Details for Portsmouth Yacht Club

Portsmouth Yacht Club

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Average rating 3.6 stars from 16 reviews

Address 76 Piscataqua Street, PO Box 189
New Castle, NH 03854


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - YES
Fuel - YES
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
Other info: Portsmouth Yacht Club welcomes transients and has diesel, gas, ice and water available at it's dock.


VHF channel

9 and 78


Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info

Portsmouth harbor has one of the strongest currents on the east coast.


Approach: 12
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: 12

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: $32 per night.


Transient: 10
Total: 10
Transient price: $32.00 (2010-07-24)

Other price info: There are two moorings in front of the club. More in Pepperill Cove. The pendants on the ones in front of the club are 8-10 foot, singles with multiply balls for floats. Launch service is provided to the yacht club.

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 - Water may be taken aboard when fueling.

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: Gas is available

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: Diesel is available


Yes - None at the club, but available in town.

Pets welcomeUnknown

Other pet info: Pets are welcome (leashed) but not in the clubhouse.

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - PYC has two launches which service Portsmouth Harbor and their moorings (including guest moorings).

Pump out


Yes - Block and Cube.


Yes - There is a big dumpster behind the clubhouse.


Yes - Showers are available for guests.


Yes - Full facilities.


No - There is no laundry.




Yes - No restaurant, but you can take the Trolly into town.


Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Guests may access the WIFI by asking staff for a key.

Boat ramp availability


Yes - The Portsmouth Trolley which services the Portsmouth Area makes a stop about one block from PYC every hour.

Other services


Reviews for Portsmouth Yacht Club
Convenient stop, 2015-09-04
Captain: , Rock Hall, MD (135)

PYC has great staff and good New England YC facilities. Town is a bit of a walk, but a pleasant one in good weather. Taxis are available. We were on a mooring in front of the club. Strong current - looked like 3 kts at least. So, getting on & off the launch was interesting. This is next to a thoroghfare, so expect wakes from traffic until dark. All in all a nice place to stray.

Good Stop & Good Fuel Prices, 2014-08-11
Captain: , Cincinnati, OH (290)

We stayed on one of the transient moorings in front of the club for 3 nights. Staff is friendly and helpful; showers clean. Agree with a previous reviewer that the time the launch stops is a little early, but if we were going to be out later, used the dingy.

Location is subject to a lot of wakes, as you are on the main channel and the PYC seems to be a popular fuel dock. But calms down by early evening.

Town is about a $10 cab ride. Fort and lighthouse are about a 10-15 walk, and the lighthouse has a well done set of presentations by volunteers on Sunday Afternoon. Plenty to see and do downtown.

Very rocky mooring in Kittery Cove, 2014-07-16
Captain: , Ruskin Florida (702)

We stayed 9 day. We left the boat here and only spent two nights on board. The moorings in Kittery side of the river are open to the Atlantic and are very rocky. Staff very nice and the launch was convenient. There are a couple of transient moorings in front of the PYC... I'd try there next time. Cost $32. and $25 for over 7 days.

Nice but long taxi ride to civilization, 2013-06-23
Captain: , Portsmouth, NH (279)

PYC moorings are ok, good staff, good services, but you're quite a way from good restaurants and night life. The 3 star rating is based only on location... it would get a bunch more stars if it were closer to State Street.

Moorings at Portsmouth Yacht Club, 2012-09-27
Captain: , Annapolis (264)

Call Portsmouth Yacht Club for a mooring at Kittery Point. There are 5 mooring balls (white with blue stripe) marked PYC. They are in a diagonal line towards the end of the mooring field near the fort. There is a strong current in the mooring field and it's exposed to the South. Cost was $32.

Good stop along the way North & Soiuth, 2012-08-28
Captain: , Annapolis (431)

If you are looking to break up the long push, Pepperill Cove works.
Stayed there on the trip North & again going South. Rolly, with little to offer onshore. A good launch, with showers.

Their last launch back is VERY early....difficult to have dinner in Portsmouth!, 2012-08-24
Captain: , Baltimore (10)

Stayed at a mooring in Pepperell Cove for $32, and planned to meet friends in Portsmouth for dinner (being there is no restaurant close by or at the PYC). Disappointed with the timing of the last launch back: 7:45 pm! Next time, will request a mooring right there at the Portsmouth Yacht Club mooring field so as to use our own dinghy to get back and forth to their dock independently.

Great place, great town, LOOKOUT FOR HARBOR PATROL, 2012-07-19
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (2982)

Excellent launch service comes with your $32 mooring ball, clean showers, reasonable fuel prices, VERY friendly people, BUT the review about the Harbor Patrol frequently ticketing dinghy operators is spot on (I didn't get a ticket, but the staff at the YC confirmed that they are real jerks, and like to write tickets for failing to have a NH Approved Safety Operators Certificate.)

Great stop in location with few options, 2012-07-19
Captain: , Macatawa Michigan (1074)

Loved the folks here and Portsmouth is a fun town. Support all the other reviews except to add that one reason we rocked and rolled (constantly until darkness desended) was all the high speed boat wakes. A little surprised this area is not a no wake zone with the large number of moored and docked boats. Tide against wind (and tide alone) was impressive, however. Limiit for the mooring balls is 50' -- in front of club (2). No restaurant in the Club or nearby, have to take cab into town but short 3 mile ride. Max high tide does not coincide with slack current here but we came in at max high tide and did not have a problem picking up the 8-10' pendant. Slack current was about 1 hour after max high tide (current/tide app).

Great facility, 2012-04-09
Captain: , salem ma (379)

Good prices on moorings, ice and fuel. Convenient place to stop on te way north or south. The moorings in the river have swift current while the mooring at Pepperell cove can be bouncy.

Good stop., 2011-07-01
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1290)

Good location, decent price $32, friendly staff, good launch service,moderate fuel prices interesting sites downtown, but very strong curents.

Easy in and out but rolly, 2011-02-02
Captain: , Boston (610)

Spent one night here on a PYC mooring in Peperell Cove. Good launch service, 10 minute taxi to downtown Portsmouth, but it was a rolly night with oppositional influences from boat wakes, river current, and S/SE wind and seas.

Best spot in town, 2010-07-24
Captain: , Key Biscayne FL (3048)

PYC is a lovely spot and the staff is great. Launches will picl you up from the moorings. Larger boats (48') must stay in front of the club where it can feel like you are under way at the mooring. Currents are fierce. Even getting off the boat onthe launch can be hard at max current. Smaller boats can stay across the bay off Kittery point which is much calmer.

Go across to Kittery by dinghy and up Chancey Cr. to the Chauncy Lobster Pier for a great lobster dinner in the rough. BYOB.

Portsmith YC, 2009-06-05
Captain: , Fredericton, NB, CAN (477)

We stayed two nights. Both the mooring in front of the club and accross the way were pretty bouncy. Nice little club, friendly and helpful. No ammenities close by but one of the members drove me to get propane and another drove me to West Marine to get parts.

Free wifi - sometime available on the mooring. Morrings are now $32 a night. Launch service from 0800 to 2000

Portsmouth Yacht Club - Sept 2007, 2007-09-09
Captain: , Georgetown, Maine (144)

Only two transient moorings on west side of river - reserved for 50 footers. Moorings on east side of river formerly belonging to Pepperl Cove YC are on outside of cove - very lumpy in S/SW winds/swells. $30 for the night.

Great service, 2007-04-13
Captain: , Portsmouth NH (57)

This is the only place to get fuel in Portsmouth Harbor, and they are friendly and courteous. They have numerous guest moorings in front of the club and across the harbor in Pepperell cove. Their website is

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