As a yacht owner, you enjoy the luxury of being on the open waters in your own time and at your own pace, enjoying the natural beauty all around you. It is truly an exhilarating feeling to have this kind of freedom that comes only with having your own boat. Now, you may wish to visit far away destinations and sailing your yacht by yourself may not always be a good idea. So what do you do? Hire a yacht transport company, of course! Even though transporting your boat may seem easy, there may be pitfalls that must be avoided. Here are some of the common mistakes to avoid when shipping your yacht.
- Get references and check them. Rather than going with an unknown transport company that you may never have used before, it is best to get and check references from owners of boats who have experience with the transporter. A big mistake is to solely rely on referrals from captains and brokers. At United Yacht Transport, we have been transporting yachts to worldwide destinations for years and testimonials from many satisfied clients attest to our excellent service.
- Make sure the transporter has cargo insurance. Do not confuse carriers’ liability insurance with cargo insurance. Liability insurance protects the carriers if they are sued for a wrongdoing while hauling your boat. Cargo insurance is what protects your boat against any damage. Be sure to ask for proof of coverage. Also talk with delivery cruise beforehand to find out who pays for weather or mechanical delays. Knowing exactly the terms and conditions of the transportation will help to put your mind at ease and ensure a trouble-free delivery. At United Yacht Transport, we are happy to provide you with all details of your transport process. In addition, we handle customs clearance, marine slips, logistics, risk insurance, and more so that you have the best yacht shipping experience possible. We can also give you a free price quote for transporting with us.
- Have a professional crew prepare your boat for shipping. Before the trip, your boat needs to be in tip-top condition. Clean the bottom, change oil and filters, check safety equipment, and stock up on spares. After ensuring that the boat is in good condition to undertake its journey without any problems, added steps can be taken to make it stand up to any adverse weather or travel conditions that it may face. Shrink-wrapping the yacht, removing parts that may not fit easily in the available space, and winterizing (if needed) are some of the things that should be done. All this, and whatever more is needed, can be handled by a professional and knowledgeable crew. While this may seem expensive, and even unneeded, you will be surprised by how essential these preparations are and how they can go a long way in preventing travel damage to your boat.
- Schedule well in advance. Avoid the hassles of last-minute transporting by booking three or more months in advance. Sometimes, you may find savings of 15 percent or more by booking early. Last-minute bookings also come with the increased risk of schedule changes. So if your boat needs to be at a certain place and at a certain time, you need to make transport arrangements in time.
- Weigh the pros and cons of land versus water transport. One or the other mode of transportation may be suitable for your specific destination. It is best to look into pricing, the weather, schedules, and other considerations before deciding on the best mode of transportation for your yacht. If possible, you may also want to think about transporting one way and cruising the return.
Shipping boats is not a simple task. Keeping the above considerations in mind can save you a lot of time, trouble, and money by having a worry-free and accident-free transport. United Yacht Transport is here to serve you with all your boat transport needs. We pride ourselves not just on years of experience, but also for a team of dedicated and professional personnel, knowledge of local laws and conditions, scheduling custom voyages, and competitive pricing. Just call us today at 954-383-4448 to find out how we can help you.