New York City's expansive waterways
• Eldridge Tide and Pilot Book is an essential resource for plotting tides and currents.
• Reeds Nautical Almanac provides both tidal and cruising information.
• Tides & Currents online: www.tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov
• Coast Guard Navigation Rules online: www.navcen.uscg.gov
• I Boat NY Harbor (www.iboatnyharbor.com), created by charter captain Ed Bacon, who owns and lives aboard the 54-foot ketch Prelude in New York’s 79th Street Boat Basin, contains vital information for boaters in the Big Apple.
• On Manhattan, what few choices exist are on the Hudson River side of the island. Closest to the harbor is North Cove Marina (www.thenorth cove.com), located at the World Financial Center. Dockage is $6 per foot. City-owned West 79th Street Boat Basin, farther up the river, is a more affordable $2.79 per foot for transients (www.nycgovparks.org).
• Convenient marinas in Jersey City, N.J., across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan, include Liberty Landing (www.libertylandingmarina.com) and Liberty Harbor (www.libertyharbormarina.com).
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This article originally appeared in the October 2011 issue.