Ipswich Bay Yacht Club is a private club founded in 1940 and located in Ipswich, MA on Plum Island Sound. Transient moorings are available to guests. The facilities consist of the club house with a dining area and a waterfront area with a large floating dock. These facilities are for the exclusive use of members and guests, however we have guest moorings for cruisers desiring to visit the area. Launch service is available every day between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Fuel, both gas and diesel are available to the public.
Very well run. Staff is very accommodating and friendly. Launch wait is always short even on busy days.
Dock people and launch driver were very courteous but busy. No real information for transient cruisers (shower location, whether you are nor are not welcome for club meals, dinghy dock, etc.). Something in the email confirming the reservations describing these kinds of things would be appreciated and would allow you to leave the staff alone. Also, no one said anything about how to get back to dock in the evening (card lock I later discovered) so I had to hunt down someone in the dining room who called down to the dock house for me. I was then told I could have obtained an electronic card for a $40 deposit but that is not very helpful either unless you are leaving when they are around and you don't mind another trip to the dock just to swap cards for deposit. I think they could come up with a better system there. The bathroom and shower are separate and pretty dated but clean and in good working order. The shower room was a bit claustrophobic - definitely one at a time! Overall, a very beautiful and pleasant stay. If sailing, you HAVE TO come in only at high tide -- some very shallow spots even at full high -- another hour either side and a 5 foot draft would be skidding or worse.
The crew managing the dock and launch we're friendly and professional.
Albeit a qucik stay with less than stellar conditions - once again we were made to feel welcome and a part of the IBYC family. Thanks Tom!
Great Group of launch boat operators and dock hands. I would highly recommend this to my fellow boaters.