I offer instruction to new boat owners or those moving up to larger boats or wanting some assistance with navigation for an offshore, coastal or an ICW trip. I teach all aspects of safe boating, seamanship, boat handling, anchoring, and navigation, for both sail and power boats. All instruction is given on your boat and we cruise wherever you want to go. A week of instruction will make a lot of difference in your level of confidence when you begin your new adventure. Boat Owners are always welcome on my trips! If you or your representative would like to go on the delivery let me know.
Expenses and Insurance
All actual expenses for air travel, ground transportation, fuel, boat expenses, food and provisions are the responsibility of the owner. The owner is to contact his insurance company and provide me with a copy of his insurance policy showing that the policy is current and that I am insured to deliver his boat. The owner is also to provide me with enough money prior to leaving to cover the cost of estimated expenses for the trip plus 50% of my estimated fees. I will provide a written estimate. I also provide a contract after you have read the estimate and we agree to the terms. I try to provide receipts for all major expenses but sometimes I cannot get a receipt for cash expenses.
I highly suggest rental of a satellite phone for easy communication anywhere and for emergencies. It is usually cheaper than cell phones. I carry a cell phone with text mail in many foreign countiries. I check e-mail at each stop and will keep in touch and update you on our progress. When going offshore in areas where heavy weather is a concern I have a weather router that I use if you are interested. I will need a sateliite phone to contact him. The charges for the satellite phone and weather router would be at your expense if you want to use them. I charge full rate for layovers due to mechanical or weather delays. I do my best to keep you updated on how the trip is going. I have a new GPS service which will give you a daily position via e-mail and allow me to notify you of any emergency or urgent needs. This does not replace the need for a ship’s epirb unit.
Completion of Delivery
I will return your boat as clean or cleaner than I found it. It will be properly tied up, and locked up at the dock or mooring of your choice. I will expect payment in full upon completion of the delivery or wired to my account.
Booking the Trip
Advance booking is always the best. However, call me 50% of my trips are short notice and I will try to work you in. Just call and/or e-mail me and I will send you a written contract. I will need a deposit of 50% of the labor fee for most trips.