Lake Merritt Boating Center


568 Bellevue Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610

Phone: (510) 238-2196   

Although not on San Francisco Bay, Lake Merritt is nearby, and offers a safe environment for small-boat sailing. The Boating Center offers sailing classes and rents sailing dinghies, small keelboats, catamarans, pedalboats, canoes, and kayaks.

About Boat Rentals

You don't have to own your own boat to get out on San Francisco Bay as captain for the day. Sailboat rentals are the most widely available on the bay, with most boats in the 22 to 44 foot range. A few larger sailboats are available as well. Power boats are harder to find, but there are a few available. And don't forget kayaks, especially for protected areas.

About Sailing Schools

If you want to learn to sail, you can take classes or private lessons from many different schools. Classes range from introductions for beginners to advanced racing and long-term cruising skills.