I'd recommend google
search under "delivery skipper" See what pops up and then start making some phone
calls. Be prepared with some facts about the boat you are asking someone to delivery: year, make, model, history
of use, current
configuration, condition of rigging
, hours on engine
, age of batteries. I've been in the business now for 20 years and you'd be amazed at the condition of most of the vessels folks want me to take to sea.
San Diego to Seattle is going to stress every system on board and if you routinely use your boat in that way in those conditions you'll be fine. If we are talking about a Southern Cal
sailor in waters south of Pt. Conception then you vessel is used to mild conditions and isn't prepared for the passage
If she is small enough to truck up I5 do that! You get her in Seattle in the same condition she left San Diego without all the wear and tear and the expense of getting her ready for the passage
north on her own bottom. Once you get her to Seattle you can safely use her in the Puget Sound
area and north along the Inside Passage for you are in protected waters for the most part.
When you are talking to Delivery Folks some key questions: 1) Ask for an estimate; 2) Ask for a copy of their delivery contract
. Don't ever turn over your vessel to anyone absent some sort of contractural agreement; 3) Inquire into how long they think it will take and the route
they intend to take - near shore or offshore
; 4) Check out their backgrounds - google
their name and see what pops up if anything; 5) ask about their philosophy in approaching and executing a delivery; 6) ask them for the phone
number of one or two clients they have worked for in the past. Naturally they are going to offer you phone numbers of "successful" deliveries vice unsuccessful but ask them about their less than ideal deliveries and why they were less than ideal. If they say they have never had a bad delivery, they are lying or they just haven't done many.
I would suggest to you that every delivery must be a team effort on the part of both the owner and the crew conducting the delivery. If you are the least bit uncomfortable with what you are hearing or seeing find someone else.