Yacht Delivery Summary

Delivery Process Explained

Our clients initiate contact by use of the Yacht Delivery Quote Request form or phone call.

It is required to use the Yacht Delivery Quote Request form even if you call first. We will need the info provided on the form to work up an accurate quote. We may follow up quote requests with a phone call to verify important details or obtain necessary information.

We will calculate the distance, estimate boat speed and other variables, then provide a quote via an electronic signature service.

The client reviews the terms of the contract and if you agree, you sign the quote electronically. CaptainErik.com will provide options for you to send the required deposit. The deposit covers the roundtrip travel expenses for the crew to and from our base of operations. It also covers the cost of vessel provisions for the duration of the delivery. The owner is also required to provide a credit card for expenses incurred during the delivery.

CaptainErik.com will commission the crew for the days needed. We make the travel arrangements for the captain and any crew.

Captain and crew will typically travel to the boat by rental car. We may use a ride service, plane, or combination of both depending on the logistics. We carry a lot of baggage when we travel. Additional baggage charges may apply for plane flights. We carry clothing, chartbooks, spare electronics, bedding, and other needed supplies, depending on how your vessel is outfitted.

If possible, we prefer to meet with you at the boat. If not possible, we will speak via phone and confirm our arrival at the vessel. If you are unable to meet us at the vessel, all necessary documents and notarized power of attorney must be onboard prior to departure. Upon arrival at the vessel, we will do our pre-departure engine checks and familiarize ourselves with the vessel. If everything passes inspection, we will go to the local grocery store and provision the boat with needed food and water for the crew for the estimated days onboard. Once provisions are on the boat, we return the rental car and take an Uber back to the vessel.

Departure (Booked Crew Days Start Now)

The Captain and crew’s goal is to leave early, the morning after arrival at the vessel, after the proper inspections are completed and the vessel is determined to be sea-ready. When we depart, we will head to the fuel dock to fuel to capacity, including any additional jerry-cans, using the credit card or cash you provide. While fueling, we will talk to the fuel dockhands and other boaters to obtain as much local knowledge as possible for the area we are in. Once fueling is done, we consult the charts again, confirm our course, and get underway.

We are underway mostly during daylight hours or until we get to a marina or desirable anchorage. When underway at night, in an intercoastal or inland waterway, the deckhand is on watch looking for markers, boats, crab traps, or any other obstacles. The deckhand also assists in anchoring and weighing anchor. When docking, the deckhand will have the mooring lines ready and the fenders out prior to getting to the dock. Once at the dock, we secure the vessel, tying it up, and ensuring the fenders are placed appropriately.

The next day, we start early, typically before sunrise, to check the engine oil, gear oils, coolant levels, and belts. We are typically underway at first light. When anchored for the night, prior to getting underway, we will determine if fuel is needed and where to stop. At a marina, we simply go to the fuel dock, top off the fuel, and pump out any sewage from the boat.

There are normally 2 people up and on watch at all times. Few exceptions are made. Long, offshore crossings that take more than 24 hours will require extra crew. Occasionally, we may have to wait or slow down to arrive at the inlet, marina, or channel at the appropriate time for a tidal change to safely navigate.

Almost every delivery either starts, stops, or transits, at some point, on an inland or intercoastal waterway. It is very common to have to time bridge openings, assuming the vessel we are on is ICW compliant, 64 vertical feet or less. We should be able to get under most fixed bridges, but not all are 65 feet. Some bridges must be opened to pass even for power boats. Some bridges open only on request. Others open on the hour, half-hour, every twenty minutes, or every quarter-hour. Ideally, we will arrive at a bridge or lock just before the scheduled opening time.

Destination

Upon arrival at the destination point, we will put the boat in the slip, tie it off, put fenders/bumpers out, remove all trash and leftover food. We clean the inside of the vessel, put away the sails, replace the sail covers, and neatly stow any lines. We also hose off the outside of the boat if a hose is available.

Delivery Complete (crew pay stops)

The balance of our payment is due at this time, and we still need to travel back home. We will call a taxi/Uber and head back to the rental car facility. At home, we will take a taxi/Uber from the rental car drop-off or airport to the crew members’ individual homes.

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