“1969 as a teenager in Sea Scouts in Seattle, Washington, I learned to operate a 52 foot Navy liberty launch upon which we had built a conventional superstructure with traditional bridge, navigation station, etc. Propulsion was a GMC 671 diesel which was operated by a separate crew member based on instructions from the bridge. We also sailed a wide range of sailboats from dinghies to large yachts. 1972-1993 Sailed a variety of yachts from dinghies to 40' recreationally. 1993-present: formed and/or led four Sea Scout groups in San Francisco and Marin County. Operated Sailboats from dinghies to 60' and powerboats from small launches to 50', single and twin screw. Received Captain's license in 1994, renewed in 1998, currently licensed for 200 tons Inland, 100 tons near coastal, auxiliary sail, towing assistance and SCTW Safety Training endorsements. Certified U.S. Keelboat Sailing Instructor to Bareboat Cruising, Coastal Navigation levels, Certified ASA Instructor to Basic Keelboat (201) level. Member, Marin Power Squadron.”
Aboard since 2013
From San Francisco, CA
This review is 10 months late but I owe Nick this for helping me put together the best party of my life.
I went out to the Bay with 15 other friends in Journey last year for my birthday. The boat is spacious for the group and the experience was amazing, way beyond what I imagined. Nick is responsive, knowledgeable and accommodating.
The only thing I didn't coordinate with Nick was audio requirements, but the experience was amazing even without music.
I will definitely do this again!
Nice guy, at first.
Boat was super dirty. Dusty and filthy. We spent over an hour cleaning it when my girlfriends clothing became black simply because they sat down.
The speed gauge didn't work. The trim gauges (both of them) didn't work. One of the fridges, smelling like compost, also didn't work.
The dust cloud that came off the interior cushions was beyond disgusting.
In short: a boat that is industrially churned through $1000 / day. Sad.
We refilled the fuel as requested, and I sent captain nick a photo.
Two days later, he is quibbling over an additional quarter tank of fuel he claims I somehow used. He also blamed a clapped fender on me--there are several fenders that are collapsed.
All in all, we had an ok time.. We found ways to make due with what we got (far less than advertised). Made worse by captain nicks follow up and demands for things that we are not responsible.
Future renters be ware.
Capt Nick is a great owner, and really pleasant to work with! Would definitely recommend him to any other Boatbound renters!
Upon our arrival, he gave us a comprehensive and thorough review of the boat, it's current state, things to be aware of, along with a printed checklist for each of the main functions of the boat, for our use during the trip.
Capt Nick also advised me on the operations of the boat, and had me do a test drive, pulling out of the slip and then docking again. These measures really made me feel comfortable taking out his boat, and created a solid baseline for his expectations about the boat's use and how it should be returned.
I should note, fuel costs were not included in the daily rate and a clear estimate of fuel costs was not provided prior to the charter. Fuel costs for 5.5 hours on the SF Bay with Journey totaled to almost half of the cost of the daily rate. Capt Nick was flexible accepting my reimbursement for the fuel costs and even provided a copy of the fill-up receipt from the fuel dock.
Overall, a great afternoon with friends aboard Journey, and exceptional service from a great boat owner! So happy that Boatbound is providing this marketplace for boat-owners and non-boat owners to connect. Makes my weekends even more exciting to look forward to!