Perhaps the greatest challenge we face as tug boat operators, and particularly in the North East, is the enormous amount of local knowledge that is required to be considered competent. From tie up arrangements at docks, to tides, and natural ranges.
This post is about that last one, and how an easy range can keep you off of one particularly nasty shallow spot.
Above the Bear Mountain Bridge, and just below Con Hook, is a submerged rocky out cropping located at Mystery Pt. It’s marked on the chart, but not with a buoy, and at 14 feet it could do a lot of damage to a deeper draft unit. Much of this area has 50 to 100 plus feet of water right up to the bank, so with out consulting the chart, or paying attention to your chart plotter, you might not know it was there.
An easy way to visually know you won’t cut the point too closely is a range made up of the peak of Sugarloaf hill, and the western tower of the Bear Mountain Bridge. Coming northbound after making the turn at Anthony’s Nose, you like your bow up on the Sugarloaf Hill, and keep your stern pointed at the western tower of the bridge. Follow that line and you’re in good water the whole way. #newyork #watermen #maritime #hudsonvalley #bearmountainbridge #mysterypoint #tugboats