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Slow Down in Style

San Francisco Bay

By Kim Kavin — July 2004


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Club Nautique’s bareboat prices range from $360 per weekday for a Mainship Pilot 30 Sedan to $890 per weekday for a Mainship 430. Weekend and holiday rates are higher, and weekly and monthly rates are available. If you buy a club membership, which is $595 plus $65 in monthly dues, you get a 35-percent discount on published rates, which can be a worthwhile deal.

General manager David Forbes says that what sets his company apart is the youth of his fleet—most boats are fewer than three years old—and the courses available for beginners. One is a three-day course on a Mainship 390. “It includes an overnight anchored up the Napa River,” he says, “so they’re actually living aboard.”

He says cruising in this area is easier than in, say, the Chesapeake in terms of channels and water depth. It’s a different style of cruising, not as much gunkholing. “For a week, you’re probably doing some sightseeing,” he says, “using it as a base to go to the Napa River, tie up in Napa and visit some wineries, downtown San Francisco, Angel Island State Park, up the Sacramento River, up the Delta.”

Club Nautique Phone: (800) 343-7245.

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This article originally appeared in the June 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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