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Crew drug use is black, white and gray issue Six crew members on the 301-foot Tatoosh were asked to resign their positions in January after they tested positive for cocaine use, according to news reports and crew members familiar with the yacht. In light of the news, we asked the captains gathered From the Bridge for our monthly Lucy Chabot Reed Bridge luncheon how they handle signs of drug use and abuse on their yachts. As always, individual comments are not attributed to any one person in particular so as to encourage frank and open discussion. The attending captains are identified in a photograph on page A28. The conversation started abruptly. “How can there be a discussion about it?” one captain said of illegal drug use. “It’s just no.” Then there was a pause. A long pause. “What do you do when your owner is on deck smoking a joint?” another captain asked. Welcome to the gray area. Though the topic over lunch was introduced to focus on how captains handle substance use and abuse among crew, the conversation first turned to owners and guests. “It’s part of the culture with young crew who have disposable income,” one captain said. “But drugs and guests put captains in awkward situations. You have to handle it tactfully.” One captain has approached a guest using drugs on the boat and said “Can we take you to the beach so you can enjoy the evening and the moonlight?” “If they resist, you have to let them know they could cost the owner his boat,” this captain said. “This is my boat, my career, my license,” another said. “I’m not going to jail so you can have a joint.” Most captains suggested setting a zero tolerance standard with the owner

See THE BRIDGE, page A28

Setting sail

Changes coming

Young sailors start a lifetime’s passion.

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No answers on Princess Gigi, Electra cases

Sitting Pretty? S/Y Legacy, the 156foot Perini Navi pushed into the national marine sanctuary north of the Florida Keys during Hurricane Wilma, remained there in February. Held upright with no fewer than six lines, the yacht rests in a few feet of water. Wilma blew the yacht to this position on Oct. 24. It was unclear if the owner was still onboard. PHOTOS/LUCY REED

By Lucy Chabot Reed The Bahamas claimed another yacht last month when M/Y Princess GiGi took on water and rolled under on Feb. 6. All eight crew members aboard the 124-foot Trident were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard. Neither salvors nor attorneys for the yacht would comment on the incident so it is still unclear what caused the yacht to take on water. According to sources in the area, she has been righted and saved. Another motoryacht wasn’t so fortunate. M/V Electra, an expedition-style yacht of about 100 feet, was a total loss after breaking in two upon salvage in February. Electra hit the reef entering the Lyford Cay channel on Jan. 14 and quickly took on water. According to crew members in the area at the time, she was the only boat on the water late that afternoon. Winds were estimated at about 30 to 40 knots with 9- to 10foot seas. The eight guests and crew were rescued by passing vessels. By the time salvors reached her with a barge crane a few days later, another storm was brewing and salvage operations had to be suspended, said Marcus of Overseas Salvage, which worked the wreck. That second storm broke the aluminum-hulled craft in two. The See ELECTRA, page A27

Triton immigration seminar set for March 14 By Lucy Chabot Reed Foreign yacht crew coming into the United States know this story. It begins on a sunny South Florida day as their yacht pulls into port. They travel with their captain to the immigration office to clear in. Some days the captain takes their passport to the counter while they wait. Some days they are called to the counter to do it themselves. Some days they get a smile and a few procedural queries. Some days they get a frown

and a lot of questions. On all days, they cross their fingers and hope for the best. It’s time to let the U.S. Department of Homeland Security know just what yacht crew deal with when their yacht calls on an American port. The Triton is hosting its second annual customs and immigration seminar from 10 a.m. to noon March 14 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. We’ve invited a panel of high-ranking officials from the U.S. Coast Guard as well as customs and immigration to

answer questions about the seemingly inconsistent clearing-in procedures. Come hear the latest developments. Watch www.the-triton.com or sign up for our weekly e-mail blast for details about registration. “A boat just arrived this morning from the Bahamas behind us,” said one veteran captain in Ft. Lauderdale recently for some yard work. Though he and his crew got stamped in for one month, the crew on the next yacht were cleared in for six. “Go figure.”


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Crew comings and goings a long time coming, going Capt. Conor Craig took over command of the 168-foot (51m) classic Feadship Double Haven on Feb. 1, a post that was more than a year in the coming. Craig has worked on Double Haven on and off since 1999. (For more about that, read his story on page B3.) When Double Haven’s Latitude former captain, Adjustment Steve Janzan, Lucy Chabot Reed announced he would retire, the owner of the Hong Kong-based yacht called Craig to take the helm. Craig and Janzan worked together for the past year as the yacht was in the yard in Miami switching out its generators, getting a paint job and taking care of myriad improvements. (For more about Double Haven’s yard time, see story on page A8.) So now Craig will take over as the yacht sets sail for the Caribbean this spring and Eastern Canada this summer. Congratulations Capt. Craig.

mountain homes and land.” Good luck to you all. If anyone wants to reach Capt. Lawson, try 706-6322465 or taylorlawson30@gmail.com. Denise Fox is now first mate on M/Y Janie, the 157-foot Trinity. Fox, who has her USCG captain’s license as well, was skipper of the 112-foot Swan Song of the Sea in 2004-2005 before it sold. The Janie crew spent some time this season in St. Maarten. They are our featured Tritonspotter this month. See page A26. Capt. John Andersen has taken over the 70-foot Hargrave M/Y Vitesse, a fractionally owned motoryacht with Monocle Management of Ft. Lauderdale. Capt. Andersen finished classes recently on his 100-ton USCG license. Congratulations to yacht chef Peter Ziegelmeier who landed a job at the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show. He’s the new chef on M/Y Been There Done That, a 100-foot Hatteras. The yacht was headed to St. Maarten as we went to press.

Capt. Clint Cropper and Scott This news just in from Capt. Taylor May, owners of True Blue Expeditions Lawson: and the Alaska charter yacht True “After almost six years with the best Blue, recently donated a seven-day Southeast Alaska charter to Montessori owner in yachting, I handed in my resignation. Jan. 31 was my last day School of Maui, Hawaii’s fundraising auction. With auction bids coming in aboard M/Y Lady Stephanie, a 72-foot Ferretti. Why I would leave such a great from across the country, the donation gig? My answer is a bit complex, as are raised over $15,000 for the school’s most life-changing decisions. However, environmental sustainability expansion I must say several events combined to program. That is so cool. create the perfect exit strategy. Plus, I’ve always been one to leave when the Capt. Rob Messenger and his party is still good. wife, Mary Miller, will be the crew on “First was the birth of our son, board M/Y Jeanine II, a 90-foot Burger. Caden Sage, on May 26; secondly, the The team previously ran a Viking 65 owner decided to sell the boat; and that towed a 27-foot tender. Capt. thirdly, I had an opportunity to work Rob supervised the engine rebuilds, with Coldwell Banker installation of new High Country Realty navigation system, in Blue Ridge, Ga., new generator and where my wife, several up grades to Chanda Nystedt, the Viking while in and I have had a Ft. Lauderdale during mountain retreat for the last hurricane three years. season. “So in early They’ll be cruising February, we moved the Caribbean this into our threespring with the bedroom Mountain owners. Don’t forget Mill Cabin, which to send us some is a beautiful 90photos. minute drive north of Atlanta. Chanda will Send news of focus her energies on your promotion, running the bed and change of yachts or breakfast (www. career, or personal mountainmillcabin. accomplishments to com) while I will sell PHOTO/CHANDA NYSTEDT lucy@the-triton.com.


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Seminar shines light on new maritime regulations on horizon By Lucy Chabot Reed

‘It’s getting to the point that you need a separate person on board just to keep up with all the changes.’

Groups of maritime professionals – from megayacht captains to tanker company executives – have been gathering in South Florida this winter to hear about all the impending — Chris Young regulations being enforced in U.S. and First Officer international waters. M/Y Allegro, 185-foot Benetti In a three-hour session in late January designed to bring everyone up This regulation concerns nitrous to date, Capt. Jake DesVergers of U.S. oxide emissions and the necessity to Maritime Institute walked the group receive a survey and inspection for an through a list of IMO, class society and port state control regulations that were International Air Pollution Prevention certificate. U.S.-flagged vessels may on the horizon. be exempt from this regulation in U.S. Here are some of the regulations waters but international vessels must most pertinent to megayachts: comply, private and commercial. l MARPOL Annex VI, in effect on l 2003 SOLAS amendments, in vessels more than 400 gross tons and effect for commercial yachts in excess applicable on the first dry dock after BMR-8516 The Triton LO7 9/19/05 1:20 PM Page 1 of 500 tons on international voyages. May 19, 2005.

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This regulation concerns the need for daily reports with ship’s position, course and speed; and details of conditions affecting the voyage. Due July 1. l 2004 SOLAS amendments, in effect for commercial yachts in excess of 500 tons. This regulation concerns maintenance and inspections of life-saving appliances, changing the documentation from monthly to weekly, and requiring immersions suits for every person (not just crew). Due July 1. l STCW Code, in effect on all vessels with life boats. This regulation concerns survival craft training. Due July 1. l U.S. Port State Control, enforcement of electronic notice of arrival rules, oil-water separator inspections, non-tank vessel response plans (on vessels over 400 tons, commercial and private), marine casualty reporting and alcohol test kits (see related story at right). At the session in late January, nearly half of the 30 participants were in the yachting industry. “It’s getting to the point that you need a separate person on board just to keep up with all the changes in the regulations and to make sure we comply,” said Chris Young, first officer on the 185-foot Benetti Allegro. “It’s going to force us all to go to a shore-based management company,” he said. “In order to protect our owner, it’s prudent for us to have all these safeguards in place. These guys aren’t kidding anymore.” DesVergers noted that even the rules that don’t effect yachting likely will. “It starts with one part of the industry and trickles down eventually to everyone,” he said. “Like OPA 90. That started with tankers and over the years came down to cargo ships and now to yachts. “No one treats a yacht differently, as long as it meets the tonnage requirements,” he said. Several attendees left the meeting grateful for the update. “Everybody knows where to find this information but to put it all together in a three-hour segment is very smart,” said Michael Hand of Wright Management Group. “Everyone’s going to leave here with a good taste in their mouth. Next year, they’re going to need a bigger room.” DesVergers didn’t wait until 2007. Within a week of the event, he scheduled another seminar that took place Feb. 24. Contact Editor Lucy Chabot Reed at lucy@the-triton.com. For more on these regulations or another seminar, contact the U.S. Maritime Institute through www.usmaritimeinstitute.com or +1-954-449-3444.

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Yachts must test for drugs, alcohol after incidents By Lucy Chabot Reed The U.S. Coast Guard announced in a final rule published Dec. 22 that individuals engaged or employed on board a vessel involved in a serious marine incident, or SMI, in U.S. waters must be tested for drug and alcohol use. Alcohol testing must be done within two hours of the incident; drug testing must be done within 32 hours of the incident. Commercial vessels over 300 tons will be required to carry an alcohol test kit onboard. The rule is detailed in 46 CFR Part 4 and is effective June 20. This rule likely will mean the addition of a drug and alcohol policy in a yacht’s safety management document, said Capt. Jake DesVergers, president of the U.C. Maritime Institute in Deerfield Beach, Fla. The rule defines a serious marine incident as any marine casualty or accident that results in any of the following: 1. one or more deaths; 2. an injury to a crewmember, passenger, or other person that requires professional medical treatment beyond first aid; and, in the case of a person employed on board a vessel in commercial service, which renders the individual unfit to perform routine vessel duties; 3. damage to property in excess of $100,000; 4. actual or constructive loss of any vessel subject to inspection; or 5. actual or constructive loss of any self-propelled vessel not subject to inspection of 100 gross tons or more. A serious marine incident also results in a discharge of oil of 10,000 gallons or more into U.S. navigable waters; or a discharge of a reportable quantity of a hazardous substance into U.S. navigable waters, or a release of a reportable quantity of a hazardous substance into the environment. To read the whole of 46 CFR Part 4, visit www.access.gpo. gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_05/46cfr4_ 05.html. Contact Editor Lucy Chabot Reed at lucy@the-triton.com.


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Sailors welcome to race in Dennis Conner’s New York American sailing legend Dennis Conner will open his marina in New York City this summer to host the Dennis Conner International Yacht Club Challenge. Designed to promote international goodwill through friendly competition, the four-day sailing regatta is open to sailors from around the world. It will be held Aug. 22-26 at North Cove Marine, New York City’s megayacht marina. Conner was named the marina’s chairman of the board last year. “North Cove is a unique and special marina, located next to Wall Street and the business capital of America,� Conner said in a release announcing the regatta.  “We’re in the process of rejuvenating North Cove to make it a world-class facility for yachts and sailors,� he said. “Our first year was a great success and we would like to build on this by inviting sailors from all over the world to come visit.� The Dennis Conner International Yacht Club Challenge will be an amateur event and will be supported by the New York Harbor Sailing Foundation, which is helping to promote amateur sailing of national and international importance in New York Harbor. The competition will take place on a fleet of identical J/24 sailboats provided by the Manhattan Sailing Club. This event is designed for club sailors who would like to visit New York City with their friends and families, the release said. In addition to the competition, there will be a lively and enjoyable social schedule of dinners and parties.

At last, a place for crew art Here is something the industry didn’t know it was waiting for Capt. Mark C. Drewelow, CEO and president of the project management company C2C in San Diego, has launched www.crewart.com, a Web site for crew art. “I go through periods of high creativity and this is the result of one of those ‌ sessions,â€? Capt. Drewelow said. According to the Web site, “crew on luxury yachts are frequently into many forms of self expression: photography, sand castles, ice carving, body sculpting, music, hair styling, wood carving â€ŚÂ â€œWe want to facilitate the sharing of your crewart passion. Contact mark@ c2conline.net and we will attempt to post your crewart here on our developing web site.â€?

For more information, visit www. thenorthcove.com or call Laura Migliozzi at 212-786-1200.

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Editor’s Note: In more regatta news, The Triton is pulling together a team of 40 captains and crew to race The Spirit of Ft. Lauderdale catamaran in the 2006 Hospice Regatta. This is the largest sailing event in Ft. Lauderdale. The cat is being donated and we’re trying to raise $5,000 to benefit HospiceCare of Southeast Florida. If you want to sail with us May 19-20 and can make a donation, contact david@the-triton.com.

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This couple of nontraditional crew find that traditional yachting fun

Capt. Mary Taylor and Mate Ken Crowley aren’t typical yacht crew. Now in their second careers, she is a captain, he a mate. They have spent the past 10 years making deliveries and taking trips with the owners of M/Y Jubilee. They were in the midst of an eight-month travel schedule on the 63-foot Viking when Capt. Taylor took time out in February to attend a Triton Bridge luncheon for captains. She’ll be taking the

boat back north this summer, up the East Coast and through to the Great Lakes. The owners are hands-on, she said, and enjoy the boat and traveling. “We’re just having a ball doing this,” Capt. Taylor said. Their previous careers likely weren’t as much fun. They are both retired from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, which includes Detroit, (she after 27 years, he after 30).

Boating was their hobby when they were a young married couple. Well, it was Capt. Taylor’s hobby. Crowley had never been on a boat when they married. But she grew up sailing on Lake Erie and eventually bought a boat with her daughter and her mother. Now Crowley is pleased to be second in command. Doesn’t he look it? – STORY AND PHOTO BY LUCY CHABOT REED

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Sexual not the only harassment that can harm your employees When reference is made to may overhear or hear about it later. harassment, you think sexual And let’s not forget other types of harassment, right? harassment – age, disability, religion, During the past several years, and the third most frequent basis for sexual harassment EEOC charges, national origin (roughly charges filed with 2,500 charges a year). the U.S. Equal There are demeaning terms, Employment stereotypes and jokes for every ethnic Opportunity group (or for virtually any other way of Commission have categorizing people). We’ve all heard averaged about them used, often television, and far too 5,000 a year. Not often in the workplace. Many (if not insignificant. most) of them violate the law and all However, violate what should be the standard charges of racial for acceptable workplace behavior: Manager’s Time harassment more Respect. Don Grimme than doubled There is yet another basis for during the 1990s harassment warranting special note: from 2,849 charges filed in 1991 to 6,616 sexual orientation. If your reaction in 2000. Thus far this is “That’s not century, these have There are demeaning protected by federal plateaued at about law,” think again. terms for every ethnic 6,500 a year – 30 Sexual group. We’ve all heard percent more than orientation is sexual harassment protected by an them. Most of them claims. increasing number But relatively little violate the law and they of local and state all violate what should laws (e.g., most attention is given to this more frequent major metropolitan be the standard for basis of harassment. areas and largeacceptable workplace Even the EEOC population states) behavior: Respect. (in effect) equates and, because of that, harassment with it’s included in many sexual harassment. employers’ policy And we’ve found that many statements. employers have only a sexual Here’s how to protect your harassment policy and conduct only workplace from all forms of sexual harassment prevention training. harassment. Our advice, therefore, is for all 1. Audit your policies, procedures managers to address all forms of and workplace. workplace harassment. Until you grasp 2. Create and enforce a clear, zerothis message – and begin applying tolerance policy covering all forms of the following three Cool Tools – your harassment. yacht remains vulnerable to the most 3. Implement user-friendly frequent basis for harassment charges. internal complaint and investigation Understand the nature of racial (and procedures, providing multiple other) harassment. options for registering complaints and According to the EEOC: “Racial using diverse male/female teams for harassment is a form of race complaint investigation. discrimination that includes racial 4. Communicate the policy and jokes, slurs, offensive or derogatory procedures verbally and in writing in comments, or other verbal or physical multiple venues. conduct based on an individual’s race 5. Train all managers. or color.” 6. Train all employees. Although quid pro quo would 7. Take immediate action in not seem to be applicable here, such response to all complaints. conduct clearly would create a hostile 8. Protect complainants, witnesses environment. And it’s difficult to and accused from retaliation. imagine a situation in which such 9. Document all of the above. behavior would be welcomed. 10. Stay vigilant. Monitor the work Although, what’s wrong with environment and periodically review friendly racial bantering as long as the policy and procedures to ensure other person doesn’t mind (especially compliance and effectiveness. between people of the same race)? Actually, this is a question from Don Grimme is co-founder of GHR the introductory quiz we use in our Training Solutions in Coral Springs, training programs. Fla. He specializes in helping managers What’s wrong with it is the other reduce turnover and attract excellent person may indeed mind but is afraid job candidates. Contact him at to say anything. Others (who do mind) dgrimme@comcast.net.


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USVI, BVI walk U.S. officials through typical hard day By Pamela Wilson ST. THOMAS – In late January, 16 representatives of the marine industry in St. Thomas/St. John/St. Croix met with members of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and island government officials to discuss the burden that the electronic notice of arrival/departure (e-NOAD) causes on charter yachts and other marine businesses that travel between the U.S. Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands. The group left Sapphire Beach Resort and Marina on Jan. 21 aboard a local fishing vessel, the Abigail II, and headed toward West End. The BVI was pointed out to the government officials, showing them how short the distances

traveled with charter guests. The trip continued on to Cruz Bay where the Abigail II docked and passengers took a tour of an actual clearing process with local Customs and Border Protection personnel. The trip had been planned on a different vessel, but because of high seas and strong winds, plans changed. As the group left, power on the island went out, illustrating one of the group’s key points: requiring electronic filing leaves the vulnerable islands unable to comply when power or Internet service goes down. The group could not amend their NOD with the updates to the boat, passenger manifest and arrival time. During the trip, the local marine industry participants shared with the Department of Homeland Security

personnel the many concerns regarding e-NOAD and APIS systems as well as other security measures being enforced on passenger vessels. As of Oct. 4, any vessel carrying paying passengers or paid crew entering or leaving U.S. waters must electronically file a Notice of Departure and Notice of Arrival on each international voyage. A voyage from the USVI into BVI waters is classified as an international voyage. The regulation, in effect since Oct. 4, 2001, initially applied only to vessels more than 300 gross tons. Now the regulation applies not only to day sail and term charter vessels but also water taxis and dive boats. Ferries, bareboats and private vessels entering and leaving U.S. waters are exempt, though these

exemptions will be ending soon. The group returned to Sapphire and re-assembled at American Yacht Harbor for a meeting attended by more than 50 operators of day sail yachts, term charter yachts, and local ferry services; local charter yacht brokers; yacht owners; marina managers; and more government officials. The meetings were called by USVI Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen and the Virgin Islands Charteryacht League Thad Bingel, assistant commissioner of congressional affairs, agreed that the islands do have some special needs that should be addressed. He had no solutions but agreed to take our suggestions back to Washington and discuss them with his superiors. John Wagner, director of passenger automated programs, asked that a list be made of ideas to simplify the e-NOAD process and our problems with the Web site. He stated he would address these concerns with a goal of making the process less burdensome. He also stated that he was appalled at the redundancy of the paperwork and would look into some manner of streamlining the physical clearance process. All attendees of the Department of Homeland Security agreed that the current security situation on our borders prevented the reimplementation of clearing via fax as we were allowed to do before Sept. 11, 2001. They stressed the need for security of all U.S. borders and agreed that the USVI needed assistance in complying with these regulations. However, at no time during this meeting was any hope held out that an exemption or waiver to these regulations was forthcoming in the foreseeable future. Instead it was stated that the exemption currently held by private vessels, ferries and bare boaters would be severely curtailed in the near future. These were the most common points stressed by participants at these meetings and suggestions to improve the system: l Lack of infrastructure to support compliance. It was pointed out that while the islands’ marine industry wished to comply with the regulations, the lack of reliable telephone service, electric service and Internet service providers often prohibited it from doing so. In fact when due to sea conditions the vessel for our afternoon trip was changed from New Horizons II to Abigail II there was no power available to change our e-NOAD should it have been necessary. Suggestions made included video phones, machines for “swiping” passports, ability to fax this

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Too much paperwork, tough Web site among concerns CARIBBEAN, from page A14 information to DHS/USCG and, of course, the entire elimination of the need to comply with this regulation. l Redundancy of paperwork. It was pointed out that in addition to supplying the required information electronically we also must supply the same information to BVI Customs and then again to US Customs and Immigration upon return. Suggestions were made to allow the use of print outs of the e-NOAD information be made at the Customs Office in St. John and St. Thomas instead of the current forms that are filled out by hand prior to arrival. l Increase the user friendliness of the Web site. As the different users of the Web site submission process have different issues with the Web site, it was suggested they compile a list of the various problems and send them to Wagner, who will meet with Web designers and attempt to incorporate the changes. Also, according to Wagner, work is under way to assure that this Web site does not continually go offline, making

it impossible to file in compliance with Federal Regulations. Judy Nagelburg, owner of Islands Meeting and Incentives, pointed out that prior to the stricter NOAD regulations she was able to accommodate groups of up to 300 on several vessels for an incentive trip to Jost Van Dyke. So many USCG inspected vessels have ceased their operations to the BVI that she can no longer put together trips of more than 146. Attendees acknowledged that they do not expect the e-NOAD or border security problems to vanish overnight. What they hope for is some assistance in making the compliance with these regulations easier, less labor intensive and in some way stem the economic drain on their economy. Christensen ended the meeting with a pledge to continue pushing for new legislation amending the rules, a waiver to t he rules or â&#x20AC;&#x153;anything that would make these rules less onerous to the Virgin Islands charter boat industry.â&#x20AC;? Pamela Wilson is general manager of the Virgin Islands Charteryacht League.

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From left, immigration officer Cpl. Elyan Purcell, customs officer Carlton Francis, and Deputy Comptroller of Customs Ray Donald completed training on a new one-page customs and immigration form in late January to make it easier for large yachts to visit the island. PHOTO COURTESY OF GBT Development Officer. He is finalizing the new procedures and will post them on both the GBT and MAYAG’s Web sites soon, according to the release. “The public and private sector have been collaborating beautifully over the past few months and there is a lot of excitement over getting the yachting industry really moving in Grenada,” said Wanda Brown, marketing manager

at Horizon Yacht Charters in Grenada. “This, along with the many new marine developments in Grenada, has all of us in the yachting sector very excited at what the next few years will bring to Grenada.” For more information, visit the Grenada Board of Tourism Web site at www.grenadagrenadines.com. – Staff report

Foreign megayachts exempt from 2006 tax bill in Greece Dear editor, In reply to your query, we set out here below a brief summary of the Greek legislation regime regarding pleasure yachts under foreign (nonGreek) flag. According to a Decision of the Ministry of Economy & Economics dated June 26, 1998 (as amended by a decision dated May 9, 2002), all residents of foreign countries (including those in the European Union) possessing or owning private pleasure yachts that were provided with transit logs for indefinite periods were subject to tax presumption of income. Such presumption of income was calculated according to the length and age of the yacht. In case the yacht was owned by a foreign company, the person declared as the owner/ possessor in the transit log was the person subject to such obligation. According to the above decisions, all foreigners of such status were obliged to obtain a Greek tax registry number and submit annual tax returns declaring the yacht’s tax presumption. Nevertheless, it seems that the above decisions were never actually enforced

and, upon protests made by yachting unions, a new law was passed in 2005 that annulled the above Ministerial Decisions. In particular, Article 26§3 of Law 3427/2005 effective Jan. 1, 2006, amends Article 18 (containing the list of exclusions from tax presumption of income) of the Code of Income Taxation by providing specifically that “owners or possessors of pleasure yachts who permanently reside in a foreign country are excluded from tax presumption of income.” The criterion for such exclusion is the permanent residence of the owner or possessor of the yacht, which has to be outside Greece. However, please note that the above new provisions have no retroactive force. Therefore, the obligation for submitting a tax return declaring the yacht’s tax presumption is still in force for the financial year 2005. We trust the above to be of assistance and we remain at your disposal for any further clarification. Makis Pavlatos A1 Yacht Trade, Greece Member of the Bluewater Alliance


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Marinas around Caribbean expand to lure megayachts By Carol Bareuther Megayacht building is on the rise. According to ShowBoats International magazine’s annual Order Book, there are an estimated 7,000 motor yachts longer than 80 feet long sailing the globe’s waters, up from about 4,000 a decade ago. In addition, the number of contracts for the construction of new motor yachts 150 feet and larger have increased 15 percent from 103 in 2005 to 118. Of those, a third are more than 200 feet. The Caribbean is among the top destinations worldwide for yachting and marinas around the region are upgrading and expanding to accommodate the colossal cruisers. Here is an alphabetical update of some of the latest projects under way: Curacao: The Dec. 1 groundbreaking of the 350-room luxury Hyatt Regency Curacao marked the start of construction of the mixed-use Santa Barbara Plantation project. This project will encompass the largest hotel on the island, as well as a 30-slip marina and beach club, 52 vacation club units, 128 condominium homes, 106 residential lots and 94 terrace homes. The planned marina will be able to accommodate megayachts up to 100 feet, as well as smaller vessels such as dive boats and charter fishing boats. Completion of the Hyatt Regency Curacao is planned for late 2007. Dominican Republic: Due to high demand, Ocean World Marina opened for business in December, despite being only 80 percent complete. The marina is built on a 35-acre complex adjacent to Ocean World Adventure Park and features 83 wet slips and 2,700 feet of side tie, accommodating vessels up to 250 feet. This spring, each slip is expected to be serviced with TV, water, electricity, Internet access, 24-hour security and telephone. Ocean World Marina will also feature an entertainment clubhouse with swimming pool, nightclub, casino and first-class dining facilities. There are two large hotels on Cofresi Beach within 300 yards of the complex. The relatively new 350-slip Marina Casa de Campo can handle yachts up to 250 feet. The slips have 30/50/100/200 amps, 120/240/480V, cable TV, phone and Internet access. The surrounding 7,000-acre resort has four golf courses, two polo fields and tennis courts. St. Maarten: Bobby’s Marina, located east of Phillipsburg facing Great Bay, has begun a long-planned, $8 million renovation project. New slips coupled with dredging to 15 feet will allow up to 12 megayachts to berth in town. This means that megayacht owners and crews can provision, fuel

and be on their way without having to hassle with bridge openings into Simpson Bay Lagoon. Marina owner Bobby Velasquez does, however, have his eye on the lagoon. After surmounting protests from residents who didn’t want another yard in the area, Velasquez received the green light from government officials to construct a $5 million marina/boatyard in the lagoon at Cole Bay. A key feature of the Velasquez Cole Bay yard will be a 500-ton travelift, the largest of its kind in the Caribbean. Tortola, British Virgin Islands: British Virgin Islands Chief Minister Orlando Smith was quoted in a January article in the BVI Standpoint as telling attendees at a BVI Global Megayacht Seminar that “I am very much looking forward to attending the Super Yacht Show in Monaco this October where I will announce to the industry that the BVI is now a Category 1 registry. By bringing these new vessels into our waters, the BVI will remain on the cutting edge of the global tourism market.” Initiatives proposed to make the BVI megayacht-friendly include relocating the ferry terminal at Soper’s Hole, Tortola, to allow for the expansion of a megayacht facility. U.S. Virgin Islands: More than a dozen megayachts tie up along the Charlotte Amalie waterfront on St. Thomas each winter season, but facilities for them are sparse. Crown Bay Marina to the west can accommodate some of these yachts, but capacity is limited. Enter Yacht Haven Grande. Elie Finegold, vice president of the New York-based Island Capital Group, the parent company of IN-USVI LLC and owner of Yacht Haven Grande, says, “The marina and associated land-based retail buildings are on the fast track to open for late 2006.” The marina will feature 50 dedicated slips, one capable of docking a 400foot megayacht, with 6,000 linear feet of slip space overall in Phase I of the development. This phase will also include 83,000 square feet of marine-oriented retail space, 31,000 square feet of office space, 12 luxury condominiums, 400 parking spaces, and a public access dinghy dock. Phase II will include 30,000 square feet of retail space, another stand-alone restaurant, 70-unit hotel, another 10,600 linear feet of marina, and a 2500square foot convention center. Carol Bareuther is a freelance writer living in St. Thomas. Contact her through editorial@the-triton.com. If you know of other marina projects in the Caribbean, drop us a note.

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Nautical Stuctures to expand into Ft. Lauderdale Once competitors, Rick Thomas, left, and Jim Olejar will oversee Nautical Structures’ expansion into South Florida. The men manned this booth at the Yacht & Brokerage Show last month. PHOTO/LUCY REED

Nautical Structures, a manufacturer of cranes, davits and passerelles, plans to open a manufacturing facility to service megayachts in South Florida. Company executives were in town searching for up to 10,000 square feet in or near Ft. Lauderdale to manufacture their production items such as smaller davits as well as some larger, custom items, said Rick Thomas, vice president of sales for the Tampa Bay-based company. “In a perfect world, we’d be back by National Marine but we’re manufacturing and we don’t want to pay downtown office rates,” he said. Even without a location, the company has hired industry veteran Jim Olejar to head up the new Ft. Lauderdale facility. Olejar spent 21 years at Nautical Structures’ competitor Marquip. Most of Olejar’s time at Marquip was spent as production manager but he spent the last five in sales, competing head-tohead with Thomas. The pair manned a Nautical Structures booth at the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show last month. The company is planning an expansion to its Largo facility in 2007, but Thomas said it needs about 6,000 square feet of additional space right now. In addition to the manufacturing facility, Thomas is preparing to relocate his family to Ft. Lauderdale to open a sales office. The company plans to hire eight to 12 employees for its Ft. Lauderdale expansion. “Everything is just coming together for us,” he said. “Six months ago we couldn’t make this happen. Now, it’s time.” – Lucy Chabot Reed

D’Angelo worker dies Omar Rosa, an 11-year employee of DeAngelo Marine Exhaust in Ft. Lauderdale, passed away Feb. 10. He was 28. Rosa spent years in the service department working on numerous yachts. Fellow employees said he was always ready to help out anyway he could, with a smile on his Rosa face. He is survived by his two children, Jacob and Morgan, his parents, brother and sister.

Claire’s chandlery sold Claire Miller, who began working in Ft. Lauderdale’s yachting industry in the mid-1970s, has sold the chandlery that bears her name. Claire’s Marine Outfitters was sold Jan. 31 to Marc Burton, a former yacht broker whose family owns and operates Windjammer Barefoot Cruises in Miami. Burton spent the past 12 years at Windjammer, ending up in charge of logistical support, purchasing and provisioning as director of operations. He’s confident he’ll be able to transfer those skills to help Claire’s grow, especially with more mechanical and engine room equipment and supplies. Miller will remain at the chandlery she started 18 years ago with long-time

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Claire Miller, left, and Shirley Pfitzenmaier started Claire’s Marine Outfitters 18 years ago. Both women will remain as Marc Burton, right, takes over with PHOTO/LUCY REED plans to expand.


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Companies, association add new names, faces BUSINESS BRIEFS, from page A18 business partner Shirley Pfitzenmaier, who also will remain. “I’m still working,” Miller said. “I just get to go home now, and take vacations. It’s time to give the reins to someone else.” – Lucy Chabot Reed

Australian marina upgraded

With a prime location on Australia’s Port Stephens, Soldiers Point Marina was recently expanded to accommodate vessels up to 140 feet. 

All slips have full-service amenities, including 150-amp, 3-phase power; water; telecommunications; TV; Foxtel and wireless internet. The marina also offers a 24-hour, self-serve fuel wharf and free pump-out facility. The marina design and construction was handled by Bellingham Marine.

Steel joins Bradford towing Capt. Jim Steel is the new towing and salvage captain for Bradford Marine Towing. Capt. Steel grew up on the waterways of South Florida and worked on the water with his father, who was also a towing captain. Capt. Steel manages the operations of Bradford Marine Towing, as well as operation of the three tug boats used for service.

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ISS picks new board The International Superyacht Society has chosen its 2006-2007 board of directors. It includes AJ Anderson of Wright Maritime Group, Debra Blackburn of Fraser Yachts, Victor Caminada of Amels Holland BV, Kristen Cavallini Soothill of American Yacht Institute, Lance Cushion of Super Yacht Base Australia, Marlise GoudLambrechtsen of Fair Promotion, Sylke auf dem Graben of Lürssen Werft GmbH, Gary Groenewold of Westrec Marinas, Ley James of Cairns Slipways, Michelle Jones of Delta Marine, Julie Liberatore of Maritime Professional Training, Paul Madden of Paul Madden Associates, Michael Moore of Moore & Company, Nancy Poppe of Marsh USA, Eric Rüder of Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems, Rick Thomas of Nautical Structures, Lance Sheppard of New Zealand Trade & Enterprise and Clemens van der Werf of Dockwise Yacht Transport. Founded in 1989, the ISS is a notfor-profit organization serving the large yacht industry worldwide.

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March 2006 MARINE HISTORY

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The 221-foot tender once served RMS Titanic.

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Nomadic bought, to be restored The S/S Nomadic, tender to the RMS Titanic, has been purchased. For sale in December and thought to perhaps be sold for scrap, the boat was bought by the Department of Social Development of Northern Ireland for 250,001 euros. Still afloat, she will sail to Belfast in late spring to begin an extensive restoration project. “We were pleasantly surprised by Nomadic’s overall good condition inside,” wrote David Scott-Beddard, coordinator of the non-profit group Nomadic Appeal, on the group’s Web site (www.savenomadic.com). “Nearly all of the original plaster and paneling is in place, as are her original outer doors and hinges, wooden doorframes

(with ornate carving), built-in wall mirrors, wall reliefs and decorative window frames, doors and iron grills, pillars and so much more. Her anchors and chains are intact, as are her propellers and shafts.” One surprising find was a theater of about 100 seats onboard, accessed by raising part of the dance floor. The 221-foot Nomadic was built by Harland and Wolff shipyards in Belfast to ferry passengers to White Star Liners calling at Cherbourg. Nomadic was launched on April 25, 1911 with a capacity to ferry 1,000 first and second class passengers. She served Titanic on April 10, 1912. – Staff report


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Westport Shipyard launches largest megayacht yet call 954-522-2323 or visit www. newcastlemarineinc.com.

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Westport Shipyard’s largest yacht to date, the 164-foot (50m) M/Y Vango, launched in February at Platypus Marine in Port Angeles, Wash. The yacht can take 12 guests and will run in private use with a crew of seven, according to her new captain, Capt. Dave Hagerman. Undergoing six weeks of sea trials, Capt. Hagerman and crew expect to take delivery of the yacht this month and set off for a summer in Mexico and Alaska. The 164’s hull was designed by naval architect William Garden, with her styling by Donald Starkey. She has a full 31-foot beam master suite on the main deck and a formal dining area adjacent to the galley. The VIP suite is on the top deck and has its own sun deck. According to Westport’s Web site, the yacht is designed for “exceptional cruise speeds.”

New Newcastle sold International Yacht Collection and Newcastle Marine have sold a new 112-foot triple-deck motor yacht. Working with selling broker Bob O’Brien of O’Brien Yacht Sales in Palm Beach, Newcastle will begin its second build of an ocean-going motor yacht in the past year. 

The first is the 164-foot Project H, which started construction in August 2005. Newcastle also has a 137foot expedition-style yacht ready to launch from its facilities in Palm Coast this month.  The 112 has a beam of 25-foot-6, a 6-foot draft and a 10,000 gallon fuel capacity. IYC is the worldwide agent for Newcastle The Project H is scheduled for delivery in December 2007 and the new 112 is scheduled to launch in March 2008. For more information on Newcastle,

Jim Brass of IYC sold his central listing M/Y Princess Sarah, an 80-foot Azimut. Steve Elario, also of IYC, signed the new 130-foot Westport Kaleen into the charter fleet.  Due to launch in June, Kaleen is accepting charters for the Pacific Northwest this summer and for the

Caribbean next winter. She can take 10 guests in five staterooms and runs with a crew of six to seven under the command of Capt. Steve Quentel. For more information contact IYC at 954-522-2323 or visit www. yachtcollection.com.

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with automated processes, it comes with a four- or five-cabin layout with three heads and showers, and dining space for 10. On deck, there is more than 1,400 square feet of sail area on a Selden mast. It carries a 200-gallon freshwater tank, an 85-gallon diesel tank. For more information and a virtual tour, visit www.bavariayachts.com.

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March 2006 SEEN AROUND TOWN

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Triton Spotter The crew of M/Y Janie, a 157-foot Trinity, hosted a BBQ for Australian Day (Jan. 26) in the parking lot/dock area at Marina Isle de Sol in Sint Maarten. Here’s the story from First Mate Denise Fox: “Seems that the Dutch side elections were going on for a few days and all the pubs were not allowed to sell liquor. Someone had to do something about this! How can you have an Australian Day celebration without spirits or BBQ? “We were given permission to have the BBQ so that the crews could celebrate. It was a BYOB and something to grill. About 250 crew attended. We provided a huge BBQ (donated for the occasion by the Sand Bar) and we even confiscated the DJ from the Lady C for the event.” With their copy of The Triton, here are “the Janie girls,” above, from left: Ali, Dee, Denise, Mel and Jane. At right is Daz, the engineer from M/Y Lady Jenn “who was so helpful attending to the BBQ for us,” said Denise. “Thanks to all the yacht crew for making our celebration a huge success.”

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Electra causes ‘terrible damage’ to Lyford reef ELECTRA, from page A1 pieces have been removed from the reef and deposited on Arawak Cay at the mouth of Nassau Harbor, Marcus said. “There’s terrible reef damage,” he said. “The survey indicated $155,600 worth of damage, which is cheap by Ft. Lauderdale standards. The clean up took a week. There were lots of aluminum panels everywhere and there was lots of diving involved.” Some crew in the area wondered why the Bahamas Air-Sea Rescue Association didn’t render assistance to Electra. Unlike the government-funded U.S. Coast Guard, BASRA is a nonprofit association of mostly volunteers. “A lot of people don’t understand that once you are past the Gulf Stream, you are basically on your own,” said Nick Wardle, the rescue control officer on duty one day in late February. BASRA’s sole paid administrator in Nassau was off for medical reasons and unavailable for comment in late February. “That captain that helped [Electra] was part of the organization that day,” Wardle said. “He volunteered.” While BASRA has a few boats on several islands around the Bahamas, after-hours radio calls are referred to other agencies such as the Royal Bahamas Defense Force for response, Wardle said. He could not respond to several crew members’ clains that BASRA didn’t help. “I know nothing about the specific details of that grounding,” he said. For Princess Gigi, the U.S. Coast Guard responded from its Operations Bahamas/Turks & Caicos base. It sent a helicopter to rescue its eight crew members about 60 miles northeast of

Electra’s aluminum hull didn’t fare well against Lyford’s reef. Samana Cay in the central Bahamas. This call, too, came after hours, at about 6:45 p.m. on Feb. 6. The USCG’s helicopter dropped a dewatering pump, which could not keep up with the inflow of water, then evacuated the crew, said Petty Officer Dana Warr of the 7th District. According to several crew and others in the area, the yacht was traveling in heavy seas and may have taken on water from the garage doors on the stern. [See related letter, page A43.] At about 4 a.m., the Carnival Cruise ship Glory enroute to St. Thomas from Nassau stopped to render assistance. According to passenger George Schultz, a retired AT&T executive from North Carolina who was awakened by the lack of motion, Glory’s spotlights illuminated Princess GiGi to reveal her wallowing in light sea swells. They stayed about 45 minutes as the Coast

Within a few days of hitting the reef, Electra broke in half in rough seas PHOTOS COURTESY OF A TRITON READER before salvors could free her.

Guard continued to circle the area. “Everyone’s talking about it,” said Capt. Mike Treanor of M/Y Ocean Drive, one of many crew seeking information on the cause of the accident. “Everyone wants to know the series of events that led to that happening. It’s mind boggling to everybody.” Contact Editor Lucy Chabot Reed at lucy@the-triton.com.

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March 2006 FROM THE FRONT

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Attendees of The Triton’s March Bridge luncheon were, from left, Glynn Smith of M/Y CV-9, R.L. Messenger of M/Y Jeanine II, Mary Taylor of M/Y Jubilee, Steve Janzan (behind) formerly of M/Y Double Haven, David Hare of M/V Thunder, Kevin Smart of M/Y Symphony, Rob High (looking), Ken Bracewell of M/Y Curt C, and William Low of M/Y Dani. PHOTO/LUCY REED

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THE BRIDGE, from page A1 from the beginning. “Just say in the interview – and be adamant about it – that if there are any drugs, I’m gone or they’re gone, immediately,” one captain said. “That’s a good threat, as long as you back it up,” another said. “If the coast guard does a boarding, they can do swabs, bring dogs,” the first captain replied. “It’s just not worth losing your license over.” “If you know it’s going to be part of the owner’s experience, maybe it’s not the job for you,” one captain suggested. “I agree with zero tolerance,” one captain said, “but it’s not always so black and white.” This captain told the story of an opportunity to skipper a beautiful boat on a maiden voyage with a celebrity. Drugs would likely be a part of the cruise, but this captain “really wanted to sail that boat.” They took the cruise and nothing happened, but it could have, this captain admitted. “It’s not always so black and white,” this captain repeated. No one criticized this captain, understanding the situation and the risk and the decision. Handling drug use with crew requires a little less ethical soulsearching. “We do random testing,” one captain said. “Everybody is subject to it. We have a pool and your name just comes

up. The management company calls and says ‘keep it under your hat but when you get to the next port, send this person here and make them take a test.’ If it’s you, then they don’t call until you pull into port.” One captain wanted to know if anyone searched a new crew member’s bags or if anyone conducted cabin searches. One captain did. “It all depends on the quality of the crew you have to deal with,” a different captain said. “We pay top compensation with top benefits so we get the cream of the crop. We don’t have this problem.” Most of the captains were cautious not to directly criticize the captain, crew or owner of M/Y Tatoosh, but one captain was outspoken about it. “It was a lack of communication,” this captain said. “There has to be a policy of zero tolerance, and if I catch you, I’m not just going to fire you but you’re going to jail. “The crew didn’t get that message and it has to come from the top. It seems to me it’s a management issue. You’re either managing the boat, or you’re not.” Several captains agreed that the problem could have been caught before six crew got snagged in a drug test. According to one former crew member, the test had to show results above a certain level before resignations were

See THE BRIDGE, page A29


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Documentation is key to dismissing crew who use THE BRIDGE, from page A28 requested. That suggests fairly regular use, this crew member said. “You have to keep your pulse on the crew,” one captain said. “The documentation starts with the chief stew, the first mate or whomever. If it comes to me, he’s pretty much done.” “If six people are doing it, the rest of the crew is going to know and you can intervene if you know about it,” another said. So how does a captain intervene? They agreed it depends on the individual crew member and their career, on the guidelines laid out at the beginning, and on the situation. Documentation, they said, is key. “It’s not a clean-cut issue,” one captain said. “It’s dealt with differently on every level. You have to give good crew a chance to fix the problem. And you do that with documentation.” “Tell them once, put it in writing, have them sign it,” another captain said. “The second time, they have to go through counseling and sign that, too. The third time, they’re gone.” But several captains noted that firing crew can be a touchy matter. Yes, illegal drug use is grounds for dismissal, but “you have to be careful how you deal with it.” A few captains suggested that the employment contract the crew member signs when they start work on the yacht should include the yacht’s stance against illegal drug use. While few of the captains in attendance have dealt with illegal drug use among their crew, most have dealt with alcohol use – or rather, over use. Most have curfews on the night before a trip. “They hate curfews, but they understand.” And several captains have a “12-hour bottle-to-throttle” policy. One captain uses the 90-day probationary period to watch for alcohol abuse, including

hangovers. “You talk to them, and if they keep it up, their probation is extended a month,” this captain said. “I’ve never had to fire anybody. They’ve always pulled their socks up.” Other captains have fired crew over alcohol use, especially on board and on duty. “I’ve had stews that drank rum and Cokes, passing them off as just Cokes,” a captain said. One captain fired six crew over two months for drinking and being hungover. The final reason, though, was their attitudes and low performance. “But my issue was the alcohol,” this captain said. “We have mandatory crew dinners,” another said. “It’s tough, living together. It’s your home as well as your office. So you see them, you can see how they socialize.” In many ways, being a captain is like being a parent as well as a boss, they agreed. “You’ve got to find the line, and it’s a real wiggly line.” And that works with crew who are using illegal drugs, too. “When you’re young and first experiencing with drugs, it’s cool,” a captain said. “But when you are older and you see what drugs do to people’s lives, when you see people being taken away in handcuffs, the fun’s over.”

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Being happy onboard means finding the right boss By Ami G. Williams

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hen it comes time to find a new position on board, there are many facets of the job to consider. The first three things that we hear captains and crew use to define their ideal job is what size the boat needs to be, what type of boat it should be, and how much money they want to earn. Certainly these factors – along with itinerary, number of crew, usage whether charter or private, job responsibilities, salary, benefits and time off – play a role in the total package. But once you’ve had the opportunity to work on a few yachts in different scenarios, you begin to realize what’s important to bringing you happiness and success in your career. To experienced crew, that No. 1 factor is the boss. They know that: 1. Size doesn’t matter if you don’t stay onboard a year. 2. Money doesn’t matter if you won’t get a good reference. 3. The boat itself doesn’t matter if you don’t enjoy what you do. With those three points in mind, your goal should be to find an owner with the right chemistry and personality match to your own so that you have the longevity that makes you appealing to a prospective employer, the work references to get you the position you seek, and the enjoyment of your own quality of life that keeps you in the position. It’s important to find out what level of formality is expected, and compare that to the level you like to offer. It’s the same with the level of responsibility the boss wants you to take versus the amount of authority you are granted, as well as the amount of communication expected compared to how often you want to communicate. None of the seemingly most important criteria compare in importance to the relationship you have with the yacht’s owner, so it helps for you not only to know what you want but also what you have to offer, before you go into the interview. So how do you know if you have met the right match? You must communicate. 1. Ask the owner what kind of relationship

he/she had with the previous captain, chef, chief stewardess, etc. Ask what he/she appreciated about them. Then ask what other qualities he/she would have liked in that person. 2. Communicate your desire to make not only a long-term commitment, but your desire to be happy in the position and for him/her to be happy with you. Ask what he/she feels is important for a captain to do or be in regard to specific areas such as crew management, money management, trip planning, etc. 3. Determine how much involvement the owner wants to have with the boat, or how much he/she wants you to have with them. Are you to be a trusted family friend or a chauffeur, or something in between? What do they want you to be five years from now? What do you want them to be to you: your boss, your mentor, your financial stability? After the interview, think about their answers

and yours. If you can deliver what they want, and sincerely feel you would be happy doing so, you have met your match. But if you know deep down that they are asking too much from you personally, or likewise, are too laid back to appreciate your expertise, then politely decline to take the interview process any further. It’s important to allow them the opportunity to find the right match for them and their program, to find the crew who will help them most experience the joys of yacht ownership and keep them in the business. If you do this nicely, they may recommend you to someone who you find is your perfect match. Ami Williams is the managing director and owner of the crew placement agency Crew Unlimited, based in Ft. Lauderdale. Contact her at ami@crewunlimited.com.


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HOW I GOT MY START IN YACHTING

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Autos (and snow) to fish guts (and snow) to yachting By Rob Giacoppo Tired of turning wrenches as an auto mechanic, I left a cold and soon-to-be snowy New York in September 1999 and headed for Ft. Lauderdale. With my love for being on the water – and under it – I wanted to become a dive instructor. After having a great time studying and partying in Ft. Lauderdale, I ended up traveling to Homer, Alaska, to work on a charter fishing and hunting boat. I spent the summer up there watching inexperienced hunters trying to shoot black bears from the bow of a 35-foot Bertram. That was a sight in itself, watching hunters balancing their rifles on the bow of a boat that was under way in 8-foot seas, aiming at a black bear walking up a cliff 200 yards away. I wish that I had a video camera. When I wasn’t laughing, I was fishing for 300pound halibut. I am not sure which was the better workout: fishing for halibut or pulling up the anchor. Checking bait 30 times a day that is 200 feet underwater with 10 pounds of lead will definitely put some muscles on you. So will pulling up a 60-pound anchor from that same depth by hand three times a day. Now, with as much fun as I had then and as great of an experience as it was, cleaning blood and guts every day was not something that I wanted to make my lifelong career. My next adventure would be going to school for my USCG 100-ton master’s license, F.C.C. MROP and STCW95 Basic Safety Training. While in Sea School, I found a job aboard the dive boat M/V Nekton Pilot as chief engineer. The itinerary of this liveaboard dive platform was the Bahamas and Belize. If you have never been aboard a

Rob Giacoppo was hired because his experience in boating and engineering PHOTO/LUCY REED overwhelmed his inexperience in yachting.  SWATH (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull) technology vessel, you are missing out. Visit www.nektoncruises.com for an idea. The Pilot is 80 feet in length with a 40-foot beam. Both pontoons have six ballast tanks in order to vary the draft from 8 to 12 feet, depending on the sea conditions. This is the ultimate no-seasickness vessel. The Nekton Pilot was my first look at what spending time at sea was really all about. First, I have to share my cabin with someone who snores so loudly they could wake up a deaf person. And man, do 32 passengers have a lot of needs. Life was nonstop cooking, cleaning, washing, folding sheets and towels, and scrubbing endless pots and pans. Entertaining the guests was a never-ending project in itself. Then came the real work: taking care of the complete operation of the vessel, changing the generator and

main engine oil, unclogging blackwater systems, etc. What made it worthwhile was the opportunity to travel to the best places on Earth, dive on beautiful reefs, explore and discover places that 95 percent of this world’s population never visit. One event on the Nekton Pilot that I will never forget was when at sunrise, cutting through Elbow Key in the Bahamas, we saw four people frantically waving. The captain agreed to visit the obviously troubled party, only to find they were Cuban refugees stranded for five days without food or water. The USCG gave us permission to bring them aboard as one of the women was five months pregnant. Hot showers, new clothes and a hot meal had the four discussing their issues with a Cuban immigration lawyer who coincidentally was onboard for a dive

adventure. The Coast Guard did pick up our four guests. Unfortunately, we never found out if they were allowed to stay in the United States or not. It was one of those stories that makes you love being out on the seas. To those four stranded people, everyone on Pilot that day became a hero. After leaving the M/V Nekton Pilot for a woman and a luxury apartment, I took a day job as captain of the Ft. Lauderdale Water Taxi. While pointing out $40 million homes and yachts in excess of $200 million, I always wondered what it would be like to work as crew on a yacht. Every day, I would see different megayachts pulling into Bahia Mar Yachting and Sunrise Harbor Marina and ask myself, “How do I get from here to there?” It was not very easy. Nothing is advertised in the newspaper or online. Signing up with the local crew agencies brought few responses as it seemed that owners and captains were hesitant to hire someone without yachting experience. Luckily, a friend gave me the lead that Capt. David Hare of M/V Thunder was looking for a mate/engineer. Capt. Hare overlooked my lack of yachting experience and examined my extensive background in boating, engineering, running crews and navigation and saw that I had a lot to offer. He offered me the position and took me under his wing, showing me the ins and outs of the industry. I am enjoying getting my feet wet in the yachting industry and look forward to seeing what it has to offer me as I ponder a long and successful yachting career. How did you get your start in yachting? Send your story to lucy@the-triton.com. Who knows? You might inspire someone.


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After a double delay, Double Haven taps Craig By Lucy Chabot Reed Capt. Conor Craig has rejoined M/Y Double Haven, taking the 168-foot (51m) Feadship back to sea for the first time in a year. After 11 years working in Jordan on various yachts for King Hussein, Craig first joined Double Haven in 1999 as second officer and has worked on the yacht on and off ever since. But his climb up to ladder to become her master has not been easy. He had to quit for six months to upgrade his license to a Master Class IV, then rejoined the yacht as chief officer. But the MCA didn’t accept his Australian license, he said, so he had to quit again and retake the courses in Ft. Lauderdale. With lost wages and all the expenses associated with taking six months worth of courses – twice – Craig estimates his license cost him about $100,000. Double Haven, in the meantime, had found new crew, so Craig became chief officer and relief captain on the 55m M/Y Lady Fiesta in the Mediterranean.

Then Double Haven called in late 2004 to hire him back as captain. He took the post and joined the vessel in January 2005, working with Capt. Steve Janzan to get the boat through a $xx million refit at Jones Boat Yard in Miami. Last month, a year after he rejoined the boat, Craig finally took Double Haven to sea for a monthlong shakedown cruise. She and her crew will be seen this summer around eastern Canada and in the Caribbean next winter before heading to the Med for her second tour as the Louis Vitton flagship for the America’s Cup in Valencia in 2007. (Her first tour was in Australia in 1999, with Craig as second officer.) The yacht is expected to spend a leisurely two years in the Western and Eastern Med before heading back to her typical cruising grounds in Indonesia and the Far East. Fair winds and congratulations to Capt. Conor Craig. Contact Editor Lucy Chabot Reed at lucy@the-triton.com.

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THE AFTERLIFE: AFTER YACHTING LIFE

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A bauble here and there, captain catches a new job By Lucy Chabot Reed Like many yacht crew, Capt. Robin Crosby spent years traveling the world, taking time to visit the various destinations and picking up a trinket or two in each place. Before long, he had a home full of his eclectic collection. So when working on yachts – and dealing with the industry’s modern crew – began to wear on him, he turned to his hobby to make a living. Sea Breeze Yacht Services (his captain and project management business) became Sea Breeze Imports, a retail shop in Ft. Lauderdale that collects home and garden accessories from cruising destinations around the world. There are wooden croaking frogs from Bali, bamboo tables and chairs from Philippines, and metal wall art from the Caribbean. There’s even a huge wooden Kimono dragon from Bali, and placemats from Vietnam. “I’ve always bought stuff wherever I’ve gone,” Crosby said. Crosby spent 29 years in command of vessels including oil field supply boats, sportfishes and megayachts. He skippered the 126-foot Trinity Marlena, at the time the world’s largest sportfish.

And was the second captain on Delta’s first motoryacht, the 127-foot Pazzazz. “I had my 1,600 ton by the time I was 30; I’m 51 now,” he said. “I just got tired of it. And the crews now are just, oh my God.” Crosby said yachting stopped being fun for him when managing crew became less about teaching them mariner skills and more about “babysitting.” Originally from Destin on Florida’s northwest coast, he came back to South Florida to oversee the refit of the 107-foot Broward High Yield, done by Taz Papanikolaou and his crew at Mega Marine. His advice to crew yearning for a life ashore is simple: “Stick to something that gives you pleasure. Don’t do something totally unrelated. Just do something fun.” Crosby’s 1,800-square-foot store is filled with new things, shipped directly from countries where they are created. And it all started on Sept. 11. Skipper of High Yield then in the Caribbean, the owner called that night to tell Crosby to stay away from the United States for a while. That lasted 20 months, until the boat just couldn’t

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Crosby enjoys first year in new business AFTERLIFE, from page B4 stay out of the yard any longer. “I started putting this [his landbased business] together on that 20month trip,” said Crosby, who came back to Ft. Lauderdale in the fall of 2003. “I’ve made a lot of contacts over the years and I was lining them up.” Sea Breeze Imports in the Harbor Shops off 17th Street celebrates one year in business this month. Crosby called the retail business tough but acknowledged it can be fun as he cut open a box with a model sailboat inside. “You still have to set up the masts and rigging,” he told a customer, “but that’s the fun part.” You can take a sailor off the water, but you can’t take the salt out of his veins. Contact Editor Lucy Chabot Reed at lucy@the-triton.com.

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School’s in: MPT repairs Wilma’s damage By Lucy Chabot Reed Hurricane Wilma may have dampened spirits a bit at Maritime Professional Training – literally, since she blew off part of the company’s roof – but the effects of the storm didn’t bog the school down for long. With repairs recently completed, the Ft. Lauderdale-based school is back on track with upgrades to its training modules. In January, the school completed an upgrade to its radar and ARPA lab with full ECDIS on its four computerized bridges. Added to the main bridge and two wing bridges across the hall, the school now has seven bridges networked in its full-mission simulation system. All the computer software in the radar lab has also been upgraded with the latest GPS and AIS systems. (AIS was available only on the three main bridges before.) The damage from Hurricane Wilma, which hit South Florida in the early morning hours of Oct. 24, has also been repaired. Wilma blew off part of the roof on the engineering building behind the main school, destroying four classrooms and about 40 computers. “We experienced more damage

Instructor James Standring-Smith oversaw lab upgrades. than we thought,” said Julie Liberatore, assistant manager and regulation liaison at MPT. By mid-January, repairs had been completed and the rebuilt classrooms have new carpet, furniture and computers. “The goal has always been to build the classrooms up to SMART level,” Liberatore said, referring to the separate campus that houses the high-tech simulator and radar lab. “Hurricane Wilma hurried that along.” Also in 2006, the school announced it has purchased more square footage – the old auto parts store that shared

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its building on South Andrews Avenue. That space has been turned into a new, larger seminar room for groups or special events. In March, MPT plans a graphics upgrade for the 49 computers that run its simulator system. The upgrade will make clouds, swell and other environmental factors more realistic, as well as give instructors more options when creating simulated situations, said Scott Field, an instructor who manages the simulator system. Contact Editor Lucy Chabot Reed at lucy@the-triton.com.


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Caviar is unique in taste and price I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think of anything finer in life River and the St. Lawrence Seaway. than the taste of beluga, osetra and Although these types of farm raised sevruga caviar. For us yacht chefs, it is a and American wild sturgeon caviar are must staple to have expensive, they are half the price of onboard. their Caspian cousin, though they taste Unfortunately very similar even to discriminating for the lovers of connoisseurs. such expensive American caviar is from the mouth candy, transmontanus sturgeon, the white the price tag just sturgeon, and is similar in taste to went up and you osetra. Stolt Sea Farms now raise the will have to go fish. underground to American hackleback sturgeon is Culinary Waves get it. native to the Mississippi River and is Mary Beth In September, the most abundant sturgeon in the wild Lawton Johnson the United States today. It produces small, inky black enacted a ban on eggs that have a long shelf life. caviar from the Caspian Sea. Due to White sturgeon is from the waters of over-fishing, pollution and declining the Pacific Coast from southern Alaska habitats, the beluga sturgeon suffered to Mexico. The roe resembles osetra. a 90 percent loss in Canada has five types its population. The of sturgeon native to Ever since the United States asked for its waters, and their Soviet Union a plan that included a roe is sweet and large. dissolved, so has the Two of them are nearly six-month renewable resource for the identical to osetra. wild sturgeon, and countries bordering the no one seems to Their roe is dark, not Caspian Sea, but they salty, with sweet hints. care except for the never submitted one. Paddlefish is a Ever since the Soviet United States, but cousin to the sturgeon Union dissolved, so has but its roe is allowed to American requests the wild sturgeon, and be called caviar. Native to protect the no one seems to care to the Mississippi resource have been River, the roe is gray except for the United ignored. States. and smaller than true That means the price sturgeon caviar. is more than $3,000US Kaluga sturgeon a pound for the precious cargo, with is from China and France and is farm no end in sight. Luckily for us chefs, raised. we can make do with other affordable Siberian sturgeon are new to the alternatives such as farm-raised market and there was little data sturgeon varieties similar in taste to available on this variety. the real deal. There are some really Other high-quality caviar can be unique caviars coming into the market substituted for the sturgeon types if and I want to introduce them to you. I you would like some variety. Bowfin or have also included some farms that sell mudfish are found in the muddy waters them. of Louisiana. It is called Cajun caviar Only the roe from the female and it produces sturgeon-like eggs sturgeon and paddlefish can be called Salmon is probably the most caviar, but the roe from other fish can identified fake caviar around. Large, also be called caviar with the name of plump and salty with a lingering after the fish preceding it. bite, these roe are orange. Trout caviar If you are looking for caviar similar is also orange, but smaller than salmon. to the Caspian kind, similar sturgeon Tobiko is a flying fish native to Japan species swim in rivers in North with tiny, crunchy eggs. This caviar, America such as the Hudson River, See CAVIAR, page B9 the Sacramento River, the Mississippi


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Australian Barramundi with Canadian Caviar Beurre Blanc For Beurre Blanc: 1 shallot, peeled and sliced 1 clove garlic 1 sprig thyme 1 1/2 cups white wine 2 black peppercorns 1 1/2 cups fish stock 1 cup heavy cream 8 oz butter, cut into cubes and chilled Salt and pepper to taste 25 g Canadian caviar

Slowly add the cubes of butter to the blender. Season and reserve in a warm place. Add the caviar to the beurre blanc just before serving Barramundi Fillets: Vegetable oil to saute Salt and pepper to taste 4 7-ounce barramundi fillets

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Heat a saute pan over high Combine the first five ingredients in a saucepan and heat and add a little oil. Season the fish fillets with reduce the wine until nearly salt and pepper and place in evaporated. the hot pan, browning both Add the fish stock sides. and reduce until almost Place in preheated oven just evaporated. until cooked.Top with caviar Add the cream and reduce beurre blanc and serve with a by half. Strain and discard the solids. side of fresh vegetables. Put hot liquid into a blender Serves 4 and puree.

Once a caviar tin is opened, it must be used in a day or two CAVIAR, from page B8 popular at sushi bars, is sometimes artificially colored. Whitefish has roe that is golden in color and mild in flavor. It makes a great sauce enhancer. As with all caviars, air causes oxidation of the product, so if you open a tin of caviar, use it within a day or two. If exposed to the air too long, the eggs will explode and melt, turning oily. Some uses for the new caviars are caviar sandwiches; caviar and fried green tomatoes; eggs and caviar for breakfast; and, with the newly available flavored caviars on the market, as a flavor addition in salads and sauces. Stolt Sea Farms offers the American caviar identical to their Caspian cousins. Contact them at 1-800-5250333. Costs are $70 for a 1-ounce jar. Their parent company is Sterling Caviar. Collins Caviar Company offers different varieties of American caviar such as the flavored caviar citron, gravalax, or the smoked golden whitefish. Contact them at 1-800-7154034. Mountain Lake Fisheries also offers

the golden whitefish caviar, which is apricot-colored roe with a delicate crunchy flavor. Contact them at 1-888809-0826. Sunburst Trout Company in North Carolina offers trout roe, which has a butter-like silky finish and mild marine taste. Contact them at 1-800-673-3051. Tsar Nicoulai.com offers some of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest caviar, some California farm raised with such varieties as the ginger whitefish, wasabi whitefish, beet and saffron whitefish, and the popular truffled whitefish. It offers imported caviars as well. There are alternatives to the higherpriced, black market caviars of the Caspian Sea that our owners and guests are used to, and there are more varieties coming on the market. With these new varieties, our purse strings wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel the sting as bad. Mary Beth Lawton Johnson is a certified executive pastry chef and Chef de Cuisine. A professional yacht chef since 1991, she has been chef aboard M/Y Rebecca since 1999. Visit her Web site at www.themegayachtchef.com or contact her through editorial@the-triton.com.

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Make March your month: Step up to nutrition, health March is National Nutrition Month. kidney beans, chopped eggs, and lowThis doesn’t mean you should just eat fat dressing to mixed-green salads. healthfully for the next 31 days. Rather, l Choose hearty soups such as this is a good time to reflect on your minestrone, chicken and vegetable, eating and exercise black bean, or lentil. habits and make l Munch on snacks such as oatmeal changes to improve raisin cookies, low-fat fig bars, low-fat your health and puddings, frozen yogurt, fruit breads, happiness. crackers, granola bars, and fruit. 3. Play it safe with foods. Prepare, To do this, consider these five handle and store food properly to keep points: it safe and free of bacteria that cause 1. Make smart food-borne illness. Follow these four choices from simple steps: Take It In every food group. l Clean – wash hands and surfaces Carol Bareuther What might these often. For example, wash cutting be? Whole grains boards, knives, utensils and counter for starters. Whole grains are better tops in hot soapy water after preparing sources of fiber and other important each food item and before going on to nutrients like selenium, potassium and the next one. magnesium than refined grains. Good l Separate – don’t cross sources of whole grains are barley, contaminate. If possible, use one brown rice, buckwheat, bulgur (cracker cutting board for raw meat products wheat), millet, oatmeal, popcorn, and another for salads and other foods, whole-wheat products and wild rice. which are ready to be eaten. Refined grains are those l Cook – to a proper in which the husk, Get the most nutrition temperature. Make sure bran and germ have there are no cold spots out of your calories. been removed, leaving in food (where bacteria Choose the most only the endosperm. can survive) when nutritionally rich Examples of refined cooking in a microwave foods you can from grains include white oven. For best results, bread, white rice and cover food, stir and each food group white flour. rotate for even cooking. daily. Such foods as The next If there is no turntable, whole-grain breads fundamental food rotate the dish by hand and cereals, rice, beans, once or twice during group is fruits and vegetables. Eat them pasta, vegetables and cooking. fresh, frozen or canned, fruits are considered l Chill – refrigerate but preferably without promptly. Think “divide nutrient-dense a lot of added butter, and conquer.” Separate because they supply dressings or other fatty large amounts of sauces. Low fat or skim vitamins, minerals, leftovers into small, dairy products follow protein, carbohydrates shallow containers for fourth in importance, quicker cooling in the and dietary fiber. while palm-sized refrigerator. servings of lean protein 4. Find your balance foods like chicken, fish and turkey between food and physical activity. round out your plate. Variety is the Regular physical activity is important spice of life and definitely the key to a for your overall health and fitness plus healthful diet. it helps control body weight, promotes 2. Get the most nutrition out a feeling of well-being and reduces of your calories. Choose the most the risk of chronic diseases. Experts nutritionally rich foods you can from recommend that you perform at least each food group daily. Such foods as 20 minutes of brisk physical activity at whole-grain breads and cereals, rice, least three times a week. beans, pasta, vegetables and fruits are Dishing out moderate portions of considered nutrient-dense because food is a good way to assure that you they supply vitamins, minerals, protein, don’t eat back the calories you burned carbohydrates and dietary fiber. during exercise. By comparison, sweet foods that 5. Finally, realize that the food and are high in sugar such as candy bars, physical activity choices made today – donuts and cookies are not considered and every day – affect your health and nutrient dense because they are high how you feel today and in the future. in fat and contain only insignificant Eating right and being physically active amounts of vitamins and minerals. are the tickets to a healthy lifestyle. This is why these foods are referred to as supplying “empty” calories. Ways Carol Bareuther is a registered dietitian to eat more nutrient foods are: and a regular contributor to The Triton. l Add low-fat cheese, low-fat cottage Contact her through editorial@thecheese, garbanzo beans (chick peas), triton.com.

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Half an hour, fully fit: Treat your body daily It’s worth reiterating: Treat your body to 30 minutes play a day. Try to plan your workout in your mind so that when you do begin, you will flow for the entire 30 minutes. We must learn to get the maximum efficiency with every jump or repetition. The best way to get the most out of your workout is Go Figure not only to plan the Pat Teodosio workout in your mind before hand but to visualize each move as you do it throughout your workout. Concentrate on your breathing. Don’t hold your breath when you exert energy, release it. Visualize muscles working with each exhalation and concentrate on the rest by inhaling deeply. Muscles need oxygen. This will not only enhance your workout and build your body, but it will also help you relax and build your mind. Start with stretching to warm up. Reach high, bend to touch your toes. Stretch one arm up overhead and bend at the waist to the opposite side. Do the other side stretch. Reach high and bend down to your toes again. Stretch in all directions for about 5 minutes. Do 1 minute of jumping jacks at a pace that equals about 70 jacks. It’s not so important to widen your stance; the muscles are getting a workout and this is mostly for cardiovascular anyway. When you finish, get your inflated ball and put it against a wall between your tailbone and lower back. (Don’t begin with the ball too low; I’ve seen many people fall.) Put your feet in front with an angle going back to the knee. Pushing your lower back against the ball, make a motion like you are sitting in a chair, pushing your hips back as the ball rolls up your back. Now stand but don’t lock your knees straight. Do these for 3 minutes. You can hold weights to increase the workout. Go immediately to jumping jacks, about 1 minute or 70 jumps. Get your heart rate up and try to keep it there. After this round of jumping jacks, grab your 10-pound dumbbells for lunges. Let’s start with side lunges. Stand with your feet together. Take one leg and step about 3 feet to the side, facing front. Your knee will bend a little, but don’t squat too far. We’re working the thigh muscles (inside, outside, top and bottom). Squatting deeper doesn’t work them any harder. Step back so your feet are together and do the same on the other side. Do these for 3 minutes, then do a 1

Squatting too deeply will only damage your knees, not work your thighs. PHOTO/LUCY REED minute/70 jump set of jumping jacks. Next, do walking lunges. With your feet together, step forward about 3 feet. Your front knee will bend but don’t squat too far. Then push back to a standing position with your feet together. Do these for 3 minutes, and then do a set of jumping jacks. We’ll complete the leg muscle group with some calf raises. Find a step. Even a step of just a few inches will work. (The water-tight engine room doorway is good for this, if your engineer doesn’t mind.) Put the balls of your feet on the step, raise and lower your body using only your feet and calf muscles for 3 minutes. Another set of jumping jacks. You can do another set of these if you want the extra workout, but don’t try these with weights as you’ll need to hold on to something. Warm down with a few minutes of stretching the legs. Reach high and bend over to touch the toes, easing into it to let the hamstrings stretch. Now that they are warm, you’ll notice you can reach farther than you could when you started your workout. You have just planned and completed a leg workout that took only about 30 minutes. Keep at it and I’ll talk to you next month. Pat Teodosio has been in the fitness industry for 30 years and owned Southport Gym in Ft. Lauderdale for 13 years. He now owns Go Figure, a 30minute workout studio on 17th Street. Contact him through editorial@thetriton.com.


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So you’re not satisfied with the standard camera fare? Here’s a primer on what you need to have to be able to capture remarkable photos.

Getting dynamite from a digital camera Welcome aboard, photography enthusiasts. From our last meeting you know that if you are happy making 4by-6-inch prints, a digital camera with a three megapixel capture device and a good lens will suit you just fine. If you want enhanced quality and the ability to increase the print size of your photographs, Photo Exposé follow three James Schot guidelines: Get a camera that has a capture device with a higher resolution (for example, 2, 4, 6 or 8 megapixels; the more, the better); a capture device that is physically larger in size (specifications such as 1/3.6, 1/2, 1/1.8, 2/3, 35mm film size, with each successive size better than the preceding one); and a quality versatile zoom lens. The quality of a lens, like the quality of the capture device chip, will naturally improve with its physical size, but this leads us to more professional, expensive equipment. Apart from size, I look for my lenses to be made with glass elements versus optical poly-carbons, and certainly not made from plastic. This information is rarely forthcoming with any camera’s specifications. For peace of mind, accept that there are many digital camera manufacturers that make excellent products. Obviously, as with any product line, compact cameras higher in price are likely (though not certain) to have better features. Quality has its price; you simply need to look for a sale. By the way, in a previous article I mentioned that compact cameras rarely come with a lens able to give true wide-angle view, that is, a 28mm equivalent, or powerful optical zoom capabilities. Triton reader Mark Buhler e-mailed to note that in Europe some models have 7X zoom capability (as opposed to the norm of 3-4X). That gives you an optical range from 35mm to 245mm (wow). Thanks for the tip, Mark. Since the New Year, a few models (Panasonic is one) with these powerful optical lenses are available stateside. One final consideration in making a good compact camera purchase is termed “memory storage.” Your camera is capable of taking photographs of a certain maximum resolution, and every

megapixel photo you take has to be stored on a memory card. The larger the card, the more photographs you can store. These cards are a separate item inserted and removed from your camera. They are available in the form of a CompactFlash, Secure Digital, Memory Stick, Mini SD, Multimedia, or xD-Picture card. All these cards work fine, except for Smart Media, which is no longer supported, so don’t buy anything using this storage. They come in various storage capabilities up to 8 gigabytes as of this writing. The exception is the Memory Stick, which is exclusive to Sony, with a maximum 2 gigabyte storage capacity to date. Which type should you choose? Do you already own a camcorder using Secure Digital cards, or a Sony product using a Memory Stick? You may then wish to stay with cameras using the same storage for compatibility, which will save you money. And what size card – that is, how much storage capability – should you buy? Smaller cards (32, 64 and 128 megabytes) are available, but I would not buy anything smaller than 256 megabytes or larger than 2 gigabytes (with Sony, 4 or 8 gigabytes for the other manufacturers) right now. Why? Cards too small do not hold enough and the largest capacity cards are the latest products and more expensive. I have several cards of medium capacity at hand and this works fine for me. All my equipment use CF (CompactFlash) cards. There are a number of manufactures of these cards, providing me options and competitive pricing. Options include levels of read/ write speeds, indicated by a numbered “x”, such as 12x, 16x, up to 66x (150 KB per second), and professionally secure cards are better able to withstand shocks and heat. New developments are always of interest to me, but generally they are made to meet the most demanding situations. In other words, shopping by price is a great guideline to meet your needs. I was going to begin getting into using your cameras to capture great pictures, but I’m out of space. Until next time, permission to come ashore. James Schot has been a professional photographer for 27 years and owns Schot Designer Photography. Feel free to contact him at james@bestschot.com with photographic questions or queries for future columns.

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Try these new puzzles based on numbers. There is only one rule for these new number puzzles: Every row, every column and every 3x3 box must contain the digits 1 through 9 only once. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need arithmetic. Nothing has to add up to anything else. All you need is reasoning and logic. (Answers, page B5) Start with the Calm puzzle above. Then try your luck in the Stormy seas at right. Tips and computer program at www.sudoku. com. Good luck.

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Classics of the Caribbean By Donna Mergenhagen There are certain books that merit a permanent place aboard yachts sailing the Caribbean. These perennial favorites have been stowed aboard for years and the dog-eared pages attest to the consistent appeal. Each book captures the unique flavor of the setting and characterizes unforgettable island residents. Herman Wouk’s “Don’t Stop the Carnival” is a must for anyone considering the purchase of a business or property in the Caribbean. Reality meets expectations when a New York press agent “retires” to own an island bed and breakfast. Distinctly different from the rest of his work, “Carnival” is autobiographic. Wouk and his family lived in the islands for seven years, experiencing firsthand the frustration of island time and priority. Always on the radar screen since its publication in 1965, it became new again after Jimmy Buffett wrote a musical version for the stage. “Out Island Doctor” is the autobiography of Evans Cottman. Published in 1963 with line drawing illustrations, it tells of his patient care experiences. The simple observations of poverty and isolation are balanced with reverence for the rich culture and affection for his patients. The 1960s were a time of dramatic change in the Caribbean, and Robert Wilder depicted those changes in dozens of books. “An Affair of Honor” and “Winds from the Carolinas” are two titles worth sampling. “Wind from the Carolinas” is an historical epic bridging a century and a half. Behind the family tale filled with adventure and romance is a fascinating history of the ties between the Caribbean and the Southeastern United States. Both the American Revolution and the Civil War initiated emigration from the America to the islands. The new residents included “colonial” plantation owners, freed slaves and investment entrepreneurs. “Wind from the Carolinas” personalizes the story of those new residents interfacing with native inhabitants. “An Affair of Honor” is a snapshot of

Tempted by these descriptions? Start your library off right with a vintage copy of “Don’t Stop the Carnival,” offered free by Donna Mergenhagen to the first reader who wants it. This is Doubleday’s first pocketbook edition, printed in 1965, so it’ll put you back in time. Call Editor Lucy Reed at 954-525-0029. the ’60s in the Bahamas. The concept of Paradise Island and Nassau being destination resorts for gamblers and boaters is in its infancy. Wilder paints a picture of cultures colliding during the decade. In each of his Caribbean novels, Wilder illustrates the interdependence of the Caribbean and South Florida. Although written in the ’60s, his books portray timeless themes in tropical settings. Jean Rhys, born in Dominica, wrote “Wide Sargasso Sea” when she was living in England. Colonialism is the underlying theme of the story set in Jamaica, Dominica and England. During the mid-1800s there was a power shift among the Dominican inhabitants – English, Creole, and emancipated slaves. Guadeloupe native Maryse Conde writes in French. Her award-wining novels are wrapped in Caribbean cultural traditions. “Tree of Life” is the story of three generations of a family. The patriarch leaves Guadeloupe to make his fortune on the construction of the Panama Canal. His choices and wealth alter the options of his children and grandchildren. Subtle humor and nuance are hallmarks of Conde’s work and survive translation into English. There also are exceptional contemporary works set in the Caribbean. Peter Matthiesson, Bob Shacochis, Mark Kurlansky and David McCullough add to the picture of the evolution of the region. Native poets and playwrights regularly win recognition and awards. Enjoy. Donna Mergenhagen owns Well Read, a used book store in Ft. Lauderdale. Contact her at 954-467-8878.

Feed your reading habit with some free books Publishers often send us books to review and we can’t possibly review them all. So we’re giving them away. We have only one of each book, so if you can use either of them, call Editor Lucy Reed at lucy@the-triton.com. First come, first served. “Reeds Professional Yacht Logbook,” compiled by Michael and Frances Howorth (www.adlardcoles. com) specifically for the large yacht market to aid the requirement by law to keep a log both on passage and in port. Fully compliant with ISM, ISPS,

MARPOL and Merchant Shipping Act requirements, the logbook covers a three-month period. This large book cannot be mailed, so only folks in Ft. Lauderdale (or coming soon), please. “100 Fast & Easy Boat Improvements,” by Don Casey (International Marine Sailboat Library, $14.95, www.internationalmarine.com). Casey is the author of “This Old Boat” and offers simple, practical ways on all kinds of boat repairs. Most likely valuable to the smaller boat owner or the captain in charge of a project.

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thinking his family was complete and being blessed with a healthy little girl, he looked into HSAs. Capt. Scott purchased an $8 million lifetime policy for $425 a month. This was a major medical policy for a 40year-old couple and child. It does not cover minor incidences or doctor office visits. He chose not to purchase a rider for those incidences as he felt he could cover that expense himself when needed. With a high deductible of $10,000, Capt. Scott was able to write off the $5,250 a year he paid in premiums, in addition to his Roth or traditional IRA investments. His health savings account will grow tax free and can be used for any medical expenses he or his family might have. He also chose to purchase a deductible rider to cover his deductible should he have a major incident during the first two years before he has had time to build up his HSA. The major medical policy he chose covers 100 percent of his medical expenses after the deductible, which was important to him. If Capt. Scott does not tap into his account for a major health reason, he will have more than $130,000 to spend on supplemental health insurance when he retires. And if he chooses, he can adjust his contributions as his life situation changes. There are many HSA options. Do some research to see what makes sense for you and your budget. Remember, you have already worked hard to make your money so use some of that money to work for your future. A former captain, Mark A. Cline is a financial consultant and mortgage broker, and is national marketing director for Capital Choice, a financial services firm with offices in Ft. Lauderdale. Contact him at (954) 7613983 or mark.cline@capitalchoice.net.

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By Jack Horkheimer In early March, the constellation Gemini the Twins is at its best for viewing in early evening. While most people have heard of Castor and Pollux – the brightest two stars of Gemini – not many people are aware that these twin brothers have a magnificent assortment of hidden siblings. During the first two weeks of March at about 8 p.m. your time, face due south. A third of the way up from the horizon you’ll see the brightest star in the heavens, Sirius, which marks the eye of Orion’s bigger dog and, just up to Sirius’ right, the bright stars that mark Orion himself. Up much higher and to Orion’s left you will encounter two more bright stars, which are named for the famous twin brothers in Greek mythology Castor and Pollux. Pollux, the brighter of the two, is closer to the horizon and if you look closely, has a slightly orange tint to it. Castor, although a tiny bit dimmer, is a bright white. For more than 2,000 years these two stars were considered the patrons of all sailors and seafaring peoples. Plus, they have also long been associated with the phenomenon called “St. Elmo’s fire.” As ancient as these twin stars are, modern science has revealed there is much hidden from the naked eye. Upon closer examination we find that Pollux is humongous, almost 11 times the diameter of our own million-milewide Sun. Dimmer Castor however is not to be outdone by his brother because he hides magnificent secrets. With telescopes and other instruments, Castor has revealed himself to be more than just one star. During the late 18th century, astronomers discovered that when they looked at Castor through a telescope it had a companion. Thus Castor became the first true binary star ever discovered. Later, as telescopes improved and other astronomical instruments were invented, astronomers were astonished to find out that both Castor and his hidden brother also each had a companion, which made Castor a quadruple star. Then, surprise of surprises, several years later, two more smaller siblings were found, which gave Castor the distinction of being not just a quadruple star but a sextuplet. This spot in the heavens held three pairs of stars all moving about each other in an extremely intricate and magnificent cosmic ballet, with four stars being bigger than our sun.

Finding Orion’s dogs

Speaking of Orion, it seems that constellation is almost everyone’s favorite. Faithful hunting companions

Canis Major and Canis Minor should not be overlooked because their brightest stars are quite wonderful. Any night in mid March, face due south between 7 and 9 p.m. your time and you’ll see Orion the Hunter. Three bright stars in a row mark his belt, two bright stars mark his shoulders and two bright stars mark his knees. To find his two faithful hunting dogs, remember that they follow him across the sky. To find his first dog use the belt trick. Shoot an imaginary arrow down through Orion’s belt and that arrow will land on Sirius, the eye of Orion’s bigger dog (and the brightest star we can see with the naked eye). Sirius is mentioned in practically every culture that kept records. Even in ancient Egypt it was called the Dog Star. Whenever it was visible rising before the Sun it was used as a predictor that the Nile River would soon flood and make the land of Egypt fertile for planting. Today we know that Sirius is among the closest of all stars, only 8.6 light years away. We have to add the fact that it is almost twice as wide as our Sun, and because it is so much hotter is 23 times brighter. It has a special companion star called a white dwarf. That’s special because even though it has the same mass as our Sun, it is only two Earths wide, which makes its material so dense that a teaspoon of it would weigh several tons on Earth. Not to be out done, the brightest star of Orion’s other dog Procyon, though not quite as bright as Sirius, is even bigger, 2.3 times our Sun’s diameter. But because it is not as hot a star as Sirius it shines only 6 times brighter than our Sun. It too, like Sirius, is close, only 11.3 light years away. And strangely, like Sirius, it too has a white dwarf companion star.

Leo, Spring approach

Spring is here because Leo the Lion will replace Orion in late March. Look southwest and you’ll see Orion’s bright stars getting ready to exit, making way for the much bigger constellation Leo, king of springtime skies. Leo’s two brightest stars put our Sun to shame. Regulus is one and one half times bigger and because it is much hotter, it is 140 times brighter. Leo’s tail star Denebola is twice as wide as our Sun and even though it’s not as hot as Regulus, it is 20 times brighter. Jack Horkheimer is executive director of the Miami Museum of Science. This is the script for his weekly television show co-produced by the museum and WPBT Channel 2 in Miami. It is seen on public television stations around the world. For more information about stars, visit www.jackstargazer.com.


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Aries: Pay attention for a message Aries (March 20-April 19) –

Separate the wheat from the chaff now, Aries. With Mercury retrograde from the 3rd until the 25th, your inner life is churning like an outboard motor. Things are moving fast. It’s time to step back, slow down, and listen carefully to what your subconscious self is saying. This inner messenger Looking Up speaks through Maya White events, dreams and even other mates. Listen carefully.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) Your

creative juices are turned up a notch, so get started. Follow that dream and there is no time like the present. Some practical matters have to be worked out, but do not let that stop your momentum. You have so much to offer; release your gift and watch the ripples of your efforts expand. Put it in writing on the 4th. The journey of a lifetime begins with one step.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) Mars

traveling through your sign provides extra fuel. Just take care that you don’t burn out with all the activity. It’s an excellent time to begin that new building project, or anything else using your hands, including getting a start on that writing project. Yes, Mercury retrograde mid-month affects you, and this one is no exception. Expect mechanical meltdowns and communication breakups. But, it’s also a time when we have greater access to natural brilliance and insights. Focus on the latter.

Cancer (June 21-July 21) The

Moon in Cancer on the 8th and 9th serves up some pretty nice aspects. Things pretty much flow to you, though it’s not like you to sit around just waiting, either. Those of you seeking funding for education or other longterm projects will likely meet with success. You are honored and wise, sage; share your insights with someone who really needs your assistance.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 22) There is much

to melt even a lion’s heart this month. Situations = frustration. Relationships = smoke and mirrors. Your winning card, though, is attitude. Nobody can take that away from you. Hold on to your secret charm. Focus and center into that warm bright space inside of you, put on a smile and dance. The Moon is in your sign the weekend of the 10th and 11th, which is good for going out, but Mars cruising with

Uranus says also “play it safe.”

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Lunar

eclipses are like an eyesplice between the sun and moon, and often activate issues of loss or confusion related to the home and/or emotional relationships. And, yes, there is a full Moon eclipse on the 14th in Virgo this month, but this one also comes dressed as inventive flashes of genius. Your dreams are at an all-time high. You simply need freedom to expand and explore all possibilities. Plan time away; a change in perspective facilitates great transformation.

the time to make practical decisions. Venus conjunct Neptune in your sign on the 26th looks like the most beautiful kumatage you have ever seen. And, some of you meet a soul mate like no other. Others merge into creativity through art or music. It’s a mystical union, but for how long remains to unfold.

Pisces (Feb. 18-March 19)

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 21) With both

Relationship matters take much of your time and attention this month. This is very likely the beginning of a long-term trend, too, so pay attention, and walk back handsomely. Yours is the sign of a dreamer, but take a look around from time to time. And feel it out using your internal guidance system; of all the signs, yours is the most reliable. Don’t be bullied by an outburst on the 10th; it’s real, but then, so are you.

Scorpio (Oct. 22-Nov. 21) Smart

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Venus and Mars traveling through air signs, you are looking good and feeling better. To stay on track remember Libra is a cardinal, action starting sign. You now initiate more than just relationships. The 16th is an excellent day to scrutinize your world. Your lead line is accurate; you know where to go, and the way is clear. Scorpios are mysterious and cool this month. It’s OK to turn on your charm and point, because many people are just playing around now. You can do it that way, too, though it’s not really your nature. Keep a tight lid on two cookie jars; the one where you keep your extra money, as well as the one that has fattening goodies. It’s an opportune time to replace old negative habits with new positive ones. One exception, create a stellar evening out where anything can happen on the 25th.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) A

family member needs extra attention this time around. It seems to draw you away from many tasks at hand, but really, what can be more important? You know that a fathom is a nautical unit of length equal to six feet, but are you aware that it was once defined by an act of Parliament as “the length of a man’s arms around the object of his affections.” So, remember when you can’t fathom what the problem is, a hug works wonders.

Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) The

mountain peak that was so clearly in view recedes back into the distance, leaving you to philosophize and regroup for a clear victory later this year. There are just too many obstacles now. What seems like a frustrating delay will prove to be valuable in the future. Keep a tight port tack and play it safe. It always works that way, especially when things are out of your control.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) You

are plucked out of ordinary reality this month, for better or worse. It’s just not

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March 14, 9-noon A Triton Connection seminar with U.S. Coast Guard and immigration officials

Last year’s immigration seminar drew captains, crew and industry FILE PHOTO business people during SeaTrade. Join The Triton for a Coast Guard briefing on old regulations that are being newly applied to megayachts beginning this spring. Then stay for a panel-type discussion of U.S. immigration issues with several high-ranking officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Come ready to ask questions and get answers. Perhaps we can convince them that the yachting industry, at least in South Florida, needs a designated yacht supervisor so guidelines are consistently applied. This free seminar is held in conjunction with the 22nd annual SeaTrade Cruise Shipping Convention and the International Superyacht Symposium at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Attendees to The Triton’s event will have access to the trade show floor and discounts for the symposium. Register online at www.superyachtmiami. com, or call The Triton at 954-525-0029.

Baseball spring training starts Through April 30 Wired to Win:

Surviving the Tour de France, IMAX, Ft. Lauderdale, 401 S.W. Second St., 954467-6637 or 954-463-IMAX (4629). Fly through the Pyrenees into the lives of internationally ranked cyclists in one of the world’s most grueling competitions – the 21-day Tour de France. Various dates and times.

Hour, our monthly social held the first Wednesday of every month. This month, the social follows our discussion on crew health insurance. If you just want to socialize, come over from 7-9 p.m. at Camille’s Café in the new Harbor Shops, just south of 17th Street in Ft. Lauderdale. www.thetriton.com, 954-525-0029

March 1 First annual Triton broker

March 1 Major League Baseball’s

luncheon, Ft. Lauderdale, noon. It’s time for brokers to have their say in a Bridge-style roundtable discussion of issues and trends. RSVP to Editor Lucy Reed at lucy@the-triton.com or 954525-0029. Space is limited.

March 1 Update on crew health

insurance, 5:30-7 p.m., Camile’s Café, Ft. Lauderdale. We’ve invited the folks from IMG and MHG, as well as new players in the market of international health insurance for yacht crew. Hear what’s new and available. Camille’s is in the new Harbor Shops, just south of 17th Street at Cordova Road. www.thetriton.com, 954-525-0029

March 1 Come network at The Triton’s Latitude Adjustment

spring training begins in Florida. Baltimore Orioles at Ft. Lauderdale Stadium, 954-776-1921; Florida Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, 561-775-1818; New York Mets at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, 772-871-2115; Los Angeles Dodgers in Holman Stadium, Dodgertown, Vero Beach, 772-569-6858. www.springtrainingonline.com

March 3-12 23rd annual Miami

International Film Festival. More than 60,000 people attended last year to see more than 200 films from 50 countries. www.miamifilmfestival.com

March 7-8 The Management Meeting, a seminar on finance, legal and tax

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Auto racing and tennis make their swing through Florida CALENDAR, from page B26 issues affecting yachts, hosted by The Yacht Report, Columbus Hotel, Monaco. Space is limited to 80. www. theyachtreport.com, karine@theyachtreport.com

March 8 The Triton Bridge luncheon,

Ft. Lauderdale, noon. This is our monthly captainsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roundtable where we discuss the issues and trends of the industry. Yacht captains only. RSVP to Editor Lucy Reed at lucy@the-triton. com or 954-525-0029. Space is limited.

March 9-12 Acura Miami Race Week.

Presented by the Premiere Racing team that does the Key West event each January. www.premiere-racing.com

and parking is free. 954-920-7877, www. thedaniamarinefleamarket.com

April 4 Step Up to Leadership, a

Dale Carnegie management training course for captains and senior officers sponsored by The Triton, Ft. Lauderdale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $350. Space is limited. Reservations: 954-771-8477

April 5 The Triton Bridge luncheon, Ft.

Lauderdale, noon. This is our monthly captainsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roundtable where we discuss the issues and trends of the industry. Yacht captains only. RSVP to Editor Lucy Reed at lucy@the-triton.com or 954-525-0029. Space is limited. 3EE3TAR!DPDF!-

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Calling all crew Join The Triton for our inaugural Under the Bridge roundtable luncheons. Adapted from our successful Bridge luncheons for captains, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re opening the table to other crew positions to talk about your issues. Veterans and new crew alike, on motor and sailing yachts, are welcome. The only qualification you need is to be a hired crew member. Make plans to join us for a meal, some networking and interesting conversation. RSVP to Editor Lucy Chabot Reed at lucy@the-triton.com or 954-525-0029. Space is limited.

March 27

Under the Bridge for stews. Noon in Ft. Lauderdale.

March 28

Under the Bridge for mates and deck officers. Noon in Ft. Lauderdale.

March 29

Under the Bridge for chefs. Noon in Ft. Lauderdale.

March 30

Under the Bridge for engineers. Noon in Ft. Lauderdale.

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March 23-26 21st annual Palm Beach

Boat Show, Palm Beach. Features more than $300 million worth of boats, megayachts and accessories from marine manufacturers around the world. In addition to the in-water portion of the show on the Intracoastal Waterway along Flagler Drive, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show includes more than 100,000 square feet of exhibitor space at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Continuous free shuttle buses connect the two. Boat show tickets are $10. www.showmanagement.com

March 29-April 2 Second annual

Honda Grand Prix, St. Petersburg, Fla. Second race in the 2006 IndyCar Series. Med-style dockage for 50 megayachts available. $15,000 entry includes VIP tickets to the Indy race, pit passes, parties and more. www.gpstpete.com.

March 30-April 2 11th annual St.

Barths Bucket Regatta, fun, nonracing regatta open to yachts over 100 feet (31m). Dock space at Gustavia is limited to 20 boats, race limited to 25 yachts. Skippersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; meeting March 30. Holly Patterson, 401-847-8471.

March 30-April 2 Dania Marine Flea

Market, Dolphins Stadium. Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., admission $12; Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., admission $10. Kids under 12 are free

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March 2006

FLYING for SPIRIT RENEWAL

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The National Fire Protection Association, or NFPA, writes and maintains more than 300 fire-related safety codes and standards that local, state and federal U.S. governments incorporate in their laws and regulations, either verbatim or with minor modifications. Many are Safety Matters referenced in the Blair Duff, CMC Code of Federal Regulations. For example, NFPA 306 is incorporated by reference in both OSHA and UCSG regulations (29 CFR 1915 and 46 CFR “Special Operating Requirements”). Even when they are not written into law, the association’s standards and codes are typically accepted as a professional standard and are recognized by many courts as such. The mission of the NFPA today is to reduce the burden of fire and related hazards on the quality of life. This is accomplished by advocating scientifically based consensus codes and standards, research, and education for fire and related safety issues. Marine industry employees should be familiar with these standards as they apply to the type of service that they provide. Whether in a shipyard or marina, as a vessel operator or manufacturer, those in the yachting industry – even brokers and charter boat managers – should be aware of these fire safety standards. There is no excuse for not making your work environment the safest possible to protect employees and the multimillion-dollar yachts you work on. NFPA standards are one of the best sources to keep vessel, facility and crew safe. You should also be aware of which standards are used locally, whether it is at the state, county or municipality level. Noncompliance fines can be rather expensive and unnecessary. Some marine industry-related standards for yachting are: NFPA 302 Fire Protection Standard for Pleasure and Commercial Motor Craft, 2004

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T E C H N I C A L N E W S F O R C A P TA I N S & C R E W S

The Cirrus SR-22 has her own parachute and enough head and leg room for a 6-foot-5 pilot. By Capt. David Hare

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henever my head becomes saturated with boat issues, I renew my strength and spirit by piloting an airplane. Because I wanted to stay current with the newest technology I decided to get checked out in the carbon fiber Lamborghini of the air, the singleengine aircraft built by Cirrus, an SR22.

The precise feel that a pilot has when piloting the SR-22 is smooth as felt. Some airplanes provide a feedback feel of driving an 18-wheeler. Not so with this sweetheart. She is silky smooth in her response. A very addictive, velvety purr for this guy. This 185-knot beauty has gull wing doors, a wide cockpit that can easily handle a 6-5, 250 pound person, and leather seats that are as comfortable as any first class airliner seat.

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Three things make the SR-22 stand out: 1. Her all-glass cockpit. You fly the plane with two computer panels instead of the old days of steam engine round gauges. 2. The plane is flown with a lefthand joy stick instead of the traditional center mounted yolk. 3. The Cirrus is the only aircraft in the world certified with her own See FLYING, page A37

Now it’s Pauline with an emphasis on Princess By John Freeman

The Princess Pauline’s new main salon features custom cherry cabinetry and flowing lines. PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN FREEMAN

M/Y Princess Pauline has recently finished a $1.5 million refit of its interior and flybridge. Completed at Knight & Carver YachtCenter in San Diego, the 13-year-old yacht’s entire interior was gutted, replaced with a contemporary look designed by Knight & Carver’s Francesco LoCoco. Fabric and finishings were coordinated by Baja-based interior designer Sylvia Cantu. LoCoco also redesigned the 83-foot yacht’s flybridge to include an 8-foot console with an inset BBQ and bar/refrigerator, plus a 6-foot hot tub and room for two 750cc SeaDoos. The flybridge arch was raised 9 inches to 6-foot6 to create more living space.

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Capt. Manny Cesaña, who has skippered the Princess Pauline for a decade, said the difference in the ship is stark. Sylvia Cantu was key to the refit, coordinating the finishings and the fabrics. PHOTO/JOHN FREEMAN

Princess to Mexico for 6 months REFIT from page A32 The main salon includes custom cherry wood cabinetry with flowing lines. The cherry wood continues into the master stateroom quarters – also rebuilt and redesigned, along with the galley. Knight & Carver’s Alan Young was project leader. “What a huge difference,” said Capt. Manny Cesaña, who has skippered the yacht for 10 years. “It’s very luxurious, like the salon of a 95-footer. When the owner first walked in, all he could say was, ‘Wow!’ He’s very pleased.” Princess Pauline was built in 1993 by

Italversil of Italy to the specifications of the current owner. The yacht will cruise the Mexican Rivera over the next six months. The yard has been busy the past year with several high-profile refits, including M/Y Ronin, the 192-foot Lurssen. John Freeman is communications director for Knight & Carver YachtCenter. Prior to that, he spent more than a decade writing for the San Diego Tribune and Union Tribune before joining a public relations firm. Contact him at jfreeman@knightandcarver.com.

Today’s fuel prices

One year ago

Prices for low-sulfur gasoil expressed in US$ per cubic meter (1,000 liters) as of Feb. 15.

Prices for low-sulfur gasoil expressed in US$ per cubic meter (1,000 litres) as of Feb. 20, 2005.

Region Duty-free*/duty paid U.S. East Coast Ft. Lauderdale 519/554 Savannah, Ga. 491/NA Newport, R.I. 533/NA Caribbean St. Thomas, USVI 725/NA St. Maarten 635/NA Antigua 675/NA North Atlantic Bermuda (Ireland Island) NA/NA Bermuda (St. George’s) 712/NA Cape Verde 536/NA Azores 526/NA Canary Islands 518/NA Mediterranean Gibraltar 502/NA Barcelona, Spain 550/1,102 Palma de Mallorca, Spain NA/1,076 Antibes, France 545/1,265 San Remo, Italy 650/1,296 Naples, Italy 652/1,289 Venice, Italy 661/1,315 Corfu, Greece 604/1,157 Piraeus, Greece 574/1,050 Istanbul, Turkey 530/NA Malta 492/NA Tunis, Tunisia 534/NA Oceania Auckland, New Zealand 604/NA Sydney, Australia 543/NA Fiji 568/NA

Region Duty-free*/duty paid U.S. East Coast Ft. Lauderdale 407/433 Savannah, Ga. 416/NA Newport, R.I. 422/NA Caribbean St. Thomas, USVI 505/NA Trinidad 420/NA Antigua 550/NA North Atlantic Bermuda (Ireland Island) 431/NA Bermuda (St. George’s) 472/NA Cape Verde 410/NA Azores 425/NA Canary Islands 422/NA Mediterranean Gibraltar 396/NA Barcelona, Spain 585/1,032 Palma de Mallorca, Spain 467/1,025 Antibes, France 425/1,182 San Remo, Italy 540/1,166 Naples, Italy 541/1,195 Venice, Italy 530/1,189 Corfu, Greece 465/1,015 Piraeus, Greece 437/992 Istanbul, Turkey 410/NA Malta 395/NA Tunis, Tunisia 400/NA Oceania Auckland, New Zealand 405/NA Sydney, Australia 397/NA Fiji 457/NA

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This standard also applies to all vessels while in the United States, its Edition; NFPA 303 Fire Protection territories and possessions, both within Standard for Marinas and Boatyards, and outside of yards. 2006 Edition; and NFPA 306 Standard In other words, this means if you for the Control of Gas Hazards on do any repairs on any vessel, whether Vessels, 2003 Edition. NFPA 302 and at a shipyard, marina, or on a dock at 312 were recently revised and are now your home, this standard applies. NFPA available. 306 is incorporated into law in OSHA’s The main purpose of NFPA 302 is 29CFR1915. to minimize loss of life and property Other NFPA standards that might due to fires and explosions aboard be of interest to Triton readers include: pleasure and commercial vessels. NFPA 312 Standard for Fire Protection It applies to boats fewer than 300 of Vessels during Construction, gross tons that are used for pleasure Conversions, Repair and Lay-up, 2006 or commercial purposes. Chapters Edition; NFPA 51B Standard for Fire include hull, engines, exhaust systems, Prevention during Welding, Cutting fuel systems, cooking and heating and other Hot Work; NFPA 301 Code appliances, electrical systems, lightning for Safety to Life from Fire on Merchant protections, and fire and carbon Vessels; NFPA 307 Standard for the monoxide protection equipment. Construction and Fire Protection of NFPA 303 applies to the Marine Terminals, Piers and Wharves; construction and operation of NFPA 1005 Standard on Professional marinas, boatyards, yacht clubs, Qualifications for Marine Fire Fighting boat condominiums, docking for Land-Based Fire Fighters; and facilities associated with residential NFPA 1405 Guide for Land-Based developments, and all associated Fire Fighters Who Respond to Marine piers, docks and floats. It also applies Vessel Fires. to support facilities and structures To review NFPA’s codes and used for construction, repair, storage, standards online, visit www.nfpa. hauling and launching, and fueling in org. Click on “Codes and Standards” marinas and other facilities servicing on the top blue banner, then chose small recreational and commercial

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A mobile satellite antenna landmark KVH Industries, Inc., announced that it recently shipped its 100,000th antenna, setting a new milestone in the mobile satellite marketplace. The Middletown, R.I., company also announced record annual mobile satellite revenue of $49 million, which contributed to KVHâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s record annual revenue of $71.3 million for fiscal year 2005. KVHâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president and chief executive officer Martin Kits van Heyningen noted the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collaboration with DIRECTV, Microsoft, Cadillac, and Inmarsat in his comments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The demand for mobile access to live media, ranging from satellite TV to broadband Internet, has steadily grown now that cars, boats, and RVs are increasingly seen as extensions of the home,â&#x20AC;? van Heyningen said. The companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s TracVision products employ sophisticated sensors, integrated receivers and high-efficiency parabolic antenna designs to support satellite TV on boats, RVs, and trucks.

next generation of military vessels that combines new materials (carbon fiber) with a networked architecture and a revolutionary hull. The 88-foot-long M-80 Stiletto and Wolf PAC operational experiment was USN (ret) Vice Admiral Arthur Cebrowskiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision for a more adaptive force using high numbers of smaller, faster networked vessels designed for littoral, or near shore, waters and costing less to build than conventional ships. Cebrowski died last November, but the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command is, in effect, implementing the vice admiralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision. The fuel-efficient M-80 is equipped with four Caterpillar engines, yielding a top speed in excess of 50 knots (nearly 60 miles per hour) when fully loaded and can be outfitted with jet drives for shallow water operations and beaching.

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Dometic introduces new chiller

Dometic Environmental Corporation of Pompano Beach, Fla., has introduced a new family of compact chiller units, which will be marketed under the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cruisair brand name. The TWC-series chillers, which are being offered in 24,000 and 36,000 BTU capacities, are intended to provide flexible and economical circulatedwater air conditioning solutions for boats 70 feet and larger. Multiple units can be staged to provide maximum flexibility and optimum power management for the boatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s electrical load. The reverse-cycle systems provide heating as well as cooling for yearround comfort. The chillers use environmentally friendly R410A refrigerant, meeting the international standards for phase-out of ozone-depleting chemicals.

M Ship launches boat for Navy

M Ship Co. of San Diego announced the launch of the M80 Stiletto, designed as an operational experiment for the Pentagonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office of Force Transformation. It is an example of the

An onboard fire can spread quickly, causing destruction and possibly injury. To extinguish fires as fast as possible, Just-In Case Fire Co. offers the Fire Caddy DC to provide minutes of extended fire fighting performance.                                The Fire Caddy DC is a 12-volt selfcontained fire foam suppression system that provides the fire fighting capability of up to 12 large fire extinguishers. It can be used for supplemental fire protection and in conjunction with installed powder systems for engine fire protection. The system incorporates FlameOut,

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an environmentally friendly, nontoxic biodegradable suppressant that is engineered to extinguish Class A and B fires. The cooling properties of FlameOut ensure that hot spots don’t re-ignite. Additionally, FlameOut is the only certified Halon replacement approved for both commercial and residential use. Resembling a small toolbox, the Fire Caddy DC delivers about 6.5 gallons a minute at 110 psi. A 5-foot suction hose, extendable to 15 feet, delivers water from any potable reservoir. Standard features include a 25minute duty motor, a wall plug charger and 2.5 gallons of FlameOut. To enable boaters to fight fires from a safer distance than with handheld extinguishers, 25 feet of 3/4-inch layflat fire hose with nozzle is also included. The Fire Caddy DC retails for $1,900. For more information, visit www. justincasefire.com or call 866-652-2339.

Sea-Fire expands into Thailand

Sea-Fire Marine has established distribution with Reacon Equipment Company Ltd. of Thailand to supply Sea-Fire’s marine fire protection products into the Thai market. Sea-Fire’s clean agent systems provide fast and effective automatic fire protection, safe for people and environmentally responsible.

New antifouling paint on market

Designed for professional application, a new ablative antifouling from Pettit Marine Paint of Rockaway, N.J., is the latest addition to the Procoatings line of antifouling paints. With a dual biocide formula of 40 percent copper and Irgarol, Horizons Pro provides markedly better performance than Horizons, which contains copper only. It offers a slow, controlled wearing away of paint film to eliminate yearly build-up of bottom paint and keep the hull smooth. Boats can be relaunched without repainting. Horizons Pro is available in blue, green, red and black.

Simrad to merge with Lowrance

Simrad Yachting AS has agreed to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Lowrance Electronics, Inc., for $37 per share. Under terms of the merger agreement, Navico Acquisition Corp., a newly formed wholly owned subsidiary of Simrad Yachting, will commence a cash tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of Lowrance and will complete a second step merger at the same price.


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First take-off in this Cirrus was exhilarating FLYING from page A32 parachute. If all goes to hell and some sort of catastrophe is about to occur, you simply pull a handle that deploys a rocket sending out a large parachute that will allow the entire aircraft to float gently to the ground. I was impressed how all of the newest electronic instrumentation on the bridge of my command, the 70-foot M/V Thunder (which requires a couple of square meters of space), is contained in an area of 2 square feet in the cockpit of the SR-22. After visiting five airports and several FBOs (fixed based operators) in South Florida, I found Rick Wright, owner of Correct Aviation Services based at the Pompano Airport (945-545-0405). Wright is retired from a career with United Airlines and has a growing fleet of new Cirrus SR-20 and SR22 aircraft available. His two brothers are licensed yacht captains, the oldest in command of M/Y Stein Song, so he understood that my schedule of classes and flights could be canceled at any moment due to the whim of my vessel’s owner. Wright had no problem being flexible on scheduling. Other flight schools would not agree to this without implementing cancellation fees. Wright’s business offers initial flight training as well as upgrade training for licensed pilots. The program starts with a week or so of ground school, which is comprised of sitting down with a computer and studying three DVDs on the airframe, power plant, avionics and appropriate speeds. The first day of class starts with a written test on how well you understood the information on the DVDs. Next, a one-on-one with the instructor

is dedicated to answering questions, followed by discussing scenarios on emergency procedures. The first time in the plane is dedicated to the startup procedure and making sure that the information gained from the DVDs is put into practice. You’ll be asked to make the computers do what you want them to, such as entering a flight plan to a destination. The first take-off is just thrilling. Using a left-hand stick comes naturally within minutes. Being able to watch the computer screens for an amazing amount of flight data is remarkable. One screen, called a Primary Flight Display, shows all the data required to fly the aircraft, such as air speed, altitude, heading, vertical speed, barometric pressure, and altitude select for the autopilot, just to name a few. The second screen, known as the Multi-Function Display, details the navigation information with the aircraft in the middle of a moving map, much like Nobletec on a yacht. However, this screen also has the ability to show you other aircraft within 10 miles, weather information in real time showing clouds, cell strengths and lightning strikes. Terrain heights can be enabled for showing hills and mountains in the vicinity. Airport information can be displayed that shows runways, frequencies in use, approach procedures and air traffic control data. The flight characteristics of the SR-22 are docile. She wants to fly herself out of a simulated stall maneuver. Flying to our destination was auto-pilot controlled. The navigation computer interfaced with the autopilot, much like on a yacht. Once at our destination – a grounded yacht – I disconnected auto pilot and hand flew the multiple orbits overhead while my passenger took photographs. The thrill of tight spirals with the

Although the stick is on the left, it doesn’t take long to get used to it. PHOTO/RICK WRIGHT inherent g-loads was an excellent reminder of how much fun flying can be. There are many projects that come up on a yacht that having access to an affordable aircraft matters. It can change the parameter of the operation from “How can we do that?” to “No worries, mate.” This will always impress an owner or charter guest. Learning to fly the SR-22 is thrilling, mentally stimulating and just plain good fun. When sitting around Ft. Lauderdale and wondering what to do with oneself between the owner’s next voyage or the next charter, give yourself a new cerebral challenge with a total spirit renewal. Either learn to fly or, if you are already a pilot, enjoy the check-out in a Cirrus. Contact Capt. David Hare through editorial@ the-triton.com.


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The nicest thing that ever happened to me in yachting did not concern financial gain, did not involve beating other people in a race, nor did it cause any records to be broken. It simply meant that a bunch of kids were allowed to succeed in a small adventure. In 1967, soon after leaving university, three of Campbell us bought an old gaff cutter; myself, my girlfriend Judy, and my ex-flatmate, Mick. Judy and I had decided that a traditional boat would not only give us more pleasure to own, but would teach us a lot more than perhaps a more modern boat ever could. Nothing but a traditional gaff cutter would satisfy us. After a bit of searching we found Gypsy, a traditional gaff cutter built about 1908. Her origins were a little hazy, but the story we liked to believe was that she was built as a “Gin Ship” to carry bootleg liquor to offshore fishing fleets. She had to sail well to be able to outrun the revenue cutters. From the waterline up she looked a lot like a “Nobby” – the famous sailing-prawners of Morecambe Bay – but she drew a couple of feet more, which certainly helped her sailing performance. We bought the boat for the princely sum of 1,000 pounds ($1,500) and hauled her out at the fledgling marina in Glasson Dock, on the fringes of Morecambe Bay in northwest England. We had a survey and she was deemed to be acceptable, so we clinched the deal. We did not have enough money left to re-launch her, so she lay ashore for about six months while we worked on her with every available hour. Our plan was to have her fit and ready to launch in time to sail to Holyhead, in North Wales, the following Easter.

Generally, a cold reception

Most of the other yacht owners looked down their collective noses at us – a bunch of young kids with an old and decrepit boat. There was one old chap though who treated us a bit more kindly. He was a retired Air Force Wing-Commander, with a nice, wellfound motoryacht. Wing-Commander

Capt. John Campbell and friends acquired Gypsy, a traditional gaff cutter PHOTO COURTESY OF CAPT. JOHN CAMPBELL built about 1908, for $1,500 in 1967. Ambler never patronized us; he never told us what to do, but he did take an interest in the proceedings and he liked to ask us slightly pointed questions, delicately probing the depth of our collective knowledge. As I recall, it was he who found the two retired fishermen who had spent their working life fishing under sail. He got them to teach us how to set up the dead-eyes and lanyards of the rigging. As launch day drew near, he gently asked about our plans. We would launch a couple of weeks before Easter, but would really have just one weekend in which to make sailing trials, before the big (for us) voyage of almost a hundred miles. A daytrip out from Glasson Basin is all but impossible – one has to lock in and out, and the lock operates only near highwater. The approach channel was not one we could undertake in the dark, so our first venture out would have to be overnight. You have to remember that this was 1967. There was little in the way of electronic navigation aids available. We did have a batterypowered echo-sounder with a revolving neon light that required a degree of “interpretation” in its readings; however, we found the lead-line was more reliable and usually more accurate. We also had a radio direction finder – a radio receiver with an external antenna that gave a bearing of suitably equipped lighthouses. But that was it. We had no electricity; the navigation

lights, cabin lights and cooking were all run on kerosene. Very few yachts had radar in those days; in fact, in the whole marina, only Wing-Commander Ambler’s boat had radar. Marine VHF had yet to be invented, cell phones had not even been dreamed of and satellite navigation systems were still in the distant future. There were no certificates required for sailing yachts; no safety inspections nor other legislation affecting yachts. Still, we took our survival pretty seriously, and Judy and I had both been to night school and, much to the obvious relief of our mentor, we both knew how to navigate with a sextant, and could calculate the tides quickly and accurately. The boat was eventually as ready as time and money would allow. We launched and made preparations for our weekend sea trials, the weekend before Easter. Again, the WingCommander asked a few probing questions. Where would we anchor for the night? What would be the time of low water? What would the depth of the water be at low tide in our chosen spot? There are big tides in Morecambe Bay – about 20 feet in many places – and as any true sailor knows, there is always a spring tide close to Easter, so the tides would be at their biggest. We got through the lock and down the channel without any big scares, and hoisted sail for the very first time. That was exciting in itself. We were blessed

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Angel on watch? No, an old Wing-Commander - with radar NICEST from page A38 with gentle winds, calm seas and a good forecast, and had a great sail across the 10 or 15 miles to Peel Island on the north side of Morecambe Bay. None of us slept much that night, but it was more out of excitement than fear. The following day, we returned safely up the channel and locked up into the basin, ready to be debriefed by the Wing-Commander.

No fear of a Friday

The following weekend was the big one. We were listening to every available forecast during the week, keeping our collective fingers crossed that we would get suitable weather for the overnight passage down to Holyhead. Eschewing the superstition about not sailing on a Friday, we locked out of the basin on Good Friday itself. We shared the lock with the WingCommander, who was heading out for the weekend with his family. He wished us bon voyage, and we chugged off down the channel to the open expanse of Morecambe Bay and the Irish Sea itself. We cleared the bay and set a course directly for Holyhead. We had to cross Liverpool Bay and the approaches to the Mersey; in those days, a very busy shipping area. To begin, we had a fair wind and made great progress. But as luck would have it, just as we approached the main shipping channel into Liverpool, two things happened: The wind dropped and thick fog enveloped us. We did have a radar reflector, but our foghorn, to put it kindly, was inadequate. It was a mouth-operated trumpet affair that had started life in the hands of a Greek train guard. Don’t ask. Even when blown by a pair of frightened lungs, it could perhaps be heard a hundred yards away, at best. We drifted slowly to a halt, listening to the tump-tump-tump-tump of passing ships; some louder than others, but each and every one served to tighten our collective sphincter muscles. We had a bit of a dilemma. The engine was a recalcitrant beast, which on a good day took at least 5 minutes to start; it was quite a rigmarole to say the least. So if we saw the bows of a ship looking out of the fog, there would not be time to start it. The alternative was to start the engine and motor on our course. That may seem the blindingly obvious thing to do, but the engine was quite noisy, and so we would not be able to hear the approaching vessels. We eventually decided to motor, and at least this would minimize the time we would spend in the main shipping channel, but it was quite scary, being deaf as well as blind, with only the Greek railway horn doing its pitiful best to advise the world of our presence.

In the morning, success

All inclement weather eventually comes to an end, and finally the fog lifted without us getting run down. The rest of the passage was largely uneventful, and we all logged our first overnight passage. Just before dawn we sighted the lights of Anglesey, and found our way into Holyhead without even resorting to the sextant. We were quietly pleased with how well our dead-reckoning navigation had coped with the vagaries of the currents off Liverpool, and our few hours of being becalmed. We picked up the mooring with great satisfaction and contentment. The next day, Easter Sunday, we decided to sail down the coast to meet with some friends in another bay. We had been sailing along for a couple of hours when we were startled by the hoot of a vessel overtaking us. Who should it be but the WingCommander and his family. They circled us once, took lots of pictures and waved goodbye. That was actually the last time that I ever saw him. He died just a few short years after that Easter. About 15 years and lots of sailing later, I was in England visiting my parents, and in a fit of nostalgia, drove up to Glasson Basin for a visit. The marina had expanded enormously, but Charlie the yard manager was still there. He remembered me, and over a cup of thick Lancashire tea, we reminisced about Gypsy, which we had sold long ago, and discussed our adventure. I told Charlie that we had by chance met the Wing-Commander off the coast of Anglesey, after our big voyage. He laughed, and told me that despite all the quizzing and checking up on ad.qxd 9/14/2005 4:53 PM Page 1 us, the old Wing-Commander had still

been a bit nervous about us making the trip to Wales. What he had done was to lurk about 10 or 12 miles behind us, out of sight, but following our every move on his radar. If there had been a problem, he would have been there to help us, but he had the graciousness to stay out of sight, and let us have our adventure

on our own, or so we thought. A real gentleman to the last. I hope that some day I can repay the debt, and be as helpful and considerate to some other person who is starting out on their own adventure. Contact Capt. John Campbell through editorial@the-triton.com.

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and fortifications. Indeed, stepping through the From the window of the train, Narbonne gate, flanked by 82-foot-high the medieval town of Carcassonne, towers, is like entering a time warp. France, appears on the horizon like an Ironically, the authentic restoration apparition from the past. Crenellated gives the town a theme-park feel. stone ramparts and cylindrical towers Cobblestone streets wind past almost sporting pointy-capped roofs sprout too-cute shops selling crafts, baked from the hilltop above the Aude goods, souvenirs, antiques, foie gras, River, along with visions of damsels in and other regional specialties. distress, troubadours with lutes, and The town has about 120 inhabitants, flag-wielding crusaders laying siege for who live above their shops and are a cause. Next stop: part of the tourism Carcassonne Tourist Office the Middle Ages. industry. One tour 28, rue de Verdun, 11890 Well, almost. guide said that a The railway station Carcassonne CĂŠdex 9 visit to Carcassonne is in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;newâ&#x20AC;? inspired Walt France part of town, the Phone : 00.33.(0)4.68.10.24.30 Disney to create Bastide SaintDisneyland. True Fax : 00.33.(0)4.68.10.24.38 Louis, established or not, one can see accueil@carcassonneas recently as the connection, tourisme.com 1247. Also referred although these to as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lower www.carcassonne-tourisme. walls, a thousand Carcassonne,â&#x20AC;? this years old, are the com town with 45,000 real thing. residents seems To fully Marina on the Canal du Midi, positively modern appreciate the 48 moorings near town centre. Medieval Cite it compared to La Phone : 04 68 25 10 48 Cite looming on helps to know its the upper plateau. history. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fax : 04 68 25 58 83 Bastide Saintport.carcassonne@wanadoo.fr no brief way to Louis is nice, in an summarize a town ordinary Frenchwhose inhabitants town kind of way, but the Medieval Cite span two millennia, but hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a is what you want to see. synopsis: In 122 B.C., the Romans Each year more than 3 million settled here and occupied the region tourists visit this oldest surviving until the 5th century A.D., when medieval city in Europe, which was the Visigoths wrested it away. Then twice featured on UNESCOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s World came the Saracens, Pepin the Short Heritage list. (a Frankish king, and the father of Fans of military architecture and Charlemagne), followed by the feudal castles flock here for the 52 towers, era and the dynasty of the Trencavels. an almost 2-mile double ring of walls, Between 1082 and 1209, the town the palace with its museums, and came into its glory, patronizing to gleefully use words outside their troubadour culture and the literature everyday lexicon, such as battlements, of chivalry. But Raymond Roger ramparts, barbicans, moats, arrow-slits, See CARCASSONNE, page A41 putlog holes, machicolation, portcullis,


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CARCASSONNE from page A40 Trencavel’s generosity and tolerance was also his downfall. By allowing the Cathars – a Christian sect reviled as heretics in Rome – to live protected in his territory, he unleashed the fury of Pope Innocent III, who launched a series of Crusades against the town, ultimately delivering the land to the King of France in 1224. Under successive royal reigns, the second defensive wall was built, and the “new” town was created on the plain below. By the mid-17th century, the border between France and Spain moved, ending the town’s importance as a strategic frontier. As the new town prospered, the old town decayed. In the mid-1800s, a renewed interest in the Middle Ages led to the Cite’s meticulous restoration by Viollet-leDuc, the architect who restored NotreDame in Paris. History comes most alive through architecture. At the pinnacle of the town is the Castle, built in the 12th century by the Trencavels. It is well worth the fee for a guided tour through the castle, inner ramparts, museums, and towers. One can stand on wooden hoardings along the battlements and imagine scanning the landscape for an invading army, see the giant round stones in the museum that were dropped on enemy heads, climb the grim Tower of the Inquisition and ponder humanity’s ageless selfrighteousness and intolerance, and wonder what the place smelled like in the 13th century with a population of 4,000 soldiers and no sanitary facilities. The town’s magic is felt at night. When the mass of tourists departs, you can hear your steps echo against stone walls, which are illuminated after dark. When shops close, there’s a choice of restaurants within walking distance from the old town’s hotels. Restaurant Comte Roger is a delightful surprise. Tucked away on the Rue St. Louis, the cool interior with white tablecloths, pale peach seats, and lime green lighting, it exudes Los Angeles-chic more than medievaltheme. The menu is seasonal. Oenophiles can taste and buy wines from the Languedoc region at the Cellier des Vignerons de la Cite, a small but knowledgeable place located among the twisting streets of shops. (Occitan, or the langue d’oc, was spoken here in the 13th century.) From the Mediterranean coastline to the foothills of the Pyrenees, the appellations of Languedoc feature grapes that grow in sandy, rocky soils that receive an abundance of sun: syrah, grenache noir and mourvedre for reds, and marsanne, roussanne, grenache blanc, and muscat for whites. Outside of town, a number of Cathar Castles are scattered through the countryside, and are worth an

The harbormaster’s office is open from March to October daily from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30-7 p.m. expedition or two. If you don’t rent a car, the tourism center in Bastide Saint-Louis will arrange a guided trip. At Lastours, a little north of Carcassonne, you’ll find four castles perched like eagle’s nests on a rocky hilltop aerie, 984 feet above sea level. To the southeast, the Chateau de Peyrepertuse, at an elevation of 2,600 feet, is the largest and best preserved of all the feudal castles of the region. Another fine excursion, especially on a sunny day, is a boat trip on the Canal du Midi. Back in 1633, a man named Pierre Paul Riquet convinced Louis XIV that it was possible to link the Atlantic, via the River Garonne at Toulouse, to the Mediterranean by means of a canal. The canal still functions today, though mostly for pleasure boats, which cruise the 150 miles under oak, sycamore, and cypress trees, past banks of yellow iris, and through fertile vineyards and open fields dotted with stately wind turbines. A dock in Bastide Saint-Louis offers trips of varying lengths. Carcassonne is a victim of its own success, often overrun with visitors in the summer months. Those who avoid crowds should choose another season. But if you like to be in the thick of things, the town comes alive during the Festival of Carcassonne, with music, theater and dance offered every night in July in the open-air amphitheater in La Cite. For three weeks in August, the town is awash in medieval spectacles of jousts, concerts, parades, street festivals, and food fairs. On the night of July 14, Bastille Day, the city appears to again be under siege, during one of the largest fireworks displays in France. As the last rockets burst, the past and the present collide. As observed from below, in Bastide Saint-Louis, the lingering smoke settles and glows red above the ramparts, and the Medieval Cite appears to burn. Necee Regis is a freelance writer who lives in Miami and Boston. She writes about travel for the Boston Globe and the in-flight magazines for American Airlines and Southwest Airlines. Contact her through editorial@the-triton.com.

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March 2006 WRITE TO BE HEARD

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A new spin on an old tale

How do you say “renter beware” in Latin? From time to time in this industry, Well, you can understand my shock we find ourselves temporarily landand surprise when I received a call at based, either to take a vacation or a midday Jan. 25 “reminding” me that we breather between jobs. We rely on the needed to move out that afternoon. I many crew houses to accommodate us was at work and explained this wasn’t and be our homes. possible. Then I inquired about the new Due to an extended yard period, accommodations they promised. we’ve been “home” in Ft. This conversation Being shocked at Lauderdale longer than didn’t go as I had anticipated. In this time, the accusations and hoped. They didn’t I’ve had the misfortune have another place for sympathetic to our to be exposed to a lessus. As anyone who is situation, the officers than-pleasant property in Ft. Lauderdale at kindly explained our manager. I never, ever the moment knows, rights as tenants. One before had to open my accommodations are advised us to continue currently scarce. I door to a police officer, staying where we especially when he was again explained my are and to make our looking for me. predicament and my My partner and I intention to cooperate, rent payments at the have rented a room in a courthouse to avoid any but noted that I would house for the past four require more time and further complications months. Our rent is due somewhere to go. with this woman. weekly and we always At this point, the pay on time. On our rental representative two previous rent days, our property became irate and threatened to call the manager indicated they would prefer police to have us forcefully removed. to rent the house as a complete unit This was surely a scare tactic and, instead of separate rooms. We were of course, I felt quite threatened. My disappointed but agreed since they partner and I excused ourselves from offered to find us another place to stay. work to go “home” and meet this (So far, we’ve only seen one apartment woman. As she’d said on the phone, that they have available but it’s not she arrived flanked by two large and suitable since it’s not fully furnished.) intimidating police officers and things

proceed to get nasty. I am pleased that the officers were very objective and took the time to verify our rental history. (Fortunately, I had saved all my receipts.) I was even more grateful when they discredited the property manager’s malicious implications that our visitor’s status may be questionable. Being shocked at the accusations and sympathetic to our situation, the officers kindly explained our rights as tenants. One advised us to continue staying where we are and to make our rent payments at the courthouse to avoid any further complications with this woman. Although I am relieved not to have to move immediately, we are still looking for more suitable accommodations. We’re not interested in fighting with anyone. We don’t have time because we’re too busy, as all yachting people are. We’re here just to do our job. I wanted to share our awful experience with other yacht crew and urge them to be cautious when renting. Looking back at the incident, I have to laugh. Don’t these agencies realize that we, the tenants, are their livelihood? Veronica Ribeiro Deck/Stewardess, M/Y Magic


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Garage doors should be water tight I read with interest the little information that was available regarding the sinking of the 124-foot (37,7m) Trident M/Y Princess GiGi. The specific information as to the cause of the sinking is still not clear, but it is speculated that her transom doors were breached in heavy seas, opening her stern engineering spaces to the seas, resulting in the disaster. We are an industry that has for decades been essentially self-regulating. Yachts have been – and still are – built to a varying degree of standards depending on budget, the shipyard and the initial intended use of the vessel. A sinking such as this one should cause most professionals in our industry to recognize the importance of building a yacht to class, and perhaps will help both owners and yacht management companies to appreciate the value found in building to a higher standard. In the case of M/Y Princess GiGi, constructed in 2000 at the Tampa Shipyard doing business at the time as Trident Shipworks, the transom doors apparently were not constructed to class. Evidence to that is the fact that they were not built as watertight closures, but weather-tight closures. Had they been built to class as watertight, the doors would have enjoyed the benefit of several latching dogs that would have positively secured the doors for heavy sea conditions. This type of door (watertight) can be secured by hand or, as found with larger transom doors, actuated hydraulically. If the yacht designer/builder elects to install a door that is only weather-tight and not watertight, the compartments forward of the door should be tonnage openings into the yacht, preventing any possibility of water intrusion further into the vessel in the event of the loss of the door(s). The loss of M/Y Princess GiGi is a disaster that doesn’t have to be repeated. The proper type of equipment is available to prevent these losses. Captains should look for latching dogs that secure the door to the frame and compress the gasket. Rick Thomas Nautical Structures

Don’t burn bridges, take the higher road This letter is in reference to the comments from “J.S.” criticizing captains at the end of a job relationship. [“Don’t burn bridges when leaving a job? Some captains don’t make it easy to do,” February 2006, page A42] First, let us all hope we never have to experience the horror of being on the bridge of a yacht while it is burning. Now, as to the proverbial “burning a bridge behind you as you pass over it,” it is damn tempting at times. Oh, the final closure of a deal gone bad, the sweet taste of revenge or recourse of some fashion lolling around on your tongue as it lashes out on the slimy back of some

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unscrupulous employer or employer’s representative. Yes, many times any one of us has had to take that higher road where the air can be thin, so that we are the better of the two parties. Once is enough for anyone. Separating owners from captains: Unfortunately there are no rules in the CFRs nor any licensing agency I have knowledge of that require masters to be decent and understanding. This can be especially true when dismissing personnel. However, for those lucky enough to be working on a vessel following ISM procedures, if you educate yourself you will find the process of review and performance measurement, plus other notices, which must be followed. You will find some recourse, or at least a sign on the horizon of your demise. Dismissing anyone is one of the most highly distressing moments in a life, with the exception to the occasional sociopath. It is tough on everyone. For now, I would recommend taking two things: a big Contributing Editor Lawrence Hollyfield Contributors Carol Bareuther, Capt. John Campbell, Mark A. Cline, Blair Duff, John Freeman, First Mate Denise Fox, Capt. Rob Giacoppo, Capt. David Hare, Jack Horkheimer, Chef Mary Beth Lawton Johnson, Capt. Craig Jones, Donna Mergenhagen, Chanda Nystedt, Steve Pica, Necee Regis, Veronica Ribeiro, Rossmare Intl., James Schot, Pat Teodosio, Maya White, Ami Williams, Pamela Wilson, Pat Young

deep breath and the higher road. Plus, save some money so you can live without a job for at least four months before pissing anyone off. As soon as we get the Worldwide Yacht Crew Association up and running, crew will have a group to help with either avoiding this scenario or dealing with it in a fashion that is a bit less one-sided. On a personal note, my partner and I have adopted a policy to work only on vessels that are built to class, managed by a good management company and that are ISM responsible. Hopefully the more professionally regulated a vessel you find yourself on, the more stability you will find. Capt. Herb Magney

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Wow. The new Triton Web site looks great (www.the-triton.com). Clean, concise, easy to navigate, very professional looking (not that the previous site wasn’t). I guess you guys have been working hard. Keep up the good work. Capt. Tom Serio Vol. 2, No. 12.

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