Port Jefferson Launch & Water Taxi

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$65 - $85

Day Trip
Not Offered
Port Jefferson Harborwalk
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Check-in after 01:00 PM
Check-out before 11:00 AM
VHF 68

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102 Reviews

by Carllene H. - Verified user on Oct 12, 2023
The only issue difficulty finding a place to park the dinghy.

by Gary G. - Verified user on Oct 09, 2023
Great place... great food & music

by Jeff D. - Verified user on Oct 05, 2023
Good moorings with good tackle. Launch was clean and prompt. The launch captain was pleasant and courteous.

by Andrew P. - Verified user on Sep 18, 2023
Bought the boat in PJ 7 years ago, nice to return to an area we are familiar with and to meet old friends.

by Cindy R. on Sep 17, 2023
These mooring balls have plenty of swing room for our 54’ boat - not sure how many they have for our size boat. The ball has 2 mooring eyes which make the process of hooking up to it simpler than just the 1 eye set-ups. The fee includes the water taxi so we like to take that into the cute town. The ferry boats run often, but we did not experience any wake from them. Winds were light when we were there so we had a very calm night.

by Nelson G. - Verified user on Sep 14, 2023
Excellent service. Launchpad was there at the time we needed. Crew was friendly.

by raymond m. on Sep 06, 2023
Great prices for a mooring. But no dinghy dock. The launch service can take 10 minutes to arrive. We use our dinghy. But there isn’t a dock to tie up.

by Frederick Q. - Verified user on Sep 05, 2023
Friendly & prompt service.

by Bill N. - Verified user on Sep 05, 2023
We love using Port Launch. They do a great job!

by noah c. - Verified user on Sep 04, 2023
Nice operation. Flexible cancellation policy is a big plus. Launch was prompt and included in price. The field is close to the pier which is convenient but as a result a lot of wakes from inconsiderate boats and the ferry.

by Stacy A. - Verified user on Sep 03, 2023
Great place to visit.

by Paul D. - Verified user on Sep 03, 2023
Accommodated is with a late evening request and directed us to mooring in the dark. Thanks!

by Laura L. - Verified user on Sep 02, 2023
Great mooring, lovely harbor. Gorgeous sunset

by Wenda R. - Verified user on Aug 31, 2023
Great launch service. Laundry good. No hot water in showers

by Mark H. - Verified user on Aug 30, 2023
Quiet and calm. Very nice down.

by Bob P. - Verified user on Aug 27, 2023
Pretty harbor. No buoy on short mooring pennant. Mooring ball completely underwater at high tide. Danfords Hotel and Marina apparently manage moorings, but they act like they don’t and discourage use of marina itself (e.g. dingy dock, bathrooms, showers, etc.) Prompt free town launch service. Town super crowded on Saturday night with huge ferry crowds from Bridgeport, CT.
Marina Response:
Hi Bob, Sorry the stay wasn't better for you. Once in a while the mooring will get tangled up on itself and will pull the ball under. It's a quick fix. Danford's has nothing to do with the moorings, we are a privately run company. We could have gotten you into the Town bathrooms and showers. I am glad to hear or launch was prompt that I can control. Port Jeff is a popular destination in the summer so weekends are crowded. Hopefully you will come back and give us another chance to make things right. Thanks, Pete

by Corbin K. - Verified user on Aug 20, 2023
Calm, quiet night’s rest

by Doug T. - Verified user on Aug 19, 2023
Nice place to visit. The outer harbor is scenic, and the inner harbor more industrial. The folks running the launch and moorings were easy to work with and the price was reasonable. The town has lots of sights and restaurants convenient to walking.

by Carter B. - Verified user on Aug 19, 2023
Exactly as advertised, well-maintained moorings. Helpful prompt directions via VHF 68 once I was in the harbor. Bridles were too short for my vessel so I just used my own mooring lines as extensions. This is a working port so don't expect a scenic retreat; the ferry to Bridgeport announces its departure with a long blast and three shorter ones to indicate astern propulsion. If this doesn't wake you from your afternoon nap, nothing will. But it's a practical stop, particularly in a southerly blow or if you need to get the LIRR train to NYC.

by Joseph K. - Verified user on Aug 19, 2023
Quick confirmation and great launch services.

by Michael A. - Verified user on Aug 17, 2023
Very convenient. Launch service is terrific. Friendly. The harbor can be a little loud but not related to the mooring service.

by Tricia S. - Verified user on Aug 15, 2023
The launch operators are friendly and helpful. Only 4 stars because the mooring field is super noisy, which is beyond the launch drivers’ control.

by Stefan m. - Verified user on Aug 13, 2023
Pt. Jeff. Launch service is first rate, quick, attentive and very professional. Recommend Pt. Jeff launch service to anyone thinking of spending a few days at Pt. Jeff.

by Richard A. - Verified user on Aug 12, 2023
The harbormaster accommodated my request for a mooring on short notice.

by John P. - Verified user on Aug 11, 2023
Great launch service and time of operation. Nice the cost was included in the mooring fee which was reasonable considering.

by Jayne L. - Verified user on Aug 10, 2023
Awesome Crew - We've been members for many years & have always had GREAT Service!

by Joseph W. - Verified user on Aug 06, 2023
Stayed here as Port Jefferson Yacht Club was full it was flawless and launch service is good. A great alternative.

by Jose C. - Verified user on Aug 06, 2023
Great stay. Launch operator was fantastic and friendly

by Steven P. - Verified user on Aug 04, 2023
Great stop and excellent launch

by Nicholas R. - Verified user on Jul 29, 2023
Launch staff is great! If you go into town, check out Barito Tacos!

by Mia B. - Verified user on Jul 28, 2023
Every summer we stop at PJ Launch Mooring field on our way north. Love the service there. Launch guys are super friendly, mooring are close to town and very well kept and you get lots of privacy.

by George B. - Verified user on Jul 28, 2023
Easy to negotiate mooribg field. Quick service.

by John E. - Verified user on Jul 25, 2023
A nice mooring as moorings go. The pickup and tack;le were clean and appear to be well maintained. That being said, $65 is a lot of money for one night..

by Jorge M. - Verified user on Jul 23, 2023
Prompt and courteous!

by Charles C. - Verified user on Jul 23, 2023
Outstanding in all respects, most notably the politeness and professionalism of staff.

by Douglas - Verified user on Jul 22, 2023
Convenient location to town. Launch never took more than 3 minutes to show up. Very professional staff. The spot is a bit industrial so expect noises from the ferry and commercial areas.

by Richard P. - Verified user on Jul 12, 2023
It was Great. Everything went well

by Mark G. - Verified user on Jul 11, 2023
Easy in, easy out, great launch service, friendly people!

by Volod S. - Verified user on Jul 07, 2023
Good launch service. Shower available till 4pm

by Daniel O. - Verified user on Jul 06, 2023
They new we were coming and directed me to the ball.

by Jan T. - Verified user on Jul 04, 2023
WONDERFUL!!! Great Launch service & staff! Especially fun small town parade honoring local Fire Departments!!!

by Robert L. - Verified user on Jun 30, 2023
Was great water taxi was very convenient

by John l. - Verified user on Jun 28, 2023
No showers! Building locked with a deadbolt. No help from PJL.

by Lou v. - Verified user on Jun 26, 2023
Friendly and relaxed staff. Easy to work with, both on line and in person. A one night refund was easy when I departed earlier than expected. The town is a bustling harbor village packed with friendly people and great seafood. It's a super destination or a quick stopover. Lou

by Caroline H. - Verified user on Jun 21, 2023
Great launch service but we arrived at the showers at 6.00 pm and it was locked and no one was around despite the board outside saying it would be open until 8.00 pm . A bit disappointing. Otherwise no complaints.

by Gregg M. - Verified user on Jun 19, 2023
First time in Long Island Sound. Great experience. Shuttle personnel were great. Will likely stop again.

by Scott T. - Verified user on Jun 06, 2023
Fantastic! The water taxi crew were wonderful! We went back and forth to town with ease.

by Jim B. - Verified user on Oct 12, 2022
Excellent time. Great Launch service. Mooring balls have two lines to go onto your cleats, no need for your lines. 5 mph speed limit near Mooring fields and marinas. Nice shower and laundry (quarters only).

by Jonathan S. - Verified user on Sep 26, 2022
So easy. Love this stop.

by Douglas J. - Verified user on Sep 07, 2022
Only negative: mooring lines were beyond filthy. Location is great. Launch is very responsive!

by Toni L. - Verified user on Aug 22, 2022
Port Jefferson was a nice surprised to us! The launch service runs very efficiently and drivers are very kind. It was nice to enjoy a great dinner and not have to hurry back to boat before dark in a tender.

by Donald V. - Verified user on Aug 20, 2022
Good moorings and professional launch drivers.

by Corky R. - Verified user on Aug 19, 2022
Always awesome, launch operator deserves all the credit. He was so helpful & attentive. Cudo's. S/V Patriot

by Bernard J. - Verified user on Aug 15, 2022
Good people. Good service. Always a bargain. Everything as expected. Well done as usual.

by Warren D. - Verified user on Aug 08, 2022
Stayed 2 times going and coming from Sag Harbor and CT River. Good location to town and good pickup

by Michael C. - Verified user on Jul 17, 2022
Very responsive personnel. Good heavy moorings. Convenient to town.

by Rodney P. - Verified user on Jul 15, 2022
Great service by staff and launch crews. Helped me to get to water source to refill tank after water fitting failure enroute. Always available when calling for pick-up. Pointed out pick-up point near grocery store so no long walk back to drop-off point.

by Patrick S. - Verified user on Jul 04, 2022
It was a great day, the reservation through Dockwa was perfect. We’ll be back!

by Mary R. - Verified user on Jun 28, 2022
Always great. One of our favorites.

by Perry C. - Verified user on Jun 10, 2022
Cost of mooring very high for what you get in the town. Won’t come back here. Power plant and ferries noisy. Toss a barge in for a busy, narrow harbor. Appreciated the water taxi service into town.

by Douglas D. - Verified user on Jun 01, 2022
Launch was prompt. Good operation.

by Carlos D. - Verified user on May 31, 2022
Perfect mooring location right by the town docks!

by Michael W. - Verified user on May 30, 2022
Mooring was convenient and launch service was great

by Harriet L. - Verified user on May 17, 2022
We stayed just one night and used the launch service to bring the dog to the dog beach. Launch driver was very friendly and nice. The. Beach for dog walking was just what my dog needed. After the walk we went to the dog friendly Steam ? For dinner. Fun stay.

by Alistair D. - Verified user on May 10, 2022
Really sheltered on buoy. Water taxi services excellent for provisioning

by Albert Z. - Verified user on Sep 24, 2021
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.

by Aaron F. - Verified user on Sep 19, 2021
Mooring was close to town and Launch drivers were super nice. Service was great.

by Mark C. - Verified user on Sep 12, 2021
Convenient, easy and Zach is the best!!!

by Rob K. - Verified user on Aug 29, 2021
Easy mooring a little tight but they can hold big boats without a problem. Quick launch into cute town. Will be back.

by Robert C. - Verified user on Aug 10, 2021
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.

by Estela Z. - Verified user on Aug 10, 2021
Great town, great launch service

by Alex W. - Verified user on Aug 07, 2021
Clearly marked buoy and friendly staff, perfect. Alex / Serenity

by Scott P. - Verified user on Jul 31, 2021
Nice mooring field, great launch service. No complaints about us running our diesel generator ( we don’t have 12v refrigerator or freezer)

by John M. - Verified user on Jul 29, 2021
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.

by Jeffrey K. - Verified user on Jul 19, 2021
The launch was quick and easy.

by Joe a. - Verified user on Jul 11, 2021
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

by Shelley P. - Verified user on Jun 30, 2021
Efficient launch. Nice stay on a mooring ball.

by Jay T. - Verified user on Jun 25, 2021
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.

by Naomi W. - Verified user on Jun 13, 2021
Great launch service. Zac was super nice. Music was a little annoying.

by DEVEREUX O. - Verified user on Jun 10, 2021
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.

by Linda P. - Verified user on Jun 08, 2021
Great town. Launch service very prompt and courteous.

by Craig A. - Verified user on Jun 08, 2021
Great spot for a relaxing weekend.

by Peter T. - Verified user on May 16, 2021
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!).

by Bjoern K. - Verified user on Sep 19, 2020
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.

by Glenn M. - Verified user on Sep 18, 2020
The launch driver was very helpful getting us securely on our mooring,

by Tracy S. - Verified user on Sep 08, 2020
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.

by William I. - Verified user on Sep 07, 2020
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.

by Marc Z. - Verified user on Sep 01, 2020
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.

by Oscar L. - Verified user on Aug 24, 2020
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.

by Lawrence S. - Verified user on Jul 26, 2020
They knew my reservation, launched us to the dock and brought us back to our boat. Perfect

by Peter S. - Verified user on Jul 24, 2020
Excellent communication for late night arrival

by Paolo A. - Verified user on May 17, 2020
Easy launch service, very friendly staff. Thank you!

by Mitch G. - Verified user on Oct 09, 2019
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

by Edward C. - Verified user on Oct 03, 2019
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.

by Robert J. - Verified user on Aug 25, 2019
We had a wonderful time and all of your staff were great. We will be back.

by James D. - Verified user on Aug 25, 2019
Very able and accommodating launch service - a very nice stay

by Susan M. - Verified user on Aug 13, 2019
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.

by Ruben T. - Verified user on Jul 08, 2019
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.

by Anonymous - Verified user on Jun 24, 2019
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

by Jason D. - Verified user on Jun 17, 2019
Great service, very reasonably priced. Very quick launch service. We love Port Jeff.

by Romy O. - Verified user on Oct 04, 2018
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.

by Eric D. - Verified user on Jun 14, 2018
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!

About Port Jefferson Launch & Water Taxi

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.


  • Launch Service
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Ice
  • Medical Facilities w/in 5 Miles



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