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Biddeford Pool Yacht Club

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17 Yates Street
Biddeford Pool, ME 04006
43° 26' 46.9'', -70° 21' 21.99''
2072820485
VHF Ch. 68
$45/night
biddefordpoolyachtclub.org
Saco River at Camp Ellis
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Fuel
Last Updated: Jul 15, 2023 5:07PM

Diesel $7.00

Gas Regular $6.50

Awards


Boaters Choice 2018Boaters Choice 2019Boaters Choice 2020Boaters Choice Elite Fleet 2021Boaters Choice Elite Fleet 2022Boaters Choice Elite Fleet 2023

About


The Biddeford Pool Yacht Club is not a marina. We are a private Yacht Club that welcomes transient boaters to use our facilities for a nominal fee. We do not have slip space available. Our guest moorings are located in Wood Island Harbor, outside of the Pool. When it blows hard from the North or East the anchorage can become quite uncomfortable.

Moorings are $45 per weeknight and $55 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday up to 4 nights. If you'd like to stay longer than 4 nights, the rate doubles for each night you book thereafter. Maximum stay is 7 nights.

For over 80 years, members have gathered at the club for sailing, racing and our annual Chowder Luncheon. We offer sailing lessons to members and non-members alike. BPYC also works with the Fisherman's Association to share our waterfront and keep the local fishing tradition alive. We're open to new members and encourage boaters with a connection to the Biddeford community to apply. Additionally, there is a small local grocery store within walking distance of the club for those that need provisions.

Berth Capacity


Moorings:5

Approach


The moorings are just past Can #8 as you enter Wood Island Harbor. Please hail BPYC on channel 68 and we will direct you to your mooring.
Minimum Approach Depth:8.0 Feet
Minimum Channel Depth:10.0 Feet
Mean Low Water Dock Depth:8.0 Feet

Services & Amenities

Last Updated: Jan 22, 2024

Fuel Dock:Yes
Gas:Yes
Diesel:Yes
Moorings:Yes
Anchorage:Yes
Water Hookup:Yes
Transient Storage:Yes
Long Term Storage:Yes
Water Taxi:Within 5 Miles
Wi-Fi:Yes
Restrooms:Yes
Showers:Yes
Trash:Yes
Boat Ramp:Yes
Captains Lounge:Yes
Groceries:Within 5 Miles
Beach:Within 5 Miles
Pet Friendly:Yes
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Always a pleasure to visit BPYC. Been going there 30 + years.

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Nice place, convenient friendly. Yes, the outer moorings are a bit rolly.

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It's so beautiful at BP. You can take the launch ashore and walk through the Audubon park...it's amazing

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Great place, excellent response on Channel 71, a restaurant and a nice walking loop around the point.

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Great staff, very confident about the quality of the mooring.

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The location was ideal and the staff were friendly and helpful. We loved it so much we extended our stay !

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Good place - moorings well located for easy access, nice staff. Club accommodations fine, not stellar. Goldwaite's Store nearby - a gem. Lovely area to have a walkabout. Will definitely use again. Brud Weger - J/35 Mad Benwyc - 7' draft- Kittery Point Yacht Club

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I enjoy my stays at Biddeford Pool. I like the scenery, the BPYC staff are always helpful and friendly, and Goldthwaite’s market and restaurant is super convenient.

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Very accommodating - responded to mooring request quickly on VHF and directed us to it. Launch was available to take you to town, really nice launch captain, very personable and certainly aimed to provide reliable and quick service. Operated until 7:45pm. One gift shop and one grocery/deli in town. Beautiful homes and really nice people, very inviting. Will go back.

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Very friendly people, beautiful place, fun to watch the Optis sail

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Lovely protected spot inside the Pool. Very friendly staff

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BBYC is a true gem. Down to earth friendly club with nice facilities and responsive launches. The store has changed but that is independent of the club. Bring what you need, as $5.00 for a Blue Bunny ice cream sandwich is way to much. We stayed in the inner harbor. No problem with swing room or 5 ft draw. Thank you Thank you courtesy.

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Great launch service. Calm anchorage.

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Great stop on our way back from our Maine cruise. The launch drivers were very courteous! Had lobster dinner at Goldthwaite's and enjoyed the beautiful sunset!

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Nice and accommodating

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Great service, beautiful place.

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Wonderful as always.

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Wonderful! The staff, club facilities and harbor are among the finest in Maine. Thank you.

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we had trouble with the mooring as the line was to short to get into chalk and have the loop cleated. we were assigned to a different mooring. People should be prepared to bridle the mooring loop.

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What a unique place! Loved the scenery. Staff was helpful. Wifi was nonexistent, even inside the building. Facilities were clean.

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Calm, peaceful night. Nice people. Friendly club with launch service and a shower. Fuel available at slack tide.

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Nice yacht club, friendly people, great location. Small grocery store/restaurant//deli, within walking distance. We biked around the area, the tidal pools on the gulf side were beautiful, and nice to swim in.

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Beautiful place with very nice people. Fast current and large tidal swings limit available services.

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Great location,, super friendly members and staff

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Very friendly ans responsive.

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Very nice to get on a mooring between Portsmouth and Portland - the mooring field is in wood island harbor- it’s gets a lot of swell from the ocean- but very welcome to pull over and take a break for a night. The staff of the yaght club is very professional and helpful

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During our stay we had mostly calm conditions. One evening we had a bit of a swell, but it was manageable. We loved the launch service!

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We spend the week of the 4th every year here. Great location and a terrific staff! O’K Livin’

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Great stopover location with launch. Easy in and out.

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Excellent mooring, really friendly knowledgeable club officials. Nothing was too much trouble .

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Nice people! Beautiful stay

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John is just a good classic Mainer. Nice, no frills classic Maine, highly recommend!

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Nice stay on the mooring ball. Launch operates 8:15 to 4:30. Small village.

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Gem of a spot! Beautiful area, charming club and great local food.

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Very good launch service.

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Nice harbor, not great mooring. In channel to much current, mooring Ball rubbed against topside causing damage. I should have been warned/i formed about this location. Mooring Ball 83.

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Always a great time at the pool. The staff is very helpful and attentive to whatever you need. Our favorite stop along the coast of Maine.

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Launch driver Pat very friendly.

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Helpful staff; great mooring

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We stayed at Bidderford going east and again on our return. It's a great little club, excellent launch service etc. It gets busy on weekends. The first mooring we tried had a pendant too short and couldn't reach the bow. The launch operator found us a members mooring and it all worked out good.

Marina Response:
Thanks so much for visiting Biddeford Pool. We appreciate the great review and look forward to seeing you again!
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Great staff, friendly and helpful.

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We really enjoyed our stay in Biddeford Pool! Nice place to enjoy for a couple of days. All of the crew at the Yacht Club were very friendly and accommodating! Plan to stop again

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Perfect in every way!

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A gorgeous location with an exceptionally welcoming staff. We will definitely be back.

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We met Mike on our arrival, very welcoming and helpful. Because we had been here before, we knew the “lay of the land” but after chatting, he was good enough to get us a great mooring and a launch ride to and from the market for dinner. Always a relaxing peaceful night here! (Also met John who was equally friendly)

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I forgot my cellphone at the restaurant and the launch driver volunteered to go to the restaurant, retrieve the phone and deliver it to the boat Now that's service above and beyond the call!

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Thank you for the mooring and good service. You have a great location on the way down east.

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Quick Stop Friendly place with good moorings

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Staff and location were excellent. Loved the walk through town and the preserve. Rivaled the Cliff Walk in Newport.

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Fantastic stay. BPYC employees welcomed us with open arms and gave us the lay of the land and where to explore

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Updated 8/17/2021 This was the third time we’ve stayed at Biddeford Pool. We got good directions to our mooring and the launch service stopped by to see if we needed anything. E didn’t go ashore and planned to just leave early the next morning. The stay was quiet and restful. Couldn’t ask for more. 2019 original review: We got good, simple directions to find our mooring when I called by VHF on approach. Launch service was always quick and efficient. The whole stay went smoothly Took a nice walk in town. Being in season, there were lots of people around patronizing the gift shop and general store.

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Biddeford Pool just became one of my favorite's ! Beautiful Spot

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Very helpful! They came out to meet us and directed us to our mooring ball. The tender service was very prompt. They also monitored the vhf constantly.

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Friendly staff and quiet harbor. Thank you!

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Great staff and very picturesque… watch the current

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Convenient location for a stopover between Casco Bay and Portsmouth. I had the outermost mooring and it was quite rolly all night, even though seas offshore were only 2-3'. Any weather from the north will likely be very uncomfortable. Didnt get to shore though they do offer a launch.

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Staff were friendly and helpful!

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Nice people, beautiful setting.

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This is a great spot and BPYC has always been very helpful. As a others have mentioned, the weather can negatively impact the mooring field if winds are NE. We experienced exactly that during the 4th of July weekend of 2021 when winds from the NE started increasing at around 0200 with eventual gusts to 30-which was higher than forecast. Conditions in the mooring field were very bad. Not respecting the forecast was our error, but if you avoid a NE wind pattern, we can highly recommend a stop.

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It’s a rolly spot, otherwise it would be a 5. The BPYC staff are super nice and accommodating, and the store is great. I’ll be back I’m sure.

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Great spot. Very accommodating staff.

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nice anchorage, mooring was in good shape and easy dinghy ride in to shore. It is a very quiet area, especially after labor day when the general is closed for the season. That said, the yacht club was super responsive. The facilities were closed due to covid so i cant speak to that.

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Safe harbor to take refuge from some rough weather.

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They wouldn’t take transients in launch or let us use showers. Zero amenities but full price which is more than any other moorings around here. When we called to ask for a mooring they never mentioned that they weren’t fully operational. They said it was stated on Dockwa but it was nowhere on registration form, which is all I saw. Not impressed with BPYC or Dockwa. Also the moorings are so far out it was extremely rolling. Not a good night. I understand the need for Covid restrictions and why showers might not be open but a launch with masks and hand sanitizer seems doable. But the biggest thing is to tell people before they book. Anchorage there is actually better than mooring if you get nothing with it. You can get closer to land to take dog ashore without a motor.

Marina Response:
The Biddeford Pool Yacht Club is a private Yacht Club who allows transients, guest privileges for a nominal fee. During these trying times we have made changes to our guest policies in an attempt to keep our community safe and secure. These policies are clearly posted on our Dockwa profile and our web site. If you called the club and were not told of the policy changes for this season, that was a mistake and we apologize. However we will not apologize for being cautious and taking the necessary steps to protect our members, staff, transient guests and our community.
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Good sheltered area.

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As always a nice harbor to relax in. Some of the best sunsets and sunrises on the east coast

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I assumed that my mooring would be in “The Pool”. In fact, I was placed in the outer harbor, totally exposed and very uncomfortable. The advertising in Dockwa was misleading. No where was this even suggested as a possibility.

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Nice mooring and good stop off point going Downeast

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Josh was very helpful on the phone. The mooring was easy to find. Understandably no services are available at this time due to COVID but transients are allowed to come ashore. Masks are required per governors orders.

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Very peaceful night on the mooring ball. We draw 6ft and had no problems with depth. We dingied to yacht club and bought a nice steak at the town store. Cooked out and were able to get a quick start the next am. Recommend

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Even though the mooring field is on the outside, the field is quiet and comfortable. Great launch service, friendly and professional staff. The local store has everything, including a superb fish market. Sorry I forgot the Hingham YC burgee for exchange.

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Great stop. Quiet little town with one restaurant general store, Goldthwaites. Nice provisions and Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Moorings and anchorage available.

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Absolutely gorgeous! A great place to stay on way to Maine. Bittleford Yacht Club very accommodating and courteous.

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We had a wonderful stay. The yacht club is small but amenities are clean. A really good general store and restaurant is walking distance from the club. Not much else in the way of shopping out there and it is a good drive into town (10 miles). Tender was very responsive and they run two tenders on busy afternoons.

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Great stay, friendly staff, facilities were nice and clean. Highly recommended. I’ll more than likely stop again next year.

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Arrived at 7:20 pm with mooring reservation. Tried to hail the club multiple times on arrival (7:20pm), with no response. Club was empty and no idea where our mooring was, plus getting dark. Narrow inlet, rocky harbor and strong currents. Instead of an apology, got a tongue-lashing for being on their dock. I received a subsequent apology, which was much appreciated. I agree with all the other reviews-- hope to go back sometimes. Fabulous location.

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Great grocery and restaurant Pool Lobster F. O. Goldthwaites. Restock the wine racks with a great retail selection.

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All good, great launch people. Will be back for sure.

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Great spot. Will come back.

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They couldn't find our reservation and had it for the following night. They called the manager and straightened it out.

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Excellent. Launch drivers very helpful. Harbor beautiful

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