Launch Service

We have three diesel-powered launches, the James M. Churchill, the William Waldron, and the Dana Bowker.  Each launch is Coast Guard-inspected, and all operators have the required Coast Guard licenses.  The Churchill has capacity for 24 passengers; the Waldron has a capacity of 15 passengers; the Bowker may carry 18.  (These limits are strictly enforced, since the Coast Guard will penalize the Club and the operator for exceeding the limit.)

The Churchill is the primary launch.  The other two will be rotated in and out of service, to prolong their working lives.  In very busy periods, all three launches will be used.


Note that during times of slow demand there may be just one launch operator on duty.  When demand is expected to be heavy, we have at least two and sometimes three operators on duty.  (The third operator provides needed relief for the other two, and the one not driving at a given time is usually available to assist vessels arriving or leaving the floats.)

May TBD – May TBD 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
May TBD – September TBD 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Fri & Saturday July & August TBD 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
September TBD – September TBD 8:00 AM – 7:30 PM
September TBD – October TBD 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM
October TBD – October TBD 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Regular service ends October TBD.  

Note 1: Times are subject to change in bad weather.

Note 2:  Launch Operators have full authority to suspend operations when weather conditions make operations hazardous.  They also have authority to refuse service to anyone not authorized to use the launch or who are under the influence of alcohol to the point of being a danger to themselves or others.

Note 3: In the event Launch Operators  have to suspend operations they will broadcast a notification over VHF Channel 68.