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Old 02-25-2019, 06:17 PM   #1
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United Yacht transport reviews

I am considering using them to ship my boat. Please let me know your experiences with them. Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-25-2019, 10:25 PM   #2
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I used them from FLL to Ensenada. The ship was delayed a few times but all and all not a bad experience. I had a lawyer friend read over the contact... She pretty much said it was horrible from the clients standpoint. Bottom line make sure you are fully insured for everything if anything goes wrong. Theyíre not liable for anything.
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I am considering using them to ship my boat. Please let me know your experiences with them. Thanks in advance!
I just went through the research and shopping process to move my boat next month. I talked to all the players and Iím going with Peters and May. Through the quote and interview process they were great; no BS, lots of knowledge and experience, didnít criticize the competition, and pricing at least as good as others. United didnít check those boxes for me.

My boat likely ends up on the same freighter regardless of who I contract with. I had multiple referrals to Peters and May and so far I am pleased. I wasnít as impressed with United but thatís one manís opinion. Others have had good experiences with them.
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I'm also evaluating a new P&M contract right now. So far I've been happy with the very professional discussions.
I believe UYT is affiliated with Dockwise (same parent company?).
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I'm also evaluating a new P&M contract right now. So far I've been happy with the very professional discussions.
I believe UYT is affiliated with Dockwise (same parent company?).
No United is not affiliated with Dockwise or Sevenstar, which are under the same ownership.

United is the successor to Yacht Path which had an ignominious death. They do miss times by greater amounts than Seven Star and have been known to cancel runs but for their regular runs are reasonably dependable. Just insure yourself against everything and I'd do that with any carrier. That includes insuring yourself against the company not paying the ship and your boat being held. United would not be my first choice but on certain routes they might be the best choice.

There are other providers too who use a large variety of shippers. Quite a few booking agents in South Florida. The only one I'm aware of that owns their own ships is Sevenstar/Dockwise.

Where are you shipping from and where to? That can factor into determining your best option.
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Thanks BandB, glad you corrected me.
I don’t want to take over the OP which is about UYT, so I’ll pm you.
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Be sure to get your fly bridge “shrink wrapped “ with plastic. Your boat will come back coated in salt spray, so shrink wrapping anything critical is well worth the extra money.
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Can folks who have done this talk about the price of their shipping. I keep hearing about last minute deals, or back-haul rates, but have yet to find any. Looking to ship to Europe.

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I just booked with United Yacht transport. I found them to be professional. They were firm in their price until I did extensive research and found a cheaper price with one on the big companies. They matchrd the price.

My biggest issue is whether or not they will keep the time frame they committed to. Insurance company requires the boat out of Florida by June 1st. The sailing is supposed to be May 15-30. UYT competition tells me there is no ship scheduled for then. UYT tells me there is. I don’t know who to believe.

I hope it’s not a case of the ship continuing to get “delayed’. I essentially don’t have much of a choice at this point to rely on their word and move forward. I’ll keep you all posted.
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I just booked with United Yacht transport. I found them to be professional. They were firm in their price until I did extensive research and found a cheaper price with one on the big companies. They matchrd the price.

My biggest issue is whether or not they will keep the time frame they committed to. Insurance company requires the boat out of Florida by June 1st. The sailing is supposed to be May 15-30. UYT competition tells me there is no ship scheduled for then. UYT tells me there is. I donít know who to believe.

I hope itís not a case of the ship continuing to get ďdelayedí. I essentially donít have much of a choice at this point to rely on their word and move forward. Iíll keep you all posted.
Odds are probably 80/20 against it making the June 1 date. Relying on their word for dates has not generally worked out well. You better work out a plan in advance for your insurance beyond June 1. I hope your luck proves my reservations unwarranted, but I would strongly advise you not to bet on it.
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Can folks who have done this talk about the price of their shipping. I keep hearing about last minute deals, or back-haul rates, but have yet to find any. Looking to ship to Europe.
I've been checking for about a year to keep an ear out for opportunities, from Caribbean/Florida to Asia or Europe for us. I've found no cheap "back-haul" or "last minute" deals. This even two weeks before a scheduled shipping date for multiple companies.

All the discussion on those sort of phrases seem to be "oh that was years ago, the industry hasn't done that for some time. It was common before the global meltdown and almost non-existent since. We can't afford to run like that now."

We had similar words with brokers who claimed half price last minute or back rates. None of them was able to come through with one.
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I used them to ship my new boat from Fort Lauderdale to Ensenada. They delayed the ship dates three times (75 days) . This put me in hurricane season with out insurance. Had to beg my insurance to help cover me. Talk to insurance company before you book about this risk.
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