As the weather warms up, some great festivals are coming to southern Saratoga County to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the start of Erie Canal construction in 1817 as well as the many community traditions we celebrate here in this historic and exciting region. Some highlights
by Ralph J. Ferrusi
Friday, September 9, 2016 was a Big Day for me. I’ve flown in a lot of commercial airliners: Boeing 747’s, 737’s, 727’s—probably even 707’s—Airbus A310’s, A320’s, even Douglas DC-10’s, and, Aeroflot Tupolev’s in the Soviet Union. I’ve flown in small light planes, and twin-engined “puddle jumpers” in the US, the Caribbean, and Central America.
But on September 9th, I flew in a World War II B-17G: the Collings Foundation NINE 0 NINE, and detailed this oncein-a-lifetime experience in the Boating on the Hudson & Beyond 2016 Holiday Issue, pages 17-22.
Installing bow thrusters, or for that matter stern thrusters in a boat, no matter what the size, can be a very tricky business. So says, Carl Senter and Jim Costello of Coeymans Landing Marine Service, Inc. With 24 years at the same address these two versatile mechanics are the best on the Hudson River.
Water sports enthusiasts of all levels looking to ride waterways off limits to gas-powered personal watercrafts will now have the freedom to ride where they could never go before, with the new electric-powered Gratis X1.
A Bucket List Destination like no other, Coxsackie, right on the Hudson River. Flanked by a beautiful Park equipped with tables, a large free boat ramp and adjacent docks with reasonably deep water and a village that is within 3 minutes of the River. This is what you’re looking for when approaching by boat or, for that matter, car.
(The fading art of handing down skills from grandparent to child!)
It used to be that many a child would go to their grandparents when they were old enough to walk to get a basic understanding of what life is all about! That included fishing, hunting, trapping, and how to operate a boat. These children were perfectly capable of handling the boat and going fishing by the time they were twelve years old.
Stem to Stern Restoration is now located at Coeymans Landing Marina, Coeymans NY. This beautiful marina with its huge indoor work area is ideal for any kind of fiberglass or wood restoration says Mel Perkins owner of stem to stern Restoration. The company perates as an independent contractor it has 20 years experience and has been been in business for 7 years.
In 2017, we will be experiencing our third season of the implementation of slot limits for breeding class striped bass that come every year to the Hudson River to spawn. For those who are new to this, the slot limit is set from 28”- 40” and works as such that any stripers that are within this slot must be released unharmed back into the river. So, how has it been working?
Westerly Marina has now introduced a unique way of boaters saving time in getting supplies for their Saturday morning spring refurbishment. Bottom paint, teak cleaner, zincs, wiring, props and a wide variety of necessary items to get their boat ready for early spring can be order during the week, cutoff is Thursday at 3 PM and have everything ready for quick pickup early on Saturday morning.
Captain John Matthews of Halfmoon Charters will present a candid discussion of the Hudson River Striped Bass fishery. Captain John will discuss the remarkable story of the recovery of the Hudson River striped bass population which was long ago devastated by pollution and over-fishing. John has lived on or close to the shores of the Hudson his entire life.
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.
The New York State Canal System has been officially recognized as something any of us who travel its waters know already – it is among the premier historic sites in the United States, of exceptional value and quality that illustrates our nation’s heritage. Thanks to a recent act by the National Park System and the Secretary of the Interior, over 450 miles of canal system have now been so recognized.