A lot of people ask me if I were shipwrecked, and could only have one book, what would it be? I always say "How to Build a Boat"
- Stephen Wright

"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails."
- William A. Ward

"Cruising has two pleasures. One is to go out in wider waters from a sheltered place. The other is to go into a sheltered place from wider waters."
- Howard Bloomfield

"...the best thing for a cut or abrasion was to go swimming in salt water. Later down the road of life, I made the discovery that salt water was also good for the mental abrasions one inevitably acquires on land."
- Jimmy Buffett

Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Give him a fishing lesson and he'll sit in a boat drinking beer every weekend.
- Alex Blackwell

"Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks."
- Warren Buffett

"When I forget how talented God is, I look to the sea."
-Whoopi Goldberg


Full-time Berthing at Northern California’s number one attraction!

MONTHLY RATES as of January 1, 2018

36′ x 13′ $439.00 per month

40′ x 14′ $496.00 per month

45′ x 15′ $570.00 per month

50′ x 18.5′ $651.00 per month

60′ x 20′ $707.00 per month

Download the PDF Application!

Send your completed application to info at pier39marina.com along with these documents:
  • A current photo of the boat
  • Current registration/documentation
  • A utility bill in your name
  • Proof of current insurance
  • A recent (3 years) survey (vessels 25+ yrs and/or of wood construction)
*please note- we do not allow houseboats.


I’d like to rent a slip at PIER 39 Marina.
Gather your documentation. You’ll need a photo of the boat, current registration, a utility bill (or lease for proof of residence), proof of insurance and, if your boat is wooden or over 30 years old, a recent survey. Scan your documents into an easily read format (.pdfs, .jpgs and .gifs). Already have scanned documents? You’re ready to get started!
Where do I submit this documentation?
When you have all of your documentation you can click APPLY ONLINE in the left-hand column of this page and begin the application process. You can also print an application and fax it, along with all documents, to (415) 951-9038.
How soon will I know if my application is approved?
It’s best to plan on the application process taking up to 2 weeks. It’s faster if you send in all your documentation with your application. Applications are approved by the Harbor Master and are only passed on for review once all the documentation is complete. We will contact you by email if we need more information and once you are approved.
Can I be a liveaboard? How do I get a liveaboard permit?

We do not take liveaboard applications from the general public; in order to submit a liveaboard application you must already be a tenant or at least an accepted applicant.

The marina charges an additional liveaboard fee per month to offset the increased facility upkeep costs. The Harbor Master approves all live aboard agreements and fees are paid directly to the Marina Office.

In the past, some public marinas had what was commonly referred to as the “3 day rule”, where one could sleep on their boat 3 days in a 7 day period. WE ARE NOT A PUBLIC MARINA. We are a private marina, and WE DO NOT have a “3 day rule”. 9 days max monthly (30 days), and the vessel should leave the dock at least once during that period.

If you are using your slip as your “place in the city” rather than exclusively for recreational boating, that constitutes an illegal liveaboard. You will be asked to leave. Please do not inconvenience yourself or us by ignoring this BCDC legislated restriction on vessel use.

Housing prices in the city and unprecedented requests have forced us to become INCREDIBLY vigilant in detecting those using their boats as a “pied-a-terre”.

Please note-Live aboard permits are granted to individuals, not slips, and are non-transferrable. If you buy or rent a boat slip that was formerly occupied by a boater with a live aboard permit, you are NOT entitled to his or her permit.

Ok, I’m approved! What now?
Congratulations! Contact us to arrange for a leasing appointment to meet the crew, pick your boat slip and sign the berthing agreement. At this time we will take payment for deposits, parking card fees and the first month’s rent.
What are the move-in fees?
We require a security deposit equal to twice the boat slip monthly rent, $25 key deposit per key, validated parking card fee of $10 per card, and your first month’s rent (pro rata if necessary).
Tell me about the power and water at my slip.
Each slip has both power and water. Water is free. Electricity is sub-metered and you pay for what you use. We have 30A 125V electric outlets on all 36, 40 and 45 foot boat slips. We have 50A 125V outlets on the 50 foot slips. A select few 50’ docks have 50A 125/250V outlets.
What about Internet, Cable and Telephone?
Cell phones and mobile hotspots have no problem connecting on the docks; most tenants use their own hot-spots or tethers. We have an unimpeded LOS with most towers. We also have a tenant lounge with free wi-fi available. We do not have cable on the docks, and “land line” telephone service is extremely limited.
What about parking?
PIER 39 Marina has convenient parking in the PIER 39 garage, located directly across the street from the Entrance Plaza. We have a tenant discount arrangement with the PIER 39 Parking Garage. Parking fees are paid directly to the garage management. You will be billed against a standing garage credit, deposited for parking use. The rate is $4 per 12 hours or any increment of 12 hours.
Can I drive onto PIER 39?
Yes you can, with the following restrictions: per BCDC regulations, the perimeter road is open to vehicular traffic between 2:30 am and 11:30 am daily. Marina tenants are allowed 15 minutes for loading and unloading.
What about garbage and recycling?
Trash and recycle bins for cans, plastic and paper products are available on each dock. We appreciate recycling efforts as it helps to keep costs down and these cost savings are passed on to you. We do not have oil and toxic disposal; however, the City of San Francisco has free pickup. We have brochures in the office. Several times a year, we order large debris boxes which are placed next to the Marina Office. The debris boxes are for big items that do not fit in the bins on the dock. Please do not simply leave big items on the dock.

What is your cancellation policy?

According to your berthing agreement, either party may terminate the boat slip lease with a 30-day written notice.

Which side do we tie up?

We offer full slips with finger docks on each side and a few side ties with only one finger.

Do you have a pump-out station?

The pump out station is located on A Dock. It is available 24/7 for free. When you just don’t want to pump your own sewage or you want your boat serviced regularly, you can contract with Bay Green who has a boat stationed in our marina.

What if I lose my keys or parking card?

Keys and parking cards can be replaced for a $25.00 nonrefundable fee. Contact the Marina Office as soon as you realize the keys and cards are lost so that we can deactivate them. The office is open 9:00 am – 5:00 pm every day.

What is the difference between a slip owner and renter?

All of PIER 39 Marina’s boat slips are long term subleases. A slip owner buys the use of the space, in our case, the water space between the two finger docks. All subleases end in 2034. When you buy a sublease, you buy the balance of time left on that sublease. Monthly assessments are paid by the slip owner, as well as yearly property taxes to the City of San Francisco. The sublease is transferable so you can resell your sublease to another party. Slip renters sign a berthing agreement for month to month rental of the boat slip. Slips can be rented through the Marina Office, or directly with the slip owner.

Is there an application fee?
We do not charge an application fee.
How long will you keep my incomplete application on file?
Incomplete applications will be kept for one month and then discarded. Accepted applications are discarded after 3 months of no contact.
What slips are available?
Once your application is approved, we will give you a list of the boat slips currently available and you may select your slip.

What Slips Are Available NOW?

As of 26 APR 2019

36’x 13′ slips available = 17
40’x 14′ slips available = 5
45’x 15′ slips available = 2
50’x 18.5′ slips available = 1
60’x 20′ slips available = 0

No Slips Available?
Apply to be on our FREE Wait List!

IMPORTANT: Until your application has been approved,
we cannot tell you the exact location of these slips,
nor can we access you to the docks.
Our priority is tenant security!

Easy Downtown Access
Discounted Parking
24 hour on-site security
Free Pump-out Station
Full Showers/Laundry

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