Originally Posted by Lennie
Thanks for the replies it looks like Christian and Company is the way to go.
Now if we buy the boat we will need a delivery captain
to help me sail her up to the San Juan's. Any suggestions?
When do you plan to move the boat north? Please forgive me if I am repeating information you have already considered.
I assume you are familiar with the winter weather
between Point Conception (Santa Barbara, CA and Point Wilson, WA at the east end of Straight of Juan de Fuca). There are full SW gales and 25-foot seas for at least 10-days a month November thru May. The storms last for several days at a time and are survival events
for small boats.
Have you considered trucking the boat north? It may be less expensive, overall, to do the truck soon and get the boat to a cheap
slip in the Salish Sea rather than leave it in expensive SoCal for the months until it is safe to start north. My charts
show it is 1,200 NM from Shelter Island in San Diego to Friday Harbor on San Juan
If your captain has to make repeated trips from the rhumb line route
into harbors of refuge you can add 60 miles and at least one day for each harbor detour.
Here is my estimated budget
for the two options:
- $2,000 slip fee to keep boat in SoCal Feb Ė April
- $6,000 captain & crew fee 20-days at $300/day
- $ 500 fly captain & crew back to San Diego
- $ 375 fuel
600 NM 6 knots, 1 GPH, $3.75/gallon
- $ 000 sail 50% of time
- $ 500 transient slip fees
going north 10 nights $50/night
$9,375 total expense February thru May to keep boat in San Diego until winter storm season is over and then move boat on her own bottom to Salish Sea.
$1,000 prepare boat for truck in San Diego
$6,000 move boat via truck to Bellingham, WA
$ 750 put boat in water at Bellingham
$1,600 slip fee to keep boat in San Juan Islands
February - May
$9,350 total expense February thru May to truck boat to Bíham and then keep boat in a slip somewhere in San Juans, Bíham, Anacortes.
The big UNKOWN cost of the trip north on her own bottom is how many days the captain will have to sit in port waiting for another weather
window. If the captain is lucky and aggressive they might be able to ride the late winter Southwesterly storms north, sailing 75% of the time, and keep the transient slip fees
down to five or so and to keep the fuel
cost to less than $200. In that most optimistic case the captainís cost would drop by $1,500 and the slip fees and fuel by another $750.
So the most optimistic cost I can see for sailing/motoring north is $7,700.
I checked with a captain with whom I have done a lot of SoCal deliveries. He has done several SoCal to Puget Sound
deliveries and said he would charge $400 per day plus expenses. The local Beneteau
dealer put me in touch with their delivery guys and they told me $500 per day for the two of them, both captains.
Both captains expected that anytime between early February and late May would require at least 20 billable days for them to get a boat from here to Friday Harbor.