For runs on the US West Coast, I generally
charge by the mile. The charge runs from $2.50 to $2.75 depending on boat
speed, time of year and other factors. Crew costs are included in this
If going out of country, I generally charge
by the day. There is a lot more variety here. The day rate runs from $250
to about $500, depending on size of crew and number of days. Although,
most out of country trips take quite a bit more time than trips within
Generally includes air fares to get the crew
into position at the boat and to get home after the boat is delivered.
Sometimes a vehicle is rented for one of these legs.
I buy fuel at the cheapest fuel docks available.
I deliberately make stops where I know the fuel is the lowest. If the owner
wishes I will leave the boat nearly full of fuel at the end of the run.
For instance, going into San Francisco from the north, I will stop at Bodega
Bay and top the tanks, as the fuel is cheaper than in the Bay itself.
Fuel is running about 85 cents average
in the US. About $1.25 US out of the country, at the current time Nov 98.
Not included in the estimates as they should
have been done before the trip.
Phone costs are usually about $3 per day in
the US. Can be much higher if out of country. Mexico runs about $10 a day.
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