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Did anyone else see this article?


Check out this article:


They are keeping the boat in Kingston and are they now moving to Kingston?  After the sweat heart deal they got at USC?


I would love to get some info?



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Comment by Ray Fusco on January 20, 2011 at 9:37am
Thank you Eileen.
Comment by Ben Royce on January 20, 2011 at 7:31am
thanks for the info Eileen!
Comment by Eileen Newman on January 20, 2011 at 7:06am

Hi Everyone!

As a staff member of Clearwater, I am happy to read the positive comments below.

So as to set all worries aside, Clearwater is not going anywhere! We are so happy and grateful to be a part of this wonderful community and to be so near to our founder, Pete, and his family. We have done a ton of work at the former University Settlement Camp, and that work includes a new furnace, a new roof, extensive grounds work, new wiring, and a lot more! With over 400 dedicated volunteers, we were able to make the former White House our new home.  

Clearwater will be doing our winter repairs in Saugerties this winter 2010/2011 and in all likelihood next winter in 2011/2012. We are grateful to be hosted by our long time friends at Lynch’s Marina. Our vision for a long term Clearwater homeport in Kingston with our friends from Hudson River Maritime Museum is moving forward concurrently.

We are truly excited and energized by this new upriver partnership with HRMM on the Rondout Creek in Kingston. As has been commented below, Kingston offers us a chance at a larger presence up river, a great partnership with HRMM, and the chance for us to have a safe and accessible homeport for the sloop year round. Moreover, it will allow us to have housing upriver for our extremely hard working crew.

As with everything, this will take time! The sloop and her crew will continue to sail the entire Hudson River, with many opportunities for you all to join us on public sails. (see

As an aside, we will be hosting Open Boat Family Days during our winter haul out in Saugerties, at Lynch’s Marina, on February 12th and March 12th. Festivities will begin at 12:00 noon and wrap up by 6:00 pm. Bring a dish to share and musical instruments to play! Friends and families are welcome to come check out the boat, meet the winter crew and cozy up in the shop to share stories and songs.

I hope this answers all of your questions and concerns. Should you need more information, please feel free to call our Executive Director, Jeff Rumpf. Although he is very busy, he will get back to you.

Thanks for being supportive of our mission to inspire, activate and educate the next generation of environmental leaders!

Fair Winds,


Comment by Ray Fusco on January 19, 2011 at 9:53pm
I heard a new roof went on the building and a new furnace went in.
Comment by Mark Roland on January 19, 2011 at 12:02pm

I very much suspect this is simply another project that Clearwater is undertaking to inspire, educate, and activate people--most of us love a good meal by the water. It also gives them another presence further upriver.


I left a message with the executive director Jeff Rump through BCN and my new project, The Hudson Valley Green, asking him to clear up any confusion. He's at an all day event today, but should be contacting me by tomorrow. (Pardon the appearance of THVG, we're in the process of the website build.)

Comment by Mark Wildonger on January 19, 2011 at 9:46am
As part of the agreement, I believe Clearwater was to make some improvements to the structures in lieu of/or in addition to a rent.  Does anyone have any information on what improvements have been made thus far?
Comment by Ray Fusco on January 19, 2011 at 8:23am

I like the idea of supporting the waterfront in Kingston and certainly they have more maritime infrastructure than Beacon does.  Boat repair, dockage etc.  I guess I would like Clearwater to have a bigger presence in Beacon before they venture out to other cities.  

Ben's point below is interesting.  Beacon as some of the best waterfront in the Hudson Valley.  It is also some of the most unusable waterfront in the HV.  Water chestnuts fields, shallow water, brown fields, exposure to weather etc.


Comment by Pam W on January 19, 2011 at 7:22am

I don't think so, of course I don't know for sure.  I was there last week and the employees I spoke with said they are there for a long time and a lot of work has been done in and around that building, looked very nice.



Comment by john fasulo on January 19, 2011 at 6:53am

  I think that before more rumors go around, w need to hear from the Clearwater Office...I'm surprised that this got into the aper without a comment from the Clearwater Director as to what the plan is.

  It makes perefect sense to have the Clearwater Office at th USC in Beacon, and a presence with /on the waterfront in KIngston. While I am not active with the Sloop Club in Beacon, I was the first President of the club a long long time ago in a Galaxy far far away. I was also active with the Maritime Museum when it first started and was guest curator of its frist large show on Ferryboats of the Hudson River.

  The Clearwater Organization linking with the Maritime Museum will give both organizations a a larger more effective voice. At the same time, I hope that Clearwater, after coming to Beacon only a short time ago, doesn't abandone its new home here and keeps the Beacon Facility.

As for the use of the Fishkill Creek inlet, at high tide you have about three feet of water. Dredging is out of the question. Same problem on the North side. outside of Dennings Point ahs the water, but is wide open to the weather. You can forget about any large scale dockage here.  

John Fasulo

Beacon NY


Comment by Nora on January 18, 2011 at 12:26pm
I was also thinking maybe they are just expanding.

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