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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 $245 $290   $210 $250
Sunset $175 $205  

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 $245 $290   $210 $250
Sunset $175 $205  
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 $245 $290   $210 $250
Sunset $175 $205  

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 $245 $290   $210 $250
Sunset $175 $205  
Tule Wind,  Catalina 30 sailboat charter

Tule Wind 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 $245 $290   $210 $250
Sunset $175 $205  

Passion is a Pearson 32 in our Silver Trainers Fleet. The Bill Shaw-designed Pearson 32 still shines among the club racers and coastal cruisers. Its draw is that it more than meets the... read more

  Summer Rates (Daylight Savings Time)   Winter Rates (Standard Time)
  Weekday Weekend   Weekday Weekend
Full Day $245 $290   $210 $250
Sunset $175 $205  

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 $245 $290   $210 $250
Sunset $175 $205  

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

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 $300 $350   $255 $300
Sunset $210 $245  

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 $310 $365   $265 $310
Sunset $215 $255  

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 $320 $375   $270 $320
Sunset $225 $265  

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 $335 $395   $285 $335
Sunset $235 $275  

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 $370 $435   $315 $370
Sunset $260 $305  

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 $470 $550   $400 $470
Sunset $330 $385  

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 $475 $560   $405 $475
Sunset $335 $390  

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 $480 $565   $410 $480
Sunset $335 $395  

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

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 $540 $635   $460 $540
Sunset $380 $445  

Survivor is a 2017 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 $560 $655   $475 $560
Sunset $390 $460  

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 $580 $685   $495 $580
Sunset $410 $480  
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 $600 $705   $510 $600
Sunset $420 $495  

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 $610 $720   $520 $615
Sunset $430 $505  

Catamaran

Sailing Catamaran Charter in Sausalito California

Vela Mare is a Seawind 1160 catamaran. Her interior design offers spaciousness and 360-degree visibility. She features twin inboard diesel engines, a traditional mainsail with a stackpack... read more

  Summer Rates (Daylight Savings Time)   Winter Rates (Standard Time)
  Weekday Weekend   Weekday Weekend
Full Day $695 $815   $590 $695
Sunset $485 $570  

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 $710 $835   $605 $710
Sunset $500 $585  

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 $750 $880   $640 $750
Sunset $525 $615  

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

HIGH WIND        
Over 20 knots (Sustained) - You must have at least a 2nd reef in the main sail.

Over 30 knots (Sustained) - You must douse the mainsail and jib and motor back as quickly as possible.

If it is determined that you did not follow above policies, you will be responsible for any and all damage caused to the vessel or bodily injury.

ANCHORING
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 motor your anchor free and damage is caused, you will be responsible for any and all damage caused to the vessel.

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 at 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 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:

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

ALCOHOL ON BOARD
Anyone (skipper or guest) that is 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.

SINGLE-HANDED SAILING
Departing from the dock alone is not permitted. Crews must consist of 2 or more people.

LATE FEE
Please be mindful there may be members scheduled to charter after you. Return to dock with enough time to properly put away the boat and be off the boat by your scheduled time. If you are late returning your boat, a late fee will be applied of $75 for each half hour you are late.

ON BOARD POLICIES
Only the skipper on record can maneuver in and out of slips/docks.

Legal Limit for All Boats is 12 People - This legal limit is set by the Coast Guard. All of 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.  Please ensure all passengers' footwear have non-marking soles.
  • Red wine is barred on boats as it stains decks and interiors.
  • Do not raft up to any boats.
  • Do not tow other boats.

Important—Waiver of Insurance: The company policies and procedures regarding 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 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 MSSC 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. I have read the foregoing and accept the foregoing waiver as set forth.

 

SKIPPER RESPONSIBILITIES CHECKLIST

Review the responsibilities of the captain and inform your crew about the list below. As a bareboat charterer, I understand that I'm 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 any damage before you leave the dock)
  • Make sure crew has proper footwear. (Non-marking soles)
  • 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 Man Overboard Procedures.
  • Determine if your crew can swim. Encourage the use of life jackets. Children must wear life jackets.
  • Appoint someone to be second in command in case something happens to the skipper.
  • Check head operation: no paper of any kind in toliets. Please dispose in trash.
  • Secure all hatches and windows before you begin to sail. Coil the shore power cord.
  • Do not unzip the dodger windows.
  • If you have any questions about boat operations, please check in with the MSC team.

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE ITEMS WHEN YOU RETURN

  • Secure all halyards away from mast, fold and stow or cover all sails, and coil all lines.
  • Secure jib sheets in winch self-tailer jaws.
  • Stow all gear in proper locations.
  • 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.
  • Stove: Turn off LPG switch on panel and close valves on propane tank.
  • Batteries: Switch batteries off (if they were off when you entered the boat).
  • Put the dodger covers back on.
  • Secure all hatches and lock 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.
  • Plug in shore power cord, switch shore power source on, and ensure that no part of the shore power cord hangs in the water.
  • 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.

VESSEL 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 above to make sure that no charges are accrued. Cleaning charges are
$75 per hour plus supplies. (min. charge is $75.) 

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  • 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.

  • Esther C

    I took ASA 101 with them recently. They have the best customer service I've ever seen! I mistyped my address when I signed up online so didn't receive the textbook. I called and the lady immediately sent me another copy! Everyone at the club is super friendly.

  • Steve Hood, Basic Coastal Cruising

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

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