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Marinas and Docks

The complete listing of Marinas in the San Francisco Bay area. Our listings include marinas in San Francisco, Sausalito, Richmond and Oakland/Alameda area. As well as marinas further north and south in San Francisco Bay

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Fishing Charters

View the complete listing of fishing charter vessels in San Francisco. San Francisco has a large number of vessels conducting fishing charters. Find the right fishing charter boat for your fishing trip in San Francisco

Whale Watching

San Francisco Bay has plenty of charter vessels that operate whale watching tours in season. Check out our listings for whale watching charter operators for San Francisco Bay.

Marine surveyor at work in San Francisco

Marine Surveyors

San Francisco has a number of businesses offering marine survey services. Looking for a marine surveyor in San Francisco? Then check out our listings for marine surveyors here.

Marine Electrician

Marine Electricians

San Francisco has a number of businesses offering marine electrical services. Looking for a marine electrician in San Francisco? Then check out our listings for marine electricians here.

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Marine Mechanics

San Francisco has a number of businesses offering marine mechanical services. Looking for a good marine mechanic in San Francisco, then check out our listings for marine mechanics here.

About - Boating San Francisco

San Francisco Bay also provides a sheltered haven for many boating activities. Numerous marinas, yacht clubs and boat ramps along its shoreline provide easy access for avid boaters of all types. From sailing America’s Cup yachts, sailing schools, power boats, personal watercraft and a variety of fishing charter and boat rental activities, San Francisco Bay has it all.

Approximately 40% of California’s watershed drains through San Francisco Bay. This makes for an extraordinary range of fishing activities all within easy reach of the city center. From fly fishing in the Sacramento River through to deep sea fishing and whale watching, again San Francisco has it all.

Deep sea fishing:

  • Rockfish and ling cod are available – June through December
  • Chinook or King Salmon – June through October

Estuary or Bay fishing

  • Sturgeon – January through March
  • Halibut – April through August (available most of the year)
  • Leopard Sharks – May through October
  • White Sea Bass and Striped Bass – year round

San Francisco Bay is the largest estuary along the Pacific West Coast of the US. It is a globally recognized wetland. The coastal estuary provides a haven for numerous bird species and waterfowl. During their migration hundreds of thousands of shorebirds seek refuge in the San Francisco Bay area.

Some of the best places for bird watching in and around San Francisco Bay are:

  • Presidio,
  • White Slough, Vallejo,
  • Bair Island,
  • Hoffman Marsh, Richmond,
  • Colma Creek, South San Francisco,
  • Palo Alto Baylands Reserve

Not only is San Francisco Bay a great place for boating and fishing activities it also has some spectacular views. Viewing the Golden Gate Bridge from the water is a site to behold. You can also go for a cruise up the Napa River tasting some magnificent wines.

Presidio yacht harbor with the Golden Gate Bridge

Yacht Clubs

San Francisco is blessed with a number of yacht clubs. Looking for a yacht club in San Francisco? Then check out our listings here.

Boat dealers in San Francisco

Boat Dealers

San Francisco has a number of businesses selling a variety of marine watercraft. To simplify your search for your ideal pleasure craft, check out our listings here.

San Francisco boat rentals and charters

Boat Rentals & Charters

Boat rentals and charters are a popular past-time in San Francisco. If you are looking to rent a boat then view our listings for boat rentals and charters here.

Latest Boating Articles and News

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Cruising the Napa River

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Fishing on San Francisco Bay

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Waterfront Homes in Sausalito

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