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.
2015 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.
The clubhouse features:
- An open-air bar on the upper deck
- Incredible views of the skyline of Manhattan!
- Sailboat races around the clubhouse.
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?
|Sort by:||Date Attended||Gender||Age||Where From||Group Type|
Perfect way to spend an afternoon
|nomolog||Sat, Sep 26 2:45 PM||Female||50-59||Local||Group of Friends|
The ferry ride and launch out to the William Wall is lovely and, once on the barge, the views of the Manhattan and Jersey skylines, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are magical. It makes for a tranquil, romantic afternoon into evening with a special someone or a rocking party with a group of friends on the sparkling water at night.
Nice way to spend an afternoon
|Jgloye||Sat, Sep 26 1:15 PM||Male||30-39||Local||Group of Friends|
It was a nice afternoon on the barge. It's a little tedious to get to it (a ferry, to a ferry, to the barge). And I didn't realize it was going to be anchored.
It was great and highly recommended!
|Lrottino||Sat, Sep 19 6:15 PM||Female||30-39||Local||Group of Friends|
On time and a great experience!
Good but confusing/lack of information
|Arayazim||Sat, Sep 19 5:45 PM||Female||20-29||Local||Group of Friends|
The experience on the boat itself was good. However, it was never communicated until a few minutes before that the ferry to manhattan stops running earlier in the night. We had just gotten on the boat as that was announced, which was a little disappointing. Getting to the boat was confusing as well... we had done it before from the Jersey location. When we got to Jersey from Manhattan this time around, we assumed we had to walk to the Jersey launch area, which was not the case. If these things were on the ticket that would make it a lot easier! Otherwise, it was great.
lost and no time to enjoy
|viktoria01||Sat, Sep 19 2:45 PM||Female||30-39||Local||Group of Friends|
I booked a launch out of NYC/World Trade. The directions on the ticket were not clear, and no signage was outside of the pier to help indicate that the William Wall left from that ferry terminal. Once you get into the terminal, you are supposed to guess what employee can help direct you to the William Wall - there should be another sign or station in the terminal with the employee by that station to help direct you. Leaving from NYC was just messy, and not clear. That part was frustrating. After all the time wasted trying to find where to leave from in NYC, we made it to the William Wall and then about an hour later we were told that we had to leave because more launches were coming over. The ticket does not make it clear that there is a time limit of when you arrive on the boat that you may have to leave an hour later. It took more time to get over to the boat than we were actually on it! Then the employees kept reminding us to get off the boat and we finished our drinks and then had to wait another 20 minutes before the boat came to get us again - did we really have to finish our drinks in that 5 minutes then? A big customer service issue is managing expectations, and this was not done. The entire group we were with felt the same way - we just got to enjoy a couple of drinks and then had to leave so soon. Obviously, it's a wonderful view and neat activity to do, but with all of the options in the city and Jersey City, my friends and I will rethink this activity in the future. Thank you for your time.
Still Amazing View But Needs Policy Change
|esschmid||Sat, Sep 19 1:15 PM||Unspecified||Unspecified||Unspecified||Unspecified|
I've been at least once a year since moving to New York in 2009. This is still the best drinks with a view around, but you used to be able to stick around until closing time even if you got there at 2 in the afternoon. Now they have split it into two shifts; an afternoon shift and an evening shift and if you get there early, they make you leave around 5. Since we're paying already increasing alcohol and boat prices, why not let us stick around and keep spending as long as we like? Also, it's not enforced equally. Some groups were allowed to stay through the forced exit while the rest of us were ushered away. Go back to the old policy of allowing people to stay until closing.
Fun Unique New York Experience Without the Crowds
|lnicholl||Sat, Sep 19 1:15 PM||Female||30-39||Local||Group of Friends|
This was such a fun day. I've been out on the Hudson on different boats before, but nothing I've experienced was so unique. It felt like a secret we discovered because they don't let too many people on board. We had the best views of the skyline, Ellis Island, and Lady Liberty. It was super relaxing. The staff was very friendly. The weather happened to be perfect. I recommend this for locals and visitors alike. Bring your favorite snacks and favorite friends and soak up the city from the water.
|Moraywatson||Tue, Sep 15 7:15 PM||Male||30-39||Local||Group of Friends|
|Meifan||Tue, Sep 15 6:45 PM||Female||30-39||Local||Couple on a Date|
So fun - great experience! Perfect for a date or for a group of friends!
|pkhumphrey||Tue, Sep 15 6:15 PM||Male||50-59||Local||Group of Friends|
Highly recommend this to anyone!
- 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.
Manhattan Yacht Club
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.