Yacht Delivery FAQs

Are you looking at your options about how to move your boat from one place to another to have your boat delivered?

A normal delivery crew is a skipper and two crew. You pay to fly three crew to the boat and then get them back home. That's as many as six one-way plane tickets. You also pay for onboard provisions and boat expenses like fuel and dockage.

How does using the OPO System save you lots of money?

When you use our services you still pay for the Tier One skipper, but OPO volunteer crew will crew for free and pay their own way to and from the boat. You save by not paying for two crew and airfare for all three crew. Often, since crew are free, the skipper can take an extra 4th crew for no more money than a little extra provisions. Call or e-mail and let us give you a quote. 800-4-PASSAGe (800-472-7724) or offshorepassge@sprintmail.com.  

How do I find a great skipper?

If you are looking to move your boat to another location or to a regatta and do not have a skipper, we have a handful of skippers that have captained in our Offshore Swan Program and that we trust and recommend. We will be happy to help you contact one or more skippers. Once you hire the skipper he can take care of organizing the OPO crew that will sail for free and pay their own way to and from the boat. This way you only pay for the skippers wages, his transportation to and from the boat. You save not having to pay crew and pay for crew airfare.

How does this work?

OPO is a crew networking organization whose niche is offering offshore sailing opportunities to their members. Over 2,000 people have joined and sailed offshore through OPO since 1993.

Why do they crew for free?

OPO members sail for free for a variety of reason. Some are getting sea time towards a captain's license and a new career. Many have sailed for years, but do not live near the water or have a spouse that shares their enthusiasm for sailing. Many can not afford to purchase a seaworthy offshore boat. They do have the time, the experience and the means to get to and from the boat. Plus they get their sailing fix through us. The owner pays for all boat expenses and on-board food; the crew sails for free and pays their own transportation to and from the boat.

How do we know the crew will be any good?

OPO has over 500 active members, many of them members for several years. They have offshore miles (many of them on Swans having sailed in our Offshore Swan Sailing). They have owned boat in the past or are looking to learn more before buying a boat. They are the smart group that looks before leaping. We also have OPO crewmember resumes on file, and we also have members sign a "Code of Conduct" form. (You can review the "Code of Conduct")

What is my liability?

No money changes hands which limits many problems. For overseas trips make sure the crew has a return ticket. There is also a "Crew Waiver" form on our web site at www.sailopo.com that you can print for free and have crew sign before they come aboard.

How do I get crew?

If you or your captain is looking for delivery crew for an offshore passage, simply contact OPO at 1-800-4-PASSAGe (800-472-7724) (631-423-4988) or e-mail us at offshorepassage@sprintmail.com . We will need the details on when and where you want crew to show up. How many?

Where are you going?

How long the trip will take and a few details about the boat and make up of the crew. We also need to know how to contact you. Once we have the information we need, we will send out a notice to our member's and they will get in touch with you. The more lead time the better to give crew a chance to respond and make travel arrangements.

What does the service cost?

The service is free to Boat owners and their captains. If you plan to use us in the future and become repeat customers and you like our service, then we ask boat owners to join for the same price as the crew. The initial fees and annual dues are how we pay for our overhead.

What if I like the crew and want to adopt them as a son to put to work on my boat more often for free?

If you meet one or more OPO members that you like and enjoy having aboard, by all means call them up directly for your next passage or Regatta where you may need many crew. One Swan owner once told us "It is much easier to meet new friends that sail than it is to teach my friends how to sail". Matching good crew with boat owners and captains is what we do.

What if I am looking to hire crew?

We are not a crew finder agency. However some owners like to hire a responsible person to help run the boat or "Boat Sit" while the boat is in port. What better way interview someone than have them come and crew for you first for free.

What if I want to crew with others?

We will be happy to help any Swan owner who wishes to get more sea time the same opportunity to sail as our members. Just give us a call.

Who runs OPO?

Hank Schmitt has been a delivery skipper since 1986. He has over 175,000 miles. He first started delivering Swans in 1998 for the Swan Charter Company that used to charter out of Newport in the summer and St. Martin in the winter. For several years Hank was in charge of putting the crews together to move the fleet twice a year. In 2004 Hank bought the Swan 48 Avocation along with a partner. Since then they have participated in many off the Swan Events and Regatta's and the Caribbean Big Boat Race Weeks as well as the annual migration between New England and the Caribbean.