Transporting a yacht to a tropical destination is a great way to save it from wear and tear and give your crew some time off. There are several Yacht Transport companies offering simple, effective and swift solutions to get your vessel from one location to another. Acronautic can assist with the logistics involved in transporting a yacht and are specialists in ensuring all the small details are accounted for to provide you with a reliable, hassle free service. If you’ve never transported a yacht before, there are a few things you need to know in order to properly prepared for transport.
Important logistics for Transporting a yacht
- Secure everything, no matter the distance, you should prepare your yacht it as if it were crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Secure anything that can move or be damaged during the voyage. Hatches, doors, cupboards and windows should all be sealed with tape to avoid leaks and possible water damage through ingress. Also remember lock all exterior doors.
- Make sure the boat transportation company offers voyage insurance that will adequately protect your vessel if anything should go wrong.
- Inform the yacht transportation company of your vessel’s specifications in advance. Make sure the measurements are accurate, because they shall allocate this space for your boat accordingly.
- Inspect your boat for damages and take pictures to document any that already exist.
- If any items are dismantled prior to transport to prevent them from getting damaged, be sure to take pictures of their location and set-up to make re-assembly easier.
- Remove all personal effects and store any fragile items in a safe place. Your boat may be traveling on another boat, but it’s still going to experience the force of the ocean.
- Apply protection to the exterior of your yacht with shrink wrap or similar material to prevent deterioration from exhaust soot, salt & sun etc. If your vessel is too large to cover completely, just stick to the most vulnerable areas such as teak and non-skid surfaces.
- Apply and insulating wax to all stainless steel and chrome fittings, this can then easily be washed off with soapy water upon discharge at destination
- Deliver your ship as light as possible. Empty all fuel and water tanks, however keep enough on board to get to and from the transport ship. Remove anchors from the deck, remove drain plugs from the hull and make sure there is no water in the bilge. You may also want to flush and sanitize your tanks with a chlorine bleach solution.
- Power down & switch off 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.
- Prepare all documents and paperwork such as original boats registration, insurance, bill of sale and all necessary customs paperwork.
If you’re transporting a sailing yacht: Remove sails or protect them with covers. All boats need to fit height requirements.
If your voyage is during winter months: Weatherize the engine and drain air conditioning unit.
If you’re preparing a wooden boat for transport: Use linseed oil to help prevent the wood from drying out.
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.
Contact Acronautic for expert advise in preparing your yacht for transport.