Moving your yacht overseas can be exciting but also a little daunting. You want to take care of every detail, so your boat travels safely without damage or delay. It’s important to know what to expect when transporting yachts internationally. Here are some things you should know.
Prepare the Boat for Shipping
Before you do anything, you have to prepare for the shipping process. Check the boat’s condition. Before you send your boat out on its voyage, it is important to ensure that it is in good shape and that any minor repairs needed have been completed.
Check All Documentation Requirements
Most governments require that the vessel owner or operator demonstrate sufficient means of support for the boat during its stay abroad. The vessel must be insured against all risks, including damage caused by fire and collision with other vessels or shoreside facilities.
You also may have to show proof of financial responsibility for any pollution claims should they arise from an accident involving your yacht or other vessels involved in international trade routes.
The best way to ensure this documentation is up-to-date before shipping a yacht overseas is by contacting local authorities directly – this means contacting customs officials and those responsible for issuing licenses necessary when bringing foreign vehicles into another country’s borders.
Arrange a Surveyor’s Inspection
Arrange a surveyor’s inspection before the departure date if possible; otherwise, hire one once back at the home port afterward to find out what exactly happened during intercontinental travel. This way, you can ensure nothing happened to your boat during transit.
Explore Transport Options
There are a number of shipping companies out there that can provide you with the services you need to move your yacht overseas. The trick is finding the right one for your needs and budget. To ensure that you do, here are some things to consider:
- Experience. If it’s your first time shipping a yacht, it’s best to find a company with expertise in this area. Look at how long they’ve been in business, how many yachts they’ve transported, and how satisfied their previous clients are. You’ll want someone who knows what they’re doing and won’t make mistakes.
- Reputation for customer service. Since this is such an important decision for both parties (you as well as them), having someone trustworthy on either side can go a long way toward making sure everything goes smoothly from start to finish without any hiccups along the way – and that’s what will keep customers coming back again next time.
At the Destination Port
When you arrive at the destination port, don’t forget to check in with customs. This should be done as soon as possible. This step might not be necessary if you have already cleared your yacht with customs before getting on board; however, if you haven’t cleared it yet or are having trouble finding out which forms need to be filled out and where to ask someone from your shipping company for help.
Remember the Insurance
Insurance is required for shipping, and a comprehensive insurance plan should always be in place. There are two types of coverage: hull and liability. Liability covers injury to third parties, while the hull protects your boat from damage during transport. It’s best to review all the details to make sure you have the coverage you need. At Legend Yacht Transport we carry class A insurance inclusive of all aspects of coverage required for the shipping of marine vessels.
Your broker or insurer can also provide more information based on your boat’s value and distance traveled. The cost per mile may vary depending on what kind of vessel needs transporting.
Transporting a Yacht Overseas Requires Planning and Preparation
Transporting a yacht overseas requires good planning and preparation, but can be done smoothly with the right resources.
A yacht transport company is one of your most important resources when shipping your luxury vessel overseas. The team at Legend Yacht Transport has seen it all and knows what to expect when transporting yachts globally. We also know how to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible.