Perhaps a more accurate title for this post should be “window” shopping, but I like the aristocratic sound of it the way it is 🙂 What this means is that it is a ton of fun to go down to Sausalito and stroll up and down the docks at the Sausalito Yacht Harbor just north of the Sausalito Ferry landing looking at the hundreds of yachts, with all their wonderful variety.
Of course, to whet your appetite, you must stop first at Marotta Yacht Sales (100 Bay Street at Humbolt) and look at their bulletin board with fliers of all of the yachts for sale. It’s interesting to read about the different features of the yachts: their length, age, engines, hull materials, and lists of marine equipment which, I might add, is mainly Greek to me but fun to read and wonder about anyway.
There are other marinas along the Sausalito waterfront, and another good one for yacht shopping is Schoonmaker Point Marina, which is known for having a lot of very expensive yachts. The others are Pelican Yacht Harbor, Marina Plaza Yacht Harbor, and Clipper Yacht Harbor. All told, these Sausalito marina’s have over 1,600 slips. That’s a lot of yacht shopping to do!
It’s also fun to imagine life aboard one of these vessels for either a vacation or a lifestyle. Some people do actually live aboard these, but mainly they are pleasure craft. When the Russian billionaire sailed recently into San Francisco Bay in his James Bond-like $300 million yacht, he anchored it here in Sausalito. That represented the extreme end of life aboard a yacht!
Where: Sausalito Yacht Harbor, along the waterfront between Bay and Johnson Streets, just off Bridgeway. Sausalito, CA 94965 (map)