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About the Fleet

Sailboat Rentals and Bareboat Charters and on San Francisco Bay

Are you looking for a bareboat sailboat rental on San Francisco Bay? Look no further. At Modern Sailing School & Club, we have a robust fleet of sailboats and catamarans available for charter within the waters of San Francisco Bay. Yachts range from 30 to 44 feet in length and are expertly maintained by our experienced and skilled fleet technicians. Yacht charters are available year-round with the option of a bareboat charter or skippered charter.

The Silver Fleet

Our Silver Fleet is the largest fleet of Catalina 30s and 320s in the Bay Area. A dependable and spacious yacht, the Catalina 30 was a popular design that launched in the late 1980s. Our Catalina 30 fleet is used for private and group sailing lessons all year long, rain or shine. Larger than the Catalina 30, the Catalina 320 has a sporty racer/cruiser design that delivers both sailing performance and spaciousness below deck. These yachts are perfect for a day or evening sail on the SF Bay with your closest crew.

Club members can rent sailboats in the Silver Fleet after successfully completing a Skills Checkout on any size vessel or by completing the ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising course at Modern Sailing. Hire a captain for a Skippered Sail to enjoy the bay if you are not a Modern Sailing club member.

The Gold Fleet

Our Gold Fleet consists of Beneteau, Jeanneau, and Catalina yachts ranging from 35 - 37 ft. long. Enjoy a luxurious sail with the modern amenities that these yachts are renowned for. Conveniently rigged, these yachts feature stack-packs, in-mast furling, dutch reefing systems, and dodgers. The interiors of our Gold Fleet sailboats astound with sleek designs, spacious galleys, and comfy berths. Gold Fleet yachts are popular for day sails and overnight charters at Angel Island, Paradise Cove, and Jack London Square.

The Platinum and Catamaran Fleet - Luxury yacht charters on San Francisco Bay

Experience all that the SF Bay has to offer in style. Complete with all the amenities needed for simple, comfortable sailing, these Jeanneau, Beneteau, Fountaine Pajot, and Seawind yachts will complete your bay sailing experience. Sized 37 to 40 feet in length, their spacious designs can accommodate 6-8 guests overnight with room to spare.

Pricing Structure

Pricing is tiered and varies according to vessel size and age.

Only Full Day [9:00am - 8:00am the next day] reservation types are bookable online. Please call our office at (415) 331-8250 or email us if you'd like to make a Sunset [4:00 - 8:00pm] reservation.

Pricing is subject to change without notice. Learn about club membership or hire a captain for a Skippered Sail if club membership isn’t for you. 

How to Get Qualified for Bareboat Chartering

Bareboat charters are available for members only who have successfully completed the required ASA Certification Courses or have undergone a successful Fleet Rating Checkout.

New members who are beginners can gain access to our fleet by completing ASA Certification Courses at Modern Sailing:

  • Completion of ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising certifies new sailors to charter Silver Fleet (30’ – 32’).
  • ASA 103 graduates who have skippered 4 on-the-water days (4 or more hours each) can qualify to charter the Gold Fleet by completing the Gold Fleet Upgrade Clinic.
  • Completion of ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising certifies sailors to charter Silver, Gold (33’ – 37’), and Platinum (37’ – 44’) Fleets.
  • To charter catamarans, completion of ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran is required. 
  • If joining the club within 1 year after completing ASA 103 or above at Modern Sailing, a Fleet Rating Checkout is not required.
  • If rejoining the club within 1 year from the last charter, a Fleet Rating Checkout is not required.
  • Experienced sailors joining the club are not required to possess certifications, but must submit a sailing resume and successfully complete a Fleet Rating Checkout with one of our instructors. To get started on scheduling your Fleet Rating Checkout, complete and submit this electronic Request Form.

Click here to explore yacht charters on San Francisco Bay.

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

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  • Steve Hood, Basic Coastal Cruising

    I would definitely recommend Modern Sailing to anyone who is interested in learning to sail the right way.

  • Alisa Driscoll, Dual Site Member

    Here are some snaps of Our Saturday, August 20, 2022 Modern Sailing Expedition with Captain Robert Bivin, who was outstanding. Please convey photos and thanks to him. He is an outstanding individual, leader and sailing instructor. His knowledge and experience made us all feel safe and our Farallones Day Trip educational and just amazing. 

  • Andrew Goble, San Francisco

    It has been wonderful sailing with MSC over the years. Please extend my thanks to the owners, management, and staff for unrequited professionalism and high standards in a charter fleet. I have sailed with several in my years and none nearly hold a candle to the quality of business and staff at Modern Sailing.

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415-331-8250 / 800-995-1668

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