Details for West Palm Municipal Docks
Name

West Palm Municipal Docks
Position

Display in The Interactive Cruising Guidebook
Average rating 3.7 stars from 16 reviews

Address Clematis St. and Flagler Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL

Phone561-822-2222

After hours contact



Facility type

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

VHF channel



Web sitewww.palmbeachfl.com/listings/West-Palm-Beach-City-Docks/41158

Email contact



Owner, manager



Harbormaster



Dockmaster



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info



Payment discounts



Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:

Approach



Tide

3

Current

Moderate

Tide & current additional info



Depths

Approach: 9
Transient dockage: 7
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 37
Beam max: 4

Other info:

Slips

Transient: 36
Total: 36
Transient price: $0.00/ft (2016-02-27)

Other price info: Can't overnight, but you can dock from 5 am until midnight and shop - eat, walk around. No charge. Two large floating docks - brand new. Must check in with the dockmaster. You can't be on the dock past midnight, but you can ease off and drop a hook between the two. Onsite security.

Strong currents that cross dock so docking can be difficult. Floating docks but only one side the south dock has unlimited size. Main dock and one side the south dock have pilings that limit size of boat to about 25 foot. Boaters need to dock so that other boats can also have space to dock.

Jetty to the south reduces the problem with the current.

Note: Completely closed, even to dingies, the last half of March, due to the Palm Beach Boat Show.

Moorings

Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

No

Phone hookup (and pricing)

No

Water (and pricing)

No

Dinghy access

Yes

Liveaboard info



FuelGas: NOT AVAILABLE
Diesel: NOT AVAILABLE

Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:

Propane



Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Doggie drinking fountains and pick up bags all along the waterfront walk.

Disability access



Launch service

No

Pump out

No

Ice

No

Trash

Yes - Both trash and recycle on all three piers.

Showers

No

Heads

No

Laundry

No

Grocery

Yes - Publix is a few blocks away, but there is a free trolley.

Hardware



Restaurants

Yes - Many nearby, including Rocco's Taco's and Pizza Girls.

Bars

Yes - Nearby

Hotels or motels



Repair capabilities

Yes - Yacht Management - Nick Veselica (washes, mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, props) 219-588-9971. Harold Gomez - 954-937-6065, mechanical and logistics.

Haul out capabilities

No

Storage facilities



Fishing supplies



Chartering capabilities

No

Internet access

Yes - Strong cellular strength.

Boat ramp availability

No

Transportation

Yes - Free trolley though downtown - picks up at the base of the docks.

Other services



Attractions



Reviews for West Palm Municipal Docks
Great Spot to visit Downtown but watch currents, 2016-11-24
Captain: , Boca Raton, FL (995)

October 2016
I find it interesting that some comments refer to the docks like they are marina available. These are public docks for temporary docking while visiting downtown for entertainment or dining, not for permanent dockage. It's very irritating to try to get a boat into the docks now that there are some 12 boats anchored within 50 yards of the docks. With any luck, the city will figure out a way to require boats to anchor away from the docks and not abuse the wonderful thing that West Palm Beach has done for transient and local boaters to enjoy this wonderful downtown area.

Update..
The area is now being used by a large amount of sail boats that anchor inside the docking area and can cause congestion when trying to dock in the current. Would be nice if they would anchor on the east side of ICW and not take up those areas utilized by locals.
Floating docks in great condition. Very strong currents can make it hard to dock. Only one side of each of the North and South docks have docking ability for boats over 25 feet. The Center dock has no docking for boats over 25 feet. Security locks the gates at 1am but I have waited for people to return to my boat until 1:30 with no problem because they knew I was leaving. Gates just keep big things out and easy to go through.
Boats anchoring between the docks create a navigational hazard to those accessing the docks and because of the current.
Seeing more and more sails anchoring near the docks when they really should dock on the east side away from traffic to the docks.




larger boats need to look for an apropriate sized dock. or go to the south dock, 2016-07-14
Captain: , Key Largo (5330)

south dock is a pier, north dock has pileings largest are on the eastr end. you have to fit between pilings cept on the south dock.
no electric but limited water.



Now only two docks, 2016-02-27
Captain: , United States (2498)

Before I get to my review, please note that there are now only two docks. The former "north dock" has been permanently removed, making room for expansion of the megayacht slips at Palm Harbor Marina. This was disappointing for us, as the south dock is too shallow for us, and the main (formerly center) dock at the foot of Clematis Street has steel pilings outboard of the floats that make tying up larger vessels tricky (but not impossible nor prohibited as suggested by earlier comments).

Also note that, in addition to the Palm Beach Boat Show in March, the docks are now also unavailable during the weekend of the Palm Beach Regatta in February. The docks will be full of vintage boats on display during the Regatta.

The south dock, now the only unobstructed face dock, carries about 5-6' MLLW, the Clematis Street dock carries 8' MLLW. The pilings on both sides of the main dock and on the north side of the south dock are irregularly spaced; the longest span appears to be about 48'. The U-loops that ride up and down on the pilings are fendered with rubber bullnose. Docks have large cleats, also irregularly spaced.

We did not tie our trawler up here due to the aforementioned issues. But we've been using the docks for a week or so to tie up our dinghy while anchored east of the ICW. As noted by others, the docks are very convenient to the downtown restaurant district, and the system of free trolleys (actually three different routes) will take you to Publix, the Palm Beach Outlets, City Place, the train station (Tri-Rail and Amtrak( the Northwood district, and a host of other spots. Also there are "free ride" golf carts roaming downtown for those who may have difficulty walking the two dozen or so blocks.

I rate these docks five stars because WPB is a very cruiser-friendly place and the docks are well kept and convenient, not to mention free.

We enjoyed the vintage Regatta, the farmers' market, and free festivals right on the waterfront during our stay. Be forewarned: the festivals and music from the Meyer Amphitheater band shell can be loud and can go well into the wee hours on the weekends; we could hear it clearly from our anchorage down by the Royal Park Bridge.





Closed 12am-5am but..., 2016-01-27
Captain: , Hingham, MA (1068)

The sign reads closed 12am to 5am but we saw several boats on the docks that spent multiple nights. We spent one night on the dock due to the severe storms rolling through the area. The docks are very busy with people and boats.
Lock Everything and leave nothing out- we actually had people board our boat during the night while we were sleeping on it.
Be sure to lock your dinghy as well.
Public restrooms across the street (also a rain shelter for the homeless people); water faucets on the dock are locked (note: there are a couple that the lock has been broken off and can be used).



lots to do in West Palm Beach, 2015-02-04
Captain: , Newport RI (112)

We spent a few days in Palm Beach and we were struck by how great the town is for boaters. There is a free shuttle that will take you all over. There are plenty of fun places to eat and there is a Publix that's close to the water and convenient to the shuttle. There are three huge public docks and even though there are signs that say the docks are closed from midnight to 5am we saw a number of boats tied up,to the docks for several days. I was also able to find water spigots in a few spots along the docks but you have to look carefully and use a wrench to get them open as the handles are not on them. The view from the anchorage of the city is particularly beautiful at night. This is a great stop that doesn't get enough credit in the guides.




Closed during boat show, 2014-03-19
Captain: , Sherrard, il (62)

We dinghied down from peanut island anchorage eager to see west palm. we tied up at an inconspicuous spot on the beautiful south dock. after locking the dinghy, removing life jackets from children, and walking up to the sidewalk, we noticed a "docks closed" sign up by the street. the security guard who had watched us approach and tie up, but couldn't be inconvenienced to lift her gratuitous rear end out of her golf cart then pointed at the sign and stated "docks closed". I observed that maybe they should place the sign at the end of the dock where approaching boats could actually see it, to which she stated "I'm not gonna lug that sign way down there!". Walking back to our dinghy, we walked further down the dock to hail a trawler approaching to tie up as well. By this time, a worker up on the north dock brought a boat down to hollar at us that the docks are all closed in preparation for the boat show. I replied that we were leaving, and maybe they could put a sign on the end of the docks, as most boaters using the docks didn't arrive by land, at which point this individual thought it was a good idea to drop the f-word in front of my two 5 year olds. docks looked nice , but they do close them without any notice or warning on the city website.



Docks Closed Mar 7 to 28, 2014., 2014-03-07
Captain: , Killarney (174)

The docks are closed to boaters from Mar 7 to 28 due to a boat show. There will be a boater's dock just south of the municipal dock during the boat show, first come, first served...not sure how long you will be able to stay there.



Very Nice Docks, 2013-04-23
Captain: , lighthouse point (289)

A perfect location and beautiful docks. Its a bit of a walk to the local restraunts (across the bridge) but for the price worth a few days stopover.



BEST OF BOTH WORLDS!, 2013-04-07
Captain: , Colorado Springs CO (180)

We Anchored here for two nights. Good holding, beautiful views of the bridge, AND easy access to the free, clean, modern, floatiing dinghy docks for access to the Saturday Farmers' market. We walked across the bridge to Palm Beach and thoroughly enjoyed the free access to the scupture garden on the other side. The Promonade is second to none for walking and biking. I wish I knew how to label this as a green anchorage, but am computer handicapped. For others of you, the Wealth Management Offices of every international institution line the palm-lined boulevard leading from the bridge to the beach.



West Palm Beach Anchorage, 2013-02-13
Captain: , New Bern, NC (128)

Right next to the free public dock(s) there is a 7-10' anchorage that is great. Easy access to the public dock for your dinghy or even your boat with appropriate draft and you can stay on the dock until mid-night when you have to leave. Many restaurants, free concerts on Thursday nights. A nice stop over spot for a day!



Great docks for visiting WPB, 2012-12-21
Captain: , Oriental (321)

Underutilized nice, new docks right at the heart of West Palm Beach. We anchored 50 meters away by night and were able to dock up here by day for repairs.
Note: The nightlife is active here and you will hear lots of live music drifting in from the downtown area a few blocks away, especially Thurs - Sat.



Excellent spot to spend the day, 2012-11-25
Captain: , Marathon, FL (458)

Larger boats should dock at the southernmost pier on the south side of the dock to avoid the large pilings that extend outside of the pier on the north side. There is plenty of depth (10-12 ft) between the jetty and the pier to drop your hook at night. There is always some type of event happening on the weekend and they close some of the streets to allow easy walking through the venues.



Great stop, current less with new jetty, 2012-04-11
Captain: , Key Biscayne FL (3048)

I echo previous comments. This is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. We arrived early and took a spot on the south dock. There is a new rock jetty/basin just to the south, now under construction which makes the currents less difficult.

Depth at the end of the south dock was under 6' when we left at a minus 0.8' tide stage. Center and north dock may be deeper.

Take trolley or walk 4 blocks west to City Place for shopping and the full mall experience. Good breakfast spot 1 block west.

You Must call 561 822 2222 on arrival and leave contact info.



Great Stopping, 2011-10-25
Captain: , The World (214)

We had a great time. Arrived in the afternoon, did lunch, a movie and got a pizza pie for dinner.

The free trolley stops are all over (cityofwpb.com/trolley.htm)
Cuben place had a $5 lunch special.


Watch the current it really rips in this area, you will be pressed and flung, make sure your fenders and lines are good while your off.



City dock at West Palm Beach, 2011-02-20
Captain: , Clearwater FL (685)

Have to be off the dock by midnight. Location is great, many restaurants etc, and a place to walk the dog. Trolley to shopping. I saw 3 boats at anchor just south of the dock. Call 561-822-2222 for more info on docking.



Day docking only, 2010-03-14
Captain: , Palm Beach, FL (585)

These docks are for daytime use only and have no electric or water hookups. They're for shopping and dining downtown West Palm Beach.

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