We've all faced this problem: Having to fire the captain of your yacht. Maybe he got too uppity, or brought you a little closer to the Bermuda Triangle than you'd like, or couldn't seem to keep the boat steady during that storm and you broke another Faberge egg. Whatever the reason, you had to give him the heave-ho when you got back to port.
This can happen at inconvenient times. Maybe you sacked him while docked in Miami, but the Sultan of Brunei's birthay party is in two weeks in the south of France, and you need to get your yacht over there posthaste. You'll never find a new captain in time. What to do?
Help is here from DYT Yacht Transport. The Fort-Lauderdale-based company has designed a special yacht transportation carrier—the world's first, they reckon—that is a purpose-built version of the semi-submersible ships we looked at here. The design enables "float-on/float-off" loading, which looks like this:
[Super Servant 4] has an impressive length of 209 meters (685.7 ft) and a beam of 32.2 meters (106 ft). Your yacht is safely accommodated between spray covers in the dock bay, which measures at 165 meters (541 ft) long and 31 meters (102 ft) wide. With a deck space of 5,115 square meters (55,060 ft) DYT is able to transport more yachts in one voyage. The ballasting and deballasting processes are carried out by four main ballast pumps.
This sophisticated yacht delivery vessel is designed to have a service speed of 18 knots, meaning that a trans-Atlantic voyage from the Mediterranean to Florida/Caribbean with this ultra modern yacht carrier will be greatly reduced from 15 to 10 days! Owners can enjoy the advantage of extra riders on board to accompany the yacht during the voyage and they get to enjoy our state-of-the-art facilities.
Once you're in Monaco, if you know what you're doing you can probably win someone else's yacht captain in a card game. Boom. Problem solved.
A Ship that Changes Its Orientation—From Horizontal to Vertical