Biodiesel Fueling Fast Ride Around SF Bay

John Davis

Rocketboat… the “Blast on the Bay” as it is dubbed by its owners… promises to give riders an exciting 30-minute around San Francisco Bay, and they’ll enjoy that trip on clean-burning biodiesel.

This press release from Blue & Gold Fleet, Rocketboat’s parent company, posted on says the biodiesel-powered vessel will “zoom past the sea lions to the Bay Bridge, zip by AT&T Park, round Treasure Island and then pass Alcatraz, returning back to PIER 39 within 30 minutes”:

The open-air RocketBoat will carry 135 passengers on a windswept ride, departing eight times daily. To give riders a chance to catch their breath and take photos, the craft will make three sightseeing stops along the route, including AT&T Park, Treasure Island and Alcatraz. While rocketing around the Bay, passengers will be treated to an appropriately rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack, combined with live narration from an experienced Blue & Gold Fleet captain.

RocketBoat was built by Sunsplash Marina LLC in New Jersey, where it was loaded up with a twin 16VM70 engines rated at 1410 horsepower each (2820 total hp). The all-aluminum vessel uses water jets to achieve its top speed of 36 knots (41 mph). RocketBoat is powered with a mixture of biodiesel fuel, complementing Blue & Gold Fleet’s status as the largest fleet of biodiesel ferries and tour boats on the San Francisco Bay.

Now there’s a San Francisco treat!