May 2020

Sailing with a dog


If you are a dog owner, then you’ll understand that sometimes it’s really tough leaving your best buddy behind when you  set off cruising – after all our four-legged friends are often a huge part of the family. So in this blog we will take a look at the practical, administrative and fun (!) [...]

Sailing with a dog2020-05-31T23:13:24+00:00

Yacht Delivery Checklist


Before departing on any yacht delivery OceanTrax will thoroughly check the systems and mechanics onboard. To ensure we inspect all areas we use our yacht delivery checklist which we have made available to download to print or keep on a tablet/PC Our checklist is by no means comprehensive and will vary from boat to boat [...]

Yacht Delivery Checklist2020-06-06T19:47:57+00:00

April 2020

Rudder Failure In The Baltic


The following is an account of total rudder failure, which occurred on a delivery undertaken by OceanTrax. The manufacturer of the yacht is not mentioned on purpose, as this article is about the actions we took in this situation rather than assigning blame. The Delivery The yacht in this event was new and commissioned [...]

Rudder Failure In The Baltic2020-05-31T23:40:42+00:00

Check Your Rigging


Before departing on any yacht delivery it is essential to check your rigging. Failure of the rig at sea can cause major safety issues and extensive damage to a vessel. Insurance companies recommend changing your standing rigging every ten years, but there are plenty of circumstances that could cause a rig to fail long before [...]

Check Your Rigging2020-05-31T23:43:30+00:00

Yacht Delivery Watchkeeping


One of the key factors for a successful yacht delivery or any long distance passage is an effective watch system. There are many different options and systems but unfortunately there is no system that is perfect for all conditions. Depending on the type of vessel, equipment on board and climate, adaptions may have to be [...]

Yacht Delivery Watchkeeping2020-05-31T23:44:22+00:00

March 2020

Preparing For A Boat Delivery


When preparing for a boat delivery OceanTrax has a comprehensive checklist to work through to minimise any problems which may occur when underway. Below is an outline of the areas we look at and items we check. HULL Topsides are inspected for gel coat, paint damage and any stress fractures. Cosmetic damage is photographed and logged [...]

Preparing For A Boat Delivery2020-06-06T21:04:16+00:00