I couldn't have asked for a better first time renter. From the initial exchange of emails, Bill was friendly and responsive. I felt good renting to a fellow boat owner - especially one who is also listing on Boatbound. He demonstrated his knowledge and comfort during our initial walk-through of the boat and asked good questions. I was impressed that he texted me a few times during the rental with updates and to let me know things were going well. He even gave me some helpful feedback to suggest a specific RPM speed to future renters to make sure they don't damage the engine. He and Mari had a great sail, were back on the dock when they said they would be, left the boat clean and helped me clean up lines, sail cover, etc. We even took a few minutes to share a beer, discuss the rental and share stories before they departed to enjoy dinner in downtown St. Petersburg. I look forward to renting to Bill in the future - and hopefully sailing with him as well. I would highly recommend his skill, knowledge and friendliness to other boat owners considering renting to him.
My family and I had a perfect day out on the boat with John. A few notes: 1) The boat is amazing--pristine, like new, great speakers, etc. 2) John is very knowledgable about the area and helped us develop a great itinerary for the afternoon, including a tour around Shelter Island and stops in Greenport and the Pridwin. This was a unique trip compared to most boat charters, which make no stops and simply sail around the bays. 3) John knows his stuff--he has taken boating safety courses, grew up with boats, etc. We had two pregnant ladies on board and felt extremely safe and at ease throughout. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, John is great company! Great guy, very courteous. We enjoyed hanging out with him. A great experience that we hope to repeat next summer.
What a great experience. The boat is great and more importantly Greg is a terrific to work with. We were planning to take the boat out on Saturday but weather suggested we switch to Sunday. Greg was accommodating, thoughtful and it is clear he has put some time into the boat. Everything we needed for a great sail on the bay was there and we could not have asked for more. His Hunter 30T "Winston" is a great daysail / coastal cruiser anyone can handle. She sails well in a breeze - we were in a fresh 15+ and my novice driver handled her with ease. I have heard about BB and the reputation of making new friends, we made a great new friend and we look forward to sailing with Greg and Winston again.
I wanted to rent a boat at the last minute and Mike was above and beyond accommodating. He was extraordinarily welcoming and went out of his way for us. I will definitely be renting from Mike again. As for the vessel, I highly recommend this boat whether you're going out for the day with friends or having a family outing. Everything worked properly and Mike has taken great care of it. I hope everyone enjoys this boat as much as we did. Thanks again Mike!