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. LM
    Leith
    Curated Sailing Experience from the Golden Gate Bridge/Fort Baker aboard Islander 36 Sailboat

    Captain Zorah was terrific. I'm afraid of sailing, but set up the experience to spread my dad's ashes out to sea, and he would have only been happy with a sailboat. Zorah was so understanding and made the ride feel very safe, even in some sometimes pretty choppy waters. She was kind and communicative and taught us a lot about sailing and the bay. My friends who came with had a great time. Highly recommend.

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    Althea
    Curated Sailing Experience from the Golden Gate Bridge/Fort Baker aboard Islander 36 Sailboat

    I didn’t know what to expect from such an intimate experience, but it was better than we could’ve ever hoped for. Capt. Zorah really put us at ease and was so accommodating when we had to reschedule our session. This was our first time chartering a boat and we were lucky to have met her on our trip.

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    Maria
    44ft Golden Island Motor Yacht Charter in Sausalito, California

    Captain Timothy was amazing, trip was awesome. My siblings and I put flowers in the bay for our dad and Timothy was so respectful and wonderful to us. We would highly recommend him to anyone and everyone. I hope to get its back as a tradition with Timothy and his beautiful Shanutski!

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    David
    Hurricane 188 Deck Boat in Oakland California

    I rented a boat from Ryan for 4 days and experience was great. He was prompt to respond to my inquiries and met me at a boat launch on time… The boat was in good condition and I had no problems with the boat at all… On the final day of the boat rental he picked up the boat and was very courteous… But I need a boat rental again in San Francisco I will not hesitate to contact him.

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    Carolina
    Curated Sailing Experience from the Golden Gate Bridge/Fort Baker aboard Islander 36 Sailboat

    I booked this for a birthday trip (we were ,4 guests + Captain Zorah) and it was such a perfect outing. It was my first time sailing and Captain Zorah allowed us to customize depending on what we felt like -- a more relaxed experience or a more adventurous one. She was incredibly kind and we had so much fun getting to hear her story and learning about sailing from her. I would 10000% do this again and recommend her. Sailing on the bay is an amazing experience but it was being with Captain Zorah that made it an unforgettable experience.

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    Pete
    J/105 Sailing Yacht Charter in San Francisco, California!

    Drew was great. Let us take the helm and easily kept the boat within the limits of the group. We had our 5 year old on board and Drew did a great job making it a comfortable ride for everyone. He was happy to educate us on some of the finer points of sailing as well which was great.