Whale Watching in San Diego

Whale Watching in San Diego

The New Year is here and that means whale watching! California Gray Whales are now making their annual migration south from Alaska to the warm-water Baja lagoons to give birth and nurse. Their passage is the longest known mammal migration measuring over 12,000 miles...

International Proficiency Certificate

International Proficiency Certificate

What is an International Proficiency Certificate and how do i get it? Most Mediterranean and European charter companies require an international proficiency certificate in order to prove a skippers abilities before a Bareboat charter. If you’ve taken your...

Sailing Vacation in San Diego

Sailing Vacation in San Diego

Have you always wanted to learn how to sail? Have you also wanted to visit and vacation in San Diego? How about combining the two with a San Diego week-long sailing vacation?! A live-aboard sailing vacation is geared for the sailor who has limited time available but...

What Size Boat Should You Put Into Charter?

What Size Boat Should You Put Into Charter?

A questions we often get is what size Beneteau should I purchase for charter placement? As before, we will answer this question from the perspective of “limited charter” like we do at Harbor Sailboats. Owners should be purchasing the boat they want to own...

2018 Oceanis 31 – Three Years Free

2018 Oceanis 31 – Three Years Free

Harbor Sailboats has inventoried a brand new 2018 Beneteau Oceanis 31 for sale into the ownership program and it’s ready for immediate delivery. Unlike other fleet boats, this Oceanis 31 will be placed under an extremely rare guarantee program that will pay 100%...

5 Reasons to Join a Sailing Club

5 Reasons to Join a Sailing Club

Whether you are a seasoned sailor with decades of experience or a novice just starting your sailing journey, the same hurdles seem to stand in the way when it comes to desired sea time. In the wake of busy personal and professional lives, finding the time, resources...

How To Get Started Sailing

How To Get Started Sailing

Many Americans have a dream of one day sailing off on their boat, but how do you get started with that dream? The first step is to take a basic sailing lesson; here at Harbor Sailboats we offer ASA 101 Basic Keelboat. ASA 101 is a two day course where we spend 80% of...

Owning a Charter Boat

Owning a Charter Boat

If you’re a regular charterer at your sailing club or if you rent in exotic destinations like the British Virgin Islands, chances are you’ve been pitched on buying and owning a boat in a rental program. For some, this is the absolute best way of owning a...

Team Building Events

Team Building Events

What does your company do for team building? If your next corporate meeting or convention happens to be in San Diego, or if you’re a local company, we have an exciting team building option for your organization- a San Diego Sailing Regatta! The sailing regatta is...

Setting Anchor (overnight)

Setting Anchor (overnight)

There are many factors to consider when planning to anchor overnight…How much rode should I let out? What is the tide doing? How about the wind? Is that boat too close to me? Am I even allowed to anchor here?  These, among others, are very important...

Power Cord Safety

Power Cord Safety

The boats shore power cord is vital to keeping the batteries charged and enjoying some of the electrical features that are not available while away from the dock. For example, most recreational sailboats don’t have a generator so the ships outlets, microwave,...

Fairlead Placement, Go Faster!

Fairlead Placement, Go Faster!

In this post we’ll talk about using the headsail (jib, genoa, etc.) fair-lead to get the most performance while also extending the sail’s usable life. Moving the “lead” or “car” forward and aft will adjust the shape (aka twist) of...

Do ASA Certifications Expire?

Do ASA Certifications Expire?

The simple answer is no, your American Sailing Association (ASA) certification does not expire. Certifications issued through the American Sailing Association come with lifetime designation, but this does not necessarily mean an individual is qualified to operate a...