“Experienced SF boat owner with 30-45 days of sailing in all conditions in the bay yearly. Most experience is in the SF bay, but I charter up to 53' periodically in the caribbean to get my swimming and drinking done. My boat is a Hunter 310, and in the marina next to the world champion SF Giants stadium. ”
Aboard since 2013
From Oakland, CA
Ben was a responsive and helpful host for our weekend getaway on Zephyr.
The boat is moored at City Island Yacht Club which provides a solid launch service. From there we went East into the Sound and spent the next few nights in Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson, and Greenwich. Moorings are readily available in most ports for $50/night.
The boat is as described -- not a lot of bells and whistles like autopilot or a speed sensor, but she sails well and has everything you'll need to make short passages. The foresail is large and the main has two single-line reefs. The galley and head are minimal, but there's little need to cook for oneself in Long Island Sound.
I'd recommend Ben's boat to anyone looking for a small keelboat in the area.
I've rented Chris' boat a couple times now, and I will continue to rent from him as it's a great boat and extremely comfortable for a group of 8. The cockpit is spacious and comfortable and well maintained. I will be back to rent again soon. Thanks Chris!
The Amelie is an incredible boat to sail. It's perfect for a day of sailing on the San Francisco Bay. It comfortably holds 10 people, has a great sound system and overall is just an easy fun boat to be on. Chris is very easy to work with and quick to respond if you have any questions regarding the boat or where to sail. I would highly recommend taking the Amelie out for a day sail on the Bay!
If you are looking for a great boat for up to 10 people that is easy to sail, roomy, and well equipped... This is your boat. We sailed a bit then spent the afternoon moored in Ayala Cove behind Angel Island. It was the perfect Sunday in SF. Thx Chris!
Our group of 9 had a great day out on the Bay in this boat! We did a nice circle around out to the gate and then back around Alcatraz. We went out with Kevin, who was incredibly easy to coordinate with and an absolutely delight to be out on the boat which!
Definitely looking forward to my next rental with Chris & Kevin soon!
Our group couldn't have had a better day on the water. The boat was in great shape and very comfortable for a group of 9. With the two captain seats, comfortable cockpit and high tower it's a perfect cruising sailboat. We took her outside the gate and then back around Angel Island and finished with a swim by Treasure Island.
It was a picture perfect day and I will certainly be renting from him again in the very near future!
I had a wonderful experience renting from Chris. The boat was in perfect shape and easily handled the summer wind in San Francisco, and we had a comfortable overnight on the anchor at Angel Island. Kevin was very helpful in coordinating all of the logistics, and we had no issues getting in and out of South Beach Harbor. I would definitely recommend this boat to anyone looking for a spacious, manageable voyage around the Bay, and will certainly be a repeat-renter.
Christopher was very nice and easy to work with. His H310 Amelie was a breeze to sail (pun intended). Amelie is well maintained and well equipped. The location at Southbeach Marina is in my opinion the best Marina location in the SF bay. Thank you Christopher!
Our day out in the bay went smoothly, and Amelie was a great boat with everything we needed. Our 10-person group was comfortable the entire trip, even with high winds. Chris even recommended a skipper who has sailed Amelie before. Overall, we had a great time and will surely rent Amelie again!
Had a great day out on the bay with this boat, Amelie tore through the waves easily and the cockpit was very comfortable for our 8 person crew. Easy to sail and working with Chris was great. I will be booking this boat again in the future and look forward to it.
I had a top notch experience renting this Hunter 31 from Christopher. He arrived there early to meet us right when we got there. He had parking passes that allowed to park basically right next to where the boat is docked, which made the whole process really easy. He was kind enough to get us set up with ice for our sandwiches and drinks. He took 30 minutes to show us how to rig the boat and where everything was. All we had to do was drop off the key to the slip in a really convenient drop box when we were done.
As for the sailing, the boat is awesome for a group of people as the cockpit has a ton of space. We fit 9 people comfortably. The boat was easy to rig and de-rig. The boat was pretty straight forward in terms of how to sail it as well. I would also add, that we sailed in a pretty good wind, maybe 15 knots, and no one got wet. Another good feature if you are sailing with some beginners.
All in all, I couldn't have asked for a better experience through Christopher, and through Boatbound.
This is a great boat for a good time on the bay with friends. The Hunter has a wide cabin and cockpit that seat more people comfortably than boats I've been on that are 10 feet longer. Seriously. The overhead boom, lazy jacks and fast in-board engine make it great for skippers with inexperienced crew. Location was easy, boat was clean, charged, gassed up, everything up-to-spec (safety gear, etc.). On-board fridge/cooler is big ... Just grab ice at the dock house. Chris was super responsive, helpful, friendly and had some good suggestions about where to go around the Bay. All and all a great experience.