Ilya

4.9/5 stars 34 reviews
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About Ilya

“18 years sailing experience - racing, teaching, cruising, etc...”


Aboard since 2013

From San Francisco, CA

Reviews of Ilya (34)


  • 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!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jun. 07th

    Ilya provided and excellent experience.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Feb. 21st

    Awesome guy, very professional and timely. Boat is great, a lot of fun to sail. Lots of open space in the cockpit, makes for an enjoyable ride.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Oct. 24th

    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.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Oct. 18th

    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.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Oct. 17th

    Renting through IIya was easy and straightforward--would recommend. The Colgate 26 was in good condition for a day sail around the bay.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Aug. 30th

    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

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Aug. 01st

    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!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Apr. 03rd

    A+

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jul. 03rd

    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.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    May. 10th

    Another great experience!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    May. 03rd

    Nice boat. He was very helpful and responsive

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Apr. 12th

    The Colgate is a clean boat and Ilya is always a pleasure to rent from. 10/10 would rent again.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Sep. 13th

    Great boat, wonderful renter. 10 of 10 would rent from Ilya again.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Mar. 08th

    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.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Mar. 21st

    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!

  • 4/5 stars (4/5)
    Feb. 18th

    Ilya responded promptly with our requests once we really booked the rental. The Colgate is a sweet boat that's easy to use and goes even in a puff. The picnic table cockpit lends itself to plenty ondeck but was beautiful for three.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Feb. 02nd

    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.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jan. 31st

    Amazing location! The boat was set up well, clean, and sailed well. The boat has a huge open cockpit that could fit 6 people. It was easy to communicate with Ilya, he was on time, and explained everything well.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jan. 26th

    Another great sail! Thanks to Ilya for making it easy and fun. The boat handled both the 20 kt winds with a reef no problem, and the light winds on the return trip.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jan. 19th

    I loved sailing on Ilya's Colgate. He was super nice, easy going and a real pro. The boat's in a great location so you're out on the bay in no time. It's also in great shape and sails fast. I'll definitely be looking to get out again asap.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Nov. 28th

    It was a great experience renting this boat from Ilya. He is very professional and helpful. The boat is easy to handle and our bay sail was a wonderful father/son outing.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Nov. 23rd

    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!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Nov. 08th

    The overall experience on the Colgate 26 was great. Ilya gave us the run down of the boat in about 15 minutes, then we were off to Tiburon. The boat ran great and we will definitely be renting it again.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jul. 27th

    Pretty easy communication with Ilya.

  • 4/5 stars (4/5)
    Oct. 18th

    Ilya was great. Good instructions given. The boat was fine.
    We had a great sail from the dock around Angel Island, into Sausolito, though Golden Gate bridge and back home. Left at 11am back around 5pm.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Oct. 12th

    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.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jul. 04th

    Ilya and his boat were great! He met me with short notice on a holiday weekend. Would definitely rent again!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Aug. 29th

    Friendly, personable and professional. Renting from Ilya was a pleasure. I won't think twice before renting again from him soon!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Aug. 29th

    Terrific experience and boat, a great size for sailing the bay and held up very well in some solid swell and 20+ knts wind. Highly recommended! Would rent again.

  • 4/5 stars (4/5)
    Aug. 18th

    Ilya was straightforward to deal with. We had a great morning sail on the Santana. It's small enough to handle easily but it also has the weight to get around quite well and is well equipped.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jun. 29th

    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.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Apr. 27th

    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!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jan. 18th

    The Colgate 26' is a great day-sailer for exploring the San Francisco Bay. Boat was clean, in great shape and in docked in a terrific location.