I really wanted to be able to write a review of this service, but the cruise we had booked did not occur. I called on Monday to ask about availability later in the week. Capt. Gurley joked that I hadn't given him much time, but he had some time Thursday morning at nine for a three hour cruise. I was excited because, living in Colorado, I had wanted to give my kids to experience monohull sailing on the Gulf, like I had done as a child. Capt. Gurley said he needed my credit card to hold the spot, so I gave it to him, and said we'd see him Thursday morning. He seemed professional, asking that I be on time and that everyone wear the right kind of shoes.
We showed up at the Tween Waters dock and no one was there. After waiting 10 minutes, I went to the marina shop and called the number on the brochure there -- I had not brought my phone. When he answered, Capt. Gurley seemed surprised that I was calling, saying that someone had cancelled the trip. Now, the only one who could have cancelled was me, and I didn't, so I don't know what to think of his constant reiteration that someone had cancelled. Maybe it was a later client. To his credit, he did apologize and say he could be there in 45 minutes or so, but at that point we'd be leaving at 10, and because we had made other plans for the afternoon, it did not give us much time to spend on the water. After talking for a few more minutes -- and after I said I just wanted to cancel, he cut off the conversation. Luckily for me, my wife and kids were okay with another day at the beach, but I was bummed because it had been on the things I had really wanted to do on this trip.
One more thing -- while the boat is a Pearson 40 -- it looks like good condition, it's also weathered. I obviously didn't go out on it, but looking from the dock, it had seen some miles. Not a big thing, but something to be aware of if you're looking for a more traditional charter experience.
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