SCBC Mission


Our Mission

Sausalito Community Boating Center (SCBC) at Cass Gidley Marina is a 501(c)(3) non-profit established to create and maintain a community place that

Provides affordable access to boats & the water

Preserves our maritime heritage through education and skill-building

Promotes environmental stewardship of our local bay ecosystem

Our mission is to preserve a gathering place on Sausalito’s waterfront to engage and educate the public about our rich maritime history and small craft heritage through affordable direct experience.

It is our vision that those we serve will leave educated and inspired!


Access and Education

A primary focus of SCBC will be to provide affordable access and education. We will offer waterfront education and recreation for all abilities through Sausalito Parks and Recreation. Maritime skills training on the water will target local youth and underserved community members. Experiential youth learning programs in collaboration with local schools will use a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)-based curriculum. Through our partnership with Spaulding Marine Center, we will offer youth boatbuilding programs. Imagine learning math or science by building a boat and navigating on the water! Our programs will be based on the Teaching With Small Boats (TWSBA) learning model.


Maritime Heritage

SCBC at Cass Gidley Marina occupies a beautiful site on Sausalito’s historic waterfront – surrounded by maritime tradition and expertise.   Boatbuilding, maritime trades, commercial fishing, sailing and rowing are all part of an active waterfront community.  We will preserve our local maritime heritage by offering classes and boat rentals using traditional wooden sail and rowboats. Our site will be a place for community gatherings that promote Sausalito’s rich maritime history and small craft heritage. Through continued collaboration with local maritime businesses, we’ll promote our waterfront traditions and maritime job skill-building.


Environmental Stewardship

Our location also offers exceptional exposure to a rich marine habitat.  We are centrally located near the nine hundred acre Richardson Bay Sanctuary, a dynamic tidal estuary with thousands of species of migrating birds and diverse sea life. Richardson Bay eelgrass beds are the nursery and spawning ground of local herring among other species.  This provides a rich educational and experiential setting to instill environmental stewardship values in our community and youth, while helping to preserve our local marine ecosystem