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New bareboat base in California

New bareboat base featuring racing sailboats to open in San Francisco, California in June 2012 - contact for more information

We are thrilled to announce that a new bareboat base will open this summer in San Francisco, California.

Our partners at Sunsail will open a base on the United States West Coast for the very first time – in San Francisco, California in June 2012.   A brand new matched fleet of Beneteau First 40s will be introduced in the hopes of securing competitive racing bareboat charters.

This is a new product portfolio for Sunsail and will place greater emphasis on racing, corporate hospitality / special events, and team-building programs.   Traditional California bareboat sailing vacations and sailing school activities are also planned.

Euromonitor International ranks San Francisco as one of the top tourist destinations in the world.  Beginning in June, both tourist and local residents can explore the region in a whole new way – on a luxury sailing charter.

Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, California

Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, California - one of the many sightseeing excursions bareboat sailors can experience in California

The San Francisco Bay area is a beautiful, natural harbor bordered by steep rolling hills and famous manmade landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and the prison fortress on Alcatraz Island.  Once ashore, sailors can visit the famous crooked Lombard Street, eat in Chinatown, and stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf.

An added attraction to the area is its close proximity to the Napa Valley region, with its many vineyards and redwood forests.  An extended sailing itinerary could include stops in Benicia, Petaluma, and Napa Valley.

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800-BAREBOAT and parent company 1-800 Yacht Charters notes the unique sailing conditions of the area.  “You’ll find consistent wind patterns in the enclosed waters of San Francisco Bay.  The spirited winds, along with constant cool temperatures and sunny afternoons make this an ideal location for both sailboat racing and corporate incentive yacht charters.”

The new base will be located the eclectic artist enclave community of Sausalito. The Sausalito waterfront is a quick 30-minute sail from the Golden Gate Bridge, offering spectacular views of the bridge and San Francisco.

Beneteau First 40 San Francisco California

New bareboat base in San Francisco, California features Beneteau First sailing yachts

The fleet will include 8 brand new First 40s. Built by Beneteau and designed by Farr Yacht Design, the First 40 bareboat is a thoroughbred sailing yacht, ideal for racing, cruising, and learning how to sail.  In 2009 the First 40 was selected as Crossover Boat of the Year by Sailing World Magazine.

The 3 cabin/1 head layout offers both comfort and space without compromising performance. Amenities include asymmetric spinnaker, bowsprit, chart plotter, autopilot, electric head, and heating.


To arrange your first US west coast sailing vacation, contact the bareboat specialists at

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iphone bareboat sailing apps

Bareboat sailing iphone apps

At our sister company, SailAway Yacht Charters, we recently read about a superyacht app launched by Heesen Yachts that allows users to browse an extensive gallery of Heesen’s latest launches, and their crewed yacht charter vessels in the SailAway fleet.

That made us pause and think about apps more suitable to bareboat yacht charter enthusiasts.

We are pleased to report, whether you are planning a Virgin Islands yacht charter or a bareboat excursion closer to home in the good ol’ US of A, there are now many more reasons to take your Android or iPhone with you. An increasingly wide range of special apps for sail bareboat enthusiasts can prove very useful indeed. We have selected some of the best for your consideration.

Depending upon the type of smartphone you have, you’ll find these apps in either the Apple iPhone “App Store” or the Android “Market”.

WindGuru smartphone app

WindGuru smartphone app

WindGuru – Provides wind predictions for ports of call around the world.  Available:  App Store, Market

Marine day tides – Shows where and when the tides are coming in. Available: App  Store

ANWB watersport charts maps –  Charts all information from the ANWB Almanac about two waterways, marinas, and operating times of locks and bridges. Available: App Store

ANWB dutch watersports app

ANWB Watersports Charts iPhone App

Navionics – Offers maps and so much more.  Available:  App Store, Market

Navionics iphone and droid app

Navionics app for bareboat sailors


Botenjaarboek . Search engine of yachts and boats internationally.  Available:  App Store

JustSpeed large GPS: A simple yet accurate speedometer displaying max speed and course.  Available:  App Store

Bareboat JustSpeed iPhone app

JustSpeed iPhone app for bareboaters


Ship Finder – Realtime ship finder using AIS feeds transmitting ship name, position, and more. Available: App Store, Market

Boat Trader iPhone app –  Provides a GPS-enabled boat search and puts more than 100,000 new and used boats, yachts, sailboats, and personal watercraft at your fingertips.   Available: App Store

Boat Trader iPhone app

iPhone app for Boat Trader


iAIS  –  A simple AIS target plotter that uses a bareboat sailor’s iPad or iPhone for position.  Available: App Store

Knot Time – Provides video instructions on how to tie knots.  Available: App Store

iPhone app teaches bareboaters how to tie knots with Knot Time

Knot Time iPhone app for bareboaters


Thanks to technology, sail boat charters will never be the same.  Set a course to the App Store and the Android Market and have fun downloading nautical apps for your SailAway vacation!


The crowds are gone, and a bareboat Bahamas yacht charter is a great way to close out the summer.  Download your apps, then contact our bareboat destination specialists at
to plan your bareboat yacht charter vacation.

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