The yacht gets pulled to the cargo ship on a special trailer during across the world transfer from factory shipyard.

How is a sailing yacht transferred? 

How do our Moody sailing yachts find their way to their new owners? Depending on the destination and the chosen delivery method, our sailboats get to their new home in different ways. Each yacht transport holds special challenges. We show the three most important delivery routes of the yacht transfer with their special features.

Three Moody yachts sit at anchor in harbor with mirror reflection in the water
Yacht gets lowered into the water by crane at the harbor of Greifswald

Yacht handover in Greifswald

The handover of a new yacht is a special event for many owners. That is why many sailors personally take delivery of their new sailboat in Greifswald, Germany. The shipyard's exclusive delivery pier on the river Ryck offers direct access to the Baltic Sea. Owners have the opportunity to test sail on the Bay of Greifswald with the dealer, and inspect their new yacht personally. This gives customers a chance to make any additional equipment upgrades before setting out, e.g., solar cells, underwater painting or stainless steel work with the specialised companies on site. In addition, the location also offers an opportunity to tour the historic Hanseatic city of Greifswald a so-called “port of entry” – all in- and outward clearance can be carried out via the Wolgast customs office. 
For transfers on the water from Greifswald to a distant port, a transfer crew or an experienced skipper is usually available.

Yacht is transferred by truck from factory through European landscape
Yacht travels by road over snow covered landscape
Yacht arrives at port warehouse on special yacht trailer

Road transfer by truck

If personal collection in northern Germany is out of the question, our experienced partners will deliver the yacht to your dealer or directly to its home port. Moody uses specially equipped trucks and select transport companies for the safe road transport of its yachts. Certain parts of the yacht such as the rigging, keel or rudder blade need to be dismantled in the shipyard and stowed separately before loading. To avoid staining during delivery, the boat can be shrink-wrapped on request in the shipyard. Due to the excess length, the yacht convoy often starts at night for the transfer journey.

A yacht transport by road takes above all planning work. In addition to the exact route planning, permits have to be obtained from local authorities, as the trucks used are considered heavy goods vehicles. This is common, as the loaded cargo can weigh more than 40 tons in total and be up to 24 meters long. If the truck passes an international border, customs papers must be filled out. On many roads, an escort vehicle of the category 3, 4 or the police is also mandatory. On the way, numerous challenges await: often very narrow, winding or steep roads as well as low bridges and difficult weather conditions have to be overcome without damaging the valuable cargo.

Yacht waits to be loaded on cargo ship
Yacht gets lifted by crane onto cargo ship deck
Yacht gets lowered into water on the side of cargo ship
Yacht gets lowered from cargo ship into shipyard
Dry docked yacht waits for transport in shipyard
Yacht skipper waves bye to cargo ship that delivered new yacht
New yacht sits at anchor in harbor after being transferred to the other side of the world

Transfer overseas by cargo ship

Regularly, the future home port cannot be reached by land. The transporter's destination is then the nearest overseas port, for example Bremerhaven in Germany. Frequently chosen destinations are Baltimore, Newport, or Palm Beach in the United States. The sailing yachts come loaded on the deck of a cargo ship. The yacht needs to be loaded specially depending on what type of transfer is made from the cargo ship, either by truck or waterside. For waterside delivery, the yacht gets loaded with its mast upright and the keel in place, in this case the back stay must be detached for the loading and unloading process. Placed on a specially designed scaffold and securely fixed against swells, the yacht remains safely in its position during the entire voyage. Transfer voyages can last many days and visit ports all over the world. From Europe to North America, for example, the voyage takes two to three weeks. In addition to the usual challenges that are inevitable on a sea voyage due to wind and waves, customs regulations, entry requirements and onward transport from the cargo port must be arranged in advance.

Once the yacht has arrived at its destination, our dealers, or the owners themselves, will take over the sailing yacht and take care of the onward transport to its new harbor. There, the yacht gets handed over to its new owners and, if desired, a test sail on the respective waters takes place.

No matter what you decide: Your yacht is in the best hands with our partners and will arrive safely in her new home port thanks to experienced personnel and highly specialized transport vehicles. Talk to your dealer about what delivery route will best suit your needs.

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