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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Yacht Delivery US located?

Yacht Delivery US is located in Central Florida, however we deliver boats all over the world.

How do I book a delivery?

To schedule a delivery please first use our Yacht Delivery Quote Request form. The information provided on this form is required to determine distances, stops, and to calculate transit times. We will respond immediately once you submit the quote request form. You may also call us at (352) 425-6430.

What happens to the information submitted on your forms?

Your information is needed in order to provide you with an accurate estimate, it is kept private and only used to provide you with an estimate. Your Information is not sold or shared! A deposit will be required to get on the schedule. 

What is the difference between a quotation and an estimate?

While we can QUOTE you a daily rate for the crew. We can only ESTIMATE the total number of days to complete a voyage from to the (boat speed) information given to us by you. Actual delivery time may vary depending on boat speed and weather/sea conditions.

Where will you deliver?

We will deliver your boat to marinas and private docks along the U.S. East and Gulf Coasts, Inland Rivers, Intracoastal Waterways, Great Lakes, Florida, the Great Loop, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and other ports.

Does the vessel need to have insurance?

Yes. Existing insurance usually covers a licensed Master. Be sure to check with your agent. You may need to add the captain to your current policy if not already covered.

Does the vessel need Documentation?

Yes, Documentation and/or state registration should be aboard with a letter appointing Captain Alex Santoriello as the owner’s agent.

Does the vessel need to be covered by a towing policy?

Captain Alex has a professional Sea Tow Policy, however he recommends that owners acquire their own policy.

What type of boats do you deliver?

For longer journeys only vessels longer than 39 feet and under 100 gross tons.
*NOTE: Vessels smaller than the minimum stated can be moved locally. Lessons are also given on smaller vessels. If you need to move a vessel long distance and it’s smaller than 30 feet, you should consider trucking it. I may make some exceptions for smaller vessels in excellent condition crossing between Florida and the Bahamas where trucking isn’t an option.

Can the owner come with us?

Yes, the owner may join as a member of the crew.

How many crew for a delivery?

For short distances or daylight only travel a minimum of 2 crew are required, including the captain and 1 deckhand. For larger vessels or longer overnight journeys a minimum of 3 crew are required. The owner may join as a member of the crew, however they will be expected to perform as crew.

Can the owner provide their own deckhand?

The simple answer is No. The deckhands are “competent crew” of Yachtmaster US.

What condition should the vessel be in?

As well maintained as possible. The engines need to be in good running order and recently serviced with spare parts, fuel filters, hoses clamps and some basic tools, etc. Captain Alex will not go to sea in a vessel that he considers unseaworthy.

What electronics should be aboard the vessel?

The Vessel should be equipped with a working GPS/ Chart plotter and a working VHF Radio. All the navigation equipment, lights, and radios should be in good working order.

*NOTE: I carry a backup GPS/Chart plotter, satellite communication devices, trackers and a Handheld VHF Radio.

What do you need on board?

All USCG-required safety equipment. USCG SAFETY GEAR REQUIREMENT CHART
The vessel must have all required safety gear, fire extinguishers, and life rafts. Any safety gear that has an expiration date should be checked to ensure they are still valid. All must be in good condition. Paper and or electronic charts for the areas to be sailed should also be available.

How do I know how much fuel I will need?

If possible owners should do a fuel consumption burn prior to any boat relocations. Fill the vessel to capacity, travel one hour at a specific engine RPM and then refuel the vessel. You will have an estimated hourly fuel burn. *NOTE: We are looking for gallons per hour (GPH) NOT miles per gallon (MPG).
Owners of powerboats should be aware and have realistic expectations of fuel costs during a relocation. Even at slow speeds, you will likely spend more on fuel for the boat than you spend paying the crew delivering the vessel. Be aware that running your boat at a higher RPM will use more fuel, while a slower RPM will require the crew to be on the yacht longer.

How many hours a day do you sail?

We generally start at first light, unless prevailing wind and seas conditions say otherwise. In a motor vessel or when running inside (ICW) we try to get at least 10 hours of travel each day. Unless we are running a motor vessel with low fuel consumption and large fuel tanks (a trawler) or a sailboat we would normally only get 10 or 12 hours underway before requiring more fuel. If we run outside we are not limited to daylight hours but we would require additional crew.

What route will you use?

The Captain reserves the right to alter course and route at any time for the purpose of safety based on weather, vessel congestion, tides currents, or any other concerns. We endeavor to make the shortest and quickest passages possible. We will use the safest route the conditions allow for.

What happens if there are weather delays?

Should we encounter severe weather, in SOME cases an alternate route is available. In some crossing situations, it may be necessary to hold up in a port of refuge. In the event that occurs, we may charge a discounted daily rate.

What happens if there are mechanical delays?

Mechanical concerns are treated on a case-by-case basis. We will attempt to fix it on the spot if possible.

Do you sail or use the motor? (sailboats only)

We will always sail where possible. However, we are not sailing purists, so you can be sure we are also running the engine to get the necessary speed on the course we desire.

Are there any extra costs that aren’t included in your quote?

All expenses, above the crew daily rate, incurred by the boat such as fuel, marina fees, repairs, crew travel, tips for marina dockhands, onboard provisions, etc… will be charged to the vessel owner.

Do private yachts have to go through U.S. Customs before returning to our shores?

Yes. I am familiar with the procedure and have done it many times. You will need a DTOPS

DTOPS, the Decal and Transponder Online Procurement System