Port Jefferson Launch & Water Taxi

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Port Jefferson Harborwalk
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
40° 56' 47.95'', -73° 4' 19.45''
631-796-4462
VHF Ch. 68
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Port Jefferson
Port Jefferson Launch & Water Taxi
Port Jefferson Launch & Water Taxi
Port Jefferson Launch & Water Taxi
Port Jefferson Launch & Water Taxi
Port Jefferson Launch & Water Taxi
Rain until tomorrow morning, starting again tomorrow evening.
57℉SSE at 9 knots
High02:58AM6.111ft
Low08:55AM1.226ft
High03:05PM6.609ft
Low09:34PM0.761ft
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Serving the local community since 1996. Our licensed captains along with fully insured and drug tested crews guarantee your safety and comfort. All of our well maintained passenger vessels are United States Coast Guard inspected. We will pick up at your boat or bring people to your boat. We will drop off at our transient dock. We will deliver ice, food, drinks or anything you want to your boat. Better than taking your dinghy in to town. You don’t have to worry about navigating at night in your 10′ dinghy. Enjoy cocktails and dinner and we will drive you back to the boat. Passengers can dress for the evening and not have to worry about getting wet.

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Moorings:19

Services & Amenities

Last Updated: Apr 07, 2020

Moorings:Yes
Water Taxi:Yes
Restrooms:Yes
Showers:Yes
Laundry:Yes
Ice:Yes
Medical Facility:Nearby
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There were no showers. The launch driver was kind enough to check on this for us. But, apparently, the Harbormaster shut them down. Both launch drivers were very courteous and helpful.

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Mooring was close to town and Launch drivers were super nice. Service was great.

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Convenient, easy and Zach is the best!!!

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Easy mooring a little tight but they can hold big boats without a problem. Quick launch into cute town. Will be back.

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Very responsive personnel. Good heavy moorings. Convenient to town.

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We were assigned to a 500 pound mooring in a very close quarters mooring field. Based on the weight of our boat, we did not consider it a safe situation, so we decided not to use the mooring and continued further down Long Island Sound.

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Great town, great launch service

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Clearly marked buoy and friendly staff, perfect. Alex / Serenity

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Nice mooring field, great launch service. No complaints about us running our diesel generator ( we don’t have 12v refrigerator or freezer)

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We were disappointed to find the showers locked after being assured that the are open by the launch operator. We also called the town & mooring provider who also confirmed that they were open prior to making our reservation. He gave us the access code that indeed did work, but the door was also locked with a deadbolt. The launch operator does not have the key, & was not able to find someone to open the building for us. It was discouraging to see a sign on the building that states it is open 8-8 during the season. We were there at six. The launch operator was very polite, & apologized for the inconvenience.

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The launch was quick and easy.

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Great stay. Launch operator was fantastic and friendly

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There is no bathroom or shower facility. It closed for Covid and hasn’t really-opened. Ferry traffic and a loud power plant. Launch service does run till midnight

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Efficient launch. Nice stay on a mooring ball.

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Nice moorings, nice launch and drivers, great town. Only negative is that they have not yet opened the showers and laundry. Cruisers like showers and laundry services.

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Great launch service. Zac was super nice. Music was a little annoying.

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Great mooring and tackle for heavy boat. We enjoyed breakfast at Toast. Chris the launch driver was courteous and prompt. Bring you VHF with you to call the launch to pick you up at the dock. Others have written about ferry and bar noise, but know that it was quiet at night.

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Great town. Launch service very prompt and courteous.

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Great spot for a relaxing weekend.

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Great place and nice mooring operation. Launch was quick and Becky was professional and friendly. Only objection was moorings too close together. It was early in the season so field was fairly empty, but if this was a crowded summer weekend, we would have been close! As it were, we were swinging into other mooring balls. Thanks for a nice stay-we will be back (on week days!).

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Good people. Good service. Always a bargain. Everything as expected. Well done as usual.

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Wind much exceeding the forecast made us seek harbor in Port Jeff. Grabbed a mooring (red = up to 500lbs). The moorings are close to town but in very close proximity to each other. The north wind had kicked up to 20+ and blew all night creating a good chop in the harbor, plus the ferry wakes all night tossing us around in the bunk. Cast off early the following morning and shadowed the ferry to Bridgeport in 4-6ft seas. The ferry created a good lee and smoothed out the seas. She runs around 16kts so you have to be quick.

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The launch driver was very helpful getting us securely on our mooring,

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La Vie Dansante is a Sailing Catamaran - 44' X 25' X 4' Port Jeff is a different place than we've ever stayed. Transient moorings are in a nice location, right near the town landings. There is no dinghy dock, so the way you get to shore and back is on the launch. You give them a call on VHF 68 and they get there within 10 or 15 minutes. If you take the launch, here are some tips. 1) Take your handheld VHF to town with you. The nice and funny guys who operate the launch don't answer the phone much, but they're responsive on channel 68. 2) If you come in after the launch stops servicing for the night, they told us it's OK to tie up your dinghy on their dock, to the right of the coal barges on the west side of the harbor. It'll be the dock with the green water taxi on it. Port Jeff is a pretty cool little town that services the surrounding high end residential community. Get up early one day (the launch starts service at 7:00 am) and get to Toast for breakfast. You're welcome.

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The guidebook said there were showers. If there were, the launch driver could not tell us where. Also, the mooring was near a power plant where oil tankers were pumping fuel into the facility all night. Loudly. Busy location some like that. Not me.

Marina Response:
Sorry about the showers but they are in the Town facilities and they are shut down due to Covid 19. As for the fuel barges that is out of my control. Sorry you didn't enjoy your stay.
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PJL always does a great job. Waits for pickups are short, the launches are well maintained, and the crew are competent and friendly. We had dinner at Danforths, outside on the deck, and it was very nice and the wait to get a table was reasonable.

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I had to call on vhf to confirm my Dockwa reservation was accepted (only made it 1 hour earlier). Otherwise no issues and the shuttle was fast, efficient, and friendly.

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They knew my reservation, launched us to the dock and brought us back to our boat. Perfect

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Excellent communication for late night arrival

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It was a great day, the reservation through Dockwa was perfect. We’ll be back!

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Easy launch service, very friendly staff. Thank you!

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Excellent mooring. Prompt and courteous launch service. Very adequate shower room at Harbormaster building. Get combo from launch operator. Expect noise and wake from ferries, but gets quiet late in the evening. Enjoyed a great dinner at The Fifth Season restaurant. Only complaints are that launch service ended at 2000 (in October) and there is no town dinghy dock. Surreptitiously docked at a marina hoping that my dink wouldn’t get impounded. Mitch Gilbert, s/v Pleiades, Westbrook, CT

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Zach the launch driver was great, I forgot my phone so he agreeed to pick me up at a given time, and also helped me get ice. Very prompt on his pick ups. On the other hand the fuel dock at Danforths left much to be desired. The dock hand was awesome however the price you pay for fuel you would expect that there would be no nails sticking out of piling sand that their fenders would have been deployed right to keep you from banging into dock.

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We had a wonderful time and all of your staff were great. We will be back.

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Very able and accommodating launch service - a very nice stay

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Great service on the taxi and the mooring field is well laid out with easy in and out access to the canal. Only drawback and it isn't their fault is the ferry horns and the plant noises but you can't do anything about it so soon it becomes background noise and not so bothersome.

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Facilities are far from the drop-off dock which is right next to the ferry dock. The launch service only runs until 10pm on weekdays even on July 3rd before the holiday.

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I believe having two facilities in one location with the same name is very confusing. I thought I was making a reservation at the Port Jeff yacht club but found out I made it at the Port Jeff launch and water taxi facility. I believe this should be better explained since I was not the only boat in my group that did not wind up at the facility they intended to be at.

Marina Response:
I agree with you sloopquest. The Port Jeff Launch service has been around for as long as I can remember. It was only about 3 years ago that the Setauket Yacht club changed there name to the Port Jeff Yacht club and it has been very confusing. I do hope you had a good stay with us. If we can be of any help let us know. Pete
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Great service, very reasonably priced. Very quick launch service. We love Port Jeff.

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Easy booking and Jim came out on the launch to help find the right mooring. Lots of easy walking in the town and the launch is readily available until 6pm to help you get back and forth.

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Great place to stay, wonderful town. The launch people here were so helpful and courteous. Prompt launch. Free. Good shower facility. And conveniently located. We will be back!

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