The blog of HarryWS and my yacht Malua. We sailed Australia, the Pacific, Europe, Caribbean and USA. I built Malua in Canberra then cruised the Pacific through New Zealand, Tonga, Fiji and Vanuatu during 2004. Malua was in the Mediterranean in 2007 at the start of a cruise westwards round the world. After a trip up the French canals we crossed the Atlantic, cruised the Caribbean including Cuba. From the east coast of USA through the Panama canal to Galapagos then the wide Pacific to Australia.
Malua is at 40:41.810N 74:03.710W at west 79 St Boat Basin $180 a week for boats under 40ft
not updated the blog since I arrived in America but I feel that it is
now time to update the things we have done while in New York, so here
9/10 June 2013
Statue of Liberty
Cape May at 3:30 am in the morning to sail up the coast to New York.
There was no wind so I motored all the way. I chose the smaller
channel to enter the port of New York thinking that smaller boats
would use it. I was half way up the channel with no moon and a dark
night with all the surrounding lights making it very confusing. I
saw way behind me an array of lights but no port or starboard lights.
I continued up the channel and heard five blasts on a horn, I looked
behind to see a LARGE tanker not nore than 300 meters behind me. I
turned to starboard and out of the channel as this big ship steamed
passed. No danger but one must realise that even at midnight this
port is busy with every form of shipping including Malua trying to
find my way through the maze of navigation lights. Having two
sources of charts does help. I soon rounded the corner of Cape Hook
and chose a spot far enough from the beach to be able to swing to the
tide and wind. Dropped the anchor, made the boat ship shape and went
to sleep. Stayed here the next day because of the rain.
12 June 2013
was fog on the water when I woke to motor up the roadway to the
Statue of Liberty anchorage. The fog cleared and I was again in the
middle of every type of shipping moving up and down the huge waterway
which is New York and the Hudson River.
From Malua Upper West Side
to the Liberty Landing anchorage is not difficult if you follow the
navigation buoys but you come very close to the rocks on the
starboard side of the channel. I dropped the anchor with enough swing
room between a small sailing yacht and some floating rafts with
dinghy on them. I had settled down to prepare to go into NYC by
ferry when it dawned on me that I was in an anchorage that could be
anywhere and this was not why I had come to NYC so up anchor and I
motored towards 79 st boat basin to see if a yellow buoy was free for
West 79 boat basin
motored against the current and arrived at the top of the tide to
find a single buoy free. Without asking anyone I came alongside the
buoy and picked up the leads and was secure in a blink of an eye. I
had arrived in NYC 79 West Boat Basin on the Upper West side a few
blocks from Broadway and Central Park. Walked around Lincoln Centre,
Time Square to find my way and stock up on food.
13 June 2013 Tuesday
the subway downtown to walk the Financial district and to see the new
World Trade Centre and the 9/11 site.
New Trade Centre
14 June 2013
riding the bus, subway and walking to get to know the city again.
Not much has changed in the 15 years since Denny and I spent some
time here except it now feels much safer to walk to all parts of the
15 June 2013
walk around but end up down south at Seaport and it starts to rain
and rain. Take the bus back to 79 but get drenched in the down pour.
16 June 2013
From Malua New jersey side
food and other supplies for the boat and finished the major clean up
for Denny's arrival late tonight. Take subway 1 to To of Central
Park then bus to la Guadia well in time for her arrival at 11:30pm