What is it like to ship a boat with the largest yacht shipper in the world? We are going to get into that in this article and also explain how to prepare a vessel for shipping. This might start off as a rather scary idea as vessels are an investment, and perhaps, have significant sentimental value. Before we explain the preparations to make for transporting a vessel, we should introduce ourselves and why we are the best. This might seem a bit confident, but we are confident about what we do.
Who Are We – United Yacht Transport is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and we spend our time exclusively working on yacht shipping. We have decades of experience in the industry and a comprehensive list of destinations we serve. We combine technology, innovation, and logistics to ensure our client’s vessel get from point to point safely and on time. Our team is stacked with professionals who know the industry inside and out and are master troubleshooters, problem solvers, and communication experts. They not only keep our clients informed and happy but also our personnel and partners.
We have seen just about everything when it comes to yacht transportation, so we devised this list of essential factors to inform our customers about how to prepare.
Secure The Vessel – This is the number one question that most boat owners are concerned about. What does this mean exactly? Anything that can be nailed down should be. We say that in jest, but it’s still very much true. If anything hangs over the hull of the boat and can be broken off, or if the anchors are on deck rather than a locker, if there are masts of any kind on the vessel, those will need to be secured or dismantled. Inside, the vessel cabinets, doors, and windows should either be taped, locked or sealed. Consider removing anything of personal value that is easily removed from the boat like external electronics or personal effects. Lock all external doors and windows and consider sealing any areas that leak or could leak.
The Insurance Check – The only safe way to transport a vessel is with the assistance of a comprehensive insurance plan. United Yacht Transport offers these plans and works to find competitive pricing for yacht shipping insurance plans for any size vessel.
Communicate with The Transport Consultant – Not all companies use personal consultants, but at United Yacht Transport, each client is assigned a specific person to work with throughout their transportation with us. We are here to take on the stress, so our clients don’t have to. Be prepared to communicate all the appropriate information to our specialists like measurements and specs of the vessel so they can come up with an accurate estimate.
Burn Fuel and Do a Final Inspection – The vessel should have as little fuel in it as possible, and all external fuel sources (propane, jerry cans, tender fuel) should all be taken off the boat. The day of transport, take photos and make notes that you can share with our specialist as to the current conditions of the boat for insurance purposes.
Consider Shrink Wrap – Some vessels are just too large for this kind of service, but there are options for protecting sensitive areas and features of the boat. Don’t hesitate to ask us about this service so we can advise on what might be best for the vessel.
We have plenty of other preparation tips for yacht shipping that we share with our customers. Ready for a quote or know you want to use our services? Call or connect with us, and we can get started.