I was astonished by the poor conditions aboard Freedom. Especially since Len sent his charter marketing video as a preview of his operation. The video seemed a little outdated but having been aboard, I know it to be outright false. The video may have been legit in 2012 but I'm in disbelief the boat has been professionally chartered in years. Len supposedly created his "intern program" to cull crew with the right stuff. The same "program" that he led me to believe would teach me how to run a boat and possibly a charter business. Neither the boat's condition nor business seem operational and Len's are clearly not models to emulate. Covid has not impeded other captains, yet Len insists it has prevented all but repair work... and every other thing Len or I touched was broken in some way. Lucky me was going to get to fix it ALL. I came with years of professional experience in welding, wiring and resin, and was promised I'd learn from an experienced and professional captain skills that are specific to sailing and sailboats. Onboard, Len insisted that repairing his toaster oven and coffee maker would be valuable to my education. Factored into all the incongruences, it's evident my nautical education was quite secondary in his plans and I left after just three days.
3rd Feb 2021