FAQ’s when transporting a yacht
Last updated: 06/07/2016
There can be a lot to think about when you are arranging the transport of a yacht or superyacht. Yachting Pages spoke to DYT Yacht Transport and Global Boat Shipping to get some advice on the FAQs that are commonly asked by both owners and crew.
Below, with some help from Global Boat Shipping, are answers to the most popular questions relating to the transport of a yacht.Will my boat be dockside at the assigned time?
Generally most vessels arrive on schedule. Transport companies are not in a position to guarantee delivery times, due to the fact that bad weather conditions, engine damage and/or other problems could occur during the voyage.Is my boat secure during bad weather conditions at sea?
During bad weather conditions the captain should reduce speed to make sure that the cargo is adequately secured. This will ensure safety of your yacht, but may however also cause late arrival at the destination port.Do I have to allocate the cradle?
Cradles are included in most packages. If they are not, cradles can be easily rented.Is it possible to transport my sailboat with a fixed mast?
Yes, it is possible to leave the mast fixed during transportation.Do I have to be aboard during loading?
No, but you or your agent have to take the boat directly to the vessel usually, so loading can start immediately.
What paperwork do I need to bring?
The whole process of transporting the yacht is much smoother if you have all the necessary paperwork to hand, and it's 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.What do I do if I can’t pick up my yacht?
If you are not able to deliver/pick up your yacht to/from the port skipper services are available with some transport companies.Could you arrange a berth for my yacht before and after loading?
Yes, we are able to arrange a berth for your own account.Are there any limits in transportation regarding the dimensions of the boat?
No, but the weight can have an effect on charge, because heavy weighted yachts require a special kind of vessel.May I travel aboard during sea transportation?
This depends on the particular transport vessel and company you are using, sometimes there is not enough space on board for you or crew members, but usually arrangements can be made, if places are desired.
Riders accompanying their vessel
Plenty of captains and crew choose to accompany their yachts and boats on board the transport vessel. DYT Yacht Transport, with the help of chief engineer Dan McKenna, put together some pointers for riders to ensure the journey runs smoothly for them. It is based on the personal experience of Mr McKenna when transporting his vessel with DYT. Some of the key points from Dan’s experience are below.
Fresh water should be provided during transport, but restrictions could be enforced depending on consumption and tank levels.Hook ups
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.Hoses
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.Clamps
Lots of clamps come in handy too. Larger is better. No cam locks or other quick disconnects are available.Power
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.Cleanliness
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.Time changes
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.Weather changes
Long distance trips can lead to quick changes in weather conditions, so make sure you prepare for both hot and cold climates.