FAQ’s when transporting a yacht
Last updated: 05/07/2017
There can be a lot to think about when you are arranging the transport of a yacht or superyacht. For those who are shipping a superyacht halfway around the world for the first time, this can leave a lot of questions are best answered by an expert yacht carrier.
Yachting Pages spoke to transport experts at DYT Yacht Transport and Global Boat Shipping to get some advice on the FAQs that are commonly asked by both owners and crew when transporting a superyacht.
Yacht transport FAQs
Do I have to be aboard when my yacht is loaded?
No, but you or your agent usually have to take the boat directly to the vessel yourselves, so that loading can start immediately.
May I travel aboard during sea transportation?
This depends on the particular transport vessel and company that you are using, sometimes there is not enough space on board for the owner, captain or crew, but usually arrangements can be made if places are required.
What paperwork do I need to bring?
The whole process of transporting the yacht is understandably much smoother if you have all the necessary paperwork to hand, and is vital in order to gain customs clearance. For this, you'll need to bring the yacht's certificate of registry, a copy of your passport and a copy of your commercial invoice.
Will my boat arrive dockside at the assigned delivery time?
Generally most vessels arrive at the scheduled time given by the transport carrier. In such an unpredictable trade, transport companies are not however in a position to guarantee delivery times, due to potential delays with loading, clearances, bad weather along the route, engine damage and/or other problems that may occur during the voyage.
Will my boat be secure during weather conditions and rough seas?
Reputable yacht transport carriers generally have years of experience of transporting yachts in all types of weather conditions and rough waters. Besides being properly loaded using tested equipment, the captain of the carrier will know to reduce speed in bad weather conditions to make sure that the cargo is adequately secure. This will ensure safety of your yacht, but may be the culprit of any delays to your yacht's arrival at the destination port.
Do I have to provide the transport cradle?
Transport cradles are generally included in the cost of most transport packages - especially with the more reputable carriers. If they are not, cradles can usually be rented.
Is it possible to transport a sailing yacht with a fixed mast?
Yes, it's possible to leave the mast fixed during transportation.
What do I do if I can’t delivery or collect my yacht?
If you're not able to deliver your yacht to its departure port, or pick up your yacht from its destination port, a port skipper service is typically available with some transport companies, allowing you to collect the yacht at a later date.
Can a berth be arranged for my yacht before and after loading?
Yes, transport providers are typically able to arrange a berth for your own account.
Are there any limits in transportation regarding the dimensions of the boat?
There are generally no limits to the size or shape of vessel that can be transported, but the weight can have an effect on the cost charged, as heavy weighted yachts require a special kind of vessel and expertise.
Accompanying a superyacht in transit
Plenty of captains and crew are elected to accompany their yachts and boats on board the carrier during transit to ensure its smooth journey and quick onward journey.
With the help of chief engineer Dan McKenna, DYT Yacht Transport put together some pointers for ride-along passengers to ensure the journey runs smoothly for them. It's based on the personal experience of Mr McKenna when transporting his vessel with DYT.
"Fresh water should be provided during transport, but restrictions could be enforced depending on consumption and tank levels."
"Make sure you get hooked up early - as soon as the deck is dry, set up a ladder and start getting your supply and discharge hoses together."
"Bring lots of grey nylon hose fittings, especially 1.5” and 2” (will vary with yacht transport carrier size and type). Sometimes you can thread a fitting into a discharge (using duct tape like Teflon tape) and sometimes you pound a hose barb in. They have a variety of hose sizes but length is sometimes a problem so joining two or three together may be required."
"Lots of clamps come in handy too. Larger is better. No cam locks or other quick disconnects are available."
"There are no plug-in connections so you must remove your cord ends. They cut your cord to fit, so a pigtail connection with bare ends would come in handy."
"Riders are responsible for washing their own yacht – this is advisable as the transport vessel’s crew will wash the boats without riders on a regular basis. Be prepared to wash down regularly."
"Timings can change gradually throughout the voyage and can advance every other day by one hour. This causes some sleep problems as well as the missing of meal times. It’s best to set the clock to keep up with local time and live by it. Otherwise you end up at the end of the trip with jet lag. The medication Tylenol PMs would sure help with any insomnia."
"Long distance trips can lead to quick changes in weather conditions, so make sure you prepare for both hot and cold climates."