Experience science first hand and step aboard our innovative Sailing Research Vessel: The Derek M. Baylis. Scientists use our boat to tag great white sharks, study whales, and map the sea floor. Come see what all the fuss is about and check out our sailing adventures, open to the general public. 

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Wild Life Expeditions

Whale Watching

Bird Watching 


Science on the Bay 

Waterfront Historical Tours

Plastics Cleanup and Mapping

Dockside Workshops

Sailing Adventures

Angle Island Excursion

Wine and Cheese Sunset Sails

Tour the Farallon Islands

Sail the Sanctuaries



Modern sailboat technology holds the promise of utilizing wind power to provide a sustainable alternative to ocean travel and research. A pioneering example, the Derek M. Baylis, is an innovative 65’ research vessel that is changing the way scientists, students, and the public access, experience, and ultimately understand our world’s oceans.

Under power, the Baylis uses between 10% and  5% of the fuel that comparable vessels use.  And of course when she is under sail alone the fuel consumption is ZERO. As a proof of concept, the Baylis represents a 90%-95% reduction in fuel cost and carbon emissions.

The efficiency of the Baylis makes her an ideal vessel for accessing our oceans in a fun and responsible way. Because she is so easy to handle, the US Coast Guard certified the Baylis to take 49 passengers to sea with only two crew, and to travel all the way West to Midway Island, North to Alaska, and South to Panama. Moreover, the stealth nature of the Baylis makes her an ideal vessel for studying marine life and getting accurate readings off sonar equipment. 

To date the Baylis has served the following environmental communities: The Monterey Bay Aquarium, OCEANA, NOAA, Oregon State University, Hopkins Marine Station (TOPP), Cascadia Research Collective, and Sealife Conservation.

Martijn J. Stiphout

Martijn J. Stiphout

Team Building

Corporate Challenges

Staff Retreats

Seasonal Events

America’s Cup

Blue Angles

Giants Baseball

Scientific Research

Mammal Research

Shark Tagging

Seismic Mapping