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


PIER 39 Marina is made up of 300 privately-owned subleased slips.

First purchased in 1984 for a 50 year period, these subleases can be resold to new lessees.

Slip Lessees, or “Slip Owners”, may dock their own vessel, privately sublease the slip or put their slip into PIER 39 Marina’s rental program.

Please note: Buying a Slip Lease does NOT grant a liveaboard permit, nor does owning a slip lease in any way affect your position on the liveaboard permit wait list.

IMPORTANT!!: 7 MAR 19 We have reopened the liveaboard wait list. Please note that this does not mean you can be a liveaboard- this means that as a currently accepted tenant or slip lease owner at PIER 39 Marina, you may request that your name be put on the liveaboard wait list. Please note that the wait list is still a minimum of 2 years.

Lease Purchase FAQs

What is the difference between owning a sublease and renting a slip?
If you purchase a sublease the purchase gives you stability of a permanent location and PIER 39 Marina is a fantastic location. All rental agreements are month to month and it is always a possibility that the slip owner may wish to sell the slip or use it for their own boat. Once you have paid for the assignment of the slip, the monthly assessment fees are lower than rental fees, on average, by over $100 per month. Buying a slip is definitely a good option if you wish to use it for your own boat and you like the view from your slip.
How much does a slip cost?
Boat Slips vary by size, location and preference (east side view or west side view), so price will too. Slip lease owners sell for vastly different reasons and the sale prices reflect this.
What do I have to do if I want to sell/buy a slip?
Read all of the FAQs!Please contact us at slipsales@pier39marina.com when you have a question that is not answered in this FAQ. IMPORTANT!: Prior to settling on a price you will want to consider these slip transfer fees and costs when negotiating. As a seller, you’ll want to make sure: –your assessment fees are current –you’ve gathered the documentation from when you acquired the slip –you have a copy of your most recent San Francisco Unsecured Property Tax Bill As a buyer, you’ll want to be aware that you will assume all the terms and responsibilities as outlined in the Sublease, respect and abide by the Marina Rules and Regulations, and pay monthly assessment fees and marina charges (similar to a condo fee – see “What do my assessments pay for?”). You will have access to discounted parking, full showers and laundry, the Tenant WiFi Lounge, a free pump-out station, and 24 hour on-site security.
What am I purchasing exactly?
You are buying a slip for the balance of a 50 year sublease originally sold in 1984 and expire in 2034.This purchase entitles you to the use of the space between the dock fingers with access via the common areas (dock fingers and main walkways.) The docks, dock boxes and lights are all part of the common area.
What do my assessments pay for?
The assessments are calculated based on the operation and reserve costs minus any income (from items such as guest docking and live aboard fees) reserves pay for all renovation and capital costs (such as dredging and new docks). Operation costs include all other day-to-day expenses including insurance, maintenance and wages etc. All income derived from the marina operation goes into the owners’ General Fund to offset expenses.
How can the slip be used?

We are a designated recreational harbor which means that the boat slip can only be used for recreational boating. If anyone wishes to conduct a business (such as chartering a boat for commercial purposes) they must submit a proposal to PIER 39 for consideration. Slip ownership does not entitle special consideration. AirBnB, Boatbound, RentMyBoat etc (peer to peer rentals) are all considered business use by the master lease, and are strictly prohibited.

It is VERY important to understand: buying a slip is best reserved for individuals who will berth their own recreational vessel in the slip. It is not an “investment”, and it is not real estate; it is a way to secure a long-term berthing location for personal use.

Is my slip a live aboard slip?
It is very important to understand: No slip at PIER 39 marina is a “liveaboard slip”. If a current liveaboard surrenders their liveaboard permit, that permit is then issued to the next applicant on the liveaboard waiting list. There are NO specific boat slips designated for liveaboards.
Are there any other fees?
Property taxes on the boat slips are approximately 1.159 % of the net value per year (based on 2010).
Where do I find what slips are for sale?
It’s best to look at the boat slip listings below (scroll down to see the map of slips for sale!) or in Latitude 38 Sailing Magazine and Craigslist.org.
No Cost Transfers
We have a few select 36 and 40 ft slips that are available to be assigned at no cost other than the legal administration fees associated with the transfer of the sublease.

These are fabulous deals as the monthly assessments are about $100 less a month than renting. Call 415 705 5557 and talk to the harbormaster for more details.
D12, C39, B27
IMPORTANT! Only those who can provide all required documents regarding credit, proof of residency, current boat registration and insurance will be considered. No liveaboards.

View Slips For Sale in a larger map

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