“Mission accomplished!! Worth every penny!! We are indebted to Ed for caring for our boat like it was his own and safely delivering it through the Champlain Canal and down the Atlantic coast to Hampton, VA. Ed is a very knowledgeable captain who quickly got to know our boat and helped us learn all that we needed to get started. He stepped the mast up and down, built the mast craddle and made sure all the equipment and instruments were working again. We were lucky to spend some time with Ed on the boat during one of the delivery legs and he was amazingly patient with us and helped us far more than we ever expected. Ed was very considerate, saving us money wherever he could and left the boat beautifully clean at the end, which was very much appreciated! Ed has become a friend who we reach out to first when trying to solve a problem on the boat as he always has some keen advice for us. Everyone we’ve met who knows Ed has told us he that he’s the man to trust, and after our experience with him, we agree!!”
Thank you so much, Ed! – Charles & Sabrina Cameron s/v “Paradise Nine”
Yacht Delivery Captain available for hire. Yacht deliveries on the Great Lakes, Welland Canal, St. Lawrence River, Up and Down the East Coast of the US, to and from the Bahamas, the Caribbean and around the Adriatic and Mediterranean. I also deliver yachts from the Great Lakes down the Erie and Champlain canals to the Hudson river. Complete service includes stepping masts up and down, then taken the yachts offshore to the destinations on the East Coast, the Bahamas and the Carribean. In addition to English, I speak Croatian, Serbian and Hungarian and have crew that are Spanish and French speaking, this would be helpful for yacht deliveries in certain regions.
As you can see from my resume, see page “The Skipper”, I am experienced with Ocean passages, and have completed many successful, uneventful and safe yacht deliveries for crew and boats over the years. With close to 30,000 Nautical miles of experience and over 1,700 sea days and nights on the water. I can supply references of happy and satisfied yacht owners.
Please enquire for a flat rate cost for your yacht delivery. Unlike other delivery Captains, I will quote you a flat rate for my services. Estimating the number of days required to make the passage and my travel days to and from the yacht. I will estimate the travel expenses and provisioning costs for our delivery. I provide a crew where needed and I cover their costs, included in the flat rate fee. I will then quote you a flat rate for the delivery. Customers appreciate this type of delivery quote, they can budget and know what the delivery will cost without any surprises.
Reference from very happy yacht owners available on request.
Please contact me if you are interested in further discussions. [email protected]
“We purchased a boat in the BVIs and needed to have it delivered for us to the Great Lakes. That’s when Captain Ed came through for us, consulting us on the equipment and resources that would be needed and weather for the voyage among other things. He also helped us take it off-shore from BVI to the Bahamas, and accompanied us for a leisurely sail through the Bahamas with our family. He knows the Bahamas inside and out, having sailed there for the last 10 years. He really made us feel comfortable and the whole experience enjoyable. Capt. Ed and his crew also delivered the boat offshore from Charleston, SC to New York and up the Hudson, where we picked it up the rest of the way. Captain Ed safely delivered the boat, with no issues, no damages, on time and as quoted! Now having had the opportunity of getting to know him better and followed some of his offshore adventures, I would not trust too many other people more than Ed with my boat and my family.”
Tracey Devine s/v “Sealight” out of Port Credit Yacht Club, Toronto, Canada.
“I’ve known Ed – and been sailing with him – for over three years now, having first met him in the summer of 2015 when I was looking for someone to help me take my boat from New York to the Bahamas. I had not done ocean sailing and wanted to find someone with the experience and expertise to run the crew and safely deliver the boat south.
Ed came highly recommended and with good reason. He has logged thousands of miles on multiple deep water crossings. His thorough preparation gave me and the rest of the crew the comfort and confidence needed to embark on this 24/7 sail to the Bahamas. This was not down the ICW, rather it was well offshore to get out of the Gulf Stream (flowing the wrong way for our purposes) and to head to the Abacos, the Bahamas using the most direct route. This 6-day sail went flawlessly due to Ed’s planning and blue water skills.
As a tremendous bonus, Ed also knows the Bahamas like the back of his hand. I have spent the last three winter seasons cruising there and relying heavily on Ed’s guidance around the best harbours, and the best ways to navigate in the perilously shallow water that encompasses most of the 700 islands in the Bahamas chain. Ed has an inexhaustible store of knowledge about the Bahamas and he seems to have friends strategically placed near every great bar/watering hole across the Abacos and Exuma!”
“If you are considering a charter in the Bahamas then Ed is 100% the best Captain for the job!”
Paul Ter Weeme, Toronto, Canada
“I hired Ed to help me sail my new-to-me, 40-year-old 30′ Hunter sailboat across Georgian Bay to the North Shore. Wiarton to Little Current, Manitoulin Island. It was only a couple days of sailing but with my minimal experience, I thought it was a great opportunity to crew and learn my boat as we had it delivered. Up ’till then, the largest boat I had ever sailed was my 17′ sloop and never on any water larger than a small lake. From the very beginning, Ed made the experience as easy as possible. He arrived at the boat half a day ahead of me, provisioned for the trip, picked up safety supplies the boat lacked, and even topped up the fuel and oil. I took the ferry across to Tobermory and he picked me up at the terminal and drove me down to the boat in Owen Sound. Nice and easy.
Summer Squals! Captain Ed advised that we wait it out in the anchorage at Cabot Head. I wanted to proceed in hopes the squals may pass to the north of us. When we started sailing North and the weather started to change, it didn’t take me long to be thankful to have a seasoned hand on the wheel. Strong winds, torrential rains, and poor visibility pummeled us just as we were crossing the mouth of Lake Huron. At one point, we found that the lines holding the Dinghy had broken free at some point and the Dinghy was nowhere to be found. Reading the wind/waves and using superhuman vision, Ed was able to track down the grey Dinghy in the turbulent grey wanter from miles away. I still don’t know how he did it but with the Dinghy back on board, we beat away from the storm and the waves with zero visibility and before I knew it he found a safe anchorage to wait out the storm.
Ed was only with me for a few days but in that time, I didn’t sink, I didn’t break down or didn’t set fire to the boat which may not seem like an odd thing to say but thinking back, if it were not for him, I would have for sure. He was knowledgeable, patient, and cool during a crisis.
“Best money I’ve spent on my boat so far and would recommend him without question.”
Jeff Nelson, s/v “Moon Struck”, Sault Sainte Marie, Canada
Doing anything complicated during the Covid 19 crisis is almost impossible.
John Sare, s/v “R Time”, Midland, Ontario, Canada
Great Lakes Motor Yacht delivery of a 40′ foot Silverton twin screw flybridge.
From Lake St. Clair, down the Detroit River, Across Lake Erie, The Welland Canal delivery, and then across Lake Ontario!
An excellent yacht delivery captain service! We recently purchased a 40 foot Silverton twin screw flybridge powerboat (30 yrs old) that was located on Lake St Clair and hired Captain Ed to make the journey with our new baby from Lake St. Clair, down the Detroit river, across Lake Erie, a transit through the Welland Canal and across Lake Ontario to our new home at the Outer Harbour Marina in Toronto. We are relatively new to boating and were especially nervous about the Welland Canal part of the trip. Ed coached us and assisted us in planning the journey which was great learning for us, and even rented a trailer to transport all the safety equipment down to the boat. Throughout the trip, Ed was continuously updating us on how things were going (with lots of photos!) and it was clear he was treating our boat as he would his own. He arrived right on schedule and on budget and left the boat clean and ready to go – impressive especially since it had not previously been well cared for and was unused for 3+ years. He was also available afterwards to help us learn the ins and outs of the new boat, provided lessons on docking a twin screw and was always available for questions afterwards. We would highly recommend Captain Ed for any of your powerboat yacht deliveries!
Frank Maione, m/v “Miss B Haven”, Outer Harbour Marina, Toronto, Ontario, Canada