The high quote may be from Calif law that requires lead and trail cars if the width is over 10(?) feet, which I am sure the Catalina
is. They also restrict the times that a wide load can be on the road. Even at that ,$3000 seems high. If You have the flexibility of time to go with Capt Jeffries, then I think it would be well worth it for an amazing learning
experiance. The only delivery
that I took an owner along was Northbound in Feb. We both learned a whole new definition of COLD. I think it was the second afternoon out that I told the owner that we were within distance of a safe anchorage that we could spend the night and get a good hot meal. He couldnt say yes fast enough! I showed him how to dodge the outer clumps of kelp, and find an opening large enough to drop and set the hook without backing into the kelp behind us. We left in the morning well rested and fed. It turned out to be a very enjoyable delivery
for both of us, and he thanked me for the experiance.____Grant.