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.
  
Please Note: The Manhattan ferry service is now available on the yellow "Little Lady" departing from the World Financial Center.  We then pick up from Liberty Harbor Marina in Jersey City.

For passengers taking the Little Lady from Manhattan, the last boat back to Manhattan is at 8:10 pm (which may be extended to 8:50 pm. soon).  If you stay past this time, you can launch back to Jersey City and then take NY Waterway Ferry, PATH or Uber back to Manhattan. 
 
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.
 
The clubhouse has new hours for the 2015 season and will be open every day! See schedule below:
  • Tuesday-Friday: The first launch will be at 5:15, and the last return trip back 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!

Please Note: Launches at later times than what is listed on our calendar are walk-up and stand-by only.

If you would 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

267 Reviews Rating: 4.1 4.1 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Great time
Sat, Aug 1  5:15 PM Male 30-39 Combination Group of Friends
 
Was a great afternoon / night, just hate the commute back to NY is so difficult at the end of the night
Rating: 2
Not great
Wed, Jul 29  6:15 PM Female 30-39 Local Group of Friends
 
Most of the boat and tables and chairs were reserved for a private party. Also, the new route (ferry to NJ then a launch) is a pain and had to take a path train back. Also, they had no record of my party's tickets. Overall poorly run.
Rating: 2
Poor service.
Wed, Jul 29  5:45 PM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
 
Two "official" groups tried to bump our "unofficial" group of 15 from the one measly table that we had. Just ridiculous.
Rating: 5
Great night of sailboats and sunset on the harbor
Tue, Jul 28  6:45 PM Female 30-39 Local Group of Friends
 
We enjoyed the whole experience, great night out.
Rating: 3
Great Views, Bad Experience
Sat, Jul 25  6:15 PM Male 30-39 Local Group of Friends
 
We purchased tickets for a 6:00 PM boat, and were moved to 6:15 several days before (not a big deal). When we arrived, we were informed that the last free ferry from JC to NYC would be at 7:30.

An announcement was made saying the last boat back to catch the 7:30 yellow ferry to NYC would be leaving in 10-15 minutes. No further announcement was made and when I walked to the departure side of the W.W., the boat had already left. I was trapped on the boat watching the last free ferry depart.

As much as the crew would like to tell you, it's not easy navigating through Jersey City to get back to NYC, and it was a royal pain in the *** to do so when NJ Transit is not running. $60 cab ride later, I made the 9:00 PM dinner. Was I trying to cram too much into a short period of time? Yes. But was the communication on board by the staff/crew of William Wall horrendous. Yes. It seemed like a ship with no captain.
Rating: 5
Always a pleasurable time. Best sunset in NYC!!!
Sat, Jul 25  5:45 PM Unspecified Under 20 Unspecified Group of Friends
 
Very impressed with how Zerve kept me current on the ever changing launch locations.
Rating: 5
Courteous and efficient
Fri, Jul 24  5:15 PM Male 70+ Local Couple on a Date
 
The ferry ride and the William Wall were excellent New York City experiences!
Rating: 4
Unique and memorable experience
Fri, Jul 24  5:15 PM Female 30-39 Local Group of Friends
 
Beautiful views on a nice day and friendly staff, but disappointed that the ferry service is no longer direct to/from

Manhattan. Also the trips are more limited so you can't stay at the bar too long.
Rating: 5
Honorable William Wall - Amazing!
Thu, Jul 23  6:45 PM Male 20-29 Local Group of Friends
 
William Wall Barge - amazing views!
Rating: 5
Great time!
Thu, Jul 23  6:15 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
 
We had a blast on the wall and enjoyed the sailboat races combined with the perfect views. Only reco is to make sure to take the last ferry back with the little lady. The NY Waterway does not take back people from the wall and you get stranded in jersey city and have to can back. Unless you want to stay there and eat and drink anyway!
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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 weekend club hours work?
On Saturdays and Sundays we will have two sessions. The first is 1pm-4pm and the second is 5pm-9pm. If you are part of the first session the last boat back to the dock will be around 4:00 and if you are part of the second session the last boat back to the dock will be around 9:00.
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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