Frequently Asked Questions
James Lowe Captain Services is Home Port on south central the Gulf coast of Florida
1.How do I book a delivery?
Call (727) 236-1385 to schedule a delivery, or use our Contact Form.
2.Where will you deliver?
I will deliver your boat along the US. East and Gulf Coasts, Florida the Bahamas, and Caribbean. and other ports.
3. Does the boat need to have insurance?
Yes. Existing insurance usually covers a licensed boat delivery captain but be sure to check with your agent.
4. Does the vessel need Documentation?
Yes, Documentation and/or state registration should be aboard with a letter appointing Captain James Lowe as the owner's agent.
5. What type of boats do you deliver?
For long distances only sailboats over 32 feet or a power boats over 35 feet and any larger type and size of powerboat or sailboat, private or commercial up to 200 gross tons.
*NOTE: Vessels smaller than the minimum stated can be moved locally. lessons are also given on smaller vessels. If you need to move a vessel smaller than 35 feet long distance you should consider trucking it. I may make some exceptions for smaller vessels in excellent condition crossing between Florida and the Bahamas where trucking isn't an option.
6. Can the owner come with us?
Yes, If the owner wants to come with along with family and friends they are more than welcome. However unless you boat is a coast guard "Inspected Vessel" passengers will be limited to less than six passengers and vessel size may also add passenger limitations
(*Note Inspected vessels are not the same as Documented vessels)
Crew Verse Passengers
7. How many crew for a delivery?
A minimum of 2 crew including captain and 1 deck hand depending on size of vessel.
If the owner want to participate as crew to save money that's fine but they will be expected to do their share, if the owner prefers to just be a passenger then an affordable but qualified deck hand will be provided at the owners expense
8. What condition should the vessel be in?
As well-maintained as possible. The engines needs to be in good running order and recently serviced with a few spare parts - fuel filters, hoses clamps and some basic tools etc.
The Vessel should be equipped with a working GPS / Cartplotter And a working VHF Radio. All the navigation equipment, lights and radios should be in good repair, vessel must have all required safety gear, fire extinguishers and life rafts must also be in good condition. Paper and or electronic charts for the areas to be sailed should also be available.
*NOTE: I carry a back up GPS / Chartplotter and Handheld VHF Radio
10. What do you need on board?
All USCG required safety equipment. 2010 REQUIREMENT CHART
11. How do i know how much fuel I need?
Owners should do a fuel consumption burn prior to any boat relocations, Its simple enough to do. Go to a marina fill the vessel to capacity, chart a course at least 15 nautical miles or more one way, set the boat at your desired cruising speed for the most economical run go there turn around measure the actual distance of you voyage on GPS. return to Marina and fill boat to capacity again, now not withstanding to currents and winds you should have a fair assumption how much fuel you vessel will burn per mile in similar circumstances. Owners of powerboats should be aware and have realistic expectations of fuel cost during a relocation even at a slow speeds you will likely spend more on fuel for the boat than you spend paying the crew that is delivering the vessel. Be aware that running your boat at a higher RPM will use more fuel, while a slower RPM will require the crew to be on the yacht longer.
12. How many hours a day do you sail?
We start at the crack of dawn and try to get at least 10- 12 hour of travel each day utilizing mostly daylight hours when possible, we are not limited to daylight hours but for safety reasons it is preferred.
13. What route will you use?
The Captain reserves the right to alter course and route at any time for the purpose of safety based on weather, vessel congestion, tides currents or any other concerns. We will endeavor to make the shortest and quickest passages possible
14. Weather Delays?
Should we encounter severe weather, in many cases an alternate route is available, In some crossing situations it may be necessary to hold up in a port of refuge in that case we charge a discounted daily rate.
15. Mechanical Delays?
Mechanical concerns are treated on a case by case basis. We will attempt to fix on the spot if possible
16. Sail or motor?
We will always sail where possible, however we are not sailing purest so you can be sure we also be running the engine to get the necessary speed on the course we desire
17. Extra Cost?
All expenses above the crew daily rate incurred by the boat such as fuel, marina fees, repairs, crew travel and onboard provisions, etc., will be charged to vessel owner
17. U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP)?
Do private yachts have to go through US Customs returning to our shores? Simple answer is Yes!, and I am familiar with the procedure.