Many years ago we put our first sailboat in charter to help pay for it.
When we signed up the boat, we were assured by the company that only true sailors were assigned the job of checking out prospective sailboat charterers, and only true power boat
operators were assigned to power boat
customers. Read on...
We were dissatisfied with the charter company's cleaning
crew, so we drove 100 miles round trip to do it ourself (while still paying for the crew) every timehe boat came back from a charter.
While talking to the previous charterers and the prospectives and keeping our ears open during the checkin procedure, our hair curled.
One prospective charterer was talking with the supposed learned charter company representative during the inventory list checklist.
(Charterer) "Whisker pole?"
(Representative) "Um, let's look around...
The charter customer looked all around the boat, in lockers and finally admitted he couldn't identify the whisker pole which was in plain sight with control lines on a mast
He and the charter guy finally agreed that a boat hook
in a locker was a whisker pole.
We decided to do our own charter company the next year.
The boat went out a lot less, we had total control over who used it, and we had more income