Launch to Honorable William Wall Clubhouse

Manhattan Yacht Club

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Activity #5251

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Description

The "Honorable William Wall" is one of the most unique experiences in NYC!  It has been featured in The New York Times, Time Out NY, the Village Voice and was voted Lower Manhattan's #1 secret treasure.

If the launches are sold out, you can still go out on stand-by.  Show up for the last sold-out launch and if any tickets were not redeemed, you can buy one.  Also, when guests start to come off the clubhouse, more people can go out.
  
COMPLETE TRANSPORTATION DETAILS can be found on www.willywall.com under the Transportation tab.

Manhattan to Willy Wall:

Departs from WFC Ferry Terminal where Vesey Street would meet the Hudson River (NW corner of the World Financial Center complex)
Arrive 5-10 Minutes Before your Reserved Launch Time
Check-in w/ Our Representative to Get Ferry Pass He’ll be standing inside Ferry Terminal, near Slip #2 and be wearing white shirt w/ epaulets on shoulders
Board Yellow "Little Lady" Ferry (with ferry pass from our representative)
Disembark Ferry at Warren Street (first stop)
Walk Up Ramp from Dock and Wait There (street level)
Board Our Launch Boat that will come to this dock after ferry leaves
 
Jersey City to Willy Wall:

Departs from Surf City Restaurantat 1 Marin Boulevard (north side of Morris Canal) There is parking here for $5-7
Arrive at your Reserved Launch Time
Go into & thru restaurant to the dock on the water where you will see our launch boat
Board Our Launch Boat
 
The Honorable William Wall is Manhattan Sailing Club's floating clubhouse.  It is anchored in New York Harbor just North of Ellis Island (May-October).
 
The clubhouse is open to members and non-members.  Transportation to and from the clubhouse is provided by the USCG certified Admiral's Launch.
 
2016 Clubhouse Hours
  • Tuesday-Friday: The first launch will be at 5:15, and the last return trip off the wall will be 9:40pm. 
  • Saturday: There will be two sessions: 1-4 and 5-9. If you are part of the first session, the last return trip will be 4:00, and if you are part of the second session the last return trip will be 9:00. 
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are race evenings when sailboats circle the clubhouse from about 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 
  
The clubhouse features:
  • An open-air bar on the upper deck
  • Incredible views of the skyline of Manhattan!
  • Sailboat races around the clubhouse.
Feel free to bring your own picnic and food, but all beverages must be purchased on board the clubhouse. Food may also be ordered from nearby restaurants, and will be brought out to the clubhouse by launch.  The clubhouse is also available for private parties and corporate events.
 
When the clubhouse is at full capacity, the launch operates on a member-first policy where club members get to go to the front of the line.
 
The clubhouse is named after the Honorable William Wall, who set up a successful rope business in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in the early 1800s. He later served as a noted local political figure and a New York City Congressman during the Civil War.
 
Enjoy the city's best kept secret.  Discover the harbor by visiting the Honorable William Wall!

If you would like to book a corporate group with open bar, please contact us directly by clicking the "Contact ManhattanYC" link on the left side of this page.

What Is Not Included?

The price of drinks at the bar is not included, so please bring cash and/or credit cards for drinks. You are welcome to bring your own food (drinks must be purchased on board).

Meeting Location

Jersey City or World Financial Center Terminal (Jersey City or Manhattan, NY) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)

Reviews

354 Reviews Rating: 4 4 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Great
Sat, May 21  1:45 PM Female 30-39 Local Group of Friends
 
Great views! A bit cold but pleasurable
Rating: 5
Fun in the unknown!
Fri, May 20  6:45 PM Male 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
 
William Wall has the most amazing views of downtown Manhattan and the Hudson River. The staff is extremely personable and all have smiles on their faces which tells you the kind of environment your in. It's BYOF (Bring your own food) so what ever your taste buds desire you may bring it with you. They have some partymix on the William Wall but if you are going to have a few cocktails, some sort of food is a must. We did cheeses, meats, olives and hummus. Makes for a great sunset evening and since it closes at 10pm (you leave before that) your off to your next spot.
Rating: 2
Long
Fri, May 20  6:45 PM Female 20-29 Local Group of Friends
 
It took a while to get to the Willy Wall - we had to go all the way to Jersey City. It seemed very out of the way and took up a lot of time, there was also a confusing transfer.
Rating: 4
Great as usual but very confused instructions...
Thu, May 19  6:15 PM Female 30-39 Local Family Without Children
 
The place is great but getting there can be hectic. I was going from Manhattan and meeting 4 people from New Jersey. They waited at the Surf City restaurant as written on the ticket but the launch was actually not going there. Please update your instruction!! However once I told the crew, we turned around and pick them up!
Rating: 5
BooneYorkCity
Tue, May 17  5:45 PM Female 50-59 Combination Family With Children
 
In NYC for sons graduation. Whole family defended upon the city to see the sights and this was our favorite activity.
Rating: 1
Cancelled
Sat, May 14  2:45 PM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
 
Because of the engine problems on the ferry to the Willy Wall on Saturday, we decided not to use our tickets that we purchased for the 2:45pm boat. May we get a refund for the 4 tickets, please?

Ticket Code: LYJIOI­929
Rating: 2
Late ferry
Sat, May 14  1:45 PM Female 30-39 Local Group of Friends
 
We absolutely loved the honorable William wall....once we it there. Unfortunately, our ferry was almost 2 hours late so we only had 1 hour on the boat with our friends.
Rating: 4
Windy and late but worth the wait!
Sat, May 14  1:15 PM Female 30-39 Local Group of Friends
 
We went the first Saturday of the 2016 season. Obviously the weather wasn't going to be stellar that early in the season and we were prepared for that. Unfortunately, their ferry/ water taxi was out of commission so we had so wait for about 30 minutes until we were finally picked up. Plus I had to go and make inquiries to the Surf City and yacht club staff to get any answers or updates. It then took a lot longer to get subsequent ferries to the the barge (we had a large group) because one boat was making all the stops and a friend of mine didn't make out to the Willy Wall until over an hour past her scheduled launch. Obviously working out kinks and unforeseen circumstances. We'll definitely be back but communication and contingencies for circumstances such as these should be better planned.
Rating: 5
best kept secret in nyc
Tue, Oct 27, 15  6:45 PM Unspecified 20-29 Local Group of Friends
 
nuf sed
Rating: 5
Best kept secret in NY
Tue, Oct 27, 15  5:45 PM Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
 
Best kept secret bar in NYC. The view of

Manhattan at night never ceases to amaze me. Always a great night.
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Do I have to purchase in advance?
No, but it is highly recommended that you purchase launch tickets in advance. The capacity of the clubhouse is 149 passengers. On weekdays, advanced tickets are sold for the 5:15, 5:45 6:15, 6:45 and 7:15 p.m. launches. If you have a ticket and the launches are sold out, you are guaranteed to get out. If the early launches are not sold out, you can buy a ticket at the dock. Starting at 7:15 p.m., more tickets are sold at the dock as people come off the clubhouse. If the clubhouse is at capacity and 25 people come off, then 25 more people can go out. The Clubhouse frequently sells out so advance purchase is highly recommended.
How do the Saturday hours work?
On Saturdays the afternoon schedule is 1:15-4, 1:45-4:30, 2:15-5, 2:45-5:30. The evening session ends at close, around 9pm, and we'll have launches at 5:15, 5:45, 6:15 and 6:45.
Can I bring my own food and drinks?
Yes, you you can bring your own picnic food out the clubhouse but you may not bring you own drinks. All drinks must be purchased onboard.
How big is the launch and how many people fit on it?
The Little Lady is a yellow commuter ferry which runs 12 months in the harbor. The Admiral's Launch is a 40-foot former US Navy vessel. She was built by Willard Marine to top Navy standards. The launch is certified for up to 49 passengers.
Do I have to worry about falling into the water at any time?
No, you do not have to worry about falling in the water. However, visiting the clubhouse in the harbor does require "sea legs." You have to climb up two steps and then over a rail to board Admiral's Launch. You have to walk down boarding steps at the clubhouse as well.
Can you do private events?
Yes, many companies rent the Honorable William Wall for office parties every summer. If you are interested in a private event, please contact us directly by clicking the "Contact ManhattanYC" on the left side of this page.
What is the price range of drinks at the bar?
Drinks range from $2 for soda and water to $7 for beers. Mixed drinks are very reasonably priced and the clubhouse also offers bottles of champagne.
What about food?
There is very limited bar food. Most people bring their own picnic snacks with them. You can also order from nearby restaurants and have the food delivered to the clubhouse.
Is the boat/bar wheelchair accessible?
No, we are sorry but the clubhouse is not wheelchair accessible. You have to climb up boarding ladders and over rails to get onboard.
Do I have to be a minimum age?
No, as a vessel, children who are accompanied by an adult are welcomed to come out to the clubhouse. Please note that everyone needs a regular-priced ticket.
Who do I contact if I'm interested in joining the club?
For more information about joining the club, you can visit our website. You can read about membership there and an online membership application is available.
How long does it take to get to the floating clubhouse?
The launch ride to the clubhouse takes about 15-20 minutes. Disembarking from the launch takes a few minutes. But relax, you've lived your whole life getting to this point. Now that you are finally here, there is no longer a reason to rush.
Does the price of my ticket include my return trip?
Yes, the launch fee is for a round-trip.
What is the latest that I can return?
The last launch with passengers departs from the clubhouse at 9:45 p.m. If the clubhouse is at capacity at 8:30 p.m., then the 8:45, 9:15 and 9:45 launches must all take the maximum number of people off in order to close by 10 p.m.
What if I miss the last ferry back to Manhattan?
If you miss the last ferry to Manhattan there are a few different ways to return from Jersey City. You can either pay to take the New York Waterway Ferry from Pier 11 in Jersey City, take the PATH or get an Uber.
Does the bar have a maximum allowed amount of people?
Yes, the USCG capacity for the Honorable William Wall is 149 passengers.
What landmarks will we be able to see from the clubhouse?
You will have the world's best view of the Skyline of Lower Manhattan from the Honorable William Wall. During the early evening, the skyline changes color as the sun sets. And then the lights of the city go on and the view from the clubhouse becomes even more magical. You will also be able to see the Statue of Liberty in the distance.
What happens if it rains?
Small amount of rain or a passing storm do not faze us. The clubhouse has a roof which keeps you dry. If the weather is really bad and raining or storming all day, then we sometimes decide to close.
What types of payment do you accept at the bar?
We accept all major credit cards as well as cash.
Do you have life jackets?
There are life jackets on the launch as well as the clubhouse, per US Coast Guard regulations.
Will I get seasick?
Most people do not get seasick. But if you are prone to seasickness, it is possible. The Honorable William Wall is a boat which floats and is moving.
Is it okay if I'm pregnant?
If you are pregnant, please check with your doctor. We advise women against drinking alcohol while pregnant.
Is there a restroom at the clubhouse?
Yes, there are 2 beautiful bathrooms on the clubhouse. The bathrooms are "marine heads" so please remember to conserve water.
If I'm driving where should I park?
We recommend you use public transportation and help the environment. At Liberty Harbor in Jersey City, there is a parking lot near the launch site where you can park for $5. In Manhattan, there are numerous parking garages in the area around the World Financial Center Terminal.
Is smoking allowed at the clubhouse?
There is smoking allowed but we request that you smoke away from other patrons who may not appreciate the second hand smoke. The lower deck on the southern end of the clubhouse is an out of the way place.
Can I bring my dog or pet?
No, we are sorry that pets are not permitted on the clubhouse. We do not have facilities for pets to go to the bathroom and the launch is not suitable to pets as well.

About

Manhattan Yacht Club

Manhattan Sailing Club is the largest sailing organization active in New York Harbor.   The club was founded in 1987 and has helped to lead the recreational renassiance of the harbor.  The club is an inclusive organization and is trying to share the joy of sailing and the magnificence of New York Harbor with more people.
 
Anyone interested in sailing is encoruaged to get involved.  We hope your visit to the clubhouse in the harbor makes you want to become a sailor too.  The public teaching arm of the club is called Manhattan Sailing School.  You can sign up for sailing lessons on their website www.sailmanhattan.com.   There are also junior programs for kids during the summer months.
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