Whenever contemplating whether to put a sportboat on a transport ship, I ask myself, Would a true seaman put their vessel on a ship? There’s a certain feeling you might get when considering the option, similar to a sense of discomfort, as if it undermines the boat’s ability to make the journey on its own bottom. But there is also that feeling of accomplishment you get when you have finally reached that faraway destination that’s hard to beat, and there’s also something to be said about the adventurous feelings you get by traveling in general—a certain sense of excitement.
Yea or Nay?
There are several factors to consider when it comes to cost, safety and potential damage to the boat during a long trip—on the boat’s bottom or via transport ship. If you’re a captain working for someone else, there are serious decisions that need to be made. Our ego tells us we should do it on our own because we’re capable, and that might be the best decision, but it’s also important to consider the fact that you’re also managing someone else’s multimillion-dollar asset. And safe is better than not.
Today’s sport-fishing boats are finely crafted for fit-and-finish and are highly tuned machines built for speed. This equates to expensive equipment and running gear that can cause a multitude of issues when damaged, even if only a slight amount. And the chances of running over something while traveling a thousand miles is unfortunately pretty high, especially when chugging at night.
While the possibility of your yacht getting damaged on the ship does exist, in theory, the boat should arrive practically turnkey when it reaches its destination. You’re able to complete all of the major maintenance prior to its departure with your own vendors stateside, and the boat can be loaded with more spare parts and maintenance products than what would be ideal for a long trip on its own bottom with the crew on board. Putting a boat on a ship does has its advantages, and while it might not be completely necessary, it is often the better choice.
The Destination vs. The Journey
If the goal is to travel, fish along the way, and experience everything each stop has to offer, then by all means, do the trip on your own bottom. On the other hand, if you’re just trying to get the boat to a distant fishing destination in one piece, then consider shipping it.
After speaking with several top captains, I discovered that the biggest challenge is the ability to work within the schedule of the yacht-transport shipping companies. Owners often have limited time to use their boat, and there is plenty of planning and coordinating that goes into meeting up with their boat for a week of good fishing. If the ship arrives late to its destination, then the entire trip can be compromised, putting additional pressure on the crew to make things happen in an unreasonable amount of time. Not to mention the inevitable maintenance and repairs that now need to be done, which eats up even more time out of the owner’s busy schedule.
The initial cost of the shipping option is more expensive, but when you consider the engine hours, maintenance cost for those hours, and the general wear and tear the boat receives during the extended periods of time traveling in the open ocean, the advantages of putting it on a ship start to become reasonably clear.
Preparation and Riders
Like anything else in boating, the more prep and research you do, the better your results will be when you arrive. Is someone riding with the boat on the ship? Individual shipping companies have a litany of rules riders must abide by, and this can be quite challenging because the person riding along is at the mercy of the ship’s schedule, rules and requirements.
No rider(s)? Then resign yourself to the fact that the boat will be on the ship for an extended period of time at sea without being washed unless your boat has a designated rider/crewmember; the water supply is also evaluated based on ship-wide consumption. And depending on your position on the ship, you could be dealing with exhaust soot. The entire boat should have a solid coat of wax on it to protect it against salt and other ship-borne contaminants. Many crews will remove the bridge enclosure and seal up hatches using shrink-wrap tape. It also doesn’t hurt to coat all of your stainless and pipework with insulator wax for extra protection. But rather than polishing it off, just put a coat on and leave it for the remainder of the trip. It might be somewhat of a challenge to remove it when you get there, but the protection is worth it.
You also want to consider power, refrigeration and air-conditioning options. The shipping company might have power for you, but you need to be sure to prep your shore cord for a hard-wire application because marina-type connections are rarely an option. If you are blocked up in a location on the ship where you can set up a water line, make sure you have the correct plumbing fittings and hose sizes set up ahead of time, and consider your pressure requirements.
It also should go without saying that you need to discuss international yacht transport with your insurance company before you stroke the check for a deposit or sign on the dotted line. Yacht-transport companies aren’t responsible when it comes to damages, and while they might be able to facilitate insurance placement, they make no warranties or assume any responsibilities, so you’re on your own.
Be sure that the shipping company has all of the boat’s specs and is aware of any special details such as chine blocking, transducers, sonar and running gear. Take photos of everything right before your trip with a time stamp so you can assess any damage that might occur during shipment.
So, before you decide to ship your boat, take the time to talk to someone who has. If you are an owner, talk to other owners and not just their captains. If you’re a captain, be sure you understand everything that’s involved so you can inform your boss and make an educated decision together.
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.
When shipping a vessel overseas, there are some pretty important factors to consider. Most often, the most important factor for boat owners is choosing the right shipping company. There are many reasons to choose United Yacht Shipping such as where we can ship a vessel, our experience, our custom services, and our support team. However, what might not be at the forefront of a boat owner’s mind when shipping, is “where” the vessel ships from.
Miami and the Greater Fort Lauderdale area are ideal ports to ship a vessel from because they are filled with people and businesses who know the shipping industry. Whether it is freight, people or yachts, Miami waterways are prepared for anything. Here are the top reasons to choose Miami as the destination to ship a vessel from.
A Strong Marine Industry – Everything about Miami somehow connects to the water. From one of vacations from PortMiami to living and working in the area. Miami is filled with people and businesses that live and breath the marine industry. What this means for boat owners is that the network and resources are plentiful and competitive. United Yacht Transport is connected with that greater network and knows qualified services to help with yacht shipping (such as packing and prepping a boat) or people, such as the best captains and crew.
The Marine Professionals – And speaking of captains and crew, Miami is filled with maritime professionals. We have the luxury of working with the very best and most experienced captains which means our clients’ vessels are in the hands of great people. Whether they need to navigate the busy waterways of Miami or know their way around the South of France, our teams can handle just about anything or any destination.
International Logistics – Miami is a cosmopolitan city, one with international relationships and policies. The shipping industry is a multi-billion dollar industry here, and that means efficiency in logistics and regulations. There is no room for mistakes when getting a vessel cleared for customs or prepped for a long voyage. Miami is more than ready to handle this kind of traffic and business.
Safety First – Since Miami is such a hub for shipping and business, the city is equipped for waterway safety with knowledgeable personnel. So much can wrong on the water, so it is our job to navigate in and out of Miami allowing professionals to take the lead in safety and having a team to call on in the event of unlikely emergencies.
This city is home to some of the most popular marine events. From the Miami International Boat Show to sportfishing expos and boat racing events. Miami lives and breaths waterway experience and breeds maritime experts. We are lucky to call this place home and have such a resourceful city to draw on.
If you’re ready to ship your vessel from Miami, we want to talk to you. You can call us anytime, or connect with us online so we can start the process and answer any questions you might have.
Many boat owners abandon the idea of seeing other parts of the world on their own vessels because they have a belief that shipping their boat is difficult. While we understand why many people might think this, we are here to dispel that belief. United Yacht Transport has been perfecting yacht shipping for decades, and all of that experience comes in a lot of use when working with new clients.
We thought we would compile this article to help boat owners learn about the yacht shipping process so they can access more of what the world has to offer. Let’s dive in.
Make Contact – The first order of business is to reach out to our team. This is when we will want to learn more about the vessel owner, the vessel being transported, and what destination the owner would like their yacht to go to potentially. There is no obligation when calling, we are happy to answer questions and start the conversation around possibilities.
Request For More Information – Vessel owners who wish to pursue the next step would want to compile information about their boats such as, Length Over All (LOA), the beam measurement, height, and weight. We will then start talking about destinations and routes and compile the possibilities. When we get a sense of what the vessel “is” and where the vessel is going, we will want to know more about personal insurance coverage. We can help our clients get risk liability coverage, so they are covered for the voyage.
Set up Dates and Discuss Logistics – Once insurance is in place, we can discuss potential dates and time tables to move the vessel to the desired location. We will go over how we need the vessel delivered to our location and how to prepare the boat for transport. Then, we will explain what will happen once the boat arrives and what we will need from the owner. We always suggest owners are onsite during the load-in day.
Load-in Day – This is an exciting day, and maybe a little bit of a scary one. We walk our clients through every step of the load-in process so our clients know the vessel is onboard our ship and ready for transport.
Communication – After the ship shoves off, we keep the client in the loop for the duration of their transport. We welcome check-ins and let the owners know how everything is going. Vessel owner’s next job is to prepare to depart to meet their vessel on the other side.
Delivery – Delivery differs from country to county. We will handle the customs and regulations process and let clients know if anything special is needed from them. Sometimes this process takes a few days, other times a few hours, it just depends on where the vessel is headed.
Enjoy – Once the vessel is handed back to the client, they are free to explore. We can schedule return transport just as easily, even before departing our South Florida location, so feel free to have the discussion early on in the process.
Ready to take the next step in shipping your yacht overseas? We welcome inquiries and are on standby for your call.
Anyone new to Yacht shipping might wonder why they should consider shipping the vessel by sea. While we know many of our sailing friends would prefer to take to the oceans themselves, there are plenty of situations when sending a vessel by transport is a great idea. In this article, we will explore some of these reasons, but first, here is a little about what United Yacht Transport does.
As a leader in the yacht shipping industry, United Yacht Transport has spent decades perfecting routes and shipping procedures to support our clients all over the world. From regularly scheduled voyages to custom made destinations, we haven’t met a request we couldn’t match. We handle every aspect of yacht shipping. This starts with consultations and learning more about what the client wants and where they intend to go, then building competitive estimates for their trip. From there we handle things like risk-insurance for the journey and how to prepare a vessel for the trip across the ocean. We follow all of this up with clearing customs and getting vessels to their destinations safe and sound.
Curious as to why so many of our clients use us to ship their yachts? Here are our top three reasons to consider sending a vessel with United Yacht Transport.
The Safety and Fear Factors – While some mega yachts can make it across oceans just fine, or our sailing friends can undoubtedly handle a trans-Atlantic (or similar) voyage, sometimes the weather or time of year just isn’t fitting for a cross-ocean trip. Not only is this kind of trip an exhausting one with weeks at sea, but it’s also somewhat dangerous if weather conditions aren’t in the vessel owner’s favor. Rather than take risks, or if an owner is new to their yacht or boat ownership altogether, shipping a vessel takes the worry out of the equation.
Explore New Destinations – One of the main reasons to consider shipping a vessel is to open up the world. The beauty of having a vessel is to be able to go to places that are harder to access or would take you months or years to see. Shipping a boat overseas is the best possible way to explore a new destination without the cross-ocean time it takes to get there. We have shipped vessels from Europe to Southeast Asia and even very remote areas of the Pacific and South American coasts.
Logistics, Regulations, and Customs – The idea of provisioning for a trans-Atlantic trip can boggle the mind. Factor in the crew and sleep time tables, then the trip planning in electronic and paper maps, and then where to check in for clearing customs; well it’s a lot to consider. When working with a yacht shipping company, these factors disappear. Some argue this is part of the fun, but others don’t have the luxury of taking weeks to cross an ocean. That is where United Yacht Transport comes into the picture and handles the logistics. Our clients’ most significant decision will be figuring out what airline ticket to purchase to meet their boat on the other side of the trip.
Excited to get your vessel moved across a major ocean? We can help. Call or connect with United Yacht Transport and let’s get your voyage planning started.
One of the first questions when it comes to transporting a yacht by sea is, “How much is it going to cost me?” This is an understandable question since this isn’t exactly an investment that everyone is prepared to make in a matter of a day. Planning ahead for this sort of expense is needed which we are happy to help with, in fact, we welcome the “cost” question. At the same time, there is no way to answer this question without knowing what kind of vessel we are talking about.
Some factors have to be weighed in order to know what kind of price-point a boat owner needs to prepare for. While some boats can cost just a few thousand dollars to ship, others can come in well into the tens of thousands of dollars easily, depending on the vessel and destination. Here are the factors that determine what it costs to ship a vessel by sea.
The Dimensions of the Vessel
Cargo size is the first determining factor in calculating what it will cost to ship it overseas. Larger superyachts tend to need additional resources, equipment, and structures to be built to accommodate them. In contrast, smaller sports fishing vessels require more basic considerations. We will need a vessel ’s specifications such as the length overall, beam measurement, height measurements and estimated weight of the vessel. Once we have these dimensions, we can calculate a price depending on the other factors listed below.
Destination of Where the Vessel is Going
United Yacht Transport serves several destinations around the world which all come with a different price point due to the various regulations and distances from our facilities. The more mainstream the destination, the more cost-effective it will be for the boat owner. When vessels go to more remote locations, the price point is likely to increase due to the varying logistics required to get it there. We suggest giving us a call to find out more about specific destinations and how they will impact the overall expense.
When the Yacht is Transported Matters
Throughout the year, yachts make regular shipping voyages to other parts of the world which makes transporting them during this time more cost-efficient. For example, in the Spring many vessels will travel from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean to spend the Summer in that region. The many boats traveling together creates more business which allows us to spread out costs, like fuel, among many customers.
Shipping Partners and Relationships
Just as in most businesses, relationships and partnerships are essential to marine transporters. The success of these relationships reflects in the price points offered two customers. United Yacht Transport builds relationships across multiple networks to ensure their customers are getting the best shipping prices. We negotiate when necessary and can even work with new operators who service unique destinations due to our marine industry relationships and reputation.
Ready to learn more about shipping a vessel across the ocean? We welcome any and all questions about what we do and how much it costs by reaching out to us and requesting a quote. We cover all the logistics to transport including customs clearances and insurance. Connect with us today!
We won’t lie, shipping yachts across an ocean isn’t exactly “easy,” but we certainly love what we do. When clients call us to start their vessel shipping process, they are often overwhelmed and have dozens of concerns. United Yacht Transport is ready to address these concerns and help customers get through the challenges of transporting their investments. Here are some of the top challenges that we support our clients with, which we hope provides confidence in what we do and how we handle all our client concerns.
Our customers are scattered all over the globe, and they come to us because we have the ability to overcome location challenges. While we have regularly-scheduled voyages and travel those routes regularly, we are also able to customize routes and destinations for our clientele. Our customers are just as unique as the vessels we transport, and we work relentlessly to provide them access to their target locations all over the world.
Preparing the Vessel
The next biggest concern that our customers have is what needs to be done to their vessels so they are ready for transport. Due to our extensive experience in boat shipping across long distances, United Yacht Transport is very knowledgeable in helping clients prepare their vessels. Everything from securing interior belongings to arranging external boat features, (like masts) our professional team walks through the entire process in detail.
Furthermore, each representative stays in constant contact with the owners of the vessels they are working with. For example, the day a vessel is being loaded onto the cargo ship, the United Yacht Transport representative will work closely with the vessel owner whether they are on-site or off-site.
One of the more complex features of transporting vessels across the ocean is the clearance of customs on the receiving side of the transaction. It is our responsibility to help our clients move through this process seamlessly as we understand this can be a reasonably nerve-racking experience. We have excellent relationships with various ports of call which aids in customs clearance and the logistics /regulations requirements by the receiving country.
It can be challenging to acquire transport insurance for a vessel, especially if a boat owner is new to overseas transportation. At United Yacht Transport, we can work quickly to obtain the right insurance which is essential to have during the transport process. Our vessels are delivered every day free and clear of any damage, but some circumstances can change that in an instant. For example, if the cargo ship encounters significant unplanned weather while at sea. Our insurers understand the unique insurance needed for these situations that are likely not covered under the owner’s regular marine insurance policy.
We know there are plenty of other concerns when making plans to transport a yacht or boat, and we welcome all of those concerns and questions. Connect with us online, or request a quote and let’s tackle those concerns or challenges head on so everyone feels confident about their transport experience.
After purchasing a new yacht, or deciding to spend the Summer elsewhere in the world, chances are in either scenario, a qualified yacht transport company will be needed to get the job done. There are many choices in this industry, but there are very few options when it comes to working with the best. United Yacht Transport would like to explore why working with us is such a positive and powerful experience. Here are the top five reasons to work with us for yacht shipping worldwide.
Choose United Yacht Transport for the Best Worldwide Service
Layers of Experience
The ability to transport large watercraft across oceans is not the only experience that mariners should seek out when transporting their yachts. At United Yacht Transport, we have layers of experience from logistic personnel to quality care shipping processes. We’ve spent years designing systems for moving boats and yachts to ensure they are delivered in the same condition when we received them.
Our clients travel the world and want to do so on their very own yachts. United Yacht Transport services worldwide destinations so clients can enjoy new waterways on their private vessels. We support destinations such as the South Pacific, Mexico, Caribbean, Mediterranean, and the Pacific Northwest. Our experience working with sizeable marine shipping and receiving networks give our customers peace of mind that their vessels are in the right hands.
Scheduled Voyages and Custom Itineraries
Part of what makes United Yacht Transport unique is that we offer regularly scheduled voyages to major worldwide boating destinations. Likewise, our team can also put together customized voyages for those who have more unique destinations in mind. Since we use large-scale carriers to transport watercraft, it allows us to offer competitive rates to popular destinations, spreading out fuel costs among a larger group of yacht owners.
With our custom voyages, customers work with a representative to get their vessels to more “off-grid” destinations such as The Maldives, islands of the South Pacific or even Antarctica. Almost anything is possible, so we urge new clients to connect with us to see how we can help them explore the world from their own vessels.
Clients who need liner services outside of our regularly traveled ports can count on United Yacht Transport to serve that need. Our long-standing relationships with liner operators allow us an advantage to get vessels to areas we don’t necessarily service. Since we are a more significant player in the yacht shipping industry, we have tremendous purchasing power with our operators which translates into considerable savings to our clients. We work to make new relationships every day so clients have more options as to where their vessels can go.
Getting started with us is easy, just simply reach out to our team or connect with us to get a quote. Our teams handle shipping logistics, clearance for ports of call and customs, marina slips at destinations, risk insurance and everything in-between. We are happy to answer any questions our customers have and work tirelessly to keep our clients informed and comfortable throughout the shipping process.
Learn How It Works!
Whether you’re embarking on a personal move to a new place in or outside the country, or you’re determined to attend a boat show, at some point you will probably need to send your boat or yacht to your new place. Yacht shipping and boat transport is often a difficult experience for first-time customers who are rightfully concerned about the wellbeing of their boat.
Your boat is a massive investment and represents a part of yourself, so it’s important to have the right professionals behind the job. Since most first-time customers have a lot of questions about the process, United Yacht Transport has put together a review of the shipping process.
Preparation for Shipping
You don’t want to show up to have fun at any of the events for boat owners only to be greeted by a damaged boat. While United Yacht Transport professionally and safely ships boats and yachts, there are some basics you’ll do beforehand to ensure a safe delivery.
Basically, you will do a few basics, such as securing electronics, sealing drawers that tend to open, and so on. While some steps might be a little work—such as removing the mast, if necessary—United Yacht Transport will give you everything you need to know, including handy points, to help make the process easier.
The Loading Process
A little before the loading date, you will be sent a loading notice. This notice will include all the instructions needed to be ready. United Yacht Transport is committed to superior customer service, and you can expect clear communication and personal care.
Cutting-Edge Technology Gets Your Boat Where It’s Going Safely
Once loaded, the United Yacht Transport difference really takes effect. Our team of experienced personnel not only uses the utmost in care, but also cutting-edge technology to ensure that we—and you—know where your yacht is at all times. As the largest yacht transportation company, we employ the most knowledgeable people and the most up-to-date tools, such as GPS tracking, to protect your asset.
We do this not only in the United States, but with our network of employees and partners globally. Our rigorous standards ensure that your boat or yacht will be treated with the same level of care that you would treat it. Countless testimonials attest to a universal level of care regardless of the destination.
Don’t Settle for Less Than the Best and Largest Boat and Yacht Shipping Company
For first-time customers, it might be tempting to go with a small boat shipping company. If you need to ship your boat or yacht locally, it might seem like a good idea to go with an individual who claims to have the proper truck and equipment to move your boat.
The reality is, moving a boat or yacht safely requires a lot of experience and modern technology. Have the peace of mind that comes with a professional service. But don’t settle for just any service—get the absolute best from a record-breaking yacht transport company by requesting a free quote from United Yacht Transport today, and let us walk you through the process of a safe delivery!
Enjoy Stress-Free Boat Shipping
Attending a boat show, or taking a trip around the world? At some point in their lifetime, a boat or yacht owner will want to ship their precious vessel somewhere. Yacht shipping and boat transport can be stressful the first time, even with a professional, record-breaking shipper like United Yacht Transport.
Because we want you to be happy and stress-free, we’ve compiled some top tips for a smooth shipping experience. Read on, and set your mind at ease!
1. Be Prepared For Shipping
United Yacht Transport ensures safe and professional boat shipping and yacht transport, but you don’t want to arrive at any of the events for boat owners with any internal damage to your belongings. Thus, it’s important to take some precautions before loading.
Sealing drawers that tend to open, removing the mast, and ensuring your personal belongings are either removed or properly secured are a few of the steps you can take to keep your boat or yacht in top shape. We’re always available to help you with the process.
2. Understand the Details
A professional transportation service is staffed with top-notch talent. United Yacht Transport prides itself on employing the most knowledgeable team worldwide. We’ll go out of our way to make sure you have every opportunity to ask questions about how we’ll handle your boat, but we can’t answer unasked questions!
If something pops up at any stage of the process, be sure to let us know. Whether it’s a technical detail about insurance and liability, or simply the best way to prepare your boat or yacht for shipping, please ask! The more you know, the less stressed out you’ll be!
3. Keep an Open Line of Communication
Countless testimonials demonstrate our commitment to the absolute best in boat shipping, whether locally or worldwide. Our professional team always prioritizes you and your boat. But sometimes, things happen in your personal life that may change your needs or make you unavailable. At the first sign that you’ll need to change your plans or need additional assistance, contact United Yacht Transport.
4. Be Ready For Your Loading Day
United Yacht Transport will provide direct communication with all the necessary details about your loading day. You will receive this information in advance, so if you don’t understand any aspect of it, it’s important to ask ahead of time. This is also a great moment to ask any last-minute questions about how to prepare your boat. Be sure to allot yourself plenty of time to be available.
5. Relax With the Best and Largest Boat and Yacht Shipping Company
You can eliminate a lot of stress by choosing a professional service. With cutting-edge technology, a global team of highly-knowledgeable experts, and record-breaking yacht transport history, United Yacht Transport is in a class of its own. Request a free quote and let us know any concerns you have about the process. Rest assured, we will put your mind at ease!
Worried About How Your Boat Will Fare In Transport?
You may have already booked the transportation of your yacht, but before you consider it a done deal, make sure your yacht transport proceeds smoothly. United Yacht Transport has put together everything you need to know about excellent boat shipping preparedness. Whether you’re heading to a trade show or a weekend of fun at a boating festival, be prepared!
Why Be Prepared?
United Yacht Transport is a record-breaking transportation company. But while United Yacht Transport does everything in our power to ensure the safe and secure delivery of your boat or yacht, it will be moving at very high speeds. The truck might encounter cross winds or head winds that result in winds over 90 miles per hour. While your boat is built to handle these conditions, certain components and accessories need to be prepared for such turbulence.
You likely have everything you need to prepare your yacht or boat, but we recommend investing in up to six rolls of duct tape.
Prepare Your Mast
Getting your mast ready for transport is simple. Just follow these easy steps:
- Remove all stays, shrouds, spreaders, and external halyards, and pack them inside.
- Remove any antennas, mast headlights, wind instruments, and other delicate instruments.
- Coil any wire rigging.
- For masts loaded on the top, you will need timber supports to keep pulpits from bending.
- For masts loaded under the boat, you’ll need spreaders.
- Smaller boats can leave winches on, but if you have a larger boat you may need to remove them due to their height.
We recommend clearly marking everything so that you have an easier time unpacking it all later on. Just securely tape everything up, and mark on the tape. Remember to duct tape turnbuckles and other parts that can come undone.
If You Have a Painted Mast
Painted masts are susceptible to sustaining chaffing damage, so take extra care of them by doing the following:
- Wrap them with two bubble wrap layers, or wrap them in carpeting. Regular plastic or tarp is not sufficient, as it’s waterproof but too thin to prevent damage from chaffing.
- Be sure there are no objects between the mast and its wrapping, like wires or shrouds. Intense vibration can cause damage, even through your padding.
If You Have a Roller Furling System
Roller furling systems are an exception. It’s best to keep them on the mast to prevent kinking. For these, pad the mast, and lay your foil on the padding. Tape it together, being sure to pad the drum well. Remember you cannot pad too much—pay close attention to cleats and winches, as well as the area between the mast and drum.
The Last Steps
Once you’ve secured your mast, follow these final steps:
- Remove dodger bows and any other exterior canvas.
- Remove any outboard motors.
- Either remove or properly secure any personal items. Remember, your boat is the only known and insured item being transported!
- Stow the interior. Tape shut drawers, and lock hatches and windows. Lock the cabin, but keep the keys for the truck.
- Disconnect the batteries and tie off the cables.
- Get fuel to a minimum and pump out any fresh water or holding tanks.
- Clean the hull of all marine life to prevent contaminating another area with foreign organisms.
Before Your Yacht is Delivered
As a final precaution, be sure to understand the logistics of delivery and your insurance and liability. If you’ve followed these steps and understand how United Yacht Transport will handle your yacht transport, you can have peace of mind that you’re in good hands!
If you’re passionate about boating, what could be more exciting than the Miami International Boat Show? But getting to the show, even if you live in Florida, might produce a bit of a challenge, and many first-time attendees who would like to bring their boat have never dealt with boat shipping. United Yacht Transport routinely transports to boat shows, and we have everything you need to know about how to enjoy your time at the show with reliable boat and yacht transport!
What is the Miami Boat Show?
Florida has great events for boaters from Fort Lauderdale to Miami. If you’re a new boat owner, or if you’re new to the area, you might have only recently heard about the Miami International Boat Show. One of many events held annually in February, and produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association in Miami, the event offers tons of activities for boaters and non-boaters alike.
Featuring sailing exhibitors with live demonstrations, seminars for novices and professionals, racing, and of course tons of food and festivities, the Miami International Boat Show is a dream come true. But whether you’re participating or just want to bring your boat to the occasion, there are a number of obstacles you’ll face.
Why You Shouldn’t Attempt to Transport Your Boat Yourself
Transporting a boat or yacht always presents a lot of challenges. Most people don’t have the necessary truck and equipment to haul their boat, let alone safely. There are many considerations, both logistical and technical, that a first-time hauler wouldn’t know, and you may need additional skills and certifications that you don’t already have. You care deeply about your boat and want to ensure that your investment is protected, so hiring a professional makes perfect sense.
Of course, these issues are compounded when dealing with a massive urban environment like Miami, plus the highways on route to Miami. Navigating these varying areas with a haul, and dealing with the huge crowds—expect there to be many trucks hauling boats this time of year—creates a situation that can quickly become a frustrating disaster.
United Yacht Transport is the Professional, Safe Way to Get Your Boat Anywhere
United Yacht Transport routinely handles yacht transport and boat shipping to events around the world. As the largest yacht transport carrier worldwide, we have everything you need. We have a delivery captain, marina slips, custom clearance, top-notch crew and management, and all risk insurance.
Don’t settle for a smaller company without the same level of experience or liability. With countless testimonials from customers who’ve shipped their yacht or boat safely and effectively, United Yacht Transport is the reliable solution. Get your boat or yacht to the Miami International Boat Show, and focus on enjoying the festivities, rather than worrying about whether your boat is in good hands.
Request a free quote from United Yacht Transport today, and let us walk you through the process of a safe delivery!
The biggest boating event on the calendar is kicking off in Florida, and this year’s show is shaping up to be the very best one yet. If you’re passionate about yachting, boat design, yacht transportation, marine innovation, and everything to do with the water, then the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, aka FLIBS, is an event that cannot be missed.
International designers, builders, dealers, and enthusiasts will all come together this Wednesday for the largest boat show in the world. Meet and greet with key figures in the industry, or even learn more about international boat shipping costs. There are attractions for the whole family, with on-water displays and more than 3 million square feet of exhibition space.
The show opens on Wednesday at noon for the prime-time preview, with general admission running from Thursday, November 1, up until Sunday, November 4.
Things to See and Do at the World’s Largest Boat Show
Although aimed directly at boat enthusiasts and members of the industry, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show of 2018 has something for the entire family, even those who aren’t specifically interested in the latest marine craft and technology. More than 110,000 people come from all around the world to see the show, with 52 countries represented by exhibitors.
Luxury cars including some of the world’s most exotic supercars will be on display, allowing you to see the bleeding edge of technology first-hand.
The Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo is a yearly fixture at the Fort Lauderdale show, with keynote presentations covering topics ranging from underwater photography to spearfishing. Manny “Sharkman” Puig will be joining the Blue Wild team this year for his highly popular Savage Wild seminars. Even if you’re heading to the show with the sole intention of buying and shipping boats, you’ll find plenty of extras that make the experience that much more exciting.
Catering will be provided throughout the show with options to purchase exciting food from Proof of the Pudding, a culinary provider focused on innovative menus and sustainability. Farm-to-plate food choices with organic ingredients are locally sourced and served in biodegradable packaging.
This is the ultimate show on the calendar for buyers, dealers, manufacturers, or even if you are simply interested in the latest technology and want to meet and greet with key industry players. Kids attractions, a safe environment, and the world’s most beautiful watercraft will make this week very special.
Personal craft from Sea-Doo and Yamaha, the latest scuba technology, day cruisers, high-performance power boats, skis, and wakeboards are just a few more examples of what you’ll find on display.
Come and see what makes the show so popular, and maybe you’ll even finish the week off with a new purchase that is ready for yacht transportation anywhere in the world!
Shipping Boats from FLIBS to Any Port on Earth
With some of the most gorgeous yachts on display, you may find it hard to leave without opening your checkbook.
More than 1,500 boats will be on display with 1,200 exhibitors in total. Famed designers and builders like Worth Avenue Yachts, Heesen, Oceanco, MJM Yachts, Carver, and many others will be displaying this week, and a significant amount of this year’s yacht sales will be completed at the event.
If you’re exploring the market to purchase a yacht, or even if you’re a private seller or dealer, you’ll need an efficient yacht transportation company to take care of logistics. United Yacht Transport is a Fort Lauderdale based yacht shipping expert and the largest company of its kind.
With extensive shipping services to any port around the world, the best reputation in the industry, and an extensive network of freighters including specialized heavy lift ships, there’s a yacht transport solution for boats of any size.
Enjoy the greatest boat show on earth and know that United Yacht Transport is here to provide boat shipping estimates if you happen to leave the show with the title to a brand-new yacht.
United Yacht Transport, the North American leader in boat transport and shipping, is celebrating a record loading for their North American westbound sailing from Port Everglades to Victoria. Much like their amazing year in 2017, they are exceeding expectations in 2018. United Yacht Transport recently loaded thirty-eight yachts on the massive M/V Star Lofoten in Port Everglades.
The Largest Shipment to Victoria in a Single Sailing
This shipment by United Yacht is not just a large one, it is the largest one ever to Victoria by any yacht transporter in a single sailing with thirty-one boats being discharged in Victoria. While this is impressive, however, one has to admire their recent Spring season med sailing. The HHL Valparaiso was commissioned to transport four superyachts including a 50m Trinity and a 50m Mangusta. The future is bright for the company, and even more so as it continues to gain attention in the yachting world.
A Huge Influx of Clients
United Yacht Transport is the most popular Yacht transport company in South Florida and it continues to grow in popularity as more clients find satisfaction with the services it offers. Yacht brokers, builders, and captains are continuing to refer clients to UYT, the company is well known for year-round sailings, customized logistics solutions, and of course, competitive pricing.
A Continued Tradition of Excellence
United Yacht Transport is continuing to add sailings to destinations all over the world. They will proceed to meet the individual needs of its clients.
United Yacht and its president, Paul Haber understand that each and every client has particular needs whether it relates to their schedule, their destination, or the transportation needs of their yacht. If you have a yacht and you need to transport it, United Yacht Transport should be your first call!
United Yacht Transport, the North American leader in boat transport and shipping, is celebrating another banner year.
In 2017, United Yacht Transport continued to expand their position as the largest yacht carrier in North America and rapidly growing position in the Mediterranean.
Paul Haber, President of United Yacht Transport, commented “2017 was a second consecutive record year for United and our momentum is continuing into 2018. All of our peak season sailings in North America and the Mediterranean were (chock-a-block) and we are adding more regular sailings in 2018. We are pleased that yacht brokers, yacht builders, and captains are continuing to refer their clients to UYT as we have become known for reliable year-round sailings, excellent customer service competitive pricing, and customized logistics solutions.
Our operations and logistics team is becoming the first call for yacht builders and superyacht captains due to our repeated success in heavy lift and complex loadings. For example, in June, UYT successfully transported a 650mt boat, the 174’ Expedition “Ulucitcan”, from Port Everglades to Genoa. This was the heaviest boat any carrier has deck loaded in years.
We will continue to strive to meet the individual needs of our clients and look forward to a successful 2018. We are taking bookings now for our upcoming spring season sailings in North America and the Mediterranean.
United Yacht Transport Adding Sailings to Meet Increase in Peak Season Demand – FORT LAUDERDALE, FL., 07/07/2017.
United Yacht Transport, the North American leader in boat transport and shipping, is adding additional sailings to meet the unexpected increase in peak season demand in North America and the Mediterranean.
United Yacht Transport is continuing to expand their position as the largest yacht carrier in North America and rapidly growing position in the Mediterranean. This is due to its repeated success in heavy lift and complex loadings. This month, UYT will be transporting a mega-yacht to the Mediterranean weighing over 650mts. This is the heaviest yacht any carrier has deck loaded in years.
According to Paul Haber, the President of United Yacht Transport, “2016 was a record year for United and our momentum is continuing into 2017. All of our peak season sailings so far were chock-a-block and we are adding more sailings. We are pleased that yacht brokers, yacht builders, and captains are continuing to refer their clients to UYT as we have become known for reliable year-round sailings, competitive pricing, and customized logistics.”
United Yacht Transport has transported more eastbound and westbound yachts in the past three years than any other carrier. Additional sailings for May are being added in order to accommodate this peak season demand.
United Yacht Transport is the premier worldwide yacht transporter that offers cost effective yacht transport and boat shipping services. United Yacht Transport ships worldwide to Mexico, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Asia, and the Mediterranean. As the North American leader in yacht transportation, United Yacht Transport prides itself on reliability, safe transport, and unparalleled customer service.
Join us for Triton Networkingon the third Wednesday in June in Fort Lauderdale with United Yacht Transport. All captains, crew and industry professionals are welcome to join us from 6-8 p.m. on June 21 — the first day of summer — to catch up with friends and make some new ones.
Until then, learn a little more about UYT from its VP Vadim Yegudkin.
Tell us about United Yacht Transport. What do you do?
United Yacht Transport started in 2012 and has a combined 30 years of yacht transport experience. Paul Haber is president and I am vice president. We specialize in North America and Mediterranean. Our routes touch Fort Lauderdale, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, British Columbia, Singapore, Hong Kong, St. Thomas (USVI), Spain, Italy and Greece, however there are more, based on demand.
Some transport companies charter ships, others have their own ships. How does UYT work?
We charter full ships. This method allows for much more frequent sailing as we are not limited to any number of ships or crane size. The ability to charter any ship anywhere in the world gives our customers a much more reliable and regular sailing schedule.
There are several companies that provide this sort of service. What makes you different?
United is a carrier with its own cradling equipment and lifting gear, and the highest safety rating in the industry. Our loadmasters are the top in the world. We also provide the best insurance policy in the business.
You had an interesting loading last month in Fort Lauderdale. Tell us about it.
We loaded several large yachts on the M/V Industrial Guide, including the loading of the 151-foot Leopard under deck. This is an example of our ability to charter full ships. This is important, because this means that the only cargo on the ship is yachts. It also gives us full control of the ship and stow plan. Our operations team is then able to fill the belly of the ship with yachts as tall as 40 feet and put taller yachts and sailboats on deck. Bigger loads means lower costs, and we always pass along these savings to the customers. Economy of scales.
The biggest yacht we loaded on the Industrial Guide was the 174-foot, 650-ton expedition yacht M/Y Ulucitcan. This was verified as the heaviest yacht to be lifted by any company in over five years. Great job by our top notch loading team.
All in all, the Industrial Guide will take over $250 million and 4,000 square meters of yachts to the Med.
What advice do you give captains and crew before they deliver their yacht to UYT?
Follow our preparation guide, which is available on our new website launching this month, and check your emails every day for the latest updates on loading and discharge times.
Are delivery schedules established or do they fluctuate from year to year?
This is a good question. There are sailings based on season, boat shows and some that are based on demand. For example, there are always sailings from the Med and West Coast in time for the Fort Lauderdale boat show the fall. There are always seasonal sailings to the Pacific Northwest and Mediterranean in March, April and May, and return voyages in September, October and November.
I always suggest to the captain or whomever deals with the transport (sometimes the chief engineer) to call me in advance and secure the space as soon as the owners have made their decision.
Triton Networking always brings the best crowds, and we are looking forward to seeing all our friends and meeting new people.
We will gather at The Triton office at 1043 SE 17th St. (33316).
For more information about United Yacht Transport, visit united-yacht.com, contact the company at +1 954-383-4448 or email@example.com, stop by the office at 2830 Marina Mile Blvd., Suite 118, in Fort Lauderdale (33312), or join us at Triton Networking on the third Wednesday in June from 6-8 p.m. for casual and professional networking.
The first details of this project were revealed in 2011, but construction was put on hold when Newcastle Marine ran into financial difficulties. However, these new images suggest that a new European build partner has been found to complete the job.
Shipping firm United Yacht Transport described the 650-tonne Ulucitcan as “the heaviest yacht any carrier has deck-loaded in years”.
This four-deck explorer yacht was developed in collaboration with Dutch naval architecture firm Vripack, while British studio Winch has designed an interior that has been described as “luxurious and well-balanced”, as well as the exterior deck spaces.
Speaking back in 2012, Marnix Hoekstra from Vripack described the design as “a man’s boat – chunky, rigid and really able to withstand the elements”.
The superstructure was designed around the owner’s tastes, Hoekstra added: “Typically we’d have the superyacht wheelhouse two steps elevated, compared to the top deck. This time the owner refused it, because he wanted a container shape, so very flat topped.”
Another unusual feature of this explorer yacht is the workshop and storage space for five or six motorbikes on the main deck, which opens onto the boat deck. This would allow for easy loading and unloading — ideal for on-shore exploration.
Built from a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, Ulucitcan features a twin-screw diesel propulsion system that should allow for efficient long-range cruising at 12 knots.
May 18 – United Yacht Transport (UYT) has loaded 19 yachts on board Intermarine’s heavy lift vessel Industrial Guide in Port Everglades, USA.
Thursday 18 May 2017
The 174 ft (53 m) Expedition yacht, named Ulucitcan, was the heaviest vessel to be loaded, weighing 650 tonnes.
The 19 yachts, which included a 151 ft (46 m) Leopard and a 130 ft (39.6 m) Mangusta, were loaded above and below deck, filling the entire ship with over USD200 million worth of yachts, says UYT.
Paul Haber, UYT president, explained: “The most challenging part was the extensive logistics and pre-planning that needed to be done well in advance of the ship arriving in Port Everglades.
Our operations team designed a customised lifting plan to not only load the 174 ft (53 m) Expedition, but to also load it in such a way to allow for the other boats to be loaded on deck and in the hold.”
The yachts were loaded utilising the ship’s 700-tonne capacity cranes and will be transported to Genoa in Italy. SOURCE: HLPFI
As the captain of a 130-foot yacht, Christopher Campbell usually spends his time at the steering wheel.
But one day last week, he walked the deck of a massive freighter at Port Everglades, waiting for his boss’ yacht to be lifted out of the water and fastened down for a long-distance voyage as cargo.
The boat was one of 27 carefully loaded on top of the nearly 525-foot-long Tong An Cheng freighter for shipment from Fort Lauderdale to the west coast of the U.S. and to Canada.
The price tag for the shipment to Vancouver: About $180,000.
Yacht transport is big business in Fort Lauderdale, an area dubbed the yachting capital of the world. Hundreds of the sleek boats are shipped in and out of Port Everglades yearly on hulking freighters.
Some yachts are shipped in for the area’s international boat shows, where they are displayed for sale and charter. Others come for repair and maintenance between summers in Europe and winters in the Caribbean. And some head out for delivery to owners who bought the boats in South Florida, the country’s leading market for yacht sales.
The business is so big that former New York investment banker Paul Haber set up a company in 2013 in Fort Lauderdale to specialize in just one niche: transport around North America.
Haber said his business, United Yacht Transport, moved about 300 yachts last year and expects to handle even more deliveries this year. The shipment of 27 yachts was his biggest, he said.
But why piggyback yachts on a freighter when they could sail on their own?
Operating yachts across long distances costs a lot more, Campbell said. “To run this yacht from here to Vancouver — with fuel, maintenance, repairs and crew — you’d be talking well over half-a-million dollars,” Campbell said. Fuel alone could cost more than $200,000.
Running a yacht full-out for weeks also causes added wear and tear. And self-powered trips take longer and leave more room for problems.
“Nothing ever goes smoothly” on a long yacht trip, the 32-year-old engineer said. “It’s a floating city.”
The crew also would be spent, running the yacht hard for more than three weeks to Vancouver, sometimes in rough seas.
“Heading up the West Coast is very difficult. There’s no shelter. You’re in open water. It’s pretty miserable, to be honest,” Campbell said.
Loading a yacht onto a freighter for a voyage like that is no small job.
Haber’s company uses a huge crane with an arm carrying a giant sling. The sling is placed under the yacht, and the crane hoists the yacht out of the water and carries it above the deck of the freighter.
Steel columns then are adjusted upward from the deck to meet the yacht, their wooden tops forming a cradle to hold the yacht in place. The columns next are welded into the decks to keep the yacht stable. And giant straps then are pulled over the boat to fasten it down, sometimes with chains attached for extra security.
The process takes time. Campbell expected that loading his yacht would take about 24 hours, with crews working around-the-clock welding down the steel columns onto the deck.
Haber’s company mainly transports yachts in the 50- to 80-foot range, with perhaps 30 percent of his business for yachts 100 feet or longer. His biggest shipment to date is a 151-footer.
Yachts much bigger than that are tough to lift in a sling and often are loaded onto semi-submersible freighters instead.
The world’s biggest yacht transporter, Sevenstar Yacht Transport in the Netherlands, owns some of those submersibles. It hauls lots of yachts between Europe and the Americas, the largest segment of the transport market, Haber said.
Haber said he chose to focus on the less-contested North American market. His company doesn’t own freighters and rents deck space when needed. He aims to be the “low-cost” provider for yacht transport, so he can fill up the deck and leave no space empty.
Most of his company’s deliveries are headed west from Port Everglades, like the 130-foot Oceanfast yacht that Campbell’s boss bought in Fort Lauderdale and was sending to his home in Vancouver.
“Yachts in Fort Lauderdale happen to be about 25 percent cheaper than a similar boat in Seattle, because you have more boats here,” Haber said. That leaves opportunity to transport the yachts as cargo to the Pacific Coast.