>I am sure that there is 45' of clearance from Hells Gate down the East River,
>but I can't quote bridge heights. Heading up the Hudson, the mast can be
>kept up until Troy (a fine city where I drank my way through college :) ).
>One of the marinas a little bit south of Albany has a hand operated derrick
>for unstepping the mast. I'll look in the cruising guide to Lake Champlain
>that my parents write for the name of the marina.
>Look out for junk floating in New York harbor. When I was there for the last
>fourth of July, a timber that was around 1' X 1' X 14' floated by. There was
>a 1" bolt sticking out about 6"!
>Point Pleasant, NJ
Also, make sure you check your tides twice. Currents can run up to 5 knots
in Hell's gate, and close to that down the East River. Time it right, and you
can fly right through, and catch the tide change at the Battery, and ride
right up the Hudson. If you want to stay over in NYC, I recommend the
Newport Marina in Hoboken, they are reasonable, extremely friendly, with a
large live-aboard community that loves transients. If one wants, it is one
stop on the PATH train into Manhatten, but Hoboken is interesting itself. As
for which route to take, I've never gone outside there, but I know there is
almost nowhere for a boat your size to go in. The sound would probably be
safer, and more interesting. Watch out for ferries, cruise ships, cargo ships,
etc. rounding the Battery, it can be quite confused (don't try it in the