As if we didn’t have enough problems keeping participation up in one-design classes, yesterday reports began to surface about a company called OneDesign Charters LLC running an ongoing scam stealing deposits and charter fees from boat owners and charterers for almost a decade.
After reading numerous posters claiming that OneDesign took off with their money, we called owner Bob Taylor, a former dentist from Connecticut who now lives in Annapolis, and asked him to respond to the allegations. Taylor wouldn’t answer our call, though minutes after we left a message, his website disappeared from the internet. We left a few more messages and sent emails to Taylor to no avail, and meanwhile, the stories kept getting worse. We got one note explaining that Taylor was a great benefactor to the URI sailing team back in the day, but the rest of the stories were uniformly dark and nasty.