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Chartering in Greece
We chartered with GPSC in October and had a very similar experience as Wensum. This was a bare boat charter. I expect that if we had a captain he would have made sure the boat was in good condition. As it turned out when we checked out the boat, a Beneteau 45 named Alexandra, the batteries were dead, the water tanks had not been topped off and the only flashlight on the boat did not work. The batteries took a half-gallon of water. The boat was clearly not ready for a charter. Further inspection of the boat revealed that the steering pedestal had a very worn bearing as the top of the wheel could be moved fore and aft an inch or two, life line stanchions were not secure, the backstay turnbuckle was badly bent and the boat showed poor maintenance. We obviously were not happy with the boat but were told there was no other boat available, take it or leave it!
Once under way we discovered that the roller furling jammed as the lead to the drum was incorrect, navigation and anchor lights did not work, engine hour meter did not work and forward shower sump pump switch was faulty. When we went to use the inflatable we found the oars had been replaced with short paddles, the seat was missing from the inflatable and the outboard engine ran but over heated, as it did not pump cooling water. The most dangerous problem however was the windless installation. There was less than 90 degree of chain engagement with the drum, which meant you, had to keep your foot on the chain or the chain would run free. As the chain was brought onboard it would pile up and fowl the drum unless you manually swept the chain forward into the lower part of the locker.
In spite of the disappointment with the boat we had a great vacation as the weather was near perfect and the islands were most interesting.
The worst aspect of the charter was GPSCís attitude upon our return. They said it was our responsibility to make sure everything on the boat worked before we left the dock, as the boat owner was responsible for maintenance, not GPSC. They stated that we must have been expecting a new boat. No, but we did expect a boat that was maintained as described in the literature. We were then disturbed to learn that the damage deposit was not immediately returned but would be returned by mail from the office in Philadelphia. We were told it would probably be there when we returned. It took four weeks before we received the deposit.
By the way we chartered with GPSC based on a recommendation. Unfortunately GPSC isnít what it use to be.