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!