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About the Fleet

San Francisco Bay Sailboat Rentals and Bareboat Charters

Are you looking for a bareboat sailboat rental on San Francisco Bay? Look no further. At Modern Sailing Sausalito and Berkeley, 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 Sportboat Fleet

Our fleet of 24' to 26' sportboats in Berkeley are a fun option for crews of 2 to 4 to enjoy an active day of sailing. With a fleet of ten J/24s and a J/80 for when you’re ready for something a bit more exciting, you’re always able to get out on the Bay.

Modern Sailing members can get qualified to charter our Sportboat Fleet by completing ASA 103, Sportboat Coastal Cruising or the Upgrade to Sportboat Fleet Clinic

The Premium Sportboat Fleet

Sailboats in our Premium Sportboat Fleet are larger than our Sportboat fleet (>27') and are equipped with tiller steering, inboard diesel engines, and basic overnighting features.

To charter Premium Sportboats, members must be both Sportboat and Cruising Boat (Silver, Gold, or Platinum Fleet) Rated.

  • To charter a Premium Sportboat 29' to 32', a Sportboat Fleet and Silver Fleet (minimum) Ratings are required.
  • To charter a Premium Sportboat 33' to 34', a Sportboat Fleet and Gold Fleet (minimum) Ratings are required.

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 Fleet Rating 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, Dufour, 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, Seawind, and Lagoon 40 yachts will complete your bay sailing experience. Sized 38 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 Fleet Rated for Bareboat Chartering

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

Experienced Sailors

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. Sailors seeking a Fleet Rating to charter have the option of doing a Checkout Clinic or a Private Checkout.

To get started on scheduling a Fleet Rating Checkout, please complete and submit this electronic Request Form.

Beginning Sailors

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

  • Completion of our Berkeley ASA 103, Sportboat Basic Coastal Cruising certifies sailors to charter our Berkeley Sportboat Fleet.
  • Completion of ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising on a 30'+ cruising boat in Sausalito or Berkeley certifies new sailors to charter Silver Fleet (30’ – 32’).
  • Students who completed ASA 103 on a cruising boat can add the Sportboat and Premium Sportboat (29'-32') Fleet rating by completing the Upgrade to Sportboat Fleet Clinic.
  • Students who completed ASA 103 on a tiller-steered sportboat can add the Premium Sportboat Fleet and Silver Fleet Ratings by taking the Upgrade to Silver Fleet Clinic.
  • Students who are Sportboat Fleet and Gold Fleet (minimum) Rated can charter Premium Sportboats sized 33' to 34'.
  • 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 at Modern Sailing is required. (Note: ASA 103 or 104 or a Fleet Rating Checkout on a monohull is required to charter monohulls in addition to catamarans.)

When a Fleet Rating Checkout is Not Required...

A Fleet Checkout Rating is not required when a member:

  • joins the club less than one year after completing ASA 103, ASA 104, or ASA 114 at Modern Sailing, or
  • rejoins the club less than two years after the last bareboat charter at Modern Sailing.

How to Get Site Rated to Charter at Both Locations

  • Students who completed ASA 103 and/or are Silver Fleet Rated (or above) in Sausalito can get rated to charter in Berkeley by joining a Berkeley Site Orientation Sail.
  • Students who complete ASA 103 or are Sportboat Fleet Rated (or above) in Berkeley can get rated to charter in Sausalito by completing an Upgrade to Silver Fleet Clinic or Sausalito Site Orientation Sail.
  • Completing ASA 103 at one location and ASA 104 at the other location qualifies members to charter at both locations.
  • Once rated to charter at both sites, your original Fleet Rating will remain the same at both sites.

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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  • Rolf Zingg

    Since many, many years, I had the dream to sail underneath the Golden Gate bridge. On October 14th last year, my dream became true. Thanks to our dear friend Aaron Fritz who made it possible and organized this cruise for us. With this adventure I was able to achieve one more milestone on my sailing career.

    Finally on the water, it was great! Full moon made the flows even stronger and it was like sailing in a washing machine.

    I did my sailing education in the English Channel, where the situation with the wind and flows is comparable to the San Francisco Bay. So I felt pretty much "at home" being on the helm in the Bay.

    I hope our skipper Stan Lander enjoyed this day cruise too. We, definitely did! It was an unforgettable experience for all of us.

    A very big thank you to all of you who made it possible, that my dream became reality! Also thank you for the MSC flag I got at the end of the day. It found it's place in my study, where I can see it daily.

    Rolf Zingg
  • John Kratochvil, Oregon

    I would like to compliment Stan Lander for his coaching, counseling and teaching Heavy Weather Offshore Sailing. Stan was very accommodating to all of the student's interests and shared his many years of insight on handling the boat in heavy seas. I would certainly recommend Stan and this course to sheltered waters sailors. My confidence in handling a boat of this size was certainly enhanced by the experience.

  • David Dolenc, Member

    I love sailing in the San Francisco Bay and greatly appreciate everything that MSC has to offer, the classes, clinics, club sails, racing and charters. I enjoy our supportive sailing community and use every opportunity to spend time on the water. After obtaining the certifications from MSC I did my first charter in Croatia in 2022 with my family. It was amazing and we’re looking forward to returning soon!

    David Dolenc

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