We are the owners
of a 50 ft sailing trimaran, which needed to be deivered from
the Bay of Islands to Auckland, New Zealand.
Mat Colicot was recommended to us by someone whom we trusted.
and his first mate did an impeccable job, they sailed the
boat in good time and cleaned her while waiting to enter Auckland
marina. He offered a very relaxed, friendly service yet very
professional. His knowledge of boats and sailing is very impressive.
It was the first time we allowed someone else to sail our
boat and we felt very safe to let our boat be delivered by
surely recommend him for any work concerning boats and we
will certainly ask him again to deliver our boat if necessary.
with the problem of purcahsing my new toy, a 12m Motor sailor,
in Opua, BOI and living in Wellington, I turned to the service
directory adds in the Trade a Boat and found Yacht Delievery
NZ Ltd. After talking to Mat I felt comfortable that they
could do the job, I could be part of the crew, inspite of
my very limited sailing experience and the price was going
to be far better than trucking it, my only viable alternative.
set off Saturday morning after being picked up from the airport
in Aucks and being driven up to Opua by a friend of the YDNZ
crew, Rod and the skipper Paul Debenham. Lovely calm sunny
day. Four days and fifteen hours later we docked at Evan’s
Bay, Wellington. In between what happened. Well pretty much
most things really. Calm motoring, gear breakdowns, gale off
the Castlepoint coast, caught a Tuna, and the engine decided
to play hard to get for quite some time on about day three.
Through all this the YDNZ team was awesome. Calm, methodical
and nothing was too much problem even though the taste of
diesel when siphoning is an unwelcome surprise. What I learned
was invaluable and it was a great shake down of the boat finding
those things that really don’t work on a coastal sail
and having the knowledge on the boat to sort them out.
great adventure, a great crew and a company fulfilling on
You did a great job for us. Contact on the mobile is fantastic
and critical as when your boat is out on the water and your
not on board it is apprehensive times to say the least. I
was really pleased with the way you left the boat at the end,
it's hard work at the end of a journey to make sure things
are tidy but it really makes a big difference. Mat if someone
is a bit nervous about using your service feel free to give
them my contact details and I will give them a reference
Thank you for delivering Harlequin safe and sound. We were
totally relaxed with you sailing her down the coast.
26ft Ron Given Echo catamaran
Collicott of Yacht Delivery NZ did a marvellous job of sailing from
Opua, Bay of Islands - Akaroa, Banks Peninsula. Thanks Mat for an
excelent sailing job, well done.
had Mat sail my 30ft vessel to Coromandel from Wellington and accompanied
him for half the journey to get some more sea experience.
ability to handle the boat and navigate the coastline was obviously
that of a professional sailor.I would personally recommend him to
sail my boat anytime anywhere. It is a 24hr commitment and he is
up to the task.
Delivery of vessel "Kwan Yin", Opua to Nelson. 17.02.03
- 36ft Pilot House Ketch
purchased "Kwan Yin" in Whitianga, we needed crew with
more experience to bring her home to Nelson fro Opua. We had home
base contact Yacht Delivery New Zealand - the only yacht delivery
organisation to have a website. We were impressed to be informed
Mat Collicot would be with us by 17:30 the next day and willing
to sail as soon as he was satisfied with the vessel.
of Mat's most impressive characteristics is his ability to adapt
to new circumstances at a moment's notice with no fuss whatsoever
- an example of which was that by noon of his arrival day (Saturday)
we realised the steering would not be sorted until sometime on Monday.
I phoned Mat who was just about to leave for Opua, informing him
that Monday suited us better - his main reaction was "That's
ok, I'll be able to get cheaper flights which will reduce your delivery
trip over the top and down the West Coast proved for the main part
uneventful, light airs and motoring all the time. It was not until
just south of the Taranaki oil rigs that we set some sail and shortly
thereafter became aware of an unexpected front coming up from the
south. Gale warnings for Cook and Stephens. Mat now proved his worth
- I have no idea how we would have fared without Mat in relatively
heavy and confused seas in an unfamiliar boat but his confidence,
obvious ability and preparedness to take the helm all night if necessary
inspired confidence to enjoy the experience.
settled a bit by 23:15 and we relieved Mat for a couple of hours
then slept while he took us to Port Nelson leading lights.
is half my age, has quiet yet cheerful sense of humour, confident,
a very pleasant shipmate who is aware that just because you own
a yacht you don't have unlimited funds.
would recommend him unconditionally for yacht delivery and would
certainly seek his services again should the need srise.