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Yacht Deliveries

It's about that time of year when the Caribbean crowd heads North. As a 100 ton sail and power captain, I am offering my services to those who wish to have someone else deliver their boat up North and fly home. I have very experienced crew available and, along with my services, we will deliver your boat to it's destination in as good or better shape than when we left with her. Respond to this thread and we exchange more personal information.
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Hope you find a gig. Got a chuckle out of your pitch that you might deliver a vessel in better shape. I think that defies the laws of physics.

Arriving with everything still working and no notable wear and tear is an accomplishment.


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I could see that happening.
Crew tending to things needing attention, barring a rough weather delivery.
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Arriving with everything still working and no notable wear and tear is an accomplishment.
Did that for something like 30 years and I was confident enough to include it my contract. If we broke it, we repaired it or paid for the repairs.
There were some things under the "acts of God" clause, like sailing through an oil spill in the dark, that weren't covered, but doing damage to my vessel or one I was delivering was and still is a real rarity.

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.....doing damage to my vessel or one I was delivering was and still is a real rarity.
I didn't mean to suggest delivery crews typically do permanent damage themselves, but it's rare that any vessel makes a long passage and comes out the other side "better" than when it left. First, the skipper would have to depart on a vessel with deficiencies. I didn't take exception to it being the same, with wear and tear failures being repaired along the way.


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I didn't mean to suggest delivery crews typically do permanent damage themselves, but it's rare that any vessel makes a long passage and comes out the other side "better" than when it left. First, the skipper would have to depart on a vessel with deficiencies. I didn't take exception to it being the same, with wear and tear failures being repaired along the way.
hmmmm I like to leave a boat better than when it was when I stepped on board... no matter how small the "imporvement"... which could simply be cleaning or organizing lockers.

Any boat on a long delivery will experience wear... sails, rigging... and so... all to be expected... and that's no crew negligence or abuse.

I did a 4,000+ mile delivery of a boat and sorted out all sorts of things for the owner. Engine fuel system developed an air leak which we could not locate. Owner had to get a mechanic for that.

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.....Owner had to get a mechanic for that.
There you go. My point. Not better than when it left.

If organizing lockers and cleaning was what the OP meant, I'll concede.

Ultimately, my point was jovial. Boats simply don't get "better" underway. You can certainly maintain them.
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There you go. My point. Not better than when it left.

If organizing lockers and cleaning was what the OP meant, I'll concede.

Ultimately, my point was jovial. Boats simply don't get "better" underway. You can certainly maintain them.
Come on Minni... anything that is used is "degrading...." normal wear and tear. I think delivery crews do not abuse the boats they deliver...

Normal wear and teat is not abuse and every one knows that.

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Come on Minni... anything that is used is "degrading...." normal wear and tear. I think delivery crews do not abuse the boats they deliver...

Normal wear and teat is not abuse and every one knows that.
When did I ever say abuse by the delivery crew? Go back and read my comments. I am simply stating that boats don’t get “better” on passage for the reasons you seem to agree with, so why be disagreeable?


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When did I ever say abuse by the delivery crew? Go back and read my comments. I am simply stating that boats don’t get “better” on passage for the reasons you seem to agree
Actually, taking a "dock queen" or a boat that has been sitting on the hard for a long time to sea can indeed be good for her. Nothing is worse for a boat than sitting around unused, so it could be said a delivery can improve the condition of some boats.
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