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Four Cocktails Perfect for A Day at Sea

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Whether you are set to take a vacation in the Mediterranean, Caribbean or fall trip to Central America on your yacht, you’ll want to keep yourself and guests cool and refreshed with a top-notch signature cocktail that captures the flavors and feeling of summer. Your signature cocktails can set the tone of your vacation just as much as a day at sea with nature, quiet and beauty.

Can’t you just picture it? Your family and friends mingling on the yacht, under the basking of the sun, sipping on something slushy or fruity or both. That has all the makings of a beautiful fall vacation that your friends and family will never forget.

Mix It Up for a Delightful Cocktail on Your Luxury Yacht Through Yacht Transport

You’ve probably spent all season sipping on the best cocktails for fall in the Caribbean or the Mediterranean so why not mix things with something a little more through a vacation on a luxury yacht? All you need to add is a perfect cocktail to ensure the perfect treat for yourself, your family and your friends.

Mai Tai

A sweet, tropical rum drink. The original cocktail is a mix of light rum, lime juice, orange curacao, and orgeat syrup. The pineapple version is a mix of light rum, triple sec, lime juice, pineapple juice, orange juice and a dash of grenadine to finish. Shake well and top each version with dark rum.

Piña Colada

If you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain… You know the song! This creamy concoction is a blend of pineapple juice, light rum, and cream of coconut. Top with a wedge of pineapple as a garnish, and you will be transported to tiki land!

Margarita

One of the most popular summer cocktails in North America, the margarita and its variations show no sign of slowing down. The margarita consists of tequila, triple sec, and fresh lime juice, and often has salt or sugar lining the glass to add some extra flavor.

Gin Pahit

The name will still be heard in 19th-century sailing stories, but now more commonly known as Pink Gin or Gin & Bitters, this martini is simply gin and Angostura bitters which give the drink its pink tint. Given the references to it in sailing history, the gin pahit is a true boat drink.

Our reliable transport company will ensure you enjoy the perfect vacation with your family and friends while having the best cocktails. You’ll have an opportunity to explore new places, unwind and relax, as well as strengthen ties with friends and family. If you’re looking for a reliable yacht transportation company, here’s why you should consider our services.

Reasons Why You Should Hire Our Services for your Luxury Vacation

Easy Process

Our shipping company makes the boat shipping extremely easy. You simply need to cover the shipping costs and ensure it’s loaded ready for shipping. Once done, you’ll be able to travel home to await the vessel.

Wear and Tear

During the shipment of your vessel, our professional crew will ensure it arrives in the same condition it was prior to shipment. Furthermore, it won’t sustain wear and tear throughout the journey. This way, you won’t need to worry about spending on unnecessary repairs.

Benefits of Yacht Ownership

Sea Luxury

Most of us enjoy sea excursions and a yacht satisfies the need for an excursion. You’ll discover that a yachting lifestyle can be sophisticated and relaxed. Moreover, the adventure can be utterly thrilling.

Bonding opportunities for friends and families

Yachts are large enough to accommodate numerous people, making them ideal for bonding with your family and friends. This is a great advantage since friends and families lack time to bond owing to busy schedules and lifestyles. However, yachting offers a unique opportunity to catch up with friends and family while vacationing and sipping cocktails.

Breathtaking Destinations

Yachting offers numerous opportunities to explore exotic destinations worldwide. It’s also a chance to explore the sea’s beauty. Fortunately, our shipping company offers quality services to a wide range of destinations from Asia to Central America to the Caribbean to the Middle East and the Mediterranean.

 

Plan Your Winter Trip and Use United Yacht to Get Your Boat There

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When selecting a boat shipping company, how can you be certain that you’ve made the right decision? After all, you’ll entrust the company with shipping your boat overseas and watching over it throughout the voyage. In some instances, the same company will be responsible for transporting the boat to the departure port and to the final destination.

Beware that the company you select is extremely important. Some shippers mistakenly choose the company based on affordability. This is very dangerous because it implies overlooking other vital qualities a shipping company must possess, particularly if it’s an international company.

Fortunately, you don’t need to worry about your shipping needs with United Yacht. You’ll discover our yacht transport is not only reliable but also efficient. Here’s a list of reasons why you should use our yacht shipping company for your boat.

Safety

Our established transport experts have extensive knowledge and expertise to ensure we carry out every element of the transport operation to the highest standards, to ensure your vessel arrives safely. Unfortunately, not everybody in the business is a trustworthy professional, with some adopting a haphazard DIY approach that undermines the work it takes to lift, haul, and ship a yacht.

At times, things can go terribly wrong, particularly if the yacht isn’t latched down properly and is in an ill-fitting cradle. The best companies such as United Yacht use custom-made or adjustable cradles, using professional knowledge to distribute pressure and weight evenly.

Transparency

In the contemporary world, all reputable companies must have a well-optimized web presentation. The best company will display the pertinent information they have concerning different international regulations with the goal of helping clients with things that don’t just involve their services.

When selecting a boat shipping company, have a close look at its website. You’ll discover that our boat shipping company’s call to action is straightforward and so is the process for obtaining a quote. The company should be open about its shipping rates and its website must have a resource section for extra information.

Moreover, the website should be easy to access on every device. These elements are all important because they reveal a company’s willingness to reach out their prospective customers.

Time

It’s imperative that the transport company recognize when the yacht should arrive at the final destination. Obviously, the earlier you arrange transportation, the more likely we’ll meet your scheduling requirements.

At United Yacht, we’re seasoned professionals working to meet tight deadlines. As a result, we ship yachts within the stipulated timeframe.

Tips for Boat Preparation

Careful Boat Measurement

This is vital because it determines boat shipping costs. You’ll require the precise width, length, and height of your boat. You’ll also have to include the swim platforms, motors, bow platforms, or any protruding parts that might extend the external dimensions.

When it comes to height, consider the boat’s highest part that can’t be disassembled. For the width, take the widest part of the cradle or boat. You require the boat measurements since you might require unique permits from the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the transporter needs to identify the kind of handling to use.

The legal height for boat transportation on the road is 13ft 6″-this implies that the vessel must be at the most 12ft high. For bigger boats, more clearance is necessary. Boats that are more than 8ft 6″ are deemed oversize load and need special permits.

Winterize the Boat

Remove all lights, propellers, antennas, anchor, electronics, valuable items and store them safely below. Secure all covers, cabinets, and remove all fuel. It’s also important you disconnect batteries, tape and latch cabin windows.

Remove any cargo from the boat and empty the water out from the boat, including the air conditioner and drain plugs. Other important preparations include cleaning the boat’s exterior, wrapping the vessel in canvas or plastic wrap to protect it against bumps. If the boat is wooden, you can protect it by applying linseed oil to prevent drying.

Prepare the Documents

Contact the area where the shipment is taking place and determine the necessary documentation and customs regulations. The documents necessary include lading bill, shipping documents from the shipping company, and a copy of the boat’s title. Some nations might even need the boat’s import permits.

The logistics involved in shipping a boat to any destination worldwide can take considerable planning and preparation. Therefore, it’s important you find a reliable company such as United Yacht, which will meet your shipping needs.

 

How to Choose your Optimal Cruise Season

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The vacation season is almost here and for many people, it’s that time of the year when they start planning for the cruise season. Yacht transport is great for people who like to venture out on their own and not wait for the cruise season to hit. When you’re getting ready for the cruise season on your own time it’s good to know when the optimal season is to start considering taking your vacation.

Finding the Best Deals with Yacht Transport

We take pride in our yacht shipping because we know how important these boats are to people and how much pride they take in using them. There’s nothing quite like taking your own personal cruise and being able to explore new places on your own time versus being stuck on a large cruise ship.

When you’re planning a voyage the beginning of January is a good season to start traveling since it’s referred to as the “wave season” when cruises have the best deals. One of the best ways to ensure you’re ready for your cruise is to plan ahead of time and to make sure everything is booked early. This includes where you’re going to stay and any trips or activities you plan on taking to ensure you get the best deals versus arriving at your location with no plan in mind.

Travel During the Off Season for Yacht Transport

Yacht transportation is a great way to prevent wear and tear on your boat to make sure it doesn’t start to break down. For many people, it’s tempting to sail their boat to its destination on their own, but the costs can be greater than people first expect. One of the drawbacks is people have to deal with the extra cost of fuel which can easily cost over a quarter of a million dollars alone not to mention adding in the necessary supplies and pulling together a reliable crew. The costs can rise easily and be astronomical compared to going another route where your boat is delivered safely to its destination and no extra wear and tear occur.

Traveling during the busy season can cause vacation costs to rise whether it’s staying at a hotel or taking part in activities for the entire family. Fuel costs can rise during peak season too since everyone is going to be traveling during these times and you end up paying a premium just to use your own boat.

Traveling during the off season is the best way to not only save on fuel but on vacation costs too. You’ll have better access to hotels and activities since they won’t be overloaded with other vacationers taking time off of work or school to visit. Off season is usually when no major holidays are taking place or when schools have a week or more off. During the off season not as many people are traveling so it’s easier to get better deals on other travel expenses like flights and hotel rooms. This also means it won’t be as busy at more popular destinations so you’ll have some breathing room during your vacation.

Yacht Transport is Better For Your Boat

Yacht transportation is just overall better for your boat compared to sailing it across open water to reach its destination. Not everyone takes into account the wear and tear that can happen nor the fuel costs that can reach astronomical amounts. There’s also the risk of an emergency taking place onboard and help not being readily available depending on the location of the boat.

Taking a personal cruise doesn’t have to mean extra stress or having to make compromises due to the season. Planning ahead and knowing when it’s a good time to travel will go a long way to saving you large travel costs and focus on your vacation. We are always more than happy to hear from our customers and answer any inquiries they have about our services.

 

A Look at Different Methods of Yacht Loading

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United Yacht has been in the shipping business for a long time and we have made our reputation in yacht transportation, but you might be curious as to how the different yacht companies handle loading and unloading. It is certainly a good question and it is one that looms over many customers when dealing with the subject of yacht transport. Today we are going to take a moment to look at two different types of loading as well as the need for a custom cradle for your yacht.

Yacht Transport and Submersible Boats

If you are not dealing with container shipping, then one of the quickest ways for you to get a yacht onto a freighter is with a submersible deck. There is a common misconception when describing a submersible freighter and it is the belief that the entire boat is submerged. The truth, however, is that the deck itself is submerged to a point so that the yacht will be able to easily sail onto the ship and be placed directly into its custom cradle. Once every boat is loaded the submersible deck will lift from the water and the freighter will sail as normal. It is a complex concept, but in practice, it is very simple.

The Lift – A Slightly More Difficult Method

There is no arguing that the lift method we use is a bit more difficult than the submersible method used by many of our competitors, but in the end, it gets the job done, and we execute it in style. If you don’t believe us, check our Facebook page and review some of the stop-motion videos that we’ve released, detailing our loadings and unloadings.

With the lift method, a harness is placed around your boat in the water, and it is slowly lifted onto the deck of our freighter. As soon as the yacht is lifted, it is guided down by an experienced deck crew and placed into the custom cradle. This is not a short process – in each video, we post you will see a day/night transition, which is not surprising as these loadings take up to twenty-four hours to complete. The logistics at each end of the journey are highly impressive, and one look will tell you that you can easily trust us with your yacht shipping needs.

Get Ready for your Sailing

The logistics of boat transport are not something that you will want to take lightly. Both ends of the trip need to be adequately prepared and if they are not, you will run into some serious technical problems. It starts with making sure you have the right company, and of course making sure that you provide them with all of the right information. You can visit our website first and foremost to fill out our questionnaire and let us take care of the heavy lifting.

On our website, we list several destinations that you can choose from, all the way from the Mediterranean, to Europe, Canada, and many more. We serve as the premier yacht transport company in South Florida, giving owners, sellers, and brokers the opportunity to move their yachts at lower prices with safe loading methods that have been established over the past twenty years.

If you’re thinking of moving your yacht over a long distance and your preferred destination is on our list, we strongly recommend giving us a call to work out the logistics early on. Remember: the sooner you call and the sooner you are able to work out your boat shipping needs, the quicker this will be done, and the more money you will save. Calling early gives us a chance to work out the logistics and ensure that there is room on the vessel for every single boat heading to your destination. Your yacht is important to you – leave it in the hands of a company that knows what they are doing.

 

Yacht Transport Brokers vs. Carriers

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The yacht industry grows more complex every single year and it can be difficult to keep up with it at times. One thing that always remains constant is that yacht owners, builders, and sellers will need yacht transport services at some point in time. This applies whether they are taking their vessel to a boat show in Fort Lauderdale, transporting it for sale to a client, or going on vacation with their beloved boat. If you need to transport a yacht for any reason whatsoever, then you are going to need not only a good carrier but a direct line to that carrier. This is where the difference between yacht transport carriers and yacht transport brokers comes into play.

Yacht Transport Brokers – Not the Best Idea

There are many reasons that you might find yourself drawn to a yacht transport broker, but the most typical of these is the price. We’re not going to mince words here: yacht transport is expensive. With a company like United Yacht, you might pay $30,000 – $40,000 to transport your boat which might sound like a lot, but it’s nothing compared to other shipping methods. As a solid example, say you want to transport your boat from Florida to the west coast and you are reviewing your options. You will quickly discover that having it towed via flatbed truck is even more expensive, and a lot more dangerous.

So, what is it that brokers can offer you? The first thing you need to know is that brokers operate as the middleman, so to speak. They deal with the yacht carrier on your behalf and they are sometimes able to offer you deals that you might not get from the carrier. That is the problem, however. More often than not, you are going to find that the broker offers a price that the yacht carrier has no intention of honoring, and they may not tell you for some time. This will leave you high and dry and you may miss out on your travel window. All in all, brokers are not the best idea when it comes to scheduling yacht transport.

Going Directly to the Carrier

You don’t have to work with a yacht broker to get your sailing underway. You can come right to us and make the arrangements, which is what we would prefer, actually. In fact, if you visit our website you will quickly find our list of available destinations, and you can feel free to inquire for more information using the form. Just as with a broker we will ask that you provide us with vital information regarding your boat. This includes the size of the yacht, the weight, engine capacity, etc. If we have this information, we will be better able to accommodate your yacht on one of our sailings, and if you schedule early enough, we may be able to help you save a significant amount of money. In an operation like this, every penny counts for the customer.

Get Ready to Get Underway

We are a premium boat shipping service that has more than twenty years in the industry, and a passion for transport unmatched by most other companies in South Florida. We take great pride in not only getting your boat to the destination but making sure that it gets there unharmed. There are many other transport companies out there that tend to not take their job seriously and can potentially cause damage to the yachts that they are trying to transport.

This is especially true for those companies that would rather directly sail the yacht rather than load into onto a carrier. United Yacht charters a special carrier for each shipment, ensuring that you not only have a spot on the boat but that the trip is tailored to you, the customer. Call us for more information and to get underway as quickly as possible.

 

Learn the Best Times to Head to the Mediterranean

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Cruising on the open ocean with the sun shining brightly, the salty sea breeze in your face, and the sparkling blue water- who wouldn’t want to be in a place like this? There are many beautiful destinations around the world where you can go to get away from it all, relax, rejuvenate, and come back feeling like a new person! One of the most culturally rich, beautiful, and diverse destinations for guaranteed sunshine is the Mediterranean.

About the Mediterranean

No matter how you want to spend your time, the Mediterranean offers a wide variety of experiences for you. From the ancient stone villages and sunny beaches of Portugal, the eastern flair of Turkey, the noisy nightlife on the Spanish Costas, to a quiet cove and quaint tavern in Greece- the Mediterranean offers this and much more. There are beautiful beaches and stunning landscapes, delicious cuisine, and new cultural experiences that will completely blow you away. And of course, the weather is hot and sunny and the people friendly. The Mediterranean can be the perfect paradise for anyone.

Best Times to Visit

Summer is the peak travel season in the Mediterranean lasting from June/July through August. The weather is hot, and the water is warm, allowing for many lazy days on the beach, or just for soaking up the cultural experiences all around you. But the beaches at this time are crowded and hotels and attractions are priced much higher. Ports become very congested and your surroundings may become very noisy with so many people all around. On the upside, you will not have to worry about rain, choppy waves, or lack of itineraries at this time. On the other hand, visiting during the spring (May-June) and fall months (September-October) has a lot of upsides too. The weather at this time is comfortably warm, the sun is bright, and the crowds much fewer.

United Yacht TransportSpringtime also sees flowers in full bloom, making the landscape even more amazingly beautiful than it already is. The fall days are also mild and clear before the winter rains begin. The months of March-April and October-November see the deepest discounts with “specials,” “two-for-one’” and “free airfare” as some of the available sales to take advantage of. If you are on a tight budget, visiting at these times of the year can mean big savings for you.

When you head out to the Mediterranean also depends on which place(s) you plan to visit. Summer, for example, is the best time for visiting the beaches of Spain, but too hot to visit places like Morocco, Egypt, and the Canary Islands. Sardinia, Corsica, and Malta are lovely in April, with warm days and pleasant nights. The ideal time to visit Morocco, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Italy, and the rest of the brilliant blue Adriatic Sea is late March through April. The bottom line is that you can visit the Mediterranean at any time of the year depending on your preferences. No matter when you go, you are sure to be greeted by magnificent beaches, great weather, and tons of activities to enjoy!

United Yacht Transport Can Help you

Once you decide to head out to the Mediterranean, there is no better way to spend time in this wonderful paradise than to cruise around in your own private yacht. And with United Yacht Transport, yacht transportation is a piece of cake! As the world’s largest yacht transport carrier, we pride ourselves on shipping boats safely, quickly, and cost-effectively to many destinations all around the globe.

We have gained our customers’ trust and have a reputation for being reliable in completing each boat transport in a way that is least bothersome for you. We take care of all aspects of yacht shipping such as customs clearance, measurements, loading/unloading charges, insurance, and more. Our experienced and professional team works hard to make sure that transporting your boat is a hassle-free and stress-free experience for you.

So if you want to enjoy the Mediterranean or any other destination, just call us at 954-383-4448 and find out how we can help you start enjoying your vacation today, without worrying about yacht transportation. We are also happy to provide free quotes for you.

Head out to the Mediterranean at any time of the year to enjoy the best weather, cuisine, and culture. United Yacht Transport makes transporting your boat quick and easy for a stress-free experience.

 

Three Yacht Shippings that Made 2017 a Record Year for UYT

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United Yacht Transport is the leading yacht transporter in their industry and the largest yacht transport company in the world. This esteemed company is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale Florida and features services to exclusive worldwide destinations. As United Yacht Transport grows and becomes a staple to their industry, they have experienced a record year in 2017 with their various yacht voyages. One distinct voyage that has helped carve their name in 2017 is the voyage transporting a mega yacht to the Mediterranean in July 2017. Another large vessel took the sail with United Yacht in May of 2017, this was the Newcastle Marine Explore Yacht traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Genova Italy. Additionally, United Yacht Transport is famous for their prestigious annual winter trips which help to prepare yacht owners for the holidays.

Mega-Yacht Transport to the Mediterranean and North American

As the season demand has risen for yacht shipping to the Mediterranean and North America, United Yacht has risen to the occasion to meet these demands for their valued clients by expanding their schedule and adding more sailing options. They set an industry record for large boat transport in July of 2017 when they astoundingly transported a mega yacht weighing over 650 mts to the Mediterranean. This yacht was the heaviest yacht that any yacht carrier had successfully transported in many years. United Yacht successfully completed this voyage flawlessly and was able to boost their reputation and trust in their clients as they prepare to continue to meet these high demands.

Mega-Yacht Newcastle Marine Explorer

Another monumental yacht shipping expedition by United Yacht is 2017 was the long-awaited trip of the Newcastle Marine Explorer from United Yacht headquarters in Fort Lauderdale Florida to Genoa Italy. The developers of this project first released the details to the industry all the way back in 2011, but were unable to make this dream a possibility. After years of careful planning and deliberation, they were able to make their project a success in 2017 when they found the esteemed boat shipping company United Yacht Transport.

This ship known as the Ulucitcan has a reputation as the “heaviest yacht that any deck carrier has loaded in years” weighing in at 650 tons. This large yacht is a massive four deck explorer. It would definitely take more than just your average boat shipping company to complete this large task and when these clients turned to United Yacht Transport to do the job, they definitely picked the best in the industry for their transport needs.

Annual Winter Trips

Another important staple of United Yacht Transportation’s esteemed reputation is the annual winter trips that their clients depend on every year. Many yacht owners prefer warmer climates, so a winter season on the open waters is not desirable for them. United Yacht Transport has their ultimate solution. They will carefully help you plan out your destination to transport your yacht safely too so that when the chilling months are over you can return to your vessel and begin enjoying it again. They are highly recommended for these services because it saves yacht owners the hassle of shipping their yachts on their own and allows them to enjoy their holiday season.

Yacht Shipping and your Number One Carrier

For all of your boat shipping needs, United Yacht is your number one choice. Their records they hit in 2017 can give clients the confidence they need as they trust them with their valued investment. For boat transport costs through United Yacht, call one of their friendly representatives today. Their website also offers details and schedules on all of their many sailing options available to their clients. If you want to ship your prized possession while feeling safe and secure in your decision, United Yacht should be your first call. Let us show you a peace of mind and the confidence that you are looking for in your yacht transport company.

 

Why Fort Lauderdale is an Outstanding Destination for Yacht Shipping

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Fort Lauderdale is home to an estimated 178,752 residents who call this beautiful Floridian city their home. Interestingly, Fort Lauderdale was the first United States stockade and it was constructed in 1838 as it was the battleground for the Second Seminole War. After the battle, the fort was abandoned in 1842, however, after the war ended, the area remained practically unpopulated for the next 50 years. It was not until the 1890s that people really began moving in.

Today, Fort Lauderdale is a bustling city, known to many as the “Venice of America”. There are many beautiful sights to see; from the Butterfly World and the Museum of Discovery and Science to the John U. Lloyd Beach State Park and the Bonnet House. Fort Lauderdale is full of fun and historical places to visit and explore.

What does the United Yacht Transport Company have to do with Fort Lauderdale?

Actually, the UYTC is based out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and they specialize in transporting yachts via carrier ships across the ocean to any worldwide destination. The yacht transport business has boat shipping destinations that include the East and West Coasts of North America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Asia, Costa Rica, Singapore, Greece, Hong Cong, Italy, Japan, Panama, Canada, and the Mediterranean.
While many routes are seasonal and some of them are frequented only specific times of year, upon special request, the United Yacht Transport Company will make a special trip. When and where there are boat showings, however, expect the UYTC to be traveling those routes often.

How can the Yacht Transport ship boats via carrier ships?

When a client is ready to ship their yacht, they contact us, explaining all the details and their desired destinations. When it comes time to send the boat, the size of it will determine how it is loaded onto the transport vessel. If the boat is larger and more cumbersome, it will be placed onto a trailer (or cradle, as some call it) and driven aboard the transport ship where it will be parked on the deck. However, if the boat is lighter, it can be picked up by a crane and placed onboard.

What makes our Yacht Transportation the best?

Since we were established in 2012, we have 30 years of combined experience, we are proud to not only be leaders in the business but are direct carriers who provide safe, reliable and cost-effective yacht shipping services. We are even rated as the safest shipping company, and provide the best insurance policy. We have even shipped more boats from the East to West coasts of North America than any other carrier. With one of the lowest boat shipping costs, we handle boats ranging in size from 30 feet up to 160 feet in length. We have loaded a 174-foot, 650-ton expedition yacht M/Y Ulucitcan. This set the record for the heaviest boat being lifted by any boat shipping company in over five years!

We charter any number of ships, regardless of the size of the vessel or the route a client has chosen. This keeps everyone on track and gives our clients a reliable sailing schedule.

Remember that with the United Yacht Transport Company, it’s always smooth sailing. We ensure that our customer service exceeds that of our competitors’ so call today for a free quote or go online to United-Yacht.com. Browse our website for deals, schedules, stories, and even our clients’ testimonials – check out what our customers, who have entrusted their boats to us, have to say about their United Yacht experience.

Ask us about our 15% pre-booking discounts, too. Trust our boat transport to take good care of you! We can guarantee your peace of mind, knowing that your boat will be handled gently by our trained professionals. Expect timely and efficient deliveries, and never be late for a show again.

 

 

 

Three Ways the Open Water Can Damage your Boat During Transport

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When it comes to traveling by boat in an exotic location, it’s an exciting prospect since you can go at your own pace. Go where you want to go, explore new sites, and visit remote areas you wouldn’t be able to see otherwise. People love their yachts and take pride in them, but for many, they choose not to go with yacht transport and instead sail their vessel across the open water on their own. While it does sound like an exciting adventure waiting to happen, there are risks involved sailing your boat across open water versus opting out for a transport instead.

1) Small Damages Can Become Bigger Ones

One of the reasons yacht transport is recommended is because it helps to cut down on the wear and tear of the boat. Even the most well-maintained boats will start to wear down over time and repairs are expected to be made every couple of years. When choosing to sail a boat over open water small problems can become big ones, especially if they’re not caught before setting out.

A common problem is that a boat that is tied up at the dock may get a hole in it from bumping up against the boards. This continuous damage can cause a hole to appear in the boat and if not checked beforehand, that small hole can become steadily worse out over open water. Even what seems like the smallest bit of damage can steadily worsen, especially if the boat hasn’t been checked over beforehand by a professional.

2) Unpredictable Weather

Yacht transportation is perfect for people who like to stick to a schedule and know when their boat will be arriving. Especially for people who like to take an extended holiday, there’s nothing worse than waiting for their boat to arrive and eating up their vacation time. One of the factors that can delay a boat’s arrival is weather since it has been known to happen that the weather over open water can change in an instant.

While chances are the weather won’t turn on a dime, there’s still the possibility of being caught in a bad storm in open water. It’s a situation no one should be caught up in and can be avoided, not to mention out in open water there’s no guarantee in an emergency help will be on hand.

3) Corrosion

While this happens over a matter of time, it can still affect the performance of the boat when it’s out over open water. Metals beneath the water line do corrode over time and in a boat, this can cause the internal structure of the boat to have the appearance of switch cheese. Every part will start to become fragile and one mishap can cause the entire system to start failing within the boat.

This includes an underwater fitting that can corrode over time and if the conditions are rough out in open water, it could mean the difference between a potentially crippled, or at a worse sinking boat, or having to wait for help to arrive.

Yacht transportation is a good alternative for people who want to preserve their boats and keep them in working order. While it’s true people take good care of their vessels, they always run the risk of causing damage when traveling over open water. Not to mention that costs that come along with having to hire a crew, getting supplies, and fuel alone will cost a small fortune. If you’re on the fence about which is the better option, opt out to have your yacht delivered to its destination instead to avoid expensive damages. United Yacht Transport is the premier worldwide yacht transporter that offers cost-effective yacht transport and boat shipping services.

 

Use Yacht Transport to Avoid Hull Damage

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During the summer months, it’s par for the course that people will start planning their vacations and heading out to exotic locations. Hanging out at the beach, enjoying a drink, feeling the sun beating down, and sitting in the lap of luxury is a great way to spend a vacation. For many people, they usually choose a yacht transport to deliver their vessels to their vacation destination so they don’t have to worry about it not arriving time. There are still people however who choose to sail their boat to its location instead of having it delivered to them promptly.

The Risks of Sailing

One of the few things people don’t often discuss when it comes to sailing a boat are the risks and costs involved. Yacht shipping isn’t just a convenience that’s recommended for people so they know their boat is going to be arriving on time to its destination. It’s a safer alternative compared to the damage their vessel can suffer along its journey to avoid unnecessary costs.

One of the risks of sailing a boat on its own is that it can suffer heavy wear and tear from being taken to one dock to another. There is not always a guarantee that an emergency won’t break out on board or damage may not occur to the boat. Everything breaks down eventually, but with a yacht, it can be particularly devastating since the long journey can wear down existing systems.

Once the boat arrives in port if it’s suffered any damage along the way, this forces the owner to take action immediately by having the boat checked over once it arrives in port. This can be a hassle since the owner can end up paying a premium to have their vessel checked out and there’s no guarantee the repairs can be done that day.

The Benefits of Yacht Transport

Yacht shipping is a safer alternative since it not only takes the boat out of the water but in turn ensures it doesn’t suffer any damage along its journey. One of the main benefits is security since the owner has peace of mind knowing their boat will be arriving at its destination on time. One of the drawbacks of sailing a yacht is there’s no guarantee it will arrive at its location on time, so any delays could throw a wrench in any plans or appointments the owner has for their boat.

The other benefit is the obviously the fact the boat won’t suffer any wear and tear by entrusting a third-party to handle the finer details of the transport. This makes it easier when delivering a boat from another port since the company is experienced with the paperwork and knows how to get through everything efficiently.

The costs for sailing a yacht alone is a drawback for many people too since it can cost anywhere from a quarter of a million to half a million dollars in fuel costs along to sale the yacht. This isn’t even adding in the cost of supplies, hiring a crew, and all the other steps the owner has to go through to ensure their yacht is ready to set out on such a long journey, with no guarantee it will arrive in the same condition as when it left port.

Yacht shipping is the safer alternative since there’s a guarantee the boat will arrive intact in the same condition as when it left port. This gives the owner peace of mind and ensures their boat is traveling in safe hands and is accounted for the moment it arrives in port.

 

A Guide to Yacht Transport – Everything you need to Know

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Using a yacht carrier to transport your vessel to your next vacation destination is a great way to save it from wear and tear and give your crew a vacation of their own. Any sailor or adventurous explorer loves to sail across the beautiful ocean. Sailing brings joy and relaxation, flexibility to cross borders and to explore foreign waters overseas and Tropical Islands with ease. United Yacht Transport specializes exclusively in the transportation of vessels to any worldwide destination whether it be Central America, Asia or the Mediterranean. Choosing a yacht transportation provider is the simple, effective and stress-free way to get your vessel from one location to another for great sailing experience.

If you’ve never utilized this service before, there are a few things you need to know in order to properly prepare your boat for transport. In choosing the most reputable company for their vessel to be moved will not be an easy task. Any time you ship your vessel overseas there are numerous factors and variables that go into the equation.

Important Tips when Preparing your yacht for transport

Tip #1: When preparing your boat for transport, it’s important to secure everything. No matter how far your boat is traveling, you should secure it as if it were crossing an ocean. Secure anything that extends beyond the hull and anything loses that could cause damage during the voyage. Secure hatches with tape to avoid leaks and possible water damage and latch all cabin windows. Also remember to tape interior cabinet doors shut, securely close the cabin doors and lock all exterior doors.

Tip #2: Make sure the boat transportation company offers all risk insurance that will adequately protect your vessel if anything should go wrong.

Tip #3: Inform the yacht transportation company of your vessel’s specs in advance. Make sure your measurements are accurate because they are allocating space for your boat according to the information you give them. When a sailor or boat owner is preparing to move their yacht or vessel in another destination such as North America to Asia, it’s important to understand the options available for their yacht size.

Yacht transportation options are determined by the weight, length, and beam of their yacht. Yacht shipping specializes in the transportation of yachts to any worldwide destination. They have a highly skilled and experienced management team, both onshore and aboard their ships, they’re dedicated to providing clients with a safe, efficient and reliable marine transportation solutions.

They’re one of the most progressive and innovative in the yacht transportation industry. They strive to exceed expectations with customized yacht transport logistics and solutions. They’re the leader in competitive shipping, pricing, services, and customer flexibility.

Tip #4: Inspect your boat for damages and take pictures to document any that already exist. Also, if you dismantle any parts to fit size requirements or prevent them from getting damaged, be sure to take pictures of their location and set-up.

Tip #5: Remove all personal items from the cabin and store any breakables in a safe place. Your boat may be traveling on another boat, but it’s still going to experience the force of the ocean. Don’t forget to remove any prohibited items from your vessel’s lockers, especially if you’re going to be passing through customs.

Tip #6: Power down everything, unplug your batteries and store your cables to prevent any contact. You don’t want dead batteries when your vessel is offloaded at your destination.

Why Choose United Yacht Transport

There are several important steps you need to take to ensure smooth sailing for your vessel. However, once you do the preliminary work you are free to sit back, relax and rest assured knowing that your yacht is in good hands. They’re your one-stop shop for everything pertaining to the transportation of your yacht. They handle logistics, customs clearance, risk insurance, marine slips and more.

They are just a phone call away and they have knowledgeable staff that can assist any yacht owner and gives a boat shipping cost for your yacht. Contact us at 954-383-4448 or visit our site to let us handle your largest yacht transport carrier needs at our worldwide destinations.

 

Best Spots to Sail in Southern France

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Southern France, with its magnificent beauty, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. There are many reasons why Southern France attracts travelers from all over the world: a city of love and adventure, museums, cathedrals or the dazzling bodies of water. Choosing where to go sailing in Southern France often depends on your sailing experience and what kind of spot you are looking for.

There is nothing like the calm waters of the Mediterranean in the south that are great for experienced or beginner sailors who are looking to relax and discover the glamorous waters. It may be difficult to decide where to go sailing in Southern France. To help you decide where to spend your next boat vacation or holiday sailing in Southern France, check out these beautiful sailing destinations in Europe.

You can sail off the coastline stopping off at the best spots in Southern France. So charter your huge yacht transport and sail off into the gorgeous bodies of water for adventure, exploring and relaxation. Sail away to the alluring coastal spots that Southern France has to offer for an experienced sailor.

Sailing in France: Where to start?

Southern France offers almost every opportunity available on water: sailing is one of those extraordinary opportunities. There is more to sailing in Southern France than cruising the French Riviera. If your idea of a perfect spot includes gentle cool breeze while seeing the visuals of the sparkling blue sea as your boat transport sailing the regions of France.

Enjoy the splendid beauty of the different part of the French coast by visiting Brittany, with its dazzling sailing waters and beautiful offshore islands, its small quiet towns and large cities that dot the mainland coast. With that in mind, consider the south coast of Brittany for your next boat or yacht transportation charter. You won’t be disappointed. Explore the gorgeous coast as you sail from one marvelous but chic city to the next.

Sail the beautiful cost in Brittany

Take your beautiful yacht or boat exploring the waters in the Bay of Biscay, the south Brittany coast offering the best European sailing season north of the Mediterranean. Sailing in Brittany is a great place to sail in season, with lots of on-shore attractions to explore and enjoy.

South to île d’Yeu

The sailing grounds out of La Trinité-Sur-Mer as far as Belle-île present an amazing sailing experience.about all, you can cover on a one-week charter. If you are planning to yacht shipping to sail on the open water then île d’Yeu is the spot for you. Ile d’Yeu is a magnificent destination in itself.

The Finistère Coast of Sailing

Another popular Brittany sailing charter destination is île le de Sein. You’ll have so much to see up there, but with some gorgeous but famously-tricky waters to navigate through for boat shipping, especially around île de Sein.

If you love exploring and up for an adventure you’re likely to consider a journey that far northwest from La Trinité-Sur-Mer a bit ambitious. Any sailing expedition along Brittany’s southern coast should also include the îles de Glenan, a convenient half-day sail westwards from île de Groix and a good spot from which to see a bit more of the mainland.

Bormes-Les-Mimosas go-to spot

Another great spot for sailing is Bormes-Les-Mimosas, a beautiful Provencal village with the splendid natural scenery. This is a wonderful spot that is known for its full beauty for its forested mountains and extensive beaches that allow a wide range of watersports, but for its history as well. We guarantee that this is the spot for your sailing needs because it is surrounded by astonishing fortresses such as the historical fort de Brégançon, which has been the holiday home of the president of the French Republic since 1968. So now you know the best spot to go if you feel like starting off your sailing trip to the Côte d’Azur from a destination that meets the high standards of a president.

In case we didn’t name all the best spots to sail in Southern France with our available shipping boats, you can explore many sailing destinations in Southern France. The beautiful Southern France sailing spots of Brittany, Bay of Biscay, île d’Yeu, île le de Sein and Bormes-Les-Mimosas.

 

Buying a Yacht? Make Sure you Transport it Properly

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Nothing is more luxurious than a lavish and elegant yacht. Whether for charter fishing or family sailing vacations, these exquisite vessels are synonymous with true power and contemporary amenities. However, what if you need to ship your boat to a faraway marina or dock? It would be next to impossible to transport your yacht via road – unless it was a small cutter, speed or sailing boat. With this in mind, you need professional and cost-affordable yacht transport services. With years of extensive industry experience, United Yacht remains an industry leader in yacht shipping services for families and global companies.

What to Expect with United Yacht

As your premier yacht transportation company, United Yacht continues to receive stellar industry ratings and client reviews. They are also reputable, seasoned and experienced boat shippers; committed to excellence in transport services for boats of all sizes. As always, they handle all paperwork and particulars from start to finish. This includes a marina and port-of-call registries, along with insurance, fees, and maritime rules and regulations. No vessel is ever too big or small to ship and they are fully certified and insured as well. Here are a few more reasons why you should choose United Yacht for your boat transport needs:

  • The team specializes in boat shipping for family vacations, corporate junkets, boat shows, and even for personal transactions and trades.
  • United Yacht inspects each boat to ensure it meets all maritime shipping rules and guidelines. They also perform minor repairs, as well as abide by stringent safety rules to protect your vessel(s) en route to their destinations.
  • They offer cost-affordable rates for shipping boats to and from North America, South America, The Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.
  • United Yacht is registered with hundreds of worldwide docks, marinas, and port-of-calls. This ensures hassle-free and smoothing boat shipping for all your vessels.
  • The team specializes in towing and pulling, along with on-board carrier services for timely and safe yacht transportation.
  • From large container vessels and luxury yachts to sailboats and cutters, United Yacht can ship any boat – to any destination – worldwide.

The United Yacht Difference

United Yacht puts its heart and soul into everything they do. This includes complimentary consultations, along with free estimates on boat shipping costs. They also work with new and recurring clients to meet their yacht shipping needs within time and budget. As a mainstay in several boat shows and exhibitions, United Yacht is truly a well-known company that continues to grow and expand. With a strong social media and online presence, they also showcase the latest news and informative articles – blog posts at their site. This helps keep them in the loop on current boat shipping industry trends, as well as the latest developments on new vessels and services.

Whether wishing to ship luxury yachts or boats, United Yacht can make it happen. They have the tools and expertise to safely and efficiently ship boats to global destinations. With a proven track record of success yacht and boat transfers, why choose anyone else when UY always get the job done? United Yacht always offers a comprehensive range of services to achieve all desired results. This includes pre-estimates on all boat shipping and transfers, as well as handling insurance and registration paperwork. Their highly-dedicated team is simply committed to excellence in all boat transfers – and their business continues to grow and expand across Fort Lauderdale and the world.

For more information on luxury yacht shipping services, simply contact or visit United Yacht Transport today. Whether for family charter fishing or exotic vacations in the Caribbean, you can rely on United Yacht to get the job done right. All it takes is a simple phone call or visit to their site to access a myriad of boat shipping services and information. You can also check their social media pages for up to date information on boat shows and industry events.

 

Three Winter Destinations for Yacht Transport

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The tropical climates make great winter destinations. The winter months of December through February are the perfect time for yachts to head to warmer climates. Whether you decide to hire a yacht transport company or set out on the voyage yourself there are three destination sights you need to see.

There is nothing like seeing the world and all of its magnificent beauty. There are many reasons why sailors travel from many destinations from all over the world. Choosing where to go during the winter months often depends on the weather and what kind of spot you are looking for.

There is nothing like the calm waters of the Mediterranean or discovering the beautiful scenery of the Caribbean. It may be difficult to decide where to go. To help you decide where to spend your next boat vacation or holiday sailing in winter destination, check out these beautiful destinations from around the world.

Sailing in the Caribbean

The islands of the Caribbean are undoubtedly the most popular cruising destination in the world, and this makes them an excellent yacht transportation location. This is particularly true of the Eastern Caribbean, an area which attracts a large number of cruising yachts. The popularity of the Eastern Caribbean should come as no surprise.

Its winter weather is mostly mild, its trade winds are reliable and its facilities are being continually-improved.

The Caribbean sailing season lasts from the end of November until June, by which time the prudent sailor should be on his or her way to a hurricane-free area. The weather during winter, particularly from Christmas until the end of April, is very good with steady easterly winds and not much rain.

Usually, winds are NE at the beginning of winter and become SE with the approach of summer. The hurricane season lasts from June through November, the most dangerous period being from the middle of August until the end of September.

The Caribbean is an excellent place to plan your next vacation, and United Yacht Transport would love to help. We are dedicated to providing our clients with safe, efficient, and reliable boat shipping/yacht shipping solutions. We are one of the most progressive and innovative in the yacht transportation industry. Our team constantly strives to exceed expectations with customized yacht transport logistics and solutions. Speak to one of our experienced staff for your boat shipping cost estimate or yacht shipping needs.

Sea of Cortez: Experience its remarkable beauty

The Sea of Cortez is a fabulous charter destination for many reasons because it is an amazing spot for sailing and marine mammal watching. The sea of Cortez is relatively unknown as a charter destination, so you won’t find yourself crowded in by other boat transport.

The winter month of December can be a really windy, but the months of January to April offer the perfect mix of temperature, weather, and wildlife. Pick a date during the months of November to June for beautiful weather and optimal sailing conditions.

Sailing in France: Where to start?

Southern France offers almost every opportunity available on water: sailing is one of those extraordinary opportunities. There is more to sailing in Southern France than cruising the French Riviera. If your idea of a perfect destination includes gentle cool breeze while seeing the visuals of the sparkling blue sea as your yacht shipping sailing the regions of France.

Enjoy the splendid beauty of the different part of the French coast by visiting Brittany, with its dazzling sailing waters and beautiful offshore islands, its small quiet towns and large cities that dot the mainland coast. With that in mind, consider the south coast of Brittany for your next shipping boats charter. You won’t be disappointed. Explore the gorgeous coast as you sail from one marvelous but chic city to the next.

See the gorgeous destination of The Finistère Coast

Another popular Brittany sailing charter destination is île le de Sein. You’ll have so much to see up there, but with some gorgeous but famously-tricky waters to navigate through for boat transport cost, especially around île de Sein.

If you love exploring and up for an adventure you’re likely to consider a journey that far northwest from La Trinité-sur-Mer a bit ambitious. Any sailing expedition along Brittany’s southern coast should also include the îles de Glenan, a convenient half-day sail westwards from île de Groix and a good spot from which to see a bit more of the mainland.

United Yacht Transport is a yacht transport & boat shipping company headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, FL. United Yacht Transport specializes exclusively in the transportation of yachts to any worldwide destination.

 

The Best All-Weather Yachts

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This holiday charter season almost upon us, it is time to begin planning your perfect all-weather yacht to travel. We know of so many luxury yacht destinations to explore, we thought that we would take a look at some of the most exquisite destinations in the Caribbean that you could plan to visit this season on your yacht. Charter your luxury yacht through United Yacht, we will help you to organize the most breathtaking, unforgettable all-weather destination that you have had.

We have chosen the best all-weather yacht Destinations in the Caribbean for super, fast-efficient and reliable yacht charters for you to choose from. From the lively shores of the British Virgin Islands, the crystalline waters of Belize and a natural wonderland of Grenada, to tiny coral atolls and uninhabited sandy islands – the choice is yours! We have a fantastic choice of luxury yachts available from sailing yachts, mega yachts and motor yachts we are sure to find the best suited to you this season.

Sail in Style to the Virgin Islands with Boat Transport of a Luxury Motor Yacht

The type of yacht you choose for your luxury holiday Caribbean destination will shape the experience that you have, so it is important to understand what each all-weather yacht has to offer before you decide. Are you looking to sail to the Virgin Islands on your yacht? Motor yachts are the most widely available charter yachts and the most popular vessels for a luxury holiday vacation. Motor yachts usually feature more onboard space than sailing yachts and are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, though typically have a monohulled design.

The Virgin Islands are considered by many to be the ultimate charter destination in the Caribbean for both sail and motor yachts. An archipelago of 60 islands and cays, including Jost Van Dyke, Tortola, Anegada, and Virgin Gorda, its famed turquoise waters offer the full range of charter yacht experiences: diving, fishing, sailing, and swimming, as well as unique onshore activities that cover culture, cuisine, history, and boutique shopping.

Yacht Transportation with a Sailing Yacht to St. Barts

A sailing yacht is a vessel which is predominantly propelled by wind power, offering the kind of romance and feeling of freedom associated with sailing the wide-open waves. Many are equipped with a low power combustion engine which can be used when conditions are too calm or when the vessel is to be maneuvered in and out of difficult anchorages. From luxury destinations in the Caribbean to sailing events across the globe, a sailing charter is a true yachtsman’s haven and an absolute must for anyone who admires the majesty of a sailing yacht.

St Barts is a fascinating blend of Caribbean informality and French flamboyance, bursting with options for savoring the best in restaurants, bars, boutiques and culture in its capital Gustavia. Along with luxury villas, sophisticated waterfront resorts and an alluring nightlife, St Barts is just as blessed with unspoiled natural beauty in its deserted beaches, azure waters, and humble fishing villages.

Getting to your Destination with Yacht Transport

No matter which destination you pick, you’ll need a way of getting there. If you want to take your yacht, there’s always the option of yacht shipping. This simple process gets your yacht to your destination for you, especially if you go with us here at United Yacht. All you have to do is book your yacht online for shipping. Just pick your home and destination ports, and you’ll be all set.

On the day, take your yacht to the port specified and we’ll handle getting your boat on the shipping vessel. Then, you just need to get yourself to your destination, and then pick the boat up when you get there! You’re all set for a relaxing, warm winter in your chosen city.

If you’re dreading holidays this year, why not book yourself a holiday escape to one of these perfect Caribbean destinations? You can take in the sun while everyone back home is living with the cold! There’s nothing better than relaxing on a beach, knowing that you’re avoiding the bad weather back in your hometown. If you’re convinced, book yourself a trip today, and use us to ship your yacht to you. It’s the best vacation you’ll ever take.

 

How to Avoid Common Mistakes when Shipping Your Yacht

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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.

 

 

A Beautiful Fall Day At Sea Can Become A Downer Very Quickly – Be Prepared

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Cool temperatures, gentle breezes, sunny skies – the prescription for an enjoyable fall day at sea. We at United-Transport appeal to boaters to pay attention to three pivotal areas. Adjusting one’s own expectations regarding available resources is first on the list. Directly on the heels of that one are boat preparations. Third is personal preparedness.

Recognize that fall’s shorter days and cooler temperatures do present different challenges than spring and summer sailing. Fewer boaters out there in the fall and many places reducing their on-water patrol presence off-season may put your vessel at risk if you normally rely on the safety in numbers. If things really begin to go south for your vessel, a VHF call on channel 16 will connect you to the coast guard directly who can launch a rescue.

Set the accurate expectations for opportunity when out on the water in the fall. A summer routine may put a boat at risk in the fall simply because the days are shorter and night can come before it is expected and before a vessel is ready if proper expectations are not set in the planning.

Short voyages are ideal for the fall and winter months but if a longer one is the desire of your heart, setting off in the pre-dawn can help make a better outing especially as the return journey ends and the wrap-up is not done in the bone-chilling darkness.

Hence, all the more reason for vessel preparedness. Be sure the cell phone and the VHF radio are functioning as expected. Be sure the navigational lights work. Make sure emergency flares are not past their expiration dates. Waterproof flashlights and extra batteries will be useful to unload cargo at the dock, most probably in the dark.

Make sure you know how to use the chart plotter and radar because visibility can become impaired quickly and unexpectedly in the fall. This is true even if you think you know the area where you are.

And do not forget that fuel docks may close earlier or may not be open at all in the fall so assuming the ability to refuel for the return trip can also put a vessel at risk. As a matter of fact, for the sailor who wants to extend the season and enjoy the fall days, and maybe even the few yet wonderful winter days on the water, topping off the fuel tank and water supply at every opportunity is highly recommended because one never knows the conditions one will find at a fueling dock when the weather becomes cold.

The cooler the temperatures the more energy is needed to start a diesel engine so be sure the batteries are in good shape and even taken home to recharge intermittently. If the boat is left floating on salt water, water lines are less likely to freeze but anti-freeze precautions are likely to suffice. In a really cold snap prediction, antifreeze in the main water line can cause the mind.

The last expectation point is to check the weather before leaving and throughout the voyage. Weather conditions on the open sea can change quickly and can become threatening quickly in the fall.

Personal preparedness means bringing rain gear. One is not dressing for the inland warmth but for the cooler temperatures on and in the water. Storms can develop very quickly and unexpectedly on the open sea during the fall so one wants to be prepared. Preparedness also means bringing an extra layer of clothing.

The water temperature decreases every day in the fall so an unexpected fall overboard can create an immediate risk of hypothermia. Children under age 12 must wear a life jacket but adults are strongly encouraged to wear them too in the fall, especially at night. Spend the money for life jackets with lights attached so that rescuers can find that on-board at night. Insulated gear and gear that remains afloat are available.

If the bedding is left onboard for quick departures, mold and mildew can be avoided by using vacuum-sealed bags.

Call us at United Yacht Transport with any question.

Plan The Ultimate Mediterranean Vacation With The Best Yacht Transport

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If you’re planning a winter break this year, a trip to the Med could be just the thing. The weather will be just pleasant enough for you to enjoy it, and you’ll get to see a whole host of beautiful countries as you travel. If you travel in your yacht, then it’s even better. You can sail the coastlines, exploring the area at your own pace. Here are some of the best tips for planning your Mediterranean vacation this winter.

Plan Which Countries You’ll Visit

The joy of the Med is that there are so many countries that you can plan to see during your vacation. Before you go, make a list of the places you really want to see. Some planning will be needed if you want to fit it all in. Think about what you want out of a vacation. Do you want to see the sights? Do you want to sunbathe on beautiful beaches? Do you want to be active and do exciting activities? Factor all these things in when you’re thinking about where to go.

Think About Transporting Your Yacht

If you have your own boat, you really should think about yacht transport. You can get your own boat over to the Mediterranean without any hassle at all. If you’ve never done it before, yacht shipping is done by placing your boat on a specialized cargo ship and literally shipping it over to the country of your choice. Having your own boat with you makes transport a whole lot easier, and much more scenic.

Attend (Or Avoid!) Local Celebrations

If you’re looking to attend as many local festivals and celebrations as you can, start looking at local calendars now. They’re a brilliant way to get to know the locals and have an authentic experience in their country. If you’d rather avoid the crowds, then learn the dates anyway. They’ll tell you when to avoid certain areas!

Don’t Hurry Too Much

The temptation with a trip through the Mediterranean is to rush it and squeeze everything in. You’ll see more countries, sure, but you’ll hardly experience anything. Attempt to spend at least two nights in any destination. That way, you’ll really get a feel for the area, and you’ll get more out of your trip. Remember, you don’t want to come back so exhausted that you need another vacation to get over it.

Think About Your Interests

When you head to the Mediterranean, you’ll see that there really is something for everyone there. A good way to plan your trip is to match your destinations to your interests. For example, if you love Renaissance art, then you really have to visit Florence. If you’re into big cities, try Rome or Venice. If you want to get off the beaten path, visit Bosnia or Morocco.

Be Aware Of Cultural Difficulties

As you’re traveling, you’ll come across countries that are less politically stable than your home country. This isn’t a reason to avoid them, but you should certainly be aware of them. Before you travel, look up any local laws that you’ll need to be aware of. It may be something very simple, such as women needing to cover their heads in public, but make sure you abide by the rules. The last thing you want is to run into trouble on your vacation.

Assume You’ll Come Back

Lots of people take their ‘once in a lifetime’ trip to the Mediterranean, only to return again and again. No matter how long you travel for, it’s impossible to see everything. Make your plans and think about what you want to see, but remember that you’ll probably end up going back. That way, you can feel a lot more relaxed.

Hopefully, you’re now inspired to book your boat transport and get ready for a vacation in the Med. These tips will help you get the most from your travels. Bon voyage!

 

Three Ways to Protect Yourself and your Yacht when Sailing in Foreign Waters

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Enjoying time on your valuable vessel is one of the greatest benefits of yacht ownership. While sailing the world is an exciting idea and is much looked forward to by yacht owners, there are many things they must consider to ensure that they are protecting their valuable investment. Yacht transport is always one option for these owners providing a more relaxing experience as they travel aboard their yacht. Boat transport costs often add up to less than if yacht owners sailed their yachts on their own and can increase safety when sailing in foreign waters. Another safety precaution that can be invaluable to sailors is to consider doing extensive research on the area that they will be traveling to before embarking on their overseas excursion. Additionally, be prepared with all of the necessary paperwork can ensure a smooth and successful voyage.

Yacht Shipping

When deciding to embark on a journey sailing through foreign waters, vessel owners have two options. One is to set sail on the seas as their own captain and make sure they are prepared as possible for any hang-ups that may take along the way. Another option is to ship their yacht with a qualified yacht transport company. Choosing this option allows the boat owner to ride along the vessel while it is in transport, saving them the hassle of many navigating responsibilities. The staff with United Yacht Transport is highly qualified and skilled to ensure a safe and efficient boat shipping process. Additionally, we offer a safe boating solution for yacht owners ensuring their comfortability and security when traveling through foreign waters.

Thorough Research

If deciding to embark on a journey through foreign waters as the captain of your vessel and navigating on your own, there are many details to consider before setting sail. Before leaving for your overseas excursion, it is important to conduct thorough research of the area that you will be traveling to help you become familiar with the foreign bodies of water. Important details such as the language, ports along the way, navigation, and rules are a good thing to familiarize yourself within each nation.

Boating rules are based on an etiquette expectation. Customs rules also vary and are very important. Making sure you are properly vaccinated to protect against any health threats of the area that you are traveling to is also another important aspect of preparation. When planning your route it is also important to plan your journey considering the customs offices along the way to properly announce that you are always arriving in a new country.

Paperwork Preparation

Another important part of traveling abroad is ensuring that you are carrying the adequate paperwork with you in order to safely cross the borders in your vessel. In international waters dealing with authorities requires specific documentation depending on your situation. Some important documents to have updated and with you upon your vessel are passports, Visas, boat registration, insurance paperwork, and if applicable, the boat rental agreement, travel insurance documentation, boaters safety cards, and proper pet documentation for any animals traveling with you. In addition to making sure all paperwork is available, it is important to also have back up copies kept in a secure, waterproof bag in case of an emergency where the vessel becomes waterlogged.

United Yacht Transport

United Yacht Transport headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is a specialized yacht transport company who are highly skilled in helping you with all of your boat transport needs. Their global reach and knowledge experience have allowed them to build a comprehensive network of global agents and partners which help to streamline the process of shipping yachts abroad. United Yacht travels to destinations worldwide and can accommodate your schedule in a timely fashion.

For a detailed breakdown of boat transport costs and a free boat shipping estimate, call our qualified staff today. We can help you decide if boat transport is the right choice for you. Any time you embark on the open waters, the best tips for protecting yourself in foreign waters is to be educated and prepared. For an enjoyable experience traveling abroad, call United Yacht Transport today.

 

Throwing an Epic Halloween Party on Your Yacht

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Halloween is one of the most celebrated holidays in America, but the holiday, or versions of it, has a history all over the world. From Mexico to Haiti, countries across the globe have their own festivals celebrating the afterlife, and the practices vary wildly from nation to nation. This Halloween, meet us at United Yacht and hop aboard your yacht for a night of good music, great vibes, drinks, and stunning views of destinations around the world.

So, go throw on a costume and come party with us aboard your yacht for epic Halloween event. Hurry, take your family and friends out for a cruise to celebrate Halloween in style. To help plan your Halloween event, the expert staff at United Yacht has put together some tips for throwing a party and must-see destinations around the world to celebrate.

Happy Haunting: Booking Your Yacht with Yacht Transport

It’s always best to choose the date for your event early and make sure the date coincides with the yacht’s availability. At United Yacht, we add sailings to destinations all over the world. If you and your friends are looking to celebrate Halloween in Asia or Central America we can help you plan accordingly. We will proceed to meet the individual needs of every one of our clients. Our expert staff can work with you to set the date and plan the perfect celebration.

Welcome to the Nightmare! Creating Your Guest List with Boat Transport

The number of guests is also a factor in choosing and booking a yacht. It’s a good idea to put your guest list together at the same time you’re picking the date and booking the yacht. United Yacht can accommodate large and small parties, from weddings, engagement celebrations, showers, sweet sixteen birthdays, bar mitzvahs and birthday parties to corporate events, fundraisers, business mixers and holiday parties.

Caution! Witch Crossing: Theme Selection, Entertainment, Food, and Drinks

Themes add instant fun to your party. Depending on the type of party, you might want to consider choosing a theme for it, such as casino or poker, decade parties, Broadway, Old Hollywood, country western, Mexican Fiesta, Cinco de Mayo, nautical or tropical. These are three key ingredients for successful yacht parties. Music, dancing, and karaoke are all great ways to liven up your party, while great food and beverages can turn an ordinary party into an extraordinary one. UYT offers energetic DJ entertainment, as well as exquisite cuisine freshly prepared on board by our highly acclaimed chef.

Please Park All Brooms at the Door: Yacht shipping Destinations Around the Globe

Mexico: Día de Los Muertos

Looking to get a taste of “Day of the Dead during your epic Halloween party? Experience the beautifully crafted and maintained Día de Los Muertos! Mexico and Spain are famous for Día de Los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead,” which is celebrated annually on November 1 and 2. Locals dress up like their ancestors and build private altars called “ofrendas”, which they use to present gifts – from sugar skulls to tequila – to the dead.

The celebration is designed to honor the dead who, it is believed, return to their earthly homes on Halloween. Many families construct an altar to the dead in their homes to honor deceased relatives and decorate it with candy, flowers, photographs, samples of the deceased’s favorite foods and drinks, and fresh water. Often, a wash basin and towel are left out so that the spirit can wash before indulging in the feast.

Northern Ireland: Banks of the Foyle

Planning a Halloween party in Ireland? Charter a yacht through UYT and let us take you on adventure charters to Ireland. Ireland is believed to be where Halloween was first celebrated. Today, the holiday inspires festivals and celebrations in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Londonderry is home to Europe’s largest Halloween carnival — Banks of the Foyle — which offers everything from a grand parade to an interactive haunted house experience.

Haiti: Fed Gede

Celebrating Halloween in Haiti? Trick or Treat yourself and your guests onboard this epic sailing yacht for a Halloween party. Enjoy a real opportunity for both culture and history to celebrate Fed Gede, or “Festival of the Ancestors,” is a Voodoo holiday celebrated in parts of Haiti and other Voodoo communities around the world. People take part by lighting candles, journeying to their ancestors’ burial places and drinking rum infused with chilies.

Choose United Yacht for Your Next Come in for a bite Party

Halloween, one of the world’s oldest holidays, is still celebrated today in a number of countries around the globe. In Mexico and other Latin American countries, Día de Los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—honors deceased loved ones and ancestors. In countries such as Ireland, Canada, and the United States, adults and children alike revel in the popular Halloween holiday, which derived from ancient festivals and religious rituals. Traditions include costume parties, trick-or-treating, pranks, and games.

Charter a yacht with United Yacht Transport. We’re the premier worldwide yacht transportation that offers cost-effective yacht transport and boat shipping services. We’re 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.