Professional yacht deliveries conducted by RYA instructors and skippers

Dani de Bita

MCA/RYA Yachtmaster offshore instructor and also holds the Patron de Altura for the Spanish Marina Mercante. He is also a columnist skipper for regatta magazines.

Dani is a professional instructor and skipper with more than 15 years experience and has logged over 50,000 nautical miles. The majority of his time has been spent around the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean in yachts ranging from 30 to 80 feet, cruising and racing. His sailing journey began at the age of 8 in his families sailing vessel. After several different working experiences he decided to earn his living and go back to what he loves the most; sailing.

We provide a no nonsense approach to assist you in getting your boat from A-B

Yacht Deliveries and Boat Delivery Services Based in Barcelona

At Sailing Barcelona we take time to work with our clients to make sure we understand their expectations and requirements in each and every way prior to an agreement taking place.

Our aim is to make every contract straightforward with clear pricing information and to ensure that every delivery is carried out professionally.

On delivery passages we supply a minimum of 3 crew depending on the vessel size and complexity, that are all RYA qualified instructors and skippers to ensure your peace of mind. We also ensure that when delivering new vessels from boatyards that our skippers have the necessary experience.

PRE-DELIVERY

On joining a vessel our crew spend as much time is necessary checking all the boat’s systems and preparing the boat for passage, even for short deliveries.

This includes a detailed checklist covering the function of more than a hundred items of equipment and fittings from pushpit to pulpit, bilge to masthead. Anything that is not serviceable and might have an effect on the delivery passage will be reported on, and rectified if practical, before setting out. All vulnerable areas of woodwork and upholstery below decks are encased in protective cladding to avoid any inadvertent damage while at sea in rough conditions.

DURING DELIVERY

Once underway the skippers establish and maintain a rate of progress towards the destination to complete the passage in the budgeted timescale. For sail boats, this progress will be under sail, however if the wind dies then the engine will be used to ensure that the delivery is not delayed. Owners are welcome to join a delivery although the delivery crew will routinely sail 24 hours a day with only brief stops as necessary for fuel, provisions or to avoid severe weather.

Safety is always the first priority and the skipper’s judgement at sea is never questioned. If the skipper decides that the conditions are too rough to proceed then the yacht will head for shelter. The level of experience and sailing expertise required of our skippers allows them to make good progress in conditions of wind and sea that would keep most leisure sailors firmly in their bunks on dry land. Our policy is to sail conservatively and not over-stress sails, rigs or engines.

On completion of all deliveries the Skipper completes a detailed condition report on the vessel and its’ systems so that owners have a picture of their boat’s condition on arrival. We never forget how important your boat is to you and ensure that you are kept informed of progress during the passage. We organize every aspect of the delivery passage and there is no requirement for a formal handover from the owner or his representative.

NEW BOAT DELIVERIES

Our depth of experience means that we can organize and provide necessary safety items as well as recommend and install specific equipment. We can undertake handover with, or on behalf of the owner, checking condition and inventory at a time when the boat may be new and unfamiliar.

CUSTOMS & CLEARANCE PROCEDURES

We have experience of moving yachts in many different parts of the world and in particularly Europe and the Mediterranean, we are familiar with Customs and Clearance procedures which can appear complex and can lead to problems if not undertaken correctly.

Our skippers have a good understanding of the processes involved and are well versed in presenting and obtaining the correct paperwork when required, particularly where VAT is concerned.