I will first reply to gaspass3... unless things have changed in the last 10 years or so, about 40% of deliveries had an owner, family member
or someone they wanted along on the trip. If the passage was such that crew were required then I would deduct the cost of crew from the quote provided the person accompanying me was experienced. Most of the time when an owner wanted to come along, it was because he was inexperienced and hoped to pick up a few pointers on the passage or at least familiarize himself with his new boat.
There were a couple of instances where the owner was such an *******, I couldn't even stand to be around him for more than an hour but this only happened twice that I recall
over about 20 years in the business. Most times they were great company, eager to learn and took great care to treat their new boat with TLC.
To answer Mcdermitts question, I would average around 180-200 miles per day depending on the sea conditions, no breakdown in gear
or mechanical problems, tide and current
not a factor, etc. it was in my interests to finish the delivery as quickly as could safely be accomplished. Power boat
deliveries were more predictable but still could be a crap shoot. An important piece of equipment is a SSB
, Inmarsat or other communication means other than VHF
to keep the owner informed of progress, problems, ETA, etc. many of my clients were brokers in southern CA who were anxious to get the vessel stateside into their inventory and wanted to be able to inform prospective buyers when the vessel was scheduled to arrive.
Not sure how much of what I have shared with you is applicable in the Gulf but it should give you an idea. The suggestion of trucking your boat to where you want is worth consideration but factor in pulling the mast
and re rigging
when you have her where you want her. Cheers, Phil