My dear chap - I don't doubt you at all! But reading your last where you say you shortly gained enough experience to start getting paid, pre-supposes that you did at least one
trip as an unpaid hand?
Just because this boat is a Hylas
54 doesn't necessarily "big bucks". I quote normally per voyage and usually smaller boats are a bit more expensive since they take longer and are often much more uncomfortable.
I don't think the original request was out of line: You may recall
a recent thread about an "unscrupulous" and rather large Brit Delivery
Company? Their deal is the skipper
gets paid peanuts and has to fund everything (food, fuel
, spare parts
, delays-in-transit, etc) and
his crew. Normally the Mate gets about $500 and sometimes
but not always, his flights. The 3rd hand pays his way but gets fed onboard. And don't talk to me about the South African companies!! I can call a number in SA and they'll crawl down the phone
lines to give me a SA-USA delivery
- provided I fly myself and crew to the boat and pay all its expenses (mind you - diesel
there!). One of the reasons they can and do get away with this is that there are so many new skippers coming through the training mills who need miles that they can afford to pay them very little. This is not to say that South African skippers are of lower calibre: indeed I know many SA skippers and most of them have considerably more miles and experience under their belt than I have - and the waters down there are Big!
All deliveries, as far as I know, are reported to the Insurance
Company (like you - I would never consider an uninsured boat) which does its own due diligence on the competence and experience of the skipper
. One particular company required me to carry $5mill liability insurance
: I still pay the premiums as I feel its an additional "comfort zone" for my owners. Having said that, and being slightly cynical, I think its just so the insurance company can delay payment in the event of an accident
as they try to extract shekels from my Liability carrier for alleged unprofessional behaviour!?!