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Our Top Tips and Yacht Transportation Advice for Riders

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A lot of people will decide to ride with their yachts when using a professional yacht transportation company if you’re planning your next awesome yachting adventure, you might want to accompany your vessel during transport. Here’s what you need to know if you’re going to come along for the ride. 

 

What can you expect as a rider?

During the yacht transport, freshwater is usually provided, but there could be some restrictions. Restrictions are often contingent on consumption and tank levels. It’s also crucial for riders to understand the expectations around using hoses and hookups during the trip. 

For riders, it’s a good idea to get hooked up early. Once the deck is dry, use a ladder to get your supply and then discharge the hoses. Riders are typically only allowed to board their yacht with a ladder AFTER the yacht is secured. Passengers are also responsible for supplying their own hoses, and connections onboard the transport boat can vary from 1.5 inches, 2 inches, or 2.5 inches. 

For hookups and connections, riders will also want to bring along plenty of gray nylon hose fittings. The most commonly used are 1.5 and 2 inches, but there will be variations in size depending on the transport carrier size and type. It’s possible to thread a fitting into a discharge with Teflon tape. Sometimes riders can put in a hose barb. Hoses are available to riders in a range of sizes, but the length might be an issue and riders may need to join several tubes together. 

Riders should also expect to take a lot of clamps with them, and the bigger, the better. Cam locks and other quick disconnects are often unavailable. Occasionally, some riders will experience a broken hose or a hose that fails to connect. In this case, it’s a good idea to open a sea chest to the boat doesn’t get flooded. 

 

Is there power available?

Riders must remove their cord ends since no plug-ins are available. Cords can be cut to fit, so having a pigtail connection is a good idea. 

 

What about keeping things clean?

When accompanying their yacht, riders are responsible for washing the vessel. Some professional yacht transportation companies will have a few pressure washers available for riders to use. Also, most transport services require riders to separate their trash. 

 

Some other miscellaneous tips and advice riders should consider:

  • Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. The days can be hot and humid, with nights cold and chilly. It’s prudent to bring a sweater or jacket along for the ride. 
  • Satellite phones are available for a fee. Riders should save their receipts when the charges are collected in cash before the transport ship docks. 
  • A professional yacht transportation company does not allow anything to be discharged on the transport carrier deck. 
  • Long swells can occur, and riders should be ready to wash the salt down from the yacht at times. 

 

Riders should consider attending the orientation meeting on board the transport boat before leaving. This will enable riders to familiarize themselves with safety protocols and other procedures, and give them a chance to ask questions. If you’re planning to accompany your vessel with a professional yacht transportation service, keep these tips in mind for a smooth trip.

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A Step-by-Step Guide on the Yacht Transportation and Delivery Process

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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

 

  1. 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. 

 

  1. 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. 

 

  1. 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. 

 

  1. 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. 

 

  1. 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. 

 

  1. Unloading

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.

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Yacht Shipping Worldwide – Preparation Tips

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What is it like to ship a boat with the largest yacht shipper in the world? We are going to get into that in this article and also explain how to prepare a vessel for shipping. This might start off as a rather scary idea as vessels are an investment, and perhaps, have significant sentimental value. Before we explain the preparations to make for transporting a vessel, we should introduce ourselves and why we are the best. This might seem a bit confident, but we are confident about what we do.

Who Are We – United Yacht Transport is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and we spend our time exclusively working on yacht shipping. We have decades of experience in the industry and a comprehensive list of destinations we serve. We combine technology, innovation, and logistics to ensure our client’s vessel get from point to point safely and on time. Our team is stacked with professionals who know the industry inside and out and are master troubleshooters, problem solvers, and communication experts. They not only keep our clients informed and happy but also our personnel and partners.

We have seen just about everything when it comes to yacht transportation, so we devised this list of essential factors to inform our customers about how to prepare.

Secure The Vessel – This is the number one question that most boat owners are concerned about. What does this mean exactly? Anything that can be nailed down should be. We say that in jest, but it’s still very much true. If anything hangs over the hull of the boat and can be broken off, or if the anchors are on deck rather than a locker, if there are masts of any kind on the vessel, those will need to be secured or dismantled. Inside, the vessel cabinets, doors, and windows should either be taped, locked or sealed. Consider removing anything of personal value that is easily removed from the boat like external electronics or personal effects. Lock all external doors and windows and consider sealing any areas that leak or could leak.

The Insurance Check – The only safe way to transport a vessel is with the assistance of a comprehensive insurance plan. United Yacht Transport offers these plans and works to find competitive pricing for yacht shipping insurance plans for any size vessel.  

Communicate with The Transport Consultant – Not all companies use personal consultants, but at United Yacht Transport, each client is assigned a specific person to work with throughout their transportation with us. We are here to take on the stress, so our clients don’t have to. Be prepared to communicate all the appropriate information to our specialists like measurements and specs of the vessel so they can come up with an accurate estimate.

Burn Fuel and Do a Final Inspection – The vessel should have as little fuel in it as possible, and all external fuel sources (propane, jerry cans, tender fuel) should all be taken off the boat. The day of transport, take photos and make notes that you can share with our specialist as to the current conditions of the boat for insurance purposes.

Consider Shrink Wrap – Some vessels are just too large for this kind of service, but there are options for protecting sensitive areas and features of the boat. Don’t hesitate to ask us about this service so we can advise on what might be best for the vessel.

We have plenty of other preparation tips for yacht shipping that we share with our customers. Ready for a quote or know you want to use our services? Call or connect with us, and we can get started.

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Miami – Yacht Shipping Central

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When shipping a vessel overseas, there are some pretty important factors to consider. Most often, the most important factor for boat owners is choosing the right shipping company. There are many reasons to choose United Yacht Shipping such as where we can ship a vessel, our experience, our custom services, and our support team. However, what might not be at the forefront of a boat owner’s mind when shipping, is “where” the vessel ships from.

Miami and the Greater Fort Lauderdale area are ideal ports to ship a vessel from because they are filled with people and businesses who know the shipping industry. Whether it is freight, people or yachts, Miami waterways are prepared for anything. Here are the top reasons to choose Miami as the destination to ship a vessel from.

A Strong Marine Industry – Everything about Miami somehow connects to the water. From one of vacations from PortMiami to living and working in the area. Miami is filled with people and businesses that live and breath the marine industry. What this means for boat owners is that the network and resources are plentiful and competitive. United Yacht Transport is connected with that greater network and knows qualified services to help with yacht shipping (such as packing and prepping a boat) or people, such as the best captains and crew.  

The Marine Professionals – And speaking of captains and crew, Miami is filled with maritime professionals. We have the luxury of working with the very best and most experienced captains which means our clients’ vessels are in the hands of great people. Whether they need to navigate the busy waterways of Miami or know their way around the South of France, our teams can handle just about anything or any destination.  

International Logistics – Miami is a cosmopolitan city, one with international relationships and policies. The shipping industry is a multi-billion dollar industry here, and that means efficiency in logistics and regulations. There is no room for mistakes when getting a vessel cleared for customs or prepped for a long voyage. Miami is more than ready to handle this kind of traffic and business.

Safety First – Since Miami is such a hub for shipping and business, the city is equipped for waterway safety with knowledgeable personnel. So much can wrong on the water, so it is our job to navigate in and out of Miami allowing professionals to take the lead in safety and having a team to call on in the event of unlikely emergencies.

This city is home to some of the most popular marine events. From the Miami International Boat Show to sportfishing expos and boat racing events. Miami lives and breaths waterway experience and breeds maritime experts. We are lucky to call this place home and have such a resourceful city to draw on.

If you’re ready to ship your vessel from Miami, we want to talk to you. You can call us anytime, or connect with us online so we can start the process and answer any questions you might have.

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Shipping a Yacht Worldwide – An Easy Process

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Many boat owners abandon the idea of seeing other parts of the world on their own vessels because they have a belief that shipping their boat is difficult. While we understand why many people might think this, we are here to dispel that belief. United Yacht Transport has been perfecting yacht shipping for decades, and all of that experience comes in a lot of use when working with new clients.

We thought we would compile this article to help boat owners learn about the yacht shipping process so they can access more of what the world has to offer. Let’s dive in.

 

Make Contact – The first order of business is to reach out to our team. This is when we will want to learn more about the vessel owner, the vessel being transported, and what destination the owner would like their yacht to go to potentially. There is no obligation when calling, we are happy to answer questions and start the conversation around possibilities.

Request For More Information – Vessel owners who wish to pursue the next step would want to compile information about their boats such as, Length Over All (LOA), the beam measurement, height, and weight. We will then start talking about destinations and routes and compile the possibilities. When we get a sense of what the vessel “is” and where the vessel is going, we will want to know more about personal insurance coverage. We can help our clients get risk liability coverage, so they are covered for the voyage.

Set up Dates and Discuss Logistics – Once insurance is in place, we can discuss potential dates and time tables to move the vessel to the desired location. We will go over how we need the vessel delivered to our location and how to prepare the boat for transport. Then, we will explain what will happen once the boat arrives and what we will need from the owner. We always suggest owners are onsite during the load-in day.

Load-in Day – This is an exciting day, and maybe a little bit of a scary one. We walk our clients through every step of the load-in process so our clients know the vessel is onboard our ship and ready for transport.

Communication – After the ship shoves off, we keep the client in the loop for the duration of their transport. We welcome check-ins and let the owners know how everything is going. Vessel owner’s next job is to prepare to depart to meet their vessel on the other side.

Delivery – Delivery differs from country to county. We will handle the customs and regulations process and let clients know if anything special is needed from them. Sometimes this process takes a few days, other times a few hours, it just depends on where the vessel is headed.

Enjoy – Once the vessel is handed back to the client, they are free to explore. We can schedule return transport just as easily, even before departing our South Florida location, so feel free to have the discussion early on in the process.

 

Ready to take the next step in shipping your yacht overseas? We welcome inquiries and are on standby for your call.

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Why Shipping a Yacht by Sea is a Good Idea

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Anyone new to Yacht shipping might wonder why they should consider shipping the vessel by sea. While we know many of our sailing friends would prefer to take to the oceans themselves, there are plenty of situations when sending a vessel by transport is a great idea. In this article, we will explore some of these reasons, but first, here is a little about what United Yacht Transport does.

As a leader in the yacht shipping industry, United Yacht Transport has spent decades perfecting routes and shipping procedures to support our clients all over the world. From regularly scheduled voyages to custom made destinations, we haven’t met a request we couldn’t match. We handle every aspect of yacht shipping. This starts with consultations and learning more about what the client wants and where they intend to go, then building competitive estimates for their trip. From there we handle things like risk-insurance for the journey and how to prepare a vessel for the trip across the ocean. We follow all of this up with clearing customs and getting vessels to their destinations safe and sound.   

Curious as to why so many of our clients use us to ship their yachts? Here are our top three reasons to consider sending a vessel with United Yacht Transport.

The Safety and Fear Factors – While some mega yachts can make it across oceans just fine, or our sailing friends can undoubtedly handle a trans-Atlantic (or similar) voyage, sometimes the weather or time of year just isn’t fitting for a cross-ocean trip. Not only is this kind of trip an exhausting one with weeks at sea, but it’s also somewhat dangerous if weather conditions aren’t in the vessel owner’s favor. Rather than take risks, or if an owner is new to their yacht or boat ownership altogether, shipping a vessel takes the worry out of the equation.

Explore New Destinations – One of the main reasons to consider shipping a vessel is to open up the world. The beauty of having a vessel is to be able to go to places that are harder to access or would take you months or years to see. Shipping a boat overseas is the best possible way to explore a new destination without the cross-ocean time it takes to get there. We have shipped vessels from Europe to Southeast Asia and even very remote areas of the Pacific and South American coasts.

Logistics, Regulations, and Customs – The idea of provisioning for a trans-Atlantic trip can boggle the mind. Factor in the crew and sleep time tables, then the trip planning in electronic and paper maps, and then where to check in for clearing customs; well it’s a lot to consider. When working with a yacht shipping company, these factors disappear. Some argue this is part of the fun, but others don’t have the luxury of taking weeks to cross an ocean. That is where United Yacht Transport comes into the picture and handles the logistics. Our clients’ most significant decision will be figuring out what airline ticket to purchase to meet their boat on the other side of the trip.

Excited to get your vessel moved across a major ocean? We can help. Call or connect with United Yacht Transport and let’s get your voyage planning started.

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5 Reasons to Choose United Yacht Transport

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After purchasing a new yacht, or deciding to spend the Summer elsewhere in the world, chances are in either scenario, a qualified yacht transport company will be needed to get the job done. There are many choices in this industry, but there are very few options when it comes to working with the best. United Yacht Transport would like to explore why working with us is such a positive and powerful experience. Here are the top five reasons to work with us for yacht shipping worldwide.

Choose United Yacht Transport for the Best Worldwide Service

Layers of Experience

The ability to transport large watercraft across oceans is not the only experience that mariners should seek out when transporting their yachts. At United Yacht Transport, we have layers of experience from logistic personnel to quality care shipping processes. We’ve spent years designing systems for moving boats and yachts to ensure they are delivered in the same condition when we received them.

 

Destinations

Our clients travel the world and want to do so on their very own yachts. United Yacht Transport services worldwide destinations so clients can enjoy new waterways on their private vessels. We support destinations such as the South Pacific, Mexico, Caribbean, Mediterranean, and the Pacific Northwest. Our experience working with sizeable marine shipping and receiving networks give our customers peace of mind that their vessels are in the right hands.

 

Scheduled Voyages and Custom Itineraries

Part of what makes United Yacht Transport unique is that we offer regularly scheduled voyages to major worldwide boating destinations. Likewise, our team can also put together customized voyages for those who have more unique destinations in mind. Since we use large-scale carriers to transport watercraft, it allows us to offer competitive rates to popular destinations, spreading out fuel costs among a larger group of yacht owners.

With our custom voyages, customers work with a representative to get their vessels to more “off-grid” destinations such as The Maldives, islands of the South Pacific or even Antarctica. Almost anything is possible, so we urge new clients to connect with us to see how we can help them explore the world from their own vessels.  

 

Liner Services

Clients who need liner services outside of our regularly traveled ports can count on United Yacht Transport to serve that need. Our long-standing relationships with liner operators allow us an advantage to get vessels to areas we don’t necessarily service. Since we are a more significant player in the yacht shipping industry, we have tremendous purchasing power with our operators which translates into considerable savings to our clients. We work to make new relationships every day so clients have more options as to where their vessels can go.

 

Getting started with us is easy, just simply reach out to our team or connect with us to get a quote. Our teams handle shipping logistics, clearance for ports of call and customs, marina slips at destinations, risk insurance and everything in-between. We are happy to answer any questions our customers have and work tirelessly to keep our clients informed and comfortable throughout the shipping process.

 

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How to Prepare Your Yacht for Transportation

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Worried About How Your Boat Will Fare In Transport?

You may have already booked the transportation of your yacht, but before you consider it a done deal, make sure your yacht transport proceeds smoothly. United Yacht Transport has put together everything you need to know about excellent boat shipping preparedness. Whether you’re heading to a trade show or a weekend of fun at a boating festival, be prepared!

 

Why Be Prepared?

United Yacht Transport is a record-breaking transportation company. But while United Yacht Transport does everything in our power to ensure the safe and secure delivery of your boat or yacht, it will be moving at very high speeds. The truck might encounter cross winds or head winds that result in winds over 90 miles per hour. While your boat is built to handle these conditions, certain components and accessories need to be prepared for such turbulence.

 

Tools Needed

You likely have everything you need to prepare your yacht or boat, but we recommend investing in up to six rolls of duct tape.

 

Prepare Your Mast

Getting your mast ready for transport is simple. Just follow these easy steps:

  • Remove all stays, shrouds, spreaders, and external halyards, and pack them inside.
  • Remove any antennas, mast headlights, wind instruments, and other delicate instruments.
  • Coil any wire rigging.
  • For masts loaded on the top, you will need timber supports to keep pulpits from bending.
  • For masts loaded under the boat, you’ll need spreaders.
  • Smaller boats can leave winches on, but if you have a larger boat you may need to remove them due to their height.

We recommend clearly marking everything so that you have an easier time unpacking it all later on. Just securely tape everything up, and mark on the tape. Remember to duct tape turnbuckles and other parts that can come undone.

 

If You Have a Painted Mast

Painted masts are susceptible to sustaining chaffing damage, so take extra care of them by doing the following:

  • Wrap them with two bubble wrap layers, or wrap them in carpeting. Regular plastic or tarp is not sufficient, as it’s waterproof but too thin to prevent damage from chaffing.
  • Be sure there are no objects between the mast and its wrapping, like wires or shrouds. Intense vibration can cause damage, even through your padding.

 

If You Have a Roller Furling System

Roller furling systems are an exception. It’s best to keep them on the mast to prevent kinking. For these, pad the mast, and lay your foil on the padding. Tape it together, being sure to pad the drum well. Remember you cannot pad too much—pay close attention to cleats and winches, as well as the area between the mast and drum.

 

The Last Steps

Once you’ve secured your mast, follow these final steps:

  • Remove dodger bows and any other exterior canvas.
  • Remove any outboard motors.
  • Either remove or properly secure any personal items. Remember, your boat is the only known and insured item being transported!
  • Stow the interior. Tape shut drawers, and lock hatches and windows. Lock the cabin, but keep the keys for the truck.
  • Disconnect the batteries and tie off the cables.
  • Get fuel to a minimum and pump out any fresh water or holding tanks.
  • Clean the hull of all marine life to prevent contaminating another area with foreign organisms.

 

Before Your Yacht is Delivered

As a final precaution, be sure to understand the logistics of delivery and your insurance and liability. If you’ve followed these steps and understand how United Yacht Transport will handle your yacht transport, you can have peace of mind that you’re in good hands!

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Attending the Miami Boat Show? Let United Yacht Transport Help

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If you’re passionate about boating, what could be more exciting than the Miami International Boat Show? But getting to the show, even if you live in Florida, might produce a bit of a challenge, and many first-time attendees who would like to bring their boat have never dealt with boat shipping. United Yacht Transport routinely transports to boat shows, and we have everything you need to know about how to enjoy your time at the show with reliable boat and yacht transport!

 

What is the Miami Boat Show?

Florida has great events for boaters from Fort Lauderdale to Miami. If you’re a new boat owner, or if you’re new to the area, you might have only recently heard about the Miami International Boat Show. One of many events held annually in February, and produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association in Miami, the event offers tons of activities for boaters and non-boaters alike.

Featuring sailing exhibitors with live demonstrations, seminars for novices and professionals, racing, and of course tons of food and festivities, the Miami International Boat Show is a dream come true. But whether you’re participating or just want to bring your boat to the occasion, there are a number of obstacles you’ll face.

 

Why You Shouldn’t Attempt to Transport Your Boat Yourself 

Transporting a boat or yacht always presents a lot of challenges. Most people don’t have the necessary truck and equipment to haul their boat, let alone safely. There are many considerations, both logistical and technical, that a first-time hauler wouldn’t know, and you may need additional skills and certifications that you don’t already have. You care deeply about your boat and want to ensure that your investment is protected, so hiring a professional makes perfect sense.

Of course, these issues are compounded when dealing with a massive urban environment like Miami, plus the highways on route to Miami. Navigating these varying areas with a haul, and dealing with the huge crowds—expect there to be many trucks hauling boats this time of year—creates a situation that can quickly become a frustrating disaster.

 

United Yacht Transport is the Professional, Safe Way to Get Your Boat Anywhere 

United Yacht Transport routinely handles yacht transport and boat shipping to events around the world. As the largest yacht transport carrier worldwide, we have everything you need. We have a delivery captain, marina slips, custom clearance, top-notch crew and management, and all risk insurance.

Don’t settle for a smaller company without the same level of experience or liability. With countless testimonials from customers who’ve shipped their yacht or boat safely and effectively, United Yacht Transport is the reliable solution. Get your boat or yacht to the Miami International Boat Show, and focus on enjoying the festivities, rather than worrying about whether your boat is in good hands.

Request a free quote from United Yacht Transport today, and let us walk you through the process of a safe delivery!

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.

 

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United Yacht Transport to Celebrate Another Record Yacht Loading

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United Yacht Transport, the North American leader in boat transport and shipping, is celebrating a record loading for their North American westbound sailing from Port Everglades to Victoria. Much like their amazing year in 2017, they are exceeding expectations in 2018.  United Yacht Transport recently loaded thirty-eight yachts on the massive M/V Star Lofoten in Port Everglades.

The Largest Shipment to Victoria in a Single Sailing

This shipment by United Yacht is not just a large one, it is the largest one ever to Victoria by any yacht transporter in yacht transporta single sailing with thirty-one boats being discharged in Victoria.  While this is impressive, however, one has to admire their recent Spring season med sailing. The HHL Valparaiso was commissioned to transport four superyachts including a 50m Trinity and a 50m Mangusta. The future is bright for the company, and even more so as it continues to gain attention in the yachting world.

A Huge Influx of Clients

United Yacht Transport is the most popular Yacht transport company in South Florida and it continues to grow in popularity as more clients find satisfaction with the services it offers. Yacht brokers, builders, and captains are continuing to refer clients to UYT, the company is well known for year-round sailings, customized logistics solutions, and of course, competitive pricing.

A Continued Tradition of Excellence

United Yacht Transport is continuing to add sailings to destinations all over the world. They will proceed to meet the individual needs of its clients.

United Yacht and its president, Paul Haber understand that each and every client has particular needs whether it relates to their schedule, their destination, or the transportation needs of their yacht. If you have a yacht and you need to transport it, United Yacht Transport should be your first call!

 

Begin Your Vacation Planning Now and Start with Yacht Transport

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Do you feel exhausted from the daily hectic schedule and seeking some unforgettable moments? Perhaps you should consider yachting. Fortunately, this isn’t complex to plan with yacht transport. Our reliable transport company will ensure you enjoy the perfect vacation with your loved ones.

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

Money and Time Saving

Our shipping company will undoubtedly save you considerable time once you hire us. Bear in mind that it would take substantial time to cruise in a yacht from your country of origin to your preferred destination.

Once you hire us, you simply need to cover the relevant costs and leave us to do the delivery as you focus on other businesses. This will save you a lot of money since you won’t incur the costs required by the yacht, including maintenance and fuel.

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 families

Yachts are large enough to accommodate numerous people, making them ideal for bonding with your family. This is a great advantage since 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.

Unique Experiences

Regardless of the number of times you sail, you’ll never have a similar experience. Each trip offers the chance to see new places. Even if you wish to revisit a previously visited destination, the islands are constantly changing with numerous activities to try and spots to view.

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 and the Caribbean to the Middle East and the Mediterranean.

Qualities of Reliable Shipping Companies

If you’re seeking a shipping company for your boat or ship but don’t know where to start, consider these important qualities before making a decision.

Reliability

You must be confident that your chosen boat shipping company will deliver your vessel in a timely manner without any problems or confusion. Ensure you look for a company that’s been in operation for several years and can provide seamless shipping services.

Affordability

It isn’t enough that the service provider is just dependable. You should be in a position to use their services. If the service provider charges exorbitant prices for the shipping services, it won’t be possible to hire their services.

Customer-oriented Company

A reputable company like United Yacht Transport is customer oriented and is committed to providing customers with the highest degree of satisfaction. We continuously adopt this approach, which plays a huge role in our success as a company. When you hire us, you won’t be disappointed and you’ll certainly enjoy our services.

License, Insurance, and Certification

Another important quality of a reliable shipping company is that it should be insured, licensed, and certified; this gives the company a credible status. Beware that if the company isn’t licensed, the service provider will run into problems and there won’t be a guarantee that it will deliver your vessel safely.

Furthermore, if something happens, you’ll have no way to tackle the problem. Therefore, you should only work with licensed companies for the sake of your vessel.

When you require shipping services, ensure you hire a trustworthy company that will deliver your vessel safely. Numerous transport companies exist, so it’s imperative you conduct some research to locate the suitable transporter.

 

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Boat Cradles: Build your Own or Let the Yacht Transport Company do it?

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Transporting your boat or yacht includes a number of things that need careful attention to detail. You need to figure out how and when you want your boat transported, the price- including insurance, getting your boat ready for transport, and more. You want your boat to arrive at its destination without any issues and in tip-top shape.

One of the things that are important for the safe transport of your yacht is to have a boat cradle that will fit and support your boat and prevent it from getting damaged during transport. A boat cradle is something that you can build on your own if you are handy, or let your yacht transport company provide it for you.

Making a boat cradle on your own

Boat cradles can be of many different shapes and sizes and can be made using different materials. Since the shape and weights of boats are different, a good boat cradle should be customized for each boat and have a perfect fit. If not, it can damage the boat. Wood, steel, and aluminum are all good materials to make boat cradles from. A simple wood boat cradle does not require too much more than some 2X4s, screws, and wheels, and can be relatively inexpensive. Welding is required for boat cradles made out of metal. You also get to save money, especially on shipping, if the boat cradle is a DIY project for you.

The only issue that you need to be aware of is that if you do not make the cradle to fit properly, or do not use proper materials that will support the boat, then you could end up with a damaged boat. So prior to starting work, it may be useful to think through all the steps and to build a sturdy cradle that will be strong enough to hold your boat for transport. It is advisable to undertake boat cradle building only if you are confident and possibly have some experience in building stuff.

Getting a boat cradle from your boat transport company

Boat transport companies can assist you in getting a boat cradle. For transport purposes, your boat will sit in a cradle for days. So having a well-built and secure cradle is what companies strive to provide you. These are built specifically for your boat according to its dimensions. Some companies build steel and wood cradles, while others use aluminum. Companies can ship your cradle to you. Now, this may be a more expensive option, but you can have peace of mind knowing that a professionally built cradle will protect your boat as it is likely tested for maximizing safety. Reputable companies use quality materials, professional welding techniques, and double and triple check their products for maximum durability. The cradles are also inspected for a snug fit, tightened bolts, and adjustable pads in the right place. A perfect-fit design supports your boat precisely. Correct angles and pressure points are crucial for support, and to distribute weight to protect your boat.

There are many companies that provide a range of services including not only cradle building, but also winterizing, detailing, bottom painting, shrink wrapping, and more. No matter which company you go with, ensuring that they are reputable, have experienced staff, and have great reviews from satisfied customers, will make for a flawless yacht transport experience. At United Yacht Transport, we are the leaders in the yacht transportation business, and with our experienced and professional team, strive to provide you with the most stress- free boat shipping experience.

We use our own lifting gear and cradling equipment that is expertly handled by experienced professionals on our team, so we can guarantee a safe transport. If you have any questions about transporting your boat, cradles, or other equipment or processes we use, just call us at 954.383.4448 to get answers to all your questions and a free quote for our services if you need one. With reliable year-round sailings, excellent service, and guaranteed lowest prices, you cannot go wrong with United Yacht Transport. Any boat, no matter how big or small, is given the same detailed attention by us for a smooth transport.

 

Tour The Caribbean In Style On Your Own Yacht

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There are so many reasons to visit the Caribbean when you’re on vacation. The laid-back lifestyle, gorgeous beaches, and amazing food and drink are just some of the reasons why you should visit. If you’re planning on coming, the best way to do so is on your very own yacht. Here’s why touring the Caribbean on your yacht is the best way to vacation this year.

Go Where You Want, When You Want

One of the biggest reasons why yacht owners vacation on their boats is because they can go wherever they want, in their own time. Some vacationers choose to use tour guides, but that means that they have to follow the crowd when they’re visiting the Caribbean. There’s no time to relax, slow down, and really take in what they’re seeing.

As you’re on your yacht, you’re able to tour the area with ease. Take it easy, see everything at your own pace, and really start to relax.

The Freedom To Explore

The best things you see on vacation are the attractions you weren’t planning on visiting. The tucked away bar, the stretch of beach with nobody on it, the unadvertised restaurant with food to die for. It’s amazing what you’ll come across when you’re not looking for it.

As you’re vacationing on your yacht, you can move about when you’re good and ready and stay somewhere if it turns out to be an unexpected gem.

It’s Easier To Ship A Boat Than Ever Before

‘This may all be very well and good’ you’re thinking, ‘but how do I get my boat there in the first place?’ Boat shipping is now easier than ever before. All you’ve got to do is go online, select your home and destination ports, and book your boat in. On the day, take your boat to the port and it’ll be shipped to your destination. It’s as simple as that.

Here at United Yacht, we’ve got more shipping destinations available than ever before, including several in the Caribbean. You’ll be able to go anywhere you want with our yacht transport service. Book it in now and you’ll be ready for the summer!

Take Your Time On Beautiful Beaches

One of the greatest draws of the Caribbean is the beaches. It boasts some of the most beautiful stretches of beach for miles around, with pure white sandy shores and the clearest water you’ve ever seen. There’s no denying that you’re going to want to spend time on them.

With a boat, you’re in the perfect position to do so. You’ll be able to sunbathe on the deck or dive into the water from the boat, enjoying the sun and the water just the way you want to. There really is no better way to vacation.

Move Around And Take In Everything

It can feel as though there’s just too much to see on a regular Caribbean vacation. You’ll be trying to keep up, moving from place to place, and certainly missing something along the way.

A yacht vacation is different, as you can get around every destination with ease. You’ll never miss a thing because you’re in control of the journey and where you’re going. There’s no better feeling than being in total control of your trip.

Reduce Stress And Spend Time Bonding

On a yacht vacation, much of the stress and worry is taken away from you. You’re not worrying about where you’re staying or where you need to go next. All you have to do is kick back and spend your hard earned vacation.

The biggest benefit of a yacht vacation is the opportunity to spend that time bonding with the people you’ve come with. Whether you’ve come on a family trip, or you’re spending time with a loved one, you’ll find that you’ll be able to really come together and enjoy your vacation with each other.

No matter what kind of boat you’re taking on vacation with you, a yacht trip through the Caribbean is the best way to see the area. Book your trip now with us, and you’ll have your boat transport all set up and ready. All you need to do then is start planning how you’ll enjoy your trip!

 

The Top Three Snowbird Yachting Destinations

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Summer is almost upon us, and that means lots of relaxation in the sun. If you’re already dreading the return of winter this year, then look no further. Here are the three top snowbird yachting destinations you’ll want to check out this winter.

1. Algarve, Portugal

If you’re the kind of person that likes to keep busy even when they’re on vacation, then the Algarve is for you. This Portuguese town is a favorite with Europeans thanks to its mild climate all year round, giving them an escape from the cold in the rest of Europe.

The town is a hotspot for golfing, fishing, and hiking, meaning there’s plenty to do if you like to be on the move. If history is more your thing, then check out the ancient Roman and Moorish ruins in the area. There’s plenty of quaint villages too, so you can spend many an afternoon exploring everything the Algarve has to offer.

There’s plenty on offer for the foodies reading too, thanks to the array of local wines on offer, and delicious local cuisine. The best part is that the pricing is fantastic, with a full dinner for two, including wine, setting you back only $50. If you love food, golfing, history and more, then it’s time to book that boat transport to Portugal.

2. Costa Rica

Adventure seeking snowbirds love the paradise of Costa Rica for so many reasons. It’s famous for both the beautiful tropical setting and the adventure sports you can take part in while you’re there. Whether you’re into sunbathing or zip lining, this is the place for you.

If you’re looking for a change in culture, Costa Rica can do this for you. There’s nowhere quite like the rainforest, so you can go on tours exploring the nature of the area. There’s a whole host of shops, restaurants and other attractions just a short walk from the shoreline, so you can take in new food and sights every day.

For those looking for something more from their vacation, there’s plenty of adventure activities you can go on. For example, you can try zip lining as mentioned earlier. What could be better than zooming through an actual rainforest?

3. Panama City, Panama

Panama City is an up and coming snowbird destination that you’ve got to check out. It hasn’t got the wealth of accommodation or attractions yet, but it’s proving to be popular all the same. One of the best things about Panama City is that the currency is the US dollar, making it incredibly simple to get over there and get around. For those who hate having to change cash before they go on vacation, this is the location for you.

The locals are known for being friendly, and there are lots of hidden treasures to be found if you go looking. Spend the day people watching in a cafe, or explore the city on foot. You’ll come back with stories that no one else has!

Getting To Your Destination

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 boat 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 winter this year, why not book yourself a winter escape to one of these perfect snowbird 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.

 

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.

 

The Top 5 Party Destinations in the Mediterranean

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The summer charter season almost upon us, it is time to begin planning your perfect party spot. 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 Mediterranean 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 party destination that you have had.

We have chosen the Top 5 Party Destinations in the Mediterranean for super, fast-efficient and reliable yacht charters for you to choose from. From the breathtaking natural environment and history of the Dalmatian Coast, the beautiful architecture of Greece and Turkey, Croatia and Montenegro; the dynamic life of Ibiza or the sophisticated calming waters of the French Riviera, there is something for everyone. 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.

Hvar Town, Croatia

A perfect sailing experience awaits you at the Dalmatian’s coast. Imagine its quiet bays, diverse scenery and picturesque harbors provide a beautiful backdrop for your sailing experience. The Dalmatian coast is rapidly becoming the French Riviera of Eastern Europe and Hvar Town is its Cannes. If you are looking for the ultimate party spot is Carpe Diem at the end of Hvar Harbor. Imagine waking up every morning from a Bellini breakfast to spending your late evenings having a night tipples, there is no time of day that this famous bar doesn’t offer a party atmosphere.

If you are looking for party spot in the late afternoons before you hit the town in the late evenings, consider the Blue Hour meets the post-beach relaxing with comfortable wooden lounges, fringed umbrellas and a wooden bar with smooth jazz music and live bands. The owner, Austrian by the name of Wolf, is a local character who brings his own concepts to Hvar. If you are looking for a more cool and casual alternative club for partying, consider the Hula Hula club a more bohemian refuge perched along the rocky coastline on the west side of Hvar Town. The bar is known for it’s après beach parties and carefully created cocktails, it is also the best place in the town to watch the sunset into the sea while sipping on a cocktail listening to chilled music.

Göcek, Turkey

Enjoy the perfect yachting hub on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast Göcek, the fast but popular reputation as one of the best party spots in the Mediterranean. A popular starting point for luxury yacht charters in Turkey and Florida’s premier yacht transport of United Yacht for their clients are attracting some of the world’s largest yachts this pretty town comes alive during the summer months. So, gear up and take your mega yacht or sailing yacht to sail across the Mediterranean’s go-to party destinations.

Göcek’s party reputation is one of the best that has been boosted since last year by the opening of the Q Lounge as part of D-Resort Göcek. Designed by the architects of Zuma this stunning treetop bar is the perfect place for a sundowner and also offers an exciting menu of contemporary Japanese cuisine. Open seven days a week until late during the summer. The Q lounge invites a selection of DJs transforming the relaxed vibe into full-on party atmosphere later in the evenings.

Porto Montenegro, Montenegro

This party hub is growing increasingly popular as a luxury travel destination. Montenegro offers its visitors astonishing beauty and world-class amenities. The overwhelming beauty of The Bay of Kotor is breathtaking. The Bay of Boka Kotorska offers a thrilling view when approached from the sea, at the southernmost fjord in Europe. Sandy beaches await you in Ada Bojana, and for upmarket restaurants and beach clubs, you can visit the stylish and glamorous Port of Montenegro. If you are looking for a more relaxed evening, The Clubhouse, also with the Yacht Club, has a more casual atmosphere with electric drinks menu, live music and quirky themed nights.

Port Hercules, Monaco

Take up the party scene of Port Hercules, Monaco it is associated with the Mediterranean party season. Check out the Cannes Film Festival where you can see celebrity yacht parties and experience the fun of the Monaco Grand Prix. When it comes to a glamorous party atmosphere a few places can match Port Hercules. One of the best places to see and spot celebrities on their mega yachts.

Ibiza, Balearic Islands

Get the best of both worlds here at the exquisite Balearic Islands and Ibiza, combining the natural beauty of the amazing clear calming waters, nature reserve island and world heritage with the animated life of Ibiza. We have a wealth of archeological history and museums you will be culturally fulfilled, whilst the fantastic entertainment, street markets, cafes, and bars will appeal to your more frivolous side.

Party like there is no tomorrow at the Ushuaia Beach Club on Playa d’en Bossa in the south of Balearic Islands. Your yacht whether it is a mega yacht or sailing yacht can anchor and tender guests in and out, or head around to the main port and a VIP service can bring guests to the club.

 

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.