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.
The Latest Lagoon 630 Motor Yacht departs for Florida .
Reliance Yacht Management was tasked to deliver her safely from the factory in Bordeaux to her final destination in Ft Lauderdale. This involved the coordination of the various elements required to create a seamless, multi model delivery.
After launching, Long Monday required the necessary QC checks and sea trials before she was accepted by the client. Temporary safety equipment was supplied and Reliance Yacht Management moved her up the coast to La Rochelle where she was prepared for loading. Further QC checks were made and protection installed in the vulnerable areas. The dinghy was covered to protect it for the duration of the shipping.
The Captain captured in video the moment it was lifted out of the water on board and secured to the deck.
At every stage Reliance Yacht Management organised and liaised with yacht builder, QC, captains, shipping lines, insurers, port authorities, document agents etc to ensure a smooth transition. Reliance acted as the single point of contact throughout.
In the last few years yacht tracking systems have advanced in leaps and bounds and there are now additional features and benefits as well as improvements in existing features. We have been comparing tracking systems since 2005 and in this time we have delivered hundreds of yachts all over the world for fleet managers, yacht dealers and private owners. As the leading yacht delivery company we are best placed to have an expert and objective view on the subject. (more…)
Along with yacht ownership comes certain responsibilities and requisite services such as insurance, finance and moorings. These are obvious and will come as no surprise, and many will already have at least a minimum understanding of them. The one service that is often overlooked, mis-understood and often forgotten about, almost until the sale is made, is the yacht delivery.
Nick Irving, Director and Founder of Reliance Yacht Management spreads some light on the subject in his recently published article in the September/October 2016 issue of MULTIHULLS Magazine
You’ve decided to buy your first boat. That’s great – well done. Two thirds of the earth’s surface is covered by water, You are now able to see more of the planet than ever before and much more than walking, or by car, or even flying. There are many reasons why people buy yachts, to cruise, to race, to explore, to relax, to live aboard and a good broker will advise what is best for you. Along with yacht ownership comes certain responsibilities and requisite services such as insurance, finance and moorings. These are obvious and will come as no surprise, and many will already have at least a minimum understanding of them. The one service that is often overlooked, mis-understood and often forgotten about, almost until the sale is made, is the delivery.
Seeing the latest 45ft production catamaran at Annapolis in its pristine boat show condition, one can be forgiven for not giving any thought as to how it got there. Walk around any boat show, marina or boat yard in the world and you will see vessels built in France, South Africa, Poland, China, Brazil and many other places. There is no restriction geographically on the yachts available to purchase because of specialist delivery services.
A yacht may undertake one or more mode of transport on its way to market. The first being is to get the yacht from the factory to it natural environment – water. No problem if the manufacturer is right there on the water and no more than a crane and slings are needed. But more often than not yachts are built away from the coast and need to negotiate the public highway.
With the average size of pleasure yachts increasing every year, this becomes an ever increasing challenge to the trucking companies. Specialised trucks have the ability to manoeuvre under, around and over obstacles. It is a regular sight for some residents in the Vendee, France to see 45 ft Catamarans going past, inches from their bedroom windows on their way to Les Sables d’Olonne.
Commissioning completes the building process and launches the boat. So now the boat is in the water and with access to the sea that connects to the rest of the world. A properly designed, built and commissioned yacht can, in the right hands go anywhere in the world.
Professional and specialist delivery captains sail many thousands of miles every year moving yachts to boat shows, dealers, charter fleets and private owners around the world. Commuting to work can be sailing from France to the Caribbean or Cape Town to Florida. It takes a special kind or captain to do this work. A special mind-set is needed for sailing deliveries that is neither cruising nor racing. Every aspect of the job is to get the yacht to the destination safely, efficiently and in perfect condition. Time taken before departure is spent identifying potential areas that need protection.
Stove tops are covered in foil, cushions are removed and stowed or covered in plastic, mattresses covered and yards of pipe insulation are used to protect vulnerable edges. With interiors stripped and protected it will look nothing like the boat you saw at the boat show. There is a good video that we produced a few years ago that shows the whole process.
With 4000nm to go, surfaces are covered and even offcuts from a local carpet store are used to protect the floor. Outside, all cushions are removed and stowed below away from sunlight never to be used on delivery.
So you’ve done your homework, followed up on references, asked your broker for recommendations, read the small print and appointed the delivery company. Now is a leap of faith. You hand over your money and the keys to the boat. Your baby, your dreams, your future happiness is in the hands of others who you may never meet. And the delivery company takes your money and your boat and sails away with it. Sounds scary – but it shouldn’t be. By choosing an established delivery company and not just a private captain you will have the reassurance that there is always someone there at the end of the phone to answer all you questions. The delivery company may set up a dedicated webpage just for you that enables you to follow the delivery as satellite tracking follows your boat. You receive photos, videos, weather updates, ETAs, reports from the captain and support staff. You will be comforted in the fact that a professional captain and shorebased support team have your interests at heart and the boat is in safe and experienced hands. You can relax and enjoy following the delivery live on line, share the anticipation of its arrival with friends and family and engage with the process of it delivery as you see the row dots increase across the screen to the boat’s destination.
There is a good video made by a crewmember that shows life on board a boat on delivery. The cooking, cleaning, and the constant vigilance to keep the boat in great condition.
And then it arrives.
It can take a good 24-48 hours to give the boat a good deep clean, to put the cushions back, put curtains up, remove all the protection and write up the condition reports. The captain has just sailed your boat hundreds or thousands of miles. He knows it. Take time to de brief and get a better understanding of your boat.
Choosing a Yacht Delivery Company is not always straightforward. There are probably hundreds of delivery captains around the world that claim to be capable of delivering your yacht, but there are only a few dozen that will be truly competent. How do you find the best? Not to find the best can be a disaster for your yacht. (more…)
Lagoon Dealer comments on meeting the delivery Captain
I’m still in Les Sables and I have been in contact with the crew since Monday. I think Daniel as the skipper is a good choice, he seems to be mature for the task with the correct attitude and approach from the very beginning.
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Wildberry, the first Sunreef 74 completes delivery to Florida. She arrived yesterday in Ft Lauderdale to complete its 6000 nm delivery from the yard in Poland.
During the 42 day voyage there were planned stopovers in France and Madeira. At each stage the captain created technical reports which gave valuable feedback to the builders.
The builders, the brokers and most importantly, the Owner were able to follow progress of the delivery via a secure dedicated webpage created by Reliance Yacht Management that gave live updates, positions, speed, weather charts and reports from the captain and shore based support.
On arrival and handover in the Florida the Owner’s representative made the comment, “The boat looks good, everyone has done a great job.”
The Owner later said
Nick, we were on the boat yesterday and it looks great. Your delivery crew did a great job of taking care of it. Captain N is a first class delivery captain and I’d highly recommend him to anyone for a delivery. I was especially pleased to see that you took care of the boat as if it was his own and would deliberately slow his delivery time to avoid pushing the boat more than it should be. The thoroughness of his delivery report with the “squawks” of what is broken or may warrant attention, including potential improvements, was exactly what I was hoping for. Nick, if you every need a recommendation for your company or this particular delivery crew; I’d be happy to provide one. thanks B.