Oh, carp. I'm too busy for this... But what the heck.
We chartered an almost new Belize 43
from TMM. It had A/C - because my buddy wanted A/C:
A/C only worked in the salon
, or in the cabins. Not both. Too much draw for the generator
. What idiot designed this? We had college age kids
with us. They stay up, and sleep late. No workee. The A/C worked maybe 30% of the time.
There were no less than 21 thru hulls on this boat. There was seaweed. Therefore, the thruhulls got clogged ALL THE TIME. Holy carp, there were 6 or 8 strainers on this boat, all of which were last installed by a gorilla.
Bad info in our briefing caused us to run the wrong engine
for 2 days - which equals a lot of spoiled food
and warm beer
We were told we had a full tank of fuel
and that the gauge was wrong. No dipstick for the fuel. This resulted in us running out of fuel 2 days out - and no place to get fuel. TMM told us this had NEVER happened before. There was no way to actually check the fuel - I suggested they put a wooden dowel on each boat to dip the tank - they thought that a good idea.
We had LOTS of boat problems. Frankly, we went down to evaluate a cat for purchase
. As you can see from my avatar, it was a total disaster. The boat was SO poorly designed. MANY, many really bad points. Now, to be honest, many of these defects could be fixed. I just can't believe the boat was delivered with them:
Thruhulls had 90 degree fittings on them. WHY? They just clog easily. There was plenty of room for a straight shot, but some idiot decided to put a 90 on it.
The chain locker holds about 1000 feet of chain. But only 5 feet at a time. You have to STAND in the chain locker, and knock the pile of chain over as it builds up. Otherwise, it jams the windlass
As inviting as the trampolines LOOK, they are useless and uncomfortable.
seated 20, and danced another 15. But it was hot, no circulation, and only a view of where we went. Kind of like the 3rd seat in a 1965 stationwagon.
Frankly, TMM handled our problems poorly. Yes, they gave us a partial refund for the non-working A/C. But we left them knowing we would never charter from them again.
I could go on and on. We had more problems on this trip, than the 10 prior to it put together. Including an almost sinking of a Moorings boat in the BVI... TMM in the BVI is WAY different than TMM in Belize - in my opinion.