The Ellis Island anchorage

Phil May and Andrea Twigg
Mon 23 Sep 2013 22:16
40:42.2N 74:04.2W
There are strong currents around Manhattan and so we wanted to find a mooring ball somewhere, but it seems there are no mooring balls in New York that can take boats above 40 feet.  I asked a couple of marinas about transient berthing but the cheapest was $6 a foot x 1.5 for catamarans  (so $478 a night for Anastasia) which is just ridiculous.
Surprisingly, there is an anchorage area around the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  We decided to stay there for a couple of days.  The first anchorage we tried was right behind the statue, but it was quite crowded and we could not get the anchor to bite with just a short length of chain.
Our next choice was an anchorage right next to Ellis Island.  After a few attempts the anchor grabbed well and held us for the duration of our stay.  From there we took the dinghy across the Hudson river to Manhattan, which was an adventure in itself.
View of Manhattan from the anchorage
The view without an annoying person and cruise ship to spoil it
View at night
A dinghy race around Anastasia at sunset