Beware the Delivery Skipper
Well finally here we are with the Renegade all back together and re-commissioned; for those of us who may at one time or another wish to have our 'Pride & Joy' delivered from one place to another, without being on board 'Beware!!'
Attached to this blog are some of the damage sustained photo's - During the lengthy correspondence with my 'Professional Skipper' let me use just one quote for your amusement -
"I accept no liability for the peripheral damage caused by the strong wind incident during the early hours of 22rd July, nor for what can only be described of wear and tear of running rigging. This passage involved approx 1200nm offshore. The reason your yacht was insured for all risks is because there is a likelihood of damage from the elements during such a passage. I am not responsible for the outcome of a situation I did not cause either by negligence or mishandling."
Unfortunately I cannot attach more as this whole issue is the subject of pending litigation. Except to give you a little list of the damage initially (minor) reported and then subsequently found:
My sympathy is with those delivery skippers who do take care and treat our 'Pride and Joy' as their own; such a shame that the minority can behave in such an entirely un professional manner; So owners be warned, check him out well, I did'nt I was in a rush to get home to a very 'poorly' 87 year old mother and expected an advert in Yachting Monthly to be 'bona fida'......
In more than 40 years of sailing I have always looked after charter and friends boats as my own and this recent experience has certainly opened my eyes especially that in the view of my delivery skipper "The reason your yacht was insured for all risks is because there is a likelihood of damage from the elements during such a passage." Perhaps it is reasonable to assume that given good seamanship in fact much or all of the damage could have been prevented; oh and his report stated the max wind at the time of the damage was 28knots with gusts to 34knots!!...oh and he was in his bunk at the time!!...with a thunderstorm and just one crewman on the helm!!....just as well they were not out in a real 'blow' eh !!