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Bareboat Charters

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All students of Spinnaker Sailing's classes get qualified as part of the learning process.

As part of learning with us, we make sure you are 100% prepared and more importantly, 100% confident of your skills on San Francisco Bay

Yes, we DO offer bareboat charters to Qualifed Sailors who didn't go through their sailing instruction with us. 

If you've checked around San Francisco Bay you've probably found out nearly every other company does not offer bareboat charters to non-members of that company's sailing club. San Francisco Bay is notoriously difficult to sail. The combination of high winds, fast currents and huge ships all around you make SF Bay a sailors mecca, for those with the right skills, or a sailors nightmare for those without.

Fear not, for our checkout fee of $100 we'll get you checked out and make sure you're ready for the Bay. Please note: The checkout process is two-fold. If you are ASA or US Sailing Certified send us a copy of your logbook including certifications and you won't have to take the written exams. If you're not, be prepared to take two written exams before we will even schedule you for the on-water checkout. EVERYONE takes the on-water checkout. There's no other way to prove your skills than for one of our captains to witness you underway.

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Expectations

  • The checkout process is NOT certification. It is just to prove your skills to us so our insurance company will underwrite your sailing. We do offer the ASA certification process. This takes much longer and requires additional fees to the American Sailing Association. Ask us for more info on getting certified.
  • Expect the written tests to take approximately 2 hours. There are two test for each level of checkout.
  • The on-water checkout test can run from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours, depending on your skills.
  • You will sign a charter agreement and post a damage deposit for the boat you are checking out on. The deposit ranges from $2000 - $5000 depending on the boat. Any and ALL damage you created while checking out is your responsiblity up to the level of deposit. Over that level the insurance company pays.
  • If you don't pass the written exams, you fail the checkout and we won't schedule the on-water portion.
  • Written exams and on-water exams never happen on the same day. We can't keep a captain on standby as some people fail the written exam, thus failing the checkout.

  • Passing Requirements
    • Written Exams 80%
    • On-Water Exam 100% (yes, you need to know 100% of how to setup up the boat, operate the engine, dock the boat, raise sails, MOB, etc. If you think about it, knowing 100% of this skills makes sense to an insurance company writing you a million dollar check...they want to make sure you don't have to cash it.)
  • The point at which you fail anything during the on-water test, we head back to the dock. There is no instructional component to the checkout test.

The Procedure

Please completely and accurately fill out this document- Sailing Resume and email it back to us HERE. One we recieve this, we will contact you with the insurance company's requirements for the next step in the checkout, usually a written exam or if you are already certified to the appropriate level, the on-water test.

Private Lesson Prior to Checkout?

This is a great option for those who've never sailed SF Bay but have loads of sailing experience and perhaps are even certified elsewhere. We will pair you with one of our outstanding captains who will make sure you are 100% up to speed on all the skills before your checkout. If you fall short, they'll be honest and suggest a path for you to follow towards checkout or certification. Minimum of 3 hours ($85/hr) plus prorated boat costs.

Alternative to Checkout?  Here's a link to our Skippered Charter Page. Call with any questions 415-543-7333

Yes, how about a skippered charter. There are a few advantages to this:

  • You don't have to post a damage deposit as our US Coast Guard certifed Captain is in charge.
  • You can sail the boat as much or as little as you want
  • It can be a GREAT learning experience. Take advantage of the Captain's experience and skill
  • At the end of the charter, you simply step off the boat. The Captain pumps the holding tank, docks the boat and cleans her up.
  • Saves Time and costs nearly the same as a non-member bareboat charter.

Sailing often?

Think about joining the sailing club. Members save $235 on a single day's charter aboard one of our Catalina 320's versus the non-member price. Members have many other priviledges too. For further details about the club, visit our Sailing Club page.

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Weekday Rates (member rate on left in yellow)

CLASS CERT. CAP. 1/2 DAY WEEKDAY FULL DAY WEEKDAY
Andrews 21 + 4 $135 / na $170 / 260
Santana 22 + 4 $115 / na $145 / 215
Santana 22 ("Que Apel") + 4 135 / na 170 / 260
Santa Cruz 27 + 5 160 / na 200 / 300
Santa Cruz 27 ("Phyliss") + 5 185 / na 225 / 335
Catalina 30 ++ 6 225 / na 275 / 410
Catalina 320 "Flow" ++ 7 295 / na 365 / 545
Catalina 320 "Grace" ++ 7 295 / na 365 / 545
Dufour 36 +++ 8 360 / na 450 / 675
C&C 40 +++ 8 360 / na 450 / 675

+ Basic Coastal Cruising Certification Required
++ Intermediate Coastal Cruising Certification Required
+++ Advanced Coastal Cruising Certification Required 


Weekend Rates (member rate on left in yellow)

CLASS CERT. CAP. 1/2 DAY WKEND FULL DAY WKEND 2 DAY WKEND
Andrews 21 + 4 na / na $200 / 300 $365
Santana 22 + 4 na / na $180 / 270 $325
Santana 22 ("Que Apel") + 4 na / na 200 / 300 365
Santa Cruz 27 + 5 na / na 250 / 375 450
Santa Cruz 27 "Phyliss" + 5 na / na 275 / 415 500
Catalina 30 ++ 6 na / na 350 / 525 650
Catalina 320 "Flow" ++ 7 na / na 450 / 685 820
Catalina 320 "Grace" ++ 7 na / na 450 / 685 820
Dufour 36 +++ 8 na / na 560 / 850 995
C&C 40 +++ 8 na / na 560 / 850 995

+ Basic Coastal Cruising Certification Required
++ Intermediate Coastal Cruising Certification Required
+++ Advanced Coastal Cruising Certification Required 


 


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