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Old 23-07-2010, 11:57   #16
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[QUOTE=joebigsky;490146]Amazing! I just received a call from Larry, the owner of Island Charters in Sidney, BC, informing me that after doing some research he found that the previous charter was responsible for the damage, and that the diver had not informed him of the keel damage prior to my charter. QUOTE]

Yeh, well that's waht he's saying now. I had a similar experience when hiring a car some years ago. They found damage that I knew I hadn't done. The hire fee was about $75. The damage deduction from my credit card was $500. When I traced the paperwork through to the franchisor we found that each of the previous 3 hiriers was also charged for the same damage. Obviously a profitable scam. But what are you going to do on a boat - take a dive on it before you hire it ?


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Old 23-07-2010, 12:37   #17
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Originally Posted by Solosailor View Post
... I once booked a charter boat ...
And you didn't show up.
That's why they ask for a deposit.
Glad it worked out for your wife.

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My gut says more likely to try a stroke (not saying this was the case here!) on someone without insurance to cover - as otherwise they are dealing with insurance companies who a) have heard it all before and b) have bigger lawyers with unlimited budgets to argue with the Charter Company ("Looks like wear & tear - we don't care what your diver thinks he saw last week, no out of water inspection by 12 surveyors. and their Mums means we don't beleive you - see you in court")...........and besides, Charter Company don't want the premiums that Customers pay for their boats to rocket.

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Old 15-11-2015, 20:41   #19
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Re: Bad Experience in Sidney, BC

I would not trust island cruisng. I have had many issues with this company and especially the owner. I would recommend using another company at all cost.
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Old 16-11-2015, 10:02   #20
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Re: Bad Experience in Sidney, BC

As a previous charterer, and at one time allowing my boat to be chartered I can say that I have never been ripped off by a charter company, yet I have had charterers do crazy things to my boat, including painting things, blowing auxiliary engines, and rewiring the electronics for their own pleasure!
Charter industry- research your company carefully, and ask for referrences.
Charter your own boat- don't do it, It cost me thousands, and we are still finding things 5 years later that were "improved".

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