Friday, July 10, 2009

Manhattan, Here We Come!

We now know what it feels like to be a little, little fish in a big, big pond. Coming into New York Harbor was quite a rush, adrenaline-wise. There were ships, there were barges, there were ferries, ferries, ferries, all over the place, and all big enough to squash us handily. Needless to say, we kept well out of their way, even while being distracted by sites such as the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. It’s one thing to see these things on-screen or in a picture, and quite another to sail by Lady Liberty in your own boat-we both had tears in our eyes. After running the gauntlet, we made our way up the Hudson River to the 79th Street Boat Basin. We’d been trying to get a mooring there for a few days, but they were booked due to the upcoming 4th of July holiday. So we anchored outside the mooring field and used the boat basin facilities-dinghy dock, showers, laundry, free ice-for the incredible price of $25 per day. Not bad for accommodations in Manhattan. The boat basin is in a pretty river-side park, about a fifteen-minute walk to the Museum of Natural History and Central Park, and only ten minutes to a subway stop. You can see the view from our boat below. Of course, we could have paid up to $6 PER FOOT (boat length) PER DAY for other, fancier, marinas in the city, but who wants to spend time at the marina when you’ve got Manhattan laid out before you?!

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