When the world’s biggest yachts need to get to another location in time for the beginning of the season, or to a secluded location at the owner’s request, yacht transportation companies come in to move these big vessels across the great distances and rough seas that even the most skilled of captains would find intimidating.
As well as working with tight deadlines, these jobs involve millions of pounds worth of cargo that requires cautious treatment and clever maneuvering. So, we spoke with a few yacht transport specialists to get the specific details of yacht transportation, from picking a respected company to the available methods.
Before you begin your preparations to move a yacht around the world, it is stressed that you completely check the company you pick to ship your yacht.
It’s important to be aware there are plenty of frauds in the yacht transport market providing services without having the equipment. These companies collect all of the payment upon signing the contract with you and then don’t ship your yacht. The money is lost and the yacht is left in the load port without having a space in a marina.
As with most things in life, a cheap transport does not usually mean quality. It’s worth paying a little more to guarantee your yacht is in safe hands and to not have any hidden fees that are not told to you upfront.
There’s a difference between a yacht carrier and a yacht transport broker
Knowing this, it’s worth noting that there is a difference between a yacht transport broker and a yacht carrier. According to the experts, at first, it may seem like there are several transport providers to pick from. However, when you look closely, most of these are really yacht transportation brokers. Be cautious when choosing.