As of 9/27/12 no charter will be booked without a deposit, here is how it works.
A $100 deposit will be required to reserve your time frame.
under 48 hour booking $200 deposit for your time frame
Under 36 hours, paid in full upfront.
if Capt Tim cancelles due to weather,you will recieve a full refund of deposited monies.
if Capt Tim is unable to make your set time he will have another captain for you or refund your deposit
.(the above will not happen unless an emergency, I have only missed one charter in my career, the day my father in law passed away)
This is for your protection as well as Capt. Tim's, This is Capt Tim's full time vocation!
in preperation of your charter:
there is reasearch time involved, checking tides, weather, and moon phases.
There is money spent on ice, fuel, water, bait, live or artificial
Boats to be cleaned, batteries to be charged, rods to be rigged, reels checked , rods checked.
The prep time is usually over an hour , easily,
clean up time after your day on the water is around 1 to 2 hours. (this does not include drive time)
Yes, this is a fun job, and I generally enjoy every minute , but to not show up or give a last minute call to cancel takes food off my table and I lose a days pay, think how you would feel if your boss cancelled you without pay, without notice! What would it do to your finances if this happend 2 or 3 times in a 2 week span, it affects Capt Tim the same way, I apologize if this sounds blunt, but I will not be duped again! Everytime it was a friend of a friend, or a last minute call for a charter!
If a deposit is not made, Capt Tim will not be at the ramp