I grew up in Buchanan, not a true “river town”, but The River was, and still is, “in my blood”. In the Buchanan/ Montrose/Verplanck area owning a boat was pretty much a rite-of-passage. My Dad would borrow somebody’s rowboat every once in a while and strap his dinky 1 1⁄2 horsepower out- board motor to the stern and Mom, Sis, and I would pile in and we’d set out from Lent’s Cove and eventually stop in the mid- dle of the Hudson, off Peekskill Bay, and “fish”. Four people in a leaky twelve-foot wooden boat, no PFD’s, sitting in the Hud- son’s main channel: probably not a helluva good idea even back then, but they were much simpler times.
Eventually, all “grown-up”, I bought a boat: a used light blue/ white 14-foot fiberglass Crestliner, from Zoller’s down in Cro- ton. A red (yes, red) 40 horsepower manual start Evinrude was on the stern. I was so proud; I owned a boat, and a speedboat, no less. I had arrived.
Pretty soon I put THUMPER III down both sides with 10” black Instant Letters. We’d put in at the now-long-defunct boat ramp at the end of Broadway in Verplanck, and I’d chase the big Hud- son River Dayliners—the Alexander Hamilton, and the huge three-stack Robert Fulton—and play, full throttle, in their enor- mous wakes, catching, crashing through, burying the bow, and surfing the waves. Thinking back, probably not a helluva good idea...
I used to water ski in the sheltered water behind the “ghost fleet” across from White Beach. Hmmmm, that was quite a while back, wasn’t it??? One day I had the bright idea to top off the two six-gallon tanks (probably cost less than four bucks) and head south around Manhattan Island, diving into Spuyten Duyvil, down the East River through Hell Gate, around the Battery, and back north up the Hudson. With four adults in a 14-footer...The ignorance of youth, but I miraculously pulled it off.
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by John H. Vargo, Publisher
It is no secret that yacht club associations and individual boat clubs are actively seeking ways to increase membership! Declining numbers, due to attrition, and other reasons have brought this situation to most clubs attention with meetings held and suggestions being sought that can help improve present conditions at many of the yacht clubs and marinas. Along comes a new concept, represented by Cruzin Boat Rentals, peer-to-peer worldwide boat rental program that has all the potential to increase interest in your boat club! By having individual members rent their boats by the day, week or month, with or without a licensed captain. (Not to mention the fact that individual boat owners can make money on their own boat). To my mind it is a ready-made system, done properly, that is perfect for new boaters. More.....
Boaters see them around every harbor: people dreamily looking out over the boats, longing to be part of the lifestyle, out on the water. Now, owners can play a part in introducing newcomers to their passion, or aid the shorthanded visitor—and generate extra income while doing so. Cruzin, the nation’s leading boater-to-boater marketplace, introduces its Captains Program.
This new option allows owners to rent their boats, yet remain on board to assist and enhance the renter’s experience, and add another layer of safety to the excursion. The program makes it stress-free for people to list their vessels with Cruzin in a way that best fits their circumstances and
preferences. It’s also an exciting new opportunity for people who are looking to rent a boat.
Last February 27th I decided to “hang up my anchor”. I had been working for the Sandy Hook and Hudson River Pilots for over 42 years. That day I piloted the tanker Afrodite down through the ice out of the Port of Albany and brought her safely to Yonkers - It was my last run! People often ask me what I’ll miss most about working on the “River”. My immediate response is always the same, namely the people I meet and work with! Spinning a ship around in the Port of Albany and helping it wend it’s way along is not an easy task and depends on the help of many others to make it happen safely. It all starts with the goodbye hug from my wife as I leave the house. Then I meet the security guard at the port who greets me and checks me through to the ship. Next I meet the agent (whose job it is to please everyone) who then gives me the OK that everything is ready. As I walk along the berth I greet the line handlers who are happy to know that their job is at hand as they shift back and forth with the cold. MORE
Football season is finally here. You know what that means to me, don’t you?
Sunday football parties of course! Sunday is my Husband’s day to sit and
scream at the TV. I am a standard girl when it comes to football; I really have
no interest in it. I do however; have a serious interest in Superbowl FOOD.
This recipe is so much fun. It combines two of my three loves; food and shop
ping. Think about the size of your crowd before you go to the market. Actually,
what you really need is a good Italian deli. I go to A&S Fine Foods in Jefferson
Valley. They are the nicest guys! Mario and Nicky always take very good care
of us. They have the BEST fresh mozzarella you have ever had. They make
it every morning around 9:00. If you haven’t tasted fresh Mozzarella before
then get yourself over there and try some. Trust me, you’ll love it! Not that you
can’t put this together from your local deli department, even supermarket deli
department, but using only Italian specialties makes a definite difference. More
I love making Rib Roast this time of year.
They are everywhere and they are on sale!!!
To me, cooking up that big honking hunk
of meat is a true sign of the holidays. I
have a recipe that is so easy, so delicious;
you are going to fall in love with it too.
Since I started cooking it this way; rib
roast has become a regular in our family’s
food repertoire. My darling Hub always
wants an end cut. More
Celebrating 130 years of the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club
A new name was added
last month to the list of CYC mem
bers who have sailed to Bermuda
and back. Brett Kolfrat departed
CYC’s deep water dock on July 1
bound for Bermuda, and returned to
CYC on July 25 with a successful blue
water passage under his belt. Read More...
SPANISH 170 FOOT TALL SHIP "EL GALEON" WILL BE DOCK AT THE RIVERFRONT MARINA FROM OCTOBER 12TH TO THE 18TH. OPEN FOR VISITORS FROM 10 AM TO 6 PM.
This is a spectacular one of a kind ship. It has an admission fee for adults and children. Billy Joe's Rib
Works adjacent to Riverfront Marina will be hosting a pirate weekend in support of this spectacular ship
The huge West Coast Lifter has arrived on station at the Tappan Zee Bridge site today October 6, 2014. Leaving its resting place on the west side of New York Harbor at 6 A M this morning it arrived at 11 AM to be greeted by the Governor of New York an other dignitaries at Piermont Pier as it passed in review. The West Coast Lifter will be used to replace portions of the New Tappan Zee Bridge.