Boat delivery list
Every so often I get a call from someone wanting help moving a boat. It is usually 50 to 150 miles, east coast, typically Long Island Sound, RI, CT, NY, NJ.
The boat would be from 25 to 35 feet. Typically these people are buying their first big boat so they don’t know much. They will come with me on the trip so the two of us will do the delivery. I’ve done it several times and find myself having the same conversation. I’m putting together a list of things I need to discuss so I can email it and not forget anything.
I know several of you have done this for years so what should I add to the list?
Did I include anything that is unnecessary?
The bold items are not negotiable. The lights are negotiable if I’ve got a really high chance of not sailing at night. The standard font items I ask about but if they don’t work depending on the details of the trip I may do the trip without them
1. Hull is sound, not making water.
2. Thru hulls don’t look like they are ready to fall off.
3. Engine runs ok, starts well, does not overheat, transmission works forward and reverse.
4. Boat can make reasonable speed under power.
5. Fuel is new or if old has been polished
6. Spare impeller and tools
8. Battery is holding charge.
9. Alternator putting out correct voltage
10. Navigation lights, steaming light and deck light work.
11. Standing rigging at least looks ok and seems to be reasonably tight.
12. Sails and running rigging work.
13. Reefing is working
14. Winch handles
15. Bucket, Dock lines
16. Anchor and rode
17. USCG safety equipment
18. Personal clothing (not for me for them, foul weather etc)
19. Insurance card
20. Tow boat or Boat US
21. Food (utensils), water, rags, paper towels, trash bags, toilet paper
There are several things that are needed I don’t make a fuss about as I carry them myself:
3. VHF Radio
4. Hand bearing compass
There are several things I haven’t mentioned on either list that I would like to have but I’m conflicted as to how important they are so I’ll see if someone else mentions them.
My goal is to move the boat from point A to point B. I pick good weather and motor if I have to. I'm not responsible for a full survey but the basics have to work well enough to move the boat.
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