Origin of Sailing Terms

Origin of Sailing Terms

One of the most challenging aspects of sailing is learning the language of sailing. Terms like starboard, helm, halyard, sheet have very little use in the English language yet they are extremely important while onboard a sailboat.   Here is a little history...

Anchoring Mistakes

Anchoring Mistakes

As we find ourselves at the height of busy summer, we have witnessed some bad habits committed by the general boating community. While I was anchored in Glorieta Bay earlier this month, I watched as a lot of boaters struggled to get their anchors set properly on the...

Clean Bill of Health

Clean Bill of Health

The phrase “Clean Bill of Health” comes from the 17th century when port authorities would confirm none of a ship’s crew were suffering from a contagious disease and the ships port of departure was not know to have any contagions present. If this was...

The Club Is Open!

The Club Is Open!

Dear Sailors,   The club is back up and running with rentals, instruction, and charters now permissible by state and local health officials. While we’re very excited about the news, certain restrictions are still in place.   It’s encouraged that...

From Sand to Surf

From Sand to Surf

I was born and raised in Phoenix, the center of Arizona’s “Valley of the Sun.”  How did a desert rat like myself end up being an owner in the Harbor Sailboats fleet? Roll back the clock to summer 2017.  My long-time friend and fellow Harbor Sailboats member...

S/V Sandpiper Part 1

S/V Sandpiper Part 1

Harbor Sailboats offers a competitive and fun “One Design” (all boats are the same) sailboat racing program for Members with its fleet of 12 Capri 22’s. Every Tuesday evening April – September the docks are full as racers pick up their boat for a fun evening of fast...

A Message From The President Of Harbor Sailboats

A Message From The President Of Harbor Sailboats

March 31, 2020 To: The Members, Boat Owners and Crew of Harbor Sailboats and SailTime San Diego From: Tom Hirsh, President   Dear All,   I have worked for, with, and on behalf of Harbor Sailboats since I was a young man of 24. Now 41 years later, I am much...

Boaters Saftey Card

Boaters Saftey Card

Beginning January 1st, 2018, California started phasing in the requirement for boaters to obtain a California Boaters Safety Card for the legal operation of a motorized vessel on state waterways. The phase in process was done by age and as of January 1st, 2020,...

Tacking and Gybing Made Easy

Tacking and Gybing Made Easy

Tacking and gybing a sailboat is among one of the first lessons we teach in our basic sailing course. That said, new sailors tend to make small errors that cause the maneuvers to be difficult and possibly unsafe. Here, we will remind you of a few simple steps and...

Learn to Sail Clinic

Learn to Sail Clinic

Not sure about sailing or just looking for a fun activity? Come join us for our learn to sail clinic where we’ll introduce you to the lifestyle of sailing during a 2-hour on the water experience. Sailors will take the helm, trim the sails, learn how to read the wind,...

What Does It Cost To Own a Boat?

What Does It Cost To Own a Boat?

Yacht brokers get this question all the time, what will it cost to own this boat? Although this will change depending on where you will keeping the boat, lets briefly go over the 4 cost of boat ownership.   Purchase or Loan While some will pay cash for a boat,...

Oceanis 31 – Three Years Without Expenses

Oceanis 31 – Three Years Without Expenses

Here is a very rare charter placement opportunity where the club pays all expenses for three years!    If you have been on the docks the last couple weeks, you’ve likely seen the new Oceanis 31 proudly displayed on the 500 dock. This boat has been...

Nancy Jean II

Nancy Jean II

Congratulations to repeat Harbor Sailboats owners, the Donahue family, for taking delivery of their 2020 Beneteau Oceanis 41.1. The original Nancy Jean, now named Jasmine, will remain in the fleet with new owners. Nancy Jean II is an amazing boat with a very large...

New Capri 22’s

New Capri 22’s

In case you haven’t heard, the new 2019 Capri 22’s are available for rental! The boats are very similar to previous generations but there are some subtle differences… There is now a permanent topping lift made of braided spectra. These are tied from...

Sailing Club Activities

Sailing Club Activities

Sailing Club Activities It is well established that joining a sailing club can help ensure that you save money, compared to owning your own sailboat or being a public charterer. A sailing club may also provide social sailing opportunities not available to the public....

What to Expect in a Basic Sailing Course

What to Expect in a Basic Sailing Course

Welcome to Harbor Sailboats Pre-Owned Yacht Brokerage (Academy Yacht Sales). We specialize is representing clean, late model sailboats to our members and the public. As a license and bonded yacht brokerage, we can assist buyers and sellers in all their boating needs....