The Waterfront at PYC is the essential element of Club life. This is where members get to and from their boats, clean their boats, and work on their boats. We are fortunate to have excellent facilities and a fine staff under the direction of Waterfront Gibson Smith.
See also the section of our Web Site on Visitor Information.
The tidal range varies from 8 to 12 feet, depending on the phase of the moon and the degree to which the moon and sun are pulling the tide in a similar direction. Each day’s high and low tides are generally written on a white board on the inside wall of the Dockhouse. For information on daily tides, go to http://www.protides.com/maine/887/
Pier and Floats
Our waterfront consists of a fixed pier, four main floats perpendicular to the shore, and three connected at 90º to the first float — a “reverse L.” The main float closest to shore is reserved for launch operation. The remaining three main floats offer water, 30 amp, 110-volt electric power, and low-level night lighting. Each float has a rubber bumper extending its full length on both sides. Minimum low-water depth is 6 feet at the first float and 10 feet at the fourth float.
The three floats on the “bottom” of the L are reserved for specific uses. The two outer floats are used for boat storage by the Junior Sailing Program when it is in session. The inner float is available for temporary tie-up of dinghies on the shore side. The ocean side may be used by shallow-draft vessels for temporary tie-up.
We provide carts for transfer of luggage from boat to land and vice-versa. We aim to maintain a good distribution of carts on the floats and near the House. if you can’t find one where you want one, please speak to a Launch Operator.
The ramp from the float to the pier can be quite steep at low tide. Please be especially careful on the ramp.
If you arrive by water after dark, look for our Night Signal:
The Hallam Singer Dockhouse was constructed in 2008. It was named after the late Hallam (Bud) Singer, a Past Commodore, Club Historian, and major contributor to the life and heritage of the Club.
The Club maintains a dinghy on the float at all times, for temporary use when launches are not in service.
The Club also maintains an outboard-powered Carolina Skiff workboat. It is available for member use in the anchorage, subject to checking in with the Launch Operator before using it.
Launch Operators will, within the bounds of limited resources of time and tools, assist members and visiting yachts faced with problems. For example, the Club maintains a “starter pack” that the launch can bring to a boat disabled by a dead battery. However, Club employees may not provide routine service that could be done by a professional serviceperson or by the member. Please do not ask to use Club tools and equipment.
If a boat has problems at its mooring or while traveling in the anchorage, a Launch Operator will endeavor to assist when requested. If the problem is an emergency, such as a boat adrift, response will be as quick as possible. If it is not an emergency, the call will be answered during a break in service to members.
Launch Operators are trained to observe boats and moorings for signs of trouble, such as a boat settling in the water (potential leak) or frayed mooring pennants. If an Operator spots a potential problem, the Club will attempt to notify the member. If the situation is an emergency, the Operator will take whatever action is prudent in the situation, within the bounds of his/her own safety and the safety of the launch.
The Club cannot be held responsible for damage caused in any attempt to respond to an emergency or to a member request, unless there is negligence on the part of the Operator.
The Club maintains 13 moorings for Club boats, including boats used by coaches in the Junior Sailing Program. These moorings should not be used by any other boats.
The Club does not provide moorings for members. Members purchase and maintain their own mooring tackle, subject to regulation by the Town of Falmouth. The Harbor Master controls the location of each mooring. Members wanting to change a mooring location, place a new mooring, or change boats and need a different size or swing room, should consult with the Harbor Master (207-781-7317).
The Club has ten moorings that are available to visiting boats and to members who need a temporary mooring (for example, when their mooring tackle is being repaired). They are of several different capacities, with the larger-capacity moorings further from shore.
From time to time members may make their moorings available temporarily to guests — when they are away on an extended cruise, for example. The Club will assign such moorings at our discretion.
There is no fee for use of either a Club or member mooring. However, we do charge a fee for use of Club facilities, such as launch service. The current facilities fee is $36 per night for the first four nights, $30 a night for up to 10 additional nights. 14 nights is the maximum allowed.
The Club does not offer slips because the anchorage is quite open to storm winds.
The Club has 50 rentable spaces for dinghy storage and 20 spaces for kayak storage on a set of racks near the Boat Launch ramp. Once a member has rented a space, he/she has first claim on continuing the rental annually. Members wishing to rent a storage space should contact the Club Manager.
Any vessel that is dry sailed, and NOT in a Junior program, may store their trailered, non-motorized vessel only in designated locations. All vessels will require identification – either a PYC permit (for dinghies) or, on other vessels, contact information located ON the vessel.
Trailers must be stored in the designated location.
There is no storage of non-member boats, except for those used by participants in the Junior Program.
Dinghy Valet Service
This service allows a member to request that his/her dinghy be taken from the rack, launched and towed to his/her boat, and later returned to the rack. There is a seasonal fee. See the Club Manager for details and registration.
Boat Launch Ramp
The Club maintains a ramp for members to launch dry-sailed and trailerable boats. There is no charge for launching and hauling; however, members use the ramp at their own risk.