Luna Sea is always chartered with a full tank of fuel, a case or two of beverages and some snacks as well as 25 pounds of ice. If you have any special requests just let me know and we'll be happy to try and accommodate you. If you would like to learn more about Luna Sea check out her web site by doing a search for Luna Sea Racing.
Luna Sea is an Islander 36. The hull and rig were designed by naval architect Alan Gurney specifically for the San Francisco Bay. Mr. Gurney also designed Windward Passage, multiple winner of the TransPac race to Hawaii and Great Britain II, the first to finish in the first two races of what is now known as the Volvo Ocean Race, then known as the Whitbread Heritage Race. Islander 36’s are well made and well-engineered boats and have the ability to safely carry their crew anywhere they want to go, indeed Islander 36’s have circumnavigated the globe.
The deck, cockpit and interior were designed by Joseph Artese Design.
Luna Sea is very well equipped and has won many races in San Francisco Bay. She’s also won "Cruising Boat of the Year" in 2011 from the Islander 36 Association. Almost all systems have been replaced in the last few years (including a new Yanmar diesel and new Ballenger mast and boom, Raymarine electronics and all standing rigging) so not only is she beautiful to look and sail, everything works as you would expect. Luna Sea has an all teak interior with updated Sunbrella cushions and can sleep 6. She has pressurized hot and cold running water as well as a Force 10 three-burner stove and oven with broiler. You can even plug things in as she has an inverter.
Well we recommend keeping the total on board to eight so that everyone can have a seat in the cockpit when the sailing in the refreshing conditions of San Francisco Bay. We have certainly have had more aboard and in full race mode Luna Sea often sails with a crew of 8-10.
Arrangements can be made for a skipper if you like. If I am available, I am happy to come along and I am licensed Captain. However, if I am not available and you need a licensed Captain, we'll do our best to help find one for you. You are of course free to pick any licensed Captain you like. If you do decide to charter with a Captain you should note that Luna Sea is considered by the US Coast Guard to be an "Uninspected Passenger Vessel" and accordingly when a licensed Captain or the owner is on board on an "Uninspected Passenger Vessel" US Coast Guard rules limit the number of guests or passengers on board to six.
If you feel that you can handle the boat without a Skipper that’s fine but please understand that San Francisco Bay can be a very challenging place to sail, especially in the summertime. Luna Sea is a big heavy boat but even she can be a handful for an inexperienced crew is the strong winds that are often present in San Francisco Bay. If you request a charter without a Skipper, please be prepared to provide a detailed history of your sailing experience. If you are not sure then it is best to go with someone aboard that has some experience sailing in San Francisco Bay. When on any boat safety should always come first.
Luna Sea is always chartered with a full tank of fuel, a case or two of beverages and some snacks as well as 25 pounds of ice. If you have any special requests just let me know and we'll be happy to try and accommodate you. Don't hesitate to ask for your favorite drinks! Luna Sea also comes with an unlimited pass to dock or moor at Angel Island. While you cannot dock at Angel Island after sunset you can get a mooring and stay in this very protective cove overnight. All boats are required to moor with both bow and stern lines at Angel Island and of course we have extra-long mooring lines on board to assist with that.
If you are sailing on budget look to request a booking on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Those days are less in demand and accordingly you can usually save about $100 by sailing then. Also Luna Sea is a kid friendly boat and we encourage young people to go sailing. Ask about special rates for sailors that bring along some kids!
Couple of other notes:
One of our previous charterers a couple of years back mentioned in a review that the table on Luna Sea was broken. This has now been fixed but it required a bit of custom woodworking and like most things that need to be custom made from a solid piece of teak it took longer to obtain the material and then to make and install than expected. It is totally functional now and the solid teak repair will be good for many years.
And again it is good for everyone to keep in mind that sailing on San Francisco Bay, especially in the summer, can be a challenge for even the most experienced sailors. We can arrange for an experienced SF Bay sailor to go out with you if you want. You just need to ask. Have fun!
I decided to celebrate my birthday sailing around Bay Area. I had many doubts, because it was my first sailing experience and I didn't know what to expect. It turned out to be one of the most exciting and remarkable events I've ever had) It was a perfect adventure for me and all my friends. Thank you Dan for hosting us at Luna:)
Had a blast sailing on Luna Sea.
The boat is in great shape, easy to operate and lot of digital equipment that makes your sailing in the SF bay a breeze.
Dan is very friendly, easy to talk to and make arrangements with. We came about 1.5 hours later than we promised and Dan was patiently waiting for us. Always available to give advice and assistance.
Thank you, Dan, and look forward to the next one.
Great FUN on the bay as usual with Luna Sea. Boat is always in top condition ready to go when we get there. Dan continues to upgrade the electronics -- had fun teaching the kids how to use the GPS, especially when we entered a heavy fog opposite the Golden Gate.
Dan was very welcoming. We had some doughnuts and the boat was stocked with ice and beverages.
The boat is very stable and easy to steer. We didn't have to reef when we crossed the bay in spite of the 20-25 knots of wind. We manage to reach a steady 8.5 knots on the way back.
Another great day on the water with Luna Sea. Dan is always super reliable and the boat is always clean, well kept and ready to go. Every year there are new upgrades -- this year it's the electronics. And the Alameda Channel location gives the best ride out and back. Love seeing all the boating traffic, drydocks and containership operations along the way. Accomodates 8 people nicely -- everyone had a great time and are looking forward to the next sail. THANKS Dan.
Luna Sea is a great boat for SF bay. She is easy to sail and fast in light wind. We had a great time abound and would recommend getting in touch with Dan who is very accommodating. Thank you Dan for stocking her up on drinks and snacks. I would happily charter her again in the future.
Had an amazing day sailing with Dan. We started the voyage with a champagne toast that set the tone for a great day. My family had no prior sailing experience, but Dan was a great captain and allowed everyone to participate in driving the boat and changing the sails. I could not think of a better experience. I have already recommended him to all of my friends and will definitely charter him again the next time I am visiting SF. Thank you Dan.
Dan and his boat were fantastic. Dan met us at the dock and reviewed all of the details of the boat with us. He suggested a route for the day sail and sent us on our way. The boat is in great order and prepared to sail from novice to racer. Great boat, great day, great owner in Dan.
Dan is the man! All six of us enjoyed a lovely experience sailing on the Bay. We were greeted with a bubbly attitude and donuts to start. We all felt safe the entire trip and Dan empowered us to learn how to be great crew members. He was full of fun stories and knowledge. We laughed, ate lunch at Angel Island, sailed alongside the Embarcadero, and stopped by the At&t baseball stadium before returning to our Marina. I highly recommend Dan and his Islander 36 Luna Sea.
Dan was just awesome!
He let me check in early on the boat, gave a detailed tour of the important specific items of the boat and even gave us drinks and food!
My friends and I were thrilled with this boat that is in a pristine condition!
Best charter, thanks again Dam!
Luna Sea and Dan were fantastic! Dan gave a great boat intro, very flexible on schedule, and most importantly the boat worked flawlessly all day! New motor is quiet and made for comfortable motoring in the morning, and once the wind picked up had a beautiful sail, all running gear, sails, and all the kit in great shape. I look forward to many more repeat rentals!
Really excellent. Dan was friendly, skilled, fun, and made the afternoon supremely comfortable and enjoyable. We had him skipper the boat and he is clearly an experienced hand. Everyone was at ease hanging out, helping out lightly, and sipping Champagne. Boat was well stocked and in great condition. Dan kills it. Highly recommend.
We had an absolutely wonderful time with Captain Dan and his sailboat. As a family we celebrated my husband's sixtieth birthday, and the sail far exceeded our expectations. After a review of the safety instructions we enjoyed wonderful mimosas and sailed to Angel Island. The lunch was terrific and his stories even better! The highlight was watching the 40 minute show of the Blue Angels as Dan cheerfully tacked back and forth many times in a very crowded area. He provided a wonderful memory for my family and I would highly recommend his services.
Another "E ticket" ride on San Francisco Bay: from dead calm (with dolphins) behind Angel Island to dense fog and 20-30 knot winds opposite the Golden Gate bridge along the Berkeley flats. (First time I needed a compass course from Angel Island to the eastern span of the bay bridge!!!) The boat handles it all just fine and as usual, Dan is great to work with.
Dan is very friendly person and careful sailor. Good boat in a good shape, great for family adventure. On my opinion it very nice of Dan to fill the ice box with ice and beverages and put snacks and donuts. Excellent customer care!
I would recommend Dan and Luna Sea to my friends and will be glad to rent it again!
We really enjoyed the day on the Bay with Dan and his comfortable 36' sail boat, "Luna Sea". His pre-trip arrangements were well planned and professionally setup for our trip. We felt very good with Dan's quick responsiveness before the trip to our questions & concerns. Boat Safety was reasonably emphasized and all the guests were very pleased with Dan's expert boat handling skills. Great fun-we will definitely charter with Dan again in the near future.
Luna Sea was perfect for an evening outing with friends. Dan was incredibly accommodating, and the boat was in great shape and everything worked as described. The boat performed great in choppy seas and gusty weather. Looking forward to chartering again soon!
Another great day on San Francisco Bay -- this one very special for us with 3 generations of boys sailing together for the first time -- ages 70, 40, and 10. Dan and Luna Sea are always very responsible and responsive. Thanks for the opportunity to teach the next generation our love of sailing and just being together on the water.
I surprised my husband with a sailing trip while we were in San Francisco. Dan planned an amazing day! He brought his wife with him to help and they were both so nice, accommodating, and lots of fun to spend the day with. They made us feel very comfortable on the water and on their boat. I couldn't have asked for a better trip! We would love to sail with them again!
We had a lovely afternoon aboard Luna Sea. Dan was a knowledgeable and gracious host, letting us play captain and pointing us in the right directions. We saw several pods of dolphins and sea lions before settling in at Angel Island for the lunch Dan brought for us. All in all we probably spent 6 hours on the water and enjoyed it immensely. We would love to do it again!
WOW! My family had an amazing time with Dan, he was very accommodating to our schedule, very knowledgeable about the bay area and a great help with the sailing. We had winds that we would not have been comfortable in by ourselves and Dan made it very easy to sail the Luna Sea and enjoy a high wind day. I will definitely book with Dan again and would highly recommend his boat to anyone.
Had a great day on a skippered charter with Captain Dan and Cindy. Dan is very easy-going and knowledgeable, and my family of 4 were very confident in his hands. He took us for a tour of the bay around Angel island, the city, and up by AT&T park, all a great treat for my family visiting from the UK. Luna Sea is a simple boat but sails well and comfortable. Would happily recommend a day out with Dan to anyone.
Our family had a wonderful sailing trip with Dan, traveling from Alameda, under the Bay Bridge with beautiful views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Angel Island. He moored the boat at Angel Island in a quiet cove and we took a short break for lunch before heading back. Dan was very welcoming and our family felt comfortable and safe on his boat. He also encouraged us to join in helping with the sailing and driving of the boat. On the way back we saw Alcatraz, the sea lions at Pier 39, and the stadium. I highly recommend Dan and his beautiful boat! He will get back to you via email or phone right away and is very knowledgeable about the history of San Francisco. I would give Dan more than five stars if it was possible. Thank you Dan for helping make this family day one we will remember forever!
Dan met us at the dock in the morning.I spent about 30 minutes checking out the boat with him.All the necessary equipment was aboard.Dan even supplied various drinks and ice.It was a great experience and Dan was very personable and helpful.The boat is very easy to sail and is ideal for the Bay conditions.Thanks,Dan.
Amazing boat and had a great time with Dan and his wife Mifi. Both avid sailors and they treated us to a truly amazing day out on the water. We started and ended the day with champagne if that tells a bit of the story. I'm sure I will do it again with them!
The boat is in super shape, very well and smartly rigged. We sailed it on the Bay by 20 knots without reefing. The cabin is very comfortable, even for kids (3 kids for our session).
Dan is a really nice, welcoming and easy-going person.
He calmly explained everything we needed to know and made sure we were comfortable for our sailing trip.
Great experience. Boat was in great condition, communication was good, Dan made sure we were set up and was generally very helpful. Bareboat daysail, took about half hour to go over the boat systems in the morning and then Dan met us at the dock when we returned.
Dan was extremely helpful and friendly getting our crew set up with the Luna Sea. He was gracious enough to stock the fridge with beverages and include snacks too!
Dan gave a thorough tutorial and tour of the boat and even helped plan my route along the bay. The ship itsself is in top notch condition and handled with ease on tough bay waters.
I look forward to my next rental with the Luna Sea!
What a fun afternoon! We booked Dan for a birthday celebration, and he went out of his way to prepare the perfect sunset cruise for us. He sailed us from Pier 40 near AT&T park around Angel Island, along the bay passing Alcatraz and back along the city skyline to the pier. We really enjoyed his company, and it is no wonder Dan is the biggest celebrity on BoatBound.
Book him today! You will not find a better deal.
We had a great time with Luna Sea! Dan was more accommodating than we had any reason to expect, including outfitting the ice box with ice and beer, plus exhibiting much patience when we arrived back at the slip a little later than expected.
Luna herself is a sweet sailor. The rig is tweaked out to the nines and she handled 25 knots without a hitch, despite the inexperience of the day's crew. We were extremely comfortable with 6 on board.
I'd have to say we went crazy for Luna Sea! :-)
Dan's Islander 36 is a great boat for the bay! She handles great in significant winds and can point better than most boats available to rent. We did multiple passes in front of the slot and she had no problem maintaining course. Try that on a Hunter! Dan and his wife were very nice and incredibly knowledgeable.
Dan was great! My wife and I chartered Luna Sea for 5 days from Dan, and it was one of the most enjoyable experiences of our lives. Not only did Dan provide the boat, but he arraigned a ride for us from the airport and helped us provision the boat! Dan ran us through the in's and out's of the boat and then turned us loose. Luna Sea is a wonderful vessel and sails very well in heavy weather conditions. The interior is nice and very comfortable for overnight stays. The first afternoon we ran through the slot with 25 knot winds at 7+ knots of boat speed and were very comfortable. I wish I could sail that boat every weekend!
Luna Sea is a beautiful boat and a fabulous for cruising in San Francisco Bay. Dan is the ideal owner and a tremendous companion for introducing you to the area. He tended to our trip with care and provided invaluable advice and good humor throughout our rental. The Islander 36 is a thoughtfully built boat that inspires confidence in traversing "The Slot" in 27 knot winds. She is exceedingly well equipped and designed for racing or family fun. Thanks for a great trip, Dan, we shall return soon.
We sailed on Luna Sea on the hottest day of the year so far in winds that were light to begin with, so we did mostly motoring into the open waters of the bay. After lunch the winds came up. We sailed from the San Francisco waterfront to the Golden Gate Bridge. The winds hit 20nm. The boat handled the winds very nicely and we had an exhilarating sail from the waterfront to Tiburon then down behind Alcatraz Island. From 1:30 till 5:00 the winds continued to blow very nicely.
Dan's boat handles beautifully, doing well in open waters with moderate winds. My crew was excited and enthusiastic and we all want to return as soon as possible. We're looking at another trip in the fall and maybe sooner.
Dan was very welcoming and accommodating. He allowed us to stay on the boat the night before the sailing trip, which was very convenient since we didn't have to fight Bay Area traffic on the day of the sail. Thank you Dan.
The second time I've rented Dan's boat. Had a wonderful day on the water, and the boat performed flawlessly!
Only knock was that the dinette table was still broken (this rental was in April, previous one was end of November). We didn't need it, so no big deal.
I brought four friends on the trip with Dan and we had an excellent time. Dan's knowledge of the bay was indispensable and his energy was infectious. Our experience on the bay as new sailors was intense with 20-25mph winds but we felt very safe and in control with Dan.
Anyone new to boatbound or curious about bay sailing should definitely take a trip with Dan.
Luna Sea is an excellent boat for a day sail on the bay. Well equipped, stable, and loved by Dan who is an equally excellent host. Getting the boat was easy, Dan's orientation was quick & clear, and the boat was even well stocked! I'll definitely charter from Dan again.
It is easy to say great things about Dan and his Islander 36. But that might only reveal the obvious. Anyone would enjoy a day on the water with Dan. My son and I chose to accept Dan's offer to join us. Even though we are sail boat owners and have sailed extensively for many years Dan's company was truly valuable. He has local knowledge of the waterways and of the history of the many things to see on the water in the Bay area. Moreover, as experienced sailors, we learned some strategies and techniques from Dan that we will apply during our sailing on the East Coast. He is not intrusive yet is instructive and companionable. At the end of sailing for 7 hours on Luna Sea we felt that we spent a day with a friend. The marina is easy to access by car and parking facilities were great. You have water access to the Bay as people perceive it as well as you see the Oakland/Alameda commercial shipping venue. That plus seeing the City and its features, the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, Alcatraz, the new baseball field all in a day is a trip by sail without peer. All in all, what Dan offers is a true bargain! Given what he adds to the bareboat charter, a day on Luna Sea is the "best deal in town".
We had an absolutely wonderful time with Dan! He was friendly, relaxed, and flexible with plans from the very beginning before we even had the chance to meet. Once our group arrived at the boat, he was just as welcoming and helpful. After a few quick safety words, we were on our way sailing. The bay was a bit choppy the day we went, but it made for a bit of adventure and plenty of laughs. He taught us a few things about sailing, and let us help out here and there as well. Having been in SF much longer than the rest of us, he also had some great stories to share as we sailed around different parts of the bay. I highly recommend Dan as both a skipper and to rent from. Can't wait for trip #2. Thanks again Dan!
Really enjoyed working with Dan and renting Luna Sea. Everything was ready to go when we arrived....all we needed was get our stuff on board and turn the engine over to leave dock... Dan even had drinks and ice in the cooler, the kids were really excited. Luna Sea is a great boat....a pleasure to sail. Great experience!
We had a fantastic day sailing with Dan. We sailed from Alameda, over to SF to pick up some friends, then all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge and back. Dan was a great teacher and got us all involved in sailing the boat. He even gave us a ride back to SF at the end of the day. I would highly recommend a day on the "Luna Sea" to anyone who wants to do some real sailing on the bay.
We took out Luna Sea for a day with 6 of us, and 2 kids. The winds were pretty light, but we still had a fantastic time. When the wind did pick up, we had some really exhilarating sailing across the bay. Luna Sea is a beautiful and well-maintained boat and Dan is a fantastic owner who loves sailing and is extremely personable and helpful. Highly recommended.
I chartered Luna Sea for my girlfriend's birthday and I've never seen her happier. Luna Sea handles beautifully and the San Francisco Bay is the most beautiful place I've ever sailed. Dan was also an absolute dream to coordinate with. He had everything we could have asked for ready on Luna Sea when we arrived and took care of all the prep work and cleanup. He went out of his way to make sure we had a blast. I honestly couldn't have imagined a better time. Everything went wonderfully and I'll definitely be back to charter Luna Sea again.
We had a great time on the Luna Sea. Dan was awesome! He met up with us and showed us features of the boat, as well as how these gadgets on the boat worked. He's got them all too: digital depth meter, wind sensor, GPS,.. you name it. You can tell he has a passion for sailing. Luna Sea was a great boat; well maintained, easy to sail. Dan's gotten it set up so that you could control everything from the cockpit: the sailboats I've been on required someone at the bow to access the halyard. We'll certainly be back. Thanks Dan!
Dan was excellent! We went out to watch the America's Cup races and Dan positioned his boat so that we constantly had the best viewing position. Unlike most of the other boats that stayed in one place Dan continued to sail and give us great commentary on the race and made the sailing and viewing a wonderful experience for all of us. His enthusiasm for boating was evident for the entire day - we felt more like family friends than guests paying to be on his boat. We will definitely come back for another day of sailing with Dan - we all had a wonderful time!