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Meet the Charter Fleet: A Wealth of Bay Sailing Options
Why Not Kick Back and Let the Professionals Do the Work?
Even if you own a boat yourself, there are special occasions when it's nice to leave the responsibilities of provisioning, cleaning and running the boat to a professional crew. At such times it's helpful to know that there are dozens of well-kept charter boats available for hire in the Bay Area, run by congenial crewmembers who aim to please.
What sort of special occasions? Supose, for example, that a favorite set of friends or relatives is coming to town, and you want to share with them the pleasure of Bay sailing, but still give them your undivided attention. Or suppose you want to entertain little kids or old-timers who wouldn't be comfortable on your stripped-down race boat. There might also be times when you'd like to impress your office mates or future in-laws with a ride on a true sailing yacht, rather than taking them out on your funky, antique daysailer.
Please note that in addition to the six-passenger vessels that follow — many of which are operated by their owners — virtually every sailing school (aka 'club') also has boats available for 'six-pack' charters with captain and crew. Some of the larger boats in those fleets are very nicely outfitted for both comfortable daysails and overnight charters. Call them for details and pricing.
Apparition: Sleek, speedy, and custom-built in Sausalito, Apparition has been chartering for more than 20 years! Captain Stan Schilz loves introducing guests to multihull sailing. This 38-footer has two double cabins, spacious salon and a full galley.
Beowulf: Set sail on a beautiful 51' Swan for an afternoon or sunset sail. Passengers are allowed to participate if they wish, or just sit back and enjoy the experience and view.
Between The Sheets: An Islander 36, she’s one of the most popular boats not only on the Bay but also on the West Coast of the U.S. One of the smoothest sailboats ever built.
Bolgeskrekk: This Irwin Citation 34 is well suited to Bay sailing. On blustery days she often does better than 7 knots, outperforming many other sailboats her size. Her spacious cockpit easily accommodates six passengers, and her teak interior is a delightful space for relaxing.
Carrera: At the smaller end of the spectrum is Gene Maly's well-kept Capo 32 racer/cruiser. Based at Monterey, Carrera balances her busy schedule between intimate group daysails and instructional sails that feature plenty of one-on-one attention.
Desiderata: This elegant Islander 41 ketch is in her third year of delighting sailors. Six passengers can sail to the ballgame, cruise the Bay, picnic at Angel Island, or voyage overnight to Napa for winery visits, all in the comfort of this stable, high, dry center-cockpit ketch.
Evening Star: This is a beautifully restored C&C 43 run by Mark Sange, one of the most experienced charter captains on the Bay. An elegant classic with great performance and comfort, it's perfect for SF Bay.
Excalibur: A Sabre 30, perfectly suited to the San Francisco Bay and beyond. The skipper loves to introduce people to sailing, is licensed by the USCG, and is a certified US Sailing and ASA instructor.
Fansea: Captain Paul Adams sails the Bay and beyond on his modern Catalina 34 Mk II. Guests may participate in driving and sail trimming if they wish.
Flying Tiger: This Soverel 36 is a former racing yacht custom-built for the designer’s personal use. Ideally suited to charters for those who enjoy high-performance sailing and lessons on a responsive yacht.
Gentle Storm II: Rick Niles’ 2004 Catalina 42 remains in new condition. He has cruised in many parts of the world and has been sailing on the Bay his entire life. A seasoned skipper – a new boat.
Hasty Heart: One of the largest and most elegant boats on the Bay, this immaculately kept 61' Nautor Swan was the longtime pride and joy of an SF bon vivant, and is now available for private catered charters.
Imagine: An Irwin 34 that is at home on the San Francisco Bay. Kayaks are available for (Giant's games) home runs and fishing tours. Hands-on sailing experiences, overnight sails to Half Moon Bay and Drake's Bay, leisurely and romantic sunset sails available.
Karisma: This Catalina 470 has a roomy cockpit and nicely appointed interior, making her ideal for daysails or overnights. Primarily a crewed yacht, she can also be bareboated by arrangement. Catalina 42s and 34s also available.
Kuani: This Cascade 42 ketch is a proven bluewater vessel with a colorful history. Originally intended to be a fishing vessel, she came to be part of SF Bay’s Peace Navy. Her ample deck, cockpit and cabin make a great platform for any Bay excursion.
Lady J: This comfortable, well-cared-for Islander 34 MkII was the first boat in SF Sailing Company's fleet, started 10 years ago, which has now grown to 11 sailboats.
Magick Express: This French-built Dynamique 62 luxury charter yacht is sleek and gracious, with ample room above- and belowdecks. Enjoy a fast smooth ride touring SF Bay.
MagnifiCat: This Prout 38 "British-luxury" sailing catamaran is owned by Captain Jim Keenan's company, MagnifiCat-4-Charter, and is skippered by veterans! Organize a group supporting SF-Bay-Jobs-4-Veterans by chartering at discounted rates and earning rewards for future charters.
Magnum 44: The design of this sleek Nordic 44 combines sailing performance with a luxuriously appointed interior. She serves as a comfortable daysailer or comfy overnighter. (The owners also book large group charters on a variety of Bay vessels.)
Next Adventure: This Beneteau Oceanis 423 is roomy, fast, well-appointed and extremely comfortable. She is a three-time Newport to Ensenada Race vet, and Captain Brad, with 35 years sailing, brings a wealth of expertise, local knowledge and humor!
Ohana: Beneteau 45f5 designed for comfort cruising and racing. Beautifully appointed salon, cockpit, perfect for any private celebration. Competently skippered by USCG-licensed captain and mate. Let us show you our Bay's splendors. Three staterooms, two bathrooms.
Oli Kai: This lovely 38-ft Seawind 1000 cat provides a comfortable and stable platform for all sorts of Bay charters. Her Treasure Island berth makes her easily accessible to all.
Pegasus: Since 1994, this 1972 John Alden 51-ft ketch has specialized in sails for school groups and at-risk youth (at no charge to schools or parents). To subsidize those programs, they've made this Philippine mahogany beauty available for private charters.
Perseverance: Captain Jeffrey Berman has been a mariner his entire life. An accomplished racer, cruiser and commercial captain, he enjoys sharing the experience aboard this Catalina 36 Mk II through a wide variety of charter offerings, including lessons.
Sensei: A sailing adventure in comfort and informal elegance, this Norseman 447 is an ideal yacht for a Bay tour. Enjoy a delicious meal in a tranquil cove, then relax and enjoy the majesty of the Golden Gate.
Temptation: This Catalina 350 is a modern luxury sailboat. She was purchased brand-new in 2007 and is in pristine condition. Captain John holds a USCG Master's License and has a lifetime of sailing experience.
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