Launch Service


Launch service is impacted due to COVID-19. During Phase 1, we are limited to no more than 3 boat crews comprising a total of no more than 6 persons per launch trip.

May 15-June 7
Sunday through Thursday 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM
Friday and Saturday 8:00 AM until 8:30 PM

During the first week of June we will be studying COVID-19 Phase 2 guidelines and our member traffic in order to determine the extent to which service should be enlarged. We very much hope that we will be back to full summer service in mid June so check back often.

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 drivers have the required Coast Guard licenses.  The Churchill carries 24 passengers, Waldron 15 passengers, Bowker  18 passengers.  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.

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. In the event launch operators have to suspend operations they will broadcast a notification over VHF Channel 68.