Sailboat Delivery Captain for Hire

Myrtle Beach Sailing School provides comprehensive sailboat delivery captain services that cover the US East and Gulf Coasts, Great Lakes, Bahamas, and Caribbean. Our experienced USCG licensed captains specialize in delivering sailboats and catamarans, while offering to our clients detailed passage planning, along with tracking-enabled GPS to monitor their vessel in real-time.

Delivery Forms

How We Can Help

We have extensive knowledge of routes and ports across the United States East and Gulf coasts, Great Lakes, Bahamas, and the Caribbean to ensure your vessel is delivered safely and efficiently.

Our sailboat delivery captain service offers:

  • Experienced USCG Licensed Captains
  • US East & Gulf Coasts, Great Lakes, Bahamas, and Caribbean destinations
  • Owner-assisted deliveries/training
  • GPS vessel tracking and email system
  • Expected route report
  • Vessel report

Owner Assisted Sailboat Deliveries

Owner assisted deliveries are available for those who wish to take part in the delivery of their sailboat along with a professional captain and crew. This is a great way to get to know a new boat and gain experience and confidence in sailing, with the added benefit of a captain that is also a certified sailing instructor.

For Owners that do not have the allowed time to assist in the entire delivery, we welcome you to hop aboard for part of the trip.

Although not required, if you desire to progress through the American Sailing program, our captains can work with you to qualify you to an ASA certification level while on passage.

Sailboat Delivery Captain Rates:

$375 per day

Mate (One, if needed)
Used for offshore passages, or as needed
$100 per day

Unpaid Crew
Used for either offshore, coastal, or ICW passages

Calculating Estimated Delivery Days:

Coastal or Offshore Passages
Your boat build and conditions will dictate a good bit of the passage time, but a safe estimate is 125-150nm per 24 hours.

Intracoastal Waterway Passage
Day passages are the name of the game here, so expect 40-60nm per day.

Estimating Mileage
You can create a route using Navionics free online routing system to get an idea of distance overall.

Minimum Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) Crew Requirements:

1 Captain/1 Crew

Minimum Near-Coastal or Offshore Sailboat Crew Requirements:

1-2 Days/Up to 200nm
1 Captain/1 Crew

3+ Days/Over 200nm
1 Captain/2 Crew or
1 Captain/1 Mate/1 Crew

Offshore Passage
(ex - US East Coast to Caribbean)
1 Captain/1 Mate/1 Crew

Owner Information & Expectations (FAQs):

Pre-Departure Day
This is a paid day as the Captain and Crew will be completing an inspection of your sailboat and expectations of the passage. You will find our pre-departure checklist in the above Delivery Forms section.

Captain/Mate Travel
Paid by Owner. All reasonable travel expenses (airfare, car rental/Uber/taxi services, etc) to your sailboat location and the return trip home.

Provisions (Food & Drink)
Paid by Owner. All reasonable travel provision expenses while underway (cooking/drinks while aboard). Expect $15-20 per person, per day.

Inclimate Weather/Conditions
Weather is typically the reason departures are delayed. Our delivery agreement allows for up-to four (4) days of unpaid "weather days". Beyond four days a $35 per diem is paid to the Captain and Mate (if needed).

Sailboat Related
Paid by Owner. All sailboat related purchases such as, but not limited to, fuel, docking/mooring, parts, maintenance, etc.

At MBSS, we take pride in our commitment to delivering the highest quality of service while ensuring the safety of your vessel. Choose our experienced and professional team for peace of mind during the delivery process. Contact us today to learn more and to receive a personalized quote for your delivery.