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, others will finance though a marine lender. Lets assume you’re purchasing a new or less than a 5 year old boat; prepare to put 20%-25% down on a 20 year loan with today’s rates being around 5.5% (don’t forget about sales tax). Monthly loan payments work out to be around $700/month per $100k borrowed. This means on a $215,000 loan amount (what an Oceanis 35.1 would be), you will be paying roughly $1,500 a month including sales tax financing. 
Slip Rent
Rates will change depending on the marine and size of slip but roughly $22 a foot per month is the going rate in San Diego. Rates will also very depending on location and amenities like a work out facility, pool, spa, restaurant, age of marina, etc. 
Insurance rates will go up or down depending on how and where you will use the boat, type of boat, and your loss history. That said, privately sailed boats pay roughly .75% of the hull value in annual premiums. Boats placed into charter are charged roughly doubled because of the increased liability. The owner of a new Oceanis 35.1 in charter can expect to pay roughly $315 a month in insurance and half that for privately owned boats. 
The cost of maintaining a boat is going to depend on the age of the boat. Older boats are going to require more maintenance as systems, sails, and rigging are ready for replacement. Lets take a newer boat as an example and take the length of the boat and multiply it by $10. This says a 35′ sailboat will cost an average of $350 month in maintenance. This formula takes into account larger projects like wood work, buff/wax as well as small projects like monthly bottom clean.
Monthly Totals
This means it cost roughly $1,275 a month to operate a new Beneteau Oceanis 35.1 plus a mortgage payment of about $1,500 for a total cost of around $2,800 a month. Placed into charter at Harbor Sailboats, this boat would cost an owner less than $1,200 a month because of the revenue generated from charters.
For a complete pro forma on all available charter programs, contact our yacht sales department today!

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 inventoried for sale under the very rare guarantee program and it just got better with HS paying the sales tax!*
*7.75% less list price of $176,805
Under the guarantee program, the boat is privately owned by someone like you and chartered to qualified members of the club. Unique to charter ownership, the program will pay the slip rent, insurance, maintenance, and pay the mortgage for the first 3 years! This adds up to a savings of about $75,000 over three years while the boat is professionally maintained and managed.
The owner will enjoy 42 days of reserved usage per year and unlimited usage when booking inside of 24 hours. This adds up to an unbelievable amount of time on the water for pennies compared to private ownership!
After three years the owner will have several options like selling, removing from charter, upgrading to a larger boat, or continuing to charter under the default revenue sharing program. This is where the owners now receives 50% of the revenue but the monthly cost are the responsibility of the owner.
Some owners may find Section 179 of the federal tax code to be extremely beneficial once they make the purchase and place the boat into service. We require you consult your tax professional but many HS owners have structured their boat as a business and have used Section 179 to help offset the cost with a large federal tax refund.
Get in touch for all the details!

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 cockpit and three private cabins below. This boat was order with bow thruster, electric winch, radar, three chart plotters, electric transom, inverter, electric head, separated shower and so much more.

The Oceanis 41.1 is a updated design of the original Oceanis 41. Changes have been made to the interior layout that makes the forward cabin much more useful and larger windows bring in more natural light throughout the salon. Above deck, the 41.1 is slightly lighter and has a bigger mainsail. This means a faster boat that continues to sail flat with her wide beam and hard chinned hull.

Contact Keenan to learn more about fleet ownership and all the wonderful perks! We have a 2019 Oceanis 31 in stock and available under our guarantee program that will have the club pay 100% of the boats expenses.

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 the top of the mast to the end of the boom and will remain in place when sailing. This is an extra safety feature to keep the boom off of the deck when the mainsail is accidentally or prematurely lowered. The wire topping lift still remains- this will need to be released when sailing.
The reefing system has been simplified with one single line leading to a cam cleat under the goose-neck. In the rare occurrence of needing to reef underway (we try to always do it at the dock when the forecast dictates), the process can be done completely from the cockpit. We are still always here to assist in reefing on windier days.

The ship’s report is now two pages. The first page will be collected by the dock master before your departure and the second page will be turned into the office after sailing. Please THOROUGHLY inspect for damage. Any unreported damage will be assumed new upon your return.

The companionway bin boards need to be secured when sailing. Please do not simply “throw” the board in the boat as they could tear the seat cushions as the boat moves and heals underway. The best place to store the board is underneath the cushion.

All boats are equipped with self-tailing winches.

A few other reminders:
Never land on the facedock without first identifying the dockmaster and making sure he is ready for you. If another boat is attempting to land in front of you, make sure they safely tie up before making your attempt. There should never be a “train” of boats landing at the same time. You will never need to send a crew member forward, please keep everyone in the cockpit- the dockmaster will “catch” your boat and tie you up.

Docking anywhere besides the designated Harbor Sailboats face dock is not allowed.

When pulling the outboard start cord, always pull straight as opposed to at an angle. An angled cord will cause damage to the cord. The outboard engines carry 30-45 minutes of fuel. With that said, use them only when you need them, no joy riding because you might actually need the fuel at a later time.

If the Porto-Potties are used, they must be cleaned and emptied. Ask the dockmaster for specifics on this process. A fee will apply if found not emptied.

The navigation limit is no further south of the Coronado Bridge and no further south than Ballast Point.

The max boat capacity is 5. No pets are allowed. Children 12 and under must wear a lifejacket at all times- including on the docks. A 13 year old is not required by law to wear a pfd but it is highly recommended.

Enjoy the new Boats!

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. Harbor Sailboats, for example, offers exclusive Members Only Club Activities that cultivate member-to-member relationships and provide opportunities for growth in seamanship and boat handling all year round. Sailing club activities can include group sails, clinics, all female events, mixers, races, and even flotillas. In this blog, we will dive into these different types of sailing club activities that you can expect from most organizations, highlight the benefits of each, and then give a comprehensive list of what Harbor Sailboats will be offering to its members in 2019!

Group Sails – Often the most inclusive sailing club activity, group sails offer opportunities for members of all skill levels and their families to climb aboard club boats with professional licensed captains and enjoy the water in a stress-free social setting. Group boats may be organized through a sailing club for Whale Watching or sunset sails and give club members exposure to different boats they may not be qualified to take out on their own and expertise of professional captains for the duration.

Clinics – In an effort to continually improve and enrich the sailing experiences of members, clubs will host clinics and focus on sailing fundamentals like docking and anchoring. In small group settings, instructors reinforce the specified sailing concept and give each participant hands-on experience practicing the skill. These are usually 2-5 hours in length, depending on the clinic content.  

All Female Events – The sailing community is predominantly comprised of male sailors and can often be intimidating to women interested in the sport. All-female events allow women sailors to meet each other, learn together, and sail together in a non-threatening and supportive environment. Some clubs even have dedicated groups that encourage women to get out on the water together on a regular basis.

Mixers – Sailing clubs may host mixers for members to provide a forum for like-minded individuals to mingle in a social setting off the water. This is where previously disengaged members and new members alike can “plug in” to their club and find new sailing partners and just have a good time.

Races – Sailing races, also called “regattas”, are comprised of multiple crewed boats in direct competition of one another. The set course is usually marked by buoys and some sort of officiating crew will proctor the race. Clubs can host fun, lightly competitive, regattas to mark the beginning of a certain season and Clubs can also host and participate in highly competitive regattas that require a highly skilled crew and specialty sailboats. The types of boats that race and skill level necessary to compete vary greatly but usually club staff are helpful getting interested members into programs they will be successful and suited for.

Flotillas – Just a fancy term for “a group of boats sailing together”, a few components of a flotilla are:

  1. An exotic sailing destination
  2. A group of sailboats
  3. A group of like-minded sailors to crew those boats

Sailing clubs put together flotillas in places like the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and the South Pacific in hopes of introducing members to international sailing in a stress-free way; the club does all the planning, organizing, and handles most of the logistical headaches involved in international travel which allows club members to just enjoy!


Harbor Sailboats is a huge proponent of Sailing Club Activities. With over 1,000 members, activities like the ones listed above help individuals get the most out of their memberships and stay involved in club happenings. Check out what Harbor Sailboats is offering to its members this year and please give us a call if anything peaks your interest! 

2019 Member Activities for Harbor Sailboats

Whale Watching:

  • Saturday, February 16th, 2019 – 11:00am-3:00pm
  • 6 spots available! $195.00 + port fee
  • Aboard our Oceanis 45’!

Anchoring Clinic:

  • Saturday, March 9th, 2019 – 10:00am-2:00pm
  • 6 spots available! $105.00 + port fee
  • Aboard our 2018 Oceanis 31’!

Race Clinic:

  • Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 – 11:00am-4:00pm
  • 12-14 spots available! $95.00 + port fee
  • Aboard a Capri 22’

Flotilla – TAHITI:

  • April, 2019 *SOLD OUT*

Spring Race Series:

  • Every Tuesday from April 2nd-May 21st
  • Capri 22’ One Design racing

Opening Day Regatta:

  • Saturday, April 6th, 2019 – 11:00 am start time
  • All Club Members that rent a boat and participate in the Regatta will receive 20% off their charter!
  • Hosted BBQ on the dock after the race. 1st, 2nd & 3rd place will receive awards!

Opening Day Regatta Group Boat:

  • Saturday, April 6th, 2019 – 10:00am-2:00pm
  • 6 spot available! $125.00 + port fee
  • Aboard our Oceanis 34’!

Lady Mariners Dual Helm Event:

  • Saturday, April 27th, 2019
  • 12:00pm-4:00pm
  • 12 spots available!
  • $195.00 + port fee
  • Aboard 2 of our Oceanis 35’s!

Summer Race Series:

  • Every Tuesday from May 28th-July 23rd (no July 2nd)

Summer “Sailstice” Club Potluck/Mixer:

  • Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 – 3:00pm-7:00pm (on the Deli Deck)
  • Celebrate the longest day of the year with your fellow Harbor Sailboats members! You bring the food, we’ll bring the beer.

Fall Race Series:

  • Every Tuesday from July 30th-September 17th

Lady Mariners Bareboat Brush-up:

  • Sunday, August 11th, 2019 – 1:00pm-5:00pm
  • 12 spots available!
  • Aboard 2 of our Oceanis 34’s!
  • $195.00 + port fee

Docking Clinic:

  • Sunday, October 20th, 2019 – 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Aboard our Oceanis 34’!
  • 6 spots available!
  • $105.00 + port fee

Parade of Lights Group Boat:

  • Sunday, December 2019 – 5:00pm-8:30pm (dates TBD)
  • 6 spots available!
  • Aboard our Oceanis 45’!
  • $195.00 + port fee

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. Below represents a sample of our selection of used boats represented through our office. We’re also available to represent a buyer with any boat listed through a California yacht brokerage. If we don’t have it, we will find it for you.

For new Beneteau offerings, see here


Current Inventory of Used Boats

2017 Beneteau Oceanis 37

$179,000 Nancy Jean

2014 Beneteau Oceanis 38

$197,000 Luna Mar

2010 Beneteau Oceanis 34

$99,000 Perspective

2016 Flying Tiger 10m

$55,000 Relapse

1966 Shields 30

$15,000 Envy

2003 Catalina 320

Coming Soon

San Diego Holding Tank Pump Out Locations

Some members have noticed that the Harbor Island West Marina pump out facility now closes at 4pm during the winter and 5pm in the summer. This was put into place by marina staff in order to prevent commercial pump out services from emptying their tanks using the public dock. Unfortunately, this has a small effect on members’ convenience when pumping out but San Diego has several other options listed below.

Most HS boats (not all) are equipped with macerator pumps that will allow you to empty the tank directly overboard only when you’re more than three miles offshore. Please check with the dockmaster before using this feature to refresh on the procedure.


Harbor Island

Harbor Island West Marina

Cabrillo Isle Marina

Shelter Island

Shelter Island Police and Customs Dock

Persons Fuel Dock

Sun Harbor Marina (Pizza Nova Guest Dock)


Glorietta Bay Marina

For more locations and an interactive chart, visit the port website here

Sailing the Heel

There are many indicators we use as sailors to help us navigate the wind. We’re constantly scanning the sails, the tell tails, the mast head fly/wind indicator, the electronics, flags on land, and even other boats. One major but often overlooked indicator however, is the boat’s heel angle. But what does the angle tell us?
The wind is very rarely constant in direction and speed which means the boat can flatten and heel over sporadically even with a constant compass heading. To compensate for these changes and to sail upwind as effectively as possible, simply “Sail the Heel.” Try to find a good heel angle both you and the boat are comfortable with and stick to it. If the boat begins to feel overpowered and the heel angle increases, gradually head up into the wind to reduce the angle but also make sure your jib is trimmed properly as not to luff the sail. The opposite is true if the boat begins to flatten out and feel stalled- simply bear away or turn down to increase power and heel angle but keep in mind these course changes are about 5 degree. When you find the groove your tell tails will all be stream horizontal towards the stern of the boat. As you practice this more and more, you’ll begin to anticipate what the boat is going to do before it ever happens- slight adjustments heading up or heading down will correct for wind variations and help you maintain a constant and very efficient track sailing upwind. Get “in the groove” and stay there by sailing the heel!
The boat pictured is clearly overpowered and needs to head up towards the wind to flatten out. Once flattened out the boat will actually pick up speed (no longer going sideways) and become a more enjoying ride.

Boat Show: The Insiders Guide

Boat Show Time! It’s an excuse to ditch work a little early or bring the family down for a fun afternoon looking at all the new products and technologies, but how can you attend a boat show like a pro? Let us explain.

Boats shows are a huge deal for the industry as there is not a bigger concentration of potential customers to view your product. Insurance companies, clothing, gear, and of course boat dealers roll out the red carpet for 4 days of non stop action. If you own a boat and are looking for new gear or ideas  you will find something to enjoy at a boat show. Right after this blog is published we will be moving into the San Diego Sunroad Boat Show taking place on Harbor Island January 25th-28th, here is how you can get the most out of the show:

Rule #1. Bring shoes that you can easily take on and off and in Southern California, this means flip flops! Without exception, you will be asked to remove your shoes before boarding any of the boats at the show and if you plan to view every boat (over 100) this is going to get annoying if you’re wearing anything other than slip on shoes.

Have a Plan. Before entering a show you should scout out the exhibitors online and make a mental list of what you want to see. Do you want to concentrate on the land booths that are selling foul weather gear, anchors, life jackets, insurance, sailing tours, etc, or do you really want to see the new Beneteau Oceanis 38.1 and compare to another brand? Having a plan will help you stay focused and get the most out of the show. Some boat shows will have exhibitors that offer new boats, used boats, and clubs that offer sailing lessons. Most shows will have seminars or on the water activities so make sure you see what applies to you best.

Pack Light. Sort of in line with the golden rule of no shoes, you will want to leave the backpacks and heavy gear at home. Most exhibitors will ask that you leave the larger bags on the dock for fear of zippers and other sharp edges scratching the wood surfaces. One of the sponsors is guaranteed to give you a plastic bag with handles as you enter the show for you to collect brochures and business cards.

Arrive Early. Most boat shows will start on a Thursday and end Sunday evening and as you can imagine the crowds can become pretty massive on the weekends. If you want a more private setting with ample time to get into the details with a rep. then we recommend exploring the boat show the first or second day, you can always come back on the weekend if you need a second look or want to see more.

Keep an Eye on Kids: If you have a child under the age of 12 a life jacket is required while aboard any moving boat, although these boats are not moving it’s encouraged that you bring a life jacket for the young ones. The docks are skinny and the crowds are big so keeping a close eye on the young ones is not to be underrated. This responsibility continues when you get aboard a boat as it will move as people step on and off.

Research. Some people attend boat shows for the fun while others are there to take advantage of special deals. If you do a little homework beforehand you will be able to get into more detailed conversation with the reps. The internet is full of data, videos, opinions, etc. so you can prepare yourself for detailed conversation. Don’t be afraid to call a rep or schedule an appointment weeks before a show as sometime there will be “pre boat show” deals that are even better than the show specials. (we have one!)

Bring a Check Book. This may sound a little aggressive but it’s the honest truth. These boat shows cost the dealers thousands of dollars per boat not including the set up time, break down, marketing dollars and staffing. Some of the larger shows come with a price tag over $100K just to be there. With such a large bill, dealers will create boat show specials in order to recover some of these costs. A lot of the dealers have manufacture backed specials that absolutely expire on Sunday evening so if you’re in the market don’t be afraid to take advantage of the huge savings that are offered at these shows. Think Black Friday for boating!

These are just a few tips on how to best explore a boat show, bottom line is mark your calendar for January 25-28 and come enjoy this lifestyle with us. Harbor Sailboats and SailTime San Diego will be in the water with a new Beneteau Oceanis 31, Oceanis 38.1, Oceanis 41.1, and a Oceanis 45 along with the Beneteau power line of Wellcraft boats in conjunction with South Coast Yachts.

To learn more about the show and to get a sneak peek view of the specials contact Harbor Sailboats today!

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 round trip and luckily for us San Diego sailors, that puts us right in line to take in the sights. The entire migration averages 2-3 months.

Harbor Sailboats offers private whale watching tours aboard our fleet of sailboats 28-45 feet. Enjoy an intimate and private setting aboard a luxurious sailboat with a modern design and a professional skipper. Your skipper will try his or her best to get you up close and personal with all the southern California marine life and create and unforgettable experience.

For current members or sailors, the best way to observe the whales aboard your sailboat is to head straight south out of San Diego Bay. There have been times in past years where whales were traveling right along the kelp line, but this is somewhat rare. If you don’t immediately find them, the best strategy is to head towards the Safe Water Buoy (#1) and really begin to look for signs. The whales typically travel in pods of 2-3 so keep your eyes focused for obvious spouts. Did you know Gray Whales have two blowholes? Another trick of the trade is to look for boats grouped together which would otherwise have no reason to really be near each other… These boats are looking at something and chances are this time of year, they’re seeing whales. Once you locate a pod, be mindful to respect the animals and keep your distance as to not disrupt their natural behavior (no closer than 100 yards). The best way to view the whales is to ‘run with them’ meaning to sail parallel in the same direction they are swimming (which should be south). The Grays usually swim at 5 knots so the boat speed vs their speed should pretty close. Remember to take pictures!


Quick Facts about Gray Whales:

What do Gray Whales eat?

Gray whales are bottom feeders- they use their snouts and bodies to dislodge tiny crustaceans and other small organisms off the seafloor. This process stirs up the sea life in which the whale uses its baleen to filter in the food. A piece of gray whale baleen measures approximately 18 inches and is much like the human fingernail in consistency. 

How big are Gray Whales?

Gray whales will grow up to 40 tons, measuring around 50 feet. Female Gray’s usually grow slightly larger than their male counterparts.

How many gray whales exist? Are they endangered?

Current estimates put these whales at about 20,000 worldwide. As a result of major international conservation efforts, California Gray Whales were removed from the Endangered Species List in 1994. Most of the world’s population resides in the Eastern Pacific but gray whales can also be found off the coast of Korea in large numbers. There have even been confirmed sightings in the Atlantic Ocean which suggests old breeding grounds from the 17th-20th century may beginning to be used again by rare Atlantic pods. The only known natural predator to the gray whale is a pod of killer whales.

What is a Gray Whale’s lifespan?

Gray Whales live 50-70 years. The become sexually mature at 8 years of age.

Give Harbor Sailboats  a call to arrange you whale watching tour aboard a new, modern and cleaning sailing yacht!

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 American Sailing Association classes up to Bareboat Cruising you simply fill out an application through the ASA and provide a passport photo. But what if you don’t have ASA certification but have the skills and experienced that is otherwise taught in the ASA program? Well, you have to take ASA 101, 103, and 104 before applying for the International Proficiency Certificate…

“That’s a lot and time and money!!! There has to be another way!!!”

At Harbor Sailboats we offer a 1 day International Proficiency Certificate Challenge for highly qualified sailors to expedite this process.

This unique process is designed for lifelong sailors who regularly charter or own, who hold no ASA certifications, and are now being required to present the American Sailing Association’s International Proficiency Certificate. Highly qualified applicants will spend 1 full day on the water with an ASA instructor (9am-5pm). The sailor’s skills will be tested on a 41’ or larger sailboat with test material including but not limited to boat systems, navigation, boat handling, troubleshooting, safety procedures, anchoring, and knots; all in accordance with ASA 104 Bareboat Chartering standards. After successfully completing the on the water skills assessment, the sailor will then take the ASA 104 written exam. After successfully completing the written exam, the sailor can then apply for the International Proficiency Certificate directly on the ASA’s website to complete the process

Contact us to learn about pricing and prerequisites.

Please Note The Following:

  1. Resume must qualify and be presented 2 weeks ahead of testing date
  2. The sailor must understand the IPC FastTrack is Pass/Fail and nonrefundable.
  3. Testing is to take place on a Weekday Only.

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 wants to complete an accelerated and comprehensive training program of the ASA curriculum.

San Diego Bay is the perfect instructional venue due to its year round protected waters, mild and predictable weather, and its pure beauty. Between you’re private floating condo (you’re boat!), easy access to beaches, restaurants and all major attractions, you’ll have it all in San Diego. We are located in the Harbor Island West Marina which is just a quick and cheap 5 minute ride from San Diego International Airport and Downtown San Diego (no rental car needed). Harbor Island is conveniently located in central San Diego Bay meaning we are equidistant from the Coronado Bridge and Point Loma which leads out into the Pacific Ocean. 

During your sailing vacation you will be moved aboard a sailing yacht for the duration of your course which you can provision and stock as needed (think condo!). Typically the first two days of instruction is spent aboard a smaller boat (ASA 101) with the next 2-4 days of instruction taking place aboard your live aboard boat.  Depending on your goals and prior experience, students will book 4-6 days of instruction covering multiple levels of ASA certification. Our most basic sailing vacation is a 4-5 day course that covers ASA 101 day 1 and 2, a break on day 3 to sail or explore San Diego, and then goes onto ASA 103 on days 4-5. Add two more days of instruction for ASA 104 or book the boat for a couple days of sailing on your own! It’s all possible with a customized learn to sail vacation with Harbor Sailboats.

Below is a quick description of each ASA level and students shall be prepared to spend 2 days on each classes level.


ASA Curriculum

ASA 101-Basic Sailing. Able to skipper a sloop-rigged keelboat of approximately 20 to 27 feet in length by day in light to moderate winds (up to 15 knots) and sea conditions. Knowledge of basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards.

ASA 103-Coastal Cruising. Able to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered keelboat of approximately 25 to 35 feet length by day in moderate winds (up to 20 knots) and sea conditions. Knowledge of cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather interpretation, safety and seamanship.

ASA 104-Bareboat Chartering. Learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30′-45′ sailboat during a multi-day cruise upon inland/coastal waters in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more.

View description of all sailing vacation courses or call our office for a customized quote. See you on the water!


Difference Between Sailing Club and Fractional Membership

If you’re a current member of Harbor Sailboats or have done some research on us, you probably know we also operate SailTime San Diego, a fractional membership club. What are the differences between Harbor Sailboats (Sailing Club) and SailTime San Diego (Fractional Membership)?

Lets first define what a sailing club is. A sailing club is usually a privately owned organization that offers sailing lessons and or sailboat rentals to non-boat owners. A club will usually operate a fleet of vessels that are located in the same marina and available for charter to the club members. Most clubs will have a one time initiation fee along with annual or monthly minimums and offer discounted charter rates to its members.

A factional membership program like SailTime is similar expect sailors are purchasing a membership (i.e. usage) to a specific boat rather than a fleet of boats like a sailing club. With a factional membership, a boat is typically owned by a single person and the rest of the users are essentially leasing a share of the boat rather than becoming equity partners. This program is similar in concept to a time share or fractional ownership of a yacht but without the nasty commitments and fees associated with those.

Deciding which program to join will depend on how often you plan to sail. If you think you’ll be sailing once a month or less, than a club like Harbor Sailboats is a good option. If you think you’ll be sailing at least once a month and likely more, a SailTime membership will prove a better program. Finally, if you’re going to sail once a week than boat ownership may come attractive to you.

A program like SailTime will have a monthly rate that usually cost more than one charter of an equal boat and less than three charters of that same boat. This is why it will make sense to join a fraction program if you plan on sailing on a more regular basis.

Most new sailors will feel more comfortable joining a club like Harbor Sailboats since they can start with the basics and build their skill levels on various size boats and models before making a bigger commitment to a fractional membership or ownership. The majority of fractional members “graduate” from sailing clubs after they have gotten hooked on the sport and have the confidence to skipper boats with less supervision.

No matter your resume or goals, our organization can accommodate you! Come by the office to learn more about the sailing club, SailTime San Diego, or our boat ownership programs.

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 and sail for the next 5-10 years! Since our club boats charter less than 90 days per years it’s very important that you are owning the boat that best fits the needs of your family first and needs of the club second. That being said, the club will always show you the size range that has the best earning potential and the biggest need, let’s look at a few examples.

The fleet of Beneteau Oceanis 31′-35′ will likely charter more often and in turn generate good revenue to help offset your costs, those size boats also cost less to own and maintain meaning owners in that size range likely see a greater percentage of cost coverage compared to larger boats. That said, if you have a large family the smaller boats will likely be a little cramped for the weekend trips to Mission Bay or Catalina compared to the Beneteau Oceanis 41.1 with a huge cockpit and optional 3 staterooms and 2 heads. Keep in mind that the larger boats may charter less often but their daily rates are much higher than that of the Oceanis 31. Here again, purchase the boat you want to own and the club will make it work!

When considering Charter Placement, we sit down and discuss your goals and needs and try to find the boat that fits you best while not ignoring the needs and revenue potential within the fleet. Harbor Sailboats will never “overcrowd” a size range in fairness to current owners so regardless of your choice, we can still save you thousands of dollars a month compared to private ownership. On average, fleet boats generate enough revenue to cover slip, insurance, and maintenance on an annual basis; this works out to about 50% of you overall cost if you add financing.

Harbor Sailboats is a sub-dealer of Beneteau yachts meaning we have direct access to inventory, ordered boats, options, pricing, etc. Your purchase and placement through Harbor Sailboats makes boat ownership easy and more cost effective. Contact us today to learn why Harbor Sailboats is southern California’s leader in charter ownership.



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% of the ownership cost for the first 3 years while still delivering liberal sailing time for the owner.

After completing the purchase through Harbor Sailboats, the owner will enter into a 3 year agency agreement that will have the club pay the boats slip rent, insurance, maintenance, and loan payment every single month! Essentially, the only cost for three years is a down payment on a loan (typically 20% or in this case roughly 39k) and Harbor Sailboats will take care of the rest. If a boat owner chooses not to finance, Harbor Sailboats will still make a lease payment equal to what a typical loan payment would be. Today’s typical boat loans are for 20 years, with 20% down, and rates around 5.5%. An owner will enjoy regular sailing on their own yacht while saving thousands of dollars per month and countless hours of management.

After 3 years the owners have the option to keep the boat in the fleet for two more years under the normal 50/50 revenue split, the option to sell through the Harbor Sailboats brokerage, the option to keep privately at the marina or trade in for a new Beneteau!

Under this very special agreement the owner has 42 days per year of reserved usage and unlimited usage when book on the same day. Of the 42 days, 14 of them are available May 15-Septermber 15 with the renaming 28 days available September 16-May 14 .

A little about the boat…

The Beneteau Oceanis 31 is the entry level cruiser in the Oceanis line but don’t let her LOA fool you. The 31′ has an incredible amount of room in the cockpit for the entire family while also delivering a spacious salon and master cabin. Her interior will sleep 4 with one head and shower. The modern design makes short handed sailing simple with all control lines leading aft and top electronics from B&G.

Some delivered option included on this boat.

  • White Hull w/ Platinum Edition
  • Open Bulkhead in Mahogany
  • Electric Head
  • Roller Furling Main
  • Autopilot, Wind, Speed, GPS, Depth, VHF, Chart Plotter
  • Second Winch for Future Added Spinnaker
  • Bimini
  • All USCG Required Safety Gear
  • All Galley Gear
  • Shore Powered Air Conditioning
  • Fully Delivered Charter Ready
  • ASA Certification for Owner

Sail Away Charter Ready- $181,690

Who is this program right for?

This program is a perfect fit for someone looking to get into boat ownership while not braking the bank. Allow Harbor Sailboats to cover almost 70K worth of expenses while you slowly acclimate yourself to ownership. Perhaps you are retiring in 3 years and this is a way to get ahead of the cost and take full advantage of more free time 3-5 years from now.

Another fit would be a family who wants to own a larger Beneteau one day but is a little intimidated by getting into a 45′ right now. This is an inexpensive way to work towards that goal while building those skills as a family.

Someone who needs help reducing his/her tax liability for 2017 may find this to be an extremely attractive option. We strongly recommend consulting a tax professional but this purchase may qualify for benefits under Section 179. Regardless of your reason, one must first want to own a boat before considering this option. Compared to private ownership, this program is an obvious savings in cost and time.

For all details please contact Beneteau professional Keenan Hirsh by email or call him, 619-417-3303