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I understood that Moorings bought Sunsail, but not sure it matters. I chartered a 43ft Benneteau out of the Moorings in Tortola in Feb '10. It was so new, it didn't even have a name on it yet. I think we were about the third or fourth charter.
You would have thought it was in the fleet for a long time.
Cockpit table was broken off, like someone sat on the edge and glued back together.
Fixed salon stool was broken off the floor.
Stove would not light.
One water tank vent was plugged and we couldn't draw water from it.
I have a couple of theories.
First, both Benneteau and Jeanneau have substantially downgraded the quality of their ships since about '08 or '09. When they switched to the manufactured teak, they also switched to less expensive fittings all around and lowered their prices accordingly: more plastic fittings, undersized winches, etc. They are good value and sail nicely, but I don't think the new quality holds up as well to charter use.
Second, we were on a discount package and I always wonder if the the full fare customers get the better ships.
In the end, we didn't have any troubles that actually slowed down our trip, we just thought the ship was a piece of junk. For that matter, anyone going to the islands with the expectation that all will be as perfect as a Four Seasons, will be very disappointed. It is extraordinarily laid back and by the end of the week, even Type As usually grasp some of its advantage. Therefore, despite the boat's shortcomings we had an absolutely great time and would go again without reservation.
What are you chartering that is running your bill to $15k? I assume that is a lot of air fare too.
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In the harsh marine environment, something is always in need of repair. Margaritas fix everything.
Last edited by Minnewaska; 10-27-2011 at 08:03 AM.