“18 years sailing experience - racing, teaching, cruising, etc...”
Aboard since 2013
From San Francisco, CA
Ilya was perfect. I had contacted him about my plan to propose to my girlfriend on the trip, and he worked with me to surprise her. He had clear instructions on when and where to meet him, was chill while on the water, and obviously great with communication. I can't thank you enough, Ilya!
The Colgate 26 was a great boat for the bay, and Ilya was very helpful, punctual and gave us a thorough rundown of the boats systems. The meeting place to pick up the boat was exceptionally convenient. We returned a little early and Illya was very understanding and picked the boat up right after we tied up and put her away. I would definitely rent this boat again. Great value for a stiff boat that can handle a typical SF bay day.
Ilya met me on time and his boat is in good condition. He gave a very professional overview of the boat and provided recommendations on where we could go safely. It was very easy getting in and out of the public dock that he met me at, pier 1.5 behind La Mar restaurant.
Ilya was great.
Straightforward communication, before we left he explained thoroughly what we could expect of this trip. He was very helpful and engaged with the group and definitely skilled at this sport.
Wouldn't hesitate in sailing with him again!
Thank you Ilya
The boat rental from Ilya could not have gone more smoothly! And the dock location is absolutely perfect, right downtown near all the sites. Ilya met me bright and early to go over the boat, and we were off and sailing in no time. The Colgate 26 is a great daysailer, with very neutral handling and plenty of space in the cockpit for a large crew. I wouldn't hesitate to rent it again the next time I'm in the Bay Area!
Ilya is a great owner and captain. He has a huge amount of experience sailing and teaches early sailors as a hobby. If you really enjoy the experience of sailing, going out with Ilya on the bay is a great option that I would strongly recommend.
I've very much enjoyed renting Ilya's . It's very spacious - it comfortably fits 6 people in the cockpit.
It has all the essentials for an enjoyable day trip on the bay. Ilya was very friendly and patiently explained everything that one needs to know about the boat.
I look forward to the next time.
We had a great time out on Ilya's boat this past weekend! The boat was super comfortable for the 6 of us, and Ilya was great to go out with. He taught a few of us the finer points of sailing as we cruised around the bay, and we even saw some of the those elusive bay dolphins!
We loved sailing on Ilya's Colgate. It's fun, easy to sail, comfortable and fast, the perfect boat for a few friends to tour the bay, or sail to angel island. Ilya made it super easy for us. Each time we rented it was a seamless process and we were out on the water in no time. I'm definitely going to keep renting from him in the future.
I had a fun time on the Colgate 26. Ilya was very welcoming and gave a great overview of the boat. The boat is in a great location too. The roller furling jib worked great and made our day easier. The boat sailed very nice. We also had no problems with the motor. Very nice boat!
This was one of the best charters I've ever had. Ilya was super easy to deal with, gave a great boat walkthrough, and was promptly responsive throughout the whole process.
The boat itself was great. It's a little old so the gelcoat isn't gleaming - but the engine's reliable, the sails are in good shape, and it handles beautifully. What's more: the slip is about 20 yards in from the boundary between the marina and the Bay, so you don't waste any time getting in and out. Overall, a fantastic experience for a very reasonable price. I'll be back.
This boat's location and general conditions is perfect for getting out on the bay. The checkout was smooth, and efficient. Boat sails well with three, with a nice roller furling headsail and easily reefed main. Strong and newer model engine help getting in and out of the slip.
Ilya was a great renter. He is a very skilled sailor who wanted a few hours of orientation operating a twin screw vessel before chartering a large catamaran in the caribbean. He mastered the fundamentals quickly. I highly recommend Ilya for other Boatbound excursions!