The easiest way to get a yacht moving is to fire up the engines, or set the sail, and head out onto the water. However, this is not always possible, especially if the yacht is going to be put into dry dock for inspection and repairs, or placed in storage for an extended period of time. Hiring a yacht moving company with experience will help reduce the risk of damage to the vessel.
Many times to save money, owner of smaller yachts will prepare them for the moves themselves, and there are a few things to consider when preparing for the yacht moving company to show up. Starting in the cabins below deck, double and triple check that all loose items are properly secured and all door and drawers are closed and secured. Some owners, if the boat is going into storage, will tape the doors closed to prevent them from popping open and being damaged by swinging freely during transport.
All hatches should be closed, locked and taped to prevent wind damage while being transported or while in storage. Depending on the part of the country in which the yacht moving company will take the boat, it may be hit by storms while in storage and proper preparation can reduce the risk of damage.
Wrapping Boat Protects It From Weather, Sun
When a boat sits in storage for any length of time, sun damage will occur and high winds can blow foreign objects at the boat causing additional damage. To many owners before a yacht moving truck arrives, they will wrap the boat in shrink wrap to protect it during transport as well as while in storage. If the owner of the yacht cannot be at the dock when the boat is picked up they should arrange with a responsible person at the dock to inspect the tie-down procedures of the yacht moving company before signing the release of the vessel.
If the vessel is going to lifted by a sling onto a trailer, make sure the sling is strong enough for the weight of the boat and well as large enough to wrap around the boat to minimize any damage. In some instances, a yacht moving company will want to use for than one sling to help distribute the weight evenly across the length of the boat. Check with the company as far as responsibility for damages if the owner is prepping the boat for transport, as many times if the company does not get it ready to go, they will not accept responsibility for resulting damages.
Originally used by the Dutch Navy as a fast sailing vessel the yacht essentially consists of two different classes of boats. The sailing yacht and power yacht, are two most common, with the sailing yacht actually having four types, the day sailing, weekender, cruiser and racing with their design and size determining its use.
Power yachts used today maintain the power and luxury found in many of the old style yachts and vary in length from about 36 feet to well over 100 feet in length. They are also equipped to be able to stay at sea for several days at a time. The luxury yacht owned by some of the better-known billionaires may range in the 500-foot length. They also have sufficiently living space for several days at sea as well as offices, meeting rooms and other designated areas to meet the business and personal needs of their owners.
Sailing yachts typically measure between about 20 feet and 100 feet, with the day sailing vessels having to interior cabin space as they are used only the during thee day. Many are used as rental craft by the hour or the day, not designed for overnight use. The weekender yacht style, as the name implies has facilities to provide sleeping quarters and a pantry to sustain use for the weekend.
Powering Yacht Depends On Conditions
Sailboats obviously are powered by sail and many also house an engine, gas or diesel, to help navigate into docks or when there is no wind to fill their sails. Most power yachts will have huge inboard diesel engines to power them through their times at sea. Most are equipped for several days voyage with fresh water tanks, fuel tanks and food supplies to carry them several thousands of miles before needing to stop and take on supplies.
Many of the yacht owners have their vessels equipped for long excursions with the comforts of home such as televisions with satellite dishes, video games and in some cases pool tables and other games. Many also use them as their mode of transport with certain constraints, and employ a crew of experienced sailors to keep the ship in top shape and also to navigate them to their destinations.
There are well-known yacht races that bring sport sailing enthusiasts from around the world to compete in head-to-head competitions. The open sea races involve several days of traveling a specific course as the race is judged on handling the vessel, navigation and speed.