Professional Yacht Delivery Service
There will be times as a yacht owner you need have you boat delivered to a new location but you don't have the time to do it yourself. One option is to hire a professional delivery skipper and crew and this is where I can assist you.
Taking time to work with you, we will plan the delivery together to make sure we understand your expectations and requirements. My aim is to take the maximum care with the minimum fuss. I only use experienced crew with solid blue water miles, preferably with suitable RYA quailfications or equivalent experience. With your boat and our lives at stake, there is no point in using crew that aren't qualified for the task. Generally, delivery passages are sailed 24/7 with a minium of skipper (myself) and 2 experienced crew capable of standing solo night watches. Additional crew welcome to help spread the load.
A yacht delivery is made up of a number of stages.
Prior to departure, we do a comprehensive check of all the boat’s systems and prepare the boat for passage, even for short deliveries.
This includes a detailed checklist covering the function of more than a hundred items of equipment and fittings from pushpit to pulpit, bilge to masthead. Anything that is not serviceable and might have an effect on the delivery passage will be reported on, and rectified if practical, before setting out. At your request, all vulnerable areas of woodwork and upholstery below decks can be wrapped in protective cladding to avoid any inadvertent damage while at sea.
Once underway we establish and maintain a rate of progress towards the destination that makes for a safe and timely passage. For sail boats, this progress will be under sail, however if the wind dies then the engine will be used to ensure that the delivery is not delayed. You as an owner are welcome to join us onboard although on delivery we will routinely sail 24 hours a day with only brief stops as necessary for fuel, provisions or to avoid severe weather.
Safety is always the first priority and the skipper’s judgement at sea is final. If I was to decide that the conditions are too rough to proceed then the yacht will head for shelter. It is my philosophy to sail conservatively and not over-stress sails, rig, hull, engine or crew.
On completion of your delivery, I will complete a detailed condition report on the vessel and it's systems so that you have a picture of your boat’s condition on arrival. It's my responsibility to organise every aspect of the delivery passage and there is no requirement for a formal handover from you as the owner or your representative.
Yacht Delivery Quotations
Please contact me directly to discuss your delivery requirements and time frame. After an initial discussion and receiving your brief, I can put forward a detailed delivery plan and quote.