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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

Testimonials

I first met Eric when he was delivering a vessel from California to Costa Rica. He and his crew had just crossed the gulf of Tehauntepec, and they wer…
JAMES MCGOVERNSPECTOR ROSEMAN KODROFF & WILLIS, P.C. NEW HAMPSHIRE
I have been personally acquainted with Captain Bergel since 1993. I know him to be honest and trustworthy. I highly recommend him as an accomplished p…
CWO KEN STUBERCOMMANDING OFFICERNATIONAL MOTOR LIFEBOAT SCHOOL
I have twice contracted Captain Bergel for the delivery of my Hans Christen 48 foot sailing yacht ‘Cecilie’ between Mexico and British Columbia. I…
JAMES B. QUARLESGOOSE CREEK VALLEY FARMMONTVALE, VIRGINIA
During his employment with Humboldt Bay Harbor Cruise, Captain Bergel has proven to be an honest, dedicated, sociable, dependable and most capable ope…
DALENE HILLSOPERATIONS MANAGER
Captain Bergel delivered Venture, my Jeanneau 49 SO, from Oahu to San Francisco this summer. I am completely impressed by his professionalism, capabil…
MICHAEL CHOBOTOVTRIVASCULAR TECHNOLOGIESSANTA ROSA, CA
Captain Bergel has a strong background in many aspects of boating, engines, navigation and seamanship, as well as much offshore experience. He deliver…
HENRY GONZALEZJUNIPER NETWORKSMOUNTAIN VIEW, CA

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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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Pacific Yacht DeliverySunday, March 17th, 2019 at 2:24am
March 15
19:00 Nearing Cape Mendocino
EHP 1960.1

With just five hours running on the new fuel filter, we're experiencing occilating RPMs on the port engine again. I ran it for a while like that and it never completely starved for fuel, but it was unnerving enough to get Jeff up and out of his rack.

After ten minutes I shut port down and fired up starboard. Neither filter that I changed looked very dirty. I'm starting to wonder about a fuel pump problem or possible vapor lock. I'm going to let the engine cool down and try again later. I'll probably crack the tank fill cap and see if that helps. Could be the tank vent is plugged.

March 16
00:01 15nm WSW of Shelter Cove

EHS 2856.2

Engine alarm on starboard. Temperature, then alternator, then nothing. Checked belt tension, and sea strainer. Both good. Voltage is 13.29 on monitor - although it is flashing “charge battery”.

I vented the port tank by removing the tank fill cap for a few minutes and fired it up. Shut down starboard. Port is running perfectly now for the last ten minutes. If it were a contaminated filter, it seems like it would be oscillating rpms.

Erin seemed to be doing better, but reports that she made her little offering to Neptune while I was sleeping.

06:00 18nm W of Noyo River at Fort Bragg. 22 feet beneath the Milky Way.

Good night. Good sleep. Good miles.
We’ve been running on the port engine every since the last post with nary a hiccup. This definitely supports my theory for vapor lock.

The beauty of the night sky is inexplicable. Now, just before dawn, the International Space Station careens overhead missing Venus by the slightest fraction of an inch. I check on the ISS tracker and see that they are actually more than 700 miles away over Mexico.

07:00 A little further on.

Cloud cover materializes as the sun rises and in ten minutes it’s a whole new world. Where moments ago we were draped in black velvet and piercing, bright diamonds, now all is grey cotton murk.

Stepping into the cabin, I realize the heater has gone cold. No indicator light at the switch. No hot air coming from the vents. I check the breakers in the engine room and all appears to be fine. I realize once again that I really hate boats.
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Pacific Yacht DeliverySaturday, March 16th, 2019 at 1:57pm
Journey of the Tumbleweed (cont.)

March 15, 2019

14:00 Woodly Island Marina

EHP1955.1 New fuel filter.
EHS2850.2

Our crew this leg consists of Steve Buck and myself, both returning from the Seattle leg. We’re joined by my good shipmate and number one son, Asher Bergel (age 13) who is working on his first 2000 miles logged, one of Steve’s neighbors, a recently retired records keeper for Eureka PD named Erin McBride and a valued Delivery client of mine - turned friend - Jeff Rollins. It was Jeff’s boat that we brought from France to California a couple years ago.

On our layover at Humboldt we took 30 gallons of fuel in the ship's tanks and 40 gals in the jerry cans. We also topped the water tank, put on another $350.00 worth of provisions and changed the port fuel filter. All systems are in good fashion and now we're headed out over a “hazardous” bar. The Coasties are broadcasting 4 to 6 foot breaking seas on the middle grounds of the entrance channel and requesting everyone don life jackets and contact them before crossing. Naturally, we’ll have a look before we leap, but there’s lots of fishing boats bringing their crab pots in and I’m skeptical about them doing that on a truly hazardous bar. I say the Coasties are overstating it. So, we’ll see.

18:30 17nm SW of Humboldt Bay

We’re motors sailing in calm conditions. It’s more “motor” than “sail” actually, but we’re getting down nicely. The bar was a little ugly for such a calm day, but that’s because of ridiculous, stupid shoaling that’s been caused by all the rain this winter. It’s silted up bad at Rock and Roll Alley and it doesn’t take much to get it breaking into the channel. We took a wide tack and had no problem skirting the surf. From the tips to the sea buoy it was steep, but a long way from breaking and now that we’re out, it’s nearly flat.

Unfortunately Erin is under the weather, despite wearing a Transderm patch. Hopefully a nap will put her back right and we won’t have to go in to Fort Bragg to put her off. We’ll keep you posted.

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