Blue Water Foundation Boats

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.


Docked at Emeryville Marina

Aleta is a Peterson custom 46-foot former racing sloop, donated to Blue Water Foundation in 2010. Aleta is used for school sails and the Gleaming Ocean Program, as well as training and man-overboard drills.

Benjamin Walters

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" is a Morgan 46 foot center cockpit ketch. It's owned by volunteer Captain Bill Mania and is the latest addition to the Blue Water Foundation fleet. The boat is rigged for ocean cruising and is primarily used for a sailing science program with the Edgewood Kinship group.

Golden Bear

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.