General Information Safety @ Sea Fun Stuff Resources

General information

We sail in the North Bay on my boat. Here are the tides for the general area.

I hold a U.S. Coast Guard 100 GT Masters license, Near Coastal to 100 nm, with sailing and towing endorsements.

I am an American Sailing Association (ASA) and United States Sailing Association (USSailing) certified instructor.

The day usually starts about 10 a.m. and lasts until just after sunset There is no set itinerary except for a stop for lunch. It's best if you don't make plans for the evening of the sail; It's difficult to predict the exact time we'll return. Half days are also available (and more typical).

Please see the home port for approximate cost, which depends on whether you want to cruise, learn, or some combination.

We can also go for a half-day sail if you prefer.

If you have other requirements, send email to with the details.

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The Skipper's duties

  • Ensure safety of crew
  • Discuss safety procedures with crew
  • Ensure safety of boat

The crew's duties

  • Do what skipper tells them
  • Alert skipper to hazards he might not be aware of
  • Listen to and follow safety procedures skipper discusses
  • Let the skipper know if you can't swim
  • Don't get the skipper wet!

What to expect

  • A great day sailing with interesting people
  • Variable weather conditions (from sun to fog to LOTS of wind to NO wind)
  • Possibly a full boat (six people plus the skipper)

What to bring

  • Anti-nausea medication (if you're prone to getting seasick)
  • Food and drink (alcohol is ok except during classes; water is better)
  • Camera
  • Clothing:
    • Waterproof (or gortex) jacket
    • Layered clothing
    • Sneakers with white soles
    • Hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Gloves (sailing or bicycle)
    • Sunscreen and lip balm (more important than your pants)

What not to bring

  • A fishing pole
  • Firearms
  • A boom box
  • Illegal drugs
  • Cigars, cigarettes, chewing tobacco, or similar products
    (nicotine patches are ok... electronic cigarettes are not ok)
  • A bad attitude

Where's the boat?

    Please contact me via my webform for the specific location. If you're lost or need to contact me urgently, please call or text me at 650-619-6896.

    Arrangements for other pickup points can be made for an extra charge.

How to sign up

If you're interested in sailing on a particular date, let me know! Or, you can sign up here.

Be sure and check the Fun Stuff menu at the top of this page for previous trip pictures and descriptions.

Please note that any trip may be canceled due to bad weather. Bad weather is defined as major storm action, not a few drops of rain. If the trip is cancelled by me, your deposit will be refunded in full.

Deposit requirements for charters and lessons

A deposit is required to hold your reservation. You should first email me so that I can add your name to the list. Sending a deposit without first signing up means I'll be one step closer to retirement.

I'll let you know the deposit amount after we settle on the date.

You can pay the deposit via PayPal.

Here's how it works...
  1. Click on the PayPal logo.
  2. Enter the amount of the payment.
  3. Log in to your PayPal account.
  4. Click the Send money to friends and family tab.
If you'd rather send a check, let me know and I'll tell you how.

Canceling or not showing up

If you need to cancel or postpone, please let me know at least two weeks in advance. (I'd prefer even more notice, if possible.) Anything less will mean that you'll probably lose your deposit. Emergencies come up. Let me know if that happens. Depending on your situation, I may offer a refund of some or all of your deposit. Light rain doesn't necessarily mean the charter or lesson is cancelled, so please show up or call me and let me decide.

If I cancel (for whatever reason and quite unlikely), I will refund your deposit. It's also possible that I may have to postpone the class or charter due to special circumstances. If that happens, I will refund your deposit if we can't figure out how to reschedule.

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