06 Apr 2020

COVID 19 Letter to Clients and Colleagues

On behalf of everyone at Reliance Yacht Management, I hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe at this time.

I wanted to write to you to let you know what’s been happening at Reliance.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been working hard to repatriate crew from across Europe, USA and beyond and we will continue to work with governments to support the ongoing effort to get people home where needed.

However, with our number one priority being the safety and wellbeing of crew, and with the travel restrictions across the world, we took the decision to carefully monitor the evolving situation worldwide and carefully comply with local restrictions in each country where are operating.

If your yacht delivery is halted because of this, I am sorry. We will be in touch to let you know how things may progress. I understand that this has been a difficult and frustrating time for many of you who have had plans disrupted.

Rest assured, I am working hard trying to ease the disruption as much as we can. I am extremely proud of the way that our staff, captains and crew have stepped up to the challenge we all face.

Looking to the future

We’re missing sailing as much as anyone and will continue to evaluate when we can start moving again. As soon as we can do so safely, we’ll be back on the water again – proudly delivering your yachts.

Until then, I wanted to say thank you for your support and understanding.  Please look after yourselves.

Nick Irving

27 Mar 2020

Corona Updates


TRINIDAD is closed.

ST LUCIA is closed.

ARUBA is closed

BONAIRE is closed.

CURAÇAO is closed.

BVI’s are closed.



BERMUDA is closed.

DOMINICA is closed.

GRENADA is closed.


MONTSERRAT has a mandatory 14 day quarantine.

MARTINIQUE is closed.

GUADELOUPE is closed.

ITALY is closed

SPAIN is closed



Beginning Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the U.S. Virgin Islands is closed to all visitors for 30 days. Charter vessels, hotels, guest houses, etc. are restricted from accepting new guests. Guests who have already checked in are advised to return home, but can remain if they choose. All non-essential businesses are closed and residents are asked to stay at home. All bars across the Territory are closed, and in-house dining is not allowed at restaurants; take-out services are permissible.

For tourism-related updates and information, visit www.usviupdate.com.


March 26: The United States Virgin Islands’ airports and seaports are open. Contact the Coast Guard: https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/san-juan for seaport procedures and restrictions.

To request clearance, call (340) 774-6755.

Marine vessels 300 tons and over are required to clear with the United States Coast Guard and produce a manifest of every passenger. Vessels under 300 tons must clear with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Vessels that are registered with marinas must clear by appointment.

March 24 PDF with latest airport and seaport info Virgin Islands Port Authority News Release



An extended 24-hour/6 days & nights curfew commencing this Friday, the 27th of March, and running through Thursday morning, the 2nd of April.



Anguilla has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. As of 11:59 pm on March 20, Anguilla closed its airports and seaports for 14 days for all passenger movements. All persons arriving in Anguilla who have travelled outside of the Caribbean Region within the last 14 days will be quarantined for 14 days on their arrival.


Antigua & Barbuda

Thursday, March 26 at 8 p.m., the V.C. Bird International Airport on Antigua will close to all international commercial flights originating in North America and Europe. After Thursday, commercial airlines will be able to fly in empty planes for the sole purpose of repatriating. The destination has recorded three confirmed cases of coronavirus; all are in isolation and have either traveled from the U.S. or U.K.


Unconfirmed: Marine vessel check in and health at Heritage Quay in St John’s, you must pre register with www.eseaclear.com. Call ahead using the numbers attached to make life easier.

Click to download: Antigua & Barbuda Clearance Form



Order from the Bahamas Governor that now bans all incoming flights for any passengers, and closing of all seaports to all traffic excluding those bringing cargo or supplies. All vessels commercial and private will not be allowed to enter the Bahamas. All inter-island sailing is prohibited. The order also imposes a 24/7 nationwide stay-at-home order.



Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park

ALL public beaches and trails in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park are now closed until further notice.


Our staff and wardens will continue to monitor VHF channels 09 and 16 and will coordinate mooring and anchorage as best as possible. We are aware that many vessels still remain within the boundaries of the Exuma Park. Wardens will continue safety and security patrols and record the names of all vessels within the park. We will eliminate the close interaction required for in-person fee collections. We expect everyone to honor our policies while within the park’s boundaries. All vessels must continue to pay their respective users fees through our online payment system at www.payexumapark.org. If you do not have internet service while in the park to make your payments, please honor your payments due, once you have internet service.


Should you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us on VHF 09 or 16 and by telephone at 242-601-7438.



As of March 26: Airports are open. American Airlines flights will resume with two flights from Miami to Barbados and one flight from Charlotte to Barbados until Wednesday, April 1. JetBlue will provide a direct flight on Saturdays from New York for an undetermined amount of time. All visitors arriving from the US, UK, and Europe will be subject to a 14-day quarantine. Barbados has 18 confirmed cases coronavirus within its borders and has confirmed one case aboard a cruise ship in Barbadian waters.



Thursday, March 26: the Government will suspend all commercial air and sea access to all non-Dominicans and to all travelers, including Dominican citizens and residents Saturday, the 28th of March 2020, This order relates to all commercial aircraft, non-essential, service-oriented, pleasure craft, and ships, boats and yachts not visiting Dominica for the express purpose of bringing in vitally-needed cargo and other supplies to Dominica.



French Government travel restrictions: Inbound flights are prohibited. The Martinique Port Authority has stopped all scheduled cruises for the season. Most hotels and villa rentals will close following the departure of their last guests. No new guests will be allowed, and all the amenities such as pools, spa and other activities are closed to the public. Martinique has 66 confirmed cases.



St. Kitts & Nevis

As of March 25, borders are closed to all commercial airline flights until April 7.


Unconfirmed: As of March 26, open points of entry for marine vessels: Port Zante (including Marina), Deep Water Port (Bird Rock), Christophe Harbour and New Guinea (St. Kitts Marine Works). You must dock at one of these points of entry.



St. Martin/Maarten

Ports/Airports closed. All business and services are closed, except those providing essential services. Restaurants can open only for delivery and take-out services. Sunday, March 22nd, 2020: The only flights that you will see coming into the airport would be cargo flights or flights that are coming in to pick up passengers to return them to their home address. COVID-19 Travel Advice


St. Vincent and the Grenadines

March 23: passengers arriving from China, the European Union, Iran, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States are required to quarantine for 14 days.




26 Mar 2020

COVID 19 Boats Delayed in Port??

Do you have yachts on delivery stuck in France, Portugal or Spain?

Travel restrictions and port closures have meant that many yachts on delivery are now stuck in port delayed and costing money.

Reliance Yacht Management is coordinating efforts to see if there is sufficient interest to divert a ship to assist and offer a freight service into the Med.

We know of several yachts delayed in Les Sables, La Rochelle, Cascais and Gibraltar. Are any of them yours?

Please contact us ASAP and let us know if you would consider a service in the next week with detail of the yacht, location and preferred destination.If there is sufficient demand, then a ship may be the cost effective solution.

Call me if have any questions.


Tel: +44 7802 716722

Email: nick@reliance-yachts.com

13 Feb 2020

Sunreef 70 Delivery to Ft Lauderdale

Karl and Dylan, two of our yacht delivery captains, are currently on board the stunning Sunreef 70 Sea Bass in Antigua, making their final preparations before setting off later today to deliver this stunning Catamaran to Fort Lauderdale, a journey that will take them over 1500 nautical miles.

This incredible catamaran is powered by twin Caterpillar 873 HP motors along with two 8000 litre fuel tanks and a top speed of 26 knots, it’s perfect for long distance ocean voyages. It’s interior provides a beautiful and luxurious experience and is packed with the latest technology, to make the captains journey a rewarding experience.

On arrival in Ft Lauderdale, the Sunreef 70 Sea Bass will be listed for sale with Michael Harris, a broker from the Catamarans Company, which is the largest Catamaran dealer in the world.

We are proud to be working alongside Catamarans Company and Michael Harris, the broker who will be selling this beautiful yacht.

You can find more out about the Catamaran company and Michael Harris by clicking here: https://www.catamarans.com/Brokers/Michael-Harris.html

06 Feb 2020

Joint Venture on the High Seas

Due to an unexpected turn of events, our Captain, Mike Stewart, was recently featured in The Sun Newspaper for discovering £250,000 worth of hashish off the coast of Gibraltar. Mike and his crew were en route from Les sables D’olonne in France to a charter company in Mallorca to deliver a brand new 42ft catamaran.
Our crew, who are always encouraged to remove ocean plastic, picked up a little more than they bargained for. After a swift call to the Spanish police and coordinating a rendezvous at sea, the authorities arrived promptly and thanked our team for their vigilance.
According to experts, the drugs were discarded into the ocean by traffickers, from fear of being followed by police. It is suspected that the stash was anchored to the ocean floor for collection, but that it somehow floated free, leaving the stash open for discovery.

Mike stated that while it’s normal to see various floating debris at sea, typically plastic and other objects, it was a surprise to himself and fellow crew members when they saw the box of ‘solid green hashish’ in the water.

The police were informed immediately who rendezvoused with the catamaran at sea to recover the bale

For more information on the article, please see The Sun link below:


18 Dec 2019

Christmas Message 2019

Dear All

As we approach the Christmas period and the end of 2019 we want to send a big THANK YOU to our all clients, suppliers, captains and crew for their continued and valued support. We sent out a record number of Christmas cards this year – it took a long time to get them all signed. The cards support our chosen charity, the National Autistic Society.
2019 started well and then got better as brokers and dealers worldwide increased their sales and more boats needed to be delivered. We were also pleased to see more than one corporate client return to us for their delivery and equipment needs. Safety and charter equipment sales increased continue to increase.
We expect to see continued growth through 2020, building on our already confirmed delivery contracts starting in January through to September.
Reliance Yacht Management is gearing up for 2020 and will hit the ground running in the New Year with the Dusseldorf Boat Show and we look forward to hopefully catching up with as many friends, colleagues and clients as possible.
We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous 2020.

All the best from Nick and all at Reliance Yacht Management

01 Nov 2019

Interview with Nautika Centar Nava

An Interview by Jennifer Irving

In the second of our series of interviews we talk to Nautika Centar Navaone of Reliance Yacht Management’s most loyal clients, with a partnership spanning longer than most can remember. We asked the company about what that relationship has meant to them over the years, as well as gain a deeper insight into the workings of the Mediterranean’s largest catamaran dealer and charter company.

Jelena Banovic from the Marketing Department at Nautika Centar Nava was very kind to reply to our questions

What is the story behind Nautika Center Nava – how did it develop into the company that it is today?

Nautika centar Nava was one of the first companies in Croatia that started charter back in 1990. It was established by Dario Marijan, who is still the leading force of the company and the most important strategist. After the slow but steady early development, the company’s development boomed in the late nineties and the early 2000’s . This is when boat sales became one of our core business activities and brands such as Beneteau, Lagoon, Sea Ray and Boston Whaler authorized us as their distributors in Croatia. Since Mr. Marijan was the connoisseur and the visionary, he needed someone to take care of daily tasks and management. This is where Ms. Ingrid Cosic stepped in and the two are almost a “magic duo” that has been leading the company so successfully. Today, Nava also has  Monte Carlo, Monte Carlo Yachts and X-Yachts as part of their boat selection.

On your website you outline how Nava’s three areas of business – charter, sales, and Volvo Penta – ‘complement each other’. Would you say that collaboration and diversification is central to Nava’s success?

Yes, this is one of our biggest advantages on the market. We have a solution for everything related to boating up our sleeve, if we don’t Ms. Cosic will make sure we think of one. As Croatia grows more and more popular among guests, boaters and investors, the acquired knowledge within the company becomes even more important as does the possibility to do as much as possible within the “house”.

You claim your ‘greatest asset’ is your team and the reason for the company’s continued success as the Croatian and European leader of the boat industry. How important is it to invest in the people you employ?

It’s one of the most significant ways we can directly influence the quality of our services. Investing in the knowledge, education and training of our staff and giving employees additional benefits makes them the first ambassadors of our brand which then reflects on customer satisfaction and client relations in general. It’s the reason they keep coming back and we’ve had more than our share of charter guests that fell in love with Croatia and sailing and decided to invest in boating and entrust us to be their charter managers and take care of their boats full-time.

Reliance too has always prioritized the expertise of its captains in order to ensure efficient and safe delivery. How important has Reliance’s captain-based yacht delivery service been to Nava’s operations?

It is very important to have reliable, professional and expert captains on the boat because delivery process of new boats, catamarans and motor boats, brings a lot of challenges during handovers and also during navigation. Only experienced and professional captains are able to handle that challenges completely independently. With Reliance, we are completely confident that each job will be completed as agreed. Timely, safe and reliable vessel delivery is of the highest significance in maintaining our image as the trustworthy partner before our clients and on the market in general.

How did you first come to hear about Reliance and decide to work with us?

Honestly, we don’t remember exactly, given that it was more than 10 years ago. We suppose first contact was established with Nick, during some boat show.

You offer a wide range of services for your clients, from consulting and brokerage, to engine service and event organization, going above and beyond charter and sales. What effect has the long-standing relationship between Nautika and Reliance had on what Nava is able to offer its clients?

Cooperation with Reliance is actually added value to our day-to-day business. It is extremely important to have such a valuable partner in one specific market segment which is always able to fulfill all our requests and requests from our clients. This great relationship and the trust that we put in you, has partly enabled us to concentrate on other aspects of our business and further develop them since we did not need to worry about boat deliveries and related issues.

You received some EU funds back in 2015, what changes have you made in the last five years and what can we expect from Nava in the next five years?

The company has modernized and introduced CRM and ERP systems in order to better keep track of our sales and overall business results. In the next five years we plan to explore other ways to innovate all aspects of our activities with the opening of new offices, further digitalization of our business processes and investing in boat safety and our employees. We’ll keep taking care of the less popular side of boat-purchase and ownership and leaving the fun parts to our clients. When it comes to charter guests we’ll keep our boats well-equipped and maintained and ensure all their demands are met and that they can just sail away into new adventures and explore their favorite islands, taverns, beaches, coves, towns, restaurants, sites or find new ones.

To learn more about Nava visit their site; https://www.navaboats.com/

See also interview with the Catamaran Company

23 Oct 2019

Kind Words from a Valued Client

We are very proud to have so many valued clients that have been loyal to us for many years. Their continued business is not taken for granted and always appreciated.  These kind words give us a great deal of satisfaction.

It is very important to have reliable, professional and expert captains on the boat because delivery process of new boats, catamarans and motor boats, brings a lot of challenges during handovers and also during navigation. Only experienced and professional captains are able to handle that challenges completely independently. With Reliance, we are completely confident that each job will be completed as agreed. Timely, safe and reliable vessel delivery is of the highest significance in maintaining our image as the trustworthy partner before our clients and on the market in general.


This extract is part of an interview. The full transcript will be coming soon.

Nautica Centar Nava is based in Split, Croatia and is one of the world’s leading Lagoon Dealerships.


09 Oct 2019

Interview with the President of The Catamaran Company

An Interview by Jennifer Irving

The Catamaran Company is one of Reliance Yacht Management’s oldest clients, with a partnership spanning over 20 years. We interviewed the company’s president, Hugh Murray, to discuss what that relationship has meant to them over the years, as well as gain a deeper insight into the workings of the world’s largest catamaran dealer and charter company.

What are the origins of The Catamaran Company and how did you come to be a part of it?

The Catamaran Company was founded in 1989 and grew into the largest retailer of new and used catamarans in the world. I invested in the company and became President in 1996 – a role I continue to this day.

Hugh Murray
Hugh Murray,
On The Catamaran Company website, you claim to be ‘the worldwide leader in all aspects of the catamaran market.’ What is the key to The Catamaran Company’s success? 

We only do one thing and we do that better than anyone else. Most companies try to sell anything that makes them money, but we are solely about catamarans and catamaran experts. We focus entirely on catamarans and offer sales, charter, service, financing and insurance exclusively for catamarans.

How did you come to hear about Reliance Yacht Management and why did you choose to work with them? 

Originally, we imported and sailed all of our boats from France using our own inhouse delivery teams. In the late 90’s we were approached by Nick Irving, the owner of Reliance, who offered to provide a complete delivery service to us. He highlighted that while we concentrated on catamarans, he concentrated on delivery and he was the expert at getting our boats from A to B. We agreed to give him a try and that has continued for over 20 years and Reliance are our exclusive delivery company.

Reliance has recently started working with The Catamaran Company in organising shipments of catamarans to California. But I want to ask, how important is Reliance’s captain-based yacht delivery service to The Catamaran Company’s operations?

We discovered many moons ago that we need to focus on what we do best and to use experts to do the rest. Reliancealways provided us with the best captains and crews for sailing deliveries so when he had to start freighting cats to California it was a whole new ball game. We had the actual shipping companies handle the first few deliveries ourselves to get a feel for it and quickly found out what it entailed and decided we needed someone we could trust to do it for us, so we immediately turned the task over to Reliance. They now provide all shipping services for us, whether on the vessel’s bottom or on a freighter.

You offer a wide range of services for your clients, going above and beyond charter and sales. What effect has the long-standing relationship between The Catamaran Companyand Reliance had on what you are able to offer your clients?

Business is all about trust so when you know you have a “partner” you can rely on; it makes the job a lot easier. It allows us to concentrate on our strengths and know that Relianceare taking care of their end. Their communication with us is exemplary. When problems arise, as they have a habit of doing, we are informed quickly, efficiently and with proposed solutions. That’s people working together, not simply trying to blame others or to cover their asses.

As I previously mentioned, Reliance has been involved in shipping more catamarans out to California for The Catamaran Company in recent months, what is next for you?

I wish I knew…. but I can promise it will be exciting!


Find out more about The Catamaran Company at: https://www.catamarans.com

Read more about Reliance’s new California deliveries for The Catamaran Company here and here

01 Oct 2019

LA Harbor Boat Show

The fourth annual LA Harbor In-Water Boat Show this September was held at the Cabrillo Way Marina in the heart of Los Angeles Harbor and was by all accounts to have been a great success.

It was satifiying to see the yachts we delivered from France to be on display and attracting a great deal of attention. The Catamaran Company had 3 yachts on display, a Gemini, the Astrea 42 from Fountaine Pajot and the Nautitech Open 40

Reliance Yacht Management provided the end to end logistics required to get the yachts from France to California on time, in budget and looking good.

All the best to the Catamaran guys at the show, Monte, Dave, Jonathan, Tom and Brent

Catco LA Harbor

LA Harbor