 24th with a rain date of the 25th. Our event will begin at 10:00am and the auction at 3pm at Headless Horseman – Hayrides and Haunted Houses (# 1 Tourist Attraction in U.S. for a Halloween Event).

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 15:40

A Boater’s Paradise!

 

Picture this; a beautiful, one owner home, with a deepwater dock, (5 feet at extreme low tides and 10 feet at high tide), and calm water out in front at all times! For those of you looking for a piece of paradise, here it is!

During every season there is activity happening in the fresh water creek which passes right by this beautiful home.

In the spring months of April and May, the yellow perch fishing is phenomenal and thousands of spawning herring arrive. At the same time, huge striped bass feed on the herring while getting ready to spawn. The largemouth bass create habitats right under your dock and at the edges of the creek.

Sounds like paradise to me! To someone who is a boater, and a fisherman, with a love of the outdoors; this is a superb place to live.

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In what promises to be a spectacular opening to the 2016 Hudson River boating season, Liberty Landing Marina will host three days of AC45F foiling catamaran racing like nothing that has been seen before.


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Since 2011 when the new generation of AC 45's were developed, testing and then incorporated into the America Cup world wide racing circuit, these boats have generated tremendous video coverage.  Now they are coming to New York harbor and will be seen by millions on Mary 7 & 8 2016.

While the official race course and U S Coast Guard regulations have not be set, we do know that one of the turning marrks will be off of the tip of lower Manhattan.  The official  center for the races is Liberty landing Marina, Jersey City.

Friday, 29 January 2016 15:16

A HOME TO RAISE A FAMILY IN OR RETIRE TO

http://boatingonthehudson.com/flippingbook/2015/nov/Articles/Coxsakie-River-Home.pdf 

 

 

By John H. Vargo, Publisher

Only 20 miles south of Albany at exit 21B on the New York Thruway, the Village of Coxsakie is similar to towns you would find driving 40 miles north of Albany!

Quiet, laid back, very friendly with a terrific school system, you can walk to any place in town in a matter of minutes. Whats more important this fifteen year old home is right A home to raise a family in Great Value! $329,000

The Village of Coxsakie, unique....MORE

Fields full of wild flowers, houses set in amongst the trees, long driveways, shaded by Douglas Fir,

Maples and Oaks, that is what I remember of my many visits in the recent past of Sleepy Hollow Lake, the coves, with houses set back amongst the trees, and others on distant hillsides. (Spread your hand on a flat surface with your finger extended that is what Sleepy Hollow Lake is like giving many indi- viduals the opportunity to have a lakefront home!)

It is a laid back community, filled with vacation homes, starter homes and individuals who poured their heart and soul into making their dream home at Sleepy Hollow Lake.     See More

Thursday, 17 September 2015 03:27

THE HUDSON HAS+NOT BEEN SOUNDED IN 70 YEARS!

 
 MUCH OF THE DATA ON THIS OFFICIAL NOAA HUDSON RIVER CHART IS INACCURATE AND NEEDS TO BE CORRECTED.
PLEASE READ THIS RECENT LETTER BY THE SENIOR RIVER PILOT CAPTAIN SCOTT IRELAND TO NOAA!

 

 

Rear Admiral Gerd Glang
Director, NOAA Office of Coast Survey 1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Dear Admiral Glang:

My name is Captain R. Scott Ireland. I am the senior pilot of the Hudson River Pilots Association. Our members, along with many other professional mariners, are responsible for the safe and timely movement of commercial shipping on the Hudson River.

As Hudson River Pilots, we routinely brings ships that are 600 ft to 650 ft long x 105.9 ft wide through the federal channel from Kingston NY to Albany NY. This channel is 50 miles long and 400 feet wide with a federal project depth of 32 ft. The ships that we pilot carry cargoes such as scrap steel, grain, heavy lift project cargo, and the new player on the block, millions of barrels of Bakken crude oil being shipped out of the Port of Albany.

The increasing frequency of these large ships transiting an unusually long, narrow channel (as well as barges/ATB’s carrying crude oil) creates difficult navigational challenges that we encounter on a daily basis.

The biggest challenge, due to vessel size and the frequency of such transits, is that the meeting and passing of these increasingly larger vessels often requires that we find areas of the river where either or both vessels necessarily need to navigate the edges or even outside the edges of the federal chan- nel. Doing so safely often requires one or both of the meeting vessels to rely on soundings outside the channel to ensure that enough water is available in the area being transited.      Click here for the rest of the story

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