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. JM
    Joseph
    Rent the 38' Delta Fishing Boat in San Francisco (Captained Only)

    Jarrod was our captain for the day and was a great host. He was communicative for the planning stages and very knowledgeable about the conditions for that day so that he wad able to adjust our itinerary to make sure we were comfortable. Our party had a blast. I’d highly recommend!

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    Alexey
    44ft Yacht charter in Sausalito

    Our charter with Captain Tim exceeded all our expectations. The boat, the route, the captain and his hospitality were amazing! Captain Tim went above and beyond to make our wedding eve special, and he succeeded. Amazing! Highly recommended and we’re definitely coming back! Thank you cap! 👨‍✈️

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    tanya
    42 Sailing Monohull Tours in Sausalito

    Amazing experience! Rick is a well seasoned captain. He was a great communicator from inquiry to day of updates and safety. We felt lsafe and comfortable on his beautiful boat. He knew of all the good spots, great conversation and laid back vibez . When things got choppy in the SF bay he was calm and humorous! I can’t wait to book another trip on the Gentle Storm II.

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    Joseph
    42 Sailing Monohull Tours in Sausalito

    Great Captain who knows his boat. You can't go wrong booking a trip with Rick! He also knows a lot of Fleetwood Mac trivia....test him when you're on a starboard tack....he can sail and sing at the same time!!!!

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    Charlotte
    Curated Sailing Experience from the Golden Gate Bridge/Fort Baker

    Capt. Zorah made our trip an absolute blast! She not only makes you feel incredibly safe in choppy waters, but she's willing to teach you all that you want to know about the boat/bay. She made sure we had the best time possible and her communication was great. I can't recommend sailing with her enough. If you're in between her and another option and she may be a tad more expensive she's 100000% worth the extra bit. You will have a fantastic time!

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    Ha (Anna)
    Sail San Francisco Bay On Yacht with Captain Pam

    Had a great boat ride with Captain Keith. He was very communicative prior to and during our trip. Our group of 16 had so much fun and he was very accommodating, making sure everyone had a blast, while making sure we were being safe! The views were great and he let us steer for fun as well :)