Brian

4.9/5 stars 55 reviews
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  • 14
    Years Boating

About Brian

“I have been sailing in the Bay since 2001. I continue to enjoy many days with friends and family on the water. I continue to meet great sailors through Boatbound.”


Aboard since 2015

From San Francisco, CA

Reviews of Brian (55)


  • It would be hard to imagine a more gracious host.

    Everything was as described, and the description, introduction and closing checklist were appropriately low maintenance. Easy access to the boat and the marina were bonus points.

    Thank you Brian, including for the use of the Pearson. She handled great on a beautiful day. And the 5 knt headwind was all we needed to dock at a full stop.


  • I now see why other reviewers consistently give Brian / Blue Haven five stars!
    Brian went out of his way to get us set up in the morning.
    Blue Haven is a great boat, easy to maneuver under sail or motor.
    We had a wonderful sail from Berkeley to Tiburon - can highly recommend,
    Looking forward to coming back ... thanks Brian.


  • This was a great day out on the bay. Roller reefing on jib very convenient. Brian very helpful.


  • Brians boat is always well kept and in good shape.


  • Brian was very flexible and helpful. Boat is a pleasure to sail. Spread hood is huge and kept the elements away although made not easy to see ahead at times. One more fender would be a wise move.


  • Blue Haven treated us well for another fun day on the water. Brian was easy to coordinate with and made the logistics a breeze.


  • Blue Haven is a really great boat! It handled so well on the bay, and it's easy to sail. He's got it rigged up as basically a one man sailing vessel with all lines accessible from the helm. (though it's still very nice to have some helping hands on the SF bay.) Brian takes good care of her, she was clean, and full of gas for our trip. His marina is in the perfect location for a day sail, and Brian was very helpful in guiding us towards the lay of the bay, locations to avoid and places to explore. When I'm looking to sail in the Bay Area again, I will definitely be reaching out Brian.


  • We had a great day on the Blue haven. The boat is very well maintained. Very easy to coordinate with Brian. I will be very happy to sail again on Blue haven.


  • Great boat great instructions from Brian the owner, everything workednwell on and off the boat. It is also very clean. Thanks for the great day.
    Stefan


  • Brian was attentive and thorough. My family and I had an amazing time.


  • Great day charter! Brian is easy to work with, checkout covered what we needed to know and we got on the water quickly. The Pearson 32 is a great SF Bay boat... can keep moving in lighter winds, handles heavier wind well, even goes to weather decently with headsail alone (a nice touch if you have non sailors who are a little overwhelmed by winds out toward the Gate). A few things to note: boat has good selection of both adult and children's PFD's, all the USCG required safety equipment is right at hand, and there is both a throwable horseshoe and a LifeSling as additional safety gear, reefing system (done at the mast) is quick and easy. Would definitely rent this boat again.


  • Great boat, well prepared, friendly owner


  • Brian's Pearson 32 is a good boat for a day sail on the San Francisco Bay with a nice dodger. Be aware that you need to have someone go to the mast to raise or lower the mainsail or to reef and reef early.


  • Had great weather for January and boat handle well, Brian made everything easy from check in and check out to getting on our way. Will rent again.


  • Easy working with Brian - even for a morning meeting on New Years Day! Thanks Brian for a great experience.


  • Had a terrific day in the bay on Blue Haven. Brian was super easy to deal with and the boat was in very fine shape. Would rent from him again.


  • Awesome as always


  • We enjoyed our sail. Boat handles well in light and moderate winds. Would need to reef the main on windy days. Boat was clean and free of clutter. The boat is old but in good condition for its age.


  • What an awesome day of sailing on the bay! Brian was helpful and easy going. Blue Haven was in great shape and handled like a dream! The whole experience was worth every penny. Will definitely do again.


  • We had a great day of sailing on Blue Haven. Nice, solid boat, well rigged and in very good condition. Brian is easy to work with and was helpful with the checkout. We will be back!


  • Fun boat to handle on the Bay. Easy and straightforward. Brian kept everything simple! I'll rent again.


  • My friends and I had a blast sailing out to the Golden Gate and around Angel Island on Blue Haven. The boat is in good sailing condition and handled 20 knots of wind no problem. Brian was very easy to coordinate with and made the check-in/check-out procedure a breeze. Highly recommend!


  • Took the boat out to Angel Island and back. Very easy to maneuver and operate. Brian was helpful and easygoing - thanks for setting us up!


  • Once again Brian's boat was in excellent condition. Everything went well and worked as expected. Had an amazing sail.


  • We had a perfect sail on the Bay with Brian's boat. The wind and tide worked for us the whole afternoon, for which I give Brian full credit. The boat had clearly been outfitted for ocean passage; everything felt solid and reliable. Brian was very easy to deal with. Highly recommended.


  • Brian kept the boat in great condition. He was very willing to answer questions and be available for us. Had a great time sailing. Would definitely rent from him again.


  • Brian's Pearson can easily handle San Francisco Bay making it a very comfortable sailing experience. Brian has been the best owner I've rented from. He even sent my hat & jacket (left behind in error) back to me. Next Bay sail will most definitely be on Brian's Pearson.


  • Brian was easy to deal with. Explained what was needed to know. Boat was pretty tired, and not at all near what the pictures showed. My crew was disappointed. All in all she handled the journey well. Boat needs a lot of tlc, as with most rentals.


  • Another great experience working with Brian. Great boat and a good value.


  • We had an amazing day sailing on Blue Haven! We sailed under the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge, and around Angel Island, in glorious winds! The boat was in good shape and had everything we needed, and Brian was super friendly and easy to work with. He got me quickly up to speed on everything I needed to know about the boat and the waters nearby. I can't wait to sail on Blue Haven again soon!


  • We had an awesome day sailing Brian's boat. We had myself and 5 passengers on board. It was comfortable. The crew had the time of their lives. Brian is attentive and easy to deal with. The boat is well maintained and easy to sail. I would definitely recommend Blue Haven.


  • Had a great time on Brian's boat. It's a nice sailing Pearson for the Bay. Brian was very easy to deal with, responsive with integrity. I would recommend him to a friend


  • Wonderful afternoon sail on the bay. Brian was great: Communicative, on time, relaxed, knowledgable, and all in all, a real pleasure to charter from. His boat sailed beautifully and made for a perfect day in and out of easy access Berkeley Marina.


  • Incredible. As usual!


  • Brian has a nice boat in Berkeley marina. He is very responsive and accommodating and happy to help if having any difficulty.


  • Great solid yacht. We have been sailing with the wind 6 th Bofort scale. Well equiped with everything. Brian is a great host :)


  • Wonderful boat. Wonderful communication. Brian is great!


  • Had a great sail! Brian is always responsive when scheduling a trip, and is always available if you have any issues with the boat the day of your sail. We had a great time!


  • Had a great day out! Brian is very responsive and amicable, laid back kind of person. The boat is in great condition; not a speed machine but very seaworthy. All rigging worked great, maybe hoisting the main required a little extra attention with the luff cars needing some guidance and wanting to jump off the track (also duly noted by Brian) but remained firm once fully hoisted and no issues when bringing the sail down.
    Some of the gimmicks like GPS, grill or autopilot were not working, but didn't need them this time and Brian clearly pointed it out at check in. We had a pleasant sail with no surprises; a great experience over all!!


  • Brian is very helpful and easy to work with. We enjoyed our sailing trip with his boat.


  • We had a great time on Brian's boat. He was communicative and very easy to work with. We look forward to working with him again.


  • We had another wonderful sail. Brian is super responsive and the boat is in great condition. Five stars!


  • What a great day on the Bay! Brian had the boat ready to go and after a quick walkthrough, the six of us were comfortably on our way. The boat sailed great and was in good condition, particularly the sails and lines.


  • Brian was very helpful, and the boat is in great condition. The sun shade is really nice as a wind blocker and a sun blocker. We had a great time!


  • I took out this Pearson on Saturday Nov 21st. There was no fog and moderate winds on the bay. We had a great time sailing around Treasure Island, out under the Golden Gate Bridge and back along San Francisco pier front. Everyone had a great time and there were lots of boats out enjoying the day. This time of year is a great time to enjoy the bay.


  • My wife and I had a great day on Blue Haven. The Pearson is a great boat for the bay. Everything was as expected, and Brian did a great job briefing us on safety, operation, and destinations. We also lucked out and had perfect sailing weather. We will definitely rent this boat again.
    Thanks again!


  • Brian was very prompt, through and easy to get along with. I had never sailed SF Bay and the experience was fantastic. The boat sailed well in the wind and everything was as expected.

    Location: great location as it is right in the wind "slot" easy sail to Bridge, city, went to Sausoiito, Tiburon

    Highly recomend.

    Brian M.


  • We had a great time on Blue Haven. Brian made sure we had all the safety information in advance of our trip and was overall very accommodating. The boat sailed well, even in very low winds. We particularly enjoyed the working head and running water. Highly recommended!


  • Brian was super helpful and very flexible. He's clearly a dedicated boat owner and takes excellent care of the boat. The Pearson 32 is in very good shape, sails well, and is well equipped for sailing on the Bay. Great overall experience.


  • I rented Brian's boat with some friends for a Sunday afternoon sail. There were 7 of us total and it was a very comfortable size for us. It was very clean, fun, and easy to manage. Would definitely rent again.


  • Brian was very helpful. He was prompt and ready. I had a great experience with renting his boat.


  • Had a great day! Boat is easy to sail, views are awesome, and Brian is easygoing and very flexible. We sailed the whole day and enjoyed it tremendously. Can recommend this to anyone.


  • I took my family sailing on San Francisco Bay last Sunday. The Pearson 32 was the perfect size boat for 5 adults with plenty space. The boat is set up to be easy to rig and sail and she handled very well, even when the wind got quite squally near the Golden Gate.
    Brian is very friendly, helpful, and reasonable and I would happily rent from him again.


  • Me and my had a wonderful day sailing Brian's boat. It is well kept, clean and fun to sail. Brian was friendly and helpful. We will come back .