Agile for sailing, small in size, but with a roomy cabin and deck, Sea Plus Plus will glade away in the Bay. Take her for a one day cruise, or experience her for a weekend, she will not let you down.
Sea Plus Plus (from the geeky C++ programming language), is a Hunter 25.5, the largest little cruiser you can find on this side of the Atlantic. It has all the amenities of its larger cousins, the speed of the best racers, and the maneuverability of the smoothest boats. She points well and takes off without any hick ups. And most importantly, she has character.
She boasts a small V-berth for two with a forward hatch, plus a double stern quarter berth for the non claustrophobic. in addition, the dinette seats 4 tightly and converts to double berth. She comes with a real and private head (loo, OK, toilette), not a port-a-potty, plus a two-burner alcohol stove, an icebox (I'll even throw in the ice for you), and a galley (kitchen) as well as a bath sink.
Instrument-wise, she comes with the basics you'll need for a day or weekend outing, from a depth/fish finder, to a tiller auto-pilot, a GPS and VHF Radio. It has sweet speakers in the cabin and cockpit, Stereo player/radio with aux input (to connect your phone), and electric plugs for your smartphones, all powered via a solar-charged battery (so as to feel closer to nature :-). And best of all, her design enables sailing solo, as winches, tiller and sheets are within reach in the cockpit. So individual zen-searchers are always welcome to charter her.
The brand new (and quiet) 8 HP Nissan Marine outboard engine with electric start will pull you out of trouble if need be and push you out of the marina with ease. Once in the open, either the mainsail and 110% Jib or the 155% Genoa for light winds and a stom jib for when it is 20+ knots, will do the trick.
If you're tight with your crew, there is no reason why 6 adults cannot share the night, but surely 4 won't get in the way. So take her for a day, or sail away for the weekend, as Sea Plus Plus will not let you down.
She is berthed at a small, family-owned and very quint marina in the Rhodes River. The bathroom facilities are superb, clean, and great to use before and after sailing. There is plenty of parking, and the drive to and from it is actually a joy in itself.
Before stealing Sea Plus Plus away from me however, all I ask is that we meet in person for a few minutes so we can go over any details of this neat 26 cruiser, get to know each other a little, and answer any questions you may have. After that, she's all yours.
List of features:
- Mainsail and 110% Jib in good condition
- 155% Genoa for light winds
- Stom jib for 20+ knots wind speeds
- 4-stroke, 8 HP NIssan Marine outboard with Electric and manual start (reliable)
- Raymarine ST1000+ AutoPilot (boat will sail itself for many hours)
- Depth/Fish Finder
- Speed Log
- Self-tailing winches
- Pressurized water
- Solar Panel for battery charging
- Marine Toilet (not a port-a-potty) with holding tank and Manual pump out.
- Two alcohol Burner Stove
- Dinette seats 4 and converts to double berth
- Polk audio cockpit speakers
- Stereo/radio player with Aux output (to connect your cell phone)
- Interior and running LED lights
- Electric bilge pump
- Two 12V marine batteries and 1200 amp power inverter
- Dinnerware, espresso maker, teapot, towels.
- Water-line Length (LWL) 22'1"
- Beam 9'
- Sail area 315
- Draft 4'6"
- Displacement 4500lbs
- Ballast 1800 lbs
- Mast height 34'3"
Q & A:
Q: What's in a name?
A: I work in high tech, and I am a total geek. Sea Plus Plus comes from the almost obsolete C++ Windows programming language. So now you know.
Q. OK, so what's the bathroom situation?
A. No worries, I can guarantee all will be good. There is a head, right by the v-berth. Not to be concerned, it is regularly pumped and cleaned. And no, there is no shower on board, although there is a small sink by your private quarters. However, there is a regular bathroom at the Marina open to my guests. In it, you can shower and, if you don't mind, go the loo there instead of on the boat.
Q: Is there Wi-Fi on board?
A: Are you serious? Of course not. Explorers relied on the moon and the stars for centuries, surely you can get by for a few hours or even days without the web. Besides, there is great cell phone reception on land and throughout the Bay.
Q: OK, you're on high-tech. Can you recommend any sailing apps?
A: I'm an open source kind of guy, so I use Android. I can only mention apps that work for me on my device. But hopefully this will get you started:
- SailDroid: small and robust speed log
- Windfinder: Wind forecasts and real-time wind speed
- Navionics Boating: (paid) Like G maps for boating
- Marine Ways: Free version of Navionics, but not as good (imho)
Q. What should I bring when I charter her?
A. Bring a great disposition and a smile :-) I will provide gas, towels (about three or four), and maybe even some ice. Make sure you sport comfortable, non-marking shoes (not sandals -- actually, it's better to be barefooted than wear sandals), sailing gloves, swimwear, suntan lotion, and plenty of drinks to keep hydrated.
Q. Should I be expected to clean the boat?
A. Well, kind of. I clean the boat regularly before sailing and guests anyway. However, just because I spend time doing the dirty work, doesn't mean that you can trash the little cruiser. In fact, I'd ask that when leaving, you take the garbage to the marina bins, and try to keep the galley and deck as clean as possible. I hope I'm not asking too much.
Q. Renting your boat sounds overwhelming. Can I handled it?
A. Sure you can, no worries. I will provide a smart phone-compatible detailed guide of the boat with everything you need to know about her. It will show you how to unlock the hatch, where are the sails, what to do when checking out of the dock. All you have to do is show me that you love her :-)
Q: What motivates you to share a sailboat?
A: I am a strong believer in the sharing economy. I manage six properties I own on Airbnb, a classic car on Turo, this Sailboat on Boatbound, and we dog seat on Rover. On average, American sail boat owners use their vessels 10.7 days a year. That means that for 354 days a sailboat seats idle at the dock. If you ask me, that's the perfect definition of an underutilized resource.
Q: But aren't you really doing this for the money?
A: Fair question, but no. My wife and I are two mid-life professionals currently employed in interesting companies. About 40% of the proceeds from Boatbound go straight back into improving the boat and hence the guest experience. Thanks to the extra cash, for example, I’ve been able to implement long-kept projects, such as solar panel installation, electrical system improvements, and constant sailing maintenance. The rest of the income goes into solving the cost of maintaining and upkeeping the boat, such as the slip rent, engine maintenance and insurance. OK, and maybe I splurge on a nice set of sailing gloves once in a while :-)
Rodrigo is a great guy and we had a lot of fun on Sea Plus Plus, the boat is well maintained and all the lines are simple and color coordinated. As far as the location, be careful of the sea of Crab traps right outside the river but otherwise easy in and easy out. Look forward to going out again!
The Sea Plus Plus was a great boat for a day out on the bay. Rodrigo was exceptionally helpful and quickly showed us around the boat and we were off. The Sea Plus Plus is not a new hull, but wears her age well with all running gear and motor in good condition. All lines and sails were in good condition, well organized and easily managed, Rodrigo is a pro in renting out his boat and has ample information available to make your rental a success. He obviously takes pride in the repair and upkeep of the boat which is great to see. An unexpected extra, I especially enjoyed the audio system with aux input for your phone which kept us entertained on a slow wind day.
Our day on the Bay in Sea Plus Plus was magical, & it didn't hurt that we had 15-20knot winds. And in the shelter of a bay we swam also. Rodrigo keeps C++ in fine condition, all equipment including electronics & safety gear in working condition, & she handled the winds well. We had no issues at all. Rodrigo was also very prompt & responsive to all our enquiries online & at our check-in. He even gave us extra tips on navigating the ever-shifting shoals of the Chesapeake & suggestions about docking at some local restaurants. We thought it a real bonus that his boat is docked at a quiet, charming marina in Edgemere, south of busy Annapolis, so no parking problems. We all agreed that we couldn't have had a better day on the water. We will certainly return!
Rodrigo was very easy to work with. The boat was clean.
We were only able to sail one out of three days due to bad weather, the boat handled very well .
The Sea Plus Plus was a good day sailor.
The Marina was about a 2 star, because of the bathroom facilities.
We had a truly wonderful day sailing Sea Plus Plus on the Chesapeake Bay. As Rodrigo says, she is a great little old lady; she handles both stiff breezes and light airs well, and tacks and gibes very responsively, so she is perfect for the area she is in. The outboard is more than enough to manage in and out of the marina and easy to use. Sails and rigging all good too; paper chart fine (although I have to say US charts are not to UK standard:)). And Rodrigo is a brilliant guy, introducing us personally to Sea Plus Plus, telling us about her and his sharing sailing philosophy with us. We're quite challenged for Joss, our own boat. Thank you so much, Rodrigo!
Rodrigo was great and very accommodating of my schedule when we made plans to meet at the boat. The boat sails well and is located in a marina that provides easy access to open water. Two state parks nearby. We anchored at one for a swim and lunch before sailing back. Overall, a great day. We'll be back!
We had a great time with Sea Plus Plus and Rodrigo was a great host and very thoughtful as he even brought some bed sheets since he knew we would spend the night on the boat.
We sailed 22.6 NM at an average of 2.6Kts (including an 1.5h anchorage). We had the opportunity to use all the sails, Genoa in the morning, Jib in the early afternoon, and the Storm Jib (with a reef in the main) as the conditions on the way back, in the mouth of the patpsco river, were a little rough. We had a 15kts sustained wind with 24kts gusts according to the anemometer on the Patapsco river buoy.
Sea Plus Plus is in great condition but I noticed a few things that I think should be fixed in order to improve its safety :
- The engine throttle does not work in a predictable way. Rodrigo showed us a trick to make it work but it makes the operation of the engine more stressful than it should be.
- We found the boat slower than it should be (under sails or engine), approximately half of its hull speed (~7kts)
- The mainsheet traveler track stop, port side (during starboard tacks), broke loose several times under sail during wind gusts. The spring of the holding pin is too weak/old.
Great time sailing on Sea Plus Plus. Rodrigo was very responsive and flexible. We setup a time to review the boat the night before and Rodrigo called in advance to let us know about a minor problem with the throttle and electric starter. We kept the reservation and had a great time sailing. The boat was in good condition and comfortable to sail. Thanks!
Sea Plus Plus is a good boat, and we had a good day. Unfortunately, the wind was no good. I should have checked the real marine weather forecast; weather.com promised steady light winds.
Rodrigo is very friendly and professional.
We rented in June; I made these suggestions to Rodrigo, and he has probably already addressed them:
A paper chart book is essential for rentals; the Bay can be tricky to navigate, and you can’t rely on electronics for things that are critical for safety.
The boat needs boat hook pole. Docking in significant wind without one would be difficult.
A nice extra touch: get a 12V-to-USB adapter so people can easily plug in a phone for charging;
likewise, an auxiliary cable would be handy to plug a phone or iPod into the boat’s stereo.
I hope to rent this boat again in the future!