Details for New Bedford Yacht Club

New Bedford Yacht Club

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Average rating 4.1 stars from 20 reviews

Address 208 Elm Street, PO Box P-4
South Dartmouth, MA 02748


After hours contact

Facility type

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


Transient moorings available.

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Visa, Mastercard

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info


Approach: 18
Transient dockage: 9
Fuel dock: 6

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: If in town for an hour or two you can ask Pete the Dockmster or Spencer his Ass't at the fuel dock if you can leave your boat at the end of the dock (during the week). The village is somewhat sensitive that there is no public dock for such a popular boating spot so the Yacht Club is known to be somewhat accommodating.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $3.25/ft (2016-05-20)

Other price info:


Transient: 20
Total: 400
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: $50 per night which includes launch service, and use of the yacht club dining room, bar and showers.

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)


Dinghy access

Yes - Ask at the fuel dock for the location.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: The only fuel in S Dartmouth. If bulk is needed New Bedford has considerably lower fuel prices.

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Pets are very welcome
- Bags available to pick up after your dog.
- Local restaurant and bar invite you to bring your dog with you.
- Ice cream shop is a walk up, dogs allowed in the table area next to the shop.

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - Two large launch boats. One is rebuilt impecably from 1929.

Pump out

Yes - Pump out service is available from the Dartmouth Harbormaster. You may contact him on VHF channel 9 or at his office 508-999-0759.


Yes - Block and bagged ice are available from the Launch attendant or the Club office.


Yes - Dumpsters are located on the Club grounds.










Yes - Marine parts store next lot over.


Yes - One on site.



Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - WiFi

Boat ramp availability



Other services

They have a large tent they rent out to visiting yacht clubs. The club that was at the location when we arrived appeared to be enjoying themselves.

Sailling school on site, 2nd floor of building.


Reviews for New Bedford Yacht Club
Welcoming and helpful, 2017-06-06
Captain: , Hingham, MA (50)

We limped into Padanaram harbor with a mechanical issue on our Tartan sailboat. When the hoped-for free guest mooring in the harbor proved unserviceable, we hailed NBYC to inquire about about a transient ball. their staff were above/beyond helpful in getting us settled (shout out to Laurie piloting the launch that day). Launch drivers, dock help and clubhouse staff were all professional and polite, easing the sting of an unplanned maintenance stop. The few members we encountered were friendly and relaxed as well, we never felt like intruders. A lovely place all around. Thank you everyone!

We loved this place!, 2017-03-24
Captain: , Westport Point, MA (391)

Not being high-end yachters, we were a little cautious here, but without reason. An incredibly friendly place, everyone went out of their way to please, from the launch driver to the bartender (who was very professional, indeed). The restaurant reminded me of the old Cape Cod Marina restaurants of the 1950s, very homey and relaxed. Can't wait to come back for a summer date-night! Fair winds to the guy with the Vegvisir tatoo on his shoulder...!

great club, cute town, 2016-07-30
Captain: , Sodus Bay, New York (250)

upon arrival, stopped at gas dock for fuel,and water. helpful dockhands, handing down hoses, taking up trash. then called launch and was quickly escorted to a mooring on the west side of the field. despite light SE wind, quite calm. When we got the boat picked up. launch took us in to register. Fee now $55 but includes facility use, showers (basic but clean), launch, and sturdy mooring.
town now has a market just opened on Gulf St (the street with the bridge) just a short walk away, but it's more cafe, wines, artisan bread and pastry than fresh or other foods to stock a boat. nice dinner at the Black Bass restaurant (facing the inner harbor just around the corner from the market). far more interesting menu with Portuguese flair than the Sail Loft.
overall very cute village, and very hospitable club. and still a great place to admire Concordia yawls.

A mixed bag., 2016-06-25
Captain: , Amelia Island (141)

Large, well-sheltered mooring field. Friendly launch driver led us to our assigned mooring and provided prompt shuttle service. The bathrooms located outside the clubhouse and showers were surprisingly primitive and not particularly clean or well-maintained. Dining room was not open on a Thursday evening (6/23) although it apparently is open at least on Friday and Saturday nights this time of year.

Lovely stopover., 2016-02-08
Captain: , Swifts Neck Wareham, MA (482)

Hail the launch on channel 68 for a mooring. I got an immediate response and got placed right behind the breakwater. It was a bit wavy but before we cleated the pennant, the friendly launch driver called back and asked if we would like to move deeper into the harbor where it's less lumpy. Very accomodating. $50 includes launch service and shore facilities. Not much going on in the quaint town.

A nice stop, 2014-09-16
Captain: , Boca Raton, Fl (639)

Very accomodating.
Be alert to any attempt to leave the fuel dock in a moderate SouthWesterly which will pin a sailboat broadside to the dock. The Captains experiance with the use spring lines and in insturcting the willing physical help of the fuel dock workers is required.

NBYC, very friendly staff, 2014-08-10
Captain: , Bristol Harbor (240)

NBYC offers transient moorings, fuel, water, etc. They typically have two launches running which are operated by very friendly staff.
An excellent club to visit, with lots of beautiful boats in the harbor.

There is not a lot of choices for dining out in town, but certainly enough for any cruiser wishing to stretch their legs in the village of Padanarum.

Nice stop, not a "destination" stop, 2013-09-01
Captain: , Marthas Vineyard (506)

The $50 mooring fee includes launch service and use of the NBYC facilities. Good service, and we had a nice dinner at the YC. Padanaram is a very very small village with few amenities -- the YC dominates the harbor. You can anchor with the permission of the harbormaster, but I think they would rather have you take a mooring. not sure there is any launch service other than the YC and they charge the same $50 for those who anchor. Didn't see a dingy dock, but there must be one somewhere. I think Tripp has moorings for less than the YC. As pleasant as the YC personnel were to us, this isn't really a transient harbor, but a decent overnight stop.

Top Notch Club, 2013-07-26
Captain: , Boston, Ma (161)

South Dartmouth is a good stop halfway between Sandwich and Newport. Had planned on making Cuttyhunk our stop but there was little to no wind so we took the shorter route to South Dartmouth. Easy in and out. Mooring for $50. Quiet town with a few local eateries, beautiful club house, brand new launch, great service. Appears to have a very active youth sailing program. Beautiful location. There were a pair of Osprey fishing the bay all day.

Incredibly Great Service, Above and Beyond, 2012-09-14
Captain: , Bridgeport, CT (559)

We came to the Club to get ice and to do laundry. There was some confusion as to having access to laundry facilities at the facililty next door. One staff member even offered to give me a ride in her car to the local landromat a mile away and the Club opened their library for us to borrow a book. We couldn't ask for more and plan to come back. I would give them 6 stars if it were an option. And, their ice is the clearest ice I've ever seen.

Great Club, Great facilities, Great People, 2011-09-06
Captain: , Padanaram, MA (259)

We are members - great club. Welcome other club members

Lovely spot for a quiet stop, 2011-09-05
Captain: , Stony Point, NY (852)

We came expecting to stay 2 nights on a mooring, but left because of an upcoming storm and anticipated high seas in Buzzards Bay and RI Sound. We were on a mooring far out, west of the breakwater, open to the wind and waves. Town is mostly closed down. The friendly launch driver told us not to expect much, so no surprise there. They had the largest clear - transparent - ice blocks I have ever seen. They kindly broke it in half so it could fit in our cooler.

Beautiful club...very poor service, 2011-08-14
Captain: , Padanaram ma (10)

My family and I stopped by the fuel dock on our way to the Vineyard hoping to fuel up and pick up needed provisions. Upon arrival I was immediately told that unless I was a member of the club I could not keep my vessel at the dock. I asked the attendant if he knew where I can dock for about an hour... his reply was "not here". I then tried calling port authority asked for a transit mooring or dockage... no luck there as well. The gentleman I spoke to said that he didn't think that there was any room available...when I asked if he would confirm he said "Im almost sure nothing is available". I then asked if he knew of any other sources where I can possibly dock for at least a half hour, his answer was "not sure". By the time I got off the phone with the port authority I was being confronted by dock management telling me to "get the hell off the dock"..."you don't belong here". What a classy guy. I was completely taken back by his approach yet I was hoping that he would be helpful in telling me where I could quickly dock and pick up needed provisions. His answer not surprising...was "I dont need to leave now". Wow, how unprofessional. My family and I could not believe how we where being treated.

Padanaram is a charming sailing community with beautiful views... and friendly people. It's unfortunate that same charm and beauty does not flow onto the staff of the yacht club. Its also unfortunate that the harbor does not offer services for vessels looking to make a quick stop. Needless to say we where happy to leave the twilight zone.

Nice club good service, 2011-08-11
Captain: , Byram, CT (708)

Would have rated it 5 stars but the harbor is open to the SE and moorings can be rough water in the wrong weather,

Nice bathrooms, clean showers

Wonderful Yacht Club, 2011-04-13
Captain: , Pilots Point (466)

Visited in 2008 and 2010 and enjoyed the place thoroughly, both the beautiful harbor and the handsopme YC. Club has a nautical charm which was emphasized when everyone came to attention for the lowering of the colors in the evening. Staff could not have been more helpful, on and off the water, and dinner service was excellent too. Great bar as well. Grab a cab and head to one of the too-much-delicious-food-to-eat Portuguese restaurants in New Bedford...Antonio's was a highlight of the trip. Whaling Museum another unexpected treat.

Local town is devestated / deserted, 2010-11-11
Captain: , Huntington, NY (2311)

2010: I don't entirely disagree with other reviews, the place is historic, the service very good, and there are other good things to say. But, this marina is a bit expensive when you factor in the $10 per person per trip launch fee or altenrative very long dinghi ride (the mooring field is huge), the place looks a little run down, and the town is not only bad, but worth avoiding.

I substracted two stars because of the town, it would have been one, but I subtracted two as the yacht club bar and resturant is closed two days a week, leaving you to go outside the marina for food into a neighborhood that is in terrible shape and mostly deserted. Clearly the local economy is devastated. My wife didn't feel safe walking the streets at sunset so we turned around when we got to the resturant and ate on our boat instead.

Add back a star if you don't need to go into town.

Unlike 2008 review (copied below), we now much prefer Cuttyhunk and their "raw bar" boat over visiting New Bedford now.

2008: This is a much better place to stop off between Martha's Vinyard and Newport, than Cuttyhunk was. It's a bit extra distance but the sail thru Buzzard's Bay is terrific and this Yacht Club was enjoyable to visit.

A Classic YC, 2009-09-01
Captain: , Apponaug R.I. (908)

Great dining, great staff. A classic restored wooden launch to fetch you. This a great stop.

NBYC--an awesome place, 2009-07-16
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (227)

Excellent facilities. Helpful and expert staff (especially the launch drivers). Dining facilities are excellent and reasonably priced. The harbor is peaceful and well-protected.

Friendly YC with excellent restaurant, 2008-08-25
Captain: , Charleston, SC (215)

We always enjoy it here. Friendly staff, prompt launch service, fuel and water at club dock. Pumpout call the harbormaster on VHF 09. Try to have a meal here, their specials are excellent. Take a cab to New Bedford, visit the whaling museum and bookstores there.

Nicely Done Yacht Club, 2007-04-27
Captain: , Newport, RI (249)

Club accepts transients for mooring - see for details. Great harbor to visit and dingy around. Nice club restaurant onsite. Small town area with easy walk to convenience store.

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