Boating on San Diego Bay

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Boat Launch Ramps, Repair and Service Facilities

sirampSan Diego Bay has four boat launching facilities located in convenient sites around the harbor. The boat ramps are four or more lanes wide with ample dock space nearby for boarding. Each boat ramp has an adjoining parking lot designated for vehicles with trailers only. There is no cost to launch a boat at the ramps. The ramps and the adjacent parks are operated and maintained by the Port of San Diego.

Shelter Island (San Diego)

The Shelter Island Boat Launching Ramp is a several acre facility located at the northwestern end of San Diego Bay. This ramp provides the closest access to the Pacific Ocean (approximately 3 miles away). Rest rooms and a large parking lot are immediately available. For visiting fishermen, the bait receivers, at Everingham Brothers Bait Barge, where anchovies and sardines can be purchased, are located on the right side of the channel as you exit the harbor. The bait barges are open 24-hours per day.

National City

The National City Boat Launching Ramp is located adjacent to Pepper Park, National City. The ramp accesses San Diego Bay via the Sweetwater Channel. The closest freeway access is off the 24th Street Interstate 5 offramp in National City. Restrooms, picnic facilities and a fishing pier are also located on the property.

Chula Vista

The Chula Vista Boat Launching Ramp is located at the "J" Street Marina Park off the "J" Street Interstate 5 offramp in Chula Vista. The ramp has a large parking lot for vehicles with trailers, picnic facilities and restrooms. Care should be taken navigating in the adjacent areas of San Diego Bay as there are extremely shallow shoal areas. Refer to a current navigational chart prior to leaving the ramp area.

Glorietta Bay (Coronado)

The Glorietta Bay Boat Launching Ramp is located in the City of Coronado. Glorietta Bay is a secluded and picturesque area of San Diego Bay with calm, protected waters. A 72-hour anchorage is located directly across the basin from the ramp. Permits are issued through the Harbor Police to anchor in the area. The area from the boat ramp to the main channel of San Diego Bay is 5 miles per hour. Carefully check a current navigation chart so that you will become aware of the shallow areas immediately outside of Glorietta Bay.

Boat Repair:

The following list is for Full Service Boat Haulout Facilities and Marine Parts and Service Facilities.

  • Driscoll Boat Works - There is plenty of room to do all of the necessary work on all types of boats, ranging from a 200-foot mega power yacht needing above-the-water work, to the 40-foot sailing yacht requiring engine and generator work.
    2500 Shelter Island Dr., San Diego CA 92106
    Telephone Number: (619) 226-2500
    Emergency Public Night Number: (619) 226-2500
    E-mail Address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Fonteneau Yacht Repair, Inc. - Fonteneau Yacht Repair, Inc. specializes in the service and repair of stabilizers, watermakers, and bow thrusters.
    1229 Shafter Street, San Diego CA 92106
    Telephone Number: (619) 222-1632
    Fax Number: (619) 222-0491
    E-mail Address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Knight & Carver Yacht Center, Inc. - Knight & Carver Yacht Center is a full service yacht maintenance, painting and repair center located just south of the Coronado Bridge. Turn left at Green Buoy #C33, approximately 6.5 nautical miles from Shelter Island.
    1313 Bay Marina Drive, National City CA 91950
    Telephone Number: (619) 336-4141
    Fax Number: (619) 336-4050
    E-mail Address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Koehler Kraft Company, Inc. - Koehler Kraft is a full service boat maintenance, painting, and repair facility. Koehler Kraft specializes in wooden boat restorations and can accommodate 70 ton vessels up to 70 feet long.
    2302 Shelter Island Dr., San Diego CA 92106
    Telephone Number: (619) 222-9051
    Website: www.koehlerkraft.com
  • Nielson Beaumont - Nielson Beaumont is a full service boat maintenance, painting and repair center. The center can accommodate boats up to 75 tons.
    2420 Shelter Island Dr., San Diego CA 92106
    Telephone Number: (619) 222-4255
    Marine Radio Channel #16
  • Shelter Island Yacht Ways - Shelter Island Yacht Ways is a full service boat maintenance, painting and repair center that can accommodate vessels up to 70 feet.
    2330 Shelter Island Dr., San Diego CA 92106
    Telephone Number: (619) 222-0481
    Emergency Public Night Numbers: (619) 755-7335 and (619) 579-0584
    Marine Radio Channel #68
  • Marine Group Boat Works, LLC
    997 G St., Chula Vista CA 91910
    Telephone Number: (619) 427-6767
    Marine Radio Channel #16
    Website: marinegroupbw.com
    Contact: Marine Group Boat Works

Marine Parts and Service Facilities

  • Admirality Marine - Diesel Generators
    2810 Carleton St., San Diego CA 92106
    Telephone Number: (619) 222-0334
  • San Diego Marine Exchange
    2636 Shelter Island Dr., San Diego CA 92106
    Telephone Number: (619) 223-7159
    Website: www.sandiegomarine.com