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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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  • Guy Robinson, Member

    I started sailing at Modern at the end of 2021 and threw myself into it, spending as much time out on the water as I could. I came to Modern with some flat water dinghy sailing experience and it was quite a transition learning to sail bigger boats in much tougher conditions. There was a lot to learn, but the Modern instructors, Club Skippers and fellow Modern sailors made learning fun and rewarding. My Modern instructors were clearly very experienced sailors and sailing with them was inspiring! I want to thank the maintenance crew and office staff for their dedication and hard work - you are the folks who make things work! There is a lot more to learn and I look forward to sailing with Modern for years to come.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

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