Last night we anchored off a nice beach at Croton on the Hudson. Day 6 we continued up river towards Kingston. Tried to stop at West Point but you can not enter by water there anymore since 9/11. One mile from Kingston and the entrance to Roundout Creek, we encountered a severe flash thunderstorm. Suddenly, we hit 60+ mph winds, severe rain and lightning. At the same time we lost the steering on the fly bridge. We had our windshield cover on down below so we couldn’t steer from there. We should have known something was up when all the barges dropped anchor, all of a sudden, in the middle of the river. Tom got us to the side of the river via autopilot , dropped the anchor and we held riding out the storm. We are now safely tucked up at Roundout Creek having more than one well deserved cocktail.
We learned that we should also be listening to the marine weather while cruising instead of just Rock & Roll.
On the open seas you can see a storm coming from a long way off and make the appropriate escape. On rivers with steep sides the storms are on you before you know it’s happening. MB