Sailing Charter: Frequently Asked Questions

How do I Charter a Catamaran … ?

Pretty simply, actually! Call us at: 619.517.5630

Let us know:

1) What boat you would like to reserve for your sailing charter.

2) If this will be a SKIPPERED or BAREBOAT sailing charter

—–or if you’re planning a particular day sail / tour, let us know at this time.

What is the date(s) of the sailing charter.

That’s it! It’s that simple.

If this is a bareboat sailing charter, please be ready to give them your ASA number (if applicable) and be prepared to send, via an email, your sailing resume.


Where are you located?

Only 10 minutes from downtown San Diego, and just 5 minutes from the airport

Charter/School Office:
Sunroad Marina
955 Harbor Island Dr. Suite 125
San Diego, CA 92101

You can always call us at: 619.517.5630


What should I wear on a sailing charter?

So that you will have a most enjoyable cruise, keep these things in mind:

Weather and sailing conditions can vary substantially from hour to hour – therefore, it is very important to be prepared! Bring clothing that can be put on in layers. (And bring plenty of them!) Make sure that you have a good waterproof coat or other protective gear. Since we will be sailing, we do occasionally take a little spray over the bow! A light windbreaker to warmer jacket will cover just about everything. But it can get hot as well. Light t-shirts and shorts will do just fine, but bring your sunscreen.

Sunscreen, sunglasses (with retainer cords), and possibly a hat are highly recommended at all times during daylight hours. Footwear should be comfortable, with light colored, non-marking soles. If the weather is a little overcast in the morning on the day you plan to sail with us, don’t worry! The weather tends to clear up in the late morning or early afternoon for a gorgeous day of sailing!


What is your cancellation/refund policy, insurance, etc.?

Class Sizes:

In order to provide the best experience and maximum personal instruction, WCM typically limits class sizes to 4 persons (except Coastal Navigation, Intro To Catamarans). The minimum number for a class to take place is 2 students.


A 50% deposit is required at time of booking, and tuition will be paid in full 21 days prior to beginning of class. West Coast Sailing School will charge your credit card the tuition balance 21 days prior to the first day of your scheduled class.  You will be notified by email when your tuition is paid-in-full.  If you would like to eliminate this extra step please consider paying the entire tuition when your reservation is made.


Up to 21 days before the start of your scheduled course or class, you may request an alternate date. Within 21 days of your scheduled course or class, fees are non-refundable and we may not be able to reschedule you. Please understand that your cancellation affects all other enrolled students, as well as boat scheduling. This could result in postponing the class or canceling it entirely.


While San Diego enjoys some of the fairest and most consistently good weather in the USA, we will on rare occasions have to postpone a class due to inclement weather.  This decision is made at the discretion of the Sailing Instructor and management of West Coast Sailing School. If a decision to postpone a class is made, it is done so with the safety and comfort of of our clients in mind.  If foul weather is forecast we urge you to contact us for an update.


All boats carry deductible hull insurance. In the event of damage or loss of equipment, the charterer will be liable for the full deductible amount of $500 or 1% of the value of the boat; whichever is greater. If repairs/replacements do not exceed the deductible amount, a refund will be made.

Is there a way for me to get out on a catamaran without taking a class?

Sure thing! We periodically do an “Intro to Catamaran Sailing” as an informal way for a group of people to get out and see what all the fuss is about. Simple snacks, a couple beverages, the sun, breeze, all in San Diego. Great way to start. More Info >>


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