ED Magedson – Founder
Corsair Charters (Valdez)727 N.Waterfall Rd Valdez, Alaska USA
Corsair Charters (Valdez) AKA Dan Ureda Boat Charter - False Advertising Valdez Alaska
DON'T BE CONNED BY CORSAIR CHARTERS!!!!!!!
We chartered a "luxury yacht" from Corsair Charters/Dan Ureda in Valdez, Alaska for 8 days and what a mistake! The website and Mr. Ureda describe the Denali as "Alaska's premier bareboat charter company!" the "ultimate" experience aboard the vessel Denali with "the latest navigational technology" and stating the vessel is "especially well suited for the waters of (Prince William) Sound". What we got instead was the total opposite to what he described and promised.
We had been planning this trip beginning June 21, 2013 for over 6 months and obviously Mr. Ureda had MORE than enough time to insure the boat was in good shape with working gauges and in a SAFE condition for an 8-day barefoot charter. But instead, he sent us out on an 8 day bareboat charter WITHOUT WORKING FUEL OR WATER GUAGES -- without enough readily available life preserves and with a dingy and engine that were so old, ill fitted and in need of repair that the 3 of us nearly drowned.
Added to that was the fact that when we arrived on our "luxury" yacht - we found instead a 35 year old piece of filthy junk -- all of the wood work in total disrepair and with dingy, dirty carpets, staterooms and bedding ..... littered with garbage and with 2 sinks full of dirty dishes. The forward "stateroom" leaked water ON TOP OF THE BED and was so full of mold that it was inhabitable -- our guest who should have slept there had to sleep in the main salon. The "main stateroom" had a bed so small the two of us could barely fit (and we are NOT big people) and my husband kept falling out of bed because the vessel was so unbalanced. The "safety" rails around the boat were wobbly and unsteady. The steps leading to the upper decks were unsafe.
Once we saw this mess and realized we had been deceived, we would have returned home immediately had we not planned this vacation for over 6 months and had company flying in to join us -- not to mention that we had spent a LOT of $$ on air and had paid for the charter IN CASH (which Mr. Ureda insisted upon -- now we understand why!) Once underway we discovered that NOTHING in the main salon had been secured and that the boat ROLLED at a ridiculous level so that EVERYTHING in the salon fell down on top of us (toasters, microwave, dishes, cabinet drawers etc, etc - during just a mild sea crossing. And of course we were constantly worried that we would run out of fuel or water -- certainly not unwarranted since the gauges did not work!
This is but a very SMALL part of the problems we encountered and misrepresentations and false advertising put forth by Mr. Ureda for which he charged us $1,000 per day -- $8,000 total (and of course ALL in advance) ! We demanded a refund from Mr. Rureda when we returned to port and his only comment was that he really didn't care. Not a penny refunded - NOTHING. Do we feel scammed?? You bet we do. And add to that that he totally ruined what was supposed to be a joyous 30 year anniversary celebration. Our totally unhappy experience with Corsair Charters tells us ..... BUYER BEWARE!!!!
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 07/02/2013 08:26 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Corsair-Charters-Valdez/Valdez-Alaska-99686/Corsair-Charters-Valdez-AKA-Dan-Ureda-Boat-Charter-False-Advertising-Valdez-Alaska-1064021. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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