Join Date: Mar 2009
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We've had two mostly good charters from The Moorings in Tortola (2007 and 2008). We did notice that, in spite of all the high dollar capital improvements they were making at the Tortola base, they still seemed to have a case of absent or inattentive management. For example, those brand-new beautiful spa shower rooms were almost always dirty and unsupplied.
But in 2009 we chartered a 2 year old Bene 40 from their Marsh Harbor (Bahamas) base, and found the maintenance very poor. (Autopilot broken, depth gauge read about a foot deeper than reality [in the Bahamas, for goodness sake], electrical panel [including the Bene style integrated gauges] broken, lots of stinky waste water plumbing issues, Reef lines messed up in some gordian knot fashion [I don't think the mainsail actually fit], leaky fuel line for the dinghy outboard.)
I suspect their "guaranteed owner income" model gives them a real incentive to cut costs with "deferred maintenance", and that's been compounded by the poor economy.
OTOH, we chartered a Leopard 38 from TMM in the Grenadines last summer, and found that boat to be very well maintained. TMM, like most of the smaller companies, acts more as an owner's agent, and the owner pays for maintenance. That puts you more at the mercy of how much the owner cares--but I figure if _anyone_ is going to care about the boat, it's the owner.
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