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Our Yacht Charter Fleet

Bareboat Charters on San Francisco Bay – Our Fleet

Are you looking to bareboat charter on San Francisco Bay? Join our club! Membership is required in order to charter a vessel without a licensed captain aboard.

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

  • Completion of ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising certifies new sailors to charter Silver Fleet (30’ – 32’).
  • Sailors are certified to charter Gold (33’ – 37’) and Platinum (37’ – 44’) Fleets with completion of ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising.
  • To charter catamarans, completion of ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran is required.

Experienced sailors joining the club are not required to possess certifications but must submit a sailing resume and be able to successfully complete a Skills Checkout with one of our instructors.

Would love to go for a sail but membership isn’t for you? A Skippered Charter or an Introductory Sail might be a perfect fit.

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

Prices are subject to change without notice.

Silver Fleet

Cohitta (pronounced co-hee-ta) is a Catalina 30 in our Silver Trainers Fleet. Her name is an ode to Coho II, our beloved bluewater cruiser.

The Catalina 30 is one of the... read more

  Summer Rates (Daylight Savings Time)   Winter Rates (Standard Time)
  Weekday Weekend   Weekday Weekend
Full Day $270 $320   $230 $270
Sunset $195  

Double Lotus is a Catalina 30 in our Silver Trainers Fleet. The Catalina 30 is one of the most popular cruising sailboats of this size in the world. Catalina Yachts built this model in... read more

  Summer Rates (Daylight Savings Time)   Winter Rates (Standard Time)
  Weekday Weekend   Weekday Weekend
Full Day $270 $320   $230 $270
Sunset $195  
Catalina 30 sailboat charter near San Francisco

Dolce Vita is a Catalina 30 in our Silver Trainers Fleet. The Catalina 30 is one of the most popular cruising sailboats of this size in the world. Catalina Yachts built this model in one... read more

  Summer Rates (Daylight Savings Time)   Winter Rates (Standard Time)
  Weekday Weekend   Weekday Weekend
Full Day $270 $320   $210 $250
Sunset $195  

Mo'orea is a Catalina 30 in our Silver Trainers Fleet. The Catalina 30 is one of the most popular cruising sailboats of this size in the world. Catalina Yachts built this model in one... read more

  Summer Rates (Daylight Savings Time)   Winter Rates (Standard Time)
  Weekday Weekend   Weekday Weekend
Full Day $270 $320   $230 $270
Sunset $195  

This C&C 32 is a graceful, zippy, Canadian-built racer-cruiser in our Silver Trainers Fleet perfect for practice and enjoying short-range cruises on the Bay.

Although she sports a racy... read more

  Summer Rates (Daylight Savings Time)   Winter Rates (Standard Time)
  Weekday Weekend   Weekday Weekend
Full Day $270 $320   $230 $270
Sunset $195  

Sophia is a Catalina 30 in our Silver Plus Fleet. The Catalina 30 is one of the most popular cruising sailboats of this size in the world. Catalina Yachts built this model in one design... read more

  Summer Rates (Daylight Savings Time)   Winter Rates (Standard Time)
  Weekday Weekend   Weekday Weekend
Full Day $300 $355   $255 $300
Sunset $215  

Betty is a Catalina 30 in our Silver Plus Fleet. The Catalina 30 is one of the most popular cruising sailboats of this size in the world. Catalina Yachts built this model in one design... read more

  Summer Rates (Daylight Savings Time)   Winter Rates (Standard Time)
  Weekday Weekend   Weekday Weekend
Full Day $300 $355   $255 $300
Sunset $215  

Kele is a Catalina 320 in our Silver Plus Fleet. The Catalina 320 is designed by Gerry Douglas and is perfectly balanced. All lines run aft, and with a waterline comparable to larger... read more

  Summer Rates (Daylight Savings Time)   Winter Rates (Standard Time)
  Weekday Weekend   Weekday Weekend
Full Day $325 $385   $275 $325
Sunset $230  

Phoenix is a Catalina 320 in our Silver Plus Fleet. The 320 features modern construction with Catalina's hallmark comfort value. With a high-performance and large volume hull design, the... read more

  Summer Rates (Daylight Savings Time)   Winter Rates (Standard Time)
  Weekday Weekend   Weekday Weekend
Full Day $330 $390   $280 $330
Sunset $235  

Stray Cat is a Catalina 320 in our Silver Plus Fleet. The 320 features modern construction with Catalina's hallmark comfort value. With a high-performance and large-volume hull design,... read more

  Summer Rates (Daylight Savings Time)   Winter Rates (Standard Time)
  Weekday Weekend   Weekday Weekend
Full Day $345 $405   $295 $345
Sunset $245  

Kokomo is a Catalina 320 in our Silver Plus Fleet. The Catalina 320 features modern construction with Catalina's hallmark comfort value. With a high-performance and large-volume hull... read more

  Summer Rates (Daylight Savings Time)   Winter Rates (Standard Time)
  Weekday Weekend   Weekday Weekend
Full Day $345 $405   $295 $345
Sunset $245  

Fiore Italia is a Beneteau Oceanis 31 in our Silver Plus Fleet featuring a traditional mainsail with a stackpack. She is a two-cabin model with a beautiful interior including white... read more

  Summer Rates (Daylight Savings Time)   Winter Rates (Standard Time)
  Weekday Weekend   Weekday Weekend
Full Day $355 $420   $300 $355
Sunset $250  

Helix is a Beneteau Oceanis 30.1 in our Silver Plus Fleet. With a stemhead, hard-chine hull, and eye-catching profile, the Oceanis 30.1 presents like a scaled-down cruising yacht. A... read more

  Summer Rates (Daylight Savings Time)   Winter Rates (Standard Time)
  Weekday Weekend   Weekday Weekend
Full Day $385 $450   $325 $385
Sunset $270  

Gold Fleet

Andiamo is a Catalina 36 featuring an in-mast furling main and roller furling jib. She has a spacious salon, roomy head, a large galley with good storage, and enclosed aft and v-berth... read more

  Summer Rates (Daylight Savings Time)   Winter Rates (Standard Time)
  Weekday Weekend   Weekday Weekend
Full Day $395 $465   $335 $395
Sunset $280  

With her navy blue freeboards and dual helm/dual rudder configuration, Traharta is a distinctive choice in our Gold Fleet. Dual rudders provide enhanced stability when the wind blows and... read more

  Summer Rates (Daylight Savings Time)   Winter Rates (Standard Time)
  Weekday Weekend   Weekday Weekend
Full Day $500 $585   $425 $495
Sunset $350  

From the very first glance, the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 349 captivates with her pure lines, generous interior volume, and inviting cockpit. True to the legacy of the Sun Odyssey line, this model... read more

  Summer Rates (Daylight Savings Time)   Winter Rates (Standard Time)
  Weekday Weekend   Weekday Weekend
Full Day $500 $585   $425 $495
Sunset $350  

This Beneteau Oceanis 37 Platinum Edition is elegantly and intelligently designed above and below deck. The mainsail is traditionally rigged with a stackpack and lazy jacks and the jib is roller-... read more

  Summer Rates (Daylight Savings Time)   Winter Rates (Standard Time)
  Weekday Weekend   Weekday Weekend
Full Day $505 $595   $430 $505
Sunset $355  

Grey Goose is a beautiful example of the Beneteau Oceanis 37 line. With sleek and clean styling inside and out, her performance under sail and her liveaboard accommodations are both... read more

  Summer Rates (Daylight Savings Time)   Winter Rates (Standard Time)
  Weekday Weekend   Weekday Weekend
Full Day $505 $595   $430 $505
Sunset $355  

Platinum Fleet

Coho II is our legendary offshore racer/cruiser. She has carried hundreds of MSC students and sailors under the Golden Gate Bridge and onto the Pacific Ocean.

At 44.4 feet overall... read more

  Summer Rates (Daylight Savings Time)   Winter Rates (Standard Time)
  Weekday Weekend   Weekday Weekend
Full Day $555 $655   $460 $540
Sunset $390  

Survivor is a  Beneteau Oceanis 38 featuring an in-mast furling mainsail, and a roller-furling, self-tacking jib, making her an easy boat to sail with short-handed crews.

The... read more

  Summer Rates (Daylight Savings Time)   Winter Rates (Standard Time)
  Weekday Weekend   Weekday Weekend
Full Day $585 $685   $495 $580
Sunset $410  

Liberty is a 2018 Beneteau Oceanis 38.1, featuring dual helms and rudders, an in-mast furling mainsail, and a roller-furling jib. She also uniquely features a dodger and bimini,... read more

  Summer Rates (Daylight Savings Time)   Winter Rates (Standard Time)
  Weekday Weekend   Weekday Weekend
Full Day $605 $715   $515 $610
Sunset $430  
Jeanneau 409 charter boat in Sausalito

This three-cabin Jeanneau Sun Odyssey stands out with a slick and modern interior. The large cockpit has a double helm and plenty of space to host a larger group. The flat decks also offer... read more

  Summer Rates (Daylight Savings Time)   Winter Rates (Standard Time)
  Weekday Weekend   Weekday Weekend
Full Day $625 $735   $530 $625
Sunset $440  

Attitude Adjustment, a Beneteau Oceanis 41, boasts a large cockpit with dual helms, ideal for accommodating larger crews. The roller-furling main and jib make her an easy vessel to sail... read more

  Summer Rates (Daylight Savings Time)   Winter Rates (Standard Time)
  Weekday Weekend   Weekday Weekend
Full Day $635 $750   $540 $640
Sunset $450  

Catamaran

Ho'okele is a Seawind 1160 catamaran. This model of catamaran is renowned for its phenomenal sailing attributes: speed, maneuverability, and comfort. Twin engines, dual helms, a roller-... read more

  Summer Rates (Daylight Savings Time)   Winter Rates (Standard Time)
  Weekday Weekend   Weekday Weekend
Full Day $715 $840   $605 $710
Sunset $500  

Built for performance, style, and easy handling, Kanaloa is blue water equipped and ready for bareboat charterers and MSC-hosted adventures. Her sleek design is optimal for socializing,... read more

  Summer Rates (Daylight Savings Time)   Winter Rates (Standard Time)
  Weekday Weekend   Weekday Weekend
Full Day $760 $895   $645 $760
Sunset $535  

Policies and Definitions

 

CHARTER BOOKING DEFINITIONS

MID-WEEK - Monday through Friday

WEEKEND - Saturday and Sunday

FULL DAY  - 9:00 AM - 8:00 AM the next morning. 

SUNSET - 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Monday through Friday only. Sunset reservations are not bookable online. Please call our office at (415) 331-8250 or email us to make a reservation.

LIVEABOARD - 4:00 PM - 8:00 AM. Friday through Sunday, charterers and ASA students may reserve a boat for sleeping aboard on a same-day basis only. Advance reservations for Monday through Thursday nights are available for our ASA students only.

SUMMER RATES - Summer rates are in effect during Daylight Saving Time season.

WINTER RATES - Winter rates are in effect during Standard Time season.

Early Sunset Benefit - The Early Sunset Benefit has been temporarily suspended. We will notify our members via the Weekly Newsletter email when we will be able to offer this benefit once again. 

Staying Aboard Overnight - Full Day and Liveaboard Reservations permit sleeping aboard overnight. Be advised that Modern Sailing does not provide bedding, pillows, towels, and toiletries. Please bring your own pillow and sleeping bag or other bedding, towel(s), and toiletries as needed. To give our Fleet Staff time to prepare the boat for the day's sailing, please remove all belongings and be off the boat no later than 8:00 AM.

Multi-Day Discount - Multi-Day Charters are discounted 10% for two consecutive days and 15% off for three or more consecutive days.

Complimentary Advance Booking - Members may book up to 3 advance bareboat charter reservations, for which there is no payment due until the day of the charter. Advance bookings in excess of 3 (at any given time) will be prepaid in full. Consecutive multi-day charter reservations count as 1 booking.

CANCELLATION POLICY - Please give notice of cancellation 72 hours more before your reservation to avoid a cancellation fee. If you cancel less than 72 hours before your charter, there is a cancellation fee of 50% of the charter rate. During Standard Time (non-Daylight Saving season, typically early November through mid-March), the cancellation policy requires only 24 hours of notice.

 

CHARTER POLICIES

RESPONSIBILITY FOR VESSEL DAMAGE DURING YOUR CHARTER

As a responsible Skipper, I will check this vessel to determine that it is in seaworthy condition before departure. I agree to return the vessel in the same condition that it was received and secure the vessel according to the "Check-In Form - Skipper Responsibilities" checklist. I will be responsible for excess cleaning costs, loss, and/or repairs. The amount is determined by the fleet level. Please check the white binder on each vessel for the total. I also agree to hold harmless Modern Sailing School & Club from any liability that may result from my use of this vessel, and I agree to inform my crew about this release. All vessels are not insured to navigate beyond Mile Rock and Point Bonita.

SINGLE-HANDED SAILING

Departing from the dock alone is not permitted. Crews must consist of 2 or more people.    
     
HIGH WIND

  • Over 20 knots (sustained) - You must have at least a 2nd reef in the mainsail.
  • Over 30 knots (sustained) - You must douse the mainsail, furl the jib, and motor back to base as quickly as possible.

ANCHORING, MOORING, and TOWING

  • If your anchor becomes snagged and you are unable to retrieve it, you must tie a fender to the anchor rode and release the balance of the rode overboard to be retrieved by a diver the next day. If you try to force your anchor free with excessive motor power and damage results, you will be responsible for any and all damage caused to the vessel.
  • Do not raft together with other boats.
  • Towing of other boats is disallowed.

RESTRICTED SAILING AREAS

  • Obey all navigation rules and local regulations.
  • Platinum Fleet and Catamarans: Pier 1.5 in San Francisco is restricted.
  • All Boats: Piers 39 & 41, Aquatic Park in SF, and Sam’s Café in Tiburon are restricted.
  • All Boats: Anchoring in China Cove (northside of Angel Island) is restricted due to underwater hazards.
  • Charterers may not sail outside of San Francisco Bay beyond the line of demarcation between Mile Rock and Point Bonita.

Anyone sailing or motoring near shore or low water areas, through designated anchoring areas, or into/out of marina who causes damage to the charter vessel, or any other vessel or property is fully responsible for all claims of damage.

NIGHT SAILING

To become qualified to sail or motor after sunset, you must either:

  • Complete ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising at Modern Sailing School & Club; or
  • Complete our Night Sailing Clinic.

Without one of these qualifications, sailing or motoring after sunset is not permitted.

ALCOHOL and OTHER DRUGS

Anyone (skipper or guest) deemed intoxicated at the time of an accident will be fully responsible for all bodily injury or property damage as a result of that accident. You are not covered by insurance if intoxicated.

LATE FEE

Please be mindful there may be members scheduled to charter after you. Return to dock with enough time to properly check in the boat and disembark by your scheduled end time. If you are late disembarking from your boat, a late fee of $75 will be applied for each half-hour beyond your scheduled end time.

ONBOARD POLICIES

  • Only sailors certified at the appropriate fleet level can maneuver in and out of dock slips/marina.
    • Sailors must be Silver Fleet charter certified to be on the helm of a 30 to 32' vessel during dock/marina departure and entry maneuvers.
    • Sailors must be Gold Fleet charter certified to be on the helm of a 33' to 37' vessel during dock/marina departure and entry maneuvers.
    • Sailors must be Platinum Fleet charter certified to be on the helm of a 38' to 44'  vessel during dock/marina departure and entry maneuvers.
    • Sailors must be Catamaran Fleet charter certified to be on the helm of a multihull vessel during dock/marina departure and entry maneuvers.
  • Regardless of who is on the helm, the skipper on record is financially liable for any damages incurred during vessel use.
  • Legal limit for all boats is 12 people. This legal limit is set by the Coast Guard. All our boats have an individual Bareboat Capacity Recommendation that is based on how many people can sail comfortably.
  • Pets are not permitted on boats.
  • Fishing gear of any kind, including crab pots, are prohibited.
  • Modern Sailing sailboats are a smoke-free zone everywhere onboard.
  • Check your guest’s footwear and please ensure all passengers’ footwear have non-marking soles.
  • Red wine is barred on boats as it stains decks and interiors.

IF THE BOAT BECOMES DISABLED

If the boat becomes disabled or you are unsure what to do in any situation, call the MSC office first at (415) 331-8250. After business hours, or if there is no answer, call Leigh (650) 704-6282. If no one can be reached, call Vessel Assist at (800) 4-SEATOW or on VHF radio channel 16. You will find the boat's SeaTow membership information in the boat's white binder (usually in or near the navigation table).

IMPORTANT - WAIVER OF INSURANCE

The company policies and procedures regarding the use of the vessels charted through Modern Sailing School & Club are for the protection of the members, owners, and MSC. These policies and procedures must be adhered to strictly. The Skipper hereby acknowledges and agrees that he or she is familiar with and covenants to comply with said policies and procedures. As further consideration for the charter of the vessel pursuant to this Charter Agreement, the undersigned agrees that in the event that he or she willfully fails to comply with the policies and procedures regarding the use of the chartered vessel, he or she shall be solely responsible for any and all damages that result from said failure and further does hereby expressly waive and forfeit coverage under any insurance policy providing coverage to MSC individually or jointly with the Skipper. 

In addition to the Waiver above, the Skipper agrees that in the event of a loss or damage resulting from Skipper’s negligence, Skipper will reimburse MSC for the amount of any deductible due under MSC’s insurance coverage.

COVID-19 RELEASE

I am aware of the possibility of infection due to the COVID-19 virus and that such risk may be increased by my participation in this activity. I agree that I will abide by all government and MODERN SAILING mandated requirements in my use of the vessel and assume full and total responsibility and shall hold MODERN SAILING harmless should any of the participants in the charter, including myself, become infected with the virus.

By submitting my charter form, I agree I have read the foregoing and accept the foregoing waiver as set forth.
 

SKIPPER RESPONSIBILITIES CHECKLIST

SKIPPER RESPONSIBILITIES & CHARTER POLICIES AGREEMENT
Please review the responsibilities of the Skipper and inform your crew according to the list below.  

As a bareboat charterer and Skipper, I understand that I am in control and command of this vessel, regardless of who I've hired to help with local knowledge, navigation and crewing. It is also my responsibility to review and operate all vessels in accordance with current safe boating laws.

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE ITEMS BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE DOCK

  • Check the boat like a rental car. Report pre-existing damage before leaving the dock. Make sure to move the fenders and include descriptions in your form.
  • Ensure crew has proper footwear (white, non-marking soles).
  • Instruct crew on Crew Overboard Recovery procedures.
  • Instruct crew on location of all safety equipment, including fire extinguishers, life jackets, flotation devices, horn, and radio. (Channel 16 is for Emergencies and Coast Guard Help)
  • Instruct crew on head operation. No paper of any kind in toilets (please dispose of paper products in trash bins).
  • Determine if your crew can swim. Encourage the use of life jackets. Children are required to wear life jackets. We have children’s life jackets available in the office.
  • Appoint someone to be second in command in case something happens to the skipper.
  • Secure all hatches and windows before leaving the dock.
  • The dodger cannot be removed or folded forward. Please remove the canvas covering the windows so as not to obstruct your view. Safely stow below deck during sailing and replace before you leave the boat.
  • If you have any questions about boat systems or operations, please check with the MSC team.

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE ITEMS WHEN YOU RETURN

It is very important to return the vessel in the same condition and with all the inventory, just as you received the boat. Please secure the vessel using the checklist below to make sure that no charges are accrued. Cleaning charges are $75 per hour plus supplies (minimum charge is $75).

  • BATTERIES: UPON RETURN: Turn battery Switch to "1" or “OFF” (if they were off when you entered the boat). Ensure the AC Panel "Charger" is turned "ON" and bilge pump is on "Auto". Ensure that your shore power cord is properly plugged in and the breaker on the dock box is turned on. Ensure the cord is not hanging in the water.
  • Stow all gear in proper locations.
  • Stove: Turn off LPG switch (solenoid) on the panel and close valves on the propane tank.
  • Thoroughly clean galley, wipe down counters and floors, clean any dishes that were used and set out to dry.
  • Thoroughly flush head to pump dry. Wipe seat.
  • Clean cabin and wipe floorboards with wet paper towels.
  • Remove trash bags from bins if they contain waste. Dispose of all waste in the dumpsters and recycling bins located behind the Modern Sailing office.
  • Secure all halyards away from the mast, fold and cover all sails, and coil all lines.
  • Secure jib sheets in winch self-tailer jaws.
  • If your boat has a dodger, put the dodger covers back in place.
  • Secure all hatches and lock the boat.
  • Wash the boat with dock hose: hull, topsides, cockpit, and stainless steel (jib furler, pulpits, stanchions, lifelines, turnbuckles, mast base, etc.) to remove corrosive salt crystals. Use the deck brush in the cockpit to remove any crumbs or spills.
  • Completely clean anchor and chain, if used.
  • Ensure fenders are securely tied and resting above the water line between the boat and the dock.
  • Check dock lines to ensure that they are snug and properly tied to dock cleats.

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Testimonials

  • Sara Jane G.

    I've taken two classes at MSS&C and was very happy with the program. This is also a great club with lots of opportunities for camaraderie and practice on the water. The boats in the fleet are fantastic and kept in tip-top shape. I highly recommend for all sailors and would-be sailors!

  • John Clark

    Every aspect of Modern Sailing - training, syllabus, course materials, quality of the boats, quality of the instructors, and the very friendly and helpful staff - exceeded my expectations. Modern Sailing has a first class sailing program in an environment with challenging winds and currents. I look forward to coming back to charter a boat and certainly plan to continue my sailing training.

  • 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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