- American Boat Listing
A searchable nationwide database of boats for sale by owner (whereas boats.com is mostly brokerage listings).
- American Sail Training Association
Sponsor of the Tall Ships Challenge, a series of sailing races, cruises, crew rallies, and maritime festivals up and down the pacific coast.
- Angel Island Bike Rentals
Rent bikes to tour Angel Island. You can also rent electric scooters and Segways. Services are seasonal and have limited days and hours.
- Angel Island Tram Tours
Take a narrated tram tour of Angel Island for great views and a history lesson. You can get off at several stops and wait for another tram, so you can explore by foot as well.
BART connects San Francisco to as far south as Millbrae on the peninsula, as far east as Pittsburg, and to Richmond, Berkeley, Oakland, and as far south as Fremont in the east bay.
- Bay and Delta Yachtsman
Available free at many locations, you can also subscribe to this magazine. The print version is quite worthwhile, especially for Delta boaters; unfortunately, there is very little on their Web site.
- Bay Crossings
A free magazine that also publishes all of its content on the Web. Oriented toward ferry riders and other maritime interests. Interesting articles on bay area waterfront living.
New and used boat listings. Predominantly east-coast powerboats.
An extensive set of boating links for the west coast. Also covers other areas.
Extensive listings for new and "pre-owned' boats, searchable by size, manufacturer, price, and location. Boat model listings from over 375 boat builders and used boat listings from boat dealers and yacht brokers worldwide.
- C. A. Thayer Restoration
The C.A. Thayer is a 219-foot schooner built in 1895. Part of the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, the vessel is now undergoing a $9.3-million, two-year restoration.
- California Delta Chambers
The best source for information about the Delta. Originally created by the late Hal Schell, who was for decades the Delta's most prolific and inspiring writer.
Train service between San Francisco and San Jose.
- China Clipper
History of the China Clippers, the airplanes that once landed in China Cove and provided the first passenger air service across the Pacific.
- City of Sausalito
Includes a variety of visitor information as well as information on city services and government.
- Coastside Fishing Club
An excellent site for information about fishing in San Francisco bay and the surround coast.
- Craig's List Boats for Sale by Owner
Craig's List is a San Francisco-based phenomenon in online classified ads. The boats category is not further divided or classified, so sorting the the mish-mash takes some time, but there is a good search function and lots of new listings every day.
- Delta Recreation
Directory of boating facilities on the delta, with charts showing the location of each.
- eBay: Other Powerboats over 27 feet
Buy a boat in an online auction. This category includes a variety of powerboats longer than 27 feet, including speedboats and other performance-oriented boats. Try the other categories for more specific listings.
- eBay: Other Powerboats under 20 feet
Buy a boat in an online auction. This category includes miscellaneous powerboats less then 20 feet long, including speedboats and other performance-oriented boats. See the other categories for specific types of boats.
- eBay: Powerboats 20 to 27 feet
Buy a boat in an online auction. This category includes various types of powerboats between 20 and 27 feet long, including speedboats and other performance-oriented boats. See the other categories for more specific searches.
- Fleet Week
Annual visit of Navy ships in the bay. Parade of ships on Saturday, and air show Saturday and Sunday. Some ships also open for visiting.
- Gear and Boats for Sale
New site providing free listings for gear and boats for sale in the San Francisco Bay Area.
- Golden Gate National Recreation Area
The GGNRA includes Alcatraz, the Marin Headlands, Nike Missile Site, Fort Mason, Fort Point, and the Presidio. The site provides information on all these locations.
- Historical Maps of San Francisco
This wonderful tool from David Rumsey of Cartography Associates enables you to view and compare various historical maps of San Francisco, which have been aligned to a consistent coordinate system so they correlate.
- History of the S.S. Vallejo
Great site with lots of information about the fascinating history of the ferryboat Vallejo, which formed the nucleus of the houseboat community in Sausalito. Once the home of Alan Watts and artist Jean Varda.
- In America's Cup, Oracle Team USA looks for high tech advantage
Forget the fastest sail boat; next year's America's Cup could come down to who has the fastest computer. The boats competing on the San Francisco Bay next year will be kitted out from bow to stern with high-tech gear, including sensors that measure variables like wind speed and the amount of stress on their hulls, and a server that analyzes the data and sends instructions to the crew.
- John Stobart
John Stobart has painted dozens of wonderfully detailed, beautiful paintings of ships and harbors in the age of sail.
- Latitude 38
Latitude 38 is a free monthly magazine that covers the sailing scene in Northern California, with lots of discussion of Mexico, the Caribbean, and other cruising destinations. But if you're a sailor in the bay area, you already know all this; everyone reads it!
Search engine that helps people find boats boats for sale.
- Local Notice to Mariners
The Local Notice to Mariners is the Coast Guard's way of communicating updates to charts and other special or new conditions.
- Mapping the Floor of San Francisco Bay
The U.S. Geological Survey has created a detailed map of the bay as part of the report "Shifting Shoals and Shattered Rocks: How Man Has Transformed the Floor of West-Central San Francisco Bay.
- New Bay Bridge
A fantastic site about the construction of the new Bay Bridge, with construction details, design information, lots of photos (include many taken by bridge workers), and information on the people building the bridge.
- Northern California Hotsheet
To keep up with the latest in San Francisco area fishing conditions, there's no better way than to subscribe to this email newsletter.
- Oracle Team USA on countdown to AC72 launch
By the end of the month, Oracle Team USA expects to have tested and launched the first of its two AC72 wingsail catamarans planned for the defense of the 2013 America’s Cup. The extreme performance sailboat is the creation of Oracle Team USA’s design, engineering and build teams. The team is currently busy preparing for the first event of the 2012-13 America’s Cup World Series, scheduled Aug. 21-26 in San Francisco, but as soon as that event ends the focus shifts to the AC72.
- Photo Tiura
Great ship by and workboat photos, created by a tug boat captain.
- Recreational Boaters of California
RBOC is a lobbying organization that works to protect the rights of boaters and guide lawmakers toward informed decisions on marine-related issues.
"The Interactive Guide to the San Joaquin Delta" lists marinas, restaurants, and other facilities.
- San Francisco Chronicle
Web site of San Francisco's main newspaper. Extensive restaurant listings, as well as movies, theater, and much more.
- San Francisco Maritime Park
The Maritime Park at the foot of Hyde St. includes a great selection of ships and the excellent museum and visitor center.
- San Franciso International Dragon Boat Festival
Dragon boats are a traditional Chinese rowing craft, like a large canoe with a dragon carved in the bow and a tail at the stern. They are paddled by teams of 16 to 24 people. Dragon boat racing is a fascinating spectator sport, and the annual race on San Francisco Bay provides a great opportunity to see it.
Extensive directory of everything related to schooners and tall ships.
- SF Bay Images
Stock photos of tall ships, san francisco bay, sailboats, more.
Online crew lists (look for crew or find a crew spot for yourself), discussion forums, cruising logs, business listings, and more.
- Ship to Shore Radio
Live VHF radio streaming on the Internet -- listen to VHF radio from San Francisco or Monterey Bay.
- The Anchor-Outs
Good article on the Sausalito anchor-out, liveaboard community.
- The Log
A monthly boating newspaper, published in northern and southern California versions. Distributed free at local chandleries and other waterfront locations. Good online resources as well.
- The Royaliste Tall Ship
A 71-foot, gaff-rigged, square-tops'l ketch refit to the specifications of an 18th-century dispatch gunboat/bomb ketch.
- The Scoop on Poop
All you need to know about staying within the law -- and doing what's right to protect our bay -- when it comes to dealing with your waste.
- Toxins in SF Bay fish
State of California recommendations for limits on how much locally-caught fish people should eat.
- Treasure Island Museum
The Treasure Island Museum was closed in 1997, but this organization continues to try to preserve its contents and work toward its reopening.
- U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
A volunteer organization that works with the Coast Guard. They will inspect your boat for free and issue a Vessel Safety Check certificate (if you pass!), and they offer a variety of inexpensive boating classes.
- Used Boats
Classified listings of boats for sale or for rent by owners
- Vessel Safety Check
To get a free Vessel Safety Check, first visit this site to see what you need in order to pass. Then follow the links on the site to find an examiner to come examine your boat.
- Warden Johnson Restoration
The Warden Johnson was the Alcatraz prison launch from 1945 to 1961. She is now being restored by a non-profit group seeking to preserve this bit of bay history.
- Yacht Council
New and used boats for sale. Extensive nationwide listings.
Extensive searchable worldwide database (mostly U.S.) of boats for sale.