I'm the one with the delivery
story, but first, Kev&JO and DtM not all Americans find the term "Yank" very indearing. "YEEHAA"? come on!!
I took delivery
of my Mahe in June. My wife and I wanted to sail her with the Delivery Capitain on her maiden voyage. We were told to be at the port to pick the boat
up, when we arrived, our Broker did not have us cleared thru port security
(there were 3 boats being delivered, 2 Mahes and a power cat). When we finally got thru, my boat
was hanging off the side of the delivery vessel about 50 feet over the river. We had to climb over the ship and literally jump off the railing to our boat as the crew rocked the boat back and forth so it would be closer for us! Boy was this a suprise to my wife, but she jumped and made it. Then it started to pour, we had a very nice French Capitain that helped prep the boat and change my equipment
from French to English
. About an hour into the trip we were surrounded by a C.G. cutter
, police boats and a Helocopter. We were approaching a 65' bridge to cross under when we saw a "thing" fall off the bridge, listening to the VHF
we learned it was a Jumper, hit the water
about 1/2 mile in front of us! As we waited to proceed it stated to rain again. We lost
our saleman who took off in the power cat, so our 2 Mahes cruised along trying to raise him on the radio
. Within 30 minutes we found him heaved to and being boarded by customs
. Turned out that no one cleared us to leave the port! Not a good thing! we all were boarded by agents with automatic weapons, the Major in charge informed me that we could of had our boats seized! We all cleared and were on our way again. we all stop to get fuel
and my French Capitain left my boat and my salesman joined my wife and I. We had about 5 hours to our next port and I still didn't have all the equipment
so I asked my saleman to help, he informed me that I should read the manual and preceeded to make sales calls leaving my wife and I to figure things out for our selves! Everytime we asked for help we got the same reply. When I insisted he help he started raising his voice and stated that he couldn't work
with us and wanted off the boat at the next port, I couldn't wait to accomodate him. We arranged for the owner of the brokerage to take his place the next morning. We arrived at a marina very late and as soon as we tied up he was off to the bar. We thought we were done with him but he showed up drunk and wanted to sleep on board, when my wife said OK (She did not want to fight any more) he preceeded to drink a bottle of my wine and passed out!
The next morning arrived and the guy was off my boat, thank god! The broker showed up and we did an over night off shore cruise
to our home port, it was excellent! The boat handled very nicely. She is now being outfitted with A/C, Generator
(you have 8" of clearance over the salon
roof, and I did not form the bimini
to the contour of the Salon
roof, if you do you will have very little room to get out from under the bimini to port side). We are planning a month trip to the Bahamas
this Fall. Can't wait.
FYI, the Furuno
equipment has been a problem since the beginning. We have had the server replaced and now need to replace the Compass
component. Also, this system is not for sale
in the U.S., therefore, all parts
are shipped from overseas for replacement. So far Furuno
has been very good about fixing things and getting us parts
. Just a little nervious once it is out of warranty.