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Yacht charter in Baltimore
Bali — Bali 4.1 O.V. (2019)

Alex
Offered by Alex
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Baltimore, United States
Alex
7 people
 · 4 cabins
 · 7 berths
 · 2 bathrooms
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Description of Alex's catamaran

Bali 4.1

Hello, Come discover this brand new 4.1 Bali Catamaran available in Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis. This boat from 2019 can accommodate up to 7 people and 7 overnight guests in 4 cabins. With your family or your friends, you will enjoy a full holiday at sea and appreciate all that the Chesapeake Bay has to offer! Not just a simple Bay, The Chesapeake Bay offers view and calm as nowhere else in the world! The Bay is located in the Mid-Atlantic region and is primarily separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the Delmarva Peninsula with its mouth located between Cape Henry and Cape Charles. It situates between a Northern portion in Maryland and a southern part in Virginia. Best season to go sailing is from the end of April until the beginning of November. All bookings made 180 days prior to departure have a 5% discount automatically added. Options: Adminstrative Fee: 38,46 EUR Dinghy (per day): 19,23 EUR Linens - Couple Replacement: 7,69 EUR Re-Booking Fee: 38,46 EUR Skipper (payable at base): 208,33 EUR Skipper -1/2 day (payable at base): 104,16 EUR Take the Sleep Aboard: 125,00 EUR Take the last day Sleep Aboard: 125,00 EUR MANDATORY EXTRAS Extras Boat Preparation Fee: 38,46 EUR Hull damage waiver (per day): 29,17 EUR Maryland Amusement Tax 5% Maryland State Tax 6% Boat damage deposit 1 250,00 EUR Security Insurance 1 250,00 EUR Please do not hesitate to contact us via Click and Boat if you have any other question!

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Thomas
Thomas
June 2020
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I would not go so far as to entitle this review Nightmare Yacht Charter. But it was certainly a Bad Dream Yacht Charter. There were a myriad of problems with the booking and with the boat itself. The main issues: 1. Too many middle men, with lack of communication between them 2. Shocking preparation of the boat and no inventory provided 3. Extreme rudeness and inefficiency of the manager at Dream Yacht Charters in Annapolis. That said, it was a great boat and a lovely trip, and a couple of the employees we encountered were friendly and professional. We wanted a comfortable catamaran for a five-day trip in the Chesapeake Bay for three passengers. We were delighted when a Google search returned a nearly new, air conditioned Bali 4.1 on Click&Boat, based in Baltimore Harbor which is right where we live. I had a few questions for ‘Alex’ who was listed as the owner. There seemed to be inconsistencies on the web site, and the info and photos were clearly cut and pasted from the Bali brochure and not about our boat specifically. When I tried to pay for the booking, the site rejected my Amex card. I arranged a bank transfer instead. I was then informed by Amex that my card had been charged anyway! It was too late to cancel the wire payment. Then ‘Alex’ suddenly went quiet. I read some Trustpilot reviews and discovered there is no Alex. I spent an anxious weekend thinking I’d been swindled not once, but twice. I even took my RIB around the entire harbor, and there was no Bali 4.1 to be found in any marina. And the web site still listed the boat as ‘available’ for the dates we had paid for! Increasingly Paranoid, I looked up Click&Boat on Wikipedia (should have done that beforehand!) Seems they are an established French company that wants to be seen as the AirBnB of yacht charters. But whereas AirBnB’s site works impeccably, and puts the renter directly in touch with the house owner, this site is clearly broken and of course there is no Alex—he’s a bot, or a fictional character. A new Click&Boat rep contacted me, Daniel. He was very slow to respond so I found my way to Emma, in the Paris office, who was more efficient. The Amex card was reimbursed, along with an overcharge for double extras that was an error Daniel made. Turns out Click&Boat just acts as a ‘broker’ and the charter was actually through Dream Yacht Charters down the road in Annapolis. My contract told me I could contact DYC a week before the charter. So, hoping to short-cut the time zone difference with France, I called the contact name given at DYC, Ben Marincowitz. I still had many questions about the boat; plus the info they had sent me was all about the Annapolis Base, not Baltimore. I reached Daniela, who denied there was anyone called Ben working for them. When I explained my problem and that I had booked through Click&Boat she became immediately became very prickly and told me DYC were only responsible during the charter itself. Then Daniela hung up on me! Literally mid-sentence. The next time I called DYC I reached a different rep who said he’d try to answer my specific questions. Was there a Code 0 sail? Was there a coffee machine? A ‘plaza’ grill? Cooking utensils? etc. In order to properly plan and provision, I needed a real inventory, not something copied from a brochure. He promised to call back with answers but never did. With two days to go I called again and left a voicemail that was never returned. On the morning of the charter, we were due to leave at noon. Still no specifics from DYC about who was going to meet us there. I called and reached the dreaded Daniela, who STILL declined to tell me who I was meeting. And the b*%$# hung up on me a second time! Unbelievable. Fortunately when I called back (now an hour before our supposed departure) I reached April, who told me to my great relief that our contact... *Ben Marincowitz*!…. was en route to us driving from Annapolis. Ben, I have to say, was very helpful and friendly. As we did our walkabout, Ben himself noted several issues with lack of preparation of the boat: (a) the starboard fuel pump refused to shut off, meaning that each time I used the engine through the trip I had to climb down into the cramped engine compartment and connect an electrical junction. (b) the fuel tank was half empty. (c) the boat deck was dirty and unrinsed, and there was a damp towel strewn behind the helm (d) one of the beds had been slept in or on! (d) There was a ‘plaza’ outdoor grill that turned to be out of Propane, and there was no spare bottle. (f) The Navionics chartplotter had no detailed map of the charter area. Given the shallow depths of the Chesapeake Bay this rendered it useless. Fortunately I had a detailed chart on my iPhone. The Bali 4.1 itself sailed very nicely. But during our trip I had to call Ben several times. The generator, needed to run the AC, was not firing up consistently from its battery, and would only start with the engines running. You’d expect this boat to have a list of info and troubleshooting tips about its systems, but no. Still, thanks to Ben we overcame most problems. Before returning the boat I refilled the fuel and water to capacity and pumped it out. I sent DYC the receipt, but they claimed the tank was full when it was delivered (despite Ben’s written note to the contrary on the contract!) and refused to reimburse me. The boat had been on a mooring near the DYC’s office for over a week, yet DYC had declined to fix the problems. And there was no inventory or manual/troubleshooting guide specific to the boat. Trying to communicate with Daniela the DYC manager resulted only with repeated slaps in the face. I am not a rude or awkward client. I have sailed all my life and chartered monohulls many times. I am an honest paying customer and didn’t deserve to be put under this sort of stress. I would certainly never charter with these two outfits again unless they apologize and give me some credit (and refund my gas money!)

Alex
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Alex
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Member since:
June 2017
Languages spoken:
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Location

Location of the catamaran: Baltimore, United States

Location of the catamaran: Baltimore

Features

Manufacturer: Bali
Model: Bali 4.1 O.v.
Year: 2019
Capacity: 7 people
Number of cabins: 4
Number of berths: 7
Number of bathrooms: 2
Length: 12.12m
Width: 6.86m
Draft: 1.16m
Engine: 80hp
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Cancellation conditions: Custom
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Amount of security deposit: 1,250€
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Schedule for check-in: 05:00
Schedule for check-out: 08:30
Fuel included in price: No
Minimum rental age: 18 years old
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