“Retired Healthcare Professional who was born two hundred years too late. Would have enjoyed sailing with Lord Nelson or a pirate or two. Am an avid sailor and reader of historical books while enjoying a glass of wine or single malt scotch.”
Aboard since 2015
From Tacoma, WA
Thank you David for allowing us to rent Full Tilt. You are a gracious host. You were very patient and fantastic to work with. Your communication and advice to us was spot on and much appreciated. We had a wonderful time and hope to be back again soon.
Excellent hosts gave us a tour of the boat, answered all of our questions, and sent us on our way. Full Tilt had everything we needed for a day sail. We sailed to Gig Harbor, grabbed a slip to hop onto land for a couple of hours, and then sailed back to the marina in Tacoma. The boat was fun to sail and we were able to give our kids their first true sailing experience.
David and his wife are extremely pleasant and accommodating owners, and they were completely helpful in explaining the details of the boat and making suggestions as to where to go within Puget Sound. Full Tilt is a terrific boat- designed as a racer, she's quick and responsive, and very stable. We got caught in a nasty squall, with hail, and she handled it easily. The boat is well maintained, and very well equipped with things like foul weather gear, gloves and charts. I am really looking forward to taking her on a longer journey.
We had a great time. David met us, thoroughly briefed us on the boat, and got us underway. He's also got plenty of good recommendations and local knowledge to share. Full Tilt is in good working order, and a pleasure to sail. Slip communicates almost directly to the harbor, so we were sails up and motor off just minutes after departing.
We took Full Tilt out for a day of sailing on the sound. David was helpful and attentive. The boat was well rigged with sails in good shape. We did have a problem with the depth sounder and knot meter intermittently not functioning - this was the first time David had heard of this and he's going to look into it. But with our own GPS and the onboard charts that didn't really matter. We really enjoyed the day - and you won't find a better deal on sailboat charter for a boat this size.
We had a wonderful time on FULL TILT! She's a comfortable boat, which handled our family of 6 quite well with her broad beam and flexible berthing arrangements. She's relatively easy to handle for her size, with all the necessary lines led to the cockpit and well laid out. Comfortable sailing in Puget Sound weather, and fast if you're able to take advantage of her natural capabilities.. Plenty of adventures within easy reach of your starting point near Browns Point. And David is a super host who took the time to acquaint us with the boat's features and made sure we had everything we needed. Strongly recommend if you are a sailor and want a great experience on the water!
David was extremely helpful throughout the entire booking process. We spoke on the phone after booking to better understand his boat and what previsions to plan for. He also brought on a spare cooler and fuel for our 4 day charter!
Full Tilt handles extremely well in low wind! For long distances under power, be prepared for small engine to max the speed at about 4 knots.
Being a thin boat, you can easily manouver Full Tilt in any tight spot.
Thank you David!
We think we were the first renters this this 2017 season the first week of May and some things were not ready. Dave was very helpful rectifying this and in all aspects of the rental plus his hospitality goes beyond firsts.
The boat is old which we knew but she lacked certain things expected on a boat especially when renting multiple days.
We were very bothered by the musty/mildew smell in the boat and as we didn't have perfect weather (rain) weren't able to air it out.
The stated equipment in the listing wasn't all there and as a Certified Vessel Examiner I would have written up a couple of points. It is still beyond my understanding that there was no electric bilge pump on a keel boat this size.
All that put aside, the sailboat was in working order and we got some nice sailing in for the couple of days we rented her. She is a very balanced S/V and very easy to handle especially for a 2 man crew. The engine worked as needed and the sails (main & genoa) and sheets worked fine.
I would recommend this vessel to anybody especially with the way the owners go out of their way to make the rental as pleasurably as can be.
Great experience overall. David is very helpful - he goes through the various items about the boat in sufficient detail. He made the check-in and out process simple and smooth by being at the dock at the agreed-upon times. The boat itself is well kept and easy to operate. You'll get used to it's maneuvering capabilities in no time at all. Had no issues with the sails. It does have interesting backstays, but those are hardly a problem. Hope to take Full Tilt out again!
We had such a terrific time aboard Full Tilt on a Friday trip that we were back for more the next Monday. She is fast, agile and a joy to sail. David clearly takes great care of her and does the same for his clients. He is a real nice guy and was great at letting us know about the boat and her systems. We're looking forward to many more days on Full Tilt.
David is a super nice guy and very helpful and accommodating. We met a couple days early during the week and he gave an overview of the boat, systems, and emergency equipment. And this is a very nice racer with lots of sail area and very beamy. We had a wonderful day from 10am to dusk sailing the Puget Sound. Even after we forgot to hook back up the shore power he was very forgiving. Thanks David for a beautiful day for my family.
David's boat sure is a pleasure to sail when we had around 3 hours of good wind in the passage. The boat has a wide deck that I feel comfortably sleep on the side. All the riggings are easy to handle although I wasn't familiar with the running stays.
More importantly David is a super nice person to work with. He took care of us before and after sail and communicate with us promptly like no others could do. Thanks for making my family and friends enjoy a great day on water.
David was incredibly nice and the boat was in excellent functional condition, clean, and sailed well. Clearly David cares a great deal about his boat, but he also clearly wanted to make sure we were well taken care of. To that end David spent over an hour going through everything with us before we embarked on a multi-day cruise. Most everything is intuitive and standard. The boat does have running backstays that require a bit more attention than usual, but otherwise things were easy. We definitely hope to rent Full Tilt again, especially since David is just so darn wonderful to interact with!