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WEATHER

If you haven't already checked the weather for your trip, select the Weather Page .

 

CHARTS

NOAA chart - Yonkers to George Washington Bridge

NOAA chart - George Washington Bridge to 52nd Street

NOAA chart - 67th Street to Liberty Island

Real-time view of the lower Hudson from the Statue

CURRENTS

To take advantage of a fair current, you need to arrive at the George Washington Bridge after the ebb current begins. If your arrival time is within the next two days you can find the "Slack, Ebb Begins" time by selecting University of South Carolina's:

Currents at the George

If your arrival time is further out, you can find the "Slack, Ebb Begins" time at the George by adding 3.5 hours to the high tide time on NOAA's:

Tide Predictions: New York (Battery)

 

If you arrive at the George at "Slack, Ebb Begins" time or after, you'll have up to a 6 hour window to cruise the 12 miles to the Statue. If you want a longer "free ride" on the fair current, you could arrive at the George later, allowing enough time to arrive at the Statue before the current begins to flood at the Statue or the Battery.

 

For more currents information, select the Currents and Tides page.

 

NEXT, THE AREAS IN WHICH YOU'RE NOT ALLOWED TO BOAT:

 

 

NO BOATING AREAS - red areas

Permanent security zones are designated by the US Coast Guard around bridge piers, tunnel ventilators, heliports, the United Nations, and passenger liner and commercial docks.

Use the controls in the upper left corner to zoom in or out and to pan around the map. Select the red permanent security zones below for more information:


Other No Boating areas are temporary security zones and safety zones established by the US Coast Guard for marine work areas, fireworks and special events.

Use the controls in the upper left corner to zoom in or out and to pan around the map. Select the red temporary security zones and safety zones for more information:

None at this time

 

 

 

CAUTION AREAS - orange areas

Along your route, caution areas such as ferry routes, shipping channels and heavy traffic areas are areas where your boat's presence could could create a problem.

About three quarters of the traffic you'll encounter along your route on a weekday will be ferries.

Use the controls in the upper left corner to zoom in or out and to pan around the map. Zoom in on the blue dashed lines to see the ferry route names. Select the orange Caution Areas for more information:


 

Ferry routes on Hudson even ing

 

from marinetraffic.com - 1/4/11 - 5:26pm

The ferries may stray from their route lines.

On the left are some of the daily tracks of Hudson River ferries on a winter weekday.

A majority of the hundreds of daily ferry tracks on the Hudson River is during the rush periods of 6:00am - 10:00am and 4:00pm - 8:00pm.

On this route, you should try to avoid the Midtown to Battery area during the rush periods.

 

 

 

 
Shipping channels - cmbined image

Commercial vessels will generally be encountered in the shipping channels.

from Harbor Ops Tug & Barge Subcommittee

 

At certain times of the day, heavy traffic areas are at ferry terminals, commercial docks and charter yacht docks.

Use the controls in the upper left corner to zoom in or out and to pan around the map. Select the orange heavy traffic areas for more information:


 

 

HEADS UP AREAS - yellow areas

You should be aware of areas of concern such as marinas, boathouses, launching ramps, construction zones, anchorages and poor visibility areas.

Use the controls in the upper left corner to zoom in or out and to pan around the map. Select the yellow Heads Up areas for more information:


Also, on this route there are no wake zones of 200' off New Jersey pier heads and bulkheads and 100' off New York pier heads and bulkheads.

Use the controls in the upper left corner to zoom in or out and to pan around the map. Select the yellow no wakes zone areas for more information:

SUGGESTED ROUTE - green line

This route is just a suggestion. Generally, you can boat anywhere in the harbor except in the No Boating Areas, viz., the security zones and safety zones. Considering the No Boating Areas, the Caution Areas and the Heads Up Areas above, a suggested route from Spuyten Duyvul to the Statue that maximizes safety and minimizes interaction with harbor traffic is shown below:

Suggeste Route - Hudson river

Technical glitch -out of date image instead of layered map - eventually will be an interactive GPS-enabled map.

The suggested route is mainly to the west of the shipping channel and north-south ferry routes. Still, several heavy traffic areas and heads up areas have to be crossed and near sunset, the heavy traffic area near the Statue is generally crowded with ferries, recreational vessels and human powered vessels.

 

 

DRY RUN OF THE SUGGESTED ROUTE

For a video of the suggested Hudson River Southbound route, select:

Hudson Southbound Dry Run Video

HANDLING EMERGENCIES ALONG YOUR ROUTE

To assist you in handling any emergencies during your trip, select:

NY Harbor Distress Calls Made Easy

You can either print a copy to keep near your vessel's VHF radio or you can view it on your smartphone, tablet or laptop when needed.

 

COMMUNICATING ALONG YOUR ROUTE

To assist you in communicating with other harbor users during your trip, select:

Communications in NY Harbor

You can either print a copy to keep near your vessel's VHF radio or you can view it on your smartphone, tablet or laptop when needed.

 

DRIVING YOUR ROUTE

If you boat with a smartphone, tablet or laptop on board, for a take-along onboard package, select:

 

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