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 09 – May 19 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
May 20 – September 2 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Fri & Saturday July & August 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
September 3 – September 15 8:00 AM – 7:30 PM
September 16– September 29 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM
September 30 – October 13 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
October 14 – October 20 Hours will be posted  soon.

Service ends October 20.  

Decommissioning is Sunday, Oct 20th.

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.