New York City
yacht charters have some of the most interesting cruising in the United States, along historical seaports and bustling harbors. It’s also a great way to experience the spectacular Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty. The entire New York Harbor is an ice-free arm of the Atlantic Ocean, formed by the confluence of the Hudson River and the East River. It’s divided between the Upper Harbor and Lower Harbor, with the dividing line being in an area referred to as “the Narrows.” The Upper Harbor is where most of the piers are located, along the shorelines of New Jersey, Manhattan and Brooklyn. The Lower Harbor is lined with parks, beaches and natural areas. New York City Harbor is one of the worlds largest natural harbors, and is the sight of several islands; Ellis Island, Governors’ Island, and Liberty Island, each with their own special attractions and events. Tiny City Island has an impressive maritime history and offers some of the best cruising in the region with hundreds of harbors and anchorages located on nearby shores. Many America’s Cup yachts were built on City Island. New York City has dozens of yacht clubs and organizations, and sailing and powerboat charters available to provide a unique venue for your particular needs. The yachting season generally runs from early May through late October, and the City of New York Parks/Recreation Department maintains several lovely parks and marinas along the shoreline – a wonderful way to experience the sights and sounds of coastal New York.