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.
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.
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!