Launch Service


The first day of launch service is Saturday, May 14th.
Launch Schedule
May 14 through September 8th:
Sunday through Thursday-0800 – 2100 hrs
Friday and Saturday-0800 – 2200 hrs (June 3 – Aug 27)
September 9-30:
0900-1930 hrs, Sun – Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
0900 – 2030 hrs, Thursday
October 1-15 (last day of service)
0900 – 1830 hrs

New Launch Update
Our new launch, the William W. Thomas, Jr. is being delivered in time for the new boating season.  PYC will have three solid launches to service member needs for years to come.

Currently, 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.