“I am a professional sailor and sailing instructor with over thirty years sailing on SF Bay (and elsewhere). I would love to show you some of the best sailing in the world aboard my comfortable 34' sloop.”
Aboard since 2014
From Alameda, CA
Choices is a lovely day sailer and Doug is a thorough host. He took the time to go over all the systems. One note is to make sure the bilge is dry. It is only a couple inches deep and when the boat heels water can potentially sneak over the floorboards. No need for alarm, she is a sturdy and able sailor.
Choices was an excellent sailboat well suited to sailing San Francisco Bay - sporty, beefy, and fast all at the same time. Choices has been optimized for day sails and races. If you think you might reef, which is common on the Bay, you might ask if the reefing line has been updated and tested (I noted to Doug that the current system suffices, though it prevents the clew being hauled fully down and out). Doug is a busy man but is jovial and will give helpful advice for planning your sail and navigating the Bay. In our case, Doug was generous enough to let us take the boat out for several days in a row. Doug noted to us that the boat is usually only taken out for day sails, so it must be taken with a grain of salt that our cruise could have been better if he had been straightforward about a pre-existing leak in the black water system, returned with the propane tank he'd taken to refill, and included a charger with the handheld radio he provided after we found that the main radio worked only intermittently. Overall, we had a fantastic trip after pumping out the black water tank and obtaining a small stove in Sausalito. Potentially a capable and comfortable boat, Choices is worth your consideration.
Enjoyed the boat very much, it was all that was advertised, and we had a wonderful day on the Bay. We had 6 big-sized adults on the boat and there was plenty of room. The boat was fun to sail, and performed very well when the wind picked-up in the late afternoon.