A lot of people will decide to ride with their yachts when using a professional yacht transportation company if you’re planning your next awesome yachting adventure, you might want to accompany your vessel during transport. Here’s what you need to know if you’re going to come along for the ride.
What can you expect as a rider?
During the yacht transport, freshwater is usually provided, but there could be some restrictions. Restrictions are often contingent on consumption and tank levels. It’s also crucial for riders to understand the expectations around using hoses and hookups during the trip.
For riders, it’s a good idea to get hooked up early. Once the deck is dry, use a ladder to get your supply and then discharge the hoses. Riders are typically only allowed to board their yacht with a ladder AFTER the yacht is secured. Passengers are also responsible for supplying their own hoses, and connections onboard the transport boat can vary from 1.5 inches, 2 inches, or 2.5 inches.
For hookups and connections, riders will also want to bring along plenty of gray nylon hose fittings. The most commonly used are 1.5 and 2 inches, but there will be variations in size depending on the transport carrier size and type. It’s possible to thread a fitting into a discharge with Teflon tape. Sometimes riders can put in a hose barb. Hoses are available to riders in a range of sizes, but the length might be an issue and riders may need to join several tubes together.
Riders should also expect to take a lot of clamps with them, and the bigger, the better. Cam locks and other quick disconnects are often unavailable. Occasionally, some riders will experience a broken hose or a hose that fails to connect. In this case, it’s a good idea to open a sea chest to the boat doesn’t get flooded.
Is there power available?
Riders must remove their cord ends since no plug-ins are available. Cords can be cut to fit, so having a pigtail connection is a good idea.
What about keeping things clean?
When accompanying their yacht, riders are responsible for washing the vessel. Some professional yacht transportation companies will have a few pressure washers available for riders to use. Also, most transport services require riders to separate their trash.
Some other miscellaneous tips and advice riders should consider:
- Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. The days can be hot and humid, with nights cold and chilly. It’s prudent to bring a sweater or jacket along for the ride.
- Satellite phones are available for a fee. Riders should save their receipts when the charges are collected in cash before the transport ship docks.
- A professional yacht transportation company does not allow anything to be discharged on the transport carrier deck.
- Long swells can occur, and riders should be ready to wash the salt down from the yacht at times.
Riders should consider attending the orientation meeting on board the transport boat before leaving. This will enable riders to familiarize themselves with safety protocols and other procedures, and give them a chance to ask questions. If you’re planning to accompany your vessel with a professional yacht transportation service, keep these tips in mind for a smooth trip.
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!
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.
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!