USCG Certification

Passenger Vessel (Subchapter T)


The Clearwater is the only full-sized replica of the 18th and 19th century merchant vessels known as Hudson River sloops. Owned and operated by the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc., a non-profit membership organization dedicated to defending and restoring the Hudson River and related waterways, the Clearwater has served as both a platform for hands-on environmental education and as a symbol for grassroots action, since 1969. She sails seven days a week, carrying as many as 50 passengers for three- to five-hour educational programs. Adults and children take part in a range of activities involving water life, water chemistry, sail raising, steering, piloting and more. A USCG licensed captain is in charge, and an education specialist directs the program. The crew is composed of professional deck crew, apprentices (ages 16 and older), an education assistant, and volunteers.


Flag: United States of America
Rig: Sloop
Homeport: Beacon, NY
Sparred Length: 106'
LOD: 76' 6
LWL: 67'
Draft: 6' 6
Beam: 24'
Rig height: 108'
Sail Area: 4350 square feet
Tons: 69
Hull: wood


Who Sails? Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, groups
Program Type: Passenger Daysails, Maritime History, Marine Science, Marine Environment and Ecology
Normal cruising waters: Hudson River, New York Harbor, Long Island Sound
Season: April to November
Built: 1969
Crew: 6
Tel: 845-265-8080
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