St. Francis Yacht Club


Lodging and Reservations

No boat? No problem. Tinsley offers members fantastic options for on-Island accommodations.

Ranging from a historic lighthouse to a modest bunkhouse, there are several unique places to stay on Tinsley. Members may reserve housing through a lottery system each November. The Island staff keeps the accommodations in ship-shape and members enjoy their vacation using a combination of provided accoutrements, and items brought from home.

  • In keeping with our tradition of primitive elegance on Tinsley Island, please be aware that a certain amount of self-sufficiency is necessary when you visit.

    Provided for your Convenience
    In the Lighthouse, Captain’s Quarters, First Mate’s Quarters and Houseboat:

    • Sheets
    • Bath towels
    • Bath soap
    • Kitchen with appliances, pots and pans, cutlery, dishware, etc.

    In the Bunkhouses

    • Bath soap
    • Communal refrigerator


    Wifi covers the Island; however, as the Island is remote, connectivity varies.

    Please Bring from Home

    • Food, drinks, provisions
    • Bath and pool towels
    • Toiletries
    • Hair dryers
    • Table decorations
    • Plates, dishes, flatware, cooking utensils, pots and pans (if you’re planning to cook around the barbecue)
    • Soap and sponges
    • Sunscreen and bug spray
    • Sleeping bag and pillow (for houseboat and bunkhouses)


    Rules to Know

    • Pets are not permitted in any Island accommodations.
    • No cell phones or other electronic devices are allowed on Tinsley, except for your boat or sleeping location.
    • All visitors are permitted to climb to the Lighthouse Tower and savor the views of the Delta, provided this is done during daylight hours and in a manner that respects the privacy of those using the Lighthouse as their home away from home. Common courtesy dictates that children may not visit without an adult and all who visit the tower should do so quietly and respectfully.



      Tinsley Island wishes to accommodate as many members as possible throughout the year. While many members and guests sleep aboard members’ boats on the docks, others may choose to stay in on-island accommodations. Reservations for these accommodations are handled through a lottery system that takes place at the conclusion of every season. The following timeline represents a typical lottery cycle; the Tinsley Island Committee set specific dates each year.

       members receive housing lottery forms in the mail. Download a PDF of the Form HERE. Read the 2020 Lottery Letter HERE.

      December 15, 2019: reservation requests are due to the Club

      Early January: lottery winners are drawn by Club management

      Mid-January: lottery results are sent by email to all participants

      Late January: deadline for lottery winners to confirm or cancel winning requests 

      February 1–May 31: All available rooms can be booked on a first-come, first-served basis through the Front Desk at or 415-563-6363. Any member can make one individual reservation regardless of the number of other reservations the member already has. That reservation is limited to one room per reserving member, with a maximum stay of seven nights and a minimum stay of two nights.

      June 1–December 31: Any member can make any number of reservations regardless of their existing reservations. These reservations are not limited by number of rooms or number of days. 

      Reserving a Weekend
      At all times, any reservation that encompasses a weekend shall always include both Friday & Saturday nights.

      Lottery Deposit and Cancellation Policy
      All confirmed reservations will be charged a non-refundable deposit of $50. This deposit will be applied to the lodging fee. Cancellations must be submitted in writing to no later than January 31 to avoid being charged the lodging fee. Cancelled reservations will then be filled from the waitlist, and confirmed immediately. Partial cancellation of midweek days (Monday to Thursday) constitutes cancellation of the entire reservation. Cancellations received after January 31 will be re-offered to the waitlist first and then to the general membership based on Rules and Regulations Cancelled reservations that are not re-booked by the Club remain the financial responsibility of the originally booked member. 
      • The majority of on-Island accommodations must be booked through the annual housing lottery. Beyond the lottery, available rooms are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. For questions on reserving on-Island accommodations, contact the Front Desk at or 415-563-6363. 


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