Here is a small sample of the kind comments we have received. Yacht delivery and boating instruction references are available upon request.
We recently purchased a 2007, 49 foot Hunter that was located in Chesapeake Bay. We needed to have the boat delivered to Clearwater Florida...Unfortunately the boat we purchased turned out to be plagued with electrical and fuel system issues. Captain Mike resolved those issues in transit...when the forestay on the boat came loose … Captain Mike, in 6 foot to 8 foot seas, ... used the spinnaker halyard to stabilize the mast, then secured the loose rigging. This act of bravery saved everyone on board from injury, minimized the damage to the boat and got us all safely back to Key West. ... During the delay in Key West ... Captain Mike taught me about my new sailboat...how to troubleshoot problems with the engine, bow thruster systems, water systems, fuel systems, and many other aspects of the boat. I cannot imagine that any other delivery company or crew would’ve gone the distance that was required to complete all the needed repairs and see that my boat was delivered safely.
Thank you for all the great advice and guidance on my maiden voyage as skipper--I hope I can remember it all. Thank you also for being such a lovely sailing companion in our Chesapeake Bay adventure. We hope you won't forget us. We certainly won't forget you. You are one of "the good things that floated our way." Leave time to visit us in Australia.
We very much enjoyed our trip with you...The two of you are so knowledgeable about boats and so generous in imparting your knowledge to others. It was very impressive to watch you figure out what was specific to (our boat) and to make whatever accommodations were needed to optimize every detail of the trip. In addition, you seemed able to manage delicious meals within about 10 minutes' notice! We wish you many happy cruises ahead.
I became acquainted with Captain Ursula Skagen in 2015 when we contracted with her, through US Delivery Captain, Inc., to deliver our Sabre 456 sloop, from Annapolis, MD to Marco Island, FL. I knew from past experience that the trip from Annapolis to Florida could be exceptionally challenging during the winter months. The 1,300-mile transit through the Intra Coastal Waterway and offshore took 16 days from December 28, 2015 through January 13, 2016. Captain Skagen was most thorough in planning the trip, familiarizing herself with our yacht and all of its systems, as well as choosing competent crew. I was impressed with her professionalism, competence and the ease of preparations; our yacht was in very professional hands. In spite of some severe weather conditions, the delivery was completed within a reasonable time frame without any significant incidences. I would not hesitate to contract Captain Skagen’s services again or recommend her to anyone looking for a capable captain to whom they can entrust their vessel.
I would like to thank you for helping me move my Shannon 43 twice last year from Florida to Connecticut and then back down to Florida again. I was impressed with your professionalism and expertise and enjoyed my time sailing with you and Dane. We encountered a bit of everything on the trip and I was especially pleased with your flexibility in accommodating my desire to sail in heavy weather to find out how my boat handled in those conditions. I still think back on that improvised docking maneuver we had to do when the shifting mechanism failed. With me down in the lazarette with vice grips on the transmission lever, and Ursula on the helm giving hand signals for me to go forward, neutral and reverse, and with the crew given their instructions with dock lines, we were able to dock the boat perfectly even with the swift currents in St. Augustine. Both of the trips were memorable and, with your help, I now feel confident sailing my yacht in open ocean.
Thanks so much for the terrific job you guys have done (delivering our 47 ft. Leopard power cat from the BVI's to Florida for shipment on a yacht transport ship to Australia). ... you need to work out when you can come over and cruise around the Whitsundays as our guests. Many thanks once again.
Innumerable occasions over the past months of your words ringing in my ears and my eventual success in undocking, sailing & then docking Pinafore single-handed have transpired. Of much greater significance has been my patience and confidence in executing these tasks while teaching Rebecca. Miraculously, she really enjoys the boat and sailing with me – an unanticipated delight.
You are a great teacher! Several slip holders @ Osprey Point have sung your praises from their own experiences with you. I hope you continue enjoying what you do, as it benefits so many of us!
I wouldn't have thought that Mike and I could have learned enough in three days to prepare us to operate the Albin by ourselves. We easily navigated through the Chesapeake, arrived safely at the marina all docked, lined and fendered up for the night without hitting anything or embarrassing ourselves! We enjoyed a couple of extra days in Annapolis boat shopping and meeting some of your friends. I couldn't help but compliment your teaching style and sly sense of humor. We accomplished more than we hoped for and are looking forward to getting back out on the water soon.
I cannot thank you enough for the time you spent with David and I. It was invaluable. I really did not think that we could take in so much information in three days, but we did! We both are so much more comfortable with handling Tug-A-Long now. All the thanks go to you and your patience. You are a spectacular teacher, and we would gladly talk with any of your prospective clients if they would like to speak with some of your past pupils. Debbie and David
As we approach the first anniversary of the delivery of the Kubiak II, I wanted to extend my renewed appreciation for everything you did to ensure the safe delivery of our dream boat. Anne and I have enjoyed almost a year on the Bay now, in safety and confidence. There is no question that my six days under your excellent tutelage were extremely well spent, and daily influence my confidence at the helm. I regularly follow your exploits on your website and thoroughly enjoy every new entry. Again, thanks for everything! Lou
I wanted to take a few minutes and thank you and Carroll for the very successful delivery of String Music from Charleston to Annapolis. I simply cannot imagine having anyone that was more knowledgeable, capable, and professional to assist me with this challenging task. I think we encountered a little of everything during the trip and I appreciated having the opportunity to learn from your experiences. David
We got back from Maine last night. Once, again, thank you for a job well-done. We found "Sailubrious" in Bristol condition upon our arrival in Boothbay and had a wonderful two weeks cruising Down East. Your professional approach from our first "meeting" through the entire process was A-plus. (And, I am a hard grader!) I will certainly contact you should we have need for a delivery in the future. Craig
First let me thank you for a great experience and for being such a good teacher of all things nautical. I wanted to say thanks for a great experience and for helping me learn some basic boat handling and chart reading. I have never owned a boat with twins and was reluctant to try docking but with your help I feel much more confident operating the boat. It was a trip I'll always remember and I feel much more confident as far as boat handling goes. Marc
Just a note of thanks for your efforts with my new boat. I really do appreciate your professional attitude and expertise. I know you have a busy schedule and your willingness to extend yourself to help me with my new boat demonstrates your commitment to your clients. Your efforts will contribute to our future enjoyment of the boat. Steve
We don’t know how to begin to thank you for your patience, your encouragement, and your confidence in us. Thanks, too, for sharing your expertise, your wisdom and, most of all, yourself. Spending the past week with you was challenging, enlightening, and lots of fun. We recognize how much you gave us as a teacher and as a friend. We sincerely appreciate every bit. Barbara and Tom
I want to thank you & the crew for your professional delivery and the excellent care you took of my boat. I will certainly call you again, should I need to have her moved. Joshua
Again, reiterating the obvious, but we loved our trip, our experience, and our bonding with you. Thank you again for sharing your expertise and I look forward to taking you up on your offer for more docking practice. Can we go in somewhere way tighter than H3? Babs