Details for Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club

Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club

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Average rating 4.1 stars from 35 reviews

Address Simon Lake Drive Box 123
Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716

Phone732-291-1118/Dock Phone: 732-291-3232

After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - YES
Fuel - YES
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO


The yacht club only provides launch service to some of the moorings. The town harbor commission controls everything else.

VHF channel

09, Hail 'Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club Launch.'


Email contact

Owner, manager

Commodore Tony Setaro


Rear Commodore Steve Graziano


Eric Bauer

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Visa, Mastercard, American Express.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: Memorial Day to Labor Day open Tuesday through Sunday.
After Labor Day open Wednesday through Sunday.


East of breakwater





Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - NO
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info: Available through Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: No transient slips available until the spring.


Transient: 10
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: No reservations, first come first served. $50 per night per mooring. Takes all credit cards. Mooring field is logically numbered, A to Z coming away from the yacht club and 1 to 6 from the rock wall to shore. Nice long pickup sticks.

AC power30 amp - NO
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - At Club dock for guests.

Dinghy access

Yes - Available through Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: Fuel prices are available through the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Marina.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Yes - Available at Jaspan's Hardware, First Ave, short walk from Marina.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - Ch. 09. Available through Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club. Included with the mooring fee. Service 8:00 am - 10:00 pm weekends, 10:00 am - 10:00 pm weekdays.

Pump out

Yes - At the fuel dock from the marina.


Yes - Ice available at the fuel dock and various retail outlets in town.


Yes - Recycled materials and other trash recepticles available on shore.


Yes - Power boats will receive a shower key from the harbor office. Sailboats renting moorings from AHYC will get a key from the launch driver or from the club bartender. Note that AHYC does not maintain the restrooms or showers. They are provided by the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor.


Yes - Same as for showering.


Yes - In town.


Yes - Foodtown, pharmacy, and liquor store in one area. Other convenience stores, liquor stores on main street.


Yes - Jaspans Hardware for most needs and propane. NAPA automotive store for some parts. Atlantic Marine for boat supplies. West Marine (driving distance) boat supplies. Lockwoods major marine center (driving distance) most likely an AHYC member will assist.


Yes - Multiple restaurants all varieties and price ranges. See for a listing. The Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club offers dining from light pub fare to dinner. See the club steward upstairs at AHYC.


Yes - Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club has a friendly bar with a fabulous view of the harbor and the New York skyline. Many other fine establishments located through out Atlantic Highlands. More information on the website.

Hotels or motels

Yes - One hotel in Atlantic Highlands. Bed and breakfasts available within short driving distance.

Repair capabilities

Yes - Check with the Harbor Master or Launch Driver for available repair services.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor offers haulout with a travel lift. Call the harbor office for details.

Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Yes - There are several retailers in the area.

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Optonline WiFi hotspot. Xfinity hotspot. WiFi available inside AHYC.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Call the harbor office for details.


Yes - Ferry to NYC. Stops at South Street Seaport and East 34th St.

Other services


The Atlantic Highlands complex is next to a Bike Path. Take the path all the way to the end of Sandy Hook National Park. Well wortht the ride. Entrance to the park is free if you are on a bike.

Reviews for Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club
Great Club, 2017-09-18
Captain: , Westport CT (554)

I came in on 9/6 with engine trouble...YC launch guys were great...they gave me the name of the service they used for the club launches...8pm at night (Bill Lloyd)...he ordered the part that night and had me on my way two days later...while there the club was very welcoming...great view from the bar and commadore offered to drive me anywhere...will definetly stop again.
What a YC should be like.

Great location. Outstanding people., 2017-08-08
Captain: , Norfolk, VA (470)

Not sure I can say enough good about AHYC. From the launch drivers to the ladies in the restaurant and bar to the club members, everyone was friendly, helpful, and welcoming. This is a club that likes boats, being around boaters, and the competition of their Wednesday night races. We called ahead to ask about yacht club reciprocity for transients, yes. Was a mooring ball available, yes. Could we stay two nights, yes. They did everything to make our stay as easy and enjoyable as possible. They perhaps have the best view of the NYC skyline right from the comfortable seats of their club bar. Active Captain advise for making the approach is accurate. Closest laundry facility is a short walk to town at a public laundry, but works well. Toilet and shower rooms are located in the same building as the club. Club is on the second floor of the building. Toilet and showers on the ground floor, just around the corner to the left as you face the building. Access card to enter the toilet and shower rooms is available from the AHYC launch driver shed on the dock. They require a $20 deposit just to ensure the access card is returned, which makes good sense. Town has several restaurants, bars, ice cream, coffee shop options. We will definitely make a return stop to see our friends at AHYC on our return trip south.

good stop for fuel, 2017-06-25
Captain: , New Bern, NC. (903)

Stopped here about 7 years ago and enjoyed the stay. This time, We came in early morning and fueled up. Easy in and easy out.

Nice. Place, 2016-10-25
Captain: , Bristol Harbor (240)

We stayed three nights waiting for a gale to blow it self out. We were well protected up against the break water. The field is very well organized which made for easy departure in the dark.

The town has everything a cruiser would want within easy walking distance and a West Marine is a very easy bus ride away. The bus makes its turn around just a few miles further so you can pick it up for the return to the marina area.

Yacht club staff were very friendly and helpful with advice on amenities in the area.
There is a great path along the shore line that runs for a few miles to the east.

We would definately stay here again.

Yacht Club runs the moorings, 2016-09-15
Captain: , Charleston SC (120)

Free trash, good moorings although we were moving around alot for being right behind a breaker, launch runs often, $50 a night, there is a protected anchorage but we didnt go there. Lots to has several places to eat but hit the Italian Giannis on First ave. Also Laundry is on frist ave...a good walk to get to carrying laundry. Grocery is a long walk too.

First rate, 2015-08-24
Captain: , Oriental, NC (231)

We stayed here two nights, including 4 Jul 2015, on a mooring ball. The people were extremely friendly to us two Mississippians. We were treated to a very fine fireworks display over the harbor. The launch service was prompt and friendly.

Sadly the mooring field is off limits to power boats, 2015-07-09
Captain: , Wantagh NY (601)

This review is from a power boater perspective and the one star is for not being allowed to be in the mooring field. We have traveled from Maine to Bahama's and I've never witnessed this before, I have seen exclusive use Yacht Clubs, or reciprocity only, but never a specific type of boat, in all honest takes away from an otherwise nice area.
Update: I have recieved a note from the Yacht Club, it was not their policy to exclude powerboats, but rules drawn up by the town, either way if you are a power boat this location is not an option for you.

Excellent place to stay, 2015-06-03
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (231)

Wonderful yacht club with courteous staff. Moorings were $50 per night but well worth it as their launch picked us up and dropped us off with no delays. Showers were ok, but restaurants, groceries and hardware store all within easy walk.

Nice Secure stopover to/from New York Harbor, 2015-05-30
Captain: , Glen Cove, NY (281)

Very hospitable, pretty, sheltered place to stop over and nice town to visit. Good mooring field with limited number available for transients. Moorings obtained through Launch/Dockmaster (ch 09) or through cell phone. Eric was "The Man" during our recent visits and he is extremely helpful to visitors! Advance RESERVATIONS a must during busy season. Yacht Club very hospitable to visitors, offering dining and bar to visitors. Lively restaurant nearby as well as convenient services available in town.

Top knotch. Very protected moorings., 2015-05-26
Captain: , New York (264)

Eric, the launch operator, is the best around. The moorings are excellent.

Friendly place to wait, 2014-10-15
Captain: , Toronto (290)

great place to wait for a weather window. Club is great with one of the best bar tenders in the business.
easy walk to laundry groceries etc.

Good stop between NYC and the Jersey coast, 2014-09-01
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (380)

Easy in from NYC and easy out around Sandy Hook to head south. People are friendly, price includes launch services, town is small and fairly friendly, several nice places to eat. Showers are a bit like a highschool locker room, but OK otherwise.

Nice place, 2014-02-23
Captain: , Portsmouth NH (681)

The moorings were all out when we came through in November but the clubhouse was great and the people very friendly which was radically different to the marina....

Nice club,, 2014-02-02
Captain: , Keyport, NJ (80)

This is a nice club with a good bar and resturaunt, in a great location. Easy walk to everything!

No fingers between slips, 2013-11-04
Captain: , Earth (232)

We opted for a slip after we dragged anchor at the anchorage just outside the moorings. It was uncomfortable boarding from the dock as there were no fingers between the slips and we did not have a boarding platform. We stayed over because of strong winds and although we still experienced a lot of rocking the docks held us well.

The local restaurants are excellent and there is a laundry as you enter town. We also visited the local cinema and was pleasantly suprised.

The town is extemely dog friendly and most of the restaurants accommodate you outside with dogs.

Back in full operation, 2013-09-17
Captain: , Westbrook CT (61)

The club and docks are back better than ever. Of course only moorings at YC, but launch service excellent. Rest rooms were ok, not great.

Nice Stopover., 2013-07-12
Captain: , Newport, RI (265)

A little pricey for a mooring but the unlimited use of the launch made up for it. Area is still be rebuilt from Sandy but the moorings and launch service were great. The ycht club showers get a 'B' rating from our first mate. The walk into town was nice and takes you past many restaurants, a hardware store, a marine supply store, several liquor stores and on the other side of Route 36 there is a grocery store. The launch ran a friend to and from our boat during our stay and helped us tie up as we came in. We wish the launch started before 10 am so we could get a ride in for breakfast or coffee, but you can't win them all!

This is graded on a curve, 2013-07-08
Captain: , Liberty landing marina (60)

We stayed on a ball near the seawall which was a little disconcerting at first (36 footer) but there was really plenty of scope.

The docks are still being reconstructed following the damge caused Superstorm Sandy but I was told that they will be finished the first week of August.

The mooring field is still missing some balls and some of the balls do not have pendants. I would suggest rigging a bridal in advance of your arrival. And be prepared to tread a line from your bow.

We found the stay very relaxing. The showers were fine and air-conditioned. For men, I would rate them an A+; my wife said they were a B at best. That's prolly just the difference between men and women.

The area is well protected because of the seawall and the water warm enuf and clean enuf to swim off the boat.

Ice is avaible at the security gate 24-hours a day. As a practical matter, that is limited by the launch hours, which runs until midnight.


High Priced Mooring Stop Fall 2012, and now after Sandy, 2013-06-26
Captain: , Vero Beach, FL (907)

We agree with recent reviews in general. This stop is hard to pass for many north/south cruisers, and they know it. $50 for a mooring is by far the highest price we have seen on our run south from Maine.
One caution: we were up at the N end of the mooring field, close to the AHYC launch dock. A close neighbor to the dock, a bit farther north, is a bar/restaurant, which has live music in warm weather, on Saturday nights and maybe more often. It was very loud and went on till the early morning hours. If we stopped here on a mooring again, we would ask to be placed at the southern end of the mooring area.

Still $50 moorings, with bath facilities in good order, as before. Old docks are all gone and now being rebuilt. Yacht Club's dockhouse is gone but the launch is running, 10AM-10PM. No wifi that we could find. Town's library in center of town has wifi. Most businesses are open.

Enjoyed the club, 2013-03-23
Captain: , Palm Coast, Florida (785)

Stayed one night on a mooring. Good showers, good launch operators.

Good service and nice people., 2013-01-25
Captain: , Montreal (80)

We stayed there five days before running away because of the comming hurricane. 20$ a night negotiable if you stay longer. The marina water taxi service is excellent and very convenient. We were very pleased with the services provided and good advises provided.

great stop, 2012-12-23
Captain: , yonkers (101)

the mooring anf launch service is great. access to town is good with decent restaurants, etc. deep water close to breakwater

Protected, Friendly, Great launch service, 2012-09-06
Captain: , Annapolis (264)

We got stuck here for a few days waiting for an offshore weather window. The launch service is very responsive and showers were good. There's a laundry in town close to the docks--shabby but useable. The town doesn't have a lot of services--a few restaurants, grocery store about a mile away (we caught a ride from a yacht club member.) The path along the waterfront and around the Bay is great for walking or biking. Took the fast ferry into NYC on one of our layover days.

Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club, 2012-07-16
Captain: , New Hamburg, NY (16)

Spent 5 nights on a mooring around Fourth of July week. Great people at the Club and running the launch. I happened to be there when the city had a carnival going on - so there was live rock bands playing until 10 pm or so a number of nights (personally I liked the free entertainment - fireworks right by the mooring field Friday night too). Friendly people in town too - actually was given a ride back to the marina from the supermarket by an older women who recognized my friend and I as "boaters".

Yacht Club vs Marina, 2012-02-06
Captain: , Atlantic Highlands (214)

Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club is a tenant in the marina and has no control over anything but the clubhouse and mooring field. Everything else is the responsibility of the Borough of Atlantic Highlands Harbor Commission-an appointed group or townsfolk, many of whom know nothing about boats or what makes for a good marina operation. It is this harbor authority that does not allow anything but sailboats on moorings.

Good time - would recommend as well as the moorings, 2011-10-17
Captain: , Key Biscayne, FL (30)

Municipal marina with fixed docks, and a 6 foot tidal range. Seems like we were always having to climb the ladder to get off the boat. Nearby are good restaurants, supermarket, liquor stores, and the high-speed ferry to NYC. All in all, we had a good time here

A complete stop. 7/28/2011, 2011-07-30
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1290)

After transiting NYC harbor we were able to obtain a mooring ball from the AHYC. The price of $50 was at the upper ends and included lauch service from 8- midnight. Some wake in the mooring field because of the ferry visits, but little current or wave action. The area has some of the best fuel prices in the region, diesel $3.95 gal. The staff at AHYC were very hospitable, both in the bar and dinning room. Food and drink were very good and reasonably priced. Club members were very friendly. Walking through town we noted a marine supply, hardware, laundramat, small grocery store, famers market on a Friday and restaurants and bars. In all it was a very comfortable pleasant stop. Would return.

A great overnighter from NYC, 2011-05-16
Captain: , Jersey City (506)

Many visits to the Highlands and never disappointed with the service. Dinghy ashore for some great restaurants. Spent one very rough night on the ball during a 20-25kt blow from the North

A welcoming place, 2011-03-30
Captain: , Highlands (66)

Always a welcome when you visit.

AHYC: Awesome!, 2010-06-15
Captain: , Manhattan, NY (171)

This is the destination for the Manhattan Sailing School's Basic Coastal Cruising course and serves as our home away for home almost every Saturday night in the Summer and Fall. The staff is always friendly and acccommodating and the facilities are excellent. Say hi to Capt. Eric when you stop in.

Everything's a trade off, 2010-03-06
Captain: , Sarasota (1427)

Isn't a really easy marina. Fixed docks, but 6 ft tidal range. Seems like we were always having to climb the ladder to get off the boat. It's a municipal marina. Nearby are good restaurants, supermarket, marine supply store, liquor stores, and the high-speed ferry to NYC (rates are less after 10am).

First Class, 2009-05-25
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (1381)

Air conditioned showers. Launch runs 8am to midnight. Nice bar and restaurant in the club house overlooking the water.

Excellent Stop over, 2009-03-14
Captain: , Charleston, SC (215)

Friendly and casual Yacht Club on 2nd floor of Shore Casino building right in the Harbor. Mooring rentals and launch service to anchorage available. Bar and restaurant available to YC guests. Moorings include shower access.

One of the best around, 2008-05-29
Captain: , Jersey City, NJ (139)

Well maintained moorings available for a modest fee through the launch drivers when members are travelling. Launch will also serve boats in the anchorage for a fee.

Good Folks, 2008-05-19
Captain: , Atlantic Highlands (73)

Great Folks at the Yacht Club, enjoy transients. Access to town is good.

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