How to Ship a Yacht Overseas

imageHow will you get one of  these to the other side of the world, without putting them in the water?

First of all, congratulations on the purchase of a yacht. Unless you are the seller, then congrats on the notable windfall. With those pleasantries out of the way we can address the quandary that likely landed you on this article. While those on the “outside looking in” may assume that the answer to the inquiry in the title is to have the large boat do what it is meant to do – hit the open sea and make its way to its next destination on its very own hull – such an overseas journey is a daunting one and will put some significant wear and tear on your yacht. That is why so very many of you are searching for a more practical shipping solution for your ship and why we are using today’s post to provide further insight into the process.

How to Ship a Yacht, or Other Large Boat, Overseas

Is Ro-Ro an Option?

We’ve discussed the concept of roll-on/roll-off shipping on numerous occasions since it is the most common method of shipping the likes of both recreational vessels and wheeled machinery. Can this practice of rolling a trailer onto the shipping vessel translate to your yacht? Is it a cost effective means to do so? It really depends upon the size of your yacht. If you already have a trailer for the large boat, or the shipping company has an appropriately sized one available, and there is room onboard then it certainly can be done. You will want to increase your odds of having the boat accepted for Ro-Ro shipping while minimizing the expense by reducing the height of the yacht. Do this by removing and/lowering antennas, booms, radar towers, and other protruding accessories that can serve to reduce the volume.

Container Shipping

It may seem that an enclosed shipping container would not be an option considering the perceived average size of a yacht. However by definition yachts begin their classification at around 33 feet (but also obviously extending much further than that). A standard size of enclosed shipping containers kept in overseas shipping vessels is 40 feet in length. The height and length may very well fit inside the container, especially when you are able to reduce the volume by removing/lowering components. This option is a much more cost effective alternative.

Flat Rack Shipping

If you found this article by indeed searching “how to ship a yacht overseas” (as opposed to boat) it may be safe to assume that you have a behemoth on your hands. Neither a trailer or container big enough may be found in your circumstance but fret not, your large volume yacht can be shipped via flat rack shipping. This method employs the use of a specialized container sans side walls or a roof encasing. The yacht is forklift or crane-loaded onto a custom sized cradle where the boat is secured. In most instances, where a professional packing and crating provider (see below) is included in the process, the yacht will be shrink-wrapped for safety.

Professional Yacht Shipping Preparedness Provider

This may be a foregone conclusion but it is worth repeating nonetheless. If you truly want peace of mind when shipping a yacht overseas then you will need to secure the services of an industrial packing and crating company with vast experience in preparing large boats for such a voyage. If doing so soon from a Greater Vancouver area port we encourage you to contact Cratex Group today.