Update. See the comments Section. This was FOUND 2 1/2 YEARS later in NJ, just below Staten Island.
This is by far the longest I have had one out in the wild that was recovered. Really amazing. Unfortunately the finder didn't register or leave many details.
It was a cold snowy day so we decided to paddle around Manhattan and see the city in white. It snowed about a foot 2 days before, but it was already a bit dirty and melty by the time we got out there.
We left Red Hook at 8:15 with high water at the Battery at about 8:00. We got up to Hell Gate around 10:00AM or just after and the current had just turned for the last 1/2 mile in the East River.
We took a short break on Mill Rock, I haven't been there in many years, but I was cold and hungry and didn't want to go all the way to to Randal's Island, and since this is past the current change mark the longer we waited the better the ride would be up the Harlem River.
We only hung out for about 1/2 an hour then we headed out. We got a nice current up the Harlem River, as well as in the Hudson.
We stopped at Mitsuwa for a much needed hot lunch, and spent a bit of time eating, drinking sake, and shopping.
By the time we left the tide was well out, but we had planned ahead and we stopped down by the driving range, so we were able to get out without too much trouble.
We had a nice Ride down the Hudson with current, and stopped at Pier 25 to check out the new boathouse. Its coming along but will it be ready by summer? I couldn't get into the boathouse part, but I checked out the restaurant.
We got back to Red Hook right at 17:15 so 9 hour trip, but lots of stopping along the way, and a near perfect current plan.
Truth: Low Tide is Muddy.