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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 bareboat.com 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.

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To arrange your first US west coast sailing vacation, contact the bareboat specialists at http://www.bareboat.com/contact_us.html

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Anyone who has booked a bareboat charter vacation knows that charter companies, especially the large syndicates such as Sunsail and The Moorings, heavily promote trip cancellation insurance. 
 
For the bareboat charter fleets managed by Sunsail and The Moorings, trip cancellation insurance is a substantial profit point. Commissions of as much as 20 per cent for selling this product are common, and these bareboat charter titans simply add the cost to the charterer’s invoice. Although optional, they make the customer waive the coverage in writing in order to remove it. 
 
Suggestive selling is not limited to the industry giants. Luxury yacht charter brokers often offer this coverage to their Caribbean yacht charter customers who fear trip delays due to summer tropical weather disturbances. Mediterranean yacht charter customers also hear the pitch to purchase this coverage, as concerns for lost baggage are common with long, international flights. 
 
Putting aside the fact that someone “profits” from the sale of these policies, a luxury yacht charter customer should give serious consideration to this coverage option. Whether you rent a boat or a megayacht or a superyacht, for a Caribbean yacht charter or elsewhere, the facts remain the same – you are spending a lot of money and you may wish to protect your investment! 
 
Here are some common questions and answers about travel insurance:
 
Q. Why should a traveler buy travel insurance?
A. Travel insurance gives travelers coverage for unforeseen problems, such as cancelled flights to serious illness – or in rare cases, even an act of terrorism or the financial default of a travel supplier. If an illness, accident, or other covered unforeseen circumstance forces a traveler to cancel or interrupt their plans, they face two major financial losses – money invested in nonrefundable prepayments and medical expenses that in many instances may not be covered by health insurance. 
 
Q. What happens if a traveler must cancel his/her vacation?
A. Often a traveler will lose nonrefundable deposits and prepayments that can add up to thousands of dollars. An insurance plan can provide coverage for the charterer’s vacation investment – the insurance company reimburses the traveler for nonrefundable expenses for a covered loss. 
 
Q. How does the coverage work?
A. It reimburses for forfeited, nonrefundable deposits if the traveler must cancel or interrupt their trip due to a covered reason. 
 
Q. What other coverage is typically included in a travel insurance plan?
A. In addition to cancellation and interruption, the more comprehensive plans may also cover emergency medical expenses and transportation, when ordered by a doctor, to the nearest adequate medical facility; reimbursement for accommodations and expenses incurred due to travel delays; reimbursement for the purchase of essential items if baggage is delayed; and coverage against lost, stolen, or damaged baggage. 

Lost luggage and trip cancellation insurance

Lost luggage and trip cancellation insurance

Q. Does travel insurance cover terrorism?
A. Many travel insurance policies do not cover terrorism; but some do. 
 
Q. Is the financial default of an airline or tour operator covered?
A. Many programs include financial default coverage if insurance is purchased within 15 days of making the initial trip deposit. 
 
Q. How much does coverage cost?
A. The cost is based on the value of the trip and the age of the traveler. Typically, the cost is five to seven percent of the trip cost. 
 
Q. What else is offered?
A. Most providers offer 24-hour travel agency-type services, in case a traveler has to change a flight or a hotel room. Some offer assistance with emergency cash transfers, pre-trip consultation services (travel advisories, passport requirements, inoculation information, etc.), and live messaging, which will relay any email or phone message to family, friends, or business associates.

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