We have just successfully delivered a nice fully coded Bavaria 36 Cruiser yacht. this was brought back from Newcastle down to Southampton. The weather was great the wind was consistent and the yacht was fantastic. We pulled out of the Harbour going past Nobby Head and then headed on a bearing of 110 to get away from the land. We picked up a good Force 3 Southerly wind giving as a nice sail out for the morning, getting some 10 miles offshore. We the turned into the wind and tacked our way down the east coast. Yacht delivery is a great experience when things are going right but can be very challenging. It took several days to get down to the Dover Straight at which time we motored through to save any lost time tacking through the traffic. Once out the other side of the shipping channel we picked up the force 4 southerly wind and cruised along the south coast averaging 7 knots. We managed to maintain this speed all the way up to Southampton where we pulled into meet our very happy yacht owner.
He was waiting with the traditional bottle of red wine to celebrate the arrival of his newest toy. The Bavaria 36 was fully coded as it had been a working yacht before. It was in absolute pristine condition considering its age and use and sailed very well.
When we work out a yacht delivery, we usually base it on an average speed of 6 knots. We then work out the journey and see how many hours sailing it will take. You then add in a stop where necessary, usually only needed for journeys longer than 5 days. Then we can work out a price. We try to keep things very cheap for the client and utilise experienced crew that are happy to sail for free. All they expect is basic food and drink, the rest is down to them. This means you are only paying for the one person.
This yacht delivery was a very nice sail and both crew and more importantly the client and yacht were all very happy. 🙂