Three Dockwise Yacht Transport ships, at full capacity, will arrive during the next week at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale after crossing the Atlantic Ocean with collectively more than $407 million worth of private, charter and dealer-owned vessels aboard.
Several of the boats aboard Dockwise's Super Servant 3, Super Servant 4 and Explorer are bound for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which takes place Oct. 28-Nov. 1. Among them are the Ferretti Group's Pershing 80, 92-foot Riva Duchessa and Ferretti 570 models, which have not been seen in the United States. They will be at the show in the Ferretti Group display at the Bahia Mar.
When the 143-foot Bennetti Idyllwild floats off the ship, it will head for Rybovich in Palm Beach for a full paint job; then it will sail to the Bahamas, where it will replicate a trip it made last year.
For the charter boat Paramour, a 140-foot CMN design built in Cherbourg, France, and managed by Fraser Yacht Services, a two-week break for the crew figured in greatly after 12 weeks of non-stop chartering in the Mediterranean
Dockwise has four yacht carriers, including the 686-foot super ship YachtExpress. The ships use the float on/float off loading method, which allows yachts of any size to be safely floated on and off as cargo.
The carriers submerge themselves by pumping 9 million gallons of water into their ballast tanks; the vessels are floated into place one by one, then sea-fastened before the ship pumps dry to prepare for boat transport. The process is reversed to allow the yachts to safely disembark once they reach their destination.
Fort Lauderdale-based Dockwise Yacht Transport specializes in the maritime transport of private luxury yachts and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dockwise Ltd.