Sail with confidence! Monterey Bay Sailing is a full service American Sailing Association school and club. We offer sailing cruises, ASA courses, sailboat rentals, club memberships, and yacht deliveries in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Little did we know we'd be sharing the marina with so many sea creatures. Otters and elephant seals swam by just feet away to check us out, they even boarded the dock a few times. Staying on the boat was so much fun, wine up top and slumber down below. It doesn't get anymore centrally located than this. Dakota was the perfect host arriving on time and going through everything we'd need to know for a nice evening on the boat. Parking was free from 8pm to 9am, no need for a car when you're staying here. We hope to stay here again.
This place was very confusing to find, especially at night, and there was quite a delay in having someone meet us to let us on. I love boats but this wasn't all that pleasant, mainly because the cocophony of the sea lions is astonishing! All night long - ear plugs aren't enough. The bedding could definitely be improved upon. The price seems a bit high for the meager accommodation. But I will say the morning was gorgeous with the sunrise on the harbor.
The host was helpful to show us how everything works and it was a nice experience for a night. We saw a sea elephant the next morning over the pier.
I wouldn't reccomended it for more than a night if you are not used to living on the water as the movement of the boat may get you a bit sick and the sea elephants moan all night. We found dog hairs all over the bed sofa but other than that it was clean and comfortable.
While the boat was cute -ish, the whole experience was really not that great. The boat is very uncomfortable but not really "cosy", toilets are 10 mins and several locked doors away and the noise from the sea lions is CRAZY.
Dutch seemed like an OK guy, but was late showing up and in a a real rush to get this over with.
I'm sorry, it seemed good on paper, but the experience was not great at all.
We ran into a few communication issues with our stay, receiving nothing but a rough time and place to meet our host. This, naturally, made us a bit weary as we were staying on a boat in a less-than-picturesque marina in a town we'd never been to. Once we met our host, however, we found he was accommodating enough and although the inability to lock the cabin and close proximity to open businesses on the dock was a little worrying, the whole thing ended up being fine and once we woke up in the morning and saw fish and jellies bustling about in the crystal clear water, we felt at ease about the whole thing. Would only recommend for the adventurous type, as we agreed we'd have been more satisfied staying in a less expensive, less compromising, and more conventional lodging situation.
The boat itself is fine- we really just needed a place to sleep for the night. But Cap'n Dutch didn't seem very friendly over email. He was very short and rude as we were negotiating a check in time. Speaking of check-ins, we were given essentially a 40 minute window in which we could check in or else pay a fine.
Finding the actual check-in area is difficult too. You're essentially told to go one of the wharfs and that's it. There were no signs or anything, so we had to call in and have someone coordinate to meet us.
The man who actually checked us in was very nice and helpful, unlike the Cap'n himself.
The boat made for an interesting night. The seals do make noise- luckily I had ear plugs. There's plenty of comforters and a heater to stay warm. The facilities up on the dock are actually pretty nice. And the Deli on the dock is also great. It's a close walk to other cool places on Cannery Row.
Overall I liked the experience, but feel I could have been treated better when organizing the trip and figuring out the details of check in.
My wife an I were on a road trip down highway 1, and found a great accommodation here. It was a unique experience staying on the boat. It was clean. Luckily we were far enough away from the sea lions that they didn't keep us awake. They were fun to watch when we were awake. Dutch was a good host. Quick and easy.
Wonderful way to spend the night close to nature. The staff is friendly and helpful and checking in was smooth. We sat out on the boat in the evening and watched the sunset and it was better than any outdoor restaurant in the bay.
These guys were great! Captain Dutch and his crew made this a very nice experience.
We have never stepped foot on a sailboat before and very much enjoyed spending the night. The folks at the marina were extremely kind and there was a gentleman walking around at night who watched over the area. The restrooms/showers at the marina were very clean.
We sipped our wine in the evening while watching the seals and otters in the harbor around us. The seals were a bit noisy at night (bring earplugs) but that was all part of the charm.
We also had a great meal at the restaurant at the dock.
Thank you for the unique experience Dutch!
Fun times in Monterey. Boat was cozy and not 4 star but fun. Lots of sea otters and seals. Easy walk to Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row. Thanks Dutch:)