Phases of your Delivery
Our skippers deliver your sailing or motor yacht from any location to the harbor of your choice. We do this for a clear and transparent price, in a timely and professional manner. Do you need your sailboat in a different harbor? Are you a builder and need a boat delivered in pristine condition? Are you a broker who needs to deliver a ready to sail yacht to your customer? Our captains will exceed expectations.
Assisted Delivery and Maiden Voyages
Would you like some help getting acquainted with your new boat? Would you benefit from having an experienced Skipper on board for your first crossing or passage? Do you need a relief Captain? Perhaps some assistance getting acquainted with new cruising grounds? Whatever your needs, our captains are ready to be of service.
Yacht Management Services
Our captains have decades of experience managing yachts ranging from 40 to 125' feet. Our background in yacht management first started aboard Oceanographic research vessels. This demanding environment of engineering and deploying equipment, gathering data, and interacting with our scientific customers provided a great training ground to meet high expectations in any environment. Let us know how we can be of service.
Maintenance and Repairs
Our captains and crew are able to accomplish all of your maintenance and repairs needs at a fraction of the price you would pay in a boat yard. Our background in Marine Technology and Boat Building enables us to address your service needs in conjunction with your delivery or at your local do it yourself yard. We are bases out of Wilmington NC on the east coast and Alameda, CA on the west coast. Let us know how we can be of service.
Exploring New Waters
Are you too strapped for time to sail your yacht to a new cruising destination? Mexico? The South Pacific? The British Virgin Islands? The Mediterranean? This service allows you to explore new waters and tranquil lagoons without the time consuming passage. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your specific needs.
Would you like to fine tune your motor yacht or sailing skills? Whether you require assistance with docking, radar, navigating, sailing at night, or anchoring, our captains will exceed expectation. Our comprehensive passage or weather planning is a must for any new yachtsman. Whatever your level or requirements, we will add great value to your experience. Please let us know how we can be of service.
Our USCG captains are up to date with most electronic systems dating from early radar to the current multifunction displays. Areas of experience include GPS, chart plotters, depth sounders, sonar, radar,autopilot, desalination, solar, wind, battery banks, power management, rigging, life rafts, EPIRB, plumbing, and engines. Please let us know how we can be of service.
Weather Planning and Forecasting
All of our captains have the ability to track weather conditions off shore in real time, making route adjustments to minimize wear and insure a safe passage. The adversity of weather conditions varies depending on the class of the vessel. It is the captains decisions whether conditions are safe for the passage. For a 40' motor or sailing yacht, seas of 3-4' at a period of 8 seconds would be questionable for passage. The relation between wave height and period is a strong factor in determining safety. While the boat is most likely capable of pressing through these conditions, it would cause unnecessary wear and possibly damage. It would also pose additional safety risks for the Captain and Crew. These conditions are very close to the conditions found during a NOAA marine weather small craft advisory. We provide weather briefings via e-mail as needed. If conditions are going to delay the delivery for an extended period of time, the captain will contact the owner directly to brief them on the situation.
After reviewing all aspects of the delivery, and getting a clear understanding of your expectations, we will take you through each planning phase in detail.
Before setting sail, we will take at least one day to inspect the boat systems. We use detailed check sheets covering rigging, fittings, sails, electronics, engines, fuel system, Batteries and safety gear.
Anything that isn't in working order will be photographed and or recorded. If there is an issue that would seriously affect the safety of the delivery, the owner will be notified and the issue resolved prior to departure.
Our skilled crew are happy to fix minor repairs. All minor repairs will be recorded and sent via e-mail. If approved, the repairs will be completed as instructed.
Prior to departure, vulnerable and requested areas will be covered.
The safety of the crew and your vessel are the Skipper's top priorities. It is the Skipper's judgement that determines whether the sea and vessel are safe enough to sail. Your boat will be motored or sailed conservatively to minimize wear. Our Skippers have final say throughout the delivery.
You can be with us every step of the way. Login to vessel tracking, enter your password, and track us in real time. You can track your yacht from your cel phone by downloading the tracking app at the google play store. Follow our link for more information. This is a free service.
Our captains will present you with a zip drive containing a full delivery report. It will include the ship log, photos and or video at departure and arrival, recommendations, repairs, outlined expense report, and receipts. We will address any issues as instructed. Your boat will be ready to sail on arrival.
As USCG licensed captains, we are covered under most insurance policies. However, if the owner isn't going to be accompanying the passage, we insist on being added as an operator. While we have never had an issue, we do this to protect our customers in the event of catastrophic mechanical failure. We also recommend that the vessel be covered for boat tow insurance. This is relatively inexpensive for the added coverage, and could save thousands if mechanical issues arise. Boat US offers yearly policies from $24-$189. This is especially important for new yacht purchases where the vessel has not been tested.
Vessel Inspection Checklist
Gas Tanks and Fuel Filters
Belts and Hoses
Raw Water Intake and Discharge
Batteries and Alternator
Rudder Control System
Thru-Hulls and Bilge Pumps
Galley, Hatches and H20
Standing and Running Rigging
Sheets and Halyards
Anchor and Windlass
Captain's Delivery Checklist
Working Compass and Light
Nautical Charts for All Waters
Anchor, Chain and Rode
First Aid Kit
Spare Oil, Transmission Fluid, Fuel Filters and Impellers
Dock lines, Cleats, Fenders, and Boarding Ladder
MOP Flotation Device
Bilge Pumps Auto and Manual
Flashlights and Batteries
Sails and Rigging in Working Order
Propane and Cookware