|The first thing on the Hudson River is another lock. This is the Troy lock, run
by the Army Corps of Engineers. There is of course a dam as well, and the drop
is about 8 or 9 feet, depending on the tide of course, the tide does reach to this lock.
I believe this is now 125 locks I've been through. I have become pretty good at getting in and out of them, but I will be just as happy to see no more locks for a while.
|A few miles down is Albany, and there were several interesting buildings, and a park and band shell right on the river. But I had to include this photo- is this real trashy, or real clever advertising? It looked to be a real full size truck.|
|And yet another of those special bridges for me- this one, actually two very close together, is the New York Thruway extension to the Mass Pike, and a railroad bridge.|
I decided to stop just below the bridge, at Coeymans Landing Marina. It was quite a nice marina, and a good restaurant. I also solved a bilge pump problem- there is a filter and it was clogged with bilge gunk. That caused the pump to run for long times. I cleaned the filter, flushed out the hose with the dock water hose and put it all back together. All working well again.
I was up and ready to go, but it was a bit foggy on the river. I walked around the yard for a few minutes then headed out at 7:25. Nice calm river, 61 degrees F. Until about 10 I had a favorable tide, adding almost 1 mph, but then it turned and was against me most of the day. I continued to tinker with the autopilot, and finally got it to work fairly well. I lowered the rudder gain to its lowest value, and that seemd to smooth out the hunting, but its fairly slow to respond to course changes.
|The upper part of the Hudson is relatively wide, with some gentle curves and several wide areas. There were a series of very nice lighthouses along here.|
|Sorry I didn't record the names of these lights as I passed, I'll have to go back later and try to figure them out form the charts.|
|First time I ever saw a Blue Heron hitch a ride on a floating log. I have seen a lot of heron on this trip.|
|Another of the lights.|
|Above Newburgh the river is wide and rather uninteresting. I had the autopilot
working well, and I kind of dozed off at the wheel. I was startled awake by a long
and very loud blast of an airhorn, from this freighter. Funny, but just before that I had
thought about down bound traffic, but this was the only freighter I had seen, and
was tied up and obviously unloaded. I assumed he was waiting to be loaded, but I
guess he was unloaded and ready to leave.
I was very wide awake for quite a while after that.
|This is I84 at Newburgh, another route Ive driven many times.|