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Multi-Day Charters: Fueling Up and Pumping Out

If you’ve never done an overnight charter with Modern Sailing, you have probably never been concerned about your fuel and holding tank levels. However, on a multi-day charter, whether in SF Bay or abroad, your tank levels are something you always need to be mindful of. 

When you arrive to start your multi-day charter, expect your boat's holding tank to be empty and the water and fuel tanks to be full or nearly full. Eventually, you may need to know where to find fuel and pumpout stations in San Francisco Bay. This list will help. 

The pandemic has made access to some marinas and their services unpredictable, so always call in advance to ensure they will be open when you arrive.


Central Bay

Clipper Yacht Harbor / Chevron Yacht Harbor
310 Harbor Drive
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 332-3500

Fuel Station Hours:
Monday through Thursday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Friday through Sunday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Holding Tank Pumpout Hours ($5):
Monday through Thursday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Friday through Sunday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Schoonmaker Point Marina
85 Liberty Ship Way
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 331-5550
Pumpout for free 8 AM - 11 AM , 3 PM - 6 PM on B dock.

San Francisco Marina - Gashouse Cove
3950 Scott Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 831-6322
Pumpout for $15 24x7 at the fuel dock. Free pumpout is available in the marina's West Basin.

East Bay

Ballena Isle Marina Fuel Dock
1150 Ballena Boulevard, #111
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 523-5528
Pumpout for free 24x7.

Berkeley Marina Fuel Dock
201 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 981-6740
Pumpout for free 24x7 on G dock, I dock, C dock/east, and C dock/west.

Coyote Point Marina
1900 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 573-2594
Pumpout for free 24 hours a day on the guest dock.

Emeryville Marina Fuel Dock
3310 Powell Street
Emeryville, CA 94608
Main: (510) 654-3716
Fuel Dock: (510) 654-6040
Pumpout for free 24x7 on the commerical fishing dock.

Grand Marina
2099 Grand Street, Alameda, 94501
(510) 865-1200
Pumpout for free 9AM - 5PM at the pump station below the harbormaster's office.

Jack London Square Marina
2 Webster Street
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 834-4591

Marina Village Yacht Harbor
1030 Marina Village Parkway
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 521-0905
Pumpout for free 24x7 on Dock 8 and Dock 10.

Channel Marina Yacht Harbor (Fuel Only)
230 West Cutting Boulevard
Richmond, CA 94804
(510) 233-2246

Marina Bay Yacht Harbor (Pumpout Only)
1340 Marina Way South
Richmond, CA 94804
(510) 236-1013
Pumpout for free within the marina, top of D dock, end of G dock.

North Bay

Loch Lomond Marina
110 Loch Lomand Drive
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 454-7228
Pumpout for free 24x7 at the fuel dock.

Napa Valley Marina
1200 Milton Road
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 252-8011
Pumpout for $10 at the fuel dock, weekdays 8AM - 5PM, Saturdays 9AM - 5PM, Sundays 9AM - 4PM

Vallejo Municipal Marina
42 Harbor Way
Vallejo, CA 94590
(707) 648-4370
Pumpout for free 24x7 at J dock and the fuel dock.

Benicia Marina
266 East B Street
Benicia, CA 94510
(707) 745-2628
Pumpout for free 24x7 at the fuel dock.

Fuel Up & Pumpout Tips

Need some pumpout tips? Check out this instructional video by BoatUs.

Watch this video for a quick fueling lesson. The boat in the video is a power boat, but the principles are the same. 

Technophile sailors might like to test out the Pumpout Nav App, developed by the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways’ (DBW) Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Program in partnership with the San Francisco Estuary Partnership and The Bay Foundation (funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund).

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