Our mission at Pacific Yacht Delivery is to provide select owners, agents and brokers with the best value and highest quality professional yacht delivery service available.

Under the direction of United States Coast Guard Licensed Master J. Eric Bergel, our experienced team of marine professionals specializes in the ocean going delivery of recreational motor and sailing vessels to all points on the Pacific Ocean and beyond.

To date we have logged over 120,000 miles both offshore and along what amount to some of the harshest coastlines in the world while consistently maintaining a perfect safety record and the highest level of customer satisfaction.

We take pride and pleasure in efficiently delivering each vessel to the selected destination in Bristol fashion. We have never failed to complete a delivery and will do everything possible to continue our impeccable reputation.

For more information about our service please visit the rest of our site and then call our office or email us at the link below.

It will be our pleasure to assist in the planning of your next yacht delivery.

Delivery Rates

Vessels and itineraries vary considerably and therefore it is not practical to set one rate for yacht delivery.

We generally contract deliveries for an all inclusive delivery service fee based upon a number of factors including: route and season proposed – vessel speed, equipment, condition and the number of crew required.

The delivery service fee covers crew wages, transportation, and provisions for the duration of the delivery. Fuel, moorage, outfitting and repairs are billed at the completion of delivery at our direct cost.

Delivery Rates


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Simply the highest quality and best value yacht delivery service available.
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Pacific Yacht DeliveryThursday, June 13th, 2019 at 5:16am
The A team safely completes the shortest delivery in our company's history! 5.5nm from Eureka Boat Basin to Fields Landing haul out.
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Pacific Yacht DeliverySaturday, April 20th, 2019 at 12:47pm
Words of praise from our most recent clients:

Hi Eric:

We're settled in at Kona Kai and so very pleased to be in sunny, warmer temperatures! We couldn't be more pleased with the state of Tumbleweed upon arrival. Below is our write-up for you to use as you please. Again, thanks SO MUCH!

“We could not be more pleased with Eric Bergel and Pacific Yacht Delivery for the extremely professional manner in which they handled their job successfully getting our 42' catamaran from Seattle to San Diego (during the winter!). We found Eric via social media, and he was very communicative as we went through the interview process. His references were top notch, all of his documentation/contracts were very professional, he had very good questions about our vessel and answered all our questions with utmost confidence. His decades' experience and contacts in the industry led to finding the perfect weather window, and getting our vessel south without incident. We were in Europe for the journey, but were able to follow Eric easily the entire way. There was never a moment that we were without knowledge of the state of our vessel. We couldn't recommend Eric as captain and Pacific Yacht Delivery more, and will certainly use them in the future if needed!

Cheers, Eric!”

-Tricia (& Matt)
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Pacific Yacht DeliveryWednesday, March 27th, 2019 at 3:34am
There is a right way to move a boat and a wrong way to move a boat. (This is the wrong way!)
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Pacific Yacht DeliveryWednesday, March 20th, 2019 at 11:14am
March 18, 2019

06:15 26nm W of Morro Bay

All is quiet. We’ve been motoring on starboard since sundown without anything to report, save for a couple of engine alarms Jeff got that didn’t go a full second - to fast to get a look at the alarm screen. Charging is normal. Temperature appears normal. I plan to switch engines as soon as Erin and Steve are up.

What a fantastic night’s sleep! The first one where no one woke me up for anything until my own bladder. Crazy dreams! Now that dawn is breaking I get the full impression of the fog. Visibility < 1/2 mile. Typical Morro Bay sky. But it’s warm, (relatively). Jeans, tee shirt and sweater. No coat. No long underwear. No heater.

07:00 EHS 2870.9 Sustained engine alarm - battery. No malfunction that I can find. I shut down, restarted and it cleared the alarm. All systems normal. Mystery.

13:00 20nm WSW of Pismo Beach.

Flat calm water full of birds and dolphins working. And what do we have here? Humpbacks!

We spin around and give chase for a few minutes and then shut down. The sound of the dolphins and whales breathing is awesome!

Erin decides to go for a swim. I take the opportunity to transfer some fuel:

EHP 1972.6 add 20 gals.
EHS 2876.4 add 20 gals.

We drift east for about a half hour and get back underway.

14:15 MAN OVERBOARD* (*drill) I spotted a bouquet of mylar birthday balloons about 200 yards to port and capitalized on the opportunity to conduct a drill and do my part to save the planet. Up came Asher and Jeff on deck to man the boat hook while I maneuvered. We made a seaman like retrieval - speedy and neat a you please. One less thing to choke a turtle.

16:30 1.5nm off Cape Arguello and Vandenberg Air Force Base.

I can see Point Conception 13 miles ahead. We should make it around before sunset. It's still going to be a late night for me, as I have to get us across the busiest shipping channel in North America and then thread the needle between Santa Rosa Island and Santa Cruz Island. Right now we’re weaving our way through a mine field of lobster pots.

20:00 Crossing the shipping lane and a 1,100 a oil tanker is closing course with us. I alter to pass behind him, but he slows down. Eventually, he comes to a complete stop in the middle of the lane. Weird. We’re forced to buck the swell if we take his stern, so I alter course again and we go in front of him. I’ve never seen a ship stop in the middle of the traffic separation scheme like that before.

March 19, 2019

00:01 Entering the San Miguel Channel

I got a couple hours sleep and then relieved Steve and Erin mid-watch to navigate the narrow, unmarked channel between San Miguel Island and Santa Cruz Island. It can be a tricky patch of water when the wind and current are pumping, but tonight it’s tranquil - just a small bit of east set to counter. Coming out of the channel we hit a wall of fog. I’m talking zero visibility. I can hardly see the bows! We fly on our instruments the whole of the night, listening to coast guard broadcasts every half an hour about areas of dense fog and possible sudden loss of visibility throughout the night. Gee, thanks.

09:00 Halfway between Santa Cruz Island and Catalina Island. 40nm W of Long Beach.

Calm. Overcast. Visibility is about two miles. Motoring along on one engine and then the other. Run port long enough and it will eventually start vapor locking. It usually takes about eight or ten hours. Switch to starboard and run it long enough and it will start giving engine alarms about the battery. That usually takes about eight hours. Switch back to port and all is good - for about eight hours. Mystery.

One more night. We should be arrive at San Diego in the morning.
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Pacific Yacht DeliveryMonday, March 18th, 2019 at 1:13pm
March 17

18:00 20nm W of Big Sur.

We’ve been sailing non-stop since since yesterday. We were on starboard tack at sunset around Point Reyes last night and the wind angle carried us nearly 45 miles offshore by sun up when we jibed over to port. It’s been a lazy day of 10 to 15 knot winds and 5 to 7 knot boat speed. Slow, but comfortable with no stress on our ship or her crew.

Erin brought all the fixins’ for a proper Saint Patrick’s Day feast and it was so good, Asher had a second helping of cabbage and carrots!

Little wildlife. Little traffic. Lots of reading and Dungeons and Dragons.
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Pacific Yacht DeliverySunday, March 17th, 2019 at 12:41pm
March 16, 2019

08:30 20nm NW of Point Arena

EHP 1968.3 Oscillating RPMs once again. Vented the tank at the fill cap, but it was no use. Shut down port engine, fire up starboard. I can not imagine what the problem is. I’m willing to bet that once the engine has cooled it will run again for a prolonged period with no problem. The thing I don’t understand is how can it be a temperature issue. The engine gets as hot as it’s going to after twenty minutes. Why would a temperature related issue take 5 to 8 to 13 hours to register?

The good news is I got the heater going again. The GFCI on the heater inverter in the engine room had tripped for an unknown reason. Yet another mystery.

And even as I write the starboard engine gives me an alarm! I happen to glance at the battery monitor at the nav station and we are charging at 15.4 volts! What the actual fuck! The batteries have been charging off the the alternators from the moment we left and on shore power before that. They should not be asking for that much current.

I throttled down and the volts dropped to 13.2.
I throttled back up again and the volts came up to 14.2. No alarm.

There are definitely still a few kinks to work out on Tumbleweed.

15:00 33nm NW of Bodega Bay

Nice nap. Big salad. Sunny sky. Dolphin show.
We’ve been running on the port engine since 11:30 with no problem. The starboard side charging issue seemed to sort itself out before I went to bed. I checked the regulator per instructions of the installer’s email and all appears normal. Mystery.

There is just enough wind to be frustrating. A little more and we could shut down the engines and sail at a reasonable clip, but as it is we have to continue motor sailing so as not to get caught by the next low pressure system on its way here from out west.

15:45 A little further on.

I can’t stand it. I have to try.
Up goes the main sail, out goes the boom and off goes the engine! We make six knots out of eleven right down the rhumb line. I will take it!

This is the zen moment, my friends. After listening to the incessant droning of the diesel for more than twenty four hours, it’s a spiritual experience to shut down and hear only water rustling past the hulls.

17:30 20nm W of Bodega Bay

We’re making decent time under sail in the bright sunshine. Tumbleweed is a rare cat in that she is more sailboat than motorsailer and the ride is splendid.

We’ve in good company with dolphins and albatross.

Asher queried a piece of advice he has often heard and always tried to observe and how it applies to us underway: They say that you should never turn your back on the ocean, but when you’re in the middle of it, how is that even possible?

Jeff is talking a nap.
Steve and Erin are making sandwiches and salad.
I’m smiling at the helm.

All is well in our watery little world.
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