Subject: Re: recommendations for Maui equip. rentals?
>> > I'm planning a Maui honeymoon (our first time to Maui), and trying to
>> > out where to rent equipment. I can get the costs/types of equipment from
>> > shops, but does anyone have any experience or recommendations on the
>> > intangibles? friendly service? sufficient gear? gear in good
>> > convenient location? I've been burned on this one before on other
>> > vacations, and I want to pick the right shop. We're both short-boarders
>> > plan to sail for 2 weeks, weather and blisters permitting.
>INSURANCE: Most places will sell you insurance, but they don't really tell
>you that it only covers stuff you don't irrepairably break. If it can't be
>fixed, your insurance doesn't cover it and you eat the price. Broken board?
>You pay for it even with insurance. Ripped out luff sleeve? You pay for the
>sail even with insurance. There is only one place that you can rent that the
>insurance covers everything no matter how much you break it. It's a little
>shop on the way to Kaanapali in the airport city. The gear isn't as good as
>some of the other shops, but their insurance policy is awesome... which is
>good if you want to go out in the waves. :)
I sailed with Extreme Sport Maui gear about three weeks back. I didn't buy
insurance and did tweak a boom in the surf and break a batten. I was pleasantly
surprised to find that they charged me less than their wholesale cost of the
boom (allowing a little depreciation). While it wasn't cheap, it was far
cheaper than what it would cost me to break my boom at home and then run over
to the shop for a new one. By the way, you'd be amazed how fast a Gaasta Flow
2x gets on a plane when you widen the booms ( and thus the pocket) by 8".
... and of course the ladies in our group loved having Sierra Emory there to
advise them on every gear change.