Originally Posted by meridian
So it looks like when the current is running south in the East River and Hudson, it is rand west running north on the Harlem from Hells Gate. I have to figure Port Washington to Hells Gate, Hells Gate to the Hudson (Harlem River), then to north of the Tappan Zee for and anchorage.
I do not have an Eldridge book handy so this is from memory.....
- The small 'book' has three sections that will help your plans
- Two of them have both a chart of days/times as well as maps
- Those two are for the LI sound and for the NY area (Harlem river etc)
- Each of those has a map for every hour of the tide , all 12 of the
- Each map shows the currents direction and speed at various spots along the path
- You look up the day/time in the charts and refer to the map(s)
- The third section is charts only of the Hudson river with points along the way that reference both tidal times and speeds of current along the path
If I remember correctly we would leave Northport fighting a slight tide so that we could maximize the tides the balance of the journey - you will always hit some head tides with this cruising route the idea is to minimize the negative tides and maximize the following tides.
We often left Northport around 5:30 Am at first light and arrived and tied up at Kingston about noon - we cruised at about 16-17 knots mostly.
As your routes distance and boat speed vary from ours your best time to make the cruise will likely vary as well - we a bit before full low tide in Northport.
Please remember that the Hudson runs down longer and harder than it runs up so the 6 hour tidal swing is not 6 hours on the Hudson.
Please also note that the tides in Pt Washington /Northport /etc can easily swing 9' or more so if you are not used to these swings consider that with anchoring or with fixed docks.