Originally Posted by constellation
It sounds very much like you're getting paid. It is just offensive to ask people to fly out to you on their own nickel for a straight run across the Atlantic, on a boat you have no experience with so you can pocket a couple extra bucks on the delivery charge. And just what are "preferences"? Good luck. Someone will probably take you up on your "offer", but only because they don't know better, and that's the kind of experience you want on a transatlantic new yacht delivery.
No, it's not offensive. It's Gary's job to do this, well... good for him, some of us are jealous ...
in a friendly way. I am one person who did not "know better" and I am pretty happy I
answered Gary's "offer" a few months ago. I had a great crossing with a cool guy and
superb trouble shooter to boot. I would advise anybody who has the time to contact
Gary, ask their questions, and go for it.
You are being "offensive", answering a pleasant post this way. You also write without
knowing. "on a boat you have no experience with" How do you know? Gary has delivered
Voyage Cats of all sizes between Cape Town and the Caribbeans several times a year for
more years than you have spent typing mean posts. He can tell you what will break before
it happens, what used to break and does not anymore ....
If you are a star, Mr Constellation, do become a delivery skipper so you get to captain the boat.
Then you can offer open-jaw tickets from around the world to 2 or 3 potential crews every
passage, and see how long you last in the business. Some owners sometimes offer some
travel allowance, to good crews. Delivery skippers can rarely afford cutting their budget that
way. Maybe you are one, so ... we are eagerly awaiting your offers on cruiserlog with plane
As a captain, of course, you will do all the tricky stuff, like going to the foredeck
in pounding waves to fix the unraveled trampoline and god knows what else that broke,
telling your crew to watch you from the safety of the cockpit, because it's your instinct
to take this on yourself as you are the professional.
And you will wake up from you off-watch sleep when a crew knocks at your port because
of this or that triviality that worries them. Oh, and of course, you will be pleasant with the
crew and relaxed and cool because you seem to be that kind of person given the cheerful
stuff that oozes from your keyboard. If you are in a bad mood, don't hammer people you
don't know, just go sailing. Don't bother answering my post because I will not post further
in that thread no matter what you say.
Now seriously, those of us who don't know better realize that this is one of the best offers
on the board for a little while. Anybody out there who has the time, go sail with Gary. You
will have a great time on a great boat with a great ocean skipper.