Frequently Asked Questions about Our Boat Transport Service

Choosing a company to transport your yacht is an important decision, and we understand that you may need some questions answered before you feel comfortable choosing us. Below is an extensive list covering some of the most frequently asked questions about boat shipping. The questions and answerers are split into three categories: Commercial boat shipping, operational boat shipping, and voyage insurance. If you find that you have additional boat shipping inquiries not addressed below, please feel free to contact one of our boat transport representatives in your area today. We look forward to providing you with the information you need to make the best decision for your boat shipping needs.

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Commercial boat shipping questions:

How do I receive a quotation?
How do I book my trip?
How do I pay?
Can I receive a discount?
What is the registry of the yacht?
How do I arrange clearance of my yacht with customs?
Is there any additional cost not covered by the freight for yacht transport?
Is there any deadline to book?
What happens in case of cancellation?

Operational boat shipping questions:

When will I be notified about loading and unloading?
What are the requirements for customs in terms of yacht shipping?
What is the procedure for foreign registered vessels upon arrival to the USA?
Can I stay onboard during the sailing?
How many people are needed to load my yacht?
Which technical information do you need?
How long does it take to load or unload?
Can I do maintenance work on my yacht?
How do I get back on land after loading?
How should I prepare my yacht for the voyage?
What do I need to bring on the day of the loading?
Is there a limited quantity of fuel that are allowed?
Can you arrange for a captain to load or unload my boat?
What happens if a yacht is not delivered on time for loading?
What happens if a yacht is not collected for the time for unloading?

Voyage insurance questions:

What coverage does DYT's cargo insurance program provide during boat shipping?
Is my yacht protected during transshipments?
Is my yacht covered while at the marina?
Can I obtain a short term policy for the period that my yacht is waiting to be transported by DYT?
Do I need to purchase separate cargo insurance coverage for the voyage?
Do I need to purchase a separate liability policy?
What does the liability insurance protect me against?
Is there an additional charge for the cargo or liability insurance?
Can I elect not to purchase the insurance?
What is the deductible?
Who pays for the deductible?
When does the insurance coverage begin?
If my vessel damages another vessel in transit, will the insurance company hold me liable for damages incurred to the other vessel during boat shipping?
How do I obtain a Certificate of Insurance?
How much can I declare my yacht for?
If my vessel sustained damage, what do I need to do to report it?
I was in a hurry when my yacht was unloaded and I didn't report the damage to the loading master or the Captain. What do I do now?
I am not sure if the repairs to my yacht will exceed the $5,000 deductible. Should I report it anyhow?
Should I start making repairs right away?
Are there any exclusions to the coverages during the boat shipping process?
Approximately how long will it take to get a surveyor to assess the damage to my vessel?

Commercial boat shipping questions and answers:

How do I receive a quotation?
Please submit your request by email: click "Sailing schedules" on the homepage and after submitting your destination, click "quotation". Please apply correct dimensions, as a change in the overall size will influence the outcome of the rate. We will respond with your quotation within 48 hours. You can also call our DYT office in France or the USA for professional and courtious service.

How do I book my trip?
Please call our DYT office with your booking request and we will forward an "inquiry sheet" and "technical datasheet". Please return with all requested information provided along with a copy of the registry (Bill of Sale or Builder's Certificate). We will respond with: an "official" quote followed by the Booking note (for you to sign and return) and, finally, the invoice with wire instructions, due dates and custom information.

How do I pay?
Upon receipt of the invoice: either by wire transfer to our US bank account, or by personal US check to our Fort Lauderdale office. Please note that we do not accept cash or credit cards for boat shipping.

Can I receive a discount?
Discounted rates are available on off-season sailings. We do not offer roundtrip or discounted fares for multiple bookings.

What is the registry of the yacht?
The official document of ownership. Stating name and address of the owner, her hull number, country of registration, and technical information. Please provide a copy upon booking your voyage. The original will be collected upon loading of your yacht and returned upon clearance at unloading. In case the boat is not registered yet, the "Bill of Sale" or "Builder Certificate" is accepted.

How do I arrange clearance of my yacht with customs?
Custom procedures differ from port to port. It is very important to contact our respective custom agents as soon as possible, in order to assure that all necessary paperwork and formalities can be arranged in time. Failure in compliance with custom regulations will result in fines and/or confiscation of your vessel. Contact information for custom agents is provided by port.

Is there any additional cost not covered by the freight for yacht transport?
Your rate includes transportation of your yacht and voyage insurance. Additional port fees and/or taxes might apply for customs. Please check with your custom agent for more information.

Is there any deadline to book?
Please make your arrangements as soon as possible. Customs procedures are getting more complicated by the day. Without proper customs arrangements in place as with last minute bookings, loading or unloading of your yacht might be denied due to missing permits or clearances.

What happens in case of cancellation?
If you have to cancel your transport for any reason, we ask you to send a written letter to our office (or via fax) as soon as you know you will have difficulties to go on the originally planned voyage. This confirms that you will be taken off of that shipment and allows us the opportunity to resell the vacated space. The sooner you know you will have to cancel our boat shipping services, the better chance we have to successfully resell your spot. We will credit you up to 80% (depending on our reselling success) of the original value of the originally planned voyage to any later voyage that you may choose. This is a mutually beneficial way to reduce your cost for deadfreight and limit our risk for reselling the spot.

Operational boat shipping questions and answers:

When will I be notified about loading and unloading?
A preliminary notice will be sent to you about one month prior to the operation with an estimate time range for loading and unloading. As soon as we receive a schedule from our loading master, we will contact you with the loading notice. This correspondence determines place, hour and berth number. Additionally, our local agent will call you 2 to 3 days prior the loading and unloading to confirm time and location. It is very important that you provide us with a correct telephone number and e-mail address, so we can contact you. Please note that changes in schedule are not uncommon, due to port congestion, weather, and other operational changes. When planning your voyage, please contact our "Travel Reference" for flexible tickets.

What are the requirements for customs in terms of yacht transport?
It is mandatory to contact customs authorities for the port of loading and the port of unloading. Non compliance results in not being allowed to load or unload, fines or confiscation of the vessel. Individual access to the port is denied, unless you are included in the security list (US ports only). Our designated custom agents will assist you with all required formalities. Please contact as soon as possible and direct all questions concerning customs, required paperwork, clearances, taxes, security listings, and other local issues. Please click "Ports and customs" to learn more about our custom agents and how they can be contacted.

What is the procedure for foreign registered vessels upon arrival to the USA?
For Port Everglades: Customs will retain to your original registry at the custom house in the port. You are required to pick up the document in person in order to obtain a cruising permit. Non compliance may result in confiscation of you vessel and/ or additional fines.

Can I stay onboard during the sailing?
This options is available for yachts 90 feet and larger and subject to prior approval. Only a very limited amount of additional persons are allowed to accompany the transport vessel due to maritime law. Preference is therefore given to larger yachts due to the ongoing maintenance and upkeep involved. Riders sleep on their own yacht and will be supplied with electricity and fresh water. Meals will be taken with the ship's crew at no additional cost. Before departure, the captain will arrange a "riders meeting", to familiarize everyone with procedures on board during the trip.

PLEASE NOTE:

1. Riders must hold a valid passport with visas in place.
2. Visas are required for all non-US or Canadian passport holders: crew visa B1/B2 for all US ports, even in case of transit!
3. Riders to Mexican ports require a BBBCC visa.
4. Absolutely no food or plant items are allowed arriving into an US port.

How many people are needed to load my yacht?
This very much depends on the size of your yacht, for smaller yachts 2 persons is sufficient. Every person helping with loading or unloading must be included in the security list to be allowed access to the port. Please arrange this important detail with our custom agent at the time of your booking. In case you are loading with DYT for the first time, you will find our loading procedure "How does it work?" on this website very helpful.

Which technical information do you need?
Upon booking your voyage, you will be requested to fill in a "datasheet" with the required information to build the cribbing and supports for your yacht. For yachts 80 foot and larger, a docking plan is necessary. It is very important to supply the correct information on all measurements.

How long does it take to load or unload?
This depends on several factors: size and amount of yachts loading or unloading, sea conditions, weather and so forth. The actual loading and unloading can be done in several hours, seafastening procedures require more time. Our transport vessel will stay in port for about two to three days on average to complete the whole operation. Please note that yacht owners or their representatives have to be present for loading or unloading at the advised time: no exceptions can be made.

Can I do maintanance work on my yacht?
As a rider you can work on your yacht during the voyage: painting, cleaning of the hull, etc., as long as other yachts are not affected in any way. Some of the equipment required is already on board and can be requested from the crew. In case you would like to shink wrap the yacht before the voyage, please arrange in advance with your local agent (security listing required).

How do I get back on land after loading?
In Newport, Toulon, Martinique, Golfito and La Paz our transport vessel is at anchor and a shuttle boat will bring you back to the mainland. In Auckland, Brisbane, Genoa, Palma de Mallorca, Port Everglades, Ensenada and Vancouver/Nanaimo: the transport vessel is alongside a berth and you just step off the carrier. For more information, please contact your local agent.

How should I prepare my yacht for the voyage?
Please prepare as if you are going on an ocean crossing and secure everything. For loading at least four fenders and ropes on each side of the yacht. It is recommended to cover and protect all stainless steel or chrome fittings and railings and teak from the elements. For sailing yachts it is recommended to take the sails off or protect them with proper covers.

What do I need to bring on the day of the loading?
Please bring Original Registry (Builder Certificate or Bill of Sale). Yacht keys need to be clearly marked.

Is there a limited quantity of fuel that are allowed?
Do not fill up your tank but limit it to what is necessary. Fuel in jerrycans is not allowed. The yacht needs to be brought on board as light as possible.

Can you arrange for a captain to load or unload my boat?
No, please make all arrangement personally.

What happens if a yacht is not delivered on time for loading?
The yacht carrier will continue the operation without the missing yacht and leaves port as scheduled.

What happens if a yacht is not collected for the time for unloading?
The yacht will be towed to the nearest marina at owners expense. Customs fines or confiscation might occur.

Voyage insurance questions and answers:

What coverage does DYT's cargo insurance program provide during boat shipping?
Your yacht is protected against all risk of physical loss or damage, including to operating machinery from the moment your yacht passes DYT's stern at loading until it passes DYT's stern at unloading.

Is my yacht protected during transshipments?
Yes. Your yacht is protected from the original to final destination as described in your booking note.

In order to reach my final destination, my yacht will be unloaded in a foreign port and will stay in a marina there for about two weeks awaiting a connecting DYT voyage. DYT has given me two separate booking notes for two separate voyages. Is my yacht covered while at the marina?
If you have two separate booking notes from DYT, your yacht is not covered while at the local marina in between voyages. Your yacht will be insured from original loading to unloading as reflected in each booking note. You should contact your agent to ensure that your operating policy is in full force and effect during that period. Alternatively, if you need port risk coverage, that is available at an additional charge.

I just purchased a new yacht in the U.S. and am having it transported to Australia in one month by DYT. Can I obtain a short term policy for the period that my yacht is waiting to be transported by DYT?
Yes. Optional Port Risk Coverage is available at an additional cost in thirty (30) day increments. This option is available exclusively to DYT clients. Please contact Nausch, Hogan and Murray directly to purchase this coverage.

Do I need to purchase separate cargo insurance coverage for the voyage?
No. Once you book and fully pay for the transportation of your yacht, your yacht will be insured for all risk of physical loss or damage to your yacht during transport up to the declared value of the yacht.

I am not sure if my operating policy provides liability coverage during transport. Do I need to purchase a separate liability policy?
DYT's new and broadened insurance program now provides every yacht owner with up to $10,000,000 USD worth of liability insurance. If you feel you may need more than $10,000,000 USD of liability coverage, you may purchase additional liability coverage. You should also review your operating policy with your insurance broker to determine what coverage you do or do not have while your yacht is transported by sea.

What does the liability insurance protect me against?
Each yacht owner is provided with $10 Million USD of Protection and Indemnity (P&I) Coverage extending to and including crew.

Is there an additional charge for the cargo or liability insurance?
No. Because of DYT's excellent safety record, DYT is able to provide you with this coverage at no additional charge.

Can I elect not to purchase the insurance?
No. You are not purchasing separate insurance. The coverage is afforded by virtue of your payment of the booking note. Furthermore, the insurance program is designed to protect ALL yachts aboard DYT's carrying vessel. As such the waiver of subrogation for physical loss or damage is extended to all yachts on board regardless of fault.

What is the deductible?
For Physical Loss or Damage, your deductible is $5,000 USD per yacht per voyage except in case of Total Loss and War/Strikes. For the Liability Coverage, your deductible is $10,000 USD per occurrence.

Who pays for the deductible?
The deductible is for the account of the yacht owner as it is in an operating policy.

When does the insurance coverage begin?
From time of passing DYT vessel's stern casing at loading port and ceases at time of passing DYT vessel's stern casing at discharge port or in the event a line is attached to the yacht then coverage commences from time the DYT vessel attached the first line to the yacht and ceases at the discharge port after the last line of DYT vessel is let go.

If my vessel damages another vessel in transit, will the insurance company hold me liable for damages incurred to the other vessel during boat shipping?
No. The insurance program includes a Waiver of Subrogation against All Assureds/Yachts declared.

How do I obtain a Certificate of Insurance?
Once the booking note is issued and paid for, a Certificate of Insurance will be sent to you reflecting your yacht's information and declared value. When you receive it, review it and ensure that everything is correct.

How much can I declare my yacht for?
Your yacht will be covered up to the full value declared by you as declared in your operating policy. Therefore, if your yacht is insured for $100,000 on your operating policy, you may not declare a higher value for purposes of insuring a higher value through the cargo program.

If my vessel sustained damage, what do I need to do to report it?
You should inspect your yacht upon delivery and inform the loading master or the Captain immediately if you find any damage. They will provide you with a Claim form. Please fill it out and have the loading master or Captain sign it. Contact Nausch, Hogan & Murray as soon as possible and forward the form to them.

I was in a hurry when my yacht was unloaded and I didn't report the damage to the loading master or the Captain. What do I do now?
Contact Nausch, Hogan and Murray immediately. Document any damage with photographs if possible. However, by failing to report the damage immediately, the validity of your claim may be questioned as underwriters have the right to be put on notice of any claim as soon as an assured becomes aware of it.

I am not sure if the repairs to my yacht will exceed the $5,000 deductible. Should I report it anyhow?
Absolutely. You risk prejudicing underwriters' rights and your claim in the event that the claim does in fact later exceed $5,000 USD. File the claim as required and you can always cancel it later if you confirm that the damage will not exceed $5,000 USD.

Should I start making repairs right away?
Only take the steps necessary to protect your yacht from further damage. Make sure you document this properly including with photographs as necessary. Otherwise, the underwriter is entitled to inspect the damage prior to any repairs. If you commence repairs prior to the surveyor's inspection, you could prejudice your claim.

Are there any exclusions to the coverages during the boat shipping process?
Yes. Although the policy is an ALL RISK policy, there are some limited exclusions, i.e., INSTITUTE CYBER ATTACK EXCLUSION CLAUSE. Please review the full policy wording for more details on any applicable exclusion during boat shipping with DYT.

Approximately how long will it take to get a surveyor to assess the damage to my vessel?
As soon as you file your claim with Nausch, Hogan and Murray, underwriters will be contacted and a surveyor should be appointed right away. How long it takes the surveyor to actually assess the damage varies with each case but every effort is made for the most prompt attention. However, Nausch, Hogan and Murray will assist you in diligently pursuing your claim.