The kite $$ is bullshit,There was a guy on the PV trip with us that was pretty much sick from the moment he got on the boat, and stayed in his bunk almost the entire trip (I don't think I actually ever saw the guy wet a line).
At the end of the trip, when they were collecting for the galley, the guy ended up owing a pretty good amount of cash (tackle rental, three kite rotations, etc, etc, etc) - even though he didn't fish. Plus they still expected him to tip the boat out. Long story short, he didn't have enough cash to pay up, so when we arrived back at the slip, the owner made the guy go up and take money out of the ATM at the hotel (which is highway robbery in itself). They held his belongings on the boat, just in case he didn't return.
Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me...
But renting the rods is on him,
I have friends that were green from the get go,
And never wet a line, the whole trip,
They were not worried about the $$,
They were just happy to be back on dry