Boating in Albany

Albany Yacht Club is Located 146 miles north of New York City and 8 miles south of the entrance to the NYS Canal System on the east bank of the Hudson River, which is a freshwater tidal estuary at that point.  Overhead bridge clearances are 135’ from NYC up to AYC, and then drop to 60’ immediately north of the club (and to 21’ nine miles further north).  The recreational and sightseeing opportunities are incredible, and boaters are encouraged to make the trip not just once in a lifetime, but repeatedly so that they may attempt to take in all that the area has to offer.

The club’s docks are floating fingers. The river is tidal with a lift of to 5 feet between low and high tide, and generally a 1kt current during tide cycles.




NOAA 12348 – Chart Viewer & Downloadable Graphic (Albany to Troy Insert only)

For charts north of AYC go to the rightmost columns of NYSCC navinfo tables

For the chart immediately south of 12348 go to 12347



Tide Prediction (if the graph does not immediately appear hit the refresh button)
Water Temperature & Surface Level
Stream Flow
Water Quality


 Public Boat Launches

Name Shore From AYC
Corning Preserve west 1.3 miles north
Rensselaer east 1.6 miles north
Henry Hudson Park west 6.5 miles south
Schodack Island State Park east 10 miles south
Lansingburgh east 11 miles north (via Troy Lock)
Waterford (below Lock E2) west 11 miles north (via Troy Lock)
Coeymans west 12 miles south


Tour Boats

If you do not have a boat but still want to get out on the river to check it out, there are two tour boats that pass by AYC regularly:

The Captain JP Cruise Line departs from 278 River Street in Troy (7 miles north of AYC on the east shore).

Dutch Apple Cruises departs from 141 Broadway in Albany, right across the river from AYC, and right next to the USS Slater Destroyer Escort Historical Museum.

Now and then you might notice other cruise ships passing by AYC. There are two overnight cruise companies; Blount Small Ship Adventures, whose boats are sized to pass through the New York State Canal System, and American Cruise Lines whose boats can only go north as far as Troy, and then must head back.


Restaurants & Bars

The following are eateries with outdoor patios overlooking the river, and are accessible by boat via their own docks or nearby public docks.

Name Phone Shore From AYC
Riverfront Bar & Grill (518) 426-4738 west 1 mile north
The Rusty Anchor (518) 273-2920 west 7 miles north
Brown’s Brewing Company (518) 273-2337 east 8 miles north (use Troy Dock)
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (518) 308-0400
Ryan’s Wake (518) 270-9253
Yanni’s Too (518) 756-7033 west 12 miles south
Boathouse Grille (518) 756-3001 west 14 miles south

Boat Repair & Service


Name Description Phone Shore From AYC
Van Schaick Marina Repair, service (518) 237-2681 west 9 miles north
Coeymans Landing Boat dealer, repair, service, ship’s store (518) 756-6111 west 12 miles south
Shady Harbor Marina Boat dealer, repair, service, ship’s store (518) 756-8001 west 14 miles south
Scarano Boat Building Custom builder/upgrades, limited service (518) 463-3401 west 2 miles south

Getting into Boating

While there’s certainly agreement among recreational mariners about boating being one of the highest quality, most rewarding, and memorable of all leisure activities, it does require resource commitment.  So before taking the plunge, it makes sense to research what type of boating one might want to do (powerboating, sailing, fishing, watersports), and what level of amenities will meet one’s expectations.  A new boater can get into this sport for as little as a few hundred dollars by buying a boat and trailer off of someone’s lawn – but it only goes up from there.

As mentioned before, if you do not have a boat, you can get introduced to the Hudson River in Albany by riding on a tour boat, or you could visit one the many Hudson River waterfront parks,  or you could join a rowing club.  What are generally not available locally, though, are boat rentals.  If you want to rent a boat, you have to drive west a bit and then there are a bunch of rentals available along the canal.

Once you consider boat ownership, there are several places to shop.  For new or used boats you could go to any local dealership, or shop online at or (nationwide boat exchanges that enable local searches).  There are also want ad sites like Want Ad Digest, and, of course, Craig’s List.  If it seems intimidating going to a dealership when only casually shopping, try attending a boat show.  These are usually held in the winter (NYC, Syracuse, Troy, Glens Falls), but there’s also an end-of-the-season Clear ‘em Out show in Syracuse (by the way, you don’t have to wait until September for “clear ‘em out” specials – any boat left in the showroom after 4th of July is considered a leftover).

A good place to look up boat specifications is, but we cannot stress enough the importance of talking directly to boaters.  The Albany Yacht Club encourages prospective boaters to come down to the club, meet boaters, and get a good understanding of what is involved.  We are not just yacht club members, but ambassadors of the sport.

One thing that often gets overlooked when considering boating is the financial benefit.  If the boat you select has a small head (bathroom) and galley (kitchen) then the interest on its loan is tax deductable because the boat qualifies as a second home.  Additionally, the only tax you pay on it is the sales tax when you initially purchase it.  After that there are no more taxes; unlike a lakefront second home that has thousands of dollars a year in property tax liability.  Another added benefit is that a boat is mobile, so you get a fresh change of scenery every time you take it out, unlike a second home.