Maybe he's not a boat surveyor, inspector, or lawyer. He's an adventurer who delivers second hand boats. Seems to me he could have sailed a raft to the Azores(as long as he brought a hand operated watermaker so why would he turn down a job because the boat wasn't proof tested.
Originally Posted by DumnMad
Quote "Before departure the Delivery Skipper
would inspect the systems on board and also enquire about their age, service history
and any known issues with any of them. The Delivery Skipper could then demand that any items of concern be serviced or replaced prior to leaving port.
No one knows the full details of this particular whole delivery process other than Boatie himself.
I would be very interested to know what he has learnt from this experience.
With the benefit of hindsight are there any things that he would have done differently if he was starting this trip all over again? Also, what information has he added to his "professional knowledge bank" for future deliveries?
I think that his personal feedback and advice would be the most valuable bits of information to everyone reading this thread.
Once we have his feedback then we can ask meaningful questions that are directly relevant to his information without going into tangents and speculation.
And I'm sure he can leap tall buildings with a single
bound too, BUT can we at least agree that it would be prudent, before setting out for the Azores
on his watermaker
equipped raft, to verify that it is indeed a raft rather then just several logs
floating side by side, and that he also remembered his compass
Seriously, I don't for a minute question that he is a very experienced sailor and he obviously does a lot of things right or he wouldn't still be around, but I'd hope that he didn't set out across the Atlantic knowing that important parts
of the boats electrical system
were already compromised or likely to fail, and without checking out the water quality in the tanks or having a whole lot of bottled water aboard to drink. As it turned out he was very lucky to have been able to flag down that cargo vessel that bailed him out by sharing their drinking water
In fact, any boat that I knew had been sitting in a warm climate for sale
and not being used for any length of time, I'd want to look down into the fuel
tanks to check for sludge or get the fuel
polished before setting out. I learned that one the hard way when after a winter in the Bahamas
, rough weather
in the Gulf Stream
stirred up all the sludge on the bottom that had built up and shut down all means of making electricity. It's surprising how fast you can go through 6 extra Racor
filters and cleaning
them with a toothbrush only yields about 10 minutes of use and it's a pain in the butt to have no autopilot
or radios with only 2 onboard. And even if you're a competent mechanic
, it doesn't do your stomach or your awareness of what else is going on with the boat much good to be spending half your time with your head
in the engine
room replacing racor
filters. That's why you check out and correct as many foreseeable issues ahead of time, so you don't have to use your superior ability to "cope" or fix any more of them than necessary later on while you are underway, because doing all the "coping" keeps you from attending to other things required of you during the passage
I realize that delivery skippers are often put in the position of inheriting other peoples problems so they have a little different mindset than those of us who cruise
aboard our own boats. I've done just a few paid deliveries and I really don't like the feeling of not knowing virtually everything about the boat I'm on the way I do my own boat. I'm pretty confident in my ability to jury rig things or think out of the box to fix most things found aboard, but it still just makes me uneasy to have so many unanswered questions in my head
about details of the boats systems and condition, and it's one big reason I haven't done more deliveries. So, on one extreme we have the conscientious cruising sailor who has spare parts for just about everything aboard and knows how to fix them and knows exactly what every bump and creak aboard his boat means without even thinking about it, and then we have the most cavalier and overconfident delivery skipper who steps aboard anything that floats and sails
off with barely any evaluation of the boats condition, confident that he can handle whatever problems might arise. It's a romantic notion but I think the best practice lies somewhere in between. Realistically, there's no way that before he sets out, a delivery skipper like Boatie can learn the details of each boat like most of us know our own boats, but there ARE certain things such as water tanks that are pretty necessary to have full of fresh water and are easy to check out, or to verify that sails
are at least serviceable or the fuel tanks aren't contaminated or where is the spare alternator
or belt stored? I'd like to know if he, or any other experienced delivery skipper, has a pre departure checklist or mental checklist to check on such things, and where he draws the line as far as electrical
issues go. Maybe Boatie will come on and honestly share that with us and why he thinks so many things went wrong on this crossing and maybe he won't, but it's worth thinking about how a little time spent checking things out before departure can help avoid a cascade of problems later on.