View Full Version : The Leaves Fall, and the Boats Leave...

Phil Heffernan
10-21-2005, 06:23 PM
Today was the last day to get boats out of the Cold Spring boat club...So there I was at 9am with my buddy Tim's truck, and Tim himself...we had wheeled out the trailer from Joes Boat Barn over the grand canyon that was now the entrance to his castle...

It was quite odd to see the bones of the marina empty, except, of course for the diehard dory skiff...



I went out, fired her up, pulled her around to the Foundry Cove, and put her on the trailer...a solemn occasion...But one that led to a great lunch with Tim & Joe, where drinkin' during the day rules were freely broken, and chatter about all things boat-ly were indulged...

Me & Walker went down at sunset to see the boat docks for the last time this year (at least till tomorrow when the work teams assemble to remove them for the year)...


And that's that...


Joe (SoCal)
10-21-2005, 06:26 PM
Aye tis a sad day, a sad sad day :(

10-21-2005, 06:31 PM
Why do ya take them out? Does it freeze up that bad?

I'm putting my lil'boat back in the water this weekend. The rut is on, the silvers are still running, and there might be a bear or two around.


10-21-2005, 06:39 PM
I fished the high today, for 90 minutes. Caught 6 (short) Stripers. Two boats stay in the water all year. I love cruising the canals and watching summer-boaters hauling. :D

10-21-2005, 06:42 PM
Never thought about it since it's year-round sailing where I live, but that must really be a yearly milestone where you guys live: the last day to pull your boats.

By the way, that's a lovely looking neighborhood you've got there.

Mickey Lake

Joe (SoCal)
10-21-2005, 06:54 PM
Originally posted by BrianW:
Why do ya take them out? Does it freeze up that bad?



Paul Pless
10-21-2005, 07:36 PM
the Gentlemen Cold Spring, Phil and Joe,

after seeing the above photo, how solid is the ice? If solid, I say screw that damnable plastic boat and buy an ice boat. :D


Nicholas Carey
10-21-2005, 07:53 PM
Hudson River Ice Yacht Club

Salvage tug Atlantic Salvor (6,480 HP) breaking 24 ins. of ice while
Jack Frost (50 ft. LOA - 600 sq. ft.) looks for wind off North Germantown Landing

Here's an article on how to build a gaff-rigged ice yacht, from Scribner's Monthly, September 1881

http://cdl.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/ moa/moa-cgi?notisid=ABP7664-0022-105 (http://cdl.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/moa/moa-cgi?notisid=ABP7664-0022-105)

[ 10-21-2005, 08:56 PM: Message edited by: Nicholas Carey ]

Phil Heffernan
10-21-2005, 08:41 PM
Problem is, with all this fershluginner global warming, it never gets Solid, like it did 50 years ago...It's just 2 ton slabs of pack ice that sweep up & down the river with the tide...starts in December, ends in March...

Don't worry. we'll be trailerin in for sunny November days as soon as Ye Olde Boat Barn gets a bridge over the moat...

Paul Pless
10-21-2005, 08:58 PM
Problem is, with all this fershluginner global warming, it never gets Solidget you one these toys then


and wetsuits :D

Paul Pless
10-21-2005, 08:59 PM
insulated wetsuits :D :D

10-21-2005, 09:17 PM
Graylite chest waders and a 6mm neoprene surf top. Can't get much warmer, and float in the surf like a big green and black bobber. :D

Phil Heffernan
10-21-2005, 09:38 PM
Joe, this could be it, we could scamper like pup seals from ice floe to ice floe tryin to pick up the tiny twigs of the boat smushed under 40 tons of ice pack...I LIKE it!

And then float home...

Russ Manheimer
10-31-2005, 11:38 AM
Sometimes Winter sailing means sitting around a warm woodstove waiting for the snow and ice to melt!


10-31-2005, 11:43 AM
Ah..to have to leave Uncas in New England for the winter...Gonna be a short season next year and a Very LONG winter here in MD..
Then again, if I can get Uncas back in the water in Ap. won't be so bad... :D

[ 10-31-2005, 11:51 AM: Message edited by: uncas ]