Frustrating isn't it but the Boat charter business is full of this nonsense.
How do you think these guys would have handled paying for any damage that could have been caused if the boats had gone on the charter?
I would never rent out my boat bareboat again I've done it twicw and bioth times it came back damaged...........big problem if you use it to earn a living, same thig eaxh time the throttle had been snaooed clean off.
There are a lot of flakey people out there, it's also very easy on a Forum to big yourself up and get a few mates to say how fab you are, but some companies are operating without much substance and a few are working other peoples boats. Not a problem until you need 10 k off them to pay for a new outboard and theyv'e only got ten bob. How does your insurance stand with your leg being ripped off on a rock whilst on bareboat charter?
If I needed. to have a working relationship with another Boat charterer I'd be very choosy who I jumped into bed with and I'd have agreed T's and C's .
A good way of avoiding having your time wasted is to tell the person you want an email enquiry setting out their requirements and stating that they to you charging 30 quid an hour for admin if the deal doesn't come off,
I'n the past I have lent boats to two of the more established instructors on this forum one bent my prop the other overheated my 2 strioke to seizure. Not a good result for helping someone out So I wouldn't do it again.
The other point is when you rent out your boat bareboat you can bet your arse that it's going to be redlined!
Can I have one guess as to who it was
From what you are saying you have a decent turnover I wouldn't risk it going bareboat