Steve has a US Coast Guard 6-pac captain's license. We have sailed our yacht Ohana to Hawaii from San Francisco several times; up and down the West Coast to Mexico many times; to British Columbia, Canada; in Seychelles; in Greece/Turkey several times; in Norway; in the Netherlands. We race our boat Ohana extensively here in the Bay area, both in the Bay and on the ocean.
We are very experienced and we bring some of our crew along most times.
Ohana is a racer/cruiser with plenty of room for a comfortable vacation sail.
She has sailed twice to Hawaii, 4 x to Mexico, 2x to British Columbia, the Med and raced extensively in the San Francisco Bay Area. Occasionally she is rented out through AirBnB. She is well-maintained and in very good shape.
Ohana has a salon, three staterooms and two heads, plus a galley and Nav station. Six people can be accommodated easily. The woodwork is Rosewood and designed by the famous Pinaferini. There is a liferaft for 6 persons, a MOB, a rib with yamaha engine, several sets of sails, a generator, heater, AC, stereo, SSB, AIS, VHF, GPS and water maker.
Ohana is an ocean going yacht and is used as such very often along our coast.
This is not a boat for beginners, especially not in the San Francisco Bay waters where the winds can easily blow up to 20-25 knots in the summer time. She is very sturdy and can take a lot of punishment.
That said, winter time is really the best time for sailing in San Francisco - light winds and mostly sunshine and warm. In the summer the fog often hangs over the bay making for a more chilly sail.
Also, the surrounding area where the boat is located, Sausalito in Marin County is one of the most beautiful in the United States. We have the giant redwoods, beautiful beaches, mountains, rivers, vineyards (Napa) a world class city, Yosemite National Park nearby, Tahoe ski and resort area, all within a few hours at most by car. Point Reyes National Seashore park is one of the largest and newest parks where one can observe whales, elk herds and elephant seals. Muir Woods was set aside a century ago to preserve our beautiful giant redwoods. Hiking trails accessible from everywhere.
San Francisco is just a ferry ride away.
Sailing destinations in the Bay are many, and on the ocean side there is Half Moon Bay, the Farallones islands (another marine sanctuary), Monterey and Carmel further south, but within a day's sail.