enjoying your boat to its fullest?
There is over ten thousand miles of coastline
and thousands of islands in the continental US, plus, many more
thousands of miles of coastline and spectacular islands in Alaska,
Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Secluded anchorages
and marinas abound. Good times, family, friends and scenic beauty
are awaiting you and your yacht.
Would you like to - safely, inexpensively
and conveniently enjoy these opportunities?
Yachts ranging in size from 50' to 200'
+ have several options. Very few of these boat owners, however,
are able to realize their dream of cruising both the pristine
Pacific Northwest, the Mexican coastline, the Caribbean islands,
the Inside passage, the Great Lakes, or the Mississippi River
on their yachts. The primary obstacles are time, distance, inclement
ocean weather conditions and/or crew changes.
Present Options Available
- Truck the vessel overland -
This is typically suitable
for vessels in the 35' to 65' range. It is an increasingly costly
method caused by various states imposition of stiffer regulations.
Height and width restrictions on "oversized loads"
result in increasingly prohibitive costs. The additional costs
of preparing, dismantling and hauling the vessel; followed by
launching and reassembly at the point of arrival generally adds
50% to the base cost of transporting overland. There is also
the psychological deterrent for the vessel owner who is faced
with dismantling and re-assembling the vessel at each end of
the journey and never getting it back together quite right. Depending
on construction it often requires cutting fiberglass, electrical
wires and hydraulic lines. The road trip can further subject
vessels to the hardship of severe wear and tear.
- Charter a vessel - at the chosen destination. This is typically
suitable for vessels in the 35' to 65' range as a "Bareboat
Charter" and for vessels in the 65' to 165' range as a "Crewed
Charter". It may appear to be a practical solution, however,
most boat owners of this size range cannot justify making payments
on their own boat, including all related expenses, as well as
the additional expense of chartering a second vessel. This option
also presents the psychological disadvantage of cruising on someone
elses boat, one where he or she would never feel as comfortable
or at home.
- Barge a vessel - This is typically suitable for vessels in
the 50' to 150' range. This solution is restricted to the limited
calender dates the barge makes passage and your ability to rendezvous
at the prescribed pick-up and drop-off times at both ends. Plus
the required preparation, expense and time to move your vessel
from your normal moorage to the pick-up site then move your vessel
from the drop-off site to your desired destination. Often these
loading ports are in primitive locations without yacht supplies
or facilities nearby. Boats are handled by longshoremen use to
commercial cargoes, not the delicate needs of your personal yacht.
The vessels are loaded on a barge by crane and secured in the
necessary cradles and chocks that need to be customized to accommodate
the hull of your vessel. Without great care in designing cradles,
damage can be caused by boats shifting in heavy weather. Further
boats are sitting out on exposed decks exposed to the elements,
salt spray and smoke stack soot. Cargo bookings, paper work,
clearances and shore crews need to also be arranged at the designated
ports. On larger yachts the barge company usually requires a
representative to accompany each yacht.
The Solution - ProCAPTAINS -
- Hire a professional delivery
crew to sail the vessel
to it's destination. This is typically suitable for vessels in
the 50' to 150' range. This is usually the least expensive method
and best for the vessel. This allows your yacht to depart from
your home moorage and arrive at your preferred destination at
your pleasure and convenience. As to vessel systems - most systems
deteriorate fastest when NOT used and marine diesel engines almost
never reach or wear out because of engine hours but because of
non use and time. Lastly, if you choose, you may join the delivery
for the entire trip or just the scenic part or one leg.
The fees and options each provide different
suggestions. The ProCAPTAINS solution with a professional crew
is clearly the answer. It has the distinction of consuming the
least amount of an owners time, preparation, stress and money.
And provides the greatest amount of convenience.
of cost to transport a 60 Yacht from Los Angles, CA to Seattle,
WA - 1,200 Miles:
Including costs of yard haul, launch, removal
and replacement of equipment to reduce overall height. (Doesn't
include cost or time to move vessel to pick-up or drop-off points.)
Including loading and unloading, cradling,
securing and transporting. (Doesn't include cost or time to move
vessel to pick-up or drop-off points.)
Per week (including fuel, insurance, etc.)
Including travel expenses, fuel, insurance,
(prices may vary)
for this years new yacht vacation destinations.
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