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OceanTrax Boat Delivery UK offer a first class worldwide vessel relocation service for sailing and power boats. Whether it’s a small coastal trip or an ocean crossing, all deliveries are carried out with meticulous care and attention. Safety for the vessel and crew is always paramount. We are used by individuals and businesses and operate to the highest standards ensuring we understand and fulfil our clients’ requirements and expectations.

We aim to make the delivery of your boat as smooth as possible with clear concise pricing and high level of professionalism from initial contact to end hand over.

A Typical Boat Delivery

Delivery passages are undertaken with a minimum of three crew, on transatlantic crossings and when insurance requests it that may be four crew. The Skipper will always be RYA/MCA Yachtmaster or higher qualified and will have been assessed by OceanTrax Boat Delivery UK and matched to a vessel suitable to their experience. The First Mate will be fully qualified and have the relevant experience to work as First Mate. Deckhands will be from Day Skipper level upwards and assessed on experience.

Before Delivery

Before departure, crew will thoroughly check the vessel using our detailed checklist, including the safety equipment and onboard systems before provisioning and preparing the vessel for the forthcoming passage. This process usually takes 24 hours. At this stage, if any problems are found which may effect the delivery the owner will be alerted and a solution found. Woodwork and upholstery below deck is protected in foam padding and bubble wrapped to avoid damage while at sea.

This protection is particularly important on new vessels. Rigs are thoroughly checked and split pins taped to avoid damage to sails. Mast spreaders are also often wrapped to avoid rubbing marks on sails. Our guide to the checks you can carry out on your rig can be found here.


Once underway, a boat delivery usually runs for 24 hours without stops unless weather does not permit. A watch system will be put in place – this is at the skipper’s discretion and will be suitable to the vessel, number of crew, length of passage and weather. Each delivery has a time allocated and an estimated rate of progress. For sail boats, this progress will be under sail whenever possible. However, if the wind is light the engine will be used to maintain the schedule.

During a boat delivery we will keep you informed of progress at every available opportunity. The safety of the vessel and crew is always paramount and it is our priority not to over-stress a vessel. Our skippers understand this and will always make judgements based on the crew, vessel and prevailing weather conditions. On arrival at the end destination, a detailed Condition Report will be available to the owner and the vessel will be thoroughly cleaned.


OceanTrax Boat Delivery UK is used and recommended by many boat builders and brokers. We have extensive experience of collecting new yachts for clients from many boat yards worldwide to deliver to brokers, owners and boat shows.

Our experienced boat delivery skippers can recommend, organise and provide necessary safety items and equipment. We offer unbiased advice and checks on behalf of an owner on handover checking condition, installations and inventory.


Over the years OceanTrax Boat Delivery UK has gained valuable experience of customs clearance procedures and VAT. We can ensure all the correct paperwork is onboard for a smooth delivery.

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Recent Boat Deliveries


OceanTrax Boat Delivery UK sailed this newly commissioned Legend 40 from Hayling Island, England, to Port d’Andratx, Mallorca. Before departing care was taken to ensure the vessel was delivered in “as new” condition to be handed over to the new owner. All surfaces protected and padded to prevent damage to the varnish and seats, cushions covered. The delivery took a total of 12 days.

Legend 40 yacht delivery from Southampton to Majorca by OceanTrax berthed in Spain for refuelling after crossing the Bay of Biscay

Taswell 49 YACHT DELIVERY FROM Lisbon to Portsmouth

OceanTrax Boat Delivery UK delivered this Taswell 49 from Lisbon, Portugal, to Portsmouth, UK. The yacht delivery took a total of 5 days for the new owner on one of those rare yacht occasions that was downwind the whole way.

Yacht delivery Taswell 49 from Cascais Portugal to Hamble

Jeanneau 509 YACHT DELIVERY FROM Gibraltar to Southampton

OceanTrax Boat Delivery UK delivered this Jeanneau 509 from Gibraltar to Southampton, UK. The yacht delivery took a total of 12 days against headwinds the whole way.

Yacht delivery of Jeanneau 509 from Gibraltar to Southampton refuelling in Lagos Portugalng


Dudley Dix 47. A challenging boat delivery as this vessel was home built and had been standing unused in Spain for nearly ten years. On the passage to Amsterdam the vessel had many issues from electrical to the dreaded diesel bug however OceanTrax skipper and crew were able to cope with all the difficulties, cross Biscay in January and complete the delivery in 15 days.

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OceanTrax Boat Delivery UK have been involved with this vessel from the construction stage, present for the launch and sea trails we then delivered her from Almeria to Portsmouth in 10 days, including a stop in Cadiz for the 50 hour new engine service. When back in the UK the vessel was then used as a demonstration model for the brand and OceanTrax was called on again to deliver her to the Southampton Boat Show. The plan was then to deliver the vessel to her new home in Montreal, Canada however due to unforseen circumstances and the COVID-19 pandemic OceanTrax is currently managing her in the UK and overseeing some engineering work until the final delivery can be completed.

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Recently completed by OceanTrax Boat Delivery UK this newly commissioned Legend 30 from Portsmouth to Cardiff. The new owner was keen to have his boat before Christmas so this winter delivery was carried out the week before arriving in Cardiff on the 23rd of December, taking 2 and 1/2 days

Boat Delivery UK


One of OceanTrax Boat Delivery UK repeat customers, originally we delivered this Island Packet from Southampton to Milford Haven when the new owners purchased her. A year later we were called on again to help the owners deliver her to Largs, Scotland.

Boat Delivery UK

X-YACHTS YACHT DELIVERY From Haslar to Kiel, Germany

Another winter delivery, OceanTrax Boat Delivery UK completed the delivery of this X-Yacht from Haslar Marina to Kiel, through the Kiel canal in January completing the delivery in 5 days after losing a day in Ostend due to bad weather and only being able to transit the Kiel canal in daylight hours.

Sasga 42 YACHT DELIVERY From Menorca to Portsmouth

Part of OceanTrax Boat Delivery UK berth to berth service. This Sasga was shipped from Menorca to Southampton where we took delivery of her and over saw the launch from the transport ship, she was then delivered to Haslar Marina.

Later that year OceanTrax was called on again to deliver her from Portsmouth to the Southampton Boat Show.

Boat delivery UK

Jeanneau 409 YACHT DELIVERY From Frejus, France to Swansea, UK

OceanTrax Boat Delivery UK undertook this yacht delivery for Yachts Co of a Jeanneau 409 from Frejus, southern France to Swansea in the UK, including travel time to and from the vessel the delivery was completed in 3 weeks.

Jeanneau yacht delivery

Legend 36 YACHT DELIVERY From Southsea to cork, ireland

Delivered to Cork, Ireland from Southsea this Legend 36 gave us one of the best sails of the year with a nice force 4-5 easterly wind all the way, giving us a downwind sail to Lands End followed by a beam/broad reach all the way to Cork, one of those rare classic yacht deliveries where everything goes just right!

Boat Delivery UK

YACHT DELIVERY of Bowman 40 From Glasson Basin to Beaulieu

OceanTrax yacht delivery undertook the delivery of this Bowman 40 from Glasson Basin to Beaulieu, completed in just three and a half days for the new owner.

Bowman yacht delivery


Another challenging boat delivery, carried out in the early spring when the weather was still very cold, this newly commissioned Sedna was delivered from Poland to Norway across the Baltic sea. OceanTrax delivery crews faced snowstorms and freezing weather at night along with a rudder failure! However the delivery was completed and the vessel safely arrived in Norway.

Boat Delivery UK


A winter boat delivery, Jeanneau 389 and 419 from Gouvia marina, Corfu to Swansea, UK. OceanTrax yacht delivery crews worked throughout the Christmas and New Year period, through the COVID pandemic and the winter weather to deliver these two yachts back to the UK.

Jeanneau boat delivery

“OceanTrax have now undertaken several yacht deliveries for us in the UK and throughout Europe and on each occasion provided a very professional service. It is invaluable for us to work with a company that we can trust, not only just to deliver the boat, but to hand it over to the customer in shipshape condition. We will certainly continue to use their services…”

Nick Edgington, Managing Director - Marlow Legend Yachts

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