Clubs & Marinas Restaurants
Club Nautique
Club Nautique has locations in Alameda and in Sausalito. They offer well mainatained boats near the bay entrance. Very nice lessons. They are expensive. Offers US Sailing certification.
Redwood City Spinnaker
Very convinient for first time lessons if you are living south of San Francisco. Offers ASA certification.
Pacific Yachting & Sailing
Santa Cruz club. We enjoyed chartering a few boats. Nice people, good access. Best from exploring Monterey Bay area. Benetau 46 "Zazen" is a must.
After Guard Sailing Academy
Oakland school with really small place and donated boats, but very nice people. They train instructors.
South Beach Marina
A good place to dock in San Francisco located near the Bay Bridge. You can stay their at the guest dock for as little as $10 to get some food. Guest pickup is free (<30 minutes)
Sausalito Restaurant. You can dock to it if the dock in good condition. Call them and check first.
The Spinnaker
Sausalito waterfront restaurant
Delancey Street Restaurant
This is a very nice cheap place to eat when you stay in South Beach Marina (Pier 40, SF)
Charts and Navigation Weather
Ocean Grafix
Printing Nautical Charts on demand
Free boating charts
NOAA Weather Service
Marine Text Forecasts
Northern CA Waves
NOAA Buoy Data
Learning Stores & Equipment
Animated Knots
Nice site. You want to know bowline, cleat, figure 8. You also want to have a knot to attach docking line to a pile and if you are at it, figure out how attach your docking line to an end of a big tough line that does not bend.
Do you speak Ch 14?
Nice place that explains how to understand VTS talk.
Life Saving Systems
They normally serve businesses, coast guard etc. They do sell individual items if you call.
West Marine
Two locations here. One in Palo Alto and one in South San Francisco. There is also one in Oakland.
Area info: Baja Area Info: BVI
Cruise the Sea of Cortez
Preparing to go
A good site with on the subject info plus lots of useful links.