“Born in a landlocked city in northern Mexico, I am now trying to make up time out of the water. I went to school in the Bay Area (Stanford), where my interest in sailing was born. I'm now a high-tech entrepreneur who loves a challenge and takes great pleasure working on my small boat. Please note: I own two wonderful vessels: a 26 ft cruiser named "Sea Plus Plus." and a classic 38 "Offshore" sloop named "Hetty B." I am NOT a sailing expert, but rather someone who is enjoying learning the intricacies of this lifestyle, and also willing to share what little I know so that others pick up the activity. ”
Aboard since 2016
From Bethesda, MD
We had a great time renting Hetty B for a summertime weekend cruise to Rock Hall. The boat is a beauty inside and out. Rodrigo has maintained the classic appeal of this Cheoy Lee while modernizing it with plenty of creature comforts like AC, a microwave, and state of the art electronics. We found the boat to be very comfortable, clean, clutter-free and charming. Rodrigo himself was a pleasure to work with -- he's friendly, flexible, and patient, and I look forward to renting from him again.
Our experience with Rodrigo was great. He took very good care of us and made sure our day aboard his charming boat was extraordinary. Even though our booking was last minute, he arranged everything and was very responsive to all our questions and needs...including, arranging our captain. Captain Rob was fantastic and made the trip an experience to remember for our family including our dog Gracie...we appreciated all the 101 on sailing and sharing his expertise with us. We will definitely be back
Great day sail experience on the 38' Hetty B. The boat is very well maintained, with upgraded equipment, and she handles quite well under sail. Rodrigo was an excellent host; friendly, informative, and helpful. I would charter this boat again.
This was the first time we used Boatsetter, having sold our boat years ago when starting a family. Rodrigo was great...responsive, patient, and accommodating as we got back on the water. His boat is kept in excellent condition and he helped us get acquainted with everything we needed to know with skill and humor. He was similarly warm and accommodating to our now young children. I highly recommend.
Rodrigo was outstanding and went out of his way to accommodate several special requests that we had in order to make our experience memorable.
The Sea Plus Plus was well maintained, and I appreciated the care that he has obviously put into upkeep and replacing equipment in order to keep everything functional. When we arrived, it appeared that the previous charterers had not cleaned up very well. Rodrigo was very apologetic and worked quickly to get everything squared away for our trip. I can't say enough about how much he cared about the boat and our having a great experience.
We sailed from the Sea Plus Plus' home marina across the Bay to St. Michaels. The boat handled very well, and we were able to make the trip in approx. 6.5 hours. We would definitely look to charter the Sea Plus Plus again in the future!
Sea Plus Plus was a great boat to take out and very easy to get used to. Every thing was clearly labeled/placed to ensure quick familiarization which was very much appreciated. Rodrigo was very helpful and quick to communicate.
The marina is easy to find, friendly and quiet. Very easy slip access and in/out manoeuvering was easy as well!
I will definitely be back and would recomend Sea Plus Plus.
Everything was perfect. The boat is very well kept for its age. Rodrigo explained everything I had to know before leaving and he has a list of things to do when returning the boat, which I find helpful so I didn't forget anything.
There is a shower in the Marina, which was very nice to use after a quite warm day in the sun.
Sea Plus Plus was great and Rodrigo was very responsive. The boat was exactly as listed, an older 25.5 footer that was perfect for our day sail in the Chesapeake Bay.
Rodrigo was very flexible and had a great smartphone app that listed all of the details surrounding the rental!!
Rodrigo is a great guy and we had a lot of fun on Sea Plus Plus, the boat is well maintained and all the lines are simple and color coordinated. As far as the location, be careful of the sea of Crab traps right outside the river but otherwise easy in and easy out. Look forward to going out again!
The Sea Plus Plus was a great boat for a day out on the bay. Rodrigo was exceptionally helpful and quickly showed us around the boat and we were off. The Sea Plus Plus is not a new hull, but wears her age well with all running gear and motor in good condition. All lines and sails were in good condition, well organized and easily managed, Rodrigo is a pro in renting out his boat and has ample information available to make your rental a success. He obviously takes pride in the repair and upkeep of the boat which is great to see. An unexpected extra, I especially enjoyed the audio system with aux input for your phone which kept us entertained on a slow wind day.
Our day on the Bay in Sea Plus Plus was magical, & it didn't hurt that we had 15-20knot winds. And in the shelter of a bay we swam also. Rodrigo keeps C++ in fine condition, all equipment including electronics & safety gear in working condition, & she handled the winds well. We had no issues at all. Rodrigo was also very prompt & responsive to all our enquiries online & at our check-in. He even gave us extra tips on navigating the ever-shifting shoals of the Chesapeake & suggestions about docking at some local restaurants. We thought it a real bonus that his boat is docked at a quiet, charming marina in Edgemere, south of busy Annapolis, so no parking problems. We all agreed that we couldn't have had a better day on the water. We will certainly return!
Rodrigo was very easy to work with. The boat was clean.
We were only able to sail one out of three days due to bad weather, the boat handled very well .
The Sea Plus Plus was a good day sailor.
The Marina was about a 2 star, because of the bathroom facilities.
We had a truly wonderful day sailing Sea Plus Plus on the Chesapeake Bay. As Rodrigo says, she is a great little old lady; she handles both stiff breezes and light airs well, and tacks and gibes very responsively, so she is perfect for the area she is in. The outboard is more than enough to manage in and out of the marina and easy to use. Sails and rigging all good too; paper chart fine (although I have to say US charts are not to UK standard:)). And Rodrigo is a brilliant guy, introducing us personally to Sea Plus Plus, telling us about her and his sharing sailing philosophy with us. We're quite challenged for Joss, our own boat. Thank you so much, Rodrigo!
Rodrigo was great and very accommodating of my schedule when we made plans to meet at the boat. The boat sails well and is located in a marina that provides easy access to open water. Two state parks nearby. We anchored at one for a swim and lunch before sailing back. Overall, a great day. We'll be back!
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.
Great time sailing on Sea Plus Plus. Rodrigo was very responsive and flexible. We setup a time to review the boat the night before and Rodrigo called in advance to let us know about a minor problem with the throttle and electric starter. We kept the reservation and had a great time sailing. The boat was in good condition and comfortable to sail. Thanks!
Sea Plus Plus is a good boat, and we had a good day. Unfortunately, the wind was no good. I should have checked the real marine weather forecast; weather.com promised steady light winds.
Rodrigo is very friendly and professional.
We rented in June; I made these suggestions to Rodrigo, and he has probably already addressed them:
A paper chart book is essential for rentals; the Bay can be tricky to navigate, and you can’t rely on electronics for things that are critical for safety.
The boat needs boat hook pole. Docking in significant wind without one would be difficult.
A nice extra touch: get a 12V-to-USB adapter so people can easily plug in a phone for charging;
likewise, an auxiliary cable would be handy to plug a phone or iPod into the boat’s stereo.
I hope to rent this boat again in the future!