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About Us

Yacht Connections

Our Yachts…Luxurious…Dramatic…Memorable…and distinctly different.

Our team knows how to create amazing events. For over 35 years we’ve showcased the exquisite views of San Francisco from the comfort of our elegant Yachts.

Yacht Connections is the premier provider of luxury Yachts and service for private group cruises on the San Francisco Bay.
Our custom built luxury Yachts and expert crew provide a special blend of luxury and style that can only be found aboard our Yachts. We promise to provide you with the finest charter experience imaginable.

What Sets us Apart

Extraordinary Events…Our Yacht Standard

Unforgettable events aboard the most luxurious private group charter Yachts on the Bay. Nothing rivals the magic of cruising aboard a Yacht with breathtaking views of the San Francisco skyline, Golden Gate Bridge, Illuminated Bay Bridge, Sausalito and Tiburon as your backdrop.

Experience a Yacht…Not A Boat

Family Reunions, Giants Games, Romantic excursions…

The Yacht Lady is a sleek luxuriously appointed owner-operated Yacht with burled camphor wood cabinetry, suede and soft leather. Dramatic lighting and custom finishes place this Yacht in a class of her own accommodating from 2 to 12 guests.

The California Spirit is an elegant owner-operated 100 foot custom Yacht featuring warm teak wood, black granite and rich textiles. Three cozy salons, two full bars and five full size designer restrooms. The ideal Yacht for private groups of 15 to 130 guests.

  • 130 standing cocktail reception
  • 80 flow seating throughout the upper and lower salon
  • 64 seated casual dining on custom Art Deco tables
  • 48 seated formal dining on custom Art Deco tables

Customized Menus…Prepared Fresh
Offering unique gourmet cuisine freshly prepared on board the Yachts by our Executive Chef and culinary team with carefully selected seasonal products from the finest local purveyors in San Francisco, Napa and Sonoma.

View our Yacht Dining Menu

Our Passion is Perfection… A pleasure to serve you holds true with the entire crew.
For over 35-years we have been the premier luxury Yacht charter company for private group dining events on the San Francisco Bay.

The Bay offers an experience not to be missed! I am energized after each flawless event knowing we were a part of the smiles of all on board. Come cruise with us aboard our Boutique Fleet, always offering personal service.” Marti McMahon Diamond, President Yacht Connections

We would love to have you aboard!

Who we are

Marti McMahon Diamond, President

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Marti McMahon Diamond is an innovative Yacht designer, builder and owner. Her vision is to create intimate special occasion experiences on the most elegant private Yachts for charter on the San Francisco Bay.

Marti’s fascination with boating began with a 21-foot family boat she helped to restore while living in Chicago. This led her to renovate other boats needing attention upgrading in size and making every vessel better than the last. When the family moved to the Bay Area her hobby combined with her love for entertaining and cooking gave birth to her dream of launching a business that would combine all her passions.

Over the years, Marti’s vision of a premier Yacht charter company did become a reality as she went on to acquire a fleet of four.  She designed and built two of her former fleet, the 130 passenger California Spirit and the 700 passenger San Francisco Spirit.

By the year 2000, Marti decided to move into a new phase of her yachting dream. She downsized from a fleet of four yachts to just one she could enjoy as well and christened her Yacht Lady. Never one to stand still for long, she re-acquired the California Spirit, lovingly restoring it to the highest standards. Today the Yacht Lady and California Spirit are hailed as the Premier Charter Fleet on the Bay boasting staff and crew who are passionate to give guests aboard an unrivaled experience.

“I have been given a gift for creating events with detail, warmth and surprises. My fulfillment comes from sharing this gift with clients, staff and crew so everyone feels exceptionally happy to be present. The Bay offers an experience not to be missed! I am energized after each flawless event knowing I was a part of the smiles of all on board. I returned to the Bay because I missed this and there was a need for an upscale market that offers affordable luxury.”Marti McMahon Diamond President Yacht Connections

Member of:
St. Francis Yacht Club, Pebble Beach Stillwater Yacht Club, Beach and Tennis Club – Pebble Beach and SF Travel

Bill Nadauld, Captain

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Captain Bill Nadauld (2)

Captain William “Bill” Nadauld is the perfect poster Captain. His life-long interest in boats began at the tender age of ten with the construction of his first motorized vessel. He has been operating cruise vessels on the San Francisco Bay for many years and has been Port Captain for Yacht Connections for several years. His professional sea time includes commercial fishing in Alaska, charter vessels off the Washington coast, and as a riverboat Captain on several U.S. inland bay, sound and river waters.

He brings nearly 45 years of direct, hands on experience with marine engine, navigation, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and emergency fire and life saving systems. Guests are awed by his nautical experience and his knowledge of historical facts of the Bay and beyond. Brides request for him to officiate their on board wedding. Knowing that maintenance is second only to proper crew training, Captain Bill shares a large dose of common sense and real world experience essential in extracting the best possible performance from all of us at Yacht Connections.

“Our passion of sharing San Francisco Bay on our Premier Fleet is our Mission and is reflected by our entire staff and crew. Thank you for considering Yacht Connections for your upcoming event.”
Marti McMahon Diamond, President Yacht Connections

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Yacht Connections International
Business Office
2000 Sierra Point Parkway Ste.100, Brisbane, CA 94005

Home Port – San Francisco

Pier 40, South Beach Harbor, Embarcadero & Townsend
(Adjacent to Giants AT&T Ball Park)

Remote Boarding locations available around the Bay

General Information & Reservations
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