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North South Vacation — Terrible Charter Choice


April 2007 British Virgin Island – Charter Sailboat Vacation

Beneteau 38

We were extremely unhappy with North South Vacations because they chartered us a 1990 Beneteau 38 (a 17 year old sailboat). Here is a list of some of the problems and pictures to support our complaints. The cockpit floor did not have much if any anti-slip surface left after 17 years (pictures). The cabin floor of the boat was rotten, soft and delaminating in places (see pictures). The engine ran very rough and vibrated at higher RPMs. The water system pump was broken when we boarded, it had to be repaired before leaving port. There was a very healthy population of bugs on the boat (small cockroaches and others), so we had to purchase a can of Raid to feel comfortable on board. The cabin cushions were covered in vinyl, not what we expected on a 38 foot sailboat charter in the BVI (see picture). Two of the hatches leaked. The only navigation instrument did not work completely and the face of it was cracked (the knot meter also did not work and there was no wind speed indicator, only the depth sounder worked) (see Pictures). The woodwork and hardware throughout the boat was in rough shape and in the aft berth it had been burned at one point in the boat’s history (see pictures). The main sail reefing lines were not run correctly (i.e. reef line one was connected to the second reefing point thus not long enough to put up the mainsail). The sound system speaker covers were rusty. (see picture). The through-hull fittings leaked and we needed to run the bilge pumps three times per day; I was concerned that the boat might sink overnight while at the mooring. Also, both heads leaked and even after pumping them dry they would fill back up with sea water (also a concern for sinking). The roller furling jib system needed to be lubricated, as did the mainsail track (very hard to pull in the jib and raise the main).

After our vacation, this past Spring, we tried to negotiate to get some financial relief from the owner of North South Vacations. He simply did not take any responsibility for his company chartering us a 17-year old boat in unsafe and poor condition. I have chartered in the British Virgin Islands on several other occasions in the past from very reputable charter companies (Horizon, Sunsail, etc) and would STRONGLY recommend that you not charter from North South Vacations. It is worth noting that when I contacted one of the respected international sailboat chartering associations to complain about my problems with North South…..they did not seem surprised and I was told that they had heard other complaints about North South in the past.

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