Rent a Sailboat

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There are many sailboats available for rent on San Francisco Bay. If you want to treat yourself and some friends to a romp around the Bay with a full captain and crew, check out our list of crewed charters. If you’re a seasoned sailor with some form of certification, you can rent a Bareboat Charter from many sailing schools and clubs around the Bay.

Crewed Charters on San Francisco Bay

ProgramCity
Adventure CatSan Francisco
Adventure Cat 2San Francisco
Argosy VentureBrisbane
Bay LadySan Francisco
Bay WolfSan Francisco
Cat BallouSan Francisco
Flying TigerSausalito
Freda BSausalito
Gas LightSausalito
Glory DaysSausalito
OspreyOakland
PrivateerSan Francisco
RubySan Francisco
Santa MariaSan Francisco
SeawardSausalito
USA 76San Francisco
Yukon JackSan Francisco

Bareboat Charters on San Francisco Bay

There are roughly 250 bareboats available for rental here in the Greater Bay Area, but the businesses that manage them are not simply rental agencies. Almost all of the boats listed below are offered by sailing schools — usually called ‘clubs’ — which offer a full spectrum of courses, from basic sailing to coastal cruising and celestial navigation.

In most cases, you don’t have to be a member of the club to rent a boat, although nonmembers may pay somewhat higher rental prices. Be aware also that the first time you charter with a company you’ll probably have to do a ‘check-out’ with their staff so they’ll feel confident that you’re not going to run the pride of their fleet into a cruise ship. Getting checked out a few days in advance will save precious charter time.

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