Best Boat Charters
in San Francisco

Why These Boat Charters?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored boat charters on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best boat charters in San Francisco, CA.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

AC Sailing SF

Founded in 2011, AC Sailing SF provides adventure sailing trips on the San Francisco Bay aboard the USA 76, a 2003 America's Cup Challenger. They offer 2.5-hour sailing charters, sunset cruises, and charters for private events for up to 20 guests, such as teambuilding, client entertainment, and special occasions. Customized events can include a photographer, an America's Cup speaker, custom gear, and other unique options.

San Francisco, CA(619) 630-6383


Anchors Up

Anchors Up offers affordable boat charters on the San Francisco Bay with captains certified and licensed by the United States Coast Guard. The fast, spacious Bayliner 305 SB features an immaculate interior from which to enjoy the sites, including Angel Island, Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge, Sam's Anchor Cafe, and McCovey Cove. The boat can hold up to six guests and can be chartered for either three or six hours.

San Francisco, CA(415) 484-8137


Bay View Charters

Located in Vallejo, Bay View Charters specializes in ash-scattering memorial services at sea as well as private charters for special occasions, sunset and dinner cruises, and tour packages. Their United States Coast Guard-certified 40-foot motor yacht can accommodate up to 30 passengers and features a full galley, lounge, dining area with panoramic views, and full-service bar.

Vallejo, CA(800) 817-8774


Captain Chuck's Charters

Captain Chuck's Charters is a fully licensed Bay Area business run by a US Coast Guard Certified Master Mariner Captain with 40 years of experience in both the ocean and bay. They offer sightseeing cruises highlight San Francisco, marriage proposal charters, bay and ocean photo shoots, sailing lessons, full moon charters and sunset cruises, team-building activities, and corporate events. And because the captain is an ordained minister, intimate weddings on the water are also available.

Sausalito, CA(415) 233-1350


Captain Kirk's San Francisco Sailing

Captain Kirk's San Francisco Sailing has offered charter services for more than 25 years. This company boasts three custom yachts, two custom racer-cruisers and one blue-water cruiser, and three captains who each have more than 30 years of experience. They offer corporate team-building charters, client entertainment, sunset cruises, sailing lessons, special events and celebrations, and more.

San Francisco, CA(650) 930-0740


Captain San Francisco Sailing Charters

Captain San Francisco Sailing Charters features Bay Area yacht trips for between six and 200 passengers. Captain Josh Waldman has logged more than 30,000 international ocean miles and is fluent in Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. Captain San Francisco Sailing Charters offers convenient, secure online booking.

San Francisco, CA(661) 282-7245


Compass Rose Yacht Charters

Founded in 1992, Compass Rose Yacht Charters offers private dinner cruises on the San Francisco Bay for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, corporate events, and other occasions. Their flagship yacht, the Voyager, is 75 feet long and can accommodate up to 65 guests for fine dining, boasting a two-level seating area, full-length mahogany bar, and hardwood dance floor. They have three convenient boarding locations in San Francisco, Alameda, or Berkeley.

Berkeley, CA(510) 523-9500


Fine Day for Sailing

Located in Sausalito, Fine Day for Sailing offers private yacht cruises with United States Coast Guard certified captain Heather Richard. Richard has more than 20 years of experience with many different vessels, and can provide clients their ideal sailing experience. Some options include lessons, private coaching, classic schooners, racing boats, cruises to watch the America's Cup, and other fun experiences for sailing enthusiasts and newcomers alike.

Sausalito, CA(415) 730-0849


Five Stars Yacht

Based in Sausalito, Five Stars Yacht offers a United States Coast Guard-certified 75-foot motor yacht for both private charter and public special events. They provide a beautiful three-level interior with both indoor and outdoor spaces, as well as available full gourmet catering services and full bar.

Sausalito, CA(415) 332-3150


Full Moon Yacht Charters San Francisco

Full Moon Yacht Charters San Francisco hosts private, customized cruises on the San Francisco Bay for up to 12 guests. Clients enjoy a voyage on the 1989 Kha Shing Double-Cabin Motoryacht, featuring a spacious salon, two restrooms, a stateroom with queen-sized bed and vanity, forward cabin for two, aft deck, flybridge, and fully stocked wet bar and galley.

San Francisco, CA(415) 992-2192


Red and White Fleet

The San Francisco-based Red and White Fleet offers a range of exciting cruises, including a California twilight cruise highlighting Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, and other local attractions. They also have a New Year's Eve Family Fireworks Cruise with kids' activities, champagne, a live DJ, photo booth, party favors, and light appetizers, as well as a 21-and-over version. This historic company was founded in 1892.

San Francisco, CA(415) 673-2900


Ruby Sailing

Ruby Sailing offers private parties and public events right on the San Francisco Bay. Designated as one of the best ways to have fun in the city on a budget by Fodor's Travel Guide, the Ruby is an historic ship designed by her captain in 1981.

San Francisco, CA(415) 272-0631


Sailing Fearless

Sailing Fearless is a charter yacht business serving the San Francisco Bay Area. They have two safe, comfortable vessels that offer unprecedented views, including the opportunity to photograph wildlife such as porpoises, seals, and pelicans. Sailing Fearless offers trips to McCovey Cove during Giants baseball games, San Francisco 4th of July Fireworks, Fleet Week, Blue Angels Air Show, holiday parties, sunset cruises, and much more.

Sausalito, CA(415) 745-2292


San Francisco Sailing Co.

San Francisco Sailing Co. prides itself on fun, friendly, and personalized charter tours on the San Francisco Bay for up to 36 guests. They offer two-hour sailing tours, corporate team-building retreats, weddings, birthday parties, and other celebrations, a Fourth of July fireworks spectacular, and other special tours and events. This business has several yachts and is conveniently located at the Pier 39 marina.

San Francisco, CA(415) 378-4887


SF Bay Adventures

Located in Sausalito, SF Bay Adventures provides charters on one of the area's most diverse fleets of sail and motor yachts. Services include full event coordination for client charters, marine film, team-building programs, education programs for all ages, and memorials. Those seeking adventure can opt for whale-watching tours, expeditions to Farallon Island and Angel Island, sunset cruises, and celebratory fireworks.

Sausalito, CA(415) 331-0444


Spinnaker Sailing San Francisco

Spinnaker Sailing San Francisco offers a range of services, including timeshare sailing, sailing lessons, bareboat charters, skipper charters, and a sailing club. This company was founded in 1978 and provides sailing certification through the ASA (American Sailing Association) as well as private charters on its extensive fleet of 22-50 foot yachts. They have a 4.1 out of 5-star overall customer rating on Facebook.

San Francisco, CA(415) 543-7333


Wylie Charters

Wylie Charters offers a range of unique services in the San Francisco Bay Area, including private boat charters and marine science and education courses on a 65-foot sailing research vessel. They specialize in team-building activities, employee appreciation, and client entertainment. School trips can focus on plankton collection, navigation and operation, water sampling and quality, marine mammals, and more.

Canyon, CA(415) 580-0335


Yacht Connections International

Yacht Connections International offers sailing charters on the San Francisco Bay. They specialize in private group dining events and have two elegant yachts. The Yacht Lady can accommodate up to 12 guests, while the 100-foot California Spirit can host a party of up to 130 people and boasts three intimate salons, two full bars, and five full-size designer restrooms. This company has been in business for more than 35 years and specializes in weddings.

Brisbane, CA(650) 737-8093


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