2017 Boats and Parking


All 7 and 4 day conferees will be taking the Challenger out of Portsmouth. Please plan on being at the dock two hours before scheduled departure time. Weekend traffic is highly unpredictable and there are parking and check-in logistics to navigate

The Challenger departs from the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company (ISSCO) dock, located at 315 Market Street, Portsmouth NH, 03801. The only exceptions are folks arriving or leaving at times when the Challenger is not running, in which case you will be taking the Uncle Oscar from Rye Harbor. Please be aware that  luggage to Star Island will be carry-on; please let Mary Light know if this may be an issue so she can help make other arrangements. 

Conference Boat Schedule

Saturday, June 10
Departure: Portsmouth 12:55 p.m.
Arrival: Star Island 1:55 p.m

Tuesday, June 13
Departure: Portsmouth 12:25 p.m.
Arrival: Star Island 1:25 p.m

Saturday, June 17
Departure: Star Island 12:00 p.m.
Arrival: Portsmouth 1:00 p.m.

If you are staying for dates other than above, you will have to make alternate boat arrangements. If you haven’t already done so, contact Mary yacregistrar@gmail.com about any alternate travel plans. The Thomas Laighton has boats to and from Star nearly every day, but you should check their schedule (calling them for confirmation is highly recommended). Fare is included only if you are coming or going at a time when the Laighton normally runs to the island. The Uncle Oscar, which runs out of Rye Harbor, is your other option (fare is not included in room & board rate). To make your reservation on the Uncle Oscar, you’ll need to call 603.964.6446 directly.

You can also see boat schedules on the Star Island website



The parking fee is $12 per vehicle per day. A car parked from Saturday to Saturday is charged $84. You must park in the designated ISSCO parking area as directed by the lot attendant. Parking fees are added to your room and board bill on Island. 


Conferees arriving and departing on boats other than the scheduled conference ferries must make alternative parking arrangements. Space at the dock lot is extremely limited and many cars will be blocked in.


Star Island, Isles of Shoals Steamship Co. & YAC are not responsible for the handling, damage, or loss of any luggage. Conferees are encouraged to leave valuables at home.

There is no limit on the number of bags you may bring, but no item can be more than 40lbs. It is strongly requested that you use multiple soft-sided bags weighing no more than 25lbs each. Please be reasonable in your packingavoid any hard-sided suitcases, luggage with rails or wheels! Bags exceeding the weight limit will not be transported. 

Please note that any bags containing alcohol must be checked and loaded for you. Prescriptions should be included in carry-on bags, not checked. Checked bags will not be delivered to your rooms;  more information on where to pick them up when we arrive will be available when you check in.

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