Frequently Asked Questions
How much notice do
What equipment should my boat have?
As the boat owner, what is my role
in the delivery?
What insurance do you have for
What happens if my delivery is
delayed by bad weather?
What happens if my delivery
is delayed by equipment failure?
Can friends or family join
the boat for the delivery?
Is instruction available enroute?
do I pay you?
What is life like aboard during a
much advance notice do you need?
three to four weeks notice is ideal but if your dates are flexible less
notice is needed. If you have specific dates in mind it is best to book
as far in advance as possible. I understand that there may factors
involved that are beyond your control (boat sale to be finalised, yard
work to be done, etc.), however if you can give me an approximate idea
of when your boat will be ready for delivery I can organise my schedule
equipment should my boat have?
All boats should be equipped with a reliable engine, life raft, bilge
pump, bucket, sea-cock bungs, anchor, flares, lifebelt/Dan Buoy, GPS,
VHF radio, compass, navigation lights, suitable fenders and
warps. If you are in doubt about your boat's equipment, please let me
the boat owner, what is my role in the
As boat owner, your role in the delivery is entirely up to you. You can
act as skipper, with me assisting, you can act as crew, or you can
leave the entire matter in my hands. However most deliveries involve
24-hour/day sea time, so if you are participating as skipper or crew
you should be capable of standing regular watches, including night
watches. If you are unsure about your abilities please call me for a chat.
note that all options are available to you. If you wish to skipper or
crew the boat, but at a slower pace than normal deliveries, then that
is fine. Alternatively, you may wish to turn the delivery into a
cruise, with friends and family joining. You might also wish
instruction along the way in order to gain confidence and experience
with your boat. All options are available.
insurance do you have for deliveries?
Skippers Insurance with Fastnet Marine Insurance Services
which covers me for deliveries, tuition, skippered charters and
hospitality events. You must have insurance for your boat and
should check that it covers a Commercially Endorsed Yachtmaster
Offshore qualified delivery skipper. You should also verify that your
insurance covers the sea area involved in the delivery. I will be happy
to speak with your insurance company or broker about
and qualifications and the voyage involved.
happens if my delivery is delayed
by bad weather?
is our problem, not yours. I will not begin a delivery unless there is
a sufficient weather window for its completion. However,
forecasts are sometimes wrong, so weather delays occasionally happen.
We will stay with the yacht in the port of refuge until we can carry on
and complete the delivery. Waiting days are charged at half my normal
daily rate plus a subsistance charge for the crew.
happens if my delivery is delayed
by equipment failure?
is your responsibility to make sure that the boat and its equipment are
in suitable condition for the delivery trip. However, if a mechanical
or electrical problem does arise I will charge half of my normal daily
rate for time spent in port conducting repairs, waiting for parts, etc.
I will keep to will keep you informed at all times.
friends or family join the boat
for the delivery?
friends and family are welcome to join so long as they are confident
that they will cope with the passage. Being seasick for 4 days whilst
crossing Biscay is not much fun so passengers must be confident about
their sea legs.
instruction available enroute?
am a qualified Yachtmaster Instructor and will be happy to teach you what
I know enroute. However, depending on the schedule and what system
there may not be a great deal of time for tuition during the trip.
However, if you wish to undertake the delivery at a more relaxed pace,
there will more time for practice and instruction along the way.
do I pay you?
If you are participating in the delivery yourself you can pay me upon
completion. However, if you do not intend to be on board I will need a
50% deposit before the delivery with the remainder payable upon
completion, plus an allowance for travel and other expenses to be
is life like aboard during a delivery?
A yacht delivery is a job, with a very focused goal, and thus can be
quite different from normal yacht cruising. A typical delivery might
involve 3-5 days of 3-hour watches, perhaps with a few hours break
while in port for refuelling. During extended, short-handed
voyages it is important that skipper and crew look after each other and
that the person off-watch (if they are not sleeping) take the
initiative in preparing meals, cups of tea, etc. The key is an
atmosphere of good-natured give and take, with both skipper and crew
maintaining a sense of responsibility for completing a safe, successful
and happy voyage.
participate in the delivery of your boat, expect a challenging and
tiring experience and be prepared to be alone on watch both day and
night. However, you can also look forward to spending quality time at
sea with great sense of satisfaction as the miles go by. Once the boat
is safely berthed where she is supposed to be, you can take pride in an
adventure undertaken and a job well done.
questions? Then contact me
for a friendly, no-obligation chat.