I don’t know if it was a blessing or a curse, but either way, I went for it. I didn’t know what I was getting into when I accepted this job, I probably should have asked… anyway, I found out later I would be helping deliver this brand new 2021 54’ Beneteau Oceanis sailboat from Channel Islands Harbor to Shelter Island Boatyard in San Diego California. Sure it’s a new boat, but there’s a catch, a tall one….. the boat isn’t completely built yet and there is no mast and no cover or bimini top of any kind. Fun!
Luckily, conditions were good right from the start leaving Channel Islands Harbor, crossing the shipping lanes, passing Catalina Island, and cruising south in the dark all the way to Point Loma. We had an EPIC dolphin sighting that Mark, the captain, and I will never forget. Mark even claims that a shark rammed the transom while he was on watch but of curse the camera wasn’t rolling. The worst part of this trip was the cold we faced at night. Bring more layers that you need if you are going to be on the Pacific Ocean at night, no matter what time of year. Oh and food, bring lots of food!
This delivery was a crazy adventure and I it is a real trip to be on a bare bones sailing boat that is only half built. Kinda nice not having all those lines to worry about actually…
Thanks for watching everyone and if you have any questions or comments about the trip or what this new Beneteau Oceanis model is like or if Mark and I are related, drop them below and I will try to get back to you!