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Rent a boat in San Francisco

To truly see San Francisco at its best, consider hopping off the cable cars and hopping on a boat to explore the San Francisco Bay. This city is tucked in the heart of northern California along the Pacific coastline and has a very rich maritime history.  Today, ‘San Fran’ is a top destination for travelers, and the best way to see some of its top attractions is by boat—can’t miss highlights include the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf, and so much more.

What to Know 

When planning to hit the water in San Francisco, consider these popular boat rental styles: 

Sailboats rule the waterways in and around San Francisco. You’ll see everything from small sailing dinghies and daysailers, to large catamarans and schooners used for leisure and for adventure all throughout the bay area. Our fleet of sailboats is great for couples, large groups, and families.

Motor yachts, trawlers, and walkaround boats offer protection from the cool air and wind during any season, and are great for navigating the San Francisco bay. 

Safety Requirements:

Boating License/Education Rules : You must be 16 years of age or older and in possession of his/her California Boater Card to legally operate a vessel powered by a motor of 15 hp or more, including personal watercraft (PWCs). 

Persons 12 to 15 years of age may operate a vessel powered by a motor of 15 hp or more, including PWCs, if they are supervised on board by a person at least 18 years of age and in possession of his/her California Boater Card.

There is no age restriction for operating a sailboat under 30 ft. long (with wind as the main source of propulsion) or a dinghy used between a moored vessel and shore or between two moored vessels.

Life Jacket Requirements : Ages 13 and under must wear a PFD at all times on a moving vessel of any length. Children are not required to wear a life jacket when they are wearing a harness on a sailboat, when they are in an enclosed cabin, and when they are on a vessel during an emergency rescue. 

For more information,  visit the California Department of Parks and Recreation . 

Where to dock your boat, or meet your rental:

The Marina at Pier 39

San Francisco Marina Yacht Harbor 

Oyster Point Marina

Marina Bay Yacht Harbor

Learn more in this Sailing Guide for San Francisco Bay.

Weather Conditions

San Francisco’s graceful weather gives boaters and thrillseekers the better part of the year to explore the bay (and beyond). Summer here is long and comfortable, with average highs staying in the upper 60’s and low 70’s.. While, winter is short, wet, and cold. The best time of year for water activities is from late June to early October. 

Avg. Temperature High : Peaks around 72°F in September

Avg. Temperature Low : Around 47°F during winter months, from December through February

Avg. Water Temperatures in and around San Francisco :

58°F in the Spring (March, April, May)

62°F in the Summer (June, July, August)

60°F in Fall (September, October, November)

52°F in Winter (December, January, February)

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Things to Do in San Francisco by Boat

Cruise Under the Golden Gate Bridge

Cruise Under the Golden Gate Bridge

The image of this iconic bridge is imprinted in most of America’s hearts and minds—including boaters. Whether you’re nostalgic for the ‘Full House’ intro and theme song, or you’ve dreamed of traveling to the west coast one day to see it in person, the Golden Gate Bridge is a destination you won’t want to miss while in San Francisco. Sure, seeing it by land is enchanting, but getting up close and personal to the bridge by water is spectacular and unforgettable. Stop at the discreet Kirkby Cove Beach for picturesque framing of the bridge, pack a couple of sandwiches, and make it a beach day. 

Pro Tip : Just beyond the Golden Gate Bridge is a prime spot for wild salmon fishing. Take a  guided fishing charter  to get to know the area and for pro fishing tips! 

Location :  Google Maps Link

Closest marinas or docks to Golden Gate Bridge : Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Captain Zorah   

Lat/Long : 37.8199° N, 122.4783° W

Sightsee at Point Bonita Lighthouse

Sightsee at Point Bonita Lighthouse

Point Bonita Lighthouse is a historic West Coast jewel. Built in 1855 to guide ships through the Golden Gate straits, today this lighthouse is a popular destination for maritime aficionados and tourists to catch epic views of the sunset at the entrance of San Francisco Bay. Book a boat with a local, licensed captain to learn more about this iconic landmark and tour the coastlines of Bonita Cove and Sausalito, which is located less than a 30-minute boat ride north of downtown.

Pro Tip : Northwest of Point Bonita Lighthouse is Seal Rock, a sandstone rock formation that used to be the rest stop for California sea lions. Book a full-day boat rental so you’ll have ample time to explore the area before cruising back towards downtown.

Closest marinas to Downtown : Travis Marina, Boat Ramp (Sommerville Rd), Golden Gate Yacht Club

Lat/Long : 37.8156° N, 122.5295° W

Sailing in San Francisco Bay

Sailing in San Francisco Bay

Sailing is where you’ll find San Francisco’s past and present. While you’ll see sailboats everywhere on the Bay, each one is special and unique in its own way. There’s no place like San Francisco to go sailing, and there’s no better fleet of sailboats to access than Boatsetter’s. You can sail with a local, licensed captain to learn the basics or for more experienced sailors, book your own bareboat charter. In any case, make sure you go in the afternoon for best experience, as the wind patterns pick up around 12pm local time.

Pro Tip : If you're prone to seasickness, prepare in advance to limit your discomfort onboard, as sailing in the bay can sometimes be a little rocky (especially on smaller boats). Keep in mind that larger sailboats will offer more comfort and a smoother ride.

Location : Google Maps Link

Closest marinas to Downtown : Travis Marina, Boat Ramp (Sommerville Rd), Golden Gate Yacht Club

Lat/Long : 37.8272° N, 122.2913° W

Where to Go Boating in San Francisco

San Francisco Bay & San Pablo Bay

San Francisco Bay & San Pablo Bay

Boaters love this dynamic duo—between these two iconic northern bays you and your crew have 4,600 square miles of water surrounded by sand beaches, ancient rock formations, and precious nature preserves. We’ve already mentioned a few of the San Francisco Bay’s offerings by name above, but it’s important to note that the San Pablo Bay— located north—is an extension of this waterway that provides access to China Camp State Park, Point Pinole Regional Shoreline, Mare Island, and the Benicia State Recreation Area.

Moorage : Popular marinas on the southern side include: West Point Harbor or The South Bay Yacht Club. Marinas in the central part of the bay include Pier 40, Bay View Boat Club, and Safe Harbor Ballena Isle. While marinas in San Pablo Bay are Marina Bay Yacht Harbor, Point San Pablo Yacht Club, or Schoonmaker Point Marina. 

Wake zone : Yes - also keep an eye out for navigational buoys directing marine traffic.

Pro Tips : If you plan on taking the helm, make sure to brush up on the  boating basics before. 

Seasonality : To avoid ‘Karl the Fog’ and catch San Francisco’s gorgeous blue skies and kind temperatures, we recommend boating in late summer and early fall—especially if you’re looking for a less crowded bay.

Lat/Long : 38.0440° N, 122.4014° W

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Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island

Take your boat rental around this infamous island prison for a one of a kind cruise. For those interested in spooky ghost tales and stories of escape attempts, book with a local, licensed captain and get ready for accounts of fascinating history and true crime. Originally the home of pelicans, Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary housed our nation’s most notorious criminals, such Al Capone, the “Last Great American Train Robber,” George “Machine Gun” Kelly and others.

Nearby Marinas & Launches : Pier 39 Marina, Hyde Street Harbor, Gashouse Cove Marina

Wake zone : Yes - be extra conscious of your surroundings on the waters near Alcatraz Island as the official island ferry frequently embarks and disembarks from the island’s docks.

Pro Tips : Book a boat rental for the day, after your adventurous cruise around Alcatraz Island dock at Pier 39, where you can recharge with great seafood and live music all while taking in the fresh seaside airs. 

Lat/Long : 37.8270° N, 122.4230° W

Pier 39

Pier 39 is a charming seaside attraction, filled with countless restaurants and shops that lure in tourists and visitors from all around the world. Come here by boat to Pier 39 Marina, which offers 300 slips for long-term rentals, day-docking, and overnight moorage. One of our favorite things about Pier 39 is—you guessed it— the sea lions! For even more marine life viewing, check out the Aquarium of the Bay nearby, home of 20,000 majestic sea creatures. Bring a romantic date to Pier 39 by boat and take a cute picture in front of the “Open Heart” sculpture located at Level 1 at the picturesque Bay End of PIER 39. This is also a great place for families to bond over fun arcade games and amusement park rides. 

Moorage : Pier 39 Marina, where West Yacht harbor can accommodate boats up to 60-feet, and East Yacht harbor can accommodate boats up to 85-feet.

Wake zone :  Yes - expect no wake zones as you enter and exit the marina

Pro Tips : Pier 39 is one of the most popular places to meet your Boatsetter sailboat rental, as well as your charter if you’ve planned to go whale watching for local gray and humpback whales.

Lat/Long : 37.8087° N, 122.4098° W

Dock-and-Dine at San Francisco Waterfront Restaurants

Eat fresh seafood or find all of your favorite dishes at the following dockside restaurants along San Francisco Bay. Experience for yourself how much tastier food is when you have a beautiful vista to view.

Frankie's Pier 43

  • Address : Pier 43 1/2 The Embarcadero First Floor, San Francisco, CA 94133
  • Hours : Open Mon-Sun 12pm - 7pm
  • Reservations : No - not required
  • Type of food : Seafood and fresh fish; Happy hour
  • Dockage available : Yes

Crab House at Pier 39

  • Address : 203 C Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133
  • Hours : Open Mon-Sun 11:30am - 10pm
  • Reservations : Yes - not required

La Mar Cebicheria Peruana

  • Address : PIER 1 1/2 The Embarcadero N, San Francisco, CA 94105
  • Hours : Open Mon-Sun 11:30am -2:30pm; 5pm - 9:30pm.
  • Reservations : Yes - but not required
  • Type of food : Seafood; Peruvian cuisine

Check Out Additional San Francisco Boating Guides

  • Things to Do in San Francisco
  • A Guide to Sailing the San Francisco Bay
  • Explore Boat Rentals in San Mateo, CA (San Francisco Bay area)
  • Sailing 101: A Beginner's Guide
  • Type Of Sails: A Complete Guide

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How much does it cost to rent a boat in San Francisco?

Boat rentals in San Francisco start at $38/hour. Boats can be rented with or without a captain.

How much does it cost to rent a yacht in SF?

Yacht rentals in SF start at $275/hour. Yachts can be rented with or without a crew and captain.

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  • Sailing to Pier 39 where the sea lions have taken over a whole marina. You’ll pass on the lee side of Alcatraz to be greeted by seagulls. Then it’s off around Angel Island to Ayala Cove where you can see the beautiful cities of Tiburon and Sausalito. Experience the current in Raccoon Straight, while passing under the Golden Gate Bridge with the fresh ocean breeze on your face. With luck, you’ll see dolphins or whales. Jibe the boat back and enjoy the gorgeous city front of San Francisco. This tour requires four hours or more. 
  • Docking by Sam’s Cafe in Tiburon for drinks and a burger or enjoy one of many other fabulous restaurants on the water. This is a four-hour minimum tour. 
  • Sail by the baseball park and catch home run balls. This is a three to four-hour tour. 
  • Pack a picnic basket or barbecue, and we’ll sail over to Angel Island. This is a full day event (six hours minimum).
  • Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and see the sunset. This can be done in two hours. 
  • Go out beyond the Golden Gate Bridge and sail in the Pacific Ocean. Depending on how far out in the ocean we sail, this can take two hours to a full day. 

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Our yacht charter fleet, bareboat charters on san francisco bay – our fleet.

Are you looking to bareboat charter on San Francisco Bay? Join our club! Membership is required to charter a vessel without a licensed captain aboard.

New members who are beginners can gain access to our fleet by completing ASA Certification Courses with Modern Sailing. Experienced sailors joining the club are not required to possess certifications but must submit a sailing resume and be able to demonstrate sailing skills by completing a Fleet Rating Checkout with one of our instructors. Learn more about how to qualify for bareboat chartering.

Would love to go for a sail but membership isn’t for you? A Skippered Charter or an Introductory Sail might be a perfect fit.

For more information, contact us . We would be happy to answer any questions that you have about membership and chartering.

Prices are subject to change without notice.

See below for charter policies and definitions.

Sportboat Fleet

J/24 sportboats (j/24).

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Do you want to have an exciting day blasting around the Bay with speed and smiles? The J/80 Sky  in our Berkeley Sportboat Fleet is for you! 

Premium Sportboat Fleet

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Mymble (J/99)

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Silver Fleet

Cohitta (catalina 30).

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Cohitta  (pronounced co-hee-ta) is a Catalina 30 in our Sausalito Silver Trainers Fleet. Her name is an ode to Coho II , our beloved bluewater cruiser.

Double Lotus (Catalina 30)

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Dolce Vita (Catalina 30)

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Mo'orea (Catalina 30)

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Tule Wind (Catalina 30)

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Betty (Catalina 30)

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Sophia (Catalina 30)

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Golden Girl (Catalina 30)

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Morning Star (Catalina 30)

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Kele (Catalina 320)

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Phoenix (Catalina 320)

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Helix (Beneteau Oceanis 30.1)

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D'uphoria (Dufour 36)

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D'uphoria is a Dufour 36 in our Berkeley Gold Fleet. This model isn’t the most common 36-foot boat on the San Francisco Bay, but that’s what makes her special. 

Chao Pescao (J/105)

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Andiamo (Catalina 36)

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Nirvana (J/105)

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Nirvana is a J/105 in our Berkeley Gold Fleet.

Resolute (J/105)

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Platinum Fleet

Coho ii (spencer 1330).

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Coho II is our legendary offshore racer/cruiser. She has carried hundreds of MSC students and sailors under the Golden Gate Bridge and onto the Pacific Ocean.

Survivor (Beneteau Oceanis 38)

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Survivor is a Beneteau Oceanis 38 featuring an in-mast furling mainsail and a roller-furling, self-tacking jib, making her an easy boat to sail with short-handed crews.

Liberty (Beneteau Oceanis 38.1)

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Ry Whitt (Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409)

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Attitude Adjustment (Beneteau Oceanis 41)

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Policies and Definitions

CHARTER BOOKING DEFINITIONS

MIDWEEK -  Monday through Friday

WEEKEND -  Saturday and Sunday

FULL DAY  -  9:00 AM - 8:00 AM the next morning. 

SUNSET -  4:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Monday through Friday only. Sunset reservations are not bookable online. Please call our office at (415) 331-8250 or email us to make a reservation.

HOLIDAY RATES - Sunset charters are not available and Full Day/Weekend rates will apply on the following holidays:

  • January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 19 - Presidents Day
  • May 27 - Memorial Day
  • June 19 - Juneteenth
  • July 4 - Independence Day
  • September 2 - Labor Day
  • October 14 - Colombus Day

SUMMER RATES - Summer rates are in effect during Daylight Saving Time season.

WINTER RATES - Winter rates are in effect during Standard Time season.

LIVEABOARD - 4:00 PM - 8:00 AM. Friday through Sunday, charterers and ASA students may reserve a boat for sleeping aboard on a same-day basis only. Advance reservations for Monday through Thursday nights are available for our ASA students only.

Staying Aboard Overnight - Full Day and Liveaboard Reservations permit sleeping aboard overnight. Be advised that Modern Sailing does not provide bedding, pillows, towels, and toiletries. Please bring your own pillow and sleeping bag or other bedding, towel(s), and toiletries as needed. To give our Fleet Staff time to prepare the boat for the day's sailing, please remove all belongings and be off the boat no later than 8:00 AM.

Multi-Day Discount - Multi-Day Charters are discounted 10% for two consecutive days and 15% off for three or more consecutive days.

Complimentary Advance Booking  - Members may book up to 3 advance bareboat charter reservations, for which there is no payment due until the day of the charter. Advance bookings in excess of 3 (at any given time) will be prepaid in full. Consecutive multi-day charter reservations count as 1 booking.

CANCELLATION POLICY -  Please give notice of cancellation 72 hours more before your reservation to avoid a cancellation fee. If you cancel less than 72 hours before your charter, there is a cancellation fee of 50% of the charter rate. During Standard Time (non-Daylight Saving season, typically early November through mid-March), the cancellation policy requires only 24 hours of notice.

CHARTER POLICIES

RESPONSIBILITY FOR VESSEL DAMAGE DURING YOUR CHARTER

As a responsible Skipper, I will check this vessel to determine that it is in seaworthy condition before departure. I agree to return the vessel in the same condition that it was received and secure the vessel according to the "Check-In Form - Skipper Responsibilities" checklist. I will be responsible for excess cleaning costs, loss, and/or repairs. The amount is determined by the fleet level. Please check the white binder on each vessel for the total. I also agree to hold harmless Modern Sailing School & Club from any liability that may result from my use of this vessel, and I agree to inform my crew about this release. All vessels are not insured to navigate beyond Mile Rock and Point Bonita.

SINGLE-HANDED SAILING

Departing from the dock alone is not permitted. Crews must consist of 2 or more people.           HIGH WIND

  • Over 20 knots (sustained) - You must have at least a 2nd reef in the mainsail.
  • Over 30 knots (sustained) - You must douse the mainsail, furl the jib, and motor back to base as quickly as possible.

ANCHORING, MOORING, and TOWING

  • If your anchor becomes snagged and you are unable to retrieve it, you must tie a fender to the anchor rode and release the balance of the rode overboard to be retrieved by a diver the next day. If you try to force your anchor free with excessive motor power and damage results, you will be responsible for any and all damage caused to the vessel.
  • Do not raft together with other boats.
  • Towing of other boats is disallowed.

RESTRICTED SAILING AREAS

  • Obey all navigation rules and local regulations.
  • Platinum Fleet and Catamarans: Pier 1.5 in San Francisco is restricted.
  • All Boats 26' and Longer: Piers 39 & 41, Aquatic Park in SF, and Sam’s Café in Tiburon are restricted. J/24s are allowed into Sam's Cafe in Tiburon.
  • All Boats: Anchoring in China Cove (northside of Angel Island) is restricted due to underwater hazards.
  • Charterers may not sail outside of San Francisco Bay beyond the line of demarcation between Mile Rock and Point Bonita.

Anyone sailing or motoring near shore or low water areas, through designated anchoring areas, or into/out of marina who causes damage to the charter vessel, or any other vessel or property is fully responsible for all claims of damage.

NIGHT SAILING

To become qualified to sail or motor after sunset, you must either:

  • Complete ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising at Modern Sailing School & Club; or
  • Complete our Night Sailing Clinic.

Without one of these qualifications, sailing or motoring after sunset is not permitted.

ALCOHOL and OTHER DRUGS

Anyone (skipper or guest) deemed intoxicated at the time of an accident will be fully responsible for all bodily injury or property damage as a result of that accident. You are not covered by insurance if intoxicated.

Please be mindful there may be members scheduled to charter after you. Return to dock with enough time to properly check in the boat and disembark by your scheduled end time. If you are late disembarking from your boat, a late fee of $75 will be applied for each half-hour beyond your scheduled end time.

ONBOARD POLICIES

  • Sailors must be Sportboat Fleet Rated to be on the helm of a 24' to 26' vessel during dock/marina departure and entry maneuvers.
  • Sailors must be Silver Fleet Rated to be on the helm of a 30 to 32' vessel during dock/marina departure and entry maneuvers.
  • Sailors must be Gold Fleet Rated to be on the helm of a 33' to 37' vessel during dock/marina departure and entry maneuvers.
  • Sailors must be Platinum Fleet Rated to be on the helm of a 38' to 44'  vessel during dock/marina departure and entry maneuvers.
  • Sailors must be Catamaran Fleet Rated to be on the helm of a multihull vessel during dock/marina departure and entry maneuvers.
  • Regardless of who is on the helm, the skipper on record is financially liable for any damages incurred during vessel use.
  • Legal limit for all boats is 12 people. This legal limit is set by the Coast Guard. All our boats have an individual Bareboat Capacity Recommendation that is based on how many people can sail comfortably.
  • Pets are not permitted on boats.
  • Fishing gear of any kind, including crab pots, are prohibited.
  • Modern Sailing sailboats are a smoke-free zone everywhere onboard.
  • Check your guest’s footwear and please ensure all passengers’ footwear have non-marking soles.
  • Red wine is barred on boats as it stains decks and interiors.

IF THE BOAT BECOMES DISABLED

If the boat becomes disabled or you are unsure what to do in any situation, call the office first at (415) 331-8250 (Sausalito) or (510) 831-1800 (Berkeley). After business hours, or if there is no answer, call Vessel Assist at (800) 4-SEATOW or on VHF radio channel 16. You will find the boat's SeaTow membership information in the boat's white binder (usually in or near the navigation table).

IMPORTANT - WAIVER OF INSURANCE

The company policies and procedures regarding the use of the vessels charted through Modern Sailing School & Club are for the protection of the members, owners, and MSC. These policies and procedures must be adhered to strictly. The Skipper hereby acknowledges and agrees that he or she is familiar with and covenants to comply with said policies and procedures. As further consideration for the charter of the vessel pursuant to this Charter Agreement, the undersigned agrees that in the event that he or she willfully fails to comply with the policies and procedures regarding the use of the chartered vessel, he or she shall be solely responsible for any and all damages that result from said failure and further does hereby expressly waive and forfeit coverage under any insurance policy providing coverage to MSC individually or jointly with the Skipper. 

In addition to the Waiver above, the Skipper agrees that in the event of a loss or damage resulting from Skipper’s negligence, Skipper will reimburse MSC for the amount of any deductible due under MSC’s insurance coverage.

COVID-19 RELEASE

I am aware of the possibility of infection due to the COVID-19 virus and that such risk may be increased by my participation in this activity. I agree that I will abide by all government and MODERN SAILING mandated requirements in my use of the vessel and assume full and total responsibility and shall hold MODERN SAILING harmless should any of the participants in the charter, including myself, become infected with the virus.

By submitting my charter form, I agree I have read the foregoing and accept the foregoing waiver as set forth.  

SKIPPER RESPONSIBILITIES CHECKLIST

SKIPPER RESPONSIBILITIES & CHARTER POLICIES AGREEMENT Please review the responsibilities of the Skipper and inform your crew according to the list below.  

As a bareboat charterer and Skipper, I understand that I am in control and command of this vessel, regardless of who I've hired to help with local knowledge, navigation and crewing. It is also my responsibility to review and operate all vessels in accordance with current safe boating laws.

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE ITEMS BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE DOCK

  • Check the boat like a rental car. Report pre-existing damage before leaving the dock. Make sure to move the fenders and include descriptions in your form.
  • Ensure crew has proper footwear (white, non-marking soles).
  • Instruct crew on Crew Overboard Recovery procedures.
  • Instruct crew on location of all safety equipment, including fire extinguishers, life jackets, flotation devices, horn, and radio. (Channel 16 is for Emergencies and Coast Guard Help)
  • Instruct crew on head operation. No paper of any kind in toilets (please dispose of paper products in trash bins).
  • Determine if your crew can swim. Encourage the use of life jackets. Children are required to wear life jackets. We have children’s life jackets available in the office.
  • Appoint someone to be second in command in case something happens to the skipper.
  • Secure all hatches and windows before leaving the dock.
  • The dodger cannot be removed or folded forward. Please remove the canvas covering the windows so as not to obstruct your view. Safely stow below deck during sailing and replace before you leave the boat.
  • If you have any questions about boat systems or operations, please check with the MSC team.

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE ITEMS WHEN YOU RETURN

It is very important to return the vessel in the same condition and with all the inventory, just as you received the boat. Please secure the vessel using the checklist below to make sure that no charges are accrued. Cleaning charges are $75 per hour plus supplies (minimum charge is $75).

  • BATTERIES: UPON RETURN: Turn battery Switch to "1" or “OFF” (if they were off when you entered the boat). Ensure the AC Panel "Charger" is turned "ON" and bilge pump is on "Auto". Ensure that your shore power cord is properly plugged in and the breaker on the dock box is turned on. Ensure the cord is not hanging in the water.
  • Stow all gear in proper locations.
  • Stove: Turn off LPG switch (solenoid) on the panel and close valves on the propane tank.
  • Thoroughly clean galley, wipe down counters and floors, clean any dishes that were used and set out to dry.
  • Thoroughly flush head to pump dry. Wipe seat.
  • Clean cabin and wipe floorboards with wet paper towels.
  • Remove trash bags from bins if they contain waste. Dispose of all waste in the dumpsters and recycling bins located behind the Modern Sailing office.
  • Secure all halyards away from the mast, fold and cover all sails, and coil all lines.
  • Secure jib sheets in winch self-tailer jaws.
  • If your boat has a dodger, put the dodger covers back in place.
  • Secure all hatches and lock the boat.
  • Wash the boat with dock hose: hull, topsides, cockpit, and stainless steel (jib furler, pulpits, stanchions, lifelines, turnbuckles, mast base, etc.) to remove corrosive salt crystals. Use the deck brush in the cockpit to remove any crumbs or spills.
  • Completely clean anchor and chain, if used.
  • Ensure fenders are securely tied and resting above the water line between the boat and the dock.
  • Check dock lines to ensure that they are snug and properly tied to dock cleats.

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Dockside briefings - pre-charter orientations for j/boats and coho ii.

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At Modern Sailing, we understand that choosing the perfect boat for your charter can sometimes be challenging, especially if you're accustomed to a particular vessel and you haven't tried others with configurations that may be unfamiliar to you.

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How to Get Rated to Charter with a Spinnaker at Modern Sailing

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Ready to elevate your sailing experience – especially in winter, or whenever wind conditions are light? Modern Sailing is now making it possible for you to experience the uplifting joys of flying an asymmetrical spinnaker during your bareboat charters!

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Daylight Savings' End Brings Changes to Bareboat Chartering

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Daylight Saving season ends on November 5, bringing some seasonal changes to chartering at Modern Sailing. The changes described below will go into effect on Monday, November 6.

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Sail the Windward Islands 2024

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Flotilla Dates: April 13-23, 2024

Discover St. Lucia and the enchanting Windward Islands of the Caribbean with Modern Sailing School & Club!

The Windward Islands offer a delightful cruising venue of lush tropical islands draped with stunning bays and white sand beaches that spill into warm turquoise waters.

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Unlimited Sailing Sportboat Membership Program

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Pay less to play more! Modern Sailing is excited to offer a membership program to make it easier for you to enjoy sailing more frequently! Pay no additional cost when you charter our Berkeley location's J/24s and J/80s as often as you want .

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Oopses, Ouches, and Accidents – What Every MSC Charterer Needs to Know

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Sailing can be relaxing, refreshing, invigorating, and sometimes challenging. As an activity that involves human nature and working with the temperamental forces of wind and waves, an incident or accident that results in loss or damage can happen to any skipper.

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Club Sails - a fun variety of social sails for members and their guests!

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Club Sails are a great way for club members to make new friends, learn, and practice while sailing the beautiful San Francisco Bay. There are no certifications or experience required to join a Club Sail. With a wide variety of Club Sails, there's something fun to fit every sailor's schedule!

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Professional Yacht Management Services by MSC

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Love the idea of boat ownership, but not the maintenance? Place your yacht in the Modern charter fleet and enjoy more of the benefits of ownership while we manage the finer details of her care and berthing. Sail when you want to - we'll do the rest! And when your boat goes sailing without you, her income helps offset her expenses.

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Your First Charter: 5 Essential Resources for New Modern Skippers

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Congratulations, new skipper! You've proven that you have what it takes to safely sail on San Francisco Bay. Besides your sailing skills, what else will you need to know to ensure your first charter goes smoothly? Where can you find the help and the information that new skippers need most?

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Choosing The Right Boat for Your Charter

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Each boat in the Modern Sailing charter fleet is unique in terms of capacity, features, and equipment. Choosing the ideal combination of features enhances your crew's overall enjoyment of the experience. To choose the right boat for your next charter, ask yourself these four questions...

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Reciprocal Clubs

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Looking for opportunities to sail beyond San Francisco Bay? Your Modern Sailing club membership gives you access to other sailing clubs along the beautiful California Coast! Set sail in San Diego, spend the weekend anchored at Catalina Island, or whale watch in Monterey Bay.

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Steer Clear of San Francisco Bay Shipping Traffic

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Some of San Francisco Bay's challenge and appeal as sailing grounds is the fascinating array of ships, tugboats and pilot boats, Coast Guard vessels, dredgers, tourist and commuter ferries, and many kinds of power and sailboats that share the Bay.

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Angel Island - Dock or Moor and Go Explore!

Sail to Angel Island and Explore

Angel Island State Park is the largest natural island in the San Francisco Bay and is an attractive destination for bay boaters. Ayala Cove, accessible within Racoon Straight on the north side of the island, has the largest public docks and moorings on the bay and is well-protected from wind and

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Local Cruising Guides: Benicia

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Are you ready to explore further into the bay? Would you like to try your hand at an overnight trip? Sail to Benicia to explore a historic, quaint waterfront town with an active art community! This local cruising guide offers an exciting overnight adventure - venturing into the San Pablo Bay, navigating new Straits, and a great selection of restaurants to reward you for your journey!

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The Commodores Club - Frequent Charter Benefits Program

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Modern Sailing provides an exclusive member benefits program to reward our most frequent charterers!

Qualification for the Commodore's Club is based on the number of bareboat charters you do within a calendar year. All bareboat charters count - Sunset or Full Day.

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How to get your IPC Card

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ASA is proud to offer the first International Proficiency Certificate (IPC) for sailors available in the United States. This certificate is mandatory when chartering in most European / Mediterranean waters.

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Membership and Chartering

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Members enjoy privileges at our Sausalito and Berkeley locations: a variety of social events aboard and ashore, discounts on courses and clinics, and access to charter a diverse and professionally maintained fleet of sportboats, cruising boats, and cataramans. Join the club and sail!

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WE LOVED IT! The whole team was so honored and thankful. Thanks so much for all of your team's hard work and excellence in organizing our party. Of the 22 of us, only 4 had ever been sailing and not in the Bay. The guys had an incredible experience, the skippers were all really great, allowing each of us to be at the wheel. They were kind and empowering. Plus the weather and wind were perfect! It was definitely one of the top 3 experiences that we have shared as leaders in the past 5 + years. We couldn't have asked for a better day!

All of the courses and my instructors (JT and Stan) were extremely professional and full of knowledge and experience. I found I was able to learn from their experiences beyond the scope of the courses, and look forward to future opportunities to do so. I would highly recommend Modern Sailing to anyone.

Every aspect of Modern Sailing - training, syllabus, course materials, quality of the boats, quality of the instructors, and the very friendly and helpful staff - exceeded my expectations. Modern Sailing has a first class sailing program in an environment with challenging winds and currents. I look forward to coming back to charter a boat and certainly plan to continue my sailing training.

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Sail the Magnificent San Francisco Bay

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Sailing San Francisco Bay for over 25 Years

Join us for private sailing yacht charters in San Francisco Bay with an experienced captain and crew. The captains at Captain Kirk's San Francisco Sailing have many years of experience and an accumulation of over 200,000 ocean miles.

Let us show you the beauty and thrill of sailing in San Francisco Bay. Bay Wolf, Osprey, and Mahalo are professionally-maintained yachts that sail very well in all conditions.

Your journey can begin in San Francisco, Sausalito or Alameda with easy access to the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Angel Island and the San Francisco waterfront, and more. We strive to meet your desires; each trip can be as exciting, relaxing or romantic as you wish. You can actively participate in sailing the boat or simply enjoy the ride.

Spring at last! It’s time to go sailing!

  • We are booking dates for the summer now. Get in early for best selection.
  • We are getting great days out on the bay now. Fun brisk wind in the afternoon, gentle calm wind in the morning – your choice – all fun!
  • We aim for “Best Day Ever” on all our trips.
  • Team building, Birthdays, anniversaries, celebrations – all good reasons to sail.
  • Dog friendly! Bring your puppy for a sail.
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Great experience sailing with Captain Kirk and crew.. great views. Great time.. a day to remember! Highly recommended

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Terrific experience sailing out of Sausalito for sunset!  Beautiful boat, engaging crew and a chance at the helm during a magnificent sunset!  How can you not love that?

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Sailing is our passion and we want to share it with as many people as possible.  San Francisco has long been known for having some of the best sailing experiences in the world and we are excited to take you sailing! We know that no sailing tour is like the other. You explore, discover, feel, see and experience something new every time you set your sails and every trip is unique and like no other. The weather, the waves, the wind, everything changes and brings new memories.  Hop on our daily charters for as little as $99 or choose from one of our many unique private charter packages to make your outing one to remember!

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“Very exhilarating experience - Although the city is full of culture, excellent food, and lots of energy, there is nothing like sailing in the open water, seeing wildlife and the gorgeous city from afar. You're in the middle of the Bay with amazing views of Alcatraz, Golden Gate bridge, Bay Bridge right off the dock. Run by a very competent, fun, and professional crew.” - Sally & Ben from Oregon

Explore the San Francisco Bay!

We are conveniently located at the Pier 39 Marina in San Francisco, which is a world-class destination. Pier 39 Marina is centrally located to provide access to great central bay sailing destinations like Alcatraz, Angel Island, the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco waterfront.

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Sail with us and experience the beauty of San Francisco right from the water (bring your camera, these views are too good to miss!). Our spacious catamarans take guests on a stable, safe ride combining the exhilaration of fresh air and waves on our deck with the protection and outstanding views from our covered cabin.

Whether you’re looking for something the whole family can enjoy or a romantic evening out for two, your sail on Adventure Cat is sure to be a memorable highlight. See some of the Bay’s most popular attractions up close and personal as we sail around Alcatraz Island, directly underneath the Golden Gate Bridge and head back admiring the city’s famed skyline – it’s quite a sight! Catch a glimpse of marine wildlife including pelicans, sea lions, dolphins, and even the occasional whale. Our sailing excursions are consistently rated among the top five things to do in San Francisco, and our thousands of happy guests can testify.

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Experience the Bay from the best viewpoint! For an hour and a half, you'll be treated to fantastic views of Alcatraz Island, the city skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge.

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SUNSET SAIL

Want to see the San Francisco Bay as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean? Our 1.5-hour Sunset Sail is for those who want a serene, romantic experience.

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Private Charters - Work Team Events

Private charters allow you to enjoy a longer sail on the Bay, plenty of space all to yourselves, and a departure time that suits you! It’s the perfect way to celebrate your day, on the Bay!

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The early Franciscan fathers picked a beautiful spot overlooking San Francisco Bay to establish their original mission in the 1790’s. The city of San Francisco, famous for its hills and cable cars, holds numerous charming neighborhoods, such as winding Lombard Street, Coit tower, Fisherman’s wharf, and Golden Gate Park, designed by Olmstead, America’s greatest landscape architect. However, the sparkling city is best seen by boat rental from its famous bay. We have the best selection of boat rentals San Francisco and nearby locations of Sausalito, Oakland, or Berkley. Rent a yacht San Francisco to Alacatraz, Angel Island, or a yacht rental San Francisco to view the Golden Gate Bridge. The landmarks around San Francisco will be seen with a new perspective via a yacht rental. You have not truly experienced this city, however, until you rent a San Francisco yacht charter! Renting a yacht and experience the SF Bay is a great team building event.

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OnBoat has curated a wide choice of San Francisco yacht rentals. We can find your perfect party boat rental San Francisco style, a catamaran boat rental San Francisco out to the bay for the day. You can also rent a boat San Francisco to Angel Island. Bring your favorite beverages and food for a yacht charter San Francisco style.

A tip to save money when looking for a San Francisco yacht for rent are our Oakland yacht rentals, Sausalito yacht rentals, Oakland boat rental, and yacht rental Berkley options. Many of these yachts for rent can also pick up downtown for a small additional fee. Next time you are in town, check out our San Francisco boat rentals. Book a wedding, bachelorette party, or corporate event from our party yacht rentals San Francisco. Nothing beats treating your friends and loved ones to a San Francisco boat rental. Charter your next birthday party boat has never been easier. The yacht can also serve as a perfect venue for team building and corporate events.

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35' Cruising Catamaran on San Francisco Bay

This boat was perfect for our group of 9. We sailed through the bay bridge and back and were on the water for about 3 hours. The boat has adequate space inside in the galley, in the back of the boat away from the wind, and in the front for the best views. We forgot our speaker and were glad to find a Bluetooth connecting system inside. Our captains Tom and Patrick were great—they kept us in the know and were good sports about being on a boat with a group of women who know almost nothing about sailing but wanted to learn more. This was a great experience.

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Will was awesome. Very personable, professional and knowledgeable. Loved how he interacted with our son. The boat was well captained and built for S.F. Bay. We will definitely return. The location is very easy to access from the City.

beautiful boat ride experience around the bay! Brent and co were so friendly and polite. aux cord for music was a little finicky and we had to fix it a few times. they were so kind to clean up all the trash afterwards.

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April, 2024

Captain Brian gave us exactly the boat party we were looking for! Really felt welcomed by him and the crew from the day we booked until the end of our booking. Brian was also informative and flexible in response to questions and changes from our end :) Definitely booking with him again next time we are trying to party on a boat!

I recently had the pleasure of taking a boat ride with captain Brian for my husband’s 40th birthday and it was unforgettable experience. From the moment we set off, Brian made us feel welcome and ease. The boat was clean, comfortable and well maintained , with a good space to move around and take in the stunning view of Golden Gate Bridge. He went above and beyond to make sure we had a great time. I highly recommend Brian for anyone who is looking for a fantastic boat ride experience :)

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I chartered a boat for 3 days to watch my son sail in Berkeley Circle. From the initial communication, Ryan was above and beyond helpful since I am unfamiliar with SF waters. He was proactive and thoughtful prior and then just got better from there! I highly recommend Ryan as he cares about safety and also is a pleasure to be around. Will be booking him again in the future for sure. Plus he's good luck!

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65′ CATAMARAN

65′ CATAMARAN | 90 Guests

72′ SCHOONER

72′ SCHOONER | 49 Guests

Luxury Liners offers yacht charter rentals and  yacht catering  services for groups of all sizes. Our yachts are well maintained for the perfect yacht charter experience traveling to Catalina Island, Santa Barbara, or any one of the Channel Islands would be an ideal destination. Our yachts are perfect for birthdays parties, corporate events, and dinner cruises. Luxury Liners offers exciting private yacht charter getaways like no other. Plan your yacht party with us!

Southern California Yacht Charter

Our yachts are well maintained for the perfect yacht rental experience  chartering to Los Angeles , Alcatraz Island or even just outside the bay would be a great place to lay anchor.

Our  Northern California Yachts  are perfect for  company parties ,  dinner cruises , and more!

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SAUSALITO Yacht CHARTER

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View our yacht charter rental fleet in the Southern California harbor of San Francisco, CA. We also offer yacht charter rentals in Marina del Rey, Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice, Long Beach, San Pedro, Redondo, Huntington, & Newport Beach. Lastly, browse through our itineraries imagining what your experience we be like once you’re on board your own private yacht for charter.

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All the planning for a perfect nautical adventure on the San Francisco Bay is already done for you. Check out our all-inclusive packages, including Angel Island and SF Giants in McCovey Cove.

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Sailing on the San Francisco Bay

The San Francisco Bay is a world-class sailing destination. From chartering a boat for a private event to reserving tickets for a sunset tour, there’s something for everyone!

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Team-building & Leadership Retreats

Grab your team and get out on the San Francisco Bay for an unforgettable company outing. Unplug and spend some quality time with your co-workers, with offsite experiences for teams of all sizes.

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Yacht Charters on San Francisco Bay

Cruise the San Francisco Bay aboard a local motor yacht. Casual to full service events are available for all price ranges. Step aboard today!

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Public Sails on SF Bay

Come aboard one of our weekly excursions, including eco-sails, sunsets and holiday fireworks cruises. Our ticketed events are a favorite for guests of all ages!

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Memorials & Ash Scatterings

SF Bay Adventures has helped guests with celebration of life services on the SF Bay since 1988. Let our experienced team assist you in carrying out your loved one’s final wishes.

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Marine Film, Production & Safety

SF Bay Adventures has been at the helm of marine film and photography projects on the San Francisco Bay for over 30 years. Safety services include small boats for swims, races and other special events.

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Weddings on the San Francisco Bay

Say “I do” on San Francisco Bay! Select an all-inclusive wedding package or completely customize your special day. Our experienced staff is standing by to help you plan the perfect nautical wedding.

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Angel Island

Some of the best and most diverse views of the Bay Area are found while hiking or meandering on Angel Island. Accessible only by boat or ferry Angel Island is located just off of the Marin County mainland. The island is a National History Landmark as it was used as an immigration station.

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Whale Watching, Wildlife & Ecology

San Francisco Bay is uniquely located just inland of the Pacific Ocean. Marine Mammals, Birds and Wildlife are attracted to the protected waters that lay just inside and beyond the famous Golden Gate Bridge. The Bay’s brackish waters are hospitable for life from both the ocean and rivers.

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Sunset Cruise on the SF Bay

Nothing compares to a sunset on the famous San Francisco Bay. Enjoy golden hour aboard a private sail, motor yacht charter or public ticketed cruise. SF Bay Adventures offers every price level for a magical experience on the water.

SF Bay Sunset Cruise

An SF Bay sunset cruise is the ultimate Bay Area experience! See the most iconic sights from the very special vantage of the water. Famous landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge , Alcatraz Island, Crissy Field, Fort Mason, the Bay Bridge, Mount Tamalpais, Angel Island and more are shown in their best light; the golden hour – all while enjoying an unforgettable sunset.

An SF Bay sunset cruise is the perfect way to liven up your weekend. It’s an ideal mix of luxury and adventure! Choose an intimate private charter for a San Francisco sunset cruise on the charming, all wood Grand Banks, Cimba . Or get a fun group together and come aboard a classic tall ship like the Schooner Freda B . Another wonderful way to get out on the Bay is always a Public sails !

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Private Luxury Yacht Rental in San Francisco

Your own splash hit.

Make a splash with stunning, on-water experiences crafted to impress. Imagine hosting your event on our luxuriously appointed vessels – the spacious California Spirit or the intimate Diamond Seas – while sweeping across spectacular San Francisco Bay, from McCovey Cove by Oracle Park, to the Golden Gate Bridge and beyond. Led by our award-winning hospitality team, dazzle your guests with one-of-a-kind events paired with impeccable start-to-finish services for great memories in the making. Our Giants Maritime Fleet offers the premier luxury yacht experience in San Francisco to indulge in unforgettable experiences.

An Adventure on San Francisco Bay

There’s no better place than San Francisco to enjoy a day out on the water, taking in the sights and indulging in top notch food and drink. Conveniently docked at Pier 40, just steps from Oracle Park, our pair of premium, private vessels offers unforgettable on-water land-to-water experiences. From Giants game day outings and one-of-a-kind receptions aboard the spacious California Spirit , to intimate dinners and sunset charters on Diamond Seas , guests will cruise in style while indulging in quintessential San Francisco sights. ‌ With two distinctive options for luxury yacht charters in San Francisco, the Giants Maritime Events Team is pleased to offer you experiences that are designed to impress!

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Giants Maritime Luxury Yacht Experiences

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Our Fleet of private, luxury yachts — California Spirit & Diamond Seas — offers unforgettable and uniquely San Francisco experiences for your guests to gather, celebrate, meet and mingle while cruising across the Bay. Pair your on-water experience with another Giants offering to make an even bigger splash. Take a VIP Ballpark tour, then walk from the Field to one of our San Francisco yacht charters for a reception on the Bay. Or mix business and pleasure with a pre-game meeting aboard a private yacht, then head to the ballpark to catch a Giants game in a luxury suite.

The California Spirit: A Custom Luxury Yacht Designed for Corporate & Social Gatherings

The newly reimagined California Spirit is a 100-foot custom luxury yacht offering the perfect place for a distinctive on-water event — from team building, to dancing and dining, to corporate gatherings and weddings — all while taking in sweeping views of the San Francisco skyline and sights on San Francisco Bay. It boasts three expansive interior salons, three exterior viewing decks with comfortable seating, two exquisitely designed bars, and state-of-the-art audiovisual capabilities. This luxury vessel, with its refined craftsmanship and thoughtful design of indoor and outdoor salons, makes it easy to entertain in style for groups small and large. Whether it’s an elegant dinner for 15 – 25, an outing for 50 – 75, or a reception for up-to 120, we’ve got you covered!

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Take a journey on San Francisco Bay and experience the City like you never have before. Begin the journey at Pier 40, just steps from Oracle Park, and cruise out under the Bay Bridge and towards Alcatraz before heading towards Angel Island and out towards the beautifully calm waters of Sausalito Bay. After that, the Golden Gate awaits, before cruising back along the San Francisco City skyline and into McCovey Cove for the Splash hit to close things out! On-water events will give your guests a new appreciation for San Francisco.

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When you charter the beautifully appointed California Spirit , you’re treating your guests to the elegance of onboard amenities and the thrill of a moveable feast. Our Executive Chef and culinary team specialize in top notch cuisine, and have crafted a Food & Beverage program designed to excite your guests. From fine dining to casual bites and sips, and even the game-day classics, our menus are top shelf!

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The diamond seas: an exclusive luxury yacht made for private excursions.

Stunningly sophisticated, the Diamond Seas is the ultimate option for VIP events and entertaining for up-to 12 guests. Enjoy unobstructed panoramic views of San Francisco Bay from bow to stern, as you gather, dine and celebrate in pure luxury. Guests can be expertly hosted at a variety of elegant tabletops, from an informal lunch on the upper aft deck, to a white glove seated gathering in the dining area in the main salon.

The Diamond Seas offers a unique combination of sophistication and exclusivity that few luxury yacht rentals in San Francisco can match. This 96-foot luxury yacht offers endless panoramic views of the SF Bay from bow to stern. It has three levels for entertaining, four staterooms, two open-air decks, and a top-level enclosed sky lounge perfect for intimate events.

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A 96-foot Horizon Motor Yacht, the Diamond Seas features three levels with four Ensuite staterooms and two exterior decks. The Main Salon is spacious with a separate and flexible dining area and the well-equipped galley is embellished with a privacy screen for intimate dining. The refined custom interiors provide a modern and comfortable atmosphere combining the colors of the sea against a background of fine Macassar wood and bronze lacquered cabinetry.

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We are confident that the Diamond Seas is a private yacht like no other in San Francisco. It’s unmatched elegance and custom design make it the perfect vessel for entertaining special friends, family and sophisticated corporate gatherings. The sophisticated interiors provide a modern and comfortable atmosphere to socialize, dine, imbibe and relax. Experience San Francisco aboard the Diamond Seas , for a memorable event your guests will never forget!

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Just Dreaming Yacht Charters

Private Yacht Charter in San Francisco

Just Dreaming private yacht charters offers a relaxing and luxurious setting for up to 49 passengers. Corporate events, private tours, or private cruises ... our charters are fully customizable.

  • Plan a memorable celebration – weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, retirements , memorials.
  • Create the right atmosphere and activities to bring together your team, friends, or family.
  • Craft the perfect menu – From fully catered to cooked by the galley crew.
  • Choose a route for your private bay tour.
  • Pick a themed cruise – sunrise brunches, sunset cocktails.
  • Develop the perfectly themed beverage menu with cocktails, wine, beer, or delicious mocktails and sodas. Our savvy bartenders are on board & ready to serve you.

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To create your unique and memorable yacht charter experience, we walk through all the details with you.

Menu Options

Our chef will work with you to create the perfect menu for your event. Or, if you prefer outside catering, our event team will work with you to select the best options the San Francisco Bay area has to offer.

We work with you to pick the best date and time for your cruise to catch the perfect sunrise, sunset, full moon, or peak hours for watching wildlife. We recommend booking your charter at least six weeks in advance.

Whether you're celebrating a Birthday, Anniversary, Memorial or other special event, we would be happy to help with ideas to decorate including banners, table settings, floral arrangements, favors, and more.

We do have a full tended bar on board, let us know your beverage of choice, we would be happy to have the ingredients available on board for your cruise! For our non-alcoholic selections, we offer juices, classic sodas, bottled water and mocktails.

Just Dreaming Yacht Charters is conveniently located at Pier 40, right next to AT&T park in San Francisco. Passengers often take Cal Train, Muni or BART right to us. There is plenty of parking within walking distance. Famous landmarks you may see on your charter include:

  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Bay Bridge Lights
  • Jack London Square
  • Treasure Island & Yerba Buena Island
  • Horseshoe Cove  
  • Tiburon and Belvedere  
  • Angel Island
  • Coast Guard Island

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Some of the best occasions to throw an event on board Just Dreaming yacht include:

  • Corporate events  - to celebrate a company milestone, team building, off-sites, board meetings, or to entertain clients.
  • Weddings - receptions, rehearsal dinners, bachelor and bachelorette parties, or engagements.
  • Memorials at sea.
  • Birthday parties.
  • Anniversaries, announcements, or special family events.
  • Brunch, dinner , or  cocktail parties.
  • Baseball games.

About Just Dreaming Yacht

Just Dreaming was originally commissioned in 1963 by master shipbuilders, Stephen Brothers of Stockton, California. Just Dreaming Yacht provides an elegant, luxurious setting for your event. Her wooden hull and classic lines are beautiful. Her smooth and comfortable ride gives you and your party a chance to relax. With a complete renovation in 2002, she has modern amenities and is gorgeous inside and out. The modernized galley and bathrooms have been redone as well as the sound system.

Just Dreaming Yacht

Just Dreaming Yacht is perfect for day trips or overnight excursions to the outer limits of the San Francisco Bay and Delta waterways. Her tastefully appointed interior features:

  • Three state rooms
  • Two bathrooms .
  • A full galley .
  • And, a luxurious Gatsby-era main salon.

Her forward and aft decks allow plenty of space for socializing and even dancing. She is perfect for gatherings up to forty people.

Team Dreaming

Our well trained, welcoming crew includes captains, deck hands, bartenders, and wait staff. Behind the scenes, we have a maintenance crew dedicated to providing a glamorous setting. And, our training department is there to ensure your safety.

Team Dreaming

The top ten reasons to join us for your own personal adventure with Just Dreaming:

The most spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay from the most elegant vessel.

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The sunrises and sunsets from our gorgeous, luxurious salon.

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The bay and ocean breezes fresh on your skin as you view the hills and skylines from our fully restored decks.

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The marine wildlife – whales, sea lions, dolphins, and more with our crew there to make sure you don’t miss the best photo opportunities.

Marine Wildlife in San Francisco

The most relaxing way to visit destinations around the bay, seated on the comfy chairs of the salon or sitting on one of our wooden deck chairs.

Just Dreaming Yacht Experience

The elegance and intimacy of Just Dreaming Yacht, accommodating up to 49 guests.

Just Dreaming Yacht Experience

The full bar, wine, and beer selection on board, along with special requests served by our skillful bartenders.

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The menus created with care – made in our galley by our chefs or fully catered from one of the many delectable restaurants the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer.

Delicious Menus

The friendliness, knowledge, and professionalism of Team Dreaming crew.

Team Dreaming

The complete experience - creatively crafted by our top-notch crew.

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Our Bay cruise party was so private and memorable. We could have booked a room at a restaurant or hotel, but this was so much more. It’s like a floating hotel with priceless views… like a mini vacation!

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My father spent a lot of time at sea while in the Marine Corp. He told us stories about the San Francisco Bay port and we believe he would have wanted us to memorialize him in this way from such an elegant and nostalgic vessel.

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Thank you so much for making today a beautiful one. Your/your staff’s attention to detail was very apparent and everyone had compliments regarding the memorial. I believe my husband would have been quite happy.

You can escape the everyday and see the San Francisco Bay, on board our elegant Gatsby era inspired yacht.

Join us on Just Dreaming, one of the most luxurious and intimate private yacht charters in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Spinnaker Sailing offers bareboat charters to qualified sailors, both members and non-members. Please read the information below to learn how you can charter with us on beautiful San Francisco Bay.

We also offer our unique TimeShare Sailing  program which is the best alternative to boat ownership. 7 monthly uses for one flat fee!

All students of Spinnaker Sailing's classes get qualified as part of the learning process.

As part of learning with us, we make sure you are 100% prepared and more importantly, 100% confident of your skills on San Francisco Bay

Yes, we DO offer bareboat charters to Qualifed Sailors who didn't go through their sailing instruction with us. 

If you've checked around San Francisco Bay you've probably found out every other company doesn't offer bareboat charters to non-members of that company's sailing club. San Francisco Bay is notoriously difficult to sail. The combination of high winds, fast currents and huge ships all around you make SF Bay a sailors mecca, for those with the right skills, or a sailors nightmare for those without. Fear not, for our checkout fee of $300 we'll get you checked out and make sure you're ready for the Bay. Please note: The checkout process is two-fold. If you are ASA or US Sailing Certified send us a copy of your logbook including certifications and you won't have to take the written exams. If you're not, be prepared to take two written exams before we will even schedule you for the on-water checkout. EVERYONE takes the on-water checkout. There's no other way to prove your skills than for one of our captains to witness you underway. The written and on-water can't be done on the same day!

Expectations

  • The insurance company requires 8 hours of skippering experience every 60 days to stay current. If you don't have that, you will probably have take a private lesson prior to checking out so you can pass this test. 
  • As the on water test requires a 100% passing grade to qualify, the point at which you don't pass a skill, we head back to the dock and the test is over. There is no instruction as part of the checkout test. We do offer private lessons which is a great way to tune up prior to taking the on-water test.
  • The checkout process is NOT certification. It is just to prove your skills to us so our insurance company will underwrite your sailing. We do offer the ASA certification process. This takes much longer and requires additional fees to the American Sailing Association. Ask us for more info on getting certified.
  • Expect the written tests to take approximately 2 hours. There are two test for each level of checkout.
  • The on-water checkout test can run from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours, depending on your skills.
  • You will sign a charter agreement and post a damage deposit for the boat you are checking out on. The deposit ranges from $3000 - $6000 depending on the boat. Any and ALL damage you created while checking out is your responsiblity up to the level of deposit. Over that level the insurance company pays.
  • If you don't pass the written exams, you fail the checkout and we won't schedule the on-water portion.
  • Here's the summary of what you will be tested on . If you're chartering boats up to 27' you'll need to know up through the BCC (ASA 103) level of testing. Over 27' and you'll be tested all the way through ICC (ASA 104)

Written exams and on-water exams never happen on the same day. We can't keep a captain on standby as some people fail the written exam, thus failing the checkout .

  • Written Exams 80%
  • On-Water Exam 100% (yes, you need to know 100% of how to setup up the boat, operate the engine, dock the boat, raise sails, MOB, etc. If you think about it, knowing 100% of this skills makes sense to an insurance company writing you a million dollar check...they want to make sure you don't have to cash it.)
  • The point at which you fail anything during the on-water test, we head back to the dock. There is no instructional component to the checkout test .

The Procedure

Please completely and accurately fill out this document-  Sailing Resume  and email it back to us HERE . One we recieve this, we will contact you with the insurance company's requirements for the next step in the checkout, usually a written exam or if you are already certified to the appropriate level, the on-water test.

Private Lesson Prior to Checkout?

This is a great option for those who've never sailed SF Bay but have loads of sailing experience and perhaps are even certified elsewhere. We will pair you with one of our outstanding captains who will make sure you are 100% up to speed on all the skills before your checkout. If you fall short, they'll be honest and suggest a path for you to follow towards checkout or certification. Minimum of 3 hours ($110/hr) plus prorated boat costs.

Alternative to Checkout?  Here's a link to our Skippered Charter Page . Call with any questions 415-543-7333

Yes, how about a skippered charter. There are a few advantages to this:

  • You don't have to post a damage deposit as our US Coast Guard certifed Captain is in charge.
  • You can sail the boat as much or as little as you want
  • It can be a GREAT learning experience. Take advantage of the Captain's experience and skill
  • At the end of the charter, you simply step off the boat. The Captain pumps the holding tank, docks the boat and cleans her up.
  • Saves Time and costs nearly the same as a non-member bareboat charter.

Sailing often?

Think about joining the sailing club. Members save $300 on a single day's charter aboard one of our J/105's versus the non-member price. Members have many other priviledges too. For further details about the club, visit our Sailing Club page.

Weekday Rates (member rate on left in yellow)

+ Basic Coastal Cruising Certification Required ++ Intermediate Coastal Cruising Certification Required +++ Advanced Coastal Cruising Certification Required 

Weekend Rates (member rate on left in yellow)

+ Basic Coastal Cruising Certification Required ++ Intermediate Coastal Cruising Certification Required +++ Advanced Coastal Cruising Certification Required   

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REGISTRATION - Full Payment is required in advance in order to confirm enrollment in any class. Payments can be made in cash, check or credit card, in person or on the phone. WHAT TO BRING -  Students should dress appropriate for the weather. Proper attire includes soft-soled tennis or deck shoes (NO BLACK SOLES PLEASE). Sunscreen, Hats and glasses are a great idea. Dress in Layers and warmly. Foulies are suggested for Basic Coastal Cruising and Beyond. CLUB DUES  - Members of the club have dues of $65/mo. LEARN TO SAIL GUARANTEE  - A free makeup class is provide for any student who fails to meet the required objectives for certification. Students must have attended each scheduled class and taken all prerequisite classes at Spinnaker Sailing within the past 3 months. Make-up must be same level. MAKE-UPS - Students are encouraged to attend all of their classes as scheduled. If regular class times are inconvenient, private instruction should be arranged. Makeup classes are available if the student has given Spinnaker at least 72 hours notice and another similar class has space available. Makeup Fee is $100/per day. CLASS CANCELLATIONS - 7 Days notice is required for reschedule or full refund. $100 day reschedule fee if we receive less than 7 days notice and there are no refunds inside of 7 days. . COURSE MATERIALS - Cost of books, ASA certification tracking & certification tests are extra if you choose to get certified, which we strongly suggest

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Rent a Party Boat Charter in San Francisco with Sailo!

Choosing a party boat rental in San Francisco? A sailing trip by San Francisco yacht charter is always a great way to experience California! Choose your perfect San Francisco party boat charter with Sailo and set a course for adventure! When you rent a party boat charter in San Francisco, you can choose your own itinerary and explore at your leisure. Want to relax on deck? Prefer to do some fishing? Or maybe you just want to escape the crowds? Find your ideal party yacht rental in San Francisco with Sailo.

The best private party boat charters in San Francisco

Planning for a private event with your family or friends or a business occasion that you’d like to celebrate in a special way? Choose one of our top rated party boat rentals in San Francisco, CA! 9 event boats with capacity of 13+ guests are available in San Francisco, offering a variety of catering package options, entertainment and professional crews trained to make your special event unique and memorable. Rent a party yacht in San Francisco, CA from Sailo: it’s easy, quick, secured and the best way to surprise your guests with an exclusive experience on the water!

How to find the perfect party boat rental in San Francisco?

Sailo has the most advanced filters to help you find the perfect party boat rental in San Francisco for an amazing experience on the water in California. Start your search by choosing your start trip date, duration and number of guests. For a great day trip with your family or friends, you have the option to select 2, 4 hours or full day rentals. Depending on your preferences and budget, you may narrow your results by boat type and price range. The 'crew' filter allows you to check the party boat rentals in San Francisco with the captain included in the price, skipper optional (paid as extra) or bareboats that you’ll captain yourself (boating resume required). Once you have laid your eyes on a boat you like in California, click on it to read the description, reviews and see more pics. We also recommend using our direct 'Message Owner' feature that allows you to start a conversation with the boat representative to ask away everything you want to know before you submit a booking request.

How much does it cost to charter a party yacht in San Francisco, CA?

Whether you are looking to rent a party yacht in San Francisco for a city sightseeing tour, a romantic sunset cruise or an active day on the water with your family or friends, we're confident you’ll find the best one for you on Sailo. The average starting price to charter a party boat charter in San Francisco is $1100. You can however find excellent affordable rentals from $250 and also elegant yacht charters that can go up to $6500 (service fee and mandatory extras not included).

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Not sure if the boat you like suits your vacation plans? You can place a free reservation for 24 hrs, no credit card required, for most of our weekly boat rentals, allowing you more time to discuss details with the boat owner, talk to your family or friends or customize your budget to suit your needs. Once you have placed the reservation, boat is blocked for 24 hours. During the 24 hours of your reservation, you can book the boat, cancel the reservation or ask for a one-time extension of 24 hours by contacting us at  [email protected] . If you do nothing, your reservation will automatically expire and the boat will become available for other renters.  Read more about free reservations.

Sustainable yachting tips

If you’re looking to explore our beautiful planet, a yacht charter is a great place to start. Explore coral reefs with your snorkel, discover hidden bays and islands and generally enjoy the view of nature. Remember, that sailing motto:  'Take only photos, leave only wake'  (OK, so we paraphrased). To be a responsible sailor, remember:

  • Don’t disturb coral or sealife
  • Take your trash home (and don’t throw anything in the sea)
  • Respect the locals and their customs wherever you go

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  1. San Francisco, CA Sailboat Rentals

    Affordable 26' Motorboat / Sailboat Rental - 2001 Macgregor 26X. 2 - 8 hours Captain optional. Up to 6 passengers. $350+ /hour. San Francisco, CA. 5.0 (14 bookings)

  2. TOP 10 BEST Sailboat Rental in San Francisco, CA

    Top 10 Best Sailboat Rental in San Francisco, CA - May 2024 - Yelp - The San Francisco Sailing Company, Modern Sailing School & Club, AnchorsUp, Sailing San Francisco, SF Bay Adventures, Cal Sailing Club, Club Nautique, SailTime San Francisco Bay, Berkeley Marina, Blue & Gold Fleet

  3. San Francisco Yacht Rentals

    Beautiful, fast & comfortable ketch sailing yacht. 2 - 6 hours Captained. Up to 30 passengers. $1,256+ /hour. San Francisco, CA. 5.0 (12 bookings)

  4. San Francisco Boat Rentals

    Rent a boat in San Francisco. To truly see San Francisco at its best, consider hopping off the cable cars and hopping on a boat to explore the San Francisco Bay. This city is tucked in the heart of northern California along the Pacific coastline and has a very rich maritime history. Today, 'San Fran' is a top destination for travelers, and ...

  5. Evening Star • Sailboat Charters • SF Bay Adventures

    Evening Star is a custom performance sailboat for rent on the San Francisco Bay. Evening Star is perfect for small, casual yacht charters of 6 or fewer. 415-331-0444 | [email protected]. ... Yacht Charters on San Francisco Bay. Cruise the San Francisco Bay aboard a local motor yacht. Casual to full service events are available for all ...

  6. Sailboat Charters San Francisco Bay

    With our commitment to safety, passion for sailing, and promise of breathtaking views, your sailboat charter in San Francisco Bay becomes an unforgettable chapter in your life's adventures. Here's the captain's favorite tour: Sailing to Pier 39 where the sea lions have taken over a whole marina. You'll pass on the lee side of Alcatraz to be ...

  7. Sailing in San Francisco

    Go sailing in San Francisco on a beautiful sailboat rental or a luxury yacht charter from Sailo! Search our top selection of boats for rent, available with w/o captain, for daily trips, and private or corporate parties. Enjoy the best sailing in San Francisco on a Sailo boat rental or yacht charter!

  8. Top 10 Best sailboat rental Near San Francisco Bay Area, California

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  9. San Francisco Sailboat Charters

    Call today to charter a sailboat. Our diverse fleet of yachts is the best way to cruise in style on San Francisco Bay. Phone: 415-331-8250

  10. Captain Kirk's San Francisco Sailing, Private Yacht Charters

    Sailing San Francisco Bay for over 25 Years. Join us for private sailing yacht charters in San Francisco Bay with an experienced captain and crew. The captains at Captain Kirk's San Francisco Sailing have many years of experience and an accumulation of over 200,000 ocean miles. Let us show you the beauty and thrill of sailing in San Francisco Bay.

  11. Sailing San Francisco, CA: Sailboat Charters & Rentals

    How much does it cost to charter a sailboat in San Francisco, CA? San Francisco, CA yacht charters for daily trips are available at an average of $1100 per day. Cheaper boats (sometimes with no captain included) may be rented for $250. Our San Francisco premium charters may have price tags up to $6500, with crew, fuel, docking fees and other ...

  12. San Francisco Sailing Company

    Explore the San Francisco Bay! We are conveniently located at the Pier 39 Marina in San Francisco, which is a world-class destination. Pier 39 Marina is centrally located to provide access to great central bay sailing destinations like Alcatraz, Angel Island, the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco waterfront.

  13. Adventure Cat Sailing Charters

    Our sailing excursions are consistently rated among the top five things to do in San Francisco, and our thousands of happy guests can testify. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars Wind - the original "zero-emission" transportation

  14. San Francisco Yacht Charter & Boat Rental

    Enjoy 2 hours private yacht rentals in SF bay. $ 699.99. Romantic Catamaran. San Francisco, CA · 12 Passengers. 4 hours private charter on 36′ catamaran. $ 1,199.00. Blue Skies. San Francisco, CA · 6 Passengers. 3 hours charter on a 35' motorboat out of downtown.

  15. Boat Rentals near San Francisco -- starting at $90 / Hour

    Fishing Boats. Boats outfitted for fishing, from small inshore angling boats to deep-sea yachts. $180-$600. Tours. Explore local waters with a boat rental dedicated to sightseeing and exploration. $100-$600. Houseboats. All the comforts of home out on the water, for multi-day boat trips. $100-$1,800.

  16. San Francisco Yacht Rentals & Yacht Charters

    View our yacht charter rental fleet in the Southern California harbor of San Francisco, CA. We also offer yacht charter rentals in Marina del Rey, Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice, Long Beach, San Pedro, Redondo, Huntington, & Newport Beach.

  17. Boat Rentals & Yacht Charters in San Francisco, CA

    Yacht rentals San Diego, CA. Oxnard boat rentals. Find the best Sailo boat charter in San Francisco for your next amazing experience with family or a group friends! Check out our great deals for a motor yacht or sailboat rental in SF, California, w/ or w/o captain! Set sail for a memorable experience on a private boat charter in San Francisco!

  18. SF Bay Adventures • Professional Yacht Charters Since 1988

    Founded in Sausalito in 1988, our team at SF Bay Adventures knows and understands the San Francisco maritime community and its waters. All of our boat charters are operated by a US Coast Guard licensed Captain. Our fleet includes schooners, custom-built performance sailboats, floating banquet rooms, and luxury vintage and contemporary motor yachts.

  19. Luxury Yacht Rental San Francisco

    GIANTS ENTERPRISES. 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94107 415.972.1800 or [email protected]. Our Giants Maritime Fleet offers two options for private, luxury San Francisco yacht rentals for unforgettable experiences and events.

  20. Private Yacht Charter in San Francisco

    Join us on Just Dreaming, one of the most luxurious and intimate private yacht charters in the San Francisco Bay Area. Reserve now: 415-678-0707. Private yacht charter in San Francisco aboard "Just Dreaming": Private and Corporate Parties, Tours, and Cruises, Weddings, etc.

  21. SF Bay Boat Charter

    Bay Area Charters. Bay Area Charters is the leading private yacht charter source on SF Bay for small groups of up to 20 guests. Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz, Angel Island, and more. Bay Area Charters is the perfect experience for corporate hospitality, team building, out-of-town visitors, private groups, and sunset cruises.

  22. Bareboat Charters San Francisco

    CALL US 415-543-7333. Spinnaker Sailing offers bareboat charters to qualified sailors, both members and non-members. Please read the information below to learn how you can charter with us on beautiful San Francisco Bay.

  23. Party Boat Rentals in San Francisco (SF), CA

    The average starting price to charter a party boat charter in San Francisco is $1100. You can however find excellent affordable rentals from $250 and also elegant yacht charters that can go up to $6500 (service fee and mandatory extras not included).

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