Discover Benelux | Issue 9 | September 2014

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Discover Benelux | Special Theme | Yacht Design & Engineering

A synchronised dance from A to B BY EMMIE COLLINGE | PRESS PHOTOS

As the seas glisten with glamorous vessels, boasting some of the most charming interiors and adventurous souls, it’s only right that these yachts should be transported in style too, with the highest standards of safety and security. Conceived 25 years ago as a response to the rising demand from conscientious yacht owners, the Amsterdam-based Sevenstar Yacht Transport has steadily evolved into the world leader of lift-on-lift-off yacht shipping. Now partnered with DYT, whose float-on-float-off style of transport is equally popular, the Dutch company Sevenstar, an independent subsidiary of Spliethoff, benefits greatly from its ability to call upon the services of their fellow divisions worldwide. “Even if all of our yacht carriers are in action then we’ll certainly be able to source an alternative option,” explains Sevenstar’s Carla Domburg. She cites the most popular routes from Europe to the USA, the

Caribbean, Australia and Hong Kong, but “anywhere is possible”. Passionate sailors, she and her husband recently undertook a Sevenstar Contest around-the-world trip, during which they relied upon Sevenstar’s services. “We loaded it in Palm Beach, missing out the notoriously windy section to avoid burdening the boat, and three days later we set off again from St Thomas,” he says with a gleam in his eye. The process of transporting yachts is almost as impressive as the trips undertaken and the company refers to it as a “synchronised dance”. Magnificent structures ensure that few yachts are too large or too heavy, and while current maximums are 52 metres and 640 tonnes, Domburg says assuredly that options are always available.