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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 16:53

Ask Dr. Gel - May 2017

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Have you ever...

  • Seen a fresh repair turn gray?
  • Noticed a shiny ring around the repair? I call that a “halo”
  • Not been able to polish a repaired area?
  • Observed deep scratches in the repair that you can’t feel? I describe those as “comet tails”
  • Had a repair spot that is dark with tiny little pin holes in it?
  • Have gelcoat plug up your sand paper?
  • Have the color not match? This happens a lot!
  • Seen gelcoat peeling off the boat and actually be able to scrape off with a putty knife?




On the morning of Wednesday, January 18th, at five am, members of the Hudson Sloop Club were notified that the Riverloft building in the North Bay area of Hudson, NY was burning. The building, which was recently donated to their sister organization, Kite’s Nest, housed all of the Sloop Club’s materials and supplies. Fortunately, the club’s larger boats that live on trailers were outside and subsequently spared. The fire destroyed the entire building and everything in it. The building was completely demolished by the end of the day. The Hudson Sloop Club suffered deep, material losses, but luckily no one was harmed, and no lives were lost in the fire.


Sunday, 07 May 2017 16:44


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A BOOK REVIEW by John H. Vargo, Publisher

If you live to be as old as I am you will realize that certain people in your lifetime and many before survive all the terrible things that could  possibly happen to a person to live to a ripe old age. Some call it luck, but I think it is far more than that, a combination of skill, will, and tenacity, whatever.

John Aldridge is one of these people. This book is now being made into a movie. What is interesting about that is how the partners in the lobster boat have become partners in the book and the movie.

Truly smart men with very smart advisors.




Saturday, 06 May 2017 16:40

The Rivers Casino Opens Along The Erie Canal

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

There is another great reason to make a left turn at the big directional sign in Waterford, pass through the Flight and cruise to the venerable Electric City of Schenectady – the Rivers Casino is open as of February 8, 2017!


Of all the visionaries on the Hudson River there is none more proactive than Rick Scarano and Scarano Boat Works, of Albany, NY! This was proven once again when Rick created a trip from Chelsea Piers in Manhattan to Cold Spring, Poughkeepsie, Rhinecliff, Hudson and Albany on March 25, 2017!


Thursday, 04 May 2017 16:14


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The term comes from the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, suppor ted by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Lets keep boating free and enjoyable in 2017!

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 16:09

Life Jacket Test

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With recent actions by both the Army Corps of Engineers and the US Coast Guard exploring mandatory life jacket wear, we wanted to examine the range of life jackets currently available and evaluate their performance and comfort. The Foundation last looked into life jackets back in 2003 with our test of inflatable life jackets. Since then inflatables have come a long way, but we have also seen diversification in the life jacket market with new designs targeting different types of boating and water activities.



Access from the water is very accessible from your boat to the deck of the Hudson Water club! By far the most accessible restaurant and huge deck on the lower Hudson River is the Hudson Water Club at Haverstraw Marina.


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


Sunday, 30 April 2017 15:45

The NINE 0 NINE Revisited

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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.



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