To Whom it may concern,
I am the owner of the boat Elsie which Phil delivered and want to give him a big thanks for a perfect delivery. My brother’s comment when he picked up the boat in Spain was: she never looked so good. Not really a good comment on my qualities as a captain I’m afraid.
Last January I realized there was not enough time to sail the boat back myself so a delivery captain would be the best solution. The perfect one would do it with care and without pushing the boat to hard. Phil came up first in my mind and it has worked out wonderfully. Apart from the delivery which was not easy he was also the best man to have around for the preparations. For example when motoring through the Simpson Bay Lagoon and the hydraulics overheated and a hose burst. It took three days, a really big Aussie guy named Jim and three snap on 1/2″ ratchets to unscrew 2 bolts on the PTO coupling. Phil stayed really relaxed and not once did I felt pushed as a fixed date of departure was not there. The boat is a lovely motorsailer but can be a handful sometimes with old electronics, bypasses of some systems and other stuff. Phil has handled this very well with text communication via yellowbrick. I will not hesitate to call him if I ever need a delivery captain again.