Burial at Sea – Marina del Rey

Remembrance at Sea | Ash Scattering
When it is time to commit a loved one’s ashes to the sea,  Admiralty Sailing is dedicated to providing a comfortable, dignified and serene memorial service. Our boat is based in Marina del Rey and offers services in Santa Monica bay

The Boat
Our 34 foot Beneteau Sailboat, Reliance,  comfortably seats up to 6 adults and features a full galley, refrigerator and a private head.

The Beneteau 331 Cockpit features ultra comfortable Bottomsider cushions. While the cockpit fits up to 8 passengers, we never sail with more than six passengers.

What to Expect
We will meet you at the dock gate and help bring anything down to the boat and also provide access to a secure parking garage. Once all are aboard, we will have a short safety briefing and get underway. It takes about an hour to motor from the dock to three miles offshore. (Although we are a sailboat, we will be under diesel engine power, motoring at 5-6 knots) Once there, the family can reflect on the departed and the ashes are committed to the deep. Flowers are usually cast with the ashes as a final farewell. Then, the Captain will circle the area once or twice and record the Lat/Lon coordinates for posterity. In about an hour, we are back at the dock.

When to Go
The seas are generally calm in the morning and we find that leaving the dock around 9am provides the best experience for the guests.

How much is the service?
Our flat rate of $450 for up to 6 people includes complimentary water and soft drinks. There are no added or hidden fees.

Why choose Admiralty Sailing?
We provide a thoughtful caring experience for all of those involved and our customers tell us how satisfied they were with the service and often recommend us to others. We are licensed by the California Dept. of Consumer Affairs as a Cremated Remains Disposer, License 974 and we complete all of the required filings for you.

Usually, rose petals are scattered before and during the ash scattering. With the right light, the ashes glow with the spirit of the departed as the settle to the bottom of the ocean

For more information
Just give us a call and we will answer any questions and allay any concerns to customize your experience.

Admiralty Sailing offers this ashes scattering service for $450 for 2-6 people for up to a 3-hour excursion.

What if I need to reschedule?
Weather happens. Travel plans change. Schedules conflict. We get it. We are happy to reschedule any booked trip at no additional costs or penalty. Our flat rate is a flat rate. We just want to make this as easy as possible. 

Please call 323-314-2963 to schedule your burial at sea remembrance ceremony.
Email Address: captainstu@admiraltysailing.com

What paper work is required?
Generally, the ashes are in a plastic bag with a zip-tie inside of a hard plastic box. On top will be an envelope with a form inside. This is the “Application and Permit for Disposition of Human Remains”, or VS-9. In the bottom left corner of the form, (Box 16A), it should say “AT SEA OFF THE COAST OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY” and BOX 11 on the middle left should state, CREMATION/SEA. If it states something else, the VS-9 form should be exchanged for a correct form. Admiralty Sailing will take this form and fill out the Latitude/Longitude of the ash scattering and mail the original to the LA County Dept. of Public Health and send a copy to the charterer.


Admiralty Sailing’s Captain Stu Coleman is fully licensed to offer burials at sea by the State and Federal Government.

  • State of California Cremated Remains Disposer License: Number 974
  • Captain Stuart P. Coleman, U.S. Coast Guard U.S. Merchant Marine Officer: Number 2756015
  • USCG Documented Coastwise Passenger Vessel 1120517
  • USCG AUX Un-inspected Passenger Vessel Certification
  • Member, American Professional Captain’s Association