My group of 6 had an amazing time on David's beautifully maintained boat. David is easy to work with, punctual, and organized. The boat has a classic asthetic with wood trim throughout. It's clear that David has put a lot of work into making it look as good as it does, inside and out. We had a fantastic day out on the Bay, thanks again David!
I want to start by saying Royal is a cool guy. Communication via text was great prior to departure, he answered any question I had really quick. He was 15 minutes early and was quick to get us up to speed on the boat and in the water. We fished with 4 guys and the boat was perfect with plenty of room for all of us. The boat ran great and got really good gas mileage. The 200hp engine is plenty of power for this boat. It planed out fast and cuts threw the swell really nice. We ended up fishing the 277, 209, 14 and trolled most of the day and only used 43 gallons of fuel. The bait tank works great and kept our sardines alive the whole day. We called about and hour before we would be in and Royal was there to meet us and pull the boat in. Over all it was a smooth and easy process and great price too. Thanks again Royal!
I had a great sail with JD on Hatcatcher. My guest for the day had to cancel, so JD offered to crew, and it was a very good thing. It was my first sail on San Francisco Bay, and we had 20+ kts and 2-4 ft seas for most of the day. If JD offers to lend a hand, I would certainly take him up on it. He has great local knowledge of the tricky currents and winds in the Bay. He can also sail the boat singlehanded if needed. Hatcatcher is not a luxury yacht, but proved herself to be quite seaworthy. We were hitting over 7 kts on a broad reach, and higher when surfing the waves. We traveled 25 nautical miles over the course of the day, rounding Angel Island and Alcatraz. San Fran Bay is a stunning sailing venue, but not for the inexperienced sailor. You need to be able to handle the breeze and the waves.