It was at Able Point Marina and some time back now, but I remember when I enquired about cats, they said they didn't hire them. Then of course when we get there, sure there where plenty of cats. Turns out the business was in hand over stage and the out going owner John Bates wanted one more hire of his piece of **** "Tusitalia".
It was a Catalina 36
from memory and just plainly bad.Nothing worked properly as it was on its last legs. The final straw came when we berthed at Hamilton Is and a 46 Hunter
berthed along side. When some 10 people emerged from the hull
of this magnificent yacht, I enquired into things like showers, heads, cooking
and even steering
and not to mention the $5 a night less cost than our SS Minow.
That's when I spat it and told them I was coming in If I can get there.
They begrudgingly refunded the remainder of our holiday even though we had spent 3 horrible days on the wreck.
I will not mention the charter
company at Able point marina as they have probably changed hands by now anyway, but it has left a more than lasting impression on my wife and now grown up kids
which I battle with everytime I mention sailing.
John Bates, one day mate!