We just came back from an aborted attempt to charter a day sail. We were only renting a Catalina 22 inshore for the day. Having satisfied the operator that we have experience, they handed us a contract and I was truly annoyed to read " Renter is 100% liable for any damage to the boat during the rental period regardless of cause. In the case of damage $1000 security deposit will be forfeit and if the damage is less than $1000 the balance will be returned. If the damage is greater than deposit as determined by XXXX Charters the (Name) will be responsible for the entire cost up to and including complete replacement of the vessel.
They told us this was non negotiable and no sort of insurance was available to purchase. Question- would you sign such an agreement, especially after forking over $250 for a day sail? Is this normal?