This is the second time I rented from Scott. The engine failed in the alameda/oakland estuary. I didn't even make it half way out. The engine would turn on and then turn off within a minute. I was able to put the sails up in time and was able to navigate to safety in the estuary. I contacted Scott to see if he can offer any insight to why the engine would be failing. I tried the troubleshooting steps he provided but had no luck. I slowly sailed closer back to the marina. Scott said he'll contact towing service to get the boat back into the marina slip. Tow service got us back in fine. I was expecting a full refund since the boat didn't work as expected. I contacted BoatBound and they said they needed to confirm the story with Scott, I went back and forth with Boatbound for 2 months. Then they finally said that Scott is adamant that the fact I went out into the boat, he doesn't want to refund the money. I went out of the marina and within 10 minutes later find out the engine wasn't working correctly. I'm not a novice sailor and I did rent out his boat before (see my previous review for him). So, I did know how to use his boat and there can't be an issue there. Friends that came from out of town to visit and wanted to go sailing, didnt' get to go out sailing. And on top of that, I have to pay for rental that wasn't working. I was not provided an alternative by boatbound and Scott is refusing to refund the money. Boatbound is absolutely not helpful and they want me to take it up with the owner of the boat. They need to intervene and provide a refund through him. I provided them the text message history of me talking to Scott saying that I need to come back because of boat issues and him sending a tow boat. Tow service also has a record of towing the boat. So I really don't understand why this is so difficult. I would like to use Boatbound again, but what is the service really providing if you're still left with all the risks.
Great rental! Well equipped boat with a very conscientious owner who made ever effort to accommodate us. Easy pick up and drop off. Would recommend to anyone looking for an 18 foot center console in the Charleston area.
Positives: The boat was in the water ready for us. Negatives: This boat is in Poor condition at best. The boat kept stalling on us and would not idle. Every time put into reverse would stall which made it nearly impossible to anchor/park. Steering linkage it is so stiff is stuck that my wife would not steer the boat. Pushbutton for forward reverse handle is missing making it difficult to keep pushing a sharp object with your thumb. Lack of comfortable seating. Radio not working. This boat should have quite a bit of repair and cosmetic fix up before being rented.
We had a great time with Sea Plus Plus and Rodrigo was a great host and very thoughtful as he even brought some bed sheets since he knew we would spend the night on the boat. We sailed 22.6 NM at an average of 2.6Kts (including an 1.5h anchorage). We had the opportunity to use all the sails, Genoa in the morning, Jib in the early afternoon, and the Storm Jib (with a reef in the main) as the conditions on the way back, in the mouth of the patpsco river, were a little rough. We had a 15kts sustained wind with 24kts gusts according to the anemometer on the Patapsco river buoy. Sea Plus Plus is in great condition but I noticed a few things that I think should be fixed in order to improve its safety : - The engine throttle does not work in a predictable way. Rodrigo showed us a trick to make it work but it makes the operation of the engine more stressful than it should be. - We found the boat slower than it should be (under sails or engine), approximately half of its hull speed (~7kts) - The mainsheet traveler track stop, port side (during starboard tacks), broke loose several times under sail during wind gusts. The spring of the holding pin is too weak/old.
Andrew and his friend were experienced boaters and I felt very comfortable renting to them. They were very considerate, had planned their trip well and were knowledgeable about the area in which they would be boating, and were very considerate. They kept me advised whenever there was a delay or a change in plans, which I certainly appreciated. They returned the boat in good condition. I would gladly rent to Andrew again.
Delvis was amazing throughout our whole experience. From booking to departure he went above and beyond accommodating. Didn't complain answering my 100 questions, quick responses, and really made my birthday one I will always remember. Would definitely book with him again and recommend his professional service!