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Riptide Charters

Your Small Charter Specialist
Salmon, Rock Fish & Ling CodBurials at Sea
Pillar Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay, California 94019 

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Our Services

  • Basic Scattering: $400
  • Multiple Scatterings: $100 per each additional scattering​
  • Unaccompanied Scattering
  • ​Shipping of Cremains

The F/V RIPTIDE is a charter vessel operating from Pillar Point Harbor. Pillar Point Harbor is located 4 miles north of Half Moon Bay and just south of San Francisco, California. One of our special services is to help you to respectfully and economically memorialize your loved ones with ashes scattering on the ocean. For cremated remains burials at sea, we bring our personal experiences with the loss of loved ones to our clients. We understand the difficulty surrounding this time and work closely with our clients to ensure that their wishes are met. Our Captain can provide you with a Certificate commemorating the date and exact location (longitude & Latitude of the cremation dispersal) for a fee of $10.

The RIPTIDE is owned and operated by  Captain William Smith. All arrangements are made directly with us and we will customize the memorial to meet your needs. Capt. Smitty is a veteran charter skipper with over thirty five years of experience operating boats from local Bay Area harbors

Riptide is located on H-Dock at Pillar Point Harbor near Half Moon Bay, California. 

  • Driving from the East, follow Hwy. 92 West to Half Moon Bay. At Hwy. 1 turn right and travel North approximately 5 miles to Capistrano road. Turn left at the light and take the next left into Pillar Point Harbor.

  • Driving from the North, take Hwy. 1 South through Pacifica and past Devil’s Slide. Just beyond the Half Moon Bay airstrip, turn right at the light at Capistrano Road and take the first left into Pillar Point Harbor.

  • At the harbor, you may drive out onto Johnson’s Pier to H-Dock to drop off passengers and then return to the parking lot where you can park all day for free.

The Riptide is located on your left at the base of the ramp at H-Dock Berth 1.

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Scattering of ashes and burials at sea

We offer a peaceful resting place for those you loved and cared about. Our service reserves the boat exclusively for your group for the 1 hour service. Our special service helps you to respectfully memorialize your loved ones with scattering of ashes upon the ocean. We bring our personal experiences with the loss of loved ones to our clients. We understand the difficulty surrounding this time and work closely with our clients to ensure their wishes are met.
Contact us for any concerns you may have.

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Our Mission

With over 30 years of providing this service, we believe that a personalized one on one service is the best way to help people honor their loved ones. 

We hold all of the necessary permits and licenses to disperse ashes at sea, including:

  • State of California Cremated Remains Disposer License: Number 476
  • U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Certification: Number 501216
  • Captain William E. Smith, U.S. Coast Guard U.S. Merchant Marine Officer: Number 843229
  • Member in Good Standing: Drug Testing Consultants

We are fully insured and certified by the U.S. Coast Guard to carry up to 17 passengers.

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Mother Earth and her oceans take back what she has given.

Contact us to learn more about how we can help you plan your next funeral service.