What to expect on your private charter

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.

5 replies on “What to expect on your private charter”

Love your vessel! Happy to see she’s on the bay even though capable of far more. SF my home town until 1968 and went to Alaska. Do you know the history of her name? Composite of: CA- for my son Case. RO- for my wife RO. And Don from My first name.
Originally purchased her from the owner/builder just out of Chicago (Michigan City) under several inches of snow. Shipped her to Seattle and spent 6 months re-outfitting for Alaska which was our home.
Have many wonderful memories of cruising and living aboard.
Sold her in Seattle. Currently retire and chasing grandkids in Coos Bay, OR
Good Luck and happy sailing!
Don Harris

Wow I was hoping to catch up with you some day! Can you tell me more about where you sailed and what you did living aboard? I’m really loving the boat and hoping to do a Hawaii north then back down the coast circle some time soon. 6 month old needs to get his sea legs first… I did hear something vague about the name but that clears it up, thank you! What was the original rig like?

Much the same only more complex. Original design for IOR/ cruiser for the lakes. Too heavy for serious compition but fantastic as a performance cruiser.
I removed much of the racing gear: hydrolic back stay adjuster etc. and simplified the rigging but had fun with some of the sail inventory in some Local (Seattle and Juneau) PHRF events. I installed the little arctic heater( if still there) and modifies the aft cabin bunk arrangement to creat the one larger birth.
Our son was very young (3-4) and had been on a vessel almost since birth. We cruised all thru BC and S E Alaska for the better part of three years. Juneau was our home base but made many round trips in a variety of vessels to Seattle over the 40 years we were residents of the north. Construction note: the large 1/2 inch plate bolted thru the hull supporting the aft shaft bearing strut was installed in a yard in Sidney BC when we developed a hull crack from vibration from the strut being welded directly to the hull. Not enough plate reinforcement.
Sold her in Seattle to a young pharmacist.

Well I bought her in Seattle from a retired pharmacist with the original sail inventory virtually intact so I’m not sure he sailed her much. The rig was really old too so I completely rerigged her (running and standing) to be able to single-hand easily in the summer sf bay winds. I added reefs to the new main and she sails beautifully in medium to heavy air- have not seen much light air sailing yet or used either spinnaker, but looking forward to winter winds for that. We love the arctic heater that is almost too warm on the lowest setting here in the winter, but there is absolutely no mold, which I was constantly battling on our last boat. How did the forward cabin and lexan hatches do in Alaska? I’m dreaming about sailing northern latitudes some day or even the northwest passage. She has a new beta Kubota 50hp Diesel engine with about 300 hours on now. Did you ever consider taking the paint down to a bare hull? Is the plating thick enough for that? I know most aluminum fishing boats up there are left unpainted but I assume they have heavier plating than carodon and I ask because her black hull paint is chipping and in dire need of re coating soon. Feel free to call me if you have time and desire to chat as I think I have a million questions…

Do you have additional photos of your boat? We are considering a charter but would love to see the interior.
Thank you

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