There a lots of naysayers on this topic and very few who have any experience. The admiral , 2 crew and myself fall squarely into the been there done that category and it was great.
After a reasonable amount of emails and a few phone
calls both parties were satisfied in each other’s capabilities and experience so off we went. Flew to the UK and spent 5 days sailing the Solent And had a blast. No damage or even close calls but a little stressful at first till we got used to the traffic. Cleaned the boat
and left a bottle of wine for the owner All good.
A few months later they flew to Canada
and enjoyed our boat on the East coast
for 5 days venturing to numerous bays including an overnight in historic Lunenburg Nova Scotia
. Boat was clean and a bottle of wine on the table when they left.
I get the concerns and recognize the risks involved but most of us have a reasonable tolerance for calculated risks otherwise we’d be watching sailboats leaving the harbour instead of sailing them ourselves.