Johanna II October 2019

We engaged Grahame to take our Hanse 355 yacht that we’d just bought from Melbourne to Auckland in September 2019.

We’d never done anything like this before but from the moment Grahame answered my initial phone enquiry he was friendly, interested, encouraging, open and transparent, and his communication was excellent.

During the lead-up, he kept in touch, gave good advice on preparing the boat and was always responsive to our queries.

We joined him on the coastal legs (Melbourne to Eden and Bay of Islands to Auckland), so we got to see Grahame, and his excellent crewman, Murray, in action – working as a team, and using their wealth of experience to take control, be clear and decisive and take great care of our boat. The two were also great fun and encouraging sailing companions.

Unsurprisingly, the Tasman crossing went without a hitch. Despite some woolly weather, Johanna II was delivered to us in Auckland in the same great condition as when she left.

We’d have no hesitation recommending Grahame and look forward to using him again. He was honest, careful and fun and the delivery was good value.

Suzanne Vale owner Johanna II

Evening Breeze November 2018

Grahame Bear sets the benchmark in yacht delivery. To my mind he is the go to skipper for short and long haul deliveries. In late November/early December Grahame and crew sailed my Catalina 350 from Sydney Harbour up to its new home in Airlie Beach, around 1,900 km or 1,200 miles. The boat had never undertaken such a long journey beforehand so you could expect the odd glitch to occur which in fact they did but Grahame managed these perfectly and kept me posted on the status of the boat and the journey. I never had to ask anything as Grahame was always ahead with SMS or phone calls. The boat was cleaned, everything put back to its prior position, it was if I was stepping on to the boat as usual in Sydney. I can’t recommend Grahame highly enough.

Cheers Alex Kennedy

42 South November 2018

For me it was an amazing experience and I feel both honoured and grateful for the opportunity to spend it with you. Grahame, you in the section from Flinders Is and Murray your driving hard into the swell on the last night were inspiring. All along the way your teamwork and making me feel part of it made for a great trip – adventure. cheers Bruce

Wine Down November 2016

Grahame  skippered our yacht on a delivery from Melbourne  to Jervis Bay. He had excellent knowledge  of the route, weather planning and sailing requirements  as well as being supportive of the crew. The yacht was delivered in excellent condition and it was a pleasure to sail with him.

Time Lord July 2016

To whom it may concern.

Recently Grahame  Bear and his First Mate Rocky, successfully completed a marathon mid winter delivery, of my 34 foot Shionning Catamaran Time Lord.

I am absolutely delighted with the job the pair did, and could not speak highly enough of the pair. Grahame was faced with Antarctic like conditions, 30 foot waves and 40 knot winds, and it was no mean feat to sail a 34 foot harbour cruising catamaran, across the South Tasman sea from Hobart to Auckland.

They faced a raft of technical challenges from steering rod failure, to total autopilot disintergration, where the wheel pilot fell  to bits in the cockpit , spreading a large number of loose ball bearings everywhere .. in 30 foot seas. The pair totally reassembled the autopilot and its performed amazingly since!

Half the Tasman was sailed  on a third of the jib only at a speed of 7 knots. I am really greatful Grahame never pushed the boat at all, both for their own safety and the safety of the boat. Which arrived in Auckland with virtually no damage and not a singhle stress mark.

I absolutely love the boat and weve already been away 6 times on her in 2 months.. A very delighted customer indeed.

Thanks so much Grahame and Rocky for a job expertly completed!

Kind regards

Paul Binns Lucy Fitzgerald

Blackjack June 2016

Dear Grahame

We thank you and Blair very much for delivering “MV Blackjack” from Sydney to Perth. Sharon and I were very pleased with your attention to detail and the time you took to familiarise yourself with the vessel prior to departure.

The trip was well planned in great detail ni anticipation of all eventualities including long range forecasts and refuelling.

My decision to remain in Perth as “shore support!!” proved to be an excellent move on my behalf. Your description of “running into the breeze” through the bight was a gross understatement considering the shocking weather and seas you did encounter.

The local weather forecasts proved to be inaccurate, making it impossible to avoid the bad weather. Any other person/crew would have turned back.

Your skill and temperament in handling the very difficult conditions certainly saved the day and ensured the vessel was delivered on time and in very good conditon.

We look forward to recommending you and your company in the future.

Best regards

Michael and Shaaron Elliot

Cocomarje September 2015



I would like to thank and congratulate you on delivering my yacht safely from Fiji to Sydney.

Your service , communication and delivery of the boat was first class , and the fact you washed and cleaned the yacht in Sydney was totally unexpected.

I would highly recommend your services to anyone who is considering a vessel delivery .

Thank you,

Mike Shannon | Kingstransport Director

Kings Consolidated Group

24 Gardiner Road   Notting Hill   Victoria   3168

PH: (03) 85457746


Oscar V December 2014


Dear Grahame,
I am so pleased that I chose you to deliver my recently purchased 43 Ranger from Newport to Brisbane.
Considering the time it took to finally settle the contract and purchase the vessel, I was really pleased that you still undertook
the delivery right in the 2014 Xmas period so I could use the boat for the new year holidays. The fact that you were still prepared to
make the delivery with no auto pilot and poor navigation systems only confirms your navigation and comfort with the ocean.
Especially as you had shocking weather for most of the trip.The vessel was delivered safe and sound after a careful cruise looking after my unknown Caterpillar Diesels. I would certainly highly recommend your company “Special Deliveries” to anyone requiring a careful and considerate skipper for a coastal delivery.
I wish you every success in the future.
Kind Regards, Roy and Sheridan Perry, Brisbane.


HaHa November 2014


Edward Saalfeld

Yacht Manager – “Ha Ha”

PO 559

Cannonvale QLD 4802

13th December, 2014.

To whom it may concern,

Grahame Bear was delivery skipper of “Ha Ha” a Lagoon 620 from Airlie Beach to Sydney late November 2014.

On return the owner had the following comments which I am pleased to pass on;

  • Grahame is an honest reliable Skipper Power and Sail
  • Grahame is an expert on passage of the eastern coast
  • Grahame is polite and respecful
  • The service is reasonably priced
  • Boat was left clean and intact, nothing broken
  • Grahame made an effort and succeded in making contact with the owner and Managing skipper every day on passage
  • Questions were asked before major decisions were made.
  • Delivery was on time or better.


We were grateful and impressed with Grahame’s service and would use him again.

Freeway October 2014

Freeway featured

“ Grahame Bear from ‘Special-Delivery’ certainly went above and beyond for my yacht delivery. I had just purchased a Carter 33’ in Sydney and wanted someone to deliver my yacht to Auckland…….just a 1200 nautical mile delivery across the Tasman Sea in a 33 footer !!  Grahame and his crew Andy delivered ‘FREEWAY’ with no damage and in a quick time of 10 days.             I certainly did not make it easy for Grahame and had delay upon delay caused by some average work done in Sydney. To his credit he helped where he could and stuck to his word of delivering the boat when others would have run………thanks Grahame great job !! “

Chris Baird

Managing Director

FUSION Entertainment



“Grahame and his crew did a great job delivering Beaujolais from Newcastle to Melbourne. From purchasing equipment & arranging transport to sailing the boat Grahame was both flexible & professional. He and Andy were also good company on the journey.” Steve Harnett




Thanks for delivering Rumba safely back to Sydney for us. Pleasure dealing with someone who is so organised. Really nice to go down to the boat and find it was cleaner after your trip than when we handed it over to you in Coffs Harbour. I would have no hesitation recommending you to others who need their boat delivered safely down the coast


Robert Carr

Viva featured

Viva la Vita

Tony Bates writes…

Grahame is a true Man of the Sea  – but strongly customer and service focused. Always excellent company on board a boat, and always keen to share his knowledge with whoever else may be there (if any ! ). A very experienced  and active sailor and navigator, Grahame has a keen eye to detail and remains cool, calm and totally together no  matter  the circumstance.

Graham has done several deliveries of my yacht  up and down the NSW / Queensland coast over the past years  and has never let me down.  Above all, he really does  enjoy  every trip  – and this no doubt shows out in the way he handles the task and makes  his “Special Deliveries.”

Tony Bates    Viva La Vita   – Viva  Hanse 385




“Just A Dash”

Phil Dash writes…

I recently utilised Grahame Bear  for the delivery of my racing Beneteau First 40, back from Coffs Harbour to MHYC in Sydney after the completion of the 2013 Pittwater to Coffs race. He came highly recommended from other skippers that had used his services previously. I was also aware of his extensive offshore experience including his racing in numerous Coffs and Sydney to Hobart races over many years. He also has many thousands of sea miles experience over a wide range of craft in deliveries around the Australian coast .  Because of these factors I had no hesitation in using him for the delivery of my boat , and found him highly competent, very reliable and he looked after and returned my yacht in excellent condition.  I wouldn’t hesitate to use him again in the future or refer him to any other skippers requiring a safe and dependable delivery Skipper.

Phil Dash Owner  : ” Justadash “



Carolyn Roddenby writes…

I recently contracted Grahame Bear to deliver my Beneteau 323 “Chloe” from Airlie Beach to Sydney Harbour. I and another member of my family, who had limited experience at sea, were the crew.

The boat came through three strong storms under the care of Grahame due to his experience and skills. We did need to call into port for some repairs and again Grahame demonstrated his skills through repairing and servicing the motor.  He also spent time attending to running repairs as time would permit.

He was a confident skipper and navigator who was happy to share his knowledge and skills. It was an amazing experience and I have no hesitation in recommending Grahame for any boat delivery you are considering.