Blue Water Foundation regularly operates four boats on San Francisco Bay. Our boats are well suited for up to twelve students, plus crew and program coordinators. All are fully insured by the Great American Insurance Group, and organizations participating in our program can be listed as co-insured.
Blue Water Foundation Boats
Docked at Berkeley Marina
Benjamin Walters is a Hans Christian 43-foot cutter owned by our founder Lee Stimmel, and was the first boat used by the Foundation. Benjamin is used for Gleaming Ocean Program sails, as well as training and man-overboard drills. Because of her many luxury appointments, she is also well suited to our fundraising needs as a charter boat.
Docked at Marina Bay, Richmond
Fernweh, the German word for wanderlust, is a Morgan 46ft. center cockpit ketch owned by volunteer captain Bill Mania. She is rigged for ocean cruising, and is primarily used in the Gleaming Ocean program. Fernweh is the latest addition to the Blue Water Foundation fleet.
Docked at San Francisco Municipal Marina
Golden Bear, a Frers designed 46-foot former racing sloop, was donated to BWF in 1997. Golden Bear is used for Thursday School sails and Tuesday Middle School Sailing Club as well as for training, week-end sailing programs and Man Overboard Drills. In 1983, as Bravura, she won the TransPac race to Hawaii with Best corrected Time ( just under 7 days, 23 hours).
See the documents page for manuals and documents pertaining to these boats.