West Coast Multihulls
West Coast Multihulls
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
We are an ASA Award-Winning Sailing School and Trip Advisor's Traveler's Choice Winners 3 years in a row for sailing lessons and catamaran charters in San Diego, California, Loreto & La Paz, Mexico, B.C.S. We have the largest catamaran fleet on the west coast and have premier ASA Instructors and Captains who are passionate about sailing and the catamaran cruising lifestyle.
San Diego, California

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Travelers' Choice
2023

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courtlowe
Sacramento, CA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
I booked West Coat Multihulls for a bachelorette weekend in San Diego and I cannot say enough good things about our experience. The catamaran was perfect for an afternoon on the water, plenty of room for a group of 10 to move about and we LOVED the trampoline. We were able to bring our own food and drinks aboard at no additional charge. Guinevere helped get us on the books and she was always communicative and quick with email responses. Our captain, Don, was also awesome! He made sure our safety was his number one priority and even offered to take group photos for us. I highly recommend using this company for their level of professionalism and their reasonable prices!
Written March 19, 2020
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Jeffrey F
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
West Coast Multihulls is a very professional organization. I have just completed ASA 101, 103, 104, and 114 over the course of 1 week including 5 days on one of their catamarans up the coast to Catalina and back. Kudos to my instructors Ed (101), and Lance (103, 104, 114). They both are very talented, knowledgeable, and experienced sailors who know their craft and are well able to impart their knowledge to new sailors with confidence. Gunievere runs the office and has been great in keeping me informed over email and has answered all my inquiries in a timely fashion.

One thing that really stood out to me was the fact that there were no hidden charges - that should be a small thing but I've had some pretty bad experiences elsewhere. All in all a first rate operation using excellent quality newer boats for training / charters.

If you fly into San Diego (SAN) there is a Sheraton hotel over the road from the airport, about a 7 minute walk, and from there, the West Coast Multihulls office is about a 5 minute walk. If you are doing the Catamaran course (ASA 114) you will be able to stay on the boat the night prior to your departure which is nice. Southwest airline seems to have flights landing every few minutes...

Highly recommended!
Written March 4, 2020
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Doris G
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
I went as a single person together with a couple from Arizona and a single gentleman from Oregon for this educational sailing courses ASA 101, 103, 104 and 114. We all read the recommended books that helped us to understand more of the terms and happenings on the boat. We got e-mails on what to bring and what to expect.
I was sleeping with my sleeping bag in the salon of the Leopard 40, a catamaran named “Flower Power”, while the others filled the cabins. It was no problem for me, I got up earlier and still could use the bathroom at any time. I really enjoyed the early sunrise all in peace with a cup of coffee.
The first two days we spent time with Captain Ed. We were learning course 101 on a Catalina 22 monohull that went out on the San Diego Bay. Lots of talk and explaining was done before we got on the vessel. Taking and jibing was practiced together with the MOB maneuver that used a life jacket for the MOB. The bay was busy with other vessels and the wind picked up in the afternoon. It was a great two days on the water with friendly people and a patient and knowledgeable Captain. Everybody got to do all the drills and we also had the written test in the morning. It really helped that Captain Ed reviewed it with all of us before and showed us examples on other boats for items that looked a little different.
From Monday to Friday we got to sail with Captain Andy. We were all seasick the first day. That got solved by taking medication and having devices for a pressure point on the wrist or Ginger of some kind. Nobody was up to do the old method of Dead Reckoning at that point but we got it done later. We had time to review the tests we had to take even though everyone was very busy learning and doing. We rotated through all the positions. Captain Andy was always around to make you do things repeatedly to get the practical understanding of the subject. He was very helpful and explained in different ways, if you did not understand it the first time.
We had sightings of dolphins, lots of cargo ships, and Captain Andy brought us to a nice fish market and restaurants in the ports we got to stay in. Very pleasant rides in the dinghy made it another adventure.
I did this trip to learn as much as I could about sailing and to pick up all the info I got from the professional experts Multi Hall provided. It was a really good experience and I would like to recommend the theoretical and practical sailing trip to friends that want to sail their own boat or do a charter.
Written October 27, 2021
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greentreesupplies
San Diego, CA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
My wife and I did the ASA 101, 103, 104, & 114 seven day class from San Diego to Catalina. The first two days were with Captain Anthony for the 101 class and he was a great teacher. He was experienced, patient and wanted to make sure that he met all our needs for why we were there. I highly recommend Anthony, he was a teacher and made us feel very comfortable and at ease. My wife had never sailed before this class and he made sure that we both had an understanding of everything. Thanks Captain Anthony!!
The second part of the class was on a 40 catamaran with Captain Andy for five days of live aboard experience. Andy was amazing, he was also extremely patient, knowledgeable, and a spectacular instructor. Not only was Andy able to go above and beyond to meet all or expectations he was great be around, he has a wonderful personality and witty sense of humor! We came away with a far better understanding of the sailing and motoring aspects of a cruising catamaran and would recommend both of these instructors as well as west coast multi hulls to anyone. We are contemplating taking another class with Andy to go further into depth with some of the skills he taught us.
Thanks to West Coast Multihulls, Captains Anthony and Andy we really appreciated the experience.
Sincerely, Ryan & Andrea
Written August 5, 2020
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brucec581
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
This trip didn't disappoint, This trip exceed our expectations with respect to beautiful water, mountains & remote anchorages. In my opinion, it was far superior to the Bahamas. Sailing was sporadic due to changing winds daily but that's nature. We more than made up for it with fishing, spearfishing & beautiful sunsets. We ate really well. Though we bareboated, Captain Eddie was really helpful on our checkout & very knowlegeable on places to go & what to watch out for. Thank you also to Guinivere & Vicki for great recommendations on Loreto & provisioning. We will be returning.
Written November 27, 2021
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Amy S
Riverton, UT23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
No real issues with the 101 class, so the following comments are more about the 103/104/114 classes.
Pros: Had a great time and learned a lot. Captain was very focused on making sure that we all learned the skills and passed the tests. There were some minor coordination issues, but they all worked out in the end. Staff was great to work with and responsive to changes because of Covid and questions about the lessons.
Cons: Pre-trip communication could be a little better. Web site has incorrect/incomplete information regarding food and bedding. Would have been nice to connect with the other couple before the trip to sort out provisioning. My biggest issue was time sailing/maneuvering for 103/104/114 versus motoring or motor sailing. This was due to the effort to meet certain destinations (Catalina). Before the trip the idea of sailing out to Catalina seemed great. In retrospect, it forced us to motor sail and/or motor. Some of this was also caused by light winds. I think the trip would have been better, given the conditions, if we had stayed along the coast of the mainland (ie. Oceanside, Dana Point, etc). Not sure that I would have known this ahead of time though or even agreed during the trip because I didn't truly understand the distances involved when sailing. But I think I would have gotten more experience if we had stayed along the coast and just sailed and practiced other skills (docking, anchoring, mooring). The one part that did work well by going to Catalina was the navigation skills.
Written October 7, 2020
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jshirley2022
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Family
We spent a week doing the certification trip in that week between Christmas and New Years Eve. While the weather at times was a bit cold, we learned a ton and our captain (Lance) was such a great guide and constantly adapted the trip to suit both us and the weather.

Everything went smooth, and for our first overnight trip on a boat we had a lot of uncertainty but the whole crew at West Coast Multihulls made sure we knew what we needed to know and be well prepared.

The trip got us valuable skills, and really wonderful memories that as a family we'll value.
Written January 11, 2022
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montana-traveler65
Missoula, MT9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Our week long trip aboard the Helia 44, Escape, in the Sea of Cortez was full of delight. After getting to right marina (Puerto Escondido about 18 miles south of Loreto as opposed to the marina in Loreto), we caught several fish as headed out to a series of bays on nearby islands. We used the dinghy to explore the beaches and snorkel in the coral reefs.

Our captain, John navigated the weather and waves wonderfully. He shared thrilling stories from his professional diving career. His wife, Macrina, prepared the best meals and snacks. The food alone was worth the trip. We had requested she choose the menu instead of us asking for specific dishes. We had ceviche, mole (a Mexican chocolate-base sauce), and grilled trigger fish, which we caught off the side of the boat. Our well-organized cabin took up one of the two hulls of the catamaran giving us privacy whenever we wanted.

The greatest delight came on the last day as we sailed back to the marina. John followed a couple of dolphin scouts to a pod of hundreds. The dolphins surrounded our boat spouting and running in front of the hulls. Perfect ending to a wonderful trip.
Written January 17, 2021
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DrK619
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
West Coast a Multihulls provided excellent customer service, reviewed all safety measures including exits, life jackets. The captain was amazing and worked with us on an itinerary. The boat was clean and well maintained and we look forward to a multi day trip soon!
Written August 11, 2020
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Getaway27117845523
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
We booked a 5-day cruise for our family of 5 (two kids) out of Puerto Escondido, including an ASA114 course. We had a wonderful time, and were very well taken care of. Macrina is an excellent cook and kept delighting us with her menu of local specialties. John took care of all of us and anything that happened to need attention on the boat. He also clearly enjoys sharing what he knows about sailing and boats (which is a ton), and empowering others to take on the sailing challenge. Both went out of their way to ensure we had a magical experience, and we were so very grateful. Nothing but the best to say, we will be back!
Written July 13, 2021
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