About 5-6 years ago I rented a fishing boat from Alum Creek marina and had a bad experience. Never been back since....sorry this is long.
Took my dad out for father's day weekend, got there at 6am, rented one of their fishing boats and off we went. Ran straight out across from the marina and started fishing. (Noticed the boat seemed to run slow - even though me and my dad are big guys.) Anyway, just got the trolling motor down and noticed the battery was dead. Ran back across, and the kid working the docks for the rental place said the boat had been out all night and he didn't have time to charge the battery. So I asked him could he just swap out the battery? He said "fine" although I think he was a little annoyed at having to swap out batteries for some reason. Got that problem resolved, and then headed back across the lake to our spot. Everything O.K. as far as I knew - still seemed the boat was running slow.
Anyway, had a great day caught several 'eyes and crappie to take home for dinner. Actually, only fished 1 spot the whole day cause it was a weed bed that seemed to draw in the fish. About 1:00pm we headed back in and got everything unloaded and started packing stuff out to the car. Finished up and headed up to the office to pay my bill. Got up to the office and the guy behind the counter started giving me crap because I chewed his prop up and was going to charge me another $200 on top of the rental for damages!
I went down to the dock to see for myself and sure enough about 1/2" of the prop was completely shredded all the way around. I then told the guy that the boat seemed to run slow all day, and about the problem with the battery due to the guys who rented it and were out the night before. I told him THOSE are the guys you should be after not me. I said, your worker over there never checked it when it came in??? I sure know he didn't offer us a look before we took it out! He then asked the kid if he raised the prop and checked it before we got the boat. Thankfully the kid said no. He told me it was still MY problem because I didn't check the prop before I left?!?! I told the guy he was crazy and that I wasn't going to pay for anything other then the rental. After several more rounds he finally dropped it after I threatened to call my credit card company and just reverse the charges on the whole thing since our boat never worked right from the start.
Luckily didn't have to pay for the prop. Owner still seemed ticked and I could tell he still thought I had something to do with it - even though my dad and I swore up and down we only used the gas motor to run across the lake and used the troller the rest of the time. I understand he was mad at the situation, but he took it out on the wrong customer. I've never been back, never will.
FWIW - if any of you rent a boat, make sure to check the prop before
you go out or make sure someone checks it with you so you don't get in a situation like I was in.