Yacht Delivery – Frequently Asked Questions
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Our estimate covers the approximate number of days to successfully complete a voyage based on the information provided by you. Our quotation, on the other hand, is the daily rate of the crew.
We deliver and relocate boats throughout the Caribbean, the Bahamas, the U.S. East and Gulf Coasts, Florida, and other ports.
Yes. Boat insurance is the responsibility of the boat owner and is always recommended.
Yes. Documentation and/or state registration must be onboard throughout the entire voyage. A letter appointing our Captain as the boat owner’s agent should also be affixed to the documentation.
While it is not required, having an existing towing policy for your vessel is a good idea, especially if it’s a long voyage. In the event of a breakdown, a towing policy will cover the costs of towing and other expenses.
For long distance trips, we handle power and sailboats over 30 feet. For private and commercial vessels, we handle up to 100 gross tons.
NOTE: Smaller vessels can usually be transported over ground more efficiently than over the water. For a vessel smaller than the minimum size stated that needs to travel between Florida and the Bahamas, please contact us and we will accommodate your request.
Of course. The owner is more than welcome to tag along on the voyage. In fact, the owner can even bring some family and friends if he/she wants to. However, there are passenger limitations (less than 6) to a boat that is not a “Coast Guard Inspected Vessel”, and the size of the vessel may also limit the amount of passengers that can come.
NOTE: Inspected vessels are different from documented vessels.
For vessel deliveries, a minimum of 2 crew members, including the captain and 1 deck hand, are recommended. The actual size of the crew, however, mostly depends on the size of the vessel. For owners who wish to participate in the delivery and be a part of the vessel’s crew, you may do so as long as you do your share by doing all of your necessary duties at the boat. But if the owner prefers to remain a passenger, we will provide a qualified yet affordable deck hand at the owner’s expense. The owner’s role when it comes to hiring his own crew for a voyage is limited due to safety and efficiency reasons. This means that the deckhands cannot be provided by the owner and should only be comprised of the captain’s trained and professional employees. In the past we have tried using friends, relatives or employees of several vessel owners and each job turned out to be stressful babysitting adventure with undertrained and under qualified personnel.
The vessel should be properly maintained, with engines in good running condition. There should also be a few spare parts available in the boat, including hose clamps, fuel filters, and basic tools.
A working VHF marine radio and a GPS/chartplotter should be present in the vessel. Lights, radios, and other navigation equipment should also be in good condition.
NOTE: Our captain carries a backup handheld VHF radio and GPS/chartplotter just in case.
All USCG required safety equipment. Safety gear with expiration dates should be checked to ensure their validity, and all other equipment must be in good condition. These include fire extinguishers, life rafts, marine flares, etc.
To determine how much fuel is needed, the owner should do a fuel consumption burn beforehand, which is really simple to do. How simple? Well, all you need to do is bring your vessel to a marina, fill it to capacity, chart a course at least 15 nautical miles or more one way, take note of the time of day prior to sailing off, and set the boat at your desired cruising speed. Once you have arrived at the destination, turn around and take note of the current time.
NOTE: We are watching gallons per hour (GPH), not miles per gallon (MPG). On your GPS, measure the actual distance covered of the voyage.
Go back to the marina and take note of time of day again. Once you’re back at the marina, fill the boat to capacity again. Although winds and currents have varying speeds per hour, the engine burn rate should remain consistent. After this fuel consumption burn, you should have a good idea how much fuel your boat will burn per hour in identical circumstances and how much fuel you need to fill your vessel.
If you own a powerboat, you should be aware of the excessive fuel costs during relocations. You are likely going to spend more on fuel costs than for the crew who will deliver your vessel, even if it runs at consistent slow speeds. Remember that a higher RPM means you will use more fuel, while a slower RPM means the crew will be required to stay on the yacht longer.
We usually start very early in the morning for the purpose of being able to travel at least 10 to 12 hours each day, with daylight hours mostly being utilized. While our traveling schedule is not limited to daylight hours, we prefer to move around during that time for safety reasons.
For the purpose of safety, the captain reserves the right to change the vessel’s course and route based on several factors, including vessel congestion, weather conditions, and tides and currents. However, we will always do our best to make the quickest and shortest passages, if available.
In the event that we encounter unforgiving weather conditions, we either hold up in a port of refuge or select a safer alternative route (if available). A discounted daily rate will be charged whenever there are weather delays.
Mechanical issues vary, so we treat them on a case-by-case basis. Rest assured that we will attempt to fix any mechanical concerns on the spot.
Whenever possible, we will always opt to pilot the vessel through sailing. But even though sailing will be our primary means of moving around the water, we are also going to run the engine to reach a minimum speed of 7 knots when the wind does not provide the power necessary.
Outside of the crew’s daily rate, the vessel owner will be charged for all expenses that are incurred by the boat, such as marina fees, vessel repairs, marina dockhand tips, and fuel, among others.
Private yachts are required to go through U.S Customs when returning to American shores. You need not worry about this as our captains are familiar with the U.S. Customs’ process and procedures.