What do you think to this idea?
My boat (35ft classic cutter/yawl) is currently in the Caribbean
, St Lucia
. I now live on the west coast
having moved from the UK. I sailed her as far as the Caribbean
but am having trouble getting enough time off to finish the trip. Problem is getting time away from work in the winter and in the summer you are in the hurricane
Time is not critical so I was thinking about looking for a couple who might be interested in having the use of the boat for the winter season in the Caribbean/west coast. They get a full season cruising in exchange for dropping the boat anywhere from LA north at the end of the trip. They pay running costs and insurance
for the time they are on board. I pay Panama
transit cost and probably survey
costs for insurance
plus any preparation the boat needs for the voyage.
The sort of people I was thinking of would be, for example, an experienced sailing couple with their own boat who would like a season 'down south' but don't want the long haul; A couple who where experienced sailors contemplating living aboard
who wanted to try a long cruise
before committing themselves; Possibly a research
or environmental group wanting a vessel for a season but I think she would probably be too small for this.
The alternative is trucking or a paid delivery
crew both very expensive.
Ever heard of this sort of thing? Am I mad? Or is it good idea?