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Old 31-07-2014, 18:05   #1
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Cost of a captain?

I'm doing preliminary planning to move a 30' boat from NYC to Wilmington NC. Can anyone give me a rough idea what it will cost me to hire a captain to sail her down?
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I just hired a captain to sail a boat I just purchased from St Pete, FL to New Orleans. He charged $400/day plus food, supplies and travel for him and his crew back to St Pete including airfare, shuttles and cabs. It took 4 days = $1600 plus about $510 in supplies and $600 to fly him and 2 others back. It wa under $3000. I think to truck it was almost $5000.


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Re: Cost of a captain?

I hired an Italian captain (very experienced, and an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor) for two weeks this year and he charged me €150/day (roughly US$200/day) excluding travel.

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Re: Cost of a captain?

Thanks folks. That's just what I was looking for.
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Re: Cost of a captain?

One thing to consider, hire a local where the boat is if possible. Most that I talked to, especially an older boat, want to inspect the boat first. Makes sense, plus you may think it's ready, but they may not and if they are local then it will be a lot cheaper if there is work that needs to be done before you leave.
I think I paid $150 a day when we were going down the Intracoastal and anchoring at night and $200 a day when were were running 24/7.
Just one man, no crew. Now this was a sailing instructor, great sailor I'm sure, but mechanic he wasn't. If your not a real competent mechanic, make sure the person you hire is, you may need one on board
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I just hired a captain to sail a boat I just purchased from St Pete, FL to New Orleans. He charged $400/day plus food, supplies and travel for him and his crew back to St Pete including airfare, shuttles and cabs. It took 4 days = $1600 plus about $510 in supplies and $600 to fly him and 2 others back. It wa under $3000. I think to truck it was almost $5000.


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I assume the $400 is for captain and crew? High for just a small boat captain.
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Correct. I paid him and he paid his crew. He had on paid sailor and then had a novice who worked for free just for experience. He is a captain and a mechanic and came highly recommended. His name is Capt Andrew Jagger. Very professional and quick. If you search my threads I list his website. He uses yellow brick so you can track him during delivery.



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Re: Cost of a captain?

Hiring a Captain on the East Coast should be from $250-$350 per day and $100 to $150 per day for a crewman. Also figure cost of food and a one-way return airline ticket for them.

In addition, most Captains charge for lay-days if the vessel breaks down along the way.

The best advice I can give you is CHECK REFERENCES, make sure the guy is USCG licensed and provide that information to your insurance company.

Also read the contract with him very carefully.

Good Luck!
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