I have investigated and kept up ever the last 10 year on the subject shipping my boat
rather than crossing oceans. I found there are 3 ways to do it.
#1 and the most known is Dockwise Transport and their float on/off vessels. They are the premium way and charge premium rates. By the way my same size vessel as Akio.... was quoted by DYT in 2004 at US$40K while the 42' boat
next to me in a Trinidad marina was quoted US$20K. Seems that at that time DYT had a breakpoint at 50' LOA
that doubled the price. I have read recently of 40 footers from USA to AUS being charges around US$60K.
#2 way is as mast-up deck
cargo on a freighter. They used to run about 20 to 25% cheaper than DYT which was significant money
. Peter and Mays in Tortola BVI
handles this for the Caribbean.
#3 way is on Container Ships. This is the least expensive way to ship but the more involved and complicated way. It involves 3 different processes: Hauling the boat, taking down the mast(s) and prepping the exterior and interior
. The another company comes in and builds a custom cradle
to hold your boat that matches the attachment points and size of a container and they normally arrange to transport the boat from boatyard to the port container ship terminal. Finally, you "rent" as many "container" spaces on the ship as needed to accommodate your boat. The rate for container spaces 10 years ago was US$5K each. At the destination
you reverse the process. Many boat manufacturers use the Container Ship option as it is the cheapest and they have the facilities and cradles to do the first two steps.