If the first 4 launches are sold out, you can still go out on stand-by. Show up for the 7 pm launch and you can go out if any of the other passengers did not show. Also, the first people start coming back around 7 p.m. and stand-by guests can normally all get out starting at 7:30 pm.
We are now launching from Pier 25 in Manhattan as well as Liberty Harbor Marina.
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:
- Monday-Friday: The first launch will be at 5:25, and the last return trip back will be 9:55pm.
- Saturday-Sunday: 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!
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?
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Hidden gem on the Hudson - totally recommend this!
|jentsai||Sat, Jun 27 2:00 PM||Female||30-39||Local||Couple on a Date|
The entire experience was great. The initial boat at Pier 25 was a little hard to find because there were no signs but by the time we got to the boat the staff was so friendly and welcoming. The ride was quick and easy and the once we got to the Wall, everyone on staff from the Captain to the bartender were extremely courteous. The space was lovely and clean and felt like you were on a friend's boat. The rides back are frequent enough that you don't feel like you're trapped out there, yet you're still far enough away from land that you feel like you're on your own special island. I would definitely go back and recommend it to my friends. Of course, I hope this stays a hidden gem for a little longer!
Great staff but boat off schedule..
|bklynscott||Fri, Jun 26 6:30 PM||Male||40-49||Local||Group of Friends|
Great experience while on the boat. However, while waiting, it was not that great. We got there 10 minutes early to find that the boat had already left and we had to wait 40 minutes for the next one. They got off schedule some how, which was frustrating. The crew and boat ride were great, though.
No Information; Long wait
|cnmadsen2||Fri, Jun 26 6:30 PM||Male||30-39||Local||Individual|
I arrived on time for the 6:30PM scheduled launch. The boat did not come for 45 minutes. No information was available such as when the boat would be coming. There is no where to wait except for standing on the dock. Additionally there is no sign nor uniformed staff to find the location. The ride was enjoyable, but I would only recommend the disorganized service to people who are in no hurry or not type A personalities.
Cool Barge... Long Wait To Get There
|jriverag82||Fri, Jun 26 6:30 PM||Unspecified||30-39||Local||Group of Friends|
The barge itself was simple but in a great location with friendly staff. They need to start selling food. Additionally, we got there almost 10 minutes before our pick-up time & the boat did not come get us until 30min later so it felt like a wait that was unnecesaarily long.
|eslate01||Fri, Jun 26 6:00 PM||Female||20-29||Local||Group of Friends|
Amazing experience. Would highly recommend but almost want to keep it a secret still :) But I'm planning another get together/outing with friends here.
Perfect way to spend the evening
|cmatic3k||Wed, Jun 24 6:30 PM||Female||20-29||Local||Group of Friends|
I went with a group of people after work and we had a great time. I'd highly recommend this to any of my friends.
|Gillian6483||Wed, Jun 24 6:30 PM||Female||30-39||Local||Group of Friends|
Really great experience. Just wish there was more seating. We had to wait a while to get a table. Perhaps there should be limitations on how long people are allowed there. If they take a 6:30 boat they have to return on the 8:30.
beer tastes better on the water
|EmmanuelBook||Wed, Jun 24 6:30 PM||Male||20-29||Unspecified||Unspecified|
|Cbuckle2||Wed, Jun 24 5:25 PM||Female||20-29||Local||Group of Friends|
Went with some friends to watch the regatta and enjoy some drinks out on the water.
|gaetanbarbet||Wed, Jun 24 5:25 PM||Male||30-39||Combination||Family Without Children|
The race of sail boat was a big plus !
- 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 5:25, 6:00, 6:30 and 7:00 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 7:00 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 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 depending on whether the launch goes direct or stops by Liberty Harbor Marina first. 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.
- 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. There are many parking garages in Manhattan which you can use. If you do drive to Liberty Harbor in Jersey City, there is a parking lot near the launch site where you can park for $5.
- 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 websitewww.sailmanhattan.com. There are also junior programs for kids during the summer months.