Houseboat Marinas - the Fox Chapel Yacht Club, Pittsburgh PA

by Kate
(Pittsburgh, PA, USA)

Sunrise on the Allegheny River at Fox Chapel Yacht Club, August 2011

Sunrise on the Allegheny River at Fox Chapel Yacht Club, August 2011

When it comes to houseboat marinas, my favourite has to be the Fox Chapel Yacht Club. The FCYC is a very well maintained marina, offering year-round slips (yes, there are live-aboards in Pittsburgh!) and accommodating over 300 boats from jet skis to 70-foot Monticellos.

It has an excellent ship's store, onsite restaurant, indoor and outdoor bar with live entertainment on the weekends, membership for an onsite pool, and supports a variety of small businesses onsite, including beauty salon, fitness center, and a boat and auto detailing store.

The docks are kept in excellent condition, well-lit and parking is just a few yards away. The marina is a 15-minute walk to a nearby mall with several restaurants and fast food places, two grocery stores, a cinema, and many other national retailers.

FCYC is on the Allegheny River, just 9 miles north of the city of Pittsburgh, where the Allegheny and the Monongahela rivers create the Ohio River. The marina sponsors an annual poker run for the Bajas and other "go-fast" boats as well as the annual Marina Day activities in August.


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Well Kate, it appears that the morning sunrise is just beautiful in your neck of the woods. it must be great to watch it rise and start a new day :)

It also appears that you are spoiled with the 15 minute walk to the nearby mall, and all the extra services and the on-site amenities.

Lastly, hopefully some of our readers and visitors will share and post comments about their favourite houseboat marina experiences.

Feel free to use the "Click here to post comments." link found near the bottom of this page.

Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats

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It's all about the money!
by: Anonymous

Marina's are all about making money, " Big Money " by gouging for everything the sell or do. It's elitist pastime, not for the average person. It's mostly drunks and snobs depending on where you dock.

You got your elitist snobs who know nothing about boats, that just want to be able to say, " Yes we have a large boat at Fox Chapel Yacht Club " Then you have your younger, " drunken scroungers " on the rivers like river rats.

It's quite a mix on the Pittsburgh over crowded waterways. It gets old on the rivers real fast and the cost of boating will have you begging someone to buy your boat.

The old saying is the 2 best things about boating is when you buy your boat, and when you sell your boat! ha ha. good luck. B.O.A.T.= Break. Out. Another. Thousand.

Greatest on the Pittsburgh rivers
by: Dennis

It's the greatest Yacht Club on the Pittsburgh river and I know better then anyone as I was there.

Thanks, Dennis.

Response to "Poorly Treated"
by: Kate

Hello, Mindy

I'm sorry to hear about your terrible sales experience! That does happen and, as with every major purchase, you can't be too careful about all the fine print.

However, from the perspective of living at the marina and knowing what others in the area offer, I still have to say it's the best live-aboard experience. When you're toting a lot of groceries or laundry from car to boat, it's nice to have parking that is just steps away from the dock, rather than a 10 minute walk from a parking lot or, in one marina's case, across a busy road!

I hope your bad sales experience hasn't soured you on boating, especially houseboating. It's a wonderful way of life.

Avoid Fox Chapel Marine
by: Mindy

We were treated poorly by Fox Chapel Marina while attempting to purchase a houseboat. We were mislead (lied to) about a variety of items and expenses and they wouldn't follow through on points in the sales agreement. Luckily we backed out after yet another issue that they 'miscommunicated.'

When we tell our story, we get comments saying they 'aren't surprised' and that the marina's reputation is going downhill.

I fully agree.

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