Originally Posted by Palarran
I don't, read the tag line for Serenity. And you actually think the purpose of asking this question is to align their expectations with others?
I do think its a double edge sword of a question, and her initial comments show that. But coming from someone else, I don't think anyone would question it so I figure its worth giving her a break and seeing the results.
I think there are some great answers here too and it seems many would not take a boat in poor condition and would also spend time going over it.
Someone did suggest renting
a boat should be like renting
a car, but I think its probably much more similiar to renting a plane. If I have a pilots license
and rent a plane, yeah I expect the plane to be in good (if not great) working condition. Certainly safe to fly. But I'd still go through the safety
check lists prior to taking off to make sure all systems work. Even commercial
pilots who are on planes that are maintained very well and even just flown hundreds if not thousands of miles go through these checks.
As Captain of a boat, its the same thing - checking things out and making sure all is well. I think what should always be expected is that if there is an issue, they will address it quickly.
For SweetSerenity, I'd highly recommend Moorings or Sunsail next charter. Lots of boats to choose from, likely a few spares (especially if you go in the low season again), and I think they have guarantees on time (I know for sure sunsail has a 4 hour guarantee). If they can't repair an issue in that timeframe, they'll give you a credit for a future trip. And there's a few owners on the forum who will be glad to sell you time for a good discount, making the price
similiar if not equal to 2nd tier companies.