Water Temp 73.8
We leave at 6:45am to catch Lock 2, a mile south that opens at 7:00 AM. The forecast was for possible fog in the morning, which delayed our start here the last time through. This morning is just cloudy. We follow the Montreal Cabin Cruiser for the remainder of the locks. We have a long day to get to Hop-o-Nose at Catskill Creek where we will put our mast back up. By 8:15 we pass Waterford and a Catalina 42, “Blown Away Too” just left the wall there and pulls in behind us. The last lock, Lock 0, is the Federal Lock at Troy, which lowers us to the Hudson at Troy. We have 5 boats in the Federal lock.
The sun comes out and we have a nice sunny day. With no wind the river surface is like glass, heading south to Troy only to be broken by the boats leaving the lock. Our first really nice day. Had a nice day running on autopilot on the wide river. The wind picks up later in the afternoon and we get to Hop-o-Nose around 4:15. They are full with transients, some waiting to put up their masts and others hanging out for a few days after their masts went up waiting for hurricane Fiona to move on off the coast to the Canadian Maritimes.
Hop-o-Nose is so full we have to tie up across the Creek at Catskill Marina which Shawn the owner of Hop-o-Nose now owns. “Blown Away Too” pulls in shortly after us and we help Diana and Alain tie up. We are way down the dock and have to use our dinghy to get to Hop-o-Nose for dinner at Creekside.
We meet up with Sean at the dock. He remembers me as the “Sock Guy”. I tape old socks on our turnbuckles to contain a parts that could come loose and from banging on the deck. Apparently, I am the only one who does that.