While there are many ways to enjoy the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area, we at Seashine think there is truly nothing like being on the water. February is almost here, which means only a couple months till Spring.. While the rain continues to hit the Bay Area in waves, and there are still plenty of sunshine to enjoy on the water. This is the season to get your boat ready for your fun times in 2016. We hope as you are getting ready for the busy boating season in coming months you think of Seashine for all your Alameda Yacht Management, Alameda Boat Cleaning and Detailing, Alameda Yacht Maintenance needs.

In the second part of our Alameda marina and Yacht club mini-series we will take a look at the other popular marinas and Yacht Clubs in the Alameda area. This month we will switch our monthly event for a fun sailing adventure, and we added a new section to the series, featured Boat of the month. As always, we welcome you to send us your pictures and boating adventures to feature to our boating adventures section of our blog and check back next month as we explore marinas in the San Francisco and Peninsula areas of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Alameda Marina List Part 2
Fortman Marina: Fortman Marina is a 497 berth Marina located at 1535 Buena Vista Avenue in Alameda. The harbor is situated along the Oakland estuary, opposite of Coast Guard Island in Alameda, which is considered one of the prime marina locations in the Bay Area. Berth sizes range from 15′ to 60′ and rates are very reasonable with 30’ slips starting at $229/mo. In addition, each berth has a lockable dock box, electrical power, phone service, and fresh water. Access to the individual docks is through several locked gates with key entrance systems and ample parking is provided. For more information call them at 510 522 9080, send them email at fortmanmarina@comcast.net or visit their website at http://www.fortman.com/.

Ballena Isle Marina: Newer marina on the west side of Alameda and the only marina on the westside of the estuary. Facilities include fuel dock, pumpout, tennis courts, Island Lighthouse restaurant, Ballena Bay Cafe, Ballena Bay Yacht Club, Club Nautique, Ballena Bay Yacht Brokerage, Cruising Yacht Inc. (brokerage) and nearby restaurants and amenities. For more information on berth pricing and availability visit http://www.boatingsf.com/listing/ballena-isle-marina or call them at 510 523 5528

Grand Marina: Grand Marina is one of Alameda’s premier marinas with updated 21st technology including cable television, phone connections, free wireless Internet, and 24/7 parking with Security on-site. Their slip fees are very reasonable, and the members have great things to say about their stays. They offer 400 slips ranging from 30-53’, end ties up to 110’, and side ties available for up to 40’. For more information call them at 510-865-1200 or visit their website at http://grandmarina.com/

Alameda Yacht Clubs – Part 2

Encinal Yacht Club http://www.encinal.org/
The Encinal Yacht Club is located on the Alameda side of the Oakland Estuary in protected waters. Their club facilities include a friendly stocked bar, lounge and dining room on the main floor, the Regatta Room for private parties and meetings on the lower floor, a large dock for members and guests, a small boat yard, swimming pool and sauna.

Oakland yacht Club http://oaklandyachtclub.net/
The Oakland Yacht Club is proud to own its own clubhouse and marina. Featuring a large dining and bar area overlooking the OYC marina and Oakland Estuary, Library and meeting room, Updated showers and restrooms with built-in hairdryers, 198 slips ranging from 28′ – 50′, plus three end-tie, guest dock facilities ample free parking, and conveniently located near shops and chandleries
Quote of the month: “If one does not know which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable!” by Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Featured Adventure: Marina Village Marina to Treasure Island Flea Market
Leaving the Marina Village marina either the weekend of February 27th and 28th and March 26th and 27th you can join the 1000’s of people who shop the treasures of others in the monthly Treasure Island Flea Market. Take your time down going through the estuary, and taking in the many boats and markets you pass. If it is Saturday, be sure to stop at the farmer’s market for some fresh fruit and coffee. Back on the water head West to channel opening and head for the Bay Bridge. Depending on mode of transportation, dinghy or kayak, pick an anchor point and head on in. The event features 1000’s of booths, food truck’s and live music for hours of fun. For more information visit their website http://www.treasureislandflea.com/