Our yacht was originally built to win the Chicago-Mackinac Race and is a light, fast IOR style custom classic racing yacht. She sails superbly and comfortably seats 6 passengers for day sailing in San Francisco Bay. Equipped with modern navigation equipment, offshore safety gear and built entirely of strong but lightweight aluminum, S/V Carodon is a pleasure to sail and kept in immaculate condition.
Current charter rate is $180/hour with a 3 hour minimum to set sail and a 2 hour minimum for motor-sailing photo tours under the Golden Gate at sunset. Rate includes yacht, captain, organic local snacks and non-alcoholic refreshments. You are welcome to bring your own wine or beer and request a custom menu for your outing if you choose. If you want to come sailing but prefer to pay less and meet other travelers check out the Airbnb Experiences that I host as a more affordable way to get out on the water for a solo traveler – same great experience, just not a private sail.
Charters leave from Galilee Harbor, Sausalito, but San Francisco dockings can be made by request and require additional fees and additional time. Parking is free at Dunphy Park nearby, the bus stops right at our front door and the Sausalito ferry from San Francisco is just a ten minute walk away, so it’s easy to make your way over to meet the boat from the city.
If you need a larger boat or have more than 6 passengers call captain Heather for a recommendation. She works with several yachts and can book you an appropriate option for your group as well as your budget.
We work hard to make you as comfortable as possible while sailing, but there are a few things you can do too. Wear several layers of clothing if possible, with the best materials being wool or synthetic (cotton is very cold when wet). Bring a hat that won’t blow away or clip your hat to your jacket- San Francisco Bay is typically very windy. Wear comfortable shoes with rubber soles that won’t slip on a wet deck- no high heels please! Bring a warm coat in case the fog rolls in- while the average temperature is 70 degrees it can feel like winter in the fog.
Expect to participate as much as you like. You are welcome to take a turn at the wheel or help grind the winches, but you are also welcome just to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride- it’s up to you.
Expect to have yummy organic snacks, ginger ale and sparkling water available, but you may bring your own beer, wine or soda or request sandwiches for an additional fee. We try very hard to reduce plastics in the ocean and in the landfill, so we are happy to provide you with cups, plates, utensils and anything else you need for a picnic if you bring your own food, and we will clean them when you are through.
Expect to have some input in where we go on the sail, but weather and tide conditions always prevail and the captain will advise you in how far we can go in the time allotted.
Expect to have a fine sail, blow the conch shell horn and leave an entry in the ships’ log. If the experience meets your expectations tips are always appreciated at the end.