Response from Elaine:
I give them an A+ for at least trying a different adventure but caution everyone to remember that A boat is a boat is a boat. She's right, the boat does not lock up and we ask that you keep any valuables in the trunk of your car. It's a boat. I might leave my valuables on the boat but then I am taking my own risk and we don't want to be responsible for other belongings even if the boat did lock up. Perhaps I could create some sort of locked up area for valuables on the boat but I guess from now on we will make sure to let non-boaters know that it is standard that Marina Security is ALWAYS making rounds on the docks to make sure that everyone is safe including the boats. That's their jobs to check boat lines and water lines to make sure that any possible incidents such as a stuck bilge pump doesn't cause a boat to sink and it's noticed before there is a real problem. Security also makes sure that sea lions aren't making their home on someone's boat or on the dock next to a boat so expect to see security but they aren't looking at YOU. We are always allowed to host people on our boats. We pay for that and can invite anyone we want to stay on our boats at any time. The only reason that we don't want everyone bringing more attention to the boat by saying oh we're staying over there as we do want to protect the privacy of our guests and the security of any of their belongings.
The boat is always cleaned in between stays and unlike a house with a lockbox we have to pay someone to meet and greet the guests and show them the boat ropes. It's way more time intensive than a traditional airbnb. Do you know that a boat has to be painted with special bottom paint that costs $200/gal? or that a pint of Topside Boat Paint is $60? Boaters will tell you that $350 for an a marina experience is inexpensive compared to what it takes to keep a boat up and in a marina 24/7 but a boating experience is just that. You can go find a cheapie motel for $60 plus tax but I guarantee you the boat would be cleaner than those and the boat is much closer to Fisherman's Wharf and the Beach. Nearby hotels would have charged at least $149 per night and they wouldn't give you a real glimpse of what it's like to live in a Marina on the ocean. or have the beach and Fisherman's Wharf at your fingertips. Before booking this: Please remember that this is an authentic fishing junk brought over on a barge from Hong Kong. We keep upgrading it but are committed to keeping it authentic. Make sure this is for you before booking. This reviewer got married 9 mos ago so I guess it was part of a belated honeymoon and while many think the boat is romantic when some people think of PICNIC they only see ants and sunburn while others see fun and great food. My mother always said: You can aim to please everyone but you won't be able to. This boat is like camping but on the water and we do say that in my description.