Yesterday one of our captains, Karl Reed, picked up a Neel 47 trimaran from Baltimore. We shipped the boat across the Atlantic from Les Sables d’Olonne, France. Karl will continue its journey, delivering the boat to Maine. The boat arrived safe and sound and we wish Karl a safe journey up the east coast.
We are proud to announce that today we are collecting the beautiful Sunreef 50 Adana from the yard in Gdansk, Poland by one of our specialist catamaran captains, Hanna Golebiewska. This is the latest in several Sunreefs we have been contracted to deliver. Adana will be delivered to Athens where Hanna will brief the charter captain on systems and operations. More details.
If you own a yacht along the US Atlantic Seaboard or in the Caribbean then you should be asking yourself that question now. Planning is essential and especially with COVID 19 restrictions affecting so many areas.
Pleasure sailing is almost banned in the Caribbean and travel is severely restricted. Flights are hard to find and many islands impose 14 days quarantine. So what do you need to do?
What Reliance Yacht Management can do is advise you what is possible and put together a plan of action to get your boat safe. We have a worldwide network of local contacts in all the major yachting destinations.
If you plan to leave your yacht in place during the season but cannot travel to prepare it, contact Reliance Yacht Management. There is a good chance that we can provide a local service to prepare your yacht and monitor it during the season.
If you plan to move your yacht for the season contact Reliance Yacht Management for an assessment and delivery proposal.
It’s important to be proactive and to keep your yacht protected before the hurricane season.
We put together a short checklist;
Take a look at your insurance policy to see if there are geographical restrictions during the season and if you are required to follow a course of action in order to comply with the terms.
Check your marina’s policy for hurricanes. The time is now to learn if you need to vacate for the hurricane season.
Check all emergency equipment is working, such as radios, first aid kit, and flashlights. Make a list with each item’s location on board. You may need to give this document to others.
If you plan to move your boat, plan now. Book the delivery in good time.
If you are not going to move your boat, who will be looking after it?
Plan what will be removed from your yacht and stowed on board or ashore – sails, biminis, tenders etc,
Make an inventory of the property on your boat. Smart phones are excellent to record with photos or video.
Put all important legal documents including licenses, rental agreement, insurance policy, registration, in a secure container on board or ashore
Reliance Yacht Management is here to assist and advise
Every October sailors from around the world gather in beautiful downtown historic Annapolis to celebrate yachting. This internationally recognized and prestigious boat show is acknowledged as one of the world’s important boat shows. If there is only one boatshow you you vist in the US whether as a visitor of as an exhibitor this show is essential.
This year the show is open from October 8-12
Is the Annapolis Boat Show Worth It?
Yes – no doubt. The Annapolis Boat Show is every boater’s dream. As an exhibitor you will be amongst the latest sailboats, from cruising yachts, to race boats, to catamarans. It is a unique opportunity to meet like-minded people. As a dealer or charter fleet manager, the show is an excellent opportunity to showcase your range and services with others, and keep up to date with the latest trends in the industry. But getting your yacht there can be a challenge.
Why Getting There on Yourself Is a Bad Idea
Yacht delivery requires a certain set of skills and resources to get the job done. Our yacht captains all hold professional qualification and have the relevant experience to ensure your yacht is is the best possible hands. If your yacht is being shipped, we work with all the major ( and minor) freight companies coordinating transfers, loading, waybills, offloading, cargo insurance etc. all the logistics that make the delivery smooth and hassle free.
Working with a Professional Team
Reliance Yacht Management is the professional yacht delivery company and best placed to take care of your boat movements. Our experience, knowledge and recognised business standards.
We are the largest yacht transport carrier in the world and have completed thousands of jobs with a perfect record.
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.
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!
The beautiful new Fountaine Pajot Astrea 42 arrives in San Diego from France. The multi modal delivery included trucking from the factory to La Rochelle, crewed delivery to Antwerp, Ship to San Diego and finally the transfer from ship’s side to marina for the handover to client. A very happy client.
At Reliance we make it our central goal to give our clients the smoothest and most efficient delivery service possible; we take care of all logistical concerns so our clients don’t have to, tailoring our service to meet each individual clients’ needs.
Last week Cpt. Justin did just that. While on delivery from Puerto Rico to Jacksonville, Fl, Justin and his crew were accompanied the yacht’s owners. Justin not only delivered the yacht with the greatest care and professionalism, but really showcased how important the client experience is to a Reliance delivery.
While the clients were aboard, Cpt. Justin took the time to make sure that they got the most out of their experience. They were not just simply passengers on Cpt. Justin’s logistical delivery, but active participants in discovering all the yacht had to offer under the guidance and helping hand of a professional captain. As the owners explained, Justin ‘is very knowledgeable of yachts and is an expert ship handler. He imparted much good, practical help and advice for our yacht and was overall a pleasure to sail with.’
Cpt. Justin provided a unique opportunity for our clients to gain tailored knowledge and experience of their new yacht from a professional who had sailed it right alongside them. By sailing with a professional, our clients have time to find their sea legs and learn about their new purchase while still finding joy in the experience.
The client was keen to emphasize how ‘safety conscious’ Cpt. Justin was, picking the best routes and providing a calming presence. He was especially ‘patient’ with one of the owners, ‘who was on her first multi-day passage.’
Our clients were provided with a professional but personalized experience, instantly set at ease by Justin and his crew who were not only knowledgeable and professional, but pleasant and ‘a good fisherman’, on Fabio’s part.
The client’s final remarks on Cpt. Justin’s conduct speak for themselves:
Cpt. Justin was a true professional in every sense of the word. His knowledge, expertise and skill were above reproach; coupled with his attitude and demeanor, he is a credit to your company. The mate Fabio was the perfect complement to Justin. I strongly recommend you endeavor to keep both in your employ, focused on delivery with owners on board.
Cpt. Justin went further than simply delivering the boat, but by accompanying the clients onboard their first journey, he tailored his own knowledge, expertise and skill around our client’s specific yacht, and their own personal needs. He was able to test the yacht, check its safety features, its engine, make sure if it was running at its optimum – an incomparable service.
If you would like to find out more about owner assisted passages contact us, all our details are on the website.
Last week Captain Kenneth Hoiem completed a delivery of a Saba 50 from Guadeloupe to Fort Lauderdale. The boat’s owners were aboard, and from start to finish Kenneth greatly impressed them with his level of care and professionalism. They were above and beyond happy with the service he provided.
Captain Hoiem is absolutely stellar in every respect. Astounding professionalism. He inspires confidence.
Captain Hoiem aboard the Saba 50 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Delivering a boat by sail rather than freight stringently tests it, and by a seasoned professional in its natural habitat. Our captains ensure to deliver boats in better conditions than that under which they received them. They take every opportunity to clean, recondition and repair the boat along the way so that by the time it glides lovingly into the owners’ arms there is nothing left to do but enjoy!
The owners of this Saba 50 saw that process from start to finish and enjoyed every moment of Captain Hoiem’s ‘stellar’ delivery, inspiring their confidence and trust from the beginning.
Captain Hoiem and the owner enjoying the evening sun aboard.