will be delivered from LA Rochelle to the south of Turkey
(Marmaris) late Feb, beginning March. The distributor offered a delivery
to be made by professional team and strongly suggested that I don't join them, for a couple of reasons (I am a nocive sailor and have no offshore
experience at all..)
1-From La Rochelle to Gibraltar
the sea conditions may not be the best. (I tend to agree with this having read some of the threads in this forum..)
2-Althought I am the owner, until the delivery destination
they will command the boat and and it would be "go,go,go" rather than enjoying the trip..e.g no pizza/ wine stops in Sicilly,etc..
3-The boat would not be fit 100% (most of the final touches are planned to be made locally here) thus, the boat itself might not be very comfortable ??
4-Delivery captains, most of the time,are not the best people to enjoy the cruising with and he can not guarantee this..
My plan was to join them somewhere in Med to make the last part of the trip and learn a bit about the boat and sailing in general.
The distributor (he's an ex delivery captain
and experienced offshore
sailor) is also saying that they don't need sea drog, etc to make the trip safer and if it get worse, they would simply lay down a long rope
from aft to slow down the boat !! (Note: this same distributor had told me that long ago when delivering a cat from La Rochelle to Spain
had to quit the boat and was rescued by a helicopter nearby La Coruna
Any suggestion on what to do ?? I could take over the boat somewhere in the med, but I am not sure if I can make the rest of the trip on a non proven , brand new cat ..( the med in this season can also be very hursh..)
Happy new year....