United Yacht - MV HHL Rio De Janiero 2

Are you planning your next exciting yachting adventure? Using a yacht transportation carrier is a great way to protect your vessel from damage and give yourself and the crew a break. Before you contact a yacht transportation service, keep these top three tips in mind to prepare your yacht for its journey. 


Tip #1: Secure the Yacht

Adequately preparing the yacht for a journey across the sea requires attention to detail and meticulousness on the part of the owner. In most cases, a yacht transportation service will not secure the vessel for transport. If you don’t secure it, the yacht will be transported “as-is” and might get damaged. Some companies offer “voyage insurance,” which you might want to consider before transporting the yacht. 

You must secure everything on the yacht before you transport it, even if you aren’t planning to carry it very far. To properly prepare your yacht for transport, secure everything like you would if it was crossing the Pacific. Anything that extends past the hull, or is loose on the yacht should be secured to avoid damaging the vessel. If you don’t take the time to secure the hatches, water damage can occur. Tape all hatches, and latch all the cabin doors to prevent water ingress. Also, tape any interior cabinet doors shut, tightly close them, and lock every exterior door on the yacht. 


Tip #2: Measure the Yacht

You’ll want to let the yacht transportation service know your vessel’s specs before the journey. This allows them to allocate the right amount of space for the yacht, so be sure to give an accurate measurement. Remember, the company will want to know the yacht’s actual weight – not tonnage. Also, be sure to measure:

  • Overall length
  • Overall height
  • Overall beam or width

When measuring the length, be sure to include the swim platforms, outboard motor brackets, outboard motors, and bow pulpits. 


Tip #3: Prepare the yacht with shrink wrap.

Covering the outside of the yacht with shrink wrap can protect it from dirt, debris, and salt. Boats that are too big to cover completely can be spot-protected. Some of the most delicate areas of the yacht’s surface are non-skid and teak surfaces that should be protected with shrink-wrap covering. Stainless steel and chrome fittings should be prepped for the journey with either a shrink wrap covering or an insulator wax. Windshields should also be removed, if possible, and stored. 


Tip #4: Lighten the Load

You’ll want to deliver the yacht to the transportation service as light as possible. Prepare the boat for transport by draining the fuel and water tanks to as low a level as possible. You’ll want to keep a small amount in the yacht to get it to and from the transport ship. Check to make sure there is no water in the bilge, and remove the anchors and the drain plugs from the hull. It’s also a good idea to flush and sanitize the tanks before the trip. 


Tip #5: Contact a yacht transportation service. 

Your final step for preparing your yacht for transport is to pick a professional, reputable yacht transportation service that is experienced with moving your particular type of vessel. A professional yacht transportation company will know how the yacht needs to be balanced, supported, and secured. The next time you plan to transport your yacht, keep these tips in mind to properly prepare it for its next great destination.