Would help to have a clearer understanding of the situation. Are paying for a cruise
, something like a vacation charter
? So is this like a holiday for you or is he charging
to help him deliver the boat? Any teaching/learning involved in the transaction?
From the owner's side, it is a pain to have a no show whether this is a delivery
or he is doing this for a living. However from your point of view I would not send money
to a stranger unless he had excellent references
, was well know in the business or can offer some certified guarantee of refund to you if he is unable to make the trip.