Planning for your next yachting adventure doesn’t have to be confusing or stressful, and knowing how the yacht transportation and delivery process works can go a long way to making the trip smoother and more enjoyable. Below is our step-by-step guide on how to prepare your boat for delivery and what happens during yacht transportation.
Always adequately prepare the yacht for transportation.
Before delivering your yacht to the yacht transportation company, you’ll want to ensure that the vessel is as light as possible. So, keep these prep tips in mind:
- Empty the bilge and turn off the bilge pumps.
- Empty the sewage tanks and turn off installation.
- Fuel and other flammable liquids stored in cans are typically not allowed on the transport carrier.
You’ll only need enough fuel in the yacht to get it to and from the transport carrier. Consider sanitizing the tanks with a bleach solution before the trip as well. Also, you’ll want to have at least 50 feet of lines on each side of the yacht – two on both sides, and forward and aft. You’ll need a minimum of two crew persons, and a minimum of two fenders on forward, aft, and both sides of the vessel.
The Step-by-Step Yacht Delivery Process
- Stand By
Tune into the yacht carrier and await your instructions for delivery. Berthing beside the yacht carrier is not allowed without obtaining express permission from the yacht transportation service’s loading master. Ensure the fenders and lines are set and placed at the correct height and location and turn off the radar. For a smooth and safe delivery process, it’s critical to listen carefully to the instructions from the transportation crew and the loading master and to be prepared for line handling.
- Loaded, with Water On Deck
Next, you’ll need to stay on-board the yacht until it is tied and secured. Any generators or main engines should be turned off once the yacht is positioned and before any divers reach the water. No swimming is allowed at this point. During this part of the yacht transportation process, you’ll meet with a service representative on the yacht carrier. You’ll need to bring on-board your yacht registry, a set of yacht keys, and a rider with a passport and visa if they have been approved.
- Yacht Carrier Deck Dry
Refrain from shifting any heavy items or weights at this point. You’ll need to exit through the deck only and be sure to wait until a secured ladder is in place. Using catwalks is prohibited, and people must be aware of any tripping hazards, and be extremely careful when walking. Also, welders will be hard at work, and looking directly into the cutting flames can damage the eyes.
- Preparing Departure
Properly sea-fasten all yacht equipment and loose items. All riders must be on the carrier at least one hour before the scheduled departure time. Any visitors will need to leave at least one hour before departure.
- Port-of-Discharge Arrival
Owners will need to meet with the yacht transportation service representative on-board the carrier for release. The transportation crew will disconnect all water and electrical power connections, and will also ensure that the fenders are set in the right place.
Owners will need to stay on-board the yacht and turn off the radar until the vessel is unloaded. Heavy items should not be moved during this process, and people should refrain from removing sea fastenings without express permission from the transport service personnel. Do not turn on any generators or engines until the crew gives instructions. The divers have to be out of the water before motors and generators can be turned on.
Always listen carefully to the yacht transportation service’s crew and follow their instructions. Knowing the yacht delivery and transportation process will make the journey go more smoothly for owners and riders.