Frequently Asked Questions

How much notice do you need?
What equipment should my boat have?
As the boat owner, what is my role in the delivery?
What insurance do you have for deliveries?
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?
When do I pay you?
What is life like aboard during a delivery?


How much advance notice do you need?
Generally, 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 accordingly.

What 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 know.

As the boat owner, what is my role in the delivery?
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.

Please 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.

What insurance do you have for deliveries?
I have Yacht 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 you 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 my experience and qualifications and the voyage involved.

What happens if my delivery is delayed by bad weather?
This is our problem, not yours. I will not begin a delivery unless there is a sufficient weather window for its completion. However, weather  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.

What happens if my delivery is delayed by equipment failure?
It 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.

Can friends or family join the boat for the delivery?
Yes, 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.

Is instruction available enroute?
I 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.

When 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 incurred enroute.

What 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.

If you intend to participate in the delivery of your boat, expect a challenging and often 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.

Further questions? Then contact me for a friendly, no-obligation chat.