Originally Posted by Fish53
When I used to do deliveries I charged an extra day or two just to go over the boat before any other preparations. Only a fool goes to sea in a vessel they're unfamiliar with.
My contract with clients stipulated that I inspected the boat for seaworthyness prior to the delivery and if not, the contract was void. Lost many potential clients when they balked on that part of the contract.
If the delivery was shortly after purchase, I read the survey to determine if the boat is seaworthy. But still did my own inspection before accepting the job.
If there was no survey, then I did my own assessement of the boats seaworthyness prior to accepting the assignment.
For short inland deliveries such as taking a twin engine boat through the Ballard Locks to a repair yard, I still inspected the boat but was more lax with issues.
I did not do too many offshore deliveries since most owners were looking for the least expensive delivery captain, least number of days for delivery or I found that the boat was not safe. And there are too many skippers willing to do deliveries for less money than what I was charging.
Don't have to make those decisions any more. I retired and let my CG License expire. Yeah!