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. CW
    Crystle
    44ft Yacht charter in Sausalito

    Timothy was great to say the least! He communicates well and fast. He's accommodating and friendly. His boat is well taken care of, super clean and has all the little details you might not think you need. He even had a celebratory banner up for us!

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    Maggie
    2017 Beneteau Oceanis 38 for Rent in Jack London Square, Oakland for up to 6 people!

    Stephen was very accomodating and wanted to make sure that we were taken care of... especially with how last minute our request was. Luckily for us, Captain Barry was available and he was truly the best! He made our sailing adventure such a great experience and we will definitely be sailing together again. He was knowledgeable and took us on a perfect tour of the Bay. I would definitely recommend booking, especially during COVID - pack your mask and social distance at sea.

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    Sergey
    Sailing from the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge Sausalito

    My wife and I have been thinking about the opportunity to sail in the Bay for several years. As it usually happens other priorities took over and we’ve been kept postponing the realization of our plan. We are so glad that we get in touch with Zorah. Our very first experience with sailing in SF bay was exceptional. Zorah was super flexible with schedule. We changed our plans very last minute. Zorah was open, adjusted the sail time and let our family complete a morning trip to Angel island. We made a 2 hours trip around the basics of the bay: the Golden Gate bridge, passed next to Alcatras and visited pier 39. Our kids were so happy to see dolphins, birds, and sea lions. Our 6 years old son and I were able to control the boat and make turns. Zorah was super supportive Zorah explained us some basics of sailing practice, and gave an overview of what can be done in the typical sailing day in the bay. I would recommend anyone who is looking for sailing experience to get in touch with Zorah. You will not regret that.

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    Monica
    Sloop rental in Sausalito, California

    During this time of COVID, it was refreshing to get out of town and head for the ocean. It was a good day for sailing and it was made perfect with Memo as our Captain. His instructions throughout the booking process was great! Great communication via GetMyBoat app. After booking we were able to communicate via email and cell phone. Basic Instinct was a beauty. She was much more then I was expecting. Very room and so much space to move around while we were anchored and sailing. The sights of San Francisco were enhanced by Memo's knowledge of the area. Anything we wanted to know he had an answer. We dropped anchor outside of McCovey Cove with other boats for the SF Giants game. We were then able to splash into the water and enjoy the cool refreshing water. What a rush! Memo documented everything for us! Capturing the once in a lifetime moments. Who would of thought we would of caught a Splash Zone Baseball!! I cannot say enough how much we had a fantastic time. Take the plunge and the opportunity to spend the day with Memo aboard Basic Instinct.

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    Kam
    44ft Yacht charter in Sausalito

    We had an amazing time on the boat! The listing is exactly accurate and he even accommodated us when we were a little tardy for our reservation. The route he took was perfect and allowed us to see the entire bay. We will definitely be booking again!

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    Nishita
    Sail San Francisco Bay On Yacht with Captain Pam

    We had a great time . The Captain and his crew were respectful of COVID guidelines and very accommodating to our group. He took us on a route that was sunny and calm and made sure we all were having a good time in a safe way. The rate was great and we definitely got lovely views of the city. Thanks for an awesome birthday!