Month: March 2014

27 Mar 2014

Transfer to Ship

IMG_11485270f43d1422c.JPGIf you are planning to transport your yacht by ship careful preparation and planning is essential.




Reliance Yacht Management offers each customer a reliable, hassle-free preparation and transfer service to ship’s side. Loading a yacht for delivery requires a great deal of care and experience, and the correct preparation can help make the experience that much better.  We understand what is needed.

How Reliance Helps Prepare Your Boat for Transport

  • It’s important to make sure everything is secure. Regardless of whether the delivery is short or long  Secure anything that not bolted or tied down. Anything loose could cause damage during the voyage. Hatches need to be secured with tape to avoid leaks and possible water damage. Lock all cabin windows. Also secure cabinet doors shut, secure cabin doors and lock all exterior doors.
  • It is important to know that the shipping company provides suitable insurance to protect your yacht if anything goes wrong. Our Captains have professional liability cover.
  • We liaise with the shipping company to make sure that they have the correct dimensions. They will have allocated space so it is important that they have the information well in advance.
  • We take note of any damages, scratches and take pictures to document any that already exist. Also, if we are required to remove any parts e.g. radar arch, bowsprit etc. again we take pictures of their location and stowage.
  • Remove sails or protect with covers.
  • Stow all personal items from the cabin and store any breakables in a safe place. Your yacht may be traveling on another boat, but it’s still going to experience the force of the ocean. It is important that there are no prohibited items on board, especially if you’re going to be passing through customs.
  • Liaise with the Loadmaster to bring your yacht alongside and put into slings.
  • Deliver your yacht as light as possible. Empty all tanks as much as possible, and ensuring there is sufficient to get to and from the transport ship.
  • Remove anchors from the deck, remove drain plugs from the hull and make sure there is no water in the bilge. You may request us to flush your tanks with a chlorine bleach solution.
  • Power down everything, You don’t want dead batteries when your vessel is offloaded at your destination.
  • Yacht documentation and keys are given to the load master or his agent.
  • Photographs taken of lashings

There are several important steps we take to take to ensure smooth transfer to ship for your vessel.

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26 Mar 2014

Spot Tracker Saves Trio

Spot Tracker saves trio stranded in Atlantic

makkovik-mapCora Edmunds’ husband, son and nephew were stranded at sea near Makkovik just before dark on Friday, when the motor on their boat broke down.With strong winds driving the craft away further out, rowing to shore was not an option.But a situation that could have ended tragically had a positive outcome instead, thanks to a satellite tracking device called a “SPOT.” The device traces users’ coordinates and relays them by computer, enabling people elsewhere to log on and see where they are.The men pressed the SOS button on the device, alerting Cora Edmunds, as well as the agency that handles the calls. (more…)

17 Mar 2014

First Trans Atlantic Crossing

passportI found an old passport of mine recently at the back of my desk draw. The photo caused great amusement in the office. But amongst the many colourful stamps and visas for Australia, Canada, Galapagos, Tahiti etc. I found a small smudged mark saying “immigration 25 May 1984 Bermuda”, It recorded my first transatlantic crossing from Plymouth to Annapolis 30 years ago. A time for private reflection and recognition of how far we have come.  Reliance Yacht Management has been the leading yacht deliveries ever since and there have been many more “firsts” of note.


Here are a few.

  • First to have written Standard Operating Procedure to ensure high and consistent stands of safety and service.
  • First to introduce a fleet management system and have 40 yachts on delivery at one time.
  • First to introduce satellite tracking to enable charter fleets and private owners to monitor deliveries.
  • First to ensure Captains have professional liability insurance as standard.
  • First to have dedicated contact ashore available 24/7
  • First to achieve ISO9001 accreditation.

We are obviously proud that our high standards and professionalism have been recognised by so many yacht Owners, Dealers and Fleet Managers over the years and I thank you all for your continued and loyal support.

Looking forward, and with the current charter season not far away, our highly experienced and qualified captains and crew are ready to assist with all your yacht movement needs for the next year and the next 30 years after that. Great captains are always in demand so don’t leave it too late

14 Mar 2014

Discounts in the The Crew Store

10% Discount on orders over £50 until 31st March

We are offering a 10% discount to our Pro Members in The Crew Store. This is valid until 31st March 2014 on orders over £50.

Designed for the needs of our crews, the store offers a limited range of items that our captains have recommended and found useful on board. The range of items and brands is increasing almost daily as we are able to negotiate the best deals with suppliers.

Register as Pro Member and receive discount coupons

See the latest Paid Positions

Visit the store.

We are adding items daily. If you don’t see what you want contact us with your suggestions.

13 Mar 2014

Where are your boats?

Are they in Cascais or Gibraltar, or somewhere in between the Canaries and Antigua? We know and we want you to know.

yacht tracking

At Reliance Yacht Management we use satellite tracking to enable our clients to monitor their most valuable assets. We understand that it is essential to know the location, speed, course and ETA of yachts and the financial importance for charter planning. From our management offices we follow yachts on delivery 24/7. We also follow the weather and keep clients advised.



Satellite tracking is essential and is included free and as standard in our delivery proposals.

We are now able to offer clients live updates direct to your iPhone, iPad or Smart-phone. Read more

Contact us for a better delivery service and competitive delivery proposal.


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