FAQ

May 089Frequently Asked Questions

What is San Diego Bay like?

What will we see while sailing on San Diego Bay?

I have never been on a sailboat – what should I expect? 

What should I wear?

Will I get wet?

What can I do if I get seasick?

How safe is it for children?

How fast will a sailboat go?

Do you provide food or drinks?

Where do we meet?

What kind of weather should I expect?

What is San Diego Bay like?

bay-overheadSan Diego Bay is the body of water you see when you land at the San Diego International Airport or when you drive over the Coronado Bridge.  It is a sheltered, crescent-shaped bay about 14 miles long with an area of about 28 miles at half tide. It is separated from the Pacific Ocean by a low, narrow sandspit that extends in a northwesterly direction from the mainland.  The City of San Diego is on the north and northeastern side of the bay; National City and Chula Vista are south of San Diego on the east side of the southern part of the bay; and Coronado is on the southeasterly side of San Diego Bay. The opening to San Diego Bay from the ocean is between Point Loma—a high-ridged peninsula on the west—and North Island on the east (Source: www.portofsandiego.com).

What will we see while sailing on San Diego Bay?

There are many things to see when you sail on San Diego Bay including the downtown skyline, the Cruise Ship Terminal, several historical ships belonging to the Maritime Museum,  Shelter and Harbor Island, the seal colony on the bait dock, Rosecrans Cemetery and Cabrillo National Park on top of Point Loma hill, the Naval Submarine Base, the Naval Air Station North Island (Coronado) and many more interesting sights.  Also the ship and air traffic are exciting, as San Diego Bay is an active commercial port as well as a training ground for the Navy and US Coast Guard.

I have never been on a sailboat – what should I expect?

Sailing is a more mellow experience than riding in a motor boat.  Once we turn off the motor, the only sound you will hear are those of waves brushing up against the hull.  There is always something to do on a sailboat, whether it’s driving the boat or pulling in the sails.  But if you prefer, you can simply relax and enjoy the views of San Diego Bay while sipping your favorite beverage.

What should I wear?

Generally you can wear shorts in the summer months but plan on wearing long pants at other times of the year.  Make sure to bring a fleece or a jacket no matter what time of year you plan to go because it feels cooler when you are on the water.  More layers such as a windproof jacket may be needed depending on the temperature.  Please wear sneakers or boat shoes if you want to walk safely on deck.

Will I get wet?

It is unlikely – you may get an occasional splash or two from a wave if it’s a windy day or if you spill a drink on yourself!

What can I do if I get seasick?

You probably won’t get seasick if we sail in San Diego Bay as we typically have light winds.  The average wave height is small, 1 to 2 feet,  and therefore the motion of the boat is limited.  One well known remedy for seasickness is to have something to keep the mind busy, for example, driving the boat. However, if you are very susceptible to seasickness you may want a patch, wrist band or some medicine or herbal remedies (such as ginger).

How safe is it for children?

tyler and cynthiaSafety is our number one priority.  Therefore under no circumstances will we take any risks that will compromise the safety of our passengers.  Regulations require that children under the age of 11 wear a lifejacket. One of the most thrilling experiences for children while on a boat is that they have the chance to drive the boat, with proper supervision.

How fast will a sailboat go?

The maximum hull speed of a sailboat is 1.34 times the square root of the length of the hull of the boat at the waterline.  So, if you sail on a 32 ft boat, and the length of the hull at the waterline is 30 ft, then the maximum speed would be 7.34 knots or 8.4 miles per hour (1 knot = 1.15 miles per hour).  So, not very fast.

Do you provide food or drinks?

All of our charters include water and soft drinks.  You are welcome to bring your own picnic lunch and/or beverages.

However, we can also provide CATERING: We can prepare a picnic for you that includes gourmet meats and cheeses, artesian bread and a selection of chips and cookies.  COST: $20 per person.

Where do we meet?

Once we agree on the date and time, we will arrange to meet at a specific marina on San Diego Bay (including Coronado) or Mission Bay.

What kind of weather should I expect?

Below you will find a table with San Diego’s typical weather patterns.

Month Normal daily temperature* Normal Total Precipitation* Heavy fog days** Average Wind Speed (mph)***
Low High
Jan 49.7°F 65.8°F 2.28in. 4 6.0
Feb 51.5°F 66.3°F 2.04in. 3 6.6
Mar 53.6°F 66.3°F 2.26in. 2 7.5
Apr 56.4°F 68.7°F 0.75in. 2 7.8
May 59.8°F 69.3°F 0.20in. 1 7.9
Jun 62.6°F 72.2°F 0.09in. 1 7.8
Jul 65.9°F 75.8°F 0.03in. 1 7.5
Aug 67.4°F 77.5°F 0.09in. 1 7.4
Sept 66.1°F 77.0°F 0.21in. 3 7.1
Oct 61.2°F 74.0°F 0.44in. 4 6.5
Nov 53.6°F 69.9°F 1.07in. 4 5.9
Dec 48.9°F 66.3°F 1.31in 5 5.6
*      rssweather.com
**    portofsandiego.org
***  National Climactic Data Center, US Department of Commerce (June 2010)

 

 

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