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Cool Covid 19 and Yacht Delivery

Considering that the Covid 19 virus has basically "shut down" annual yacht migration, the season is becoming shorter and shorter. The safe window will close towards the middle of June. In the last two weeks, I have had numerous inquiries regarding ports in the US being open. And, if open, is a quarantine period required upon arrival? I have checked with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and found ports to be open with no quarantine required. As a 100 ton sail and power captain, I am once again offering my services to those who wish to have their boat delivered north and fly home. I have very experienced crew available and, along with my services, we will deliver your boat to its destination in as good or better shape than when we left with her. Respond to this thread and we will exchange more personal information.
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Re: Covid 19 and Yacht Delivery

I'm assuming you are talking to people in the Caribbean? How do you plan to get down there with ports and airlines closed? I suppose it may still be possible for the time being in US islands.

My question is just one of general interest in light of what I'm reading on the quarantine thread.

It's a tricky time for both sides of this transaction, and I wish everyone well.

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Re: Covid 19 and Yacht Delivery

Hey Mark,

Last week I had a potential delivery from St. Lucia. I checked with American Airlines and I could still get a ticket from Jacksonville, FL (my home) to Hewannorra International Airport. I don't know about all the airports in the Caribbean, but St. Lucia was still open. I don't know how to determine which are open and which are not but, if I get an inquiry from a potential customer, I will see if I can get a ticket to their location. With Trump indicating a potential end to the "lock down", I suspect the difficulties will soon be diminished. I hope this is the case.

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Re: Covid 19 and Yacht Delivery

You also have to get from the airport to the boat, then get the boat fueled and provisioned. Sounds like a serious long shot in the present. No doubt there will be a mad rush in another month or so.


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Re: Covid 19 and Yacht Delivery

The borders down here are closed on every island, and nearly all islands are under restrictions regarding movement, all international flights are cancelled.

I think your only option for deliveries would be US documented boats located in Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands if you can get a domestic flight and if the owners can first move the boat to Puerto Rico. No passenger ferries in operation here in Guadeloupe or inter islands in the US Virgin Islands from what I hear. Definitely none of the ferries going anywhere here in Guadeloupe. Haven’t heard a plane take off in days, and I’m only a mile or two from the international airport.

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Re: Covid 19 and Yacht Delivery

Another thought that's going to linger in the mind of delivery crew, as well as owners. No one is going to want a crew member aboard that might have been infected, understanding that some don't ever display symptoms or they are delayed 11-12 days from infection. Finding out a few days offshore that someone is sick and has infected the remainder of the crew, in such tight quarters, would be terrifying.

Point being, I think many are going to want a real cool down period, of a couple of weeks, even after no new cases are identified. That is going to squeeze the deliver season and limit many interested crew.

No doubt, there will be some who are either brave or uninformed, impossible to distinguish. The question will be how many owners are willing to put their baby in the hands of, or even recruit extra crew that may get sick a week offshore. Median number of days to symptoms is 5.


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Re: Covid 19 and Yacht Delivery

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You also have to get from the airport to the boat, then get the boat fueled and provisioned.
Years ago when I did deliveries (quite a few to and from the Caribbean), I brought freeze dried food with me. Today, as a long distance hiker, I still bring them with me for meals. You can easily fill up a duffel bag with enough food to last you for 10 days or more.

Just a suggestion.
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Re: Covid 19 and Yacht Delivery

Freeze dried is a good suggestion and I could manage fine myself. However, my wife never could. Food is a highly variable thing for people. Keeping the crew fed properly (according to their likes) is a known critical feature of good morale.


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Re: Covid 19 and Yacht Delivery

I have two open delivery contracts right now.
1. Lauderdale - Montreal
2. Savannah - Toronto

Oh well, ship happens

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