Vessel type, destination and season all add to the factors to determine delivery costs. On short/local deliveries a flat daily fee of $600 for the captain, plus crew fee, and expenses is usually the easiest way to formulate costs. For longer distance deliveries many other factors need to be taken into account, but a general rule of thumb is about $5 per mile, plus travel time to/from the vessel, and expenses. Crew fees are dependent upon the number and skill set required.
For most deliveries a written proposal is prepared with an expected delivery time line, costs and vessel expenses, once we have a complete understanding of the vessel condition and safety equipment.
Information needed includes: Port of departure, destination, delivery date, owner or representative on board, vessel make/model/year, length and beam, engine make/HP/last maintenance, cruising speed, fuel capacity and range, sail inventory, electronics, auto pilot, EPIRB, certified life raft/survival suites, and a copy of her last survey if available.
Included in the estimate are the number of days required under normal conditions and the associated professional fees. Food expenses, based on the number of days and number of crew members needed for the delivery. The estimated dockage fees and fuel costs are included based on projected millage. Additional costs may be incurred for necessary spare parts (oil, filters, impellers etc) safety equipment and pre-voyage maintenance.
Estimated costs and methods of transportation for the captain and crew to travel to the vessel and return home are also included.
We will then send you our delivery contract after approval of the estimate. We will need to be added to your existing insurance policy as "Paid crew" for the delivery. Your insurance company will usually ask for a copy of the Captain's License and depending on the destination for the delivery a resume of all crew on board.
Once the contract is agreed to the advance payment of fifty percent of the estimated professional fee and one hundred percent of the estimated expenses is due. The final payment is due after the vessel has arrived at the destination. Payments for the professional fees, travel and food expenses can be made by check. Payments for fuel, dockage, spares and expenses are usually made using a credit card supplied to the captain by the owner.
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