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
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.
Installing bow thrusters, or for that matter stern thrusters in a boat, no matter what the size, can be a very tricky business. So says, Carl Senter and Jim Costello of Coeymans Landing Marine Service, Inc. With 24 years at the same address these two versatile mechanics are the best on the Hudson River.
Water sports enthusiasts of all levels looking to ride waterways off limits to gas-powered personal watercrafts will now have the freedom to ride where they could never go before, with the new electric-powered Gratis X1.