Dixon was very accommodating when we were looking for a last-minute rental. We spoke on the phone and he approved the rental on a Friday afternoon (for departure the following morning), despite being out of town. We had a great time on taking my in-laws out for a daysail around the central Chesapeake. Dixon's boat, VASA, is built for cruising with an inboard diesel engine, standard head, bunks for 4 or 5 people, stove, etc. But at 28 feet, it's about as small as cruisers get, and it uses tiller steering which you don't usually see on cruising boats. So you want to be comfortable with a tiller to rent with Dixon. For our daysail with 4 adults, the size of the cabin was not a problem, but it would probably feel a bit crunched trying to actually sleep 4 adults for several days. VASA is an older boat which shows her age a bit. She is perfectly seaworthy and sails well, but does not have all the modern amenities that you may be used to (eg, the winches are not self-tailing, there's no stereo, barbecue, GPS/chartplotter, knotmeter). There is a depth meter, which is essential for Chesapeake sailing. And the price is very reasonable. In sum, if you're enthusiastic about an old-school sailing adventure at an affordable price, VASA may be a good choice for you.
We had a great day out on the water with Manny- very professional and fun to be around.
Great day on the water with Brendon's 24 Chaparral. Well equipped ski boat with plenty of room for friends and family for a day on the Severn River. Boat is as advertised in good running order.