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


1. Marina Manager. The Marina Manager shall have authority to operate and maintain the Marina for the benefit of all of the sublessees of slips at the Marina (the “Marina Sublessees”) and to enforce these rules and regulations, as they may be amended from time to time. Any problems should be brought to the attention of the Marina Manager.

2. Mooring. Boat owners are responsible for the safe and secure mooring of their boats and are liable for any and all damage to the docks, to other boats, and to their own boat; boat owners will be billed for and shall pay to the Marina Manager within five (5) days of receipt of the statement therefore, all costs and expenses incurred (including, without limitation, all labor and materials) to secure boats that are improperly or inadequately secured. No attachments, spars or other parts of the superstructure of any boat shall be allowed to extend beyond the boundaries of any slip (defined by vertical planes located at the edge of each slip). The Marina Manager shall have the authority to enforce this regulation at any and all times.

3. Use of Vessel as Abode. Living aboard vessels in the Marina is prohibited. For the purpose of this Section the term “living aboard” means the continuous use of a vessel for a period in excess of three (3) days in any week and not more than a total of nine days per month.

4. Uses. The slips shall be used only for the moorage of pleasure craft and may not be used for the moorage of commercial craft or in connection with other commercial or business use, unless otherwise expressly authorized by PIER 39 and unless in compliance with all applicable laws, ordinances, rules, regulations and requirements of governmental authority. Commercial use means the use of a slip for profit (except for charters and rentals approved by the Marina Manager in writing). PIER 39 reserves the right at any time in its sole discretion to designate or re designate certain areas of the Marina as areas where moorage of commercial craft, pleasure craft or other craft, or any combination thereof, shall be permitted.

5. Open Fires. Open fires are not permitted on the docks. Charcoal burners and barbeques may only be used on board boats, if attended and if all safety rules are observed.
Pets. Dogs, cats, and other pets are not allowed in the Marina unless written permission has been obtained from the Marina Manager. All animals shall be on leashes at all times in the Marina. Pet owners shall remove all droppings.
Docks. Docks are to be kept clear and clean at all times. Dinghies, bicycles and other gear shall not be stored on the docks. No motorized vehicles of any kind shall be allowed on the docks. No one is permitted to ride bicycles, skateboards, or roller skates on the docks.

8. Garbage. Garbage shall be placed in containers provided. No person shall discharge any refuse of any kind into the waters of the Marina.

9. Oil; Flammable Liquids. No oil or flammable liquids of any kind shall be pumped or thrown overboard. Fueling of vessels in the Marina is prohibited. It is illegal to use soaps or other dispersing agents to dissipate and or mask oil on the water. Violators are subject to federal civil or criminal penalties of $40,000 per day, per incident.

10. Children. Children shall not be allowed to run or engage in horseplay on the piers. No swimming or fishing in the Marina is permitted. Children under the age of five (5) must wear life jackets and be accompanied by an adult at all times while on docks.

11. Modification of Docks. No steps or boxes, other than the storage locker assigned to each Marina Sublessee, shall be placed or fastened on the dock without the Marina Manager’s prior written consent. Carpeting or any attachments that retain moisture or prevent ventilation are expressly forbidden. No modifications to the wood whalers or dock siding will be allowed. Marina Sublessees will be billed for (and shall pay within five (5) days of receipt of statement therefore) any labor and material necessary to correct violations of this Section.

12. Shore Power and Moorage Lines. Shore power lines must be UL approved and shall not permitted to hang in the water. When not in use, all shore power lines should be stowed in the storage locker. Mooring lines shall be neatly stowed at all times when the slip is not in use.

13. Noise. Be a good neighbor. Consider and respect the rights of others. Please avoid unnecessary noise, keep your radio volume low at all times and secure all lines and halyards to prevent banging.

14. Marina Speed Limit. The speed limit within the Marina shall be no wake speed, and in no case shall exceed 5 m.p.h. Please be considerate of others and keep wakes to a minimum at all times within the Marina.

15. Charters. All charters shall be through the charter company or companies authorized by the Marina Manager. The charter company shall be directly responsible for any and all damages, clean up charges and any damage to other boats in the Marina while a boat is operated by a charterer within the confines of the Marina.

16. Sewage. Provision has been made for sanitary pump out stations at the Marina. Boats with holding tanks are required to use this facility and are responsible for cleaning the area after each use. No sewage or other effluent shall be pumped overboard at any time.

17. Occupancy. All Marina Sublessees shall be required to keep the Marina Manager informed of changes of boats and use of slips by guests or friends and keep addresses and phone numbers current.

18. Responsibility. Marina Sublessees will be held strictly responsible for the conduct of themselves, their families, their guests and their charters and will be required to reimburse BMMI for any damage done to any of the facilities in the Marina.

19. Compliance with Laws. Any and all rules, laws, ordinances and codes of the City and County of San Francisco, the State of California and the United States (including, without limitation, the United States Coast Guard, and any and all other governmental and quasi-governmental authorities have jurisdiction, shall be followed at all times.

20. Signs. No “For Sale” or “For Rent” signs or any other sign of any kind may be displayed unless expressly approved in writing by the Marina Manager and unless in compliance with all applicable laws, ordinances, rules, regulations and requirements of governmental authority.

21. Boat Maintenance. Marina Sublessees shall not engage in or cause to be performed any spray painting, construction or major repairs to any boat or vessel within the Marina.

Work that is allowed includes:
General daily maintenance;
Spot painting;
Light sanding, varnishing; and
Bleaching/oiling teak.

Work that is not allowed included, but is not limited to:
Sanding or burning of hulls, topsides, cabins, etc. (except for light sanding);
Painting or spraying of hulls, topsides, cabins, etc. (except for spot painting);
Mast scraping or painting;
Engine overhauls; and
Welding or burning.

The Marina Manager shall in all instances be the final authority regarding approved maintenance work.

22. Dock Boxes. Dock boxes are provided for the storage of marine-related accessories and are the responsibility of the Marina Sublessee maintenances and upkeep. No modifications to the dock boxes will be allowed without the prior approval of the Marina Manager.

23. Vehicle Access. Vehicle access to the circular roadway bordering the Marina is limited to delivery and pickup of gear that cannot normally be carried from the street. Parking on the roadway for this purpose is limited to loading or unloading of the vehicle and shall not exceed 15 minutes. Vehicles shall not be parked in a manner that will block or restrict emergency vehicles or other traffic.
Vehicles may only enter the roadway after 2:30 AM and must be off the roadway by 11:30 AM. Violation of these rules will result in the imposition on Sublessee/Renter of the following schedule of penalties:

Within any twelve month period:
1st Violation $50.00; 2nd Violation $150.00, 3rd Violation $250.00, 4th Violation $400.00

and the Sublessee/Renter’s vehicle or one associated with it/them will not be allowed on the roadway for a period of six (6) months. In the event Sublessee is penalized for any violation of this Rule 23, Sublessee/Renter shall be responsible for reimbursing Sublessor for all costs, expenses, fees and penalties incurred by Sublessor. Furthermore, any and all costs associated with towing vehicles will be billed to and collected from Sublessee/Renter.
Sublessor reserves the right to inspect all freight and other materials to be brought into the Marina and to exclude from the Marina all freight and other materials which violate any of these rules and regulations of the Sublease/Agreement of which these rules and regulations are a part.

24. Vessels. All vessels occupying slips must be safe and seaworthy. PIER 39 Marina management may, periodically, inspect boats for seaworthiness, and order removal of any non-seaworthy boat. Boats sunk in a Marina slip may be removed at the discretion of the Marina Manager, at the sole cost and expense of the vessel owner. Boats must enter the Marina under their own power.

25. It is forbidden to climb the gates in order to access the docks.

26. Amendments. These rules and regulations are subject to change at any time and from time to time by PIER 39. Suggested changes are welcome and may be addressed to PIER 39 in care of the Marina Manager.

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