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Boat Preparation

A worry-free transit means your vessel is properly prepared and safely stowed aboard our yacht transport carriers. Here’s what you need to know to get your vessel ready to come aboard.

  • The Necessary Paperwork

    All yachts should have their own insurance in place before and after the shipment. A copy of the yachts original documentation and cover for hull and machinery will be requested. Proper customs procedures should be followed for each country or origin/destination.

  • Secure Your Vessel

    All lose items should be removed entirely or properly stowed. Hatches should be closed and locked.

  • Vessel Specifications for Cribbing

    To safely secure your yacht, all requested measurements should be provided to include any and all protrusions (outriggers, bowsprits, transducers etc).

  • Document any Pre-trip Damage

    Inspect your boat for damage and take pictures to document any problems that already exist.

  • Lock Down Loose Objects

    Remove all personal items from the cabins and store any breakables in a safe place. Don’t forget to remove any prohibited items.

  • Shrink Wrap for Extra Protection

    Protect the outside of your yacht from soot, salt, etc. with shrink wrap. Also cover all stainless steel and chrome fittings or apply an insulator wax.

  • Travel Light

    Empty all fuel and water tanks as much as possible, however, keep enough on board to get to and from the transport ship.

  • No Power Needed

    Power down everything. Unplug your batteries. Store your cables to prevent any contact.

  • For Sailing Yachts

    For sailing yacht transport: remove sails or protect them with covers. All yachts must meet height requirements.

Strictly prohibited and subject to heavy fines or arrest:

  • Firearms

    Firearms, ammunitions or illegal drugs.

  • Foods

    Fresh or frozen foods, canned meats or plants of any kind.

  • Pollution

    Oil or oil residues, garbage, plastics and paint residues.

General information regarding service with DYT

  • No removal of waste from your yacht to our deck.
  • Electric and water connections will be provided only if there is an approved rider onboard and only after welding of deck is completed (may take more than 12 hours; check with DYT crew).
  • Yacht carrier will not accept deliveries for any yacht during the period that yachts are afloat. All deliveries must be requested and approved by a DYT representative.
  • When yacht carrier is anchored offshore, limited launch service is provided; check for launch departure time with the local crew.
  • Travel as light as possible. Boarding and disembarkation on a rope ladder may be required.
  • We strongly recommend you have at least 2 persons onboard during loading and unloading operations.
  • Please dispose of all garbage and waste products prior to arrival on our yacht carrier.

Loading Preparation

Deliver the Yacht as Light as Possible.

  • Inflammable liquids such as fuel stowed in jerry cans  will not be allowed.
  • Bilges should be empty and bilge pumps switched off.
  • Sewage tanks should be empty and installation switched off.

Please have:

  • At least 50 feet of lines on each side of your vessel, 2 on each side, forward and aft.
  • A minimum of 2 fenders on each side of vessel, forward and aft.
  • A minimum crew of 2 persons.

Yacht Delivery Process: Start to Finish

1. Stand by

  • Radio check on VHF Channel 17 with the yacht carrier and await instruction.
  • No berthing alongside yacht carrier without permission of DYT loading master.
  • Turn radar off. Ensure fenders and lines are set and maintained at correct location and height.
  • Pay close attention to instructions from crew and master. Be prepared for line handling.

2. Loaded, water still on deck

  • Stay on board your yacht until you are tied up.
  • Generators/main engines are to be switched off as soon as yacht is positioned and before divers are in the water.
  • No swimming.
  • Meet DYT representative on board yacht carrier, bring yacht registry (or copy of Bill of Sale or Builder’s Certificate) and yacht keys, and if approved, rider with passport and visa.

3. Yacht carrier deck dry

  • While on board your yacht do not shift heavy weights.
  • Exit via deck only and always wait for secured ladder. Use of catwalks is not allowed.
  • Use extreme caution when walking and be aware of all possible tripping hazards.
  • Welding will be taking place. Do not look into welding/cutting flames.

4. Departure preparations

  • Ensure all yacht equipment and loose items are properly sea-fastened.
  • Check departure time. All riders must be on board one hour before scheduled departure.
  • All visitors must leave the yacht carrier at least one hour before scheduled departure.

5. Arrival at port of discharge

  • Board yacht carrier.
  • Meet with DYT representative on board yacht carrier for releasing of your yacht.
  • Electrical power and water connections will be disconnected by the DYT crew.
  • Ensure that all fenders are set at the correct location.

6. Unloading operations

  • Stay on board your yacht and check radio frequency.
  • Switch off radar until the yacht is completely offloaded.
  • Do not shift heavy weights on board of your yacht.
  • Do not interfere with cutting/removal of sea fastenings without permission.
  • Pay close attention to DYT crew instructions. Generators and engines are to remain off until you receive instructions. Divers must be safely out of the water before either of these mechanisms can be turned on.

Tips for Yacht Transport Riders

DYT encourages each approved rider to carefully read the Rider Guidelines. Each rider must attend the orientation meeting on board the vessel prior to departure in order to familiarize themselves with safety protocols, procedures and ask any further questions before departure from port.

Warning to riders

  • Ladder required

    You may be required to board our yacht carrier via launch and rope ladder. Never embark or disembark your yacht via a loose ladder standing against the yacht on the ship’s deck. Ladders should always be secured or held by a crew member when used for this purpose ; we do not accept any liability whatsoever for accidents with loose ladders.

  • Narrow Walkways

    You may be subjected to narrow walkways, steep ladders and gangways.

  • No Flip Flops

    Due to the many tripping hazards on deck, no flip flops or open-toe shoes are permitted.

  • Water Onboard

    Fresh water is provided during boat transport, but restrictions could be enforced depending on consumption and tank levels.

  • Hoses and Hook-ups

    Yachts are responsible for supplying their own hoses. The connections on board are 1½”, 2” or 2 ½”. Length is sometimes a problem so joining 2 or 3 together may be required.

  • Power

    There are no plug-in connections so you must remove your cord ends. Your cord is cut to fit, so a pigtail connection with bare ends would come in handy.

  • Keeping Your Yacht Clean

    Riders are responsible for washing their yacht. Prepare to wash down your yacht every other day. DYT provides a pressure washer on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Trash

    Be prepared to separate your trash. Nothing is allowed to be discharged on the deck of the yacht transport carrier.

  • Phone Use

    A satellite phone located on the bridge is available during yacht transport for $1.70 per min. This fee is collected in cash before the ship docks. Receipts are also available.

International Yacht Transport Ports and Customs Information

Customs & Immigration

  • Paper Work

    The customs agency at the arrival port will arrange all necessary clearances, port passes and other formalities required by law on your behalf. DYT is not responsible for the correct and timely customs filing for your yacht or riders.

  • Time is of the Essence

    You must file your customs paperwork a MINIMUM of 72 hours prior to LOADING.

  • No Transport or Entry

    Without proper clearances in place, your yacht will not be able to load or unload, resulting in significant fines from the country of origin, demmurage or potential arrest of the vessel by authorities.

Customs info for Riders

  • Special Requests

    Requests for a rider are considered for yachts 90 feet or larger. Contact your booking agent upon reservation to apply. All necessary visas must be in place and valid.

  • Travel to the U.S.A

    Non-US riders arriving in or passing through the United States of America are required to hold a valid B1/B2 Visa. Without a B1/B2 Visa riders will not be allowed on the vessel.

  • Passports & Visas

    Copies of valid Visas and current passports will be requested by the DYT representative prior to approval. Upon loading, the original will be kept by the Master on board our carriers for the duration of the shipment.


Yacht owners, their delegated contact persons, and any approved riders will meet with their DYT yacht shipping representative before unloading and after loading (either on the bridge or the crew office of the transport vessel – please follow signs). This meeting allows for yacht key exchange, completion of shipping paperwork, documentation collection (original yacht documents will be collected) and other important formalities. Please provide picture ID.


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