Shameless C&P from Song of the paddle
Halcyon Yachts, an international yacht delivery company based near Falmouth, have just received their most unusual boat delivery enquiry ever. They have been asked to deliver a brand new 16ft Canadian canoe from Northern Shropshire to Gloucester. The delivery will be undertaken by two professional sailors, and they will paddle her the whole way.
Pete Green the Director of Halcyon Yachts Ltd, one of the UK’s leading delivery companies, has reported that “When the enquiry came in we initially dismissed the job as we are specialists in delivery by sea and the client was really looking for a courier company. Upon talking to him and explaining what we do he told us as a joke that we could always paddle her down the Severn!” This comment got Pete thinking, and he decided to accept his clients’ suggestion and take on the challenge of delivering his canoe by ‘sea’. “After considering the delivery I realised we couldn’t possibly compete with a courier company on price, so we have offered to deliver the canoe for free. The owner will be making a small donation to our favourite charity, the RNLI and we will be doing our best to use the opportunity to also raise money for them”.
Halcyon Yachts are more used to delivering sailing and power boats across the high seas. Delivering a canoe along Britains longest river will present a whole series of new challenges. Pete Green, a qualified Yacht Master Instructor and Ocean Master, says “I have decided to ‘Skipper’ the canoe myself. I realise all my training in Astro Navigation and advanced Seamanship will be of very little use to me on this delivery. Paddling nearly 130 miles will be exhausting and I will certainly be missing the comforts of the yachts we normally deliver”.
Pete will be taking one crew member along and hopes to complete the delivery in no more than seven days.
Halcyon Yachts Ltd is a dedicated international yacht delivery specialist with highly experienced and qualified crew. For more information about this delivery or to make a donation please visit www.halcyonyachts.com or www.justgiving.com/halcyonyachts