Services Offered

Standard Private Memorial scattering of ashes at sea charters (1.5 -2 hrs) $450.00

 SF Bay Boat Memorials provides a dignified ash (cremains) scattering service aboard a comfortable state of the art 36'  Tiara Express Cruiser on the San Francisco Bay for as low as $450.00.  This rate includes a choice of a favorite memorial local of the San Francisco Bay including:

- Cove areas near the entrance of the Golden Gate Bridge
- East side of Angel Island
- Entrance of Richardson Bay near Yellow Bluff
- Alcatraz Island

These areas are commonly viewed as appropriate locations for the commemoration of deceased loved ones.  These areas are usually calm and tranquil which provide an ideal local where family and friends can release the ashes of their deceased loved one into the water and reflect upon the decedent's journey of life. A maximum of 6 passengers  are permitted (sorry no exceptions as this is a U.S. Coast Guard regulation). Clergy members are welcome to participate. Family members of the decedent are welcome to bring their own cut flowers and/or favorite music on cds (or IPOD). This reasonable price is for a scattering of ashes memorial which lasts an average of approximately 1 1/2 hours (2 hrs maximum) from departure to return to port.  

Customized Voyage $250.00 per hour

 A customized voyage entails the scattering of ashes at a specifically requested location requiring travel to and from a desired location exceeding the 2 hr maximum included in the standard private charter rate. This option is available for an additional $250.00 per hour. Customized locations may include but are not limited to the San Francisco Bay and coastal waterways of the Pacific Ocean along the counties of San Mateo, San Francisco, and Marin. Call for specific requests on locals and pricing.   

Extended Bay Tour Option $250.00 per hour

 We also offer an extended Bay tour at the conclusion of the scattering of ashes for an additional $250.00 per hour. This makes for a perfect day to conclude the celebration of one's life. After a scattering of ashes memorial, a Bay tour can be arranged to one of more of the locations listed below.

A one-hour extended tour may include one or more of the following:

- A waterfront cruise along the City of San Francisco  (Marina District, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39    where sea lions can be viewed, Embarcadero, Bay Bridge)
- Alcatraz Island
- McCovey Cove at AT&T Park, and other attractive areas.  McCovey Cove is one of Captain   
   Dave's choice spot for a cruise and place to enjoy lunch particularly during a Giant's game.
- Angel Island 

- Treasure/Yerba Buena Island
Refer to link: www.sfbayboattours.com  for more info on San Francisco Bay tours. 

Unattended scattering of ashes at sea $175.00


We also provide unattended ash scattering which is an affordable option at the low cost of $175.00. This allows loved ones whether local or distant the choice of delivering the cremains to our service for a scattering in a special location in the vicinity of the San Francisco Bay. 

The ashes will be set free by the Captain (me) without charter passengers on board. With an unattended ash scattering service, we provide photos (upon request) of the release as well as a certificate of the cremated remains release. This certificate documents precisely where the release of cremains occurred by providing recorded GPS coordinates (latitude and longitude readings). This documentation not only memorializes where the release of cremated remains occurred but also provides a reference point for those who wish to re-visit the scattering site in the future. This is provided to you for absolute confirmation and of course, peace of mind knowing your wishes have been fulfilled. In addition, we will  process and file the completed disposition permit of human remains with the appropriate counties as well as required federal EPA documentation. A photo can be provided via email at your request. 

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**It should be noted that prices are subject to change without prior notice 

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Family owned and operated:

Family is the most important support structure when we experience a loss.  We feel our family oriented captain and crew makes a difference by having a sincere concern for your family's and/or friend's needs. 

About Captain Dave:

Captain Dave Gallegioni has a valid US Coast Guard Merchant Marine Officer license for passenger vessels up to 50 net tons. He has a valid cremated remains disposer license issued by the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau. He is a member in good standing with NACO (National Association of Charter Boat Captains). Captain Dave is a San Francisco native who has over 30 years of boating and seamanship experience on the San Francisco Bay and coastal waterways off the Golden Gate. Dave has enjoyed a long career in law enforcement. He also has extensive experience working on public safety vessels involved in search and rescue missions. During his tour of duty, he was awarded two lifesaving medals on separate occasions. He places special emphasis on safety, comfort, convenience, dignity, and respect for life. He is certified as a Christian ordained Minister. He has a great passion for the sea and spends a significant amount of his personal and professional time out on the water.     

About the vessel:

The vessel is a modern 2006 36' Tiara power cruiser "La Dolce Vita IV" which is built by S2 Yachts in the United States. The builder is a highly regarded manufacturer within the boating industry. Tiara Yachts pays special attention to comfort, seaworthiness, and safety. It is a superbly engineered offshore vessel. The specifications and craftsmanship are built to exceed US Coast Guard minimum safety standards by vessel manufacturers. The vessel is fully equipped with Federal and State required safety equipment and is annually inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. This 36' cruiser is comfortable and roomy which personalizes your charter for a special occasion. The cabin's amenities include a spacious kitchen galley, couch, a marine head (aka: bathroom), TV, CD/stereo player, and sleeping berths. We take pride in a vessel that is meticulously clean and very well maintained. The vessel has twin Cummins diesel engines which are noted for generating low emissions and are designed to be environmentally friendly. These engines discharge low exhaust levels unlike typical marine diesel engines that can make a day of boating on the Bay or at sea uncomfortable due to unpleasant and excessive exhaust fumes. With a cruising speed of 23 knots, the benefit of this power vessel allows us to mobilize from one location to another in comfort and in a timely manner unlike being on a sailboat. As a result, we are able to cover more territory and visit more focal points in considerably less time than it would take underway on a sailboat. This custom built vessel is comfortable which is ideal for a special occasion like a private scattering. The vessel does not give its' passengers the feeling they are on a typical "charter fishing boat" for such a personal event which is a lifelong memory. The vessel is moored in beautiful Sausalito. Excellent restaurants and shopping stores are close by. There is available parking and restrooms. Call for directions and additional information.  


Captain Dave Gallegioni and his brother Michael made this sad, difficult time lighter for all of us. Their care and compassion, along with their expertise, gave us a chance to turn this sad goodbye into a loving celebration of John's life. The ceremonial scattering of the ashes was done with utmost respect, and they were especially attentive to Betty's feelings and needs. Betty said it best when she said to me "It was a beautiful ceremony, and I am so grateful! I could tell that the Captain and his brother Michael really put their hearts into the ceremony. I'll remember it for the rest of my life."It's always very difficult to say goodbye to our loved ones, and it is so important to feel we honor their wishes with love and respect. That's why I highly recommend SF Bay Boat Memorials and Captain Dave Gallegioni to anyone who wants to say goodbye with a loving and uplifting ceremony at sea."

Sheryl A. G.
Union City, CA

"Just wanted to let you know that the scattering was a family experience that we all will remember.  We could not have asked for a better tribute and memorial to Uncle Mort. Capt Dave and his brother did a wonderful job.  Very professional, but yet compassionate.  It was a beautiful day, and the scenery was breathless-I feel that Uncle Mort is really at peace in a wonderful place.  Thanks to Capt. Dave for helping our family with this memorable experience "                Gay W.  

"Dave was fabulous! It turned out to be a beautiful day and he not only took his time, but knew exactly where Katie wanted to be placed in the water. The entire experience made it so much easier for me to do what she wanted. Captain Dave's Bay Charters and Scattering was such a comfort. I would recommend him in a heartbeat!  Thank you for your expertise and your care. "     Suzanne W.

Your services were beyond wonderful. I wanted to say that this was the childrens first experience of a funeral and it was a beautiful one. .."                        Cathy D. 

 "Dear Captain Dave,
Thank you for taking good care of the sea burials for my mother and brother so they will rest in peace at sea. We appreciate the respect, kind attention, and thoroughness that you and your team provided to our family."  -Pat              

"Dear Captain Dave G,

I would like to personally thank you for the great job you provided for my mother Mrs. J.Y. scattering her on the Bay. From the picture you sent me, that was exactly my mother's last wishes with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. Thank you again! "                                                     Amy     

"Dear Captain Gallegioni, my mother and I would like to take the time to thank you so very much for scattering my father's ashes. Even though we have never met (in person) we will forever be tied together by the honor you gave him by fulfilling his last wishes."                Julie        

"Hi Dave,  
Thank you so much for a very beautiful and meaningful ash scattering ceremony and bay tour. It was very moving and we think it was just what our dad had in mind. You and your brother were so very respectful, pleasant and accommodating, and gave us exactly what we were hoping for and more. We are all so pleased and grateful. "               Carolyn  


"Captain Dave,
I just wanted to thank you for helping me with scattering my mom's ashes. It was such a beautiful day and I couldn't have asked for anything better. The service that you provide is absolutely wonderful! It is such a relief to know she will be enjoying your beautiful City by the Bay every day."      Melissa B.   Vancouver, WA. 


 "Just  wanted to thank you for the very thoughtful and attractive memorial with photo of your boat and latitude and longitude. We so much appreciated the help from both you and your brother.  You were so compassionate and made this difficult journey  one we can look back upon and remember the beauty of the Bay and that day. Greg (dearly departed) would have enjoyed it also.  Our special thanks---"

Lois W. 

Captain Dave,

I just want to personally thank you on behalf of my family and I for the beautiful service you provided us on Saturday, August 23, 2014.  The scattering of my father’s ashes in the SF bay was exactly what he wanted.  You made the experience a very beautiful and memorable one.  Thank you for your tactfulness and professionalism in handling all the details of the service.  The day was absolutely gorgeous and the views were majestic.  It was exactly what my father would have wanted.  As Christians and believers of Jesus Christ, it is our belief that my father is now in the presence of our Lord as he was saved and had made his peace with God.  I don’t know if my beloved “papa” was able to see his service from heaven (I like to think that perhaps God allowed him to see it), and if he did, I know he would have been extremely pleased and moved.  Thank you for the wonderful service you provide to grieving families.  We will highly recommend your services. 

With much appreciation,
Sabrina H.  and  family

Good afternoon Captain Dave,

I want to thank you  for the amazing service you provided us.  My father fought in the Spanish Civil War, was a POW, spent 2 years in the French Foreign Legion, was a merchant fisherman, and retired as a school custodian. He is the bravest man I have ever known. Which brings me to Saturday. The service you provided surpassed what me and my family had hoped for in honoring our hero and his final resting place. The scattering of my father’s ashes in the SF bay was exactly what he wanted. The view was breathtaking!!! Your boat was beautiful!!! And you, you were wonderful. I thank you for your sensitivity and professionalism in handling the details as this was my sister’s and my first time experiencing the death of a parent. Thank you for working with my sister and thinking of everything. Looking out into the SF bay will be even more special to us now.  

Gaby A.,  Rancho  Cordova, CA.

Dear Captain Dave,

On behalf of our family, I wish to thank you for your assistance with the scattering of the cremated remains of Beatrice R. (on 9/11/2014).  We felt that you were very accommodating and compassionate and created a beautiful memorable experience . I would not hesitate recommending your company.  Thank you very much!

Brian A.   Saint Louis, Mo.

Dear Dave,

On behalf of  myself and my family, I wanted to thank you kindly, and again, so very much for a thoughtful and sensitive voyage to place our paper (biodegradable) urn by Kirby cove. I see by your website that so many families have expressed similar sentiments and gratitude. The rite is full of so many emotions but the overriding is love, and he (Richard B.)  is surely loved by us all. Thank you  for giving us privacy in a small space. Your intention, purposefulness, and experience made us fell safe and in good hands. The Bay was so beautiful; it was hard to feel so sad in such glistening seas.

Our best to you. Enjoy everything today, don't wait for tomorrow!


Denise F., Mill Valley, CA.

(Re: Unattended scattering)
Dear Captain Dave,

Thank you for your remittance of the certificate regarding my mother's ashes distributed at sea under your professional care. I am sorry I could not be present. My daughters and I were impressed with your professional attention.

Margarita B-L
San Francisco, California

Hi Dave,

On behalf of my sister and our family, we want to thank you for the wonderful experience we had on your boat this past Saturday, May 7th (2016). Everything was perfect. I think I mentioned to you, I pray about all my decisions and when I saw you were Italian with a boat named La Dolce Vita, and you were a Christian minister, I knew it was a God wink!!!
Your boat is beautiful and we all appreciated your professionalism.
And we will refer others to your business.
May God richly bless you!

Leslie A.
Redwood City, California

Hi Capt. Dave, my kids and I would like to thank you for the beautiful and meaningful ash scattering for my husband's ashes last July 24.  The Angel  Island was a perfect choice, so peaceful and beautiful. Please tell Jackie my appreciation for taking pictures and videos during the ash scattering.We will forever treasure those pictures.We really appreciate her. Thank you for the Certificate you sent, and the permit as well. Thank you so much Captain Dave.

Ruby and family,
Reno, NV



Thank you so much for your kindness and caring as we said our final good by to Kay. You made the whole experience smooth and beautiful. We couldn't have asked for a better experience ~ ok maybe not so much wind, but your expert handling of your beautiful boat made it all ok. I'm already telling our friends how wonderful it was and recommending you if the need arises.

Kathy and family


Just wanted to say thank-you for the wonderful experience we had.  While we had waited some time to say our final goodbye to our family members - the setting could not have been more perfect!.  You kindness, and sensitivity in approaching the experience - from the booking to the trip was more than we could have imagined.  The experience was so meaningful for all of us.  It is a blessing to know that someone so rich in spirit is providing this service.
Thank-you again,

Susan H.
Fresno, Ca


Hello Captain Dave,

Thank you for the most incredible service on Saturday. Everything was perfect; your amazing vessel, in immaculate condition,  your expert navigation, with pin-point accuracy, and all of the helpful assistance you provided during the outing.

We had the most amazing weather as well. We experienced something we will not forget, and were able to commemorate the life of my father, a native San Franciscan, in a way that was first-class in every respect.

Please have our gratitude for this.

I would very much appreciate you us sending the particulars of your splendid boat; make and model, etc. It was incredible when Crowley sped past us, a tribute to my father's years at sea. 

Hope to cross paths again, and will definitely spread the word regarding your excellent enterprise.

All best,


Contact Info:

 For charter service reservations including ash scattering memorials at sea and/or Bay tour options, contact Captain Dave at 415-720-6908 or via email at  CaptDave@SFBayBoatMemorials.com. We require a minimum 50% down payment for reservations. Your charter reservation will be secured only when the 50% down payment is received. Credit card payments via PayPal account are accepted. There is no charge for cancellations with notice at least 48 hours in advance of the  scheduled event.  

Three Easy Steps for Unattended Ash Scattering at Sea

 Call SF Bay Boat Memorials at 415-720-6908 or email at CaptDave@SFBayBoatMemorials.com for more information on unattended scattering of ashes at sea. 

1.  Complete the Authorization Form on page 3 which you can print from this site or we can email it to you. If you mail the cremains, you must be the "informant" (authorized next of kin) listed on the Permit for Disposition of Human Remains and obtain a notarized signature. The permit must  be issued by any County health or vital statistics department within  the State of California. 


2.  Insert the authorization form, the permit, and make your check or money order payable to SF Bay Boat Memorials for $175.00 in the outer cremated remains shipping container.

3.  Mail via U.S. Registered Mail, from a post office to:

SF Bay Boat Memorials 
c/o Captain Dave
P.O. Box 54
Corte Madera, CA.  94976 

Unless otherwise specified, the unattended scattering at sea will be performed within 21 days of receipt of delivery and full payment.  A certificate documenting the event forwarded to you by return mail. Most unattended scattering of ashes services are completed sooner than 21 days, weather permitting. We will do our best to accommodate your specific requests.  

*Please note: there is an additional 3% surcharge fee added if using PayPal/credit cards for payments