The Best Boat Hire in San Francisco

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What to Know About Boat Hires in San Francisco

San Francisco boat hires offer a wide range of options from chartering a boat with a captain to hiring one and take the helm. Chartering a boat in this part of California enables you to kick back and enjoy the cruise, without having to worry about driving or all the other little details. Charter anything from a small powerboat to cruise around or a luxury catamaran for the perfect day of sailing. 

Chartering a boat for a day is a very relaxing way to stay close to the waters. Sunset and dinner cruises are also available for a more romantic experience. Hire a motor yacht or a sailboat for a luxurious day of exploring around San Francisco. Cruising beneath the Golden Gate Bridge or taking a ferry that departs from the Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street are experiences you'll never forget.

If you're the type of traveler who enjoys getting exercise during your travels, check out our offerings for kayak hires and standup paddleboard hires and lessons in San Francisco. You can embark on a memorable tour with a guide, or hire equipment on your own for a few hours of exploring, It's a fantastic upper body workout, the perfect option for sporty travelers and fitness fanatics. 

You can hire watercrafts as small as a kayak to huge power and sailboats on the Bay. If you love fishing, go for a half-day or full-day fishing trip. Depending upon the season your catch might include rockfish, salmon, halibut, albacore, or sanddabs. Book a full-service fishing charter in San Francisco with GetMyBoat for the perfect day of reeling and relaxing on a boat. 

For adventure seekers and adrenaline junkies, consider booking a water sports experience while in San Francisco. Try a kiteboarding lesson or book a jet ski to fly through the waves at high speed! 

A wonderful experience to have in San Francisco that you're sure to never forget is a whale watching tour. Climb aboard a passenger boat in the Bay and cruise out where you can see gray whales swimming in their natural habitat. It's something that you and your travel companions will never forget. 

Boating Locations in San Francisco

The predictable winds and the iconic sights that dot the city of San Francisco often make it a favorite destination for boaters. Although San Francisco has countless ways to keep you busy, spending a day on the Bay is not something you should miss.

Not sure where to spend your time on the bay? Our boats in San Francisco are perfect vessels to spend on the water. Sausalito, Foster City, San Jose, Emeryville, Tiburon, Richmond, Berkeley, Oakland, Alameda, and San Mateo are also some of the recommended places to spend time on the water.

Boating Events in San Francisco 

 A few epic boating events that take place in San Francisco include the Lighted Boat Parade by Fisherman's Wharf, the Master Mariner's Regatta where gorgeous wooden boats sail the harbor in friendly competition, and the Rolex Big Boat Series sailing competition from the San Francisco Yacht Club.  

Marinas in San Francisco

A few of the most notable marinas in San Francisco include The San Francisco Marina Yacht Harbor, the Marina at Pier 39, and Gashouse Cove Marina. These marinas are all in iconic locations around the city on the water. One of the best free things you can do on a visit to San Francisco is to take a walk by the marinas and admire the boats cruising in and out of the harbor and around the bay. Watch the sunset here for an unforgettable view. 

About San Francisco, California

A hilly landscape, classic Victorian houses, and the perfect mild climate is the backdrop for you to explore the beautiful city of San Francisco. Since the city is on a peninsula and is surrounded by water on three sides, the Bay Area promises a lot of exciting opportunities for boating enthusiasts. Whether you have your boat or are hiring or chartering, San Francisco’s waters will never disappoint you.

The best time of year to visit San Francisco is during the autumn months of September and October. The peak summer months are beautiful but can be more expensive, and the winters in San Francisco are usually dreary with lots of rain and gray skies. 

San Francisco is easy to get to by flight to its international airport, by Greyhound bus or driving in on major highways. 

Using GetMyBoat to Hire Your Next Boat

Experiencing the water has never been easier thanks to GetMyBoat. GetMyBoat allows you to search quickly, compare prices, submit boat hire inquiries, and pay for your boat hire or charter from the convenience of your phone or computer. We offer a secure platform for customers to facilitate a seamless hire/charter transaction. For boat owners, we connect millions of customers to their boat and provide the security and safety checks on each hire/charter transaction.

Search for the perfect experience now and book your dream day out on the water.

GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in San Francisco.

  1. IB
    Ilias
    44ft Yacht charter in Sausalito

    Captain Tim and his yacht will blow expectations out of the water - no pun intended - he was warm, fun, easy-going, detailed, & prepared in all levels. Captain Tim showed our group nothing but love & respect - we had an amazing time out in the water & would do it again in a heartbeat. Thank you, Captain! Stay safe & healthy.

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    John
    42 Sailing Monohull Tours in Sausalito

    Rick was awesome from beginning to end. His yacht is in excellent condition and feels very spacious with lots of good areas to relax during the sailing. He allowed us to be as involved or not as we wished throughout the trip and we felt in very capable hands the whole time. We had an awesome Valentine's Day cruise with him and even saw a pack of Dolphins right off the side of the boat!

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    Nidhi
    44ft Yacht charter in Sausalito

    We booked this yacht for my husband’s birthday, and it was everything we wished for more. Tim is an excellent captain. He was fun and had lots of interesting stories to share. We anchored at a beautiful spot for the sunset. The yacht is well maintained and stocked with anything you might possibly need. It was clean and felt safe to be on during the pandemic as well. This was a great experience and we can’t wait to go back and sail with Tim again!

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    Shea
    44ft Yacht charter in Sausalito

    The yacht is so rad! Intricate wood work on inside with couches, TV, blue tooth speaker, rock style fireplace mounted on wall, cutest kitchen, gorgeous bedroom with again so many intricate touches and lovely bathroom. Upstairs in the back outdoor area has big table for eating with tons of secure places to place your drinks. Front of the boat has seating area as well where the view is unparalleled. Never have I felt so catered to! Beyond the sights that he will show you is the just super chill vibe, so relaxing. We saw dolphins, seals etc while just cruising the bay! I felt like a wealthy baroness for a day, it was lovely!

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    Ramsey
    44ft Yacht charter in Sausalito

    Captain Tim and the Shanutski were everything we expected and more. Captain Tim was communicative and helpful in the planning for the event and did so much more than we expected on board. The Shanustki is well stocked with non-alcoholic beverages, snacks, board games, wifi, speakers, and more. Captain Tim went above and beyond by not just furnishing his bright personality, but even giving great contextual tours of the bay area. He even prepared the food in the kitchen for us, I planned on doing it ourselves! Best boat outing I've had on the bay in a while. Highly recommend.

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    Patricia
    44ft Yacht charter in Sausalito

    Captain Timothy was a joy from start to finish! From the boat, to the hospitality, to the overall experience... I had decided within the first 10 minutes that I will be booking with him again. Definitely recommend!!