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Yacht Delivery

If you are seeking a professional yacht delivery outfit that is reliable, committed, and that operates with integrity, then look no further.  VMS employs competent captains that embody excellence. Furthermore, our captains are certified in Paul Exner’s Go Anywhere by Sail methods, ​providing our team with a standardized approach to systematically pilot a vessel at sea. This strategic methodology combined with our expertise has created a delivery outfit which is unprecedented!  

We specialize in taking delivery of sailing vessels. We systematically sail across oceans, island chains, and along coastlines. We offer delivery anywhere!  

To learn more about our delivery service, please continue reading below.

 

 

Delivery Process & Rates

To get the vessel delivery process started, the first step will be to give us a call so we can collect information regarding your vessel and its intended passage. Taking into consideration the delivery route, the type of vessel, and its average speed underway, we will be able to plan the passage duration and crew required. All of this information will be fundamental in order to provide you with a quote. 

 

The next step will be for us to vet your vessel. We will provide you with a Pre-Departure Checklist and we ask that you and/or a qualified technician review this list onboard the vessel and make any necessary repairs prior to our arrival. In addition to the Pre-Departure Checklist, we will perform our own inspection of the vessel to familiarize ourselves with its equipment and systems (i.e. propulsion, electrical, plumbing, etc.). 

Now it is time for departure! Utilizing our understanding of earth science, combined with weather forecast models and data provided by the Predict Wind application and Iridium Go! (satellite communications device), we will continuously interpret and analyze weather data while underway and choose the route that best suits your vessel. We can also provide a GPS tracking web page, so our progress can be observed while underway. Once we arrive at our final destination, we will thoroughly clean the vessel’s exterior and ensure the vessel’s interior is in the same condition we initially found it in, if not better. After the voyage, we will even provide you with a list of recommendations, so you are aware of any deficiencies your vessel may have. We will treat your vessel with the utmost care before, during, and after the voyage.

Give us a call to schedule a consultation today!

Our Crew

 

Tim Valley

Tim is a sailor at heart. He pursued sailing lessons in Utila, Honduras at the age of 18, and crewed his first transatlantic delivery on a Rachael Pugh 1D48 at the age of 25. Tim sails the Hawaiian Island chain when time allows and really enjoys blue water sailing when the right opportunities present themselves. Tim holds a USCG 100 Ton Masters License with a Towing and Sailing Endorsement, and he has operated inspected passenger vessels since 2005. With a background as a Marine Fiberglass Technician, Tim is familiar with modern construction methods and their structural integrity. Over the years Tim also worked as a SCUBA Instructor, Vessel Assist Captain, and a Fleet Maintenance Manager. Additionally, Tim partakes in ABYC certification courses and he recently obtained his Marine Electrical Certification. Currently, Tim is a Certified Marine Surveyor with ACMS, and he has taken a particular interest in boating safety.

 

"Ensuring the vessel is seaworthy and redundancies are in place is the perfect foundation for a fun and successful voyage!"

Karson Winslow

Karson has been working professionally on the water since 2007. Her background includes SCUBA diving (PADI divemaster), Maritime Archaeology and Tall Ship sailing. Karson sailed around the world with the World Arc as professional crew in 2011 on a Hylas 54 and Beneteau 50. She worked in the super yacht industry from 2012-2017 on various private sailing yachts including Fitzroy, Dubois, Royal Huisman and Alloy yachts.  She has sailed over 60,000 nautical miles, including three Atlantic crossings, two Pacific crossings and a handful of Caribbean-East Coast milk runs. Karson holds a USCG 100 ton license with sail endorsement and an RYA Yacht master Offshore 200 ton (sailing). Karson has worked as a captain in Kona, Hawaii on sailing vessels and RIB's for the tourist industry since 2018. She is medically trained in first aid/cpr (w/AED), wilderness first aid and completed a (MEDPIC) Medical Person in Charge (advanced medical training). Karson holds an STCW ‘95/2010 which involves firefighting training, life raft and survival at sea training. She is learning more about boat mechanics and has taken an AEC marine diesel training course.

Justin Summers

Justin has sailed the Hawaiian Islands for the past several years giving him an intimate knowledge of the coastlines' treasures. Most of Justin's sailing has been single or short handed on small boats, though he has crossed oceans on larger sailing vessels and truly enjoys the unique challenges presented by offshore sailing. Over the past six years Justin has been grateful to share his knowledge and passion for the ocean and it’s inhabitants as a charter boat captain along the Kona Coast.  Justin also enjoys teaching sailing tactics & techniques to boat owners on owner-assisted sailing voyages.  Justin’s previous experience as an arborist influenced his safe rigging practices and provided him an abundance of tangible knowledge with the operation and maintenance of hydraulic systems as well as gasoline and diesel engines. Justin is currently volunteering with Sea Shepherd in the Sea of Cortez, acting as the Fleet Manager to oversee maintenance and operations on three of their 110' Patrol Vessels. He is a USCG Master with Sail and Tow endorsements, youth sailing instructor, Wilderness First Responder, and a Search and Rescue Technician certified in CPR and AED.