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08-17-2014 05:52 PM
eherlihy
Re: BoatBound?

I found the info on their brief survey;
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No you don't need to pay for the Boatbound Inspection. Essentially, a Boatbound Inspection would be a NAMS (NAMSGlobal - Welcome Aboard | NAMSGlobal) or SAMS (The Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors, Inc.® - (SAMS®)) surveyor conducting a brief 1 hour inspection. The inspection would cost $100. So let me know if the following works:

We would have our surveyor come and inspect your boat. We would then pay the surveyor $100 and once you receive your first booking we take out $100 out of your first payout. Does this work? If so, please let me know, and I will see if I can set up an inspection with our surveyor within the next week or two.

For more information on how Boatbound reduces the cost of boat ownership, follow this link: https://boatbound.co/why-list

Look forward to hearing from you and if you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to message back or call me directly at (415) 601-3908.

--
Patrick D
Boatbound Support
support.boatbound.co
08-17-2014 05:48 PM
eherlihy
Re: BoatBound?

If you have a SAMS/AMS survey that is less than 2 years old, I believe that BB will accept that.

Also, my understanding is that BB had a "network" of surveyors that would do a BB survey for $100... The boat owner was responsible for paying the $100 fee, or it could be deducted from the payment to the owner from the first rental. Now that "network" may just be one surveyor, and they may not offer that anymore.

They also have a standardized form that any SAMS / AMS Surveyor can fill out. You can find that form here: https://app.box.com/s/yvnt3pt2nkq37wt1a8gf

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If your boat is 30' or less in length and is between 11-25 years old, your boat can be approved by completing a Boatbound Self-Survey Inspection. The inspection form consists of two sections, a written portion and photos. The written section requires a basic rundown of the boat (engine, navigation equipment, safety equipment etc.), while the photo section requires the following photos of your vessel:

Overall Boat - Bow, Stern, Port & Starboard
Outboard Engine(s) - Overall Engine, Lower Unit & Propeller
Inboard Engine(s) - Overall Engine, Propeller & Shaft
I/O Engine(s) - Overall Engine & Outdrive Inc. Propeller/Skeg
Steering Station - On Tower & Cockpit
Hull ID - If photo is not clear please take a rubbing and supply photo of the rubbing
Trailer - If applicable
Once we have received your signed and completed Boatbound Self-Survey, we will immediately forward the form to our insurance provider and should receive an answer within 2-3 business days.
My boat is 35 feet and 27 years old (and my interest in allowing others to charter my boat has waned), so the self-survey does not apply.
08-17-2014 03:33 PM
hellosailor
Re: BoatBound?

Rob, I'd bet on your #2, that they're just not willing to pay local market rate. Odds are they are trying to do a deal like "you survey our boats, we'll give you lots of business, but we only pay $$ per visit flat rate" and of course, that doesn't always work.

You'd figure their cut of six missed charters would pay for an awfully expensive surveyor...
08-16-2014 07:00 PM
TakeFive
Re: BoatBound?

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Originally Posted by RobGallagher View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by TakeFive View Post
If they're sitting unused, it is extraordinarily unlikely that they're worth paying money to charter.
I would disagree. I'm on my boat 2 days/3 nights, mid-week, EVERY week May - Nov.
Your boat is not sitting unused, and thus not relevant to my statement.
08-15-2014 10:34 PM
RobGallagher
Re: BoatBound?

Yesterday I finally received a reply from boat bound. Here is a cut an paste:

"Hi Robert,

I'm so sorry for the delayed response.

Unfortunately, I have been unable to find a surveyor in your area that is willing to inspect your vessel. I will continue trying and once I find a surveyor I will intro you immediately.

Again sorry for any inconvenience I have caused and hopefully your vessel will be approved and bookable on the site soon!

Cheers,

--
Patrick D
Boatbound Support"


How is it possible they cannot find a surveyor in or near Mystic CT? There are two possibilities. 1. They have not really tried. OR 2. They are not willing to pay a qualified surveyor what they are worth.

In the mean time, I just turned down my sixth potential customer today.

What a horrible waste of my time.

I only post this hoping that I can save fellow listers some of their valuable time.

This will probably be my last update...
08-13-2014 12:48 PM
RobGallagher
Re: BoatBound?

Quote:
Originally Posted by TakeFive View Post
If they're sitting unused, it is extraordinarily unlikely that they're worth paying money to charter.
I would disagree. I'm on my boat 2 days/3 nights, mid-week, EVERY week May - Nov. Weekends are open 90% of the time. I've been at the same yard since 2001 and people there think my boat never leaves the mooring because they are weekend warriors.

I can't stand to be anyplace near a marina on a weekend. It's horrible. Mid week it's just me and the relaxed old retired sailors

I know other people who spend loads of time maintaining with loving care, yet get pulled back from the shore with birthday parties, BBQ's, driving the kids to games, etc.

My last girlfriend had me doing the "right thing" by dividing the time up with her sailing with me and then things she liked to do. Used the boat about 50% of what I normally would. I just couldn't take it. Imagine - sunny, seas less than 1 ft, wind 10 - 15 and I'm at the friggen Coach store.

Anyway... an update on Boatbound.com - Still never heard back from them. I have had five people contact me about charters... I apprehensive about giving my boat to a stranger anyway.
08-05-2014 06:03 PM
TakeFive
Re: BoatBound?

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Originally Posted by Slayer View Post
With all the boats sitting unused on moorings on even the most beautiful sailing days, I've always thought there should be more services like this. It could certainly defray the cost of owning a boat, but I see the downside too. The ideal situation would be if owners found repeat renters that they trusted. But ideal situations are hard to come by.
If they're sitting unused, it is extraordinarily unlikely that they're worth paying money to charter.
08-05-2014 12:37 PM
Slayer
Re: BoatBound?

With all the boats sitting unused on moorings on even the most beautiful sailing days, I've always thought there should be more services like this. It could certainly defray the cost of owning a boat, but I see the downside too. The ideal situation would be if owners found repeat renters that they trusted. But ideal situations are hard to come by.
08-05-2014 09:50 AM
eherlihy
Re: BoatBound?

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Originally Posted by kptmorgan04 View Post
Will provide feedback if I end up using the service.
Any update?
08-04-2014 04:45 PM
smurphny
Re: BoatBound?

While the extra income from renting stuff like houses and boats sounds like it might be worth it, people tend to abuse things they don't own. Even lending out tools usually results in lost parts or getting it back in pieces. It seems to be a built in element of human nature, at least for some to trash rented stuff like cars, for instance.
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