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Myblueheaven 12-21-2003 08:48 PM

Anyone ship a yacht on a freighter?
Anyone with experience with shipping a yacht somewhere, please tell me of your experience? Cost, any damage, hidden issues etc? What recommended companies?

Jeff_H 12-22-2003 02:35 AM

Anyone ship a yacht on a freighter?
I had gone through a thorough investigation approximately 2 years ago when I was thinking of shipping a boat from South Africa to the US. I had decided that I wanted a very specific model that was quite common and cheap in South Africa but pretty rare and expensive in the States. What I found is:
-There are a relatively limited number of companies that are willing to take a boat aboard as cargo.
-Those that were willing were quite expensive.
-A boat with a beam in excess of 3 meters costs a premium to ship.
-There are a lot of hidden costs such as the cost of building a shipping cradle, and then disposing of the cradle in the States.
-A good shipping agent familiar with the laws of both countries is worth every penny and then some.
-Boats built for use in some other country generally do not meet US standards and will require a second survey and upgrading when they get to the States in order to get insurance.
-You will incur trucking expenses at both ends of the trip because the boat has to arrive on a truck, fully packed and ready to go on its cradle and be offloaded onto a truck at the other end.
-A fairly high percentage of boats shipped are entered and items stolen.
-If you are buying a boat in the US and the broker discribed the condition being better than it is, that can be expensive, but when the boat is half the world away that is really expensive. (I actually had a contact in South Africa who went and checked out one of the boats first and waved us off).
-Insurance is pretty expensive unless you have a large deductable for pilferage.
-There can be ''port fees'' at both ends of the trip that can equal the duties but that these can vary with the ship, shipping lines and the actual port and terminal where you ship to.
-It can save some money if you are willing to be flexible with the departure date.
-Delivery on its own bottom may be cheaper but is far more risky.
-In the end it just was not worth it because no matter how cheap the boat was, the costs and risks made it unacceptable to me.

I guess in the end it depends on the particular boat that you are buying. If it is a pretty rare model, at a really cheap price, in exceptionally good shape, this is the only boat in the world for you, and you are sure that it won''t be some white elephant when you get it to where ever you are shipping it, then perhaps this makes sense. Otherwise, buying a boat over seas and shipping it is a silly idea.


gill2375 12-22-2003 06:38 AM

Anyone ship a yacht on a freighter?
You may want to contact Dockwise Transportation. We just shipped our 47footer from Newport to St. Thomas. Their boats are designed to only handle pleasure yachts and are float on, float off (like a dry dock). Very professional (the crew wears booties if they have to step on your yacht and its cheaper than hiring a captain, plus no wear and tear.

Johnrb 12-22-2003 09:36 AM

Anyone ship a yacht on a freighter?
I believe it also depends to a certain extent on the size of the boat. When visiting Montreal recently I met someone who had recently purchased an Etchells 22 (30 ft. LOA I believe) in England and had it shipped home. He mentioned he was lucky in that it just managed to fit in a shipping container (in its cradle) and the process was quite easy. If the boat is larger, then Jeff_Hs advice sounds good.

Wega24 12-24-2003 10:46 AM

Anyone ship a yacht on a freighter?
got my 24 foot 8 foot plus wide boat from Germany. I was lucky as I have a trailer. The folks in Germany drove her to the docks in Bremerhaven. The container crane picked her up and set her on top of the containers. They straped the trailer down and sailed into heavy
Same stuff happend in Charleston, where I picked her up and drove her home..

She didnt fit into a container ( to wide ) but the trailer worked great.
sooooo my tires are not dot

Anyhow the whole deal inclusive insurance cost me 3500 dlr.


Msybe yo check the rates if the boat is on a trailer, even a big trailer for a big boat. It might make enough difference to built a custom trailer and be cheaper in the long run.

sailnaway 01-07-2004 08:44 PM

Anyone ship a yacht on a freighter?
A bad thing I have seen is if the boat is shipped on deck it can get covered with soot from the bunker fuel the ship burns. This stuff will ruin the gel coat and alot of other stuff if it gets on it.

kc_cmc 01-08-2004 04:37 AM

Anyone ship a yacht on a freighter?
Dockwise is a good service, but can be expensive or inexpensive at different times of years in different directions. Basically, if you can ship opposite the normal seasonal flows, you can get a good deal.

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