Dockwise Yacht Transport and Floating Life, a match made in heaven
Some unions are meant to be, and when Floating Life was introduced to Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT) a year and a half ago, it became clear, almost immediately, that this match between two corporate dynamos would be one made in heaven. Floating Life, with offices in Switzerland, Italy, Monaco and Shanghai, offers comprehensive management and technical services to an international clientele of yacht owners, and in so doing it demands the highest degree of professional competence from its own employees as well as any outside entity that becomes involved with the company’s coordination of countless technical, administrative and logistical details.
In the case of transporting Floating Life’s three 131’ (41 meter) Norman Foster-designed motor yachts back and forth between the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, there is no other yacht transport company with which Floating Life would rather involve itself than DYT.
According to Floating Life President Barbara Tambani, the reasons go far beyond Dockwise Yacht Transport’s unique ability to safely “float” yachts on and off of their own giant semi-submersible yacht carriers. “When you offer a service, you have to be competent at what you are doing,” she said, with a nod to DYT’s gloved-hand approach and devotion to details. “In our particular case, losing 20 days of time because something went wrong creates many more problems than you might expect.”
Tambani explained that MY Ocean Emerald, MY Ocean Pearl and MY Ocean Sapphire are the basis of Floating Life’s unique fractional ownership program, by which 24 families – eight per boat – have owner access to the yachts for a certain number of days a year. “The reality is that it is not often that yacht owners have an opportunity to use their boats more than 30 days a year, 45 max: typically several weekends and then maybe a month extended vacation somewhere. With fractional ownership, they can choose their dates on the calendar, the running costs are split between families, and basically a 40 meter yacht is enjoyed for the same cost as running a 20 meter yacht.”
Greece, Sardinia and the south of France will be the three locations where Floating Life owners can enjoy time aboard their yachts this summer. Toward that end, both Ocean Emerald and Ocean Pearl completed a voyage in March from Martinique to Toulon aboard DYT’s Super Servant 4.
“It is a complex way of managing, but it is working very well,” said Tambani. “The mission of Floating Life is to enable yacht owners to enjoy their yachting safely and reliably, and with Dockwise as our partner, we are always confident in our plans with this program.”