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I sailed San Francisco Bay!

Oakland, United States

Experience hosted by David

3 hoursHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 6 people
Includes food, drinks, and equipment

What you'll do

PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19 I am limiting the number of guests to allow for maximum social distancing. Please contact me for larger single parties up to six guests. Thanks for your understanding.

Welcome aboard my Downeaster 38, "Fred B. Wood"! Designed by renowned naval architect, Henry Morschlad, this Downeaster is in exceptionally good condition. Downeaster's are known as being stout and seaworthy bluewater cruisers. They can be found all over the globe. This experience is available for up to six guests! (Please note that I recently upgraded to a larger Downeaster 38 from an Ericson 27 which is shown in some of the photos!)

Your three-hour adventure starts at Jack London Square. The route will depend on wind conditions; however, our goal is to cross the bay to see the marvelous sites of South Beach Harbor (home of the SF Giants), the financial district, the bay bridge, and then Treasure Island. During the tour, you'll see amazing wildlife; including, flocks of pelicans, sea lions, and the occasional dolphin!

This is an active experience! I will review the basics of sailing (wind angle, general terms for operating the vessel, and rules of the road). You will take a turn at the helm (wheel), manage the sheets that control the sails, and raise and lower the sails. Naturally, you are also welcome to just sit back and enjoy the amazing views.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19 I am limiting the number of guests to allow for maximum social distancing. Please contact me for larger single parties up to six guests. Thanks for your understanding.

Welcome aboard my Downeaster 38, "Fred B. Wood"! Designed by renowned naval architect, Henry Morschlad, this Downeaster is in exceptionally good condition. Downeaster's are known as being stout and seaworthy bluewater cruisers. They can…

What's included

  • Food
    Chips, nuts, etc.
  • Drinks
    Hot coffee, choclate, and tea, water
  • Equipment
    Life jackets (will be worn at all times)

Meet your host, David

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 68 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I am a USCG Licensed Captain. I have been a highly rated Airbnb host for four years and have been been around boats my entire life. I have owned and operated many types of sail and powerboats. San Francisco Bay provides beautiful views and wildlife; including harbor seals, dolphins, and amazing birds. In addition, the micro climates in the bay mean you can go from boisterous conditions to nearly tropical calm in just minutes. I enjoy sharing my knowledge with guests!
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From $92
/ person
Book for a private group
Tue, Apr 27
$92 per person
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join 2 other guests
$92 per person
Fri, May 7
$94 per person
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join 1 other guest
$94 per person
Mon, May 10
$92 per person
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join 2 other guests
$92 per person

Where you'll be

We'll depart from historic Jack London Square and (depending on wind conditions) begin our sail in the Oakland Estuary. We'll see the ramps where the Liberty Ships were built by Kaiser shipyards in WW II. As we head west we'll pass by the houseboats of Alameda. We'll then head west and with the wind on our beam cross the bay to see South Beach Harbor, the Bay Bridge, and Treasure Island before running downwind back to Jack London Square.

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 68 reviews.

Kelsay
April 2021
We had a great time sailing with David! He was very knowledgable of the sites and great to talk to! We would recommend sailing with David to anyone who enjoys a relaxing, yet exciting excursion.
Kadir
April 2021
We had an amazing sail! David was very helpful in making us feel safe, giving us an opportunity to soak in the bay, and also try our hand at steering the boat. He has such a positive attitude, and surprised us with warm snacks :) I’d definitely do this again!
We had an amazing sail! David was very helpful in making us feel safe, giving us an opportunity to soak in the bay, and also try our hand at steering the boat. He has such a positi…
Nathan
April 2021
This is an opportunity to enjoy sailing on the bay with an experienced captain who is thoughtful and friendly. I asked a lot of questions and he was happy to share his knowledge with me. My wife and I sat up front for awhile to feel the wind and take in the beauty around us. We passed massive container ships docked at the Port of Oakland. The wind took us across the Bay smoothly, and the ride back was peaceful and serene. I steered the sailboat on the way back. Loved it, and would do it again in a heartbeat. Thanks David!
This is an opportunity to enjoy sailing on the bay with an experienced captain who is thoughtful and friendly. I asked a lot of questions and he was happy to share his knowledge wi…
Neerajha
March 2021
This was my first time sailing and it was absolutely a fabulous experience! David was very friendly, easy to converse with and he let us take the steer and guided us expertly ! Great value and the small group helped a great deal 😄
Jodie
November 2020
David was an excellent host I enjoyed my experience and had a wonderful time and will return for another trip!😊 I will highly recommend this trip to anybody that wants to learn how to drive a boat or just enjoy riding on a boat the experience was great great!!
David was an excellent host I enjoyed my experience and had a wonderful time and will return for another trip!😊 I will highly recommend this trip to anybody that wants to learn ho…
Alex
February 2020
We had a fantastic time sailing around the SF Bay with David! David was super knowledgable and engaging, and he took us to some really cool hidden spots around the bay that I never even knew existed. We learned the basics of sailing, and David was just an all-around pleasure to spend the day with. He was super engaging and knowledgable, and had lots of great stories to share. Would highly recommend this AirBnB experience!
We had a fantastic time sailing around the SF Bay with David! David was super knowledgable and engaging, and he took us to some really cool hidden spots around the bay that I never…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 7 and up can attend.

What to bring

Sweater, jacket, sunscreen.