Lots of talk lately about whats good/bad/ugly about certain boats and operations and what could be done differently. I just wanted to throw ideas out there - since it's in everyones best interest that the boats we have down here flourish and continue to remain in business for years to come. My thoughts: 1) clean fish for free. yes, free. That is NOT too much to ask by any means. The tip covers that service IMO. EDIT - TX law prohibits cleaning on boats, unfortunately. I don't want my tuna baking in the sun for pictures, nor should I have to pay $0.35/lb for fish cleaning after paying the full price of the trip. 2) Rental Gear. Many boats have this for snapper and bottom fish....and many of these setups could be used for tuna. An old 6/0 with 80lb and a boat rod will do the job. I'm sure I'm not alone when I say it's rather annoying to watch someone fight a 40lb tuna with 6lbs of drag for 2 hours on 20lb test. 3) Set a formula for fuel. People have been asking "why a fuel surcharge when fuel is relatively cheap now". Boats should make it a public thing, something like: "Our prices are set assuming $3.50 per gallon. When fuel is above that, customers will pay the difference for 100 gallons of fuel (per person)". That's just a made up amount - but there should be something that holds everyone accountable and isn't debateable. 4) REFUNDS. 1 month with NO refund? Seems a bit cheap to me....maybe within one month you won't get a deposit back (I think the deposit is $250 on 52 hour trips). Many boats I've gone on had this policy, and they've been in business a long time. 5) More, shorter trips. I've already discussed this, but if you want to see offshore fishing flourish - people will need to get into it slower, both $$ wise and time. 52 hours is a long time to be out there if you've never done it before. 24 hours is much easier for most people to justify. I love the 52 hour trips like a lot of you guys here, I just think more overnighters for tuna will attract new people. In reality - you're always going to catch SOMETHING, even if it's just a bunch of blackfin. That'd be enough for a lot of people to want to come back out. That's all I can think of right now. The Texas offshore fishery is excellent and produces some awesome catches and opportunities (if it didn't i wouldnt have moved here), but operations can and should be improved in order to offer the best product to people so the business will continue. Thoughts?