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post #20 of Old 02-28-2009
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Sunsail - Tortola BVI

I just returned from seven days on a Sunsail charter from Tortola. The boat we had had a number of minor problems. The most symptomatic was the condition of the bottom. I had not been cleaned in a very long time. The barnacles on the bottom were more that three inches (10 cm) thick in many places. The knotmeter did not indicate. The sensor was completely buried under barnacles. Otherwise, the boat performed fine. The other maintenance issues were minor. None of them interfered with sailing and we lost no time to maintenance issues (except for the additional time required to get anywhere due to the loss of probably more than one knot of velocity because of the bottom).

Incidentally, although Moorings, Sunsail and Footloose are right next to each other and owned by the same company, they do not share operations staff. Maintenance personnel are separate and so maintenance standards can be different.

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