While Rondout Yacht Harbor was peaceful, it was a little light on amenities especially when staying an indefinite period of time. As we chatted with another boater at this marina, he mentioned he had reservations just up the river at Shady Harbor, New Baltimore, NY. It was worth a try and would get us closer to the Erie Canal.
Again we had a very pleasant trip travelling the Hudson River. We arrived at Shady Harbor and managed a very tight squeeze into our spot against a swift current with the help of the harbor-master and dockhand. Here we waited with many other boaters in anticipation for word that the Erie Canal was open and operational. By now the local marinas were being filled up with loopers and other boats anxious to be moving north.
We very much enjoyed the amenities at Shady Harbor, including a great restaurant, courtesy car and well stocked ships’ store; however there always seems to be something! On one of our hottest days thus far our power went off – that’s right – no air conditioning! All the boats at our end of the long dock were experiencing the same. After over an hour with no change and no sign of electricians that day, Mark took the bull by the horns and asked to be moved to a dock with working power. We were settled in just before the sky opened up and it began pouring! Perfect, we were now staged to make an easy getaway early next morning.
Now you know that Mark is a man of action, always with a plan. He called ahead to the marina closest to the last lock on the Erie Canal that was open (#7) and got reservations for the following day. So-o-o we were “in” with the last open spot at Schenectady Yacht Club, NY.
|chimmny ruins along the Hudson|
|Terrmar @ end of long dock|
|Looking south over Hudson River|
|Mark with courtesy car|
|Industry on the Hudson|