Most dogs are content with a plot of land behind their house, walks through the neighborhood and the occasional romp on the beach when the weather is nice, but I’m not most dogs. I am Marina, a six-year-old Golden Retriever, and I consider the Atlantic Ocean my backyard andÂ Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT)Â the most appropriate vehicle for making outings at sea with my caretaker Cliff Rome (Kodiak, Alaska) aboard our Delta-70 motoryachtÂ OASIS.
Cliff has been my best friend since puppyhood, teaching me how to walk the cat-walk, swim off the back of the ship and help him on the boat whenÂ DYTÂ is underway. Before me, Cliff took care of another Golden Retriever who logged 80,000 nautical miles at sea. Currently I have about 30,000 under my collar and room for much more.
The reason we like using DYT is because we can predict our time of arrival to a givenÂ destinationÂ and there is no time wasted having to do maintenance when we get there. Instead, once our boat is situated, I jump right in to the dingy and eye Cliff until he gives in and takes me ashore.
Offshore expeditions are no easy task and a canine lacking sea legs will not fare well during the long journeys from port to port. In 2008, during a DYT passage, onboard theÂ Super Servant 4, I went 53 hours underway without stopping to go ashore and on the same trip injured my knee aboard our boat, but nothing will stop me from making these voyages. Cliff once told me that about 15 to 20 years ago, the Russian commercial boats brought dogs along as companions for the crew and that, like them, I am a true dog of the sea. Two to three times a day, I hike up several flights of stairs to visit with the officers on duty and play in the mess hall with the crew. From the treats they feed me when I make a visit, I have a good feeling that my company is appreciated.
Sometimes it can be lonely in the middle of the ocean, and I miss stalking down squirrels, rolling around in the dirt, and playing with other dogs, but travelling aboardÂ DYTÂ is the life for me due to my ear condition which prevents me from flying; I wouldn’t trade it for all the treats in the sea.Â
More about DYT
Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT), headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, specializes in the maritime transport of private luxury yachts and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dockwise Ltd., a Bermuda incorporated company that is the leading marine contractor providing total transport services to the offshore, onshore and yachting industries as well as installation services of extremely heavy offshore platforms.
DYT’s globalÂ yacht transport routesÂ for its semi-submersibles include theÂ U.S. East CoastÂ (Newport, Rhode Island and Port Everglades, Florida), theÂ MediterraneanÂ (Toulon, France; Genoa and Taranto, Italy; Marmaris, Turkey; Palma de Mallorca, Spain), the Bahamas (Freeport), theÂ CaribbeanÂ (St. Thomas and Martinique) , the Pacific West Coast (Golfito, Costa Rica; La Paz and Ensenada, Mexico; and Vancouver, B.C., Canada) and theÂ South PacificÂ (Papeete, Tahiti; Auckland, New Zealand; and Brisbane, Australia).
With additional lift-on, lift-off offerings, DYT has serviced the following ports: Dubai (UAE), Genoa (Italy), Jacksonville (Florida), Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Phuket and Singapore (Thailand), and Southampton (UK).
Since its maiden voyage in 1987, the company has transported over 11,000 motor and sailing yachts to various destinations around the globe, offering owners and charterers safe and easy access to many of the world’s premier cruising grounds. Along withÂ area representativesÂ around the globe, DYT hasÂ additional operatingÂ officesÂ in Italy, Martinique and Newport (R.I.).