Triton January 2016 Vol.12, No.10

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January 2016


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By Dorie Cox Yacht crew in Miami during boat show week will notice several changes this year. Of the two annual shows that will take place Feb. 11-15, one has been renamed and the other is preparing a new location. The show on Collins Avenue, formerly known as the Yacht & Brokerage Show, is being rebranded as Yachts Miami Beach in an effort to highlight its location, but also to separate it from the Miami See MIAMI, page 26

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Cuba, an underwater view UPWARDLY MOBILE: The crew of M/Y Lady J shine during the Antigua Charter Yacht Show with a win from Chef Ben Dineen, second from PHOTO/LJ HOUGHTING left. See more photos page 42.

Captains debate rotations and relief options As much as yachting has changed in the past decade, some facets of it remain stubbornly the same. Time off, especially on yachts with smaller crew, can be challenging to squeeze in. It’s still not uncommon to find crew who have worked several years without a holiday. Sure, we can blame them for not taking a stand or criticize them for allowing themselves to be taken advantage of, but the reality is that it still happens. Some yachts don’t offer much downtime outside of use and maintenance, and some crew - captains especially -- haven’t figured out how to step away without quitting first. So we asked yacht captains gathered for this month’s From the Bridge

From the Bridge Lucy Chabot Reed roundtable discussion how they arrange relief for time off. Not everyone has been successful at it. One captain who has been with the owner for 12 years told a harsh story of what happened about three years ago. “When I had my daughter, I told him months ahead that I will not be here on the due date,” this captain said. When the time came, the owner decided he wanted to use the boat that week. “He billed me for the relief captain for two weeks. I had been with them nine years by then. It hurt.” There was a bit of silence in the

room when he finished, a shaking of heads and questions as to how he dealt with it. “I’ve never been a grass-is-greener kind of guy,” this captain said, “but it kind of reminded me of the relationship we have. So yes, I got relief, but I had to pay for it.” “When I had my daughter, she came two weeks early,” another captain said. “I had the owners onboard, and we pulled the hook, got to shore and he had a cab waiting for me. He flew a relief captain in the next day on his dime.” As always, individual comments are not attributed to any one person in particular so as to encourage frank and open discussion. The attending

See BRIDGE, page 44

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Triton Survey Have you ever lost control of a yacht? No 16% Just once 21%

More than once 63%