"Hetty B" is a classic blue water vessel build to the highest standard of manufacturing marine engineering. It was build in Hong Kong in 1978 by the Cheoy Lee Shipyard Company during English colonial rule. It was designed by none other than the British Raymond Richards, one of the premier yatch and sailboat designers from the early 1960 until the early 1980.
Blue water means that this boat can sail around the world. And Hetty B is ready for the challenge. She is steady as a rock. You will not win many racers while you glade with her, but you will sure feel safe on her. And with her top-notch integrated Raymarine electronics, you will know exactly your location, depth, wind speed/direction, etc. She will even tack all by herself if you must.
But make no mistake, while her fancy gadgets will blow you away, once you step aboard, you will transport yourself to an era when sailing was done in style and in time-honored tradition. Her absolute gorgeous teak cabin will transfer you to a period when ships were build solid, when traveling by boat was a real luxury.
"Hetty B" is loaded with everything you will need to sail on the Bay for the day, a weekend or a week. She will anchor easily with her electric windlass. Her 120% Jib and full main date back to only 2016. All standing and running riggings are basically new as is all her electric wiring. She boast a 32 HP Universal diesel engine that starts the first time, is quiet and most importantly, is super reliable. She sleeps 3 adults and 2 smaller crew member in comfort. The aft double quarter berth is private, as is the V-berth, which has two bunks.
In short, Hetty B is a classic, luxurious, well build vessel. They just don't make them like they used to anymore. When you take her out, you will understand exactly what I mean.
- LOA: 37’11”
- LWL: 30’11”
- Beam 12'
- Draft 5'07"
- Displacement 18,000lbs
- Ballast +/- 8,000 lbs.
- Fuel Capacity: 32 gals
- Water Capacity: 110 gals
- Holding tank: 10 gals
- Net Tons: 11 Tons
Q & A:
Q. What should I bring when I charter her?
A. Bring a great disposition and a smile :-) I will provide diesel, towels (about three or four), and maybe even some ice. Make sure you sport comfortable, non-marking shoes (not sandals -- actually, it's better to be barefooted than wear sandals), sailing gloves, swimwear, suntan lotion, and plenty of drinks to keep hydrated.
Q. Should I be expected to clean the boat?
A. Well, kind of. I clean the boat regularly before sailing and guests anyway. However, just because I spend time doing the dirty work, doesn't mean that you can trash the cruiser. In fact, I'd ask that when leaving, you take the garbage to the marina bins, and try to keep the galley and deck as clean as possible. I hope I'm not asking too much.
Q. Renting your boat sounds overwhelming. Can I handled it?
A. You can always charter her with a captain and leave the work to him/her. So sure you can, no worries. I will show you how to unlock the hatch, where are the sails, what to do when checking out of the anchoring position... you know a brief introduction of the boat. All you have to do is show me that you love her :-)
Q: What motivates you to share a sailboat?
A: I am a strong believer in the sharing economy. I manage six properties I own on Airbnb, a classic car on Turo, two Sailboats on Boatsetter, and we dog seat on Rover. On average, American sail boat owners use their vessels 10.7 days a year. That means that for 354 days a sailboat seats idle at the dock. If you ask me, that's the perfect definition of an underutilized resource.
Q: But aren't you really doing this for the money?
A: Fair question, but no. My wife and I are two mid-life professionals currently employed in interesting companies. About 40% of the proceeds from Boatsetter go straight back into improving the boat and hence the guest experience. Thanks to the extra cash, for example, I’ve been able to implement long-kept projects, such as engine maintenance, electrical system improvements, and vanity projects. The rest of the income goes into solving the cost of maintaining and up keeping the boat, such as the slip costs, boat insurance and fuel. OK, and maybe I splurge on a nice set of sailing gloves once in a while :-)