People Beat The Heat Boating On Bay
By JOHN M. DERBY
August 8, 2019
With the 100-plus heat of the valley, a
lot of local people have found the San Francisco Bay is
a perfect place to be.
Gary Davis and his wife Amie are one local
couple who use their boat in Alameda to get away from the
The cost is not as much as one might expect, between $200
and $300 a month depending on the size of the boat. In their
case, they own a Catalina 25, and it is less than $250 a
month. They can stay on the boat up to three days a week.
Hotel room rates in San Francisco are over $125 a night,
so having the boat amounts to about two nights on San Francisco
Bay a month, plus one has the added attraction of being
able to sail.
Last weekend, when the heat hit 105 in the valley, the
temperature was 75 to 80 in the Bay Area, and even cooler
in San Francisco where the fog and overcast are often present.
The Davis’ have their boat at the Alameda Marina,
which is centrally located and within easy driving distance
from downtown Alameda and a large shopping mall. Alameda
is a bike friendly town, and the marinas like the Alameda
Marina have bike parking facilities.
In 1994, when we first started sailing on the Bay, our
boat was docked at the Alameda Marina. It was a 24-foot
Bayliner called Buccaneer. It was nice and roomy, and able
to sleep four people comfortably. That was before we purchased
the Day Dreamer, a 32-foot sloop, which eventually took
us all the way to Mexico and back.
Alameda is home to well over a thousand boats, many of
which never leave the dock. This is a shame as San Francisco
Bay sailing is one of the finest pastimes in the world.
The year before last, it was the location of the America’s
Cup Race, one of the most prestigious sailing events in
One does not have to be a member of some exclusive club
to take advantage of the benefits of being a sailor on San
Members of the local Lake Yosemite Sailing Association
qualify for exchange privileges at most of the clubs in
As novices of San Francisco Bay sailing, we spent years
sailing to all the yacht clubs around the bay and paying
our respects. Our sailboat was not always looked upon as
the fanciest, but it qualified for full acceptance at the
up-class clubs, and it was a wonderful experience.
Now, with the heat in the valley, renewing some of those
sailing experiences is a pleasure. It takes us only two
hours to drive to Alameda, if we plan our trip to avoid
the high traffic times.
Leaving the valley at midday on a Friday will give us plenty
of time to be on the boat having a cocktail by the time
everyone else is getting home from work. And the temperature
will usually be a cool 75 to 80 degrees.