I BOAT NY HARBOR -WAKES
The following will be covered on this page:
If your boat creates a significant wake, you should be aware of wake-sensitive areas in the harbor. Your wake could cause damage or injury at :
Wake-sensitive areas in NY Harbor
No Wake Zones
There are No Wake Zones on the Harlem River and 200' off New Jersey pier heads and 100' off New York pier heads.Use the controls in the upper left corner to zoom in or out and to pan around the map. Select the yellow no wakes zone areas for more information:
When approaching a wake-sensitive area, no-wake zone or 5 mph area, you should slow down to a no-wake speed WELL BEFORE the area since your V-shaped wake fans out in a forward direction.
Avoid Zephyr - one of the largest wakes in the Harbor
There are over 2400 wakes-producing trips in NY Harbor on a typical weekday. These wakes reinforce each other and the reflective bulkheads of NY Harbor, a "wide canal", further reinforce the wakes. Over 2000 wakes daily are from commuter ferries:
Use the controls in the upper left corner to zoom in or out and to pan around the map. Select the place marks for more terminals information:
and you should try to avoid the area extending between the Holland Tunnel and the Brooklyn Bridge, known as the Manhattan Maelstrom, during ferry rush periods:
Following are tips for crossing wakes:
Vessels passing W. 79th St Boat Basin - June, 2006
In 2004, the Safe Wakes coalition conducted the COWPONY (Costs of Wakes in the Port Of New York) survey:
Use the controls in the upper left corner to zoom in or out and to pan around the map. Select the blue place marks for more detailed wakes damages information for each marina.
Use the controls in the upper left corner to zoom in or out and to pan around the map. Select the red place marks for more detailed wakes injuries information.
Use the controls in the upper left corner to zoom in or out and to pan around the map. Select the green place marks for more detailed wakes complaints information.
Wakes Damages Examples
October, 2006 - W. 79th St Boat Basin - Donzi tender secured alongside megayacht "Summerwind" - wake during night tore out starboard bow cleat and surrounding fibreglas - repair of $1075
Port bow cleat
Starboard bow cleat after a wake
To submit a wakes complaint, you need the following - Date and time, Vessel causing wake, Location, Course vessel was traveling, Resulting damage and/or injuries, and Comments.
For large vessels, the vessel's name can be obtained from the following map. Note that smaller vessels may not be shown and the position, speed and direction of the vessel may be 5 - 10 minutes old. Use the controls in the upper left corner to zoom in or out and to pan around the map. Click on a vessel to obtain its name, speed, course, etc.
For smaller ferries, obtain the route from the company's website schedule and the time of the incident.
Once you've obtained the vessel's name or route, you can submit the following information:
Please cc: email@example.com so that the wakes incidents charts and spreadsheets can be updated with your incident.
If you're dissatisfied with the response, you can forward the message directly to:
Please cc: firstname.lastname@example.org so that the wakes incidents charts and spreadsheets can be updated with your incident.
LEGALLY, A VESSEL IS LIABLE FOR ALL DAMAGES AND INJURIES CAUSED BY ITS WAKE
If available, you should have pictures, videos and cost estimates in addition to the above wakes complaint infomation.