San Francisco Bay Sailing Charters


 Private Sailing Charters on San Francisco Bay 


Private, skippered sailing charters San Francisco Bay for up to six passengers on a fast and roomy Catalina 42 in new condition with food and beverages provided at only $150 per hour- plus a copy of A layer of Darkness, a crime novel set in San Francisco, written by your skipper.

We sail out of Sausalito, with free parking just steps from the boat.  Sausalito is quite simply the best and most scenic place to begin and end your sailing day.

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Experience Gentle Storm II, a Catalina 42 sailboat- your boat for the day, where air conditioning comes from ocean breezes, the clock is set by tides. A world away from the regular grind. The world of Pelicans, Seals and Harbor Porpoises. Sailing San Francisco bay is ……

The Real World


Sailing conditions today, March 16: W winds 10-20 kts. Chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.


We offer San Francisco bay cruises, ocean excursions, office team building exercises and sunset cruises along the Golden Gate.  more info  Your skipper and owner of Gentle Storm II, Rick Niles understands that your sailing charter is not just an adventure but moreover, an experience in knowledgable hospitality.

You take part in sailing the boat as much or as little as you like. Your sailboat, your skipper. Depending on your preferences, trips with us can be everything from a full hands-on sailing lesson, to a sight seeing trip where you sit back, sip a glass of wine and enjoy the spectacular scenery and wildlife of San Francisco Bay.

Think of Gentle Storm as your boat for the day.

Experiences stay with us forever

Not so much with things

We sail out of Sausalito, with plenty of free parking just steps away from the boat.

Call or email to arrange a charter on Gentle Storm II. If it is raining on your day, we reschedule or give a full refund on your deposit. more info. For that matter, you may reschedule for any reason.

Sailing San Francisco for more than 30 years

707 235-6295

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Available now! Rick’s new book,  A Layer of Darkness, a crime thriller  set in San Francisco in 1945.
Go to to see more or my author blog , 

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