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The Barbary Coast Boating Club is Northern California's premier LGBT boating experience - a club for those interested in all aspects of on-water fun. Our goal is to provide a safe environment that fosters camaraderie, fun and the enjoyment of boating and other water activities in the company of the LGBTQ & LGBTQ friendly community.

Established in 1982, the Club has been serving boaters in Northern California for more than 35 years. We have members from all nine counties bordering San Francisco Bay and in many cities in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Our members share a love of boating.

Our fleet includes a wide variety of watercraft ranging from ski boats to substantial motor and sailing yachts. We also have members who do not own boats, but share our love of the water. We offer water and land based social events each year on the Bay, in the Delta, and the California Coast.

In addition to social events, we publish an online newsletter and have a members-only website to keep members informed about club business and past and future events.

BCBC is governed by an elected steering committee headed by the Commodore.

Monthly dinner meetings are held the first Thursday of every month except July and December at 6:00pm at the Encinal Yacht Club in Alameda. Be sure to check the Events Calendar to see when the next meeting is. Dinner is $25.

Look for our distinctive blue and orange burgee and gay flags on rafts of boats on the Bay and Delta and stop by to say hello. We are always happy to meet fellow LGBTQ boaters.

Visitors are always welcome! See Below for information on how to join.


Before becoming a Barbary Coast Boating Club member and as a first time applicant to the club, you are encouraged to attend up to three club events. This will give you the opportunity to get to know some of the members, and learn about the club and its benefits. General membership meetings are held the first Thursday of each month except for July and December at the Encinal Yacht Club in Alameda.  Dinner is served at the monthly meetings and costs $25.00.

If, after three events, you would like to continue your participation, contact a Membership Chairperson OR any member of the Steering Committee. Your membership application will be voted on at the next Steering Committee Meeting and then when voted in you will receive a link to complete your application online with a credit card. If you prefer to complete a paper application or pay your initial fees by check or cash, or if you have any questions, contact the Membership Chairperson at

CLICK HERE to fill out the online application and a membership co-chair will contact you shortly.

We look forward to having you as a new member!
The initiation fee to join the club is $75.00. Annual dues are $90 for an individual and $170 for a couple.