How to Prepare Your Yacht for Transport - DYT Yacht Transport

How to prepare your yacht for transport

Using a yacht carrier to transport your vessel to your next vacation destination is a great way to save it from wear and tear and give your crew their own vacation. DYT is the simple, effective, and stress-free way to get your vessel from one location to another. We’re committed to offering each customer reliable and hassle-free yacht transportation. If you’ve never utilized this service before, there are a few things you need to know to prepare your yacht for transport properly.

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Important Tips when Preparing Your Yacht for Transport


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

Tip #2: Make sure the yacht transportation company offers voyage insurance that adequately protects your vessel if anything goes wrong.

Tip #3: Inform the yacht transportation company of your vessel’s specs in advance. Make sure your measurements are accurate because they allocate space for your yacht according to the information you give them. Remember that they want to know your yacht’s weight – not its Tonnage. If you’re not sure where to find this information, look in your yacht’s stability book for Displacement.

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

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

Tip #6: Shrink wrap protects the outside of your yacht from soot, salt, etc. If your vessel is too large to cover completely, stick to the most vulnerable areas, such as teak and non-skid surfaces. Also, cover all stainless steel and chrome fittings or apply an insulator wax to this exposed metal. If possible, remove and store the windshields.

Tip #7: Deliver your ship as light as possible. Empty all fuel and water tanks as much as possible; however, keep enough on board to get to and from the transport ship. Remove anchors from the deck, 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 chlorine bleach.

Tip #8: Power down everything, unplug your batteries, and store your cables to prevent contact. You don’t want dead batteries when your vessel is offloaded at its destination.

Tip #9: Bring your original registry and yacht keys on the date of your trip. Also, if you’re going on an international voyage, ensure you have all the necessary customs paperwork.

Remove the sails or protect them with covers if you’re transporting a sailing yacht. All yachts must fit the height requirements.

Weatherize the engine and drain the air conditioning unit if your voyage is during winter.

If you’re preparing a wooden boat for transport, use linseed oil to help prevent the wood from drying out.

Several important steps must be taken to ensure smooth sailing for your vessel. However, once you have completed the preliminary work, you are free to sit back, relax, and rest assured, knowing that your yacht is in good hands.

Contact DYT and schedule your next boat transport voyage today.