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post #9 of Old 11-20-2013
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Re: Barefoot Yacht Charters St. Vincent: Never Again

my response to mr. spade: following were the issues with the boat in question: the anchor rode was old and broke in chatham bay. we managed to retrieve the original anchor and chain and were fortunate it didn't happen in the middle of the night or the boat would have ended up on the rocks. the aft sleeping berth leaked and smelled of diesel fuel so we never slept there. the helm squeaked, the throttle mechanism was loose, the bimini top was not waterproof, the compass was so old you could hardly read it, there was no chart plotter (a surprise to the "experienced" sailor who followed us), no dinghy pump, pliers, can opener. the engine was overfilled with oil, the windvane atop the mast was crooked, the main sail interfered with the lazy jacks on close hauls, the battery never held a charge of more than 12.5 amps and we were told never to let it drop below 12 amps. as a consequence we could never run lights or fans or even the anchor light at night (our captain whom we hired for 4 days from barefoot told us it wasn't necessary for boats under 40 feet). hilarious! the lifeboat hadn't been serviced since 2004. the flashlights rarely functioned correctly. the oven knob didn't work. the toilet backwashed and was thus often filled with pee water or worse. does this sound like a boat that is well maintained? even for 2 sailors who'd only chartered once before? i don't believe so.
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