Originally Posted by ImASonOfaSailor
Wow i just got my captains license and i have been wondering where to go to use it and how to get started!
May I respectfully suggest some more practical experience before taking on a delivery as skipper. Sign up with a crewing service like OPO and get some ocean miles.
The jet stream certainly pushes the lows around but it is not high on my list of concerns for routing.
New instruments aren't necessarily working and working instruments aren't necessarily new.
A shakedown at the beginning of delivery is reasonable if the boat has been refit, and the crew might need a chance to meld, but YOU shouldn't need a shakedown. Must delivery skippers have an early bailout in case there is a problem with boat or crew.
It is the skippers job, not the client's responsibility to do the routing and make time estimates. It is the skipper's responsibility to be clear that weather and equipment failures have an impact on expected duration.
Oh - you aren't going to plan tacks ahead of time. That is a tactical decision, made underway, not a strategic one.
The USCG does NOT want your float plan. They are very clear on that subject. There are services as well as informal procedures with friends and family to manage float plans.
Congratulations on your new license.