The F/V RIPTIDE is a charter vessel operating from Pillar Point
Harbor. Pillar Point Harbor is located just 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 will provide you with a
Certificate commemorating the date and exact location ( longitude & Latitude
of the cremation dispersal .
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 (within the bounds of the law). Capt.
Smitty is a veteran charter skipper with over thirty five years of experience operating boats
from local Bay Area harbors.
We hold all of the necessary permits and licenses to disperse ashes at
State of California Cremated Remains Disposer License: Number 476
U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Certification: Number 501-216
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 20 passengers. Call us directly at
650-728-8433 and we will personally discuss your plans with you.
to: Capt. Smitty
Basic Scattering: $400
The basic scattering provides you with the exclusive use of the
RIPTIDE for you and your guests (up to 17 passengers total) for one hour.
There is a $2.50 per person harbor charge for everyone aboard the vessel. We
only take one group at a time. Being on time is critical for all concerned.
Late fees are $20 per every 10 minuets!!
Captain will take you beyond the harbor area a short distance and will assist you with the
We will memorialize your loved one with the Circle of Remembrance, circling the area
while providing a time of quiet reflection for the family and guests on board.
or from Out of State We now offer to receive your loved ones cremains by mail and can
scatter them for you. This can be documented with a picture for you as
well as the purchase of flowers. Please inquire for these special services
(for which there is an additional charge).
For cremations that are done outside the State of California, we require
completion of the following form (click on mailing instructions below) and also
a copy of the death certificate so that we can obtain on your behalf a
California Certificate of Dispersal.
RIPTIDE is not affiliated with any one religious faith. All faiths are
Our prices vary depending upon your needs.
All ashes scatterings include completion of the paperwork accompanying the ashes,
indicating the coordinates (Latitude/Longitude) of the scattering site, a personalized
certificate from RIPTIDE, and required reporting to the EPA.
Additional charges will be incurred if you wish us to assist in providing a clergy
person, or if we are asked to provide fresh-cut flowers to scatter on the ocean.
Yes, we are happy to help you arrange for your pets cremated remains to be
Many times people have specific locations where they would like to have their loved
ones ashes scattered. These requests can usually be met for an additional charge.
Some examples of scattering locations in our area are: Montara Beach, Mavericks, Moss
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I make arrangements for scattering my loved
ones ashes from the RIPTIDE? Call us directly at 650-728-8433 and we will personally discuss your plans with you.
Or : mail
to: Capt. Smitty
What time of day do you schedule scatterings?
We usually schedule scatterings for the late afternoon (approximately 3:30-
How do I pay for the scattering?
Once we have settled on a date, we request payment in advance. We will provide you
with instructions when we book the date. We only take cash, Master card
or Visa As well as a money order.
Will weather conditions effect the arrangements we make
for a specific date? Weather may very well cause us to reschedule the
scattering. The Captain will determine this and will advise you. If we have to reschedule
your date, we will apply the prepayment to a future date.
How big is the boat, does it have a bathroom?
The RIPTIDE is 40 long, fiberglass, and includes an inside
cabin area and toilet.
How many people can come? The vessel is certified to carry a maximum of 17 passengers. You
can have up to that amount. There is a $2.50 per person harbor charge for everyone
aboard the vessel.
Can we bring wine for a toast?
Yes, you can provide your own beverages for toasting your loved one.
Can we bring a floral wreath for the scattering?
We encourage you to memorialize your loved one in an ecologically sound
fashion. Our clients bring cut flowers that can go in the water without causing
any problems to animals, fish, or birds. We cannot allow any plastic, cardboard or other
artificial products that are not biologically friendly.
What should we wear?
Even for a one hour cruise to scatter ashes, we always remind people to dress
warmly, wear flat shoes with non-skid soles.
Do you take credit cards?
at this time, RIPTIDE also accepts payments in cash or
Do you scatter ashes for us if we cannot
accompany the cremains to Half Moon Bay? Yes, We can accommodate those who wish to send a
loved one unaccompanied. We ask that you telephone us to make preliminary
arrangements and so we can answer any questions that you may have. In addition,
we require that you complete the authorization form and mailing instructions as
outlined on our page entitled "Mailing
Instructions." A certified copy of the Death Certificate is also