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Possible new seaplane base in Northeast

Unread postby skimmerone » Thu Jul 09, 2015 7:23 pm

I just had a phone call from a good friend and Lake owner. He has been talking to the owner of a marina on the Hudson River just south of the I-90 bridge who seems to be interested in attracting seaplanes. His dock master is a high time instructor. It is a nice marina with a fairly good shoreline, a boaters store, a great restaurant...I have been to it after a sail with a Lake owner friend. Adding 100LL fuel was mentioned. I will do some more research soon. This would be great as there are few places to get fuel for straight floated planes. It is reasonably protected and I use the river in front of it for practice with students occasionally. Very rarely is the water too rough, as there is no straight shot for the wind to whip up. I will keep you all posted. Sounds great so far.
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Re: Possible new seaplane base in Northeast

Unread postby skimmerone » Tue Jul 14, 2015 4:19 pm

The place is Shady Harbor Marina (Google it, it is impressive) on The Hudson River at New Baltimore. They mentioned that the would love to have seaplanes visit. We went last night for dinner and took so photos and generally liked the layout. They have Valvtech marine gas which is Ethanol free and the access to the pumps is pretty good, bearing in mind that there is a current and tide to contend with. The best way in is to enter from the south and there is a sandy beach right below the restaurant deck. It is somewhat of a tight squeeze but a high-wing should have no trouble. There are a few rocks just south of the little beach, that show up when the tide goes out, but they will remove them if there is any interest, making room for at least 3 floatplanes or Lakes. It is allowable to tie up against the T ends of the docks. Brian Donovan is the owner and mentioned that he has some old docks that he could put along the shoreline, but I don't think it is needed. The food is excellent and reasonably priced.

It is two marinas south of the Castleton bridge on the west shore. It is reasonable protected and unless there is a ripping southwind, it hardly ever gets too rough to land. There is usually someone there to help with docking and I believe they monitor 122.8 and 9 as one of the dock hands is a pilot. Go have a look and let me know what you think. They have mentioned they would install 100LL if there is enough call for it. The beach is on the far left.
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Re: Possible new seaplane base in Northeast

Unread postby cubdriver2 » Wed Jul 15, 2015 10:36 am

91 efree works fine for anyone who is less then 9 to 1 compression. Which is almost everybody.

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Re: Possible new seaplane base in Northeast

Unread postby TriPacer » Wed Jul 15, 2015 12:36 pm

Awesome to see such a welcoming location!
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Re: Possible new seaplane base in Northeast

Unread postby skimmerone » Wed Jul 15, 2015 1:27 pm

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This is the fueling area.
.The top photo is the northern most sandy beach area, then the fuel, then the southernmost and the one in the middle is just south of the sandy beach showing the T dock in the distance.
Obvious is the restaurant deck...the bar opens out to the deck where the two men are sitting. Sorry about the order of the photos. Thanks for the info on the fuel Glenn.
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Re: Possible new seaplane base in Northeast

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Re: Possible new seaplane base in Northeast

Unread postby RKittine » Fri Jul 17, 2015 5:32 am

Very nice. At least I do not need an FAA medical to Boat into this location.

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Re: Possible new seaplane base in Northeast

Unread postby jjbaker » Sat Aug 15, 2015 6:27 am

What happened with this? Any news on a new seaplane base?
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Re: Possible new seaplane base in Northeast

Unread postby skimmerone » Sun Aug 16, 2015 6:57 am

I guess I got a little carried away. Basically, meant that the marina would welcome visitors, both to the restaurant and for fuel and is willing to remove a few rocks near the beach, and get rid of some high posts on docks. It is a great spot and conditions are usually good.
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Re: Possible new seaplane base in Northeast

Unread postby RKittine » Sun Aug 16, 2015 8:01 am

I didn't read back, do they have No Ethanol fuel?

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Re: Possible new seaplane base in Northeast

Unread postby skimmerone » Sun Aug 16, 2015 10:01 am

Affirmative 91 octane
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