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Paying more to cruise the Med

By Lucy Chabot Reed

Several Sardinian ports, many of which object to the tax, are giving yachts favorable rates for annual contracts. Yachts with annual contracts are exempt from the tax. Franco Cuccureddu, president of the regional port authorities’ network, invited tourists to come to Sardinia just the same “because we will find a legal way not to pay the regional tax on maxi yachts,” according to AGI. And come, they have. Many megayachts have visited the island this summer, often over the objections of the captain, who is charged with the fiscal responsibility of the yacht. “I suggested to the owner that we boycott Sardinia due to the extortionate tax charges,” said Capt. Glynn Smith, skipper of M/Y CV-9, a 131-foot Delta. “It still does seem busy but I was personally hoping that everyone boycotted Sardinia. Every captain I have spoken to certainly voiced

Capt. Ian McCombe, who was fired from his command of M/Y Lionwind in May, was not jailed in relation to a diving incident in Palau lagoon earlier this year. An article in the August issue indicated otherwise. The Triton reprinted reports from a newspaper in the South Pacific that indicated two crew members went to prison for removing artifacts from a World War II wreck. McCombe was one of five people charged in March with myriad infractions, including grand larceny and damaging a historical site, even though he had not been diving at the time. The charge against him was dismissed on May 23, according to a copy of a court record from the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau. The four others charged were Lionwind’s first mate, the yacht’s bosun/dive master, an American dive instructor who lives in Palau and was certifying the bosun in a technical dive course, and the dive boat driver. The yacht’s chef accompanied the bosun/dive master on the mixed-gas dives as his dive buddy, McCombe said. She took photographs of the various wrecks and artifacts, then talked about the dives and the bosun’s actions with

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See LIONWIND, page A19

Capt. Glynn Smith takes M/Y CV-9 into Sardinia’s Porto Cervo, despite suggesting to the yacht’s owner that they PHOTO/KATHLEEN SMITH skip the Italian island this year because of the new luxury tax.

Sardinia enforces tax on yachts By Lucy Chabot Reed Dozens of yacht owners have been tapped by Italian authorities for not paying Sardinia’s new luxury tax for nonresidents. Checks of the island’s marinas began Aug. 9, the day after a 60-day enactment cushion had expired on the tax charged to yachts over 14m, private planes and second homes within 3km of the sea, according to a report by the Italian news service AGI. Many yachts paid the tax on the spot, but some refused, saying they stopped for “technical reasons,” while others have said they are waiting for the ruling on an appeal by the Constitutional Court of the European Union, AGI reported. The yachts not paying are being noted and reports are being filed, according to AGI. If the tax is not paid, invoices will be mailed.

The Triton grows to three sections You hold in your hands the first edition of The Triton to include three sections. Make sure to check out the new B section, Getting Under Way, which is full of all our technical and travel news. And Section C, Earning Your Stripes, is still full of career news and classifieds. Enjoy.

Captains stay in hurricane zone for work, boss Yacht crew and residents in Ft. Lauderdale and points south and east stayed close to televisions in August as Tropical Storm Chris spun a familiar pattern in the Atlantic Ocean. At the same time, South Florida shipyards remained bustling with yachts. What’s up with From the Bridge that? Lucy Chabot Reed So we asked

The Triton’s monthly gathering of yacht captains why they were in Ft. Lauderdale at the height of hurricane season. 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 A20. “I’m waiting to get out,” said one captain who is nearing the end of several months in a Ft. Lauderdale boatyard.

Several captains were wrapping up business or yard work that had extended from summer and were headed out of town. Indeed, many Ft. Lauderdale shipyards began emptying out in mid-August. Still, once was the time when insurance companies discouraged yachts from venturing below 36 degrees before Oct. 1 by applying higher premiums (nevermind that hurricane

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Crew and yachts head to Europe and back this summer Congrats to Capt. Patrick McLister who was in Ft. Lauderdale last month to take over the former M/V Turmoil for new European owners. The 151-foot Palmer Johnson expedition yacht is recognized as the first specifically designed expedition megayacht. Vripack Yacht & Ship Brokers sold her, together with listing broker Sparkman & Stephens. Capt. McLister was expected to take the yacht back to Europe soon.

Capt. Jason Heath and his partner, Chief Stewardess Tenca Koca, above, have left M/Y Zoom Zoom Zoom and now run the new M/Y Anita, a 34m high speed Leopard, still at the factory. Anita will be unique in her class, fitted with features normally only found on 50m yachts. With more than 7,000 hp in the engine room, the yacht can cruise easily at speeds in excess of 40 knots. We’ll keep our eye out for you at the Monaco Yacht Show and we hope to see you (and any yacht crew in the Med this month) at our party Sept. 19. E-mail for an invitation.

Chef Jim Bumgarner, above center, was back in Ft. Lauderdale in August after a summer freelancing in the Med. He left M/Y Sea Bird back in March after about a year when Stewardess Sabrina Dainotto invited him to visit Nice with her. She was born and raised there, so Jim took a holiday to see the South of France like a local. He was hooked by all the fresh fish and produce markets, like the one below, and started each day with a

walk on the docks and helped the local fishermen haul in their nets. Jim bought that fish he’s kissing and served it for dinner that night. After a 10-day local’s tour of Nice, Cannes and Antibes, Jim said he just had to spend the summer shopping in the fresh produce markets, sampling local wines and having a European experience. So he left Sea Bird with much trepidation. (The owners are great people who have been in yachting more than 30 years, he said.) But the season’s over and he’s back in

town looking for a long-term post with another good boat. “I’ve been charmed so far,” he said of his more than seven years in the industry. “I’ve had great owners and great captains.” Congratulations, too, go to Capt. Oliver Dissman of M/Y Arbitrage and his mate, Hannah, who were engaged in July. The couple promptly took a little time to themselves in Cofresi, the town next to the new Ocean World Marina in the Dominican Republic.



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USCA clarifies ‘port or place’ for notices of arrival By Lucy Chabot Reed Vessels arriving at a port or place when operating solely between ports within a single COTP zone are exempt from submitting a notice of arrival (33CFR160.203(b)(2)). Because of feedback from commercial shipping, especially from vessels carrying dangerous cargo, the U.S. Coast Guard issued a policy letter. It is summarized here. To read the entire letter, visit “Moving from one dock to another dock, one

berth to another berth or one anchorage to another anchorage within one port is not considered a transit from a ‘port or place’ to a different ‘port or place’ and therefore no NOA is required. Making this clarification does not pose additional risk since the Coast Guard has already vetted the vessel, its cargo and its crew through the Intelligence Coordination Center (ICC), Customs and Border Protection and other agencies prior to its initial arrival. “The regulation specifies that a port or place of destination is where a vessel is bound to anchor

or moor. Without amending regulatory language, Captains of the Port should not apply this definition to a sea buoy or pilot station.” As far as The Triton can tell, this letter has no impact on the U.S. Cruising Permit issued to foreignflagged recreational vessels, which states recreational foreign-flagged vessels must report in with U.S. Customs and Border Protection each time a vessel is moved, no matter how small the distance. This toll-free number works in any port: 1-800973-2867.

Christensen to expand in Tennessee, build bigger boats Christensen Shipyards announced in August that it intends to build a $20 million, 400,000-square-foot production facility on the shores of Tellico Lake near Knoxville, Tenn. Construction is scheduled to start this year and be completed in two years, the company said in a statement. Christensen President Joe Foggia said the plant initially will have 500 employees, but he added that plans call for doubling that number in six years. The expansion gives Christensen the opportunity to build larger yachts. Five buyers, all repeat Christensen customers, have said they want one of Christensen’s 180-foot yachts, expected to cost between $50 million and $65 million, according to a story in The Oregonian. Christensen’s smaller fleet

– yachts up to 160 feet – will continue to be built in Vancouver. The new facility will be built on Tellico Reservoir Development Agency property. Tellico Lake was built by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in the late 1970s. Delivery would begin with a week-long journey from the Tellico Reservoir, through a series of locks on the Tennessee River, along the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, then on to the Gulf of Mexico. Tellico Lake is about 30 miles southwest of Knoxville near the center of the 16-county Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley region, which has become a hub for leisure boat builders. “If we were Detroit, then you could say we just landed Rolls Royce,” said Ron Hammontree, executive director

of Tellico West Industrial Park, home to several boat builders and suppliers. In addition to Christensen, Brunswick Boat Group recently moved its corporate headquarters to Knoxville from Chicago. The company – which owns more than two dozen boat brands – has two Sea Ray plants in the region and employs nearly 2,300 people. “We’re on the Tennessee Valley Authority system of lakes and rivers, so it’s an excellent place to test boats,” said Pat Phillips of the Loudon County Economic Development Agency. “Hurricanes are not a factor. We have low business costs, a high quality of life and sit at a north-south and east-west interstate crossroads.” Washington-based Christensen had considered expanding on part of

a shuttered aluminum plant site near the Port of Vancouver on the Columbia River, but determined preparing the site would take too long. The company expects to begin delivery on its new 180-foot series in 2009-10. The main reason for choosing Tennessee, Christensen said, was to be closer to the East Coast and Europe so customers could more easily visit their yachts during the build stages. “We have very few European customers,” President Joe Foggia told The Oregonian, a fact the company intends to change with the new site. Another reason may be the influence of Chattanooga businessman and yacht aficionado Henry Luken, part owner of the yacht building company. – Staff report


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Harbor Branch offers land for sale; cruise dock in Grand Cayman Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, the financially-strapped research institute in Fort Pierce, Fla., announced plans in August to offer for sale about 176 acres of its 520-acre campus. Within days, St. Lucie County officials announced a nearly $30 million plan to ease its financial problems and protect the land from development,

according to stories in Scripps Treasure Coast newspapers. Harbor Branch’s 13-member board was scheduled to meet Aug. 28 to discuss the proposal. A key part of the county’s proposal would be a transfer of development rights worth almost $14 million from the 176 acres now zoned for residential development to unspecified land

elsewhere in the county where housing might be proposed, the newspapers reported. Another major part of the proposal involves the purchase of 185 acres of wetlands and uplands owned by Harbor Branch. That purchase would be worth $7 million. The institute has said it has a $6 million budget shortfall. The property is on the Indian River Lagoon and next to a deep-water port with bulkhead frontage. Yachting interests have looked at the area and beyond for possibly marina sites, shipyards and other marine uses. – Staff report

New oil pollution limits on liability

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a notice in August announcing that recent legislation has increased the limits on liability for discharges and substantial threats of discharge of oil from vessels into waters of the United States, according to a story on The existing Coast Guard regulations relating to the certificate of financial responsibility (COFR) will remain in effect until amended through rulemaking. Ship owners and operators should be aware that, until the planned changes to the COFR regulations come into effect, there will be a difference between the maximum insurance required under the regulations and the maximum potential liability for oil spill costs and damages under the law. Owners and operators should consider acquiring insurance to cover at least the statutory maximum,

not just the lower regulatory COFR amount. 71 Fed. Reg. 47737.

Grand Cayman to build cruise dock

The island of Grand Cayman, which has long resisted building a cruise ship dock out of concern about environmental damage that would result from dredging a channel into George Town Harbor, decided in July to start development of a dock for four ships, according to a story in Cruise Ship Report. The initial phase, an environmental impact assessment, has begun. It will address environment and hazard vulnerability, potential environmental impacts and mitigation measures, and monitoring. A public consultation process begins in September.

Cruise ships anchor now off George Town and ferry their passengers to town. At some times of year, cruise ships are forced to skip scheduled visits to the island because the shallow waters off Grand Cayman are too rough for tendering.

Cruise ship hits bottom, spills fuel

The propeller on a Carnival cruise ship hit the ocean floor while docking Aug. 15 in the Bahamas, spilling oil and damaging the vessel, the Miami-based cruise company said. The ship spilled an estimated 53 gallons of lubricating oil into the water, according to an e-mail company spokeswoman Jennifer de la Cruz sent to Jacksonville television station WJXT, Channel 4. The cruise ship skipped its Nassau port and limped back to its homeport of Jacksonville, according to news reports. The U.S. Coast Guard inspected the ship about three miles out on Wednesday and cleared it to dock at the Port of Jacksonville.

Mumbai to hold boat show

India is adding a second boat show, the Mumbai International Boat Show, scheduled for Feb. 22-25, 2007. The show will be on land and in the water, with berths for 25 boats. The

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India adds second boat show; results of Newport regattas NEWS BRIEFS, from page A8


in-water portion will be at the Gates of India, a historical location in the center of Mumbai next to the Taj Mahal Hotel and the Royal Bombay Yacht Club. The on-land portion will be 500m away in a tented structure, show director Sujay Chohan told IBI Magazine, one of the official sponsors. India has had a boat show for the past four years – the India International Boat Show in October in Cochin about 500 miles south of Mumbai. Industry observers see Mumbai, the financial and commercial center of India, as being the main center for future boat sales, IBI reported. About 1,000 leisure boats are estimated in the country of 1.1 billion people, and there’s only one operational marina, located in Goa, the magazine reported. “India is the last major potential leisure boating market and we feel there is enormous potential for the show with the growing disposable income level and increasing interest in leisure pursuits in India,” Sujay told the magazine. The show will also offer a seminar, which is partly sponsored by the British Marine Federation.

Newport Bucket has wind


Sixteen yachts participated in this year’s Newport Bucket Regatta, which was sailed July 21-23 in Rhode Island Sound, off Newport. Saturday served up more than 20 knots of wind for some exciting sailing and remarkably close finishes among this fleet. And the winners are: third place was awarded to Craig Venter and the crew of the 95-foot Frers sloop Sorcerer II; second place was won by Duke Steineman and the crew of the Swan 80 Seleni; and winner of this year’s Newport Bucket was Irvine Laidlaw and Chris Maybury, owners of the Swan 112 Highland Breeze, and their crew. Photographs of the Newport Bucket are posted on

USCG black lists three flag states

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safety records, based on their detention ratios. All three were added in June. At the same time, Belize, India and Turkey were removed from this year’s list.

Divers die in lobster mini season

U.S. Coast Guard rescue crews throughout South Florida and the Florida Keys responded to multiple rescues and missing diver cases during the first hours of the 2006 lobster mini-season in late July, including two divers struck by boat propellers, an unconscious diver who eventually died, an unconscious diver who survived, and one found dead. The USCG offered these reminders to divers: l Never dive alone l File a float plan with a family member or friend. l Mark the area you are diving with a dive flag. (This is a federal law.) l Check your dive equipment. l Know procedures for medical treatment like CPR. 

NYYC race week winners


The fifth biennial New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex hosted 168 boats over nine days with a variety of competitive sailing choices. During the week, five competitors were rewarded for outstanding accomplishments with the ultimate prize, a Rolex Steel Submariner timepiece: Andrew Fisher (Greenwich, Conn.) in the IRC division skippering his Swan 45 Bandit; Tom Rich (Middletown, R.I.) in the PHRF division aboard his Peterson 42 Settler; Takashi Okura (Tokyo, Japan) in the Farr 40 class on Sled, seen above; Tom D’Albora (East Greenwich, R.I.) in the Beneteau 36.7 class on Coconut; and Jon Halbert (Dallas, Texas) in the J/109 class on Vitesse. For full results of each class along with photos, go to the New York Yacht Club’s web site

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ABYC to study boat use; Attendance at Sydney show falls NEWS BRIEFS, from page A10

ABYC to study boat use

M Ship sues over hull technology

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) has formed the Product Interface Committee to identify and address ways to minimize hazards between humans and their boats and equipment. “The interface committee will examine the relationship and interactions between people, the machine, the system and the environment, and then will determine if a standard is needed to mitigate risk and potential injury or death,” said John Adey, ABYC’s technical director. “If it is determined that there is a need for a standard, then the [committee] will move forward and develop one,” he said. To site an example, U.S. Coast Guard is considering requiring manufacturers to install an engine cutoff device. Currently, no standard exists. The new committee’s first order of business will be to review engine cutoff devices and, if necessary, develop or revise standards to address this issue. The committee seeks interested technical professionals to participate in the evaluation phase and potential development of this standard. For details, e-mail John Adey at

San Diego-based M Ship Co. filed a patent infringement lawsuit in late July against ICE Marine Ltd., a UK company, to enforce M Ship’s patent rights on its M-hull boat technology. The lawsuit alleges that ICE Marine has infringed M Ship’s U.S. patent and has induced others to infringe the patent in the United States. The M-hull is a non-conventional air entrapment hull design invented by M Ship’s founders, Chuck Robinson and Bill Burns. M Ship recently completed a successful delivery of the military demonstrator Stiletto, an 80-foot twin M-hull design. This craft is beneficial for military operations in littoral and riverine areas. The military has recognized shallow water regions as important future battle spaces and is investing in the development of new hull technologies with improved operational capabilities in such areas, M Ship said in a statement. The M-hull’s performance capabilities offer rapid penetration into the commercial and recreational markets. ICE Marine has replied to the suit and the two sides are in discussions,

according to a spokesman for M Ship. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Sydney show gets rain


The Boating Industry Association of NSW, organizers of the Sydney International Boat Show, described this year’s event in early August as one of the most challenging. Poor weather in the early days of the six-day show caused attendance to be below expectations. Final visitor numbers of 84,662 people reflect a drop of about 5.4 percent from last year. The show included about 28,000 square meters of exhibition space as well as more than 300 new vessels.

The 40th annual show will be held Aug. 2-7,

MAATS 2006 attendance up

The 2006 Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show (MAATS), held July 19-21 in Las Vegas, experienced its most successful show to date, attracting 2,426 attendees. This represents the largest crowd since MAATS first began its run six years ago, with attendance growing steadily over the past four years. MAATS is owned and produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association. This year, 372 exhibitors and 517 total buyers attended MAATS, up from 360 and 455 (respectively) the previous year. The show also beefed up its international presence in 2006 with a larger Italian pavilion on the show floor as well as welcoming an expanded European attendee base. A total of 285 international participants representing 30 countries attended, up slightly from the last year’s 279 and 27, respectively. For the first time, a silent auction took place as part of the welcome reception, raising nearly $8,000 for the industry’s Grow Boating Initiative. MAATS will return to the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel & Convention Center July 18-20, 2007. For more information, visit

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U.S. senators call for NOAA to focus on troubled oceans, agency management Urging greater attention to the deteriorating oceans, Democrats in the U.S. Senate urged the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in a hearing on Aug. 3 to focus on dealing with mounting problems the world’s oceans face, according to a story in CongressDaily. Vice Adm. Conrad Lautenbacher, NOAA administrator, outlined changes that he said would improve how the agency deals with mounting problems in the oceans. Part of that restructuring includes the Committee on Ocean Policy established in 2004 to create a framework to coordinate 20 federal agencies that administer more than 140 laws regarding the oceans. NOAA, a civilian agency, was given the lead role in the U.S. Ocean Action Plan, which identifies short-term and long-term actions to deal with ocean and coastal matters, he said. “Our oceans are in crisis,” said Leon Panetta, former White House chief of staff for President Bill Clinton and co-chairman of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative. He pointed to problems such as overexploited fisheries, harmful algae blooms in many

Workers in full hazmat gear check the level of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other hazardous materials in New Bedford Harbor in 1998. Manufacturing plants released PCBs into the harbor PHOTO/NOAA for 40 years.

coastal areas, loss of coastal wetlands and coral reefs, and problems caused by invasive species, CongressDaily reported. Those problems are compounded by “a dysfunctional, out-of-date, and inadequate system of ocean and coastal governance,” said Panetta, whose commission made recommendations two months ago for improving oceanic governance. The Aug. 3 hearing before the Senate’s National Ocean Policy Subcommittee was called to hear a summary the Bush administration has taken to address concerns expressed in “An Ocean Blueprint for the 21st Century,” a congressionally mandated report prepared by a panel of scientists, policymakers and private-sector representatives. The Ocean Blueprint found that U.S. ocean policy is impeded by the fact that NOAA was established by presidential order, not by law, and suggested that NOAA’s responsibilities should become a matter of law rather than custom. Private-sector witnesses before the subcommittee noted progress made

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Environmentalists: U.S. must sign U.N. Law of the Sea SAFETY, from page A24 in the last two years, but indicated it is not happening quickly enough. One issue long-stalled in the U.S. Senate is a vote of acceptance for U.S. participation in the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea. Almost 150 nations are now party to this agreement, which was signed in 1982 and became effective in 1994, but the United States is not one of them. “It is a disgrace that the United States of America is the only industrialized country in the world that has not confirmed the Law of the Sea treaty,” Panetta said.

New York creates ocean council

The week after the meeting, the governor of New York signed legislation to spend $3 million to fund a new council to coordinate state efforts to protect the ocean and the Great Lakes resources, according to a news release. “Our oceans and the Great Lakes play a critical role in our daily lives, and we must be vigilant in our efforts to protect and restore these vital resources,” Gov. George E. Pataki said in the statement. “By focusing on a broad

range of issues, including the ecology of marine habitats and their importance of these waters for recreation, fishing and various industries, we will be able to promote better stewardship and management of these valuable waters and ecosystems.” Under the legislation, the state will establish the nine-member New York Ocean and Great Lakes Ecosystem Conservation Council to coordinate programs and activities that help to protect and restore the State’s coastal ecosystems. The council will deliver a report to the governor by Nov. 1, 2008. New York is the second largest coastal state in the United States, with more than 3,200 miles of ocean, tidal and Great Lakes coastline. – Staff report

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Southern California’s Chula Vista to get $716 million development California’s largest waterfront development has been given the go-ahead, setting the stage for revitalization of Chula Vista’s long-neglected waterfront, 10 miles south of San Diego. “This will change the face of Chula Vista forever,” said outgoing Port of San Diego Commissioner William Hall, who represented Chula Vista on the port’s Board of Commissioners. “After years of waiting, this is a very exciting time.” The $716 million Chula Vista Bayfront project received approval July 20 from the port, marking the beginning of a new era for the fast-growing suburban city of 175,000 residents. Ground-breaking is scheduled for early 2007, with opening set for 2011. Chula Vista Bayfront will include a 1,500-room resort hotel operated by Gaylord Entertainment, along with a 400,000 square foot convention center. Gaylord is best known for its marquee property, the venerable Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn. The project also includes two additional hotels, 2,000 condominiums, plus a collection of high-end shops, restaurants, an entertainment site and an enhanced marina area.

San Diego-area boaters stand to benefit from a significant change in the channel entry. “You know that nasty dogleg?” said Hall, referring to a navigational quirk in the South San Diego Bay area. “That’ll be removed [by dredging] to allow straight entry into the channel.” While the total number of slips available at Chula Vista’s California Marina will not be increased from its present 900, the basic configuration is expected to change. – John Freeman

Rate changes at Los Suenos

Bill Kirby, director of Los Suenos Marina, issued policy guidelines for marina users “to ensure that the paying customers of the marina have a high level of service and also to let the vessels that intend to lie at anchor in Bahia Herradura know what to expect,” the guidelines state. The ship’s launch will be allowed into the marina (at required no-wake speed) to drop off and pick up their guests only. Once that is done, the launch must leave the marina basin and return to the ship or tie up at the floating dock that lies on the east jetty (commercial dock) just outside the entrance. From there

the crew can re-provision, take off trash (a reasonable amount), pick up contractors and their tools, etc. The on-site security guard will have a VHF radio to call the vessel to pick up crew. The price for use of the facilities to drop off and pick up passengers and supplies is (in U.S. dollars): daily $40, weekly $200, monthly $500. The fuel dock is open as long as vessels contact the fuel dock staff well in advance to make arrangements. Generally, the fuel dock is available for high-volume pumping between the hours of 1000 and 1500. For more information, contact director Bill Kirby at

U.S. marina sold to Oz builder Riviera, the Australia-based builder of luxury cruisers, has purchased Stuart Yacht Center on the St. Lucie River in Florida for AU$7 million. The marina will serve as the new headquarters for Riviera’s wholly owned subsidiary, Riviera Yachts of the Americas. The marina occupies 1.2 acres, with about 35 berths and includes an in-water shed, a 55-ton travel lift; a hardstand,

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In the past few years, Atlantic Dry Dock in Jacksonville has handled several large yacht refits, including M/Y Floridian (the former Aussie Rules), seen here in January 2005.  PHOTO/DAVID REED

Atlantic Marine sold J.F. Lehman & Company, a New York-based private equity investor, announced Aug. 2 that it has acquired Atlantic Marine Holding Company, which owns and operates Atlantic Dry Dock in Jacksonville as well as a commercial yard in Mobile. Once solely a commercial and military yard, Atlantic Dry Dock has attracted several large repair and refit yacht projects in the past few years, a trend the new owners said it plans to continue, according to a news release. The existing management team is expected to remain, including Ed Fleming, president of our Jacksonville yard. “We won’t miss a beat,” said Herschel Vinyard, vice president of Atlantic Marine Holding Company. “We are pleased that we were able to partner with an equity firm with a stable of principals and directors that have deep bloodlines in the maritime industry. Their appreciation and affinity for world class shipbuilding and ship repair in this country make this an excellent marriage.”

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Porto Hussong to make an upscale move


New dock edge won’t mar boats MARINAS, from page A16

By John Freeman ENSENADA, MEXICO – When Doug Bowers was in college, going to Baja meant camping, surfing, munching on fish tacos and downing more than a few beers at Hussong’s raucous cantina in Ensenada. Times have changed. “Now that I’m older, my tastes have become more refined and expensive,” said Bowers, director of marketing for Meridian Development Group, developer of Porto Hussong, a $350 million planned resort and marina just north of Ensenada along the toll road. “These days, I can’t imagine a better Baja experience than what this resort is going to be – a world-class, five-star luxury destination on equal par with some of the world’s best resorts.” The developers are banking on the cachet of the Hussong name, the Bajabased family that founded Hussong’s Cantina in downtown Ensenada, the legendary, peanut-shells-on-the-floor bar that dates back to 1892. “They have a highly favorable multiple-generation recognition for anyone who’s ever gone to Baja,” Bowers said. “The family has been waiting for the right time and the right opportunity for years. They felt this was the first [worthy] concept.” The grandiose plans for Porto Hussong were recently unveiled by the developer. They include a 250-slip

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Porto Hussong’s planned $350 million development will include a resort RENDERING COURTESY OF MERIDIAN DEVELOPMENT GROUP and marina.  marina and yacht club designed to accommodate yachts up to 200 feet in Med-style docking, 200 oceanfront condominiums, a five-star boutiquestyle hotel, six high-end private villas, a collection of upscale shops and spa services, and several cafes and restaurants. Land has been cleared, with construction expected to start in November. Completion is scheduled for early 2009. The chief architect is Arthur Valdes, whose past projects include the Palmilla Resort in Cabo San Lucas and Las Hadas Resort in Manzanillo, as well as resorts in Puerto Vallarta and in Italy. He’s also aligned with current design projects at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The official name for the project’s marina and yacht club is undecided, but Bowers said its target is clear: Southern California boaters and sailors. “This is fast becoming a babyboomer’s paradise,” he said. “Ensenada is the next phase for those of us who

have enjoyed the Baja experience and now have the means and desire to live the good life.” Porto Hussong will be located next to Hotel Coral & Marina, which has become a prominent Ensenada stop for boaters heading north and south. Until recently, the site was occupied by Hotel Quintas Papagayo, owned and operated by the Hussong family. “The demand for large-yacht slips has been so great that we’ve just increased the number from 10 to 20 and maybe more,” Bowers said. “With the yacht club, we intend to form guest alliances with all the finest yacht clubs up and down the West Coast.” John Freeman is director of communications for Knight & Carver YachtCenter. He spent more than a dozen years as a journalist at the San Diego Tribune and Union Tribune newspapers before joining the marine industry. Contact him at jfreeman@

environmental controls for clean water operation, offices and a boat building repair and metal workshop. The marina will be Riviera’s predelivery and distribution point for the U.S. East Coast and the service center for Riviera owners in Florida. The purchase comes on the heels of Riviera’s appointment of a dealer in China to tap the potentially massive market in that country.

Va. marina installs dock edging

Bay Creek Resort & Club, a new community on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, has installed perimeter dock edging from Taylor Made Products throughout its new marina on King’s Creek in Cape Charles, Va. The bumpers are made with an easy-to-clean polyester textile cover and closed-cell foam inner cushion. The bumpers will not deteriorate in the sun or mar boat surfaces. Available in profiles of up to 50 feet and flexible enough to mount around corners, the bumpers can be custom-sized. Bay Creek is being expanded from its 120 slips. The new marina will have three restaurants, a marine store and a full-time harbormaster. For more information, call +1-757-331-8640 or e-mail  For details on the dock bumpers, contact Taylor Made Products at +1518-773-9400, by e-mail at salesinfo@ or visit www.


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Sicily, Capri, other Italian ports hope to enact similar luxury tax SARDINIA, from page A1 their disgust to the charges.” The tax is in effect from June 1 to Sept. 30. Rates are charged on a graduated scale – the larger the yacht, plane or home, the more tax is owed. For a yacht such as CV-9, the tax amounts to 10,000 euros (almost $13,000). It is a one-time tax for the entire season, but applies separately to yachts, planes and homes. One yacht owner who flew into Sardinia to meet his yacht paid both the landing tax and the mooring tax, about $27,000 total, according to the captain, who asked that the owner’s yacht not be identified. Flavio Briatore, manager of Renault’s Formula One racing team and owner of a 63m yacht, hosted a protest party at his popular Sardinia nightclub The Billionaire in August. He has also placed full-page advertisements in local media condemning the tax, saying it is “bringing development and wealth to France, Greece, Spain, Croatia – but certainly not to Sardinia. Entrepreneurs and tourists invest in places where they are welcomed with open arms, not a closed fist.” “The regional government should consult businesspeople like us before enacting laws more damaging than any

in the world,” Briatore told The Times in London. But in a story on, the island’s regional governor, Renato Soru, who added the tax to the budget at the last minute in May, said affluent visitors were being charged “relatively small sums.”

Captains pay ‘contribution’

“Those who love this island will be happy to make a financial contribution,” he said. Smith noted that most captains were confused initially about where and to whom to pay the tax, which is due within 24 hours of arrival. Some captains were told to take their 10,000 or 20,000 euros to the post office and get a receipt. “Can you imagine 20 captains lined up at the post office with a combined $250,000 between them?” Smith said. “I paid the local agent in Sardinia via wire.” At the same time that some yacht captains and owners are fighting Sardinia’s new luxury tax, Italian authorities are proposing similar taxes be implemented in ports around the country. On Aug. 20, The Sunday Times of London reported that an Italian minister has urged regional governments in Capri and Sicily to copy

Sardinia’s tax. In Sicily, the idea already has the support of an Italian consumers association. “In my opinion, Sardinia is going in the wrong direction with this,” Smith said. “Although it is a beautiful part of the world and the Italian people are very friendly, it is overcrowded, overpriced and has so many restricted areas. One is much better off crossing to Corsica to find large protected bays lined with sandy beaches and only a handful of yachts around.” Apparently, many yachts have taken that approach. Reports from Corsica indicate that business is up there this summer. According to one Italian newspaper, a sign has been erected at the entrance to the port of Bonifacio that reads “Merci, Monsieur Soru.” Even mainland Italy has seen a surge in tourism this summer. reported that the Ligurian coast in northwest Italy experienced an unexpected 20 percent increase in the number of big yachts mooring at its ports, attributable to Sardinia’s tax. The mayor of Arzachena, a town at the center of the Emerald Coast on Sardinia, told that, “We’ve based our successful tourism here on the middle to higher classes and this tax against the rich has done nothing but drive them away.” The tax has reportedly caused

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the number of yachts moored in the island’s harbors to drop 54 percent from June 1 to July 15, compared to the same time last year, according to numbers provided to Italian media by Cuccureddu, the regional port network president. “Everyone asked regional governor Soru to freeze this measure, but he ignores our requests,” Cuccureddu, who is also mayor of Castelsardo on the island’s northwest shore, told AGI. “Even today, the Forest Rangers asked us to provide the whole list of boat owners. We don’t have it, but even if we did we wouldn’t have given it, because of privacy.”

Sardinia: Statistics ‘unreliable’

The regional Sardinian government, though, disputes those numbers. In a statement issued Aug. 1, AGI reported the regional government said, “These data have no statistic grounds, they are unreliable” because they were not verified by a third party. Even if there was a fall in marine traffic, The Times reported Soru as saying it was “not necessarily a bad thing. At times our seas are so crowded they resemble motorways.” “Most rich tourists, in any case, do not spend a single euro in Sardinia,” he

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Lionwind captain hopes to return to Pacific on next command LIONWIND, from page A1 other divers, one of whom called the authorities. When police asked him, the bosun agreed and produced six artifacts, including a porthole, compass and lanterns. (The police did not search the yacht, as reported in previous stories.) The first mate and boat driver paid fines of $5,000 and $2,000, respectively, and gave evidence for prosecution, McCombe said. The bosun was sentenced to six months and fined $12,000. The dive instructor was sentenced to three months and fined $5,000. The chef was not charged. “I’m really sad and upset about it,” said McCombe, who has been in yachting 35 years. “He [the bosun] is a really good man, a good bosun. I regret it, and I’m sure he does, too.” Palau law charges a $1,000 fine for each case of removing an artifact. But in a settlement with the government, the owner of Lionwind agreed to pay $40,000 and fire McCombe, the bosun and first mate. Although McCombe didn’t remove any artifacts and said he hasn’t been diving this year, he accepts the firing. “Palau is a beautiful place,” he said. “It’s 7 degrees north of the equator so it’s out of the cyclone belt, and has a population of about 20,000 with about the same number of foreigners – tourist divers, Asian workers and Americans. “There are a large number of World War II wrecks here, including Japanese Zero fighters,” he said. “There are many bars and restaurants with ‘artifacts’ from these wrecks hanging all over the place. They’re everywhere; you can buy them on the street. “I didn’t really take it as seriously as I should have,” he said. “But I’m the captain. My crew was breaking the law.

EU to hear appeal SARDINIA, from page A18 told the newspaper, which is why he created the tax. Tom Barrack, a Californian who owns resorts on Costa Smeralda, told The Times there had been no decline in business. “The hotels and restaurants are all packed and the occupancy rate is 30 per cent up on last year,” he told the newspaper. Cuccureddu has called on the European Commission in Brussels to intervene, The Times reported. Capt. Smith said the yachting industry should make sure its opinion is heard, as well. “We need a combined voice from the yachting industry – whether that’s captains, owners, crew, brokers, etc. – to voice concerns.” Contact Editor Lucy Chabot Reed at

I couldn’t stay there. I accept that.” Though it’s not an excuse, McCombe said he believes there was more at play than the crime of taking artifacts. In the three months between when the charges were filed and the cases were heard in court, the assistant attorney general in Palau and others in her department were seen and heard by other yacht crew and divers in a bar talking about how she was going to “bring the rich American yacht owner down” and “set an example,” he said. M/Y Lionwind is a 158-foot (48m) Feadship that has been cruising the South Pacific for the past four years. In

McCombe’s three-year tenure onboard, he said the owner has used the 25-yearold yacht a lot. “It’s a beautiful boat,” McCombe said. “And the owner is a wonderful guy, a real straight-shooter and one of the nicest guys you want to meet. … Things happen. Stupid things were done. But this is a great industry and it’s a beautiful life.” A local native man who McCombe said doesn’t really like Americans put up bail for all of them, including $100,000 each for McCombe and the bosun/dive master, $50,000 for the first mate and $25,000 for the boat driver.

“The people of Palau are great,” he said. “I feel indebted to this wonderful person, his wife and family.” McCombe has returned to Brisbane and said he will look for another yacht that will keep him in the Pacific. “After 25 years in the Med and Caribbean, I’m home now,” he said. “I love this part of the world and really think the Pacific is the future of yachting. But, of course, I’m an employee and I’ll go wherever the owner wants to take his boat.” Contact Editor Lucy Chabot Reed at


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Multiple insurance lines mean less restrictions on owner’s yacht THE BRIDGE, from page A1 season isn’t over until Nov. 1). Times have changed. “Our deductible goes up if something happens but there’s no hike in premium,” one captain said. “We’re on the hard now.” “Being on the hard cost me an extra $15,000 in Wilma,” said another captain whose yacht often spends late summer and fall in Ft. Lauderdale for maintenance. Last October’s Hurricane Wilma crossed Florida from its west coast and passed just north of Ft. Lauderdale. Her 100-mph winds blew enough foliage and debris onto the yacht to cause thousands of dollars in damage. “Our boat is traditionally in Ft. Lauderdale in the summer because we travel from January to August with the owner,” another captain said. “I think that [any rate adjustments for being in a hurricane area] is dealt with in the annual premium. We’re headed into the yard now for the long term and they’re asking for proof of insurance from the yard.” One captain who remained quiet through this initial discussion finally admitted that latitude isn’t an issue for his boat. “We’ve had no change to premiums, no restrictions,” he said. “They asked us for a verbal plan, but they didn’t seem to care much to see it. We can go anywhere, any time of the year. One time, years ago, they did a walk-through on the boat.” He explained that the owner of the yacht did a lot of business with this insurance company, a large, well-known company, so perhaps the risk was absorbed through the owner’s home, vehicle, personal and professional insurance lines. Still, don’t insurance companies

Attendees of The Triton’s September Bridge luncheon were, from left, Dale Smith of M/Y Triumphant Lady, Craig Jones of M/Y Carry-On, Patrick McLister of the former M/V Turmoil, Lee Rosbach of M/Y Mostro, relief captain Todd Kaufman, and Les Annan of M/Y Portofino. PHOTO/LUCY REED

have guidelines as to where and when a yacht can travel without penalty? “It cost me $1,500 to move north and then come back to Ft. Lauderdale” when a storm approached and then veered off, one captain said. “There’s no rationale,” another captain said. “Every insurance company will give you a different answer for a different reason.” The conversation then spun off into a critique of insurance company logic. “We tow a 37-foot Intrepid,” this captain said. “So I asked them, ‘What happens when we lose it?’ She said, ‘What do you mean when?’ I told her that we will lose it. When you tow something, chances are good you will lose it. Come to find out you can only tow a third of the length of the vessel.

Mine’s 2 feet too long so I have a 50 percent deductible, and I can’t tow at night.” “I was preparing for a delivery with crew approved by me, the yacht management company signed off on them, and the registry was OK with their licensing and manning,” another captain said. “Then the insurance company said they didn’t approve two crew members. I don’t see how they can tell all these people – me, the management company and the flag – who can run the yacht.” “The insurance company is forced into it because the owner does so much other business with them,” one captain said. “Most of the time, they don’t know anything about yachts.” So that might be a good thing in

terms of easing requirements during hurricane season. As professional mariners, yacht captains are fairly well versed in securing their vessels for a storm. Many would agree that it’s often the owner-operator vessel that is poorly secured, breaks away, and causes damage in storms. “We have a term for them,” one captain said. “They’re called uh-oh boats.” And if a storm hits, are you on board? “Shit no,” one captain said, to laughs. “If given my druthers, I disconnect and get out of Dodge,” another said. “It’s better to get out and do doughnuts for three or four days than stay here and clean up the mess.” There was some discussion on the ability of vessels to run from a storm. Taking into account range and speed, these captains agreed that if a vessel could run, it should. But even for those yachts that can, running isn’t always the best option. “A boat that only goes 10-11 knots is at a real disadvantage,” one captain said. “If you’ve guessed wrong, you’re committed by then.” “I stayed on board [during Wilma], using thrusters to stay off the dock. We pulled part of the dock off.” “Years ago, they would make you leave the marina or dock,” another said. “In Provo, they told us leave or we’re going to cut your lines. That was 15 years ago. They don’t do that now.” “I’m not on the boat,” another said. “That’s what you have insurance for.” “I have a relationship with a yard,” said another. “I prefer to be in a slip. I know they will take care of me.” “I’m in a shed,” said a third. “If it happens, it happens.” “People are being more prepared

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Lesson learned: Be prepared and tape drains THE BRIDGE, from page A20 now,” a captain said. “I think last year was a real wake-up call. And don’t believe that garbage that it’s coming onshore as a Category 1. “There’s no such thing as a hurricane pattern,” another said. “You can’t predict them.” So what lessons did Wilma teach you? “For Wilma, I was on the New River, just south of the Davie Boulevard bridge on a dock that jutted out from the wall,” one captain said. “I put out 15 lines and every fender I had. The only thing I didn’t do that I wish I had was tape the drains. It took me a week to clean out all the tree limbs, leaves, twigs, bugs, you name it.” “And I think the No. 1 problem is not allowing for enough rub,” he said. “You have to have chafing gear otherwise the

lines are going to break in a big storm. That’s the No. 1 reason boats break loose. Not enough chafing.” “A bigger problem is all the lost time,” another captain said. “The storm may last a day or two, but the yards are out of service for a week or two. I’m due to be in the yard in September and October. We will lose 2-3 weeks for storms, even if they don’t hit here, because of all the preparation and break down. I’ve written in an extra 2-3 weeks.” “I’ve got a slow boat so we hunker down, but I’ve learned two things,” said a captain who had some crew onboard during Wilma. “One is the necessity of precaution, because once it hits, there’s nothing you can do. Second is that if it’s big enough, get everybody out. I don’t think any of my guys felt in danger during Wilma, but it wouldn’t

Know storm conditions One key to surviving a hurricane with little or no damage is planning. The U.S. Coast Guard has a graduated implementation of safety measures designed to maximize safety while promoting maritime commerce. They are:  Condition W (Whiskey) is set when gale force winds are expected within 72 hours. Under this condition, the port allows normal operations and all vessel traffic. Self-propelled, oceangoing vessels of more than 500 gross tons and all oceangoing tugs and barges are required to report their intent to depart or remain in ports. Those vessels opting to remain in port are required to begin completing checklists that outline measures to help ensure the vessel’s safety. Condition X (X-Ray) is generally set when gale force winds are expected to arrive within 48 hours. In this condition, port operations continue without restrictions and vessels remaining in port must have completed and submitted checklists to the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard conducts assessments of vessels desiring to remain in port to ensure safety measures are adequately implemented. Condition Y (Yankee) is normally set when gale force winds are expected to impact a port within 24 hours. Vessel traffic is restricted to ensure safety and the Coast Guard Captain of the Port approves or directs final mooring arrangements for vessels remaining in port. Condition Z (Zulu) is usually set when gale force winds are forecasted to arrive within 12 hours. At this point ports are closed to all vessel traffic and vessel movement. Any port activities must be approved by the Captain of the Port.



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have taken much more to make that a serious event.” “There’s a line between dereliction of duty and common sense,” another said. “You have to have procedures and say to the owner, when it gets in this range, we’re going.” “You have to be able to say to the owner two days out, “We’re leaving. The answer I want from you is, are we taking the boat with us?” They all agreed that captains should have a serious conversation with the boss long before a hurricane is approaching. “We’re talking about people’s lives,” one captain said. “Sometimes they have tunnel vision and they’re worried about their toys.” “If the owner thinks the captain should go down with the ship, someone lied to them.”

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Each month, The Triton invites eight yacht captains to lunch to talk about industry issues and trend. Sure, there has been some venting, but with that has come brainstorming and interesting conversation. The lunches also allow captains to meet each other, an important task that gets lost amid everyone’s busy schedules. If you are a megayacht captain and would like to attend a future lunch, contact Editor Lucy Reed at


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Capt. Mike Williams of the 285-foot steam-powered paddleboat Delta Queen took this copy of The Triton up the Mississippi River in July. Eng. Jerry MacKinnon of M/Y Carry-On hand delivered the issue on a recent holiday. Read about MacKinnon’s trip on the river and his visits to the engine room PHOTO/ENG. JERRY MACKINNON on page B1.

Where have you and your Triton been lately? Send photos to lucy@the-triton. com. If we print yours, you get a T-shirt. Peter Philips, AKA Smiley, and Elona Sinclair got hitched at Kuta Beach in Sint Maarten on Aug. 12. The couple run SXM Marine Trading in Simpson Bay. Congrats! PHOTO COURTESY OF THE HAPPY COUPLE

About 50 crew and industry folks mingled at The Triton’s monthly networking social in August at The Original Steakhouse, a fun sports bar in the Harbor Shops off 17th Street in Ft. Lauderdale. The bar has more than 20 televisions and individual speakers at booths so patrons can

listen to their game or show of choice. Why not come to The Triton’s next networking event on Sept. 6? We always meet on the first Wednesday of the month. This month we’ll be at The Port Marina, the new stateof-the-art dry storage facility behind the Art

Institute on Southeast 17th Street. Valet at the door or find metered parking under the bridge. For more info, call us at 954-525-0029. On Oct. 4, we’re gathering at Kemplon Marine Engineering at 3200 S. Andrews Ave. Save the PHOTOS/TOM TAYLOR date.

Networking opportunities abound with The Triton. Yacht crew are welcome to join us Sept. 19 at Stars ‘N Bars in Monaco for an invitation-only party. (E-mail us at for an invite.) And save the date for our Ft. Lauderdale boat show party Oct. 19.

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Capt. Adam Marani was hard at work keeping track of warranty work and lastminute work at Roscioli Yachting Center on the 90-day-old Hooter Patrol IV. He took a break from planning sea trials and a photo shoot of the 98-foot Hargrave to chat and pose for this PHOTO/LUCY REED shot.

Stewardess Sabrina Dainotto, left, and Chef Jim Bumgarner enjoy an afternoon coffee on holiday in the South of France this spring. Dainotto, a native of Nice, gave Bumgarner a local’s tour of the region. Bumgarner said he enjoyed his European experience so much, he returned to freelance in the Med this summer. He took August off, but PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM BUMGARNER now it’s back to work. Capt. Guy O’Connor of M/Y Phoenix sports a new look that appears a tad bit formal for him. Sorry, we can’t say how we arrived at this photo.

Deckhand Luis Aeutro, left, and Mate Shay Williams put the 141-foot Christensen M/Y Walkabout back together after a paint job at Roscioli Yachting PHOTO/LUCY REED Center in August.


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West Marine to close stores after profits tumble 40 percent Profits at marine retailer West Marine (Nasdaq: WMAR) dropped almost 40 percent for the quarter ended July 1, prompting the publicly traded company to announce in August plans to close stores to cut costs. Net income for second quarter of 2006 were was $14 million (65 cents a share) compared to net income of $22.8 million, ($1.07 a share) for the same period a year ago. Net income for the first and second quarters combined dropped to $4.7 million (22 cents a share) compared to $17.3 million (81 cents a share) for the same period a year ago. That’s a fall of

more than 72 percent. Net sales, however, were up slightly, about 4.3 percent for the quarter and 4.8 percent of the whole first half of the year, the company said in a statement. “We are disappointed that we have not achieved our earnings goals for the first half of the year,” said Peter Harris, the company’s chief executive officer, in a statement. “While broadly the boating industry is experiencing a down year, we are encouraged by customer response to many of our initiatives and new product offerings that indicate we are well positioned to serve our customers’ needs and wants.”

During the second quarter, the company paid $3.5 million to analyze underperforming stores. The California-based company expects to incur expenses of up to $10 million related to closing certain locations in 2006, it said. It was unclear which stores might close; the company has more than 400 nationwide. Details were expected in the coming weeks. “This is a transition period for West Marine,” Harris said. “We are taking aggressive action to solidify the store foundation and reduce expenses in order to position the company for longterm profitability and growth.”

Caterpillar Q2 profits break record

Profits at Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) jumped 41 percent in the second quarter compared to the same quarter last year. Sales were $10.6 billion, up 13 percent from second quarter last year, and profit was just more than $1 billion ($1.52 a share). All figures were the highest for any quarter in Caterpillar’s history, the company said in a statement. “We had ... the strongest financial performance we’ve reported since the 1960s,” Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Owens said. For the first half of 2006, sales of $20 billion and profit of $1.9 billion ($2.72 a share) were also company records. “Record demand has resulted in longer delivery times for many of our products,” Owens said. “We’re continuing to work with suppliers and within our factories to remove bottlenecks.” Sales for 2006 are now expected to be up 12 to 15 percent from 2005. The profit outlook has been adjusted to reflect an estimated profit range of $5.25 to $5.50 a share. The previous outlook reflected sales and revenues up about 10 percent and profit per share of $4.85 to $5.20.

TowBoatU.S. opens in Bahamas

TowBoatU.S. Port Canaveral has expanded into the Bahamas with the opening of two new ports: Marsh Harbor in the Abacos and in West End on Grand Bahama Island. TowBoatU.S. Port Canaveral is owned by Capt. Jess Cooley. While TowBoatU.S. Ft. Lauderdale and TowBoatU.S. Palm Beach will continue to provide service to parts of the Bahamas, the two new ports represent the first full-time, 24-hour a day presence in the islands. “By positioning our vessels in the Bahamas, we greatly reduce response times,” Cooley said in a statement. TowBoatU.S. Marsh Harbor is adjacent to Rainbow Rentals and Marine. Wayde and Tracey Collins will operate a 25-foot Steiger Craft pilothouse there. TowBoatU.S. West End is at the Harbour Hotel & Marina. Kendall

Nottage runs a 30-foot Curtis Bay – a former U.S. Coast Guard rescue vessel – there. Both ports are available 24/7 on VHF radio channel 16, or call TowBoatU.S. Marsh Harbor at 242-3674602 or 242-357-6851 and TowBoatU.S. West End at 254-543-3925 or 242-4415518. BoatU.S. toll-free dispatch service can be reached at 800-391-4869 or visit for more information.

Radio Holland, Cello market union

Radio Holland USA and Cello Technologies have entered into a joint marketing agreement focused on the design, sales and installation of communication, navigation, automation, entertainment, lighting control and other related systems for the U.S. megayacht market. Between the companies, every major electronic system can be supplied, supported and serviced: engine controls and monitoring, bridge communications (marine and business), radar and navigation, security, satellite systems, networking, phone systems, lighting control, audio/ video entertainment, shade systems, and more. Radio Holland USA is a member in the International Radio Holland Group, a commercial marine sales and service organization offering communications, automation, and navigation systems solutions. Cello Technologies is an audio/video, communications and integrated systems design/build firm in Seattle. Cello has worked on the Deltas M/Y Gran Finale, M/Y Sinbad and M/Y Andrea and is the exclusive audio/video, networking and satellite communications vendor to Ocean Alexander Yachts. For more information, contact either John Schwiering at Radio Holland at +1-206- 768-1601 or Dellarae Matilla at Cello Technologies at +1-206-256-0900.

Soda cleaning companies merge

Chesapeake Soda Clean (CSC) has acquired the assets of Potomac Soda Stripping of La Plata, Md. In addition to serving as eastern regional sales director for one of its primary OEMs – The Soda Works of Walla Walla, Wash. – this acquisition expands CSC’s sales and service area. “There is a growing demand for an environmentally safe coatings removal technology,” said Stacey Stone, owner and general contractor of Annapolisbased Chesapeake Soda Clean. “In only the short year since I took on the responsibility for handling soda blasting equipment and selling the actual soda itself, my business has more than doubled. It’s heartening to know that in this day and age, a solution coming from a little industry


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Soda blasting proves gentler than sand blasting BUSINESS BRIEFS, from page A24 like pressure cleaning can still make waves.” Soda blasting is the latest technology to safely strip paint and clean most any surface. The soda blasting machine uses compressed air to deliver baking soda onto the surface to be cleaned. Similar in concept to sand blasting, soda blasting is gentler to the underlying surface and the environment. The process is gentle enough to remove the coating without harming the substrate. Virtually any coating can be removed from most any surface. Soda blast media is FDA approved, non-toxic, and contains no free silica; it is non-sparking, non-flammable, non-hazardous, and environmentally safe. For more information, contact CSC at +1-410-271-2652 or visit www.

$8 million in funding to Glacier Bay

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Bellingham Marine sold for $13 million Ambassadors International (Nasdaq: AMIE) acquired marina design and construction company Bellingham Marine Industries in July for about $13 million through the acquisition of Nishida Tekko America Corp., the owner of Bellingham Marine. Bellingham Marine designs, manufactures and builds dock facilities around the world, and is well known for its Unifloat concrete floating docks. Bellingham has built more than 16.5 million square feet of dock systems. Founded in 1928, Bellingham Marine remains headquartered in Bellingham, Wash., with facilities in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Europe and Mexico.

Oakland, Calif.-based Glacier Bay – a developer of thermal control, sound reduction, and DC power management technologies – has landed $8 million in its first round of funding from venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates, according to press reports. “Having NEA’s financial strength and expertise is a great boost for us as we move into commercialization of our power technologies,” Kevin Alston, founder and CEO of Glacier Bay, said in a news release. Perhaps best known for its OSSA Powerlite systems, the company made its name creating technologies for the yachting industry, which will remain an important part of its growth strategy, the company said. But the technology used in the OSSA Powerlite system has a broader application. The company has taken orders for new medical, military and transportation power products and is increasing production capacity with the purchase of a 50,000-square-foot facility in Northern California, it said.

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Yellow Air donates to school

Mackay new FarSounder dealer

Yellow Air Taxi has donated more than $6,800 to Every Child Counts, a school in Marsh Harbor for specialneeds children of the Abacos. During this year’s “Regatta Time in Abaco,” Yellow Air Taxi sponsored a fund-raising raffle by donating two pair of round-trip tickets from Ft. Lauderdale to Abaco as the grand prizes and then coordinating the sale of raffle tickets throughout the Regatta Time festivities. Yellow Air Taxi operates scheduled commuter flights into the Marsh Harbor and Treasure Cay airports for passengers and cargo from several airports in South Florida. The planes are also available for charter

FarSounder has appointed Mackay Communications as a dealer. Used for obstacle avoidance and shallow water navigation, FarSounder FS-3 sonars are capable of generating a complete threedimensional image of the sea floor and in-water objects at navigationally significant ranges with a single ping. The small, lightweight sonar can be installed on new-builds or retrofitted into existing vessels. This new technology revolutionizes marine navigation, especially in shallow areas. It offers visualization of a clear, easy-to-understand 3D sonar image. The standard user interface software includes automated alarms, BSB chart plotting capabilities, and GPS,

“We believe that it is very well run by an experienced management team and look forward to building upon this success,” said Joe Ueberroth, president and CEO of Ambassadors, in a statement. Ambassadors paid $7 million in cash and paid off Nishida Tekko debt worth $6 million. “Bellingham Marine has a successful financial track record under its current ownership and management team,” said Brian Schaefgen, Bellingham’s chief financial officer. “We look forward to continuing this trend and expect the transaction to be accretive to the company in 2006. We look forward to the integration of the Bellingham Marine team and its 325 employees to the company.” compass, and depth sounder display capabilities. The technology is also appropriate for security and defense applications. FarSounder is currently working on a Phase II SBIR for the Department of Homeland Security. Based in North Carolina, Mackay is a 122-year-old, privately owned business. FarSounder will be promoting its new software at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show. Demonstrations will be given at the Darse Sud air-conditioned tent, Booth Number N°QS78. The company is also offering a two-day certified training seminar (in Rhode Island) geared to field service operators as well as managers who require an indepth understanding of the FarSounder FS-3F/S-3DT Navigation Sonar Systems. For more information, call the company in Rhode Island at +1-401784-6700, visit or e-mail

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Saving injured animals: The benefits are mutual By First Mate Sue Mitchell In our daily experiences at sea, many of us come across distressed, injured or stranded marine life. In general, we all possess humanitarian tendencies and, should the situation allow, would render assistance to any such creatures in their time of distress. Dealing with creatures that generally do not have any contact whatsoever with humans poses some challenges but the feeling one gets when they survive to swim, walk or fly away free is rewarding, to say the least. Recently, we experienced an encounter with a sea creature (a pelican actually) and the story of the rescue is reported here. After enjoying an evening on the Intracoastal waterway between Hillsboro and Oakland Park in Ft. Lauderdale, we were cruising in our tender (center consol boat) with friends from Chile when we noticed a bird hanging upside down, about 40 to 50 feet above the water, in a casuarina tree on the banks of a boat ramp park near Northeast 14th Street in Pompano Beach. The options to perform a rescue (without ladders or means to get up that high from the water in a small boat) looked almost impossible. We knew the water police had an office close by and left to see if it was manned at that time of night (about 10:30 p.m.). As expected, and understandably, the office was unattended. We returned to the bird, still hanging from the tree, clearly distressed and tangled in fishing line. There was no way we could leave the creature in this state so we sat more or less underneath weighing the options for the rescue. Climbing the tree was discussed but

Popper, so named by his caregivers, rests in First Mate Sue Mitchell’s arms after being bandaged. It will take about three weeks for Popper to be strong enough to be released back into the wild, during which time he’ll eat about PHOTO COURTESY OF SUE MITCHELL $10 worth of fish a day. Donations are welcome for Popper and other creatures.  soon dismissed given the brittle nature of such trees. We didn’t want to add a human casualty to the chaos. Whilst deciding on a plan, the bird became more agitated and this, in turn, assisted in its release from the tree, falling unexpectedly, hard into the water. The bird was visibly weak,

shaken and injured. We believe that the bird hurt itself in the fall, without the ability to compensate for the sudden plunge. Pelicans do dive bomb the water for their food, but they plan the descent, as we have all witnessed. We could see that one wing was

hanging out and it only had one operable leg. Circling closer to the bird, we tried to coax it closer so we could get a hold of it and get it into the boat so we could examine the injuries. We did manage to grab hold of the bird and boat it. It took a while and probably looked a bit like “dad’s army” by anyone passing by, but what the heck, we had an emergency and nothing was going to prevent us from assisting our new friend. The first, most evident injury was a bad cut under its left wing as there was a fair bit of blood on its feathers. Once we were able to examine the bird under the spot light, we then discovered it had a lure imbedded in the web part of one foot and the other treble hook firmly imbedded into its flesh under the tail feathers. Not having any tools to extract the hooks, we worked carefully with fingers and thumbs to remove the hooks from the bird’s webbed foot and its flesh, minimizing it from further injury. Luckily, we had some towels on the boat and were able to restrain the bird’s wings and cover its eyes, in an effort to calm it while being handled.

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Well-funded wildlife agencies can’t help every type of animal PELICAN, from page A26

was asleep but rallied to the cause immediately. His father soon called us The poor bird went to sleep in my back and although they specialize in arms almost immediately, obviously raccoons, they knew and worked with a exhausted from the ordeal and now person who specialized in birds. somewhat more comfortable in its That person welcomed the injured new calm environment, free of hooks bird into their home that night. Upon and line. It was so peaceful that I really arrival at their home (now almost thought it was dead. We reassured midnight), they immediately evaluated ourselves by the bird’s checking its condition breathing from and got their time to time. utility room A wonderful bird is the pelican After the organized with His bill will hold more urgency of the a cage and than his belican above, it was re-hydration then a matter He can take in his beak fluids. of where to Enough food for a week We take this unwrapped the But I’m darned if I know poor creature bird, gave it how the helican. for medical the necessary – Dixon Lanier Merritt, 1910 assistance. fluids and Naturally, removed the we do not go cover off its around with phone numbers of such eyes. The bird stood on its own feet, people stored in our cell phone contact shook its head, did not try to attack us, list. looked very pleased with itself and was Brian [Mitchell, captain on the obviously strong enough. yacht] remembered that a marine air We felt sure that with the cut conditioning service person who had attended to, the hole under its tail been on the boat some years ago was feathers treated and some TLC for the an animal care-giver. His son is also in next month or so, it would survive to fly the yacht service industry, so we called another day. Andrew from Mendol Engineering to Once the bird fully recovers, it will be get his father’s phone number. Andrew

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released back up at Hillsboro to rejoin its colony. The moral to this story is: Always try to help creatures if you can. It’s very rewarding. Most importantly, we found out that the well-funded wildlife agencies do not take in just any creature and there are many they just won’t handle at all. The task of looking after exotic and sometimes-unusual casualties such as our pelican falls into the hands of a few very caring people who have little or no funding at all. All the care, attention, medical requirements, food and great

lack of sleep is self funded. If you have the ability and the heart, how about rallying the troops on board your yacht and collecting donations for Rascals: Wildlife Care Network at 5120 S.W. 114th Way, Davie. The pager service is 954-779-0364. Our thanks go to Andrew of Mendol Engineering, his dad Stuart and his partner Vesna, The Rascals Network and The Triton for printing our story. Sue Mitchell is first mate on M/Y Argusea. Contact her through editorial@


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A shackle pin breaks and there is no replacement on board; 80,000-pound spectra line gets in both props and a bow thruster melts down. The event produced lessons in emergency preparedness.

‘It was about 0500 and, as we watched, the tender broke free ...’ By Capt. Tim Cook It started off as most normal trips do: off the dock about three hours later than expected and, of course, the crew still had little things left to do on shore, but time had run out and it was time to leave. As we got to Port Everglades from up the New River, we attached the tender for a long, straight through-run to New York for the summer season of cruising. The weather was fair and the crew was

saying how excited they were to spend 4th of July in “the harbor” with fireworks and fire rescue boats displaying an array of showers of sparks and water. There’s just a small party going on in NYC on that night of independence. We made it Cook through the first day and most of the first night before things

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started to get a little For every foot sporty. The seas I swam, the two were still on our tail boats separated but had grown to due to wind and 6-8 feet and were seas. As I came starting to come to the end of the out of the west, also. tow line I was still The wind had come 20 feet from the up to 25 knots but tender. The captain out of the south. had been watching We noticed that this and for some the tender was unknown reason starting to drift decided to put the off to port every boat in reverse to time slack would give me some slack get in the tow line. rather than turning It was obvious the toward me. outboards had Everybody turned to the side knows what even though the happens when you steering wheel was go in reverse with secured to the t-top. line in the water. It was about 0500 You guessed it and, as we watched, – right into both the tender broke wheels goes our free. As protocol only tow line. Our calls for, I hit the concern for the man overboard tender diminished button on the 6000i as now we had and went up top to bigger fish to fry. keep an eye while (The sun was up the captain turned now and we could the boat. We were keep a good eye on A tow line is only as good as its it.) able to see the weakest link. When a shackle pin, tender and started The chef was to circle it when the below, snaps, the line is done for. put in charge of chef and stew were watching it and I getting up and on asked the stew to deck to assist. grab me a mask I ran down, and fins and my pulled the tow line Leatherman. After in and realized several attempts that it was the at free diving shackle pin that down below to cut was attached to the line between the tender that the two wheels, had broken. I went I decided it was below to get out of too dangerous to my pajama bottoms continue in those and into my board shorts for a rescue sea conditions. When I surfaced, I came attempt. With no spare shackles on up to find there was absolutely no one board, we decided to try and attach the there watching me any longer. quick disconnect directly to the tender. While I had kept my head and When I came up, the tender was tongue in line up to this point, I no nowhere to be seen. This is when things longer could do so. I screamed at the started to get a little out of hand. The top of my tired lungs that the next time salon furnishings and some of the I or anyone else was left unattended contents of cupboards were sliding in the water, I personally was going from one side of the salon to the other, to kick some one’s head in. All of a not to mention every other room on sudden, here comes the chef and stew board. with the excuse that there were potted Forty-five minutes later, we found plants and expensive vases being the tender. The captain pulled within tossed around in the salon. I asked if 30 feet and I donned a life vest. With that was all my well being was worth the quick-release in hand, I jumped and they apologized. To add insult to overboard for a not-so-leisurely sunrise injury, the stew reported there was lots dip (165 miles offshore, mind you). The of smoke coming from the forward VIP stew fed line to me as I swam toward stateroom. the tender and the captain tried to So now not only were we detached keep the big boat out of the ditch by using the bow thruster. See TENDER, page A30


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So many yachts unprepared for emergencies TENDER, from page A28 from our tender, had 80,000-pound breaking strength spectra line in both props and stuff flying around the entire boat, but now we had a possible fire on board. We had just left the yard after having a huge shore power electrical melt down. It goes without saying that when you make this kind of a journey, outside things like cushions and the sort are stowed in the forward VIP stateroom, right? So out of the water I come, through the salon, then the galley, down the forward stairs and into the VIP. With smoke billowing, I start pulling cushions and everything out of the way, thinking that one of them is smoldering from a light source. Turned out that the bow thruster had melted down rather than blowing its breaker and the smoke was coming from that, which is under the bunk. After notifying the captain, he decided to put both mains in gear and snap the line between the props. After some grunting and groaning, the twin 2000hp MANs won that battle. I ended up driving the tender toward shore until it was nearly out of gas. Then, making a temporary tow line out of dock lines, we towed it in the rest of the way.

Green and veteran crew alike need to practice ... Every crew member has their place in any emergency, and every one of those crew are a vital part of a successful outcome. The next morning, I was relieved of my duties and flown back to Ft. Lauderdale. The captain said the owner was not happy and someone’s head had to roll. I was the mate/engineer hired just the week before for the summer. That makes my head the most dispensable. The reason for this story is not to complain, but to show how quickly things can get out of hand. There are so many yachts in our industry that are not prepared for an emergency at sea. They don’t carry enough spare parts, they don’t properly stow the interior for the journey, and they certainly don’t perform safety drills every week. People need to be led and it’s up to captains to lead the way. I am a captain and took this position at mate/ engineer one week prior to departure because I’d never been to New York for the 4th of July. I thought it would be a nice summer.

Every captain or owner asks if you are STCW-95 certified when you are interviewed, but just because you know how to pull the pin out of a fire extinguisher and you have gotten into a life raft one time in a pool somewhere doesn’t mean that you have all the knowledge of the safety needs on a yacht. Green and veteran crew alike need to practice the skills of how to use a radio to call mayday, how to assist in an at-sea air rescue (not to mention how to manually disconnect a life raft from a cradle) and, most importantly, to gather if the boat is sinking or on fire. Every crew member has their place in any emergency, and every one of those crew are a vital part of a successful outcome. Captains and engineers, allow me to emphasize the need for you to do safety drills with your crews every week about the things that can and sometimes do go wrong, and what each crew member’s duties are should things go a little south. Capt. Tim Cook works as a freelance captain and sometimes mate. He also is working with The Triton on a new resource directory, The Captain’s Mate, scheduled to launch this year. Contact him through captaintim@

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Operating a boat without crew can be done safely In last month’s captains’ gathering [“Medical preparedness a matter of risk,” July 2006, page A1] it seemed that the captain who runs alone came in for an unfair amount of criticism. As I have been doing the same for over 10 years, I would like to jump into the fray. I have heard all the what-ifs and then some, but life on a daily basis is what-ifs. I went solo after I realized getting part-time crew that had a clue was next to impossible. And having to train someone on a daily basis who supposedly “knew everything and the price of it” got old. I installed Micro commander controls with the remote control option, which makes docking and letting go a simple procedure, even early or late in the day. I also installed an Alert 2 MOB unit ( that attaches to my flotation harness and will shut the boat down up to a mile away. My rule is not to go outside while running, go to idle while doing engine room and fuel checks, etc. I am willing to reverse course in the event of unexpected weather and have done so. Whenever possible, I always have an alternate port of refuge. There is always the possibility of the unexpected, but if we worry about that all day, we’d never leave the dock. Bottom line: Equip the boat as well as possible or as well as the owner will let you, bearing in mind you are saving him a lot of money by going alone. I have been boating since I was 7 and a licensed professional since 1966. You can’t beat experience. A final thought: I wonder if the individuals who complained the loudest in that lunch are the ones who don’t want their bosses to find out it can be done solo? Capt. Ian Walsh M/Y Trim-It

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1,000th ad had ingredients for the perfect stew I just wanted to comment on The Triton’s 1,000th classified ad [“Triton’s 1,000th classified ad sought fun stew,” A1, August 2006]. If there were justification for cloning, the employee that this ad seeks is it. Think of it, we could market this individual worldwide and the response would be overwhelming. Every captain worth his salt would jump at the chance to hire this type of employee. Keep in mind this is not gender specific. If all stews (male and female) would try to emulate some of what this ad requests, there would be a shortage of jobs instead of qualified applicants. Exclude the things beyond control such as lactose intolerance and you have a recipe for a stellar crew member that I would be proud to have on my crew list. If this were a cookbook for crew, this recipe gets the blue ribbon. If you run across a resume from a stew with these qualifications, please forward it to me at capthlr@comcast. net as I, too, am looking for this type of person. I would like to thank Jessica for composing a brilliant ad. Capt. Lee Rosbach M/Y Mostro Business Manager/Circulation Peg Soffen, Production Manager Patty Weinert, Graphic Designer Christine Abbott, Abbott Designs Distribution Ross Adler, National Distribution Solutions

Entry for non-citizens not a right

In reference to your August article “Lesson learned: Be ready to correct U.S. immigration mistakes” [page A1], I believe one basic point has been omitted: For non-citizens, entering and working in the United States is a privilege, not a right. It doesn’t matter what visa you have obtained; unless you have a U.S. passport, you can be denied entry for any reason. If the immigration officer doesn’t like your shoes, he/she can try to deny your entry. It’s not fair, but it’s the truth. Granted, the officer’s attempt might not be very successful, but unfortunately, the person seeking entry has to deal with that situation until he or she gets a supervisor or an attorney. The fact is, when you enter any country, you are subject to the laws and regulations of the host country. It doesn’t matter if you are a cute, young stewardess from Brazil or a distinguished captain from the U.K. If you don’t like the rules or are denied entry, accept it and go home. And don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Anita Applebaum Freelance American stewardess Contributing Editor Lawrence Hollyfield Contributors

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Article helpful for crew on visas

I’ve just finished reading your cover article “Lesson learned: Be ready to correct U.S. immigration mistakes” [August 2006 issue]. I had been following this story myself as it progressed (the engineer mentioned and I have a mutual friend) and it was good to hear a positive outcome for him. I’m Australian and have had some difficulties entering, so I think the policies you referred to would be helpful items to carry on entry. I have already passed a print-out of the article and the link pages on to two foreignflagged yacht captains who say they will keep them on file to send with all yacht crew coming and going from the United States. Very useful article. Well done. Stewardess Donna Killeen M/V Blind Faith Editor’s note: The web sites that point out that yacht crew need a B1/B2 visa can be found at: www.amb-usa. fr/consul/niv/typevisas/crew.htm, and nonimmigvisac1d.html. Vol. 3, No. 6.

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Beginning this month, find all your technical and travel news in this new B section of The Triton, Getting Under Way. We’ve moved our Rules of the Road column; find it on this section front every month.

ACR Electronics of Fort Lauderdale is celebrating its 50th year in the business of manufacturing safety equipment such as EPIRBs. Since 1956, the company’s products have helped more than 17,000 mariners make it home safely.

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Maltese Falcon: world’s largest, fastest sailboat.

U.S. family is seeing the world aboard the Ocelot.


Crew party Sept. 19 (Free!) The Triton hosts its third annual crew party at Stars ‘N Bars in Monaco, on the night before the Monaco Yacht Show.

New Labor Code consolidates laws The Maritime Labor Code is an important new international Convention that was adopted by the International Labor Organization in February 2006 in Geneva, Switzerland. It sets out seafarers’ rights to decent conditions of work, on a wide range of subjects, and is intended to be globally applicable, easily understandable, readily updatable, and uniformly enforced. Though written with Rules of the Road the commercial shipping industry in mind, this code, Jake DesVergers like most other international maritime regulations, touches commercially registered yachts today, and will likely affect it more in the years to come. The code is designed to become an international instrument known as the “fourth pillar” of the regulatory regime for quality shipping, complementing key Conventions of the International Maritime Organization such as the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 as amended, the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping, 1978 as amended and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 73/78. The proposed Convention contains a comprehensive set of global standards, based on those already found in more than 60 maritime labor instruments adopted since 1920. The new Convention brings almost all existing maritime labor standards and recommendations together in a single new regulation that uses a new format with some updating to reflect modern conditions and language. This will consolidate the existing international law on all these matters. The Convention is organized into three main parts: the Articles, Regulations, and Code (Parts A and B) provisions. The Regulations and the Standards (Part A) and Guidelines (Part B) in the Code are integrated and organized into general

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September 2006

THE 285-FOOT DELTA QUEEN With her paddle of 28 feet in diameter, the Delta Queen travels the Mississippi River at about 10 mph. In view are the cams that operate the valving for the engines. It takes about 24 hours from dead ship to work up a good enough head of steam to get under way. PHOTOS/ENG. JERRY MACKINNON

Living a Mississippi River dream By Jerry MacKinnon Mom, who is 86, and I had been wanting to take a trip on the Mississippi River for years and last December, we made reservations to do it. There are other ships cruising America’s great rivers but we wanted nothing other than the 285-foot (85,5m) Delta Queen. The Delta Queen was completed in 1927 in Stockton, Calif. She has an interesting history and even was used by the U.S. Navy during World War II. In 1947, she was towed from California through the Panama Canal to the Mississippi River.

Eng. Jerry MacKinnon of the M/Y Carry-On, right, shares the throttle with Delta Queen Chief Engineer Harold Kent. Our cruise started and ended in Baton Rouge, La. (It was originally scheduled to be a

New Orleans-based cruise but Hurricane Katrina changed that, at least for this year.) The Delta Queen Steamship Company handled all the arrangements, including air and ground transportation to and from the ship. Ours was a fivenight cruise in mid-June and we were pleased with all aspects of the trip. Being the engineer on the 80-foot Burger Carry-On, I was looking forward to seeing how a steam-powered paddlewheel ship operates. On most cruise ships, passengers can’t get anywhere

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Netherlands changes ship registration law Ship registration regulations in the Netherlands have been relaxed, thanks to recent changes to Dutch law safeguarding the right of free establishment in Europe, according to a story on The change brings Dutch law in line with a 2004 European Court of Justice decision that ruled that Dutch national law contravened European law by being too restrictive. In the past companies could only register their vessels in the Netherlands if: At least two-thirds of the ship was owned by a European Community (EC) or European Economic Area (EEA) national company, and the business of the vessel was conducted by EC or EEA nationals through a Netherlands-based office. These requirements have been removed, the story stated. The company that registers the vessel must be registered in Europe, and there must be a Netherlands-based representative who has full authority to act for the ship.

M/Y Jellybean burns

A fire damaged the 85-foot M/Y Jellybean on Aug. 10 at Balboa Marina in Newport Beach, Calif., according to a report in The Orange County Register in Southern California. Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff ’s Department Harbor Patrol told the newspaper that the fire was most likely caused by an electrical problem. No one was injured.

New stabilizers by Quantum

Quantum Stabilizers of Ft. Lauderdale has introduced the XT fin series, specifically designed to overcome challenges in fitting these dual-purpose systems to larger vessels. Modern yacht designs call for higher volume hull forms that are not always conducive to fitting the stabilizer fin area required for stabilizing ships at rest (zero speed). Additionally, most of these vessels have designed service speeds in excess of 20 knots which dictates that appendage drag be minimized as much as possible. XT fins are designed to reduce the fin footprint by having extending foils that are only deployed for stabilizing the vessel at anchor. When the ship is under way, the foils are retracted.

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Boeing picks FTMSC first

France Telecom Mobile Satellite Communications has been selected as the first sales associate to offer the Connexion by Boeing maritime high-speed connectivity service to the commercial shipping industry. Connexion by Boeing is the first satellite-based, high-speed Internet system that allows transoceanic maritime vessels access to information they need at speeds significantly higher than those of existing maritime communications systems. The service provides data rates up to 256 kbps from the vessel to the satellite and data rates up to 5 mbps from the satellite to the vessel. The high data rate enables multiple, simultaneous maritime users. Connexion offers 2,000 minutes of high-speed data connectivity, 100 minutes of voice service and access to the Connexion by Boeing global live television lineup for $2,800 per month per ship, inclusive of equipment. Boeing also recently signed 2-year leases with international satellite operator Intelsat for space on two satellites, one above the Atlantic Ocean and one above the Indian, to expand its satellite broadband Internet service.

Maptech adds XM weather

The integration of XM WX Satellite Weather in Maptech’s i3 technology gives boaters continuously updated weather information in near real-time on the touch screen. The XM WX Satellite Weather Option retails for $1,299 plus a monthly subscription fee and includes the antenna, radio receiver, and all the necessary cables. The weather information is for the continental United States and 100 miles into U.S. coastal waters, regardless of prevailing weather conditions. XM WX Satellite Weather provides high resolution NEXRAD, wave direction, height, and period, lightning strike location, buoy data, sea surface temperatures, surface analysis weather maps and more. For details, visit www.maptech. com or contact Peter Martin, i3/SRN National Sales Manager, at pmartin@ or +1-978-792-1058.

NZ weather forecasts by MetOcean

Marine forecasts around New Zealand are now available in a Webbased service from MetOcean Solutions Ltd. The service features forecasts with graphics and seven days of wind, swell

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New device integrates autopilots, special drives and thrusters TECH BRIEFS, from page B2 and wave data at regular intervals. View it at

M/Y Caressa K launched

Vripack announced the launch of trawler Caressa K at the RMK Shipyard in Tuzla, Istanbul for a Turkish owner. At 120 ft (36m), Caressa K is the builder’s largest trawler designed so far. The hull is steel; the superstructure part steel and part aluminum.

Night Vision integrates radar

Night Vision Technologies (NVTi) has added a radar integration and object tracking component to its 5000 and 6000 systems. The integration connects the camera to the radar software system. When the radar detects any object, cameras will automatically track to that spot and

follow it until the craft passes safely. Prices for the enhanced 5000 and 6000 series start at $72,995. For more information, contact Night Vision Technologies in Texas at +1-972-5543944 or 866-444-8628, or visit www.

Low-emission inboards developed

Results from several years of testing by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard suggest that significant emission reductions can be achieved from sterndrive/inboard engines through the use of catalysts, according to a report on According to the EPA, the fresh water durability study has shown that these emission reductions can be achieved over the lifetime of the engine. The EPA anticipates that the salt water testing will show similar results. Indmar is selling inboard marine engines equipped with catalysts, and has reported excellent emission performance. This technology is capable of reducing smog-forming gases by more than two-thirds and carbon monoxide by more than half.

ComNav integrator available

Boats are often equipped with autopilots, special drives and thrusters. ComNav Marine now offers the CT7

Today’s fuel prices

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

Prices for low-sulfur gasoil expressed in US$ per cubic meter (1,000 litres) as of Aug. 15, 2005.

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Interface to integrate these devices. Capable of operating several types of solenoid valves, the CT7 Interface is a one- or two-channel isolation amplifier for analog controls. It provides total galvanic isolation between the ComPilot system and azimuth/Zdrives. It can also be used as an interface for bow and stern thrusters. It can accept input from any electric wheel. Measuring 10.2 inches by 7.3 inches by 2.9 inches, the CT7 connects to the ComPilot with a 10-conducter cable. The suggested retail price is $995. For boaters who already have the autopilot system, a cable and software upgrade is available. For more information, contact ComNav in British Columbia at +1604-207-1600, at or through

been made,” company president Alan Buskelew wrote in a letter to passengers on July 25.

Atlas OKs service centers

Atlas Marine Systems has expanded its customer service network by certifying GBR Marine of Boca Raton and Asia Diesel Electric of Taiwan to function as authorized service centers. For a complete list of service centers and more information on Atlas Marine Systems, visit www.atlasmarinesystems. com.

New power cords from Hubbell

Centek gets Lloyds’ OK

Centek Industries’ primary muffler products, tubing and the Gen-Kleen system have been approved by Lloyds. Centek also holds American Bureau of Shipping Type Certification, UL Approval, and its wet marine exhaust systems exceed ABYC Guidelines P-1. Centek said it is the only company to achieve all of these distinctions. Centek makes a wide variety of engine and generator exhaust systems for boats ranging from 5 to 2,500hp. For more information, contact Centek Industries at 1-800-950-7653, or online at

Transducer paint in spray can

Common antifouling paints often aren’t compatible with the plastic composition of transducer housings. To protect this equipment from damaging foulants, Pettit Marine Paint offers Transducer Paint in an aerosol. Transducer Paint requires two coats and dries quickly. It is for use on plastic transducer housings and bare metals such as steel, cast iron, copper, bronze, lead and stainless and galvanized steels. Its adhesive bond inhibits corrosion, and its hard, smooth surface is self-cleaning. A16 oz. can of gray Transducer Paint 1793 retails for $19.95. For more information, visit or call 1-800-2214466.

Human error caused list

Princess Cruises said that human error caused its newest ship, the Crown Princess, to list sharply to port, injuring more than 200 passengers in July. “We can confirm that the incident was due to human error and the appropriate personnel changes have

A new line of 100 amp/480v electrical products is available from Hubbell Marine. The complete offering was introduced primarily to help meet the needs of customers who moor their craft in international waters. A singly rated, 4-pole, 5-wire 100 amp/480v 3-phase pin-and-sleeve line of products allows boaters to safely plug into most 100 amp shore power stations. Each 100 amp/480v component is made from 316 series stainless steel with nickel-plated pins and sleeves. Retail prices for the entire line of 100 amp/480v marine electrical products begin at $300. For more information, contact Hubbell Marine Electrical Products at +1-203-882-4800, 800-255-1031 or visit  

KVH to credit Globalstar system

KVH Industries is offering Globalstar customers who trade their maritime fixed-mount Globalstar systems a $500 credit toward a new KVH TracPhone F33, F55, or F77 satellite communications system, which allows global access via Inmarsat for mobile marine satellite voice, fax, and data services. For terms and conditions on this KVH offer, contact a KVH authorized dealer (

More phone service coming

Shakespeare has entered into a strategic agreement with Comprehensive Communications Systems Corp. of Palatine, Ill., to bring a series of new communications products to the U.S. marine marketplace. Details of the product are expected this month. For more information as it becomes available, visit


September 2006 CAPTAIN’S CALL

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ACR Electronics devices are proven life-savers During a visit to Brisbane, Australia, more than 20 years ago, thieves broke into my sail boat and stole all of my valuables. To hide their fingerprints, they took the five-gallon jug of gasoline used for my dinghy’s outboard and burned the interior of my vessel. I returned to find my Captain’s Call home sitting on David Hare the bottom of Cabbage Tree Creek. After refloating the boat – I picked her up with a crane and took her to a boat yard – I shoveled debris out of the hull and dumped it 25 feet

Even the crew of Apollo 13 relied on ACR’s magnesium-powered pen light in 1970 when power failed, providing the sole source of light as they worked to get their capsule back to Earth. overboard to the ground below. During that process, I tossed over a much melted ACR EPIRB. Convinced the device was destroyed, I didn’t think much about it and continued to shovel away for hours. That night, sleeping on the hard underneath my disaster, I woke to the

search light of a large, loud helicopter hovering overhead. My brain cleared when I heard the pilot’s voice on a loud speaker: “There is an EPIRB activated down there. Are you OK?” I waved my hands in acknowledgement, then quickly dug through the pile of blackened wreckage for the melted plastic transmitter. I had to smash open the case to disconnect the battery cables. The folks at Ft. Lauderdale-based ACR Electronics know what they’re doing. Though my life didn’t need saving that night, their equipment has helped save the lives of more than 17,000 other mariners around the world since they started making safety equipment in 1956. ACR Electronics is celebrating its 50th year as a global leader in survival technologies for the military as well as the marine, aviation and space industries. For the military, ACR’s survival beacons, hand-held VHF radios and Firefly emergency pocket strobes have saved thousands of our aviators and soldiers. Even the crew of Apollo 13 relied on ACR’s magnesium-powered pen light in 1970 when power failed, providing the sole source of light as they worked to get their capsule back to Earth. The off-shoot of the military impetus has led the company into

today’s principal arena, the nonmilitary outdoor recreational market in search and rescue technologies. ACR’s rescue devices include Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs), Emergency Locating Transmitters (ELTs), personal locating beacons (PLBs), VHF radios, search and rescue transmitters (SARTs) and wateractivated lights usually attached to PFDs and ring buoys. An EPIRB or ELT is a 406 MHZ waterproof transmitter of

See ACR, page 5B

President Paul Frank, seated in front of ACR Electronics’ manufacturing facility in Ft. Lauderdale, is surrounded by employees who have been with PHOTO COURTESY OF ACR the company 20 years or more.

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A whale, a sailboat, an EPIRB and a Coast Guard rescue of 4 A four-member sailboat crew was rescued after a whale reportedly rammed their boat and caused it to sink 415 miles north of Hawaii. Their lives were saved by the U.S. Coast Guard after the sailors activated their Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon. At 7:35 a.m. on July 25, the 40foot Mureadrittas XL was severely damaged by a whale that crashed into them, according to Capt. Nick Barran. The lateral hit opened a hole in the starboard side and caused the vessel to take on water. The crew attempted to control the leak but saw that it was futile. They assessed their situation as life threatening and set off their ACR Electronics RapidFix 406 EPIRB. At 8:35 a.m., having launched the life raft loaded with essential survival water, food, clothing, communications gear and personal identifications, they boarded it to await rescue. An orbiting satellite picked up the

EPIRB’s distress signal, and vital information pinpointing their location was relayed to the USCG District 14 Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) in Honolulu. Authorities made contact with next of kin and determined that the yacht was returning to California after completing the Pacific Cup sailing race. A C-130 CG aircraft was launched from Honolulu and arrived on scene at 10:55 a.m. All four survivors were spotted in a covered life raft, and the CG plane circled overhead until a cargo ship 90 miles away could arrive to render assistance. The crew was later transferred to the commercial fishing boat heading to Honolulu. “It was a textbook coordination by the Coast Guard,” Capt. Barran said. “It doesn’t get any better than this. We were 415 miles away and ended up back on land in Honolulu within three days. ­Amazing.” – Staff report

Recovery beacons must be registered with authorities ACR, from page 4B last resort for use when all other means of self rescue are not possible. Building upon the company’s worldrenowned reputation for reliability, company President Paul Frank, a 25-year employee of ACR, said he plans to increase ACR’s strong brand identity and bolster its newest endeavors in the outdoor equipment and bridge information segments, including automatic identification systems (AIS). ACR’s informative Web site (www.acrelectroncis. com) provides a list of dealers, repair facilities and, most interestingly, a series of letters from a variety of people around the world who have used ACR’s products to save their lives. In January, for example, two women capsized their 24-foot rowboat in the mid-Atlantic after 47 days at sea. They activated their ACR EPIRB and clung to the overturned hull. A C-130 flew for 10 hours to the EPIRB’s signal, then vectored a tall ship to the site, rescuing the women after just 16 hours. In April 2005, two scuba divers off of Bradenton, Fla., had a navigational

awareness disconnect and surfaced well down current from their dive boat. They activated an ACR AquaFix personal EPIRB. After five hours, a Coast Guard vessel found them. Of course, it is vital and mandatory that the beacon is registered with authorities. This process is handled simply online through ACR’s Web site or at www. beaconregistration.noaa. gov by completing a form. Captains should understand that due to so many false alarms, rescue authorities do not respond until the shoreside person designated during the registration process is contacted and verification is made that indeed the vessel is at sea. For this long-distance sailor who has often spent a month at a time in the Southern Ocean, I am convinced that ACR’s products are the way to insure one’s survival, either on land or at sea. If I had lost my mast or worse, had to take to a life raft, I would have done so with the knowledge that my ACR EPIRB would have a rescue mission under way in a couple of hours. Contact Capt. David Hare at david@

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Ericsson’s next generation of wireless terminals coming International communications company Ericsson is preparing to launch its latest generation of fixed wireless terminals, the G3. Originally expected in August, the systems are due for release in October. Ft. Lauderdale-based McLaughlin Marine Electronics installs Ericsson’s Fixed Wireless Terminals, which can save mariners the expense of satellite phone use. Users can connect a landline phone, fax machine and computer onboard any marine vessel. The terminal operates over the GSM (900/1800/1900) cellular network and connects to any PBX. The units hold a SIM card just like a cell phone, so all charges are at cell rates, which can be up to one fifth of the price of satellite, according to a statement from Powertec Telecommunications, the Australian company that distributes Ericsson’s Fixed Wireless Terminals “Obviously customers are going to benefit from saving on satellite costs, but the call quality is also a big plus,� said Jim McLaughlin of McLaughlin Marine Electronics. “Many of my customers are sailing either to or from Europe, and on a lengthy trip such as this they really appreciate the fact that they can have a good, clear

Ericsson’s wireless terminal lets users use phone or computer at cell phone rates.  PHOTO COURTESY OF POWERTEC conversation while on board their boat.� The soon-to-be-released G3 series is Quad Band frequency compatible. “There is an 850 mhz compatible unit in the new series, which means that there will be an Ericsson Fixed Wireless Terminal to suit everyone,� McLaughlin said. For more information, visit, e-mail sales@ or call +61 1300 769 378. Or call McLaughlin at +1-954-9777973.



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Ozone’s power, flexibility inspire manmade systems This is the second of two articles about ozone and its use aboard megayachts. By Ken Hughes There are literally hundreds of uses for ozone so one should always be skeptical of outrageous claims of the ability of ozone to do equally outrageous things made by unscrupulous manufacturers and sellers of some ozone systems or devices. Last month we discussed the origins of ozone. This month, we’ll look at a number of its uses and the applications of manmade ozone systems. Fresh fruits and vegetables are stored and/or transported in ozoneenriched atmospheres to retard spoilage. Ripening fruit produces ethylene gas and the released gas hastens the ripening of other fruit nearby in a positive feed-back loop. Ozone is an excellent oxidizer of ethylene; therefore it breaks the feedback loop of ripening-ethylenefaster ripening ad infinitum and thereby delays ripening and increases storage shelf life. Eggs can be stored for six months at room temperature in an ozoneenriched atmosphere of approximately 2 parts per million with no detectable impact on freshness or taste. Ozonation of cold storage lockers on ships and yachts can greatly increase the shelf life of stored foodstuffs, much to the benefit and delight of owners, operators, cooks and crew. In 1998, the FDA allowed ozone to be used in the drop tanks used to wash dirt and debris from harvested food products. Previously only chlorine was allowed as the disinfectant in wash tanks, which created chlorine disinfection by product (DBP) problems and also complicated wastewater discharge permits. Ozone solved both problems in one

step. The odor-control abilities of ozone have been widely used since the 1950s. There are hundreds of thousands of small ozone systems in operation for indoor air quality and odor control in the United States alone. In the report of a symposium on indoor air quality hosted at the University of Florida, the state of Florida recommended the use of ozone in combating IAQ problems in humid environments. The majority of such systems use small high voltage type ozone generators. Others choose to use only UV type ozone generators for IAQ in occupied spaces or areas. The ozone from a UV system is free from NOx byproducts and therefore imparts a fresher odor. Those of us “in the ozone” have managed to duplicate, in microcosm, the two natural processes involved in creating ozone. In the case of UV-type ozone generators, we employ mercury vapor arc lamps that were invented by Westinghouse early in the 20th century and marketed under the name of SteriLamp, which were installed in some early Frigidare refrigerators. One can see modern-day versions of the lamp being used in many commercial installations such a fish markets and restaurants. However, the efficacy of such applications is doubtful at best, but as with so many things, the perception of their effectiveness will ensure continued sales. Certain ozone-producing UV lamps produce a high-quality flow of ozone free of some byproducts such as oxides of nitrogen that are produced by virtually all CDtype ozone generators. We use UV lamps that produce light in the 184 nanometer range that is equally as dangerous as the same wavelength produced by the sun. Although such UV lamps will make certain materials and compounds

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Ozone was first used to treat municipal water a century ago OZONE, from page B8 fluoresce exactly as do “near UV” lamps obtainable from novelty shops, the light is extremely dangerous and should never be exposed to skin and especially the eyes. Exposure for periods as short as 60 seconds to unprotected eyes can produce retinal damage and sunburn to tender facial skin. The main limitation of a UV generator is the concentration of ozone produced, and the inability to adjust the amount of ozone produced. A UV lamp is either on or off, and that is the way we control the amount being produced over time. However, UV-produced ozone is superior for use in occupied spaces due primarily to the total lack of NOx in the output. When oxides of nitrogen mix with moisture in a person’s nose or condensate on the aluminum fins of an AC chiller coil, nitric acid is produced. In one’s nose the result is a disagreeable odor being imparted to the ozone; in the case of an AC system, corrosion on the aluminum chiller coils can occur. Ozone from a UV-type room or central ozone generator has a far more pleasant odor than ozone from a high-voltage type generator. Unlike high-voltage type ozone generators, chambered UV systems are tolerant of high moisture content in the process

air. However, there must be no actual droplets of water or condensate making contact with the hot quartz glass material of the lamp, which will obviously immediately cause it to shatter from the local spot cooling effect. In the case of high voltage-produced ozone, we use either special glass or ceramic plates in open air, or special purpose CD (Corona Discharge) reaction chambers by or through which we pass atmospheric air or pure oxygen. Other than light filtering, there is little we can do to improve the air quality delivered to open plates in a portable, free air delivery-type CD ozone generator. However, in the case of high efficiency reaction chambers, the air should be as free of moisture and as cool as possible. Reaction chambers come in an amazing array of shapes and designs, and of widely varying efficiencies. Some cheaper units are housed in short sections of white PVC pipe, while other more expensive, higher output units use a stainless steel tube tightly clamped in a deeply finned aluminum heat sink across which a cooling fan usually circulates air. Ozone produced by a high efficiency CD-type generator supplied with pure oxygen is of exceedingly high

quality and concentration. We use CDgenerated ozone for holding tank and water treatment applications only. Now that we have confined two of nature’s primal forces and coaxed them into producing ozone at our discretion, what do we do with the product? In addition to protecting us from solar UV radiation, ozone touches our lives every day in more ways than almost anyone would imagine. The distinctive odor of ozone in the presence of an electrical discharge was first reported in Germany in 1785. In 1840 in Germany, it was identified as a previously unknown compound that was actually created by the electrical discharge as noticed in 1785. The tri-atomic structure of ozone was confirmed in 1872, once again in Germany. Its unique power as an oxidizer was recognized immediately, and research into the many and varied resulting applications of the handy oxidizer began immediately. As an oxidizer, ozone is second in power behind fluorine. Nice, France, was the first municipality to apply ozone for the treatment of municipal potable water in 1906, and the beat goes on. More recently, Los Angeles and Costa Mesa, Calif., joined the list with other municipal water treatment facilities in adding ozone to the front end of their

treatment system. Fresh water is being treated with ozone on board some of the largest and highest profile yachts in the world. Well-known oceanographic research vessels such as those operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, R/V Knorr, R/V Atlantis and R/V Oceanus have fully automated ozone systems treating the potable water. The most recent installations of automated, potable water treatment systems were on board R/V Melville preceded by R/V Rger Revelle for the University of California, San Diego/ Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Other water treatment uses for ozone include swimming pools, hot tubs and Jacuzzis, fountains, aquaculture, HVAC cooling towers, cisterns, point of entry for homes and businesses, and bottle water producers, among many others. The latest innovation by Chem-Free Water Treatment Systems in the use of ozone in marine applications was the Sea Chest Guardian on board R/V Alpha Helix for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Seward Marine Center in Seward, Alaska. Ken Hughes is president of Chem-Free Water Treatment Systems. Contact him in Texas at +1-940-627-2353 or through


September 2006 FROM THE FRONT

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The ship has been kept up beautifully. You will see Tiffany lamps and Tiffany glass windows that are the real thing. There is beautiful woodwork throughout.

Delta Queen a great boat for adults DELTA, from page 1B near the engine room, so I was surprised to find that passengers on the Delta Queen are invited to visit the engine room any time, either in port or under way. It is a beautiful engine room and the engineers are happy to show how things work. The Delta Queen is powered by cross compound condensing steam engines with two water tube boilers. Originally, she used coal to fire the boilers but now she burns Bunker C fuel oil. She burns about 75 barrels a day, plus she uses diesel for electricity generation. The two steam engines produce a combined 2,000 horsepower. The engines are the original 80-year-old units and if they ever wear out, they have a spare set from the sister (brother?) ship, the Delta King. The paddle wheel is 19 feet wide, 28 feet in diameter, and weighs 44 tons. The ship’s gross weight is 3,360 tons and her peak speed is 10 mph. (They don’t use knots for speed and distance measurements on the river). Electricity for the capacity 174

The bridge of the Delta Queen can still communicate with the engine room via this telegraph (below), first installed in 1927. Radios and telephones are also used today. PHOTOS/ENG. JERRY MACKINNON

passengers and 80 American officers and crew is generated by three 350 KW units plus a 150 KW emergency generator. The ship can carry up to 79,808 gallons of fresh water and 310 tons of fuel, enough for almost a month. Her hull is welded steel and her superstructure is made of wood reinforced with steel. She was one of the first vessels

to offer air conditioning and she is equipped with 150 tons of A/C capacity. As you can guess, I spent a lot of time in the engine room getting to know this beautiful boat from the inside out. The rest of the ship has been kept up beautifully, too. You will see Tiffany lamps and Tiffany glass windows that are the real thing. There is beautiful woodwork throughout. Most Delta Queen cruises have a theme, such as Gardens of the South or Civil War. Ours did not have a theme but we sure had some great entertainment. Jazzou Jones and the rest of the musicians were excellent. We stopped at various towns along the river and traveled as far as Natchez, Miss. We enjoyed the excursions that were offered along the way.  The Delta Queen has no pool, no elevators, no television, and no casino. She does have a great crew with wonderful food and lots of fine entertainment.  I highly recommend any cruise on her but there isn’t much for small children to do while under way. If I had it to do over again, I would take a longer trip, and wouldn’t circle back, but keep right on going. Jerry MacKinnon is the engineer on M/Y Carry-On, an 80-foot Burger built in 1974. Contact him through editorial@

The oiler, left, talks with Delta Queen Chief Engineer Harold Kent. The Delta Queen’s engine room crew includes at least one full-time oiler whose job it is to keep the machinery greased. The original clocks and gages are on the PHOTOS/ENG. JERRY MACKINNON wall behind him. 


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The $100 million S/Y Maltese Falcon launched July 14 in Italy. Heralded as the largest and fastest sailboat in the world, the 288-foot (87,5m) yacht has three composite masts with a fiberoptic sensor system that rotate the sails depending on the wind. The yacht’s high-tech rig system was designed and manufactured by Insensys of Southhampton, U.K., for venture capitalist Tom Perkins. The yacht was built by Perini Navi in a shipyard in Turkey at a total of about 1 million man hours, according to The three masts each stretch 57m high and weigh 26 tons. Each has six curved carbon fiber yards and carries five individual sails that can be set separately, CompositesWorld reported. Sea trials in June went well, according to a letter Perkins wrote to Insensys. “The boat’s performance satisfied our highest hopes and expectations,”

Roughly one million man-hours went into construction of the Maltese Falcon. PHOTO/DAVID NICHOLS Perkins wrote to Insensys. “Everything worked as engineered, and Falcon achieved some remarkable numbers. Hard on the wind in 15.8 knots true, at 38 degrees relative wind angle, we sailed with no fuss or strain at 10.5 knots. On a close reach at 60 degrees relative angle, the speed (still at knots 16 true wind) climbed to 14 knots.” – Staff report

Explaining Washington state’s trade-in tax credit for vessels By Fred Robinson The state of Washington’s sales and use tax trade­-in credit is available to residents and nonresidents. This article analyzes its key elements. A vessel buyer is entitled to the credit if: (a) the buyer delivers the trade-in vessel to the seller; (b) the trade-in vessel is delivered as consideration (part of the purchase price) for the purchase of the boat being acquired; and (c) the trade-in vessel is “property of a like kind” as the boat being purchased. Under Washington law, the value of “trade-in property” is excluded from the definitions of “selling price” for sales tax purposes, and the definition of “value of the article used” for use tax purposes. This means the tax owed on the boat being acquired is not simply reduced by the tax previously paid on the tradein vessel. More importantly, sales tax need not have been paid on the tradein vessel for the trade-in exclusion to apply to the boat being acquired. Stated another way, since the trade-in law operates to reduce the tax base of the boat being acquired rather than reducing the tax itself, the reduction in tax base applies even though no tax was paid on the trade-in vessel. In Washington, the definition of seller is broader than simply the owner of the boat. It includes persons involved in facilitating a sale whether as agent, or broker. There is no requirement that the seller be the owner. The state anticipates situations where sellers could sell boats they do not own, such

as in consignment sales transactions. Accordingly, if the actual owner does not want to accept a trade-in vessel as part of the consideration for the sale, the selling broker can step in and acquire the trade-in vessel itself to facilitate the trade-in credit. The trade-in vessel must be part of the consideration delivered by the buyer to the seller. The sales documents must identify the boat being purchased and the trade-­in vessel being delivered. The law does not require simultaneous transfers of the trade-in vessel and the boat being purchased, but it does require that they be components of a single transaction. It should be noted that, under the “property of a like kind” requirement, a sailboat can be traded in on a power boat, and vice versa. Finally, a buyer is entitled to full value for the trade-in property, even if it is otherwise encumbered by a lien. The application of this law opens up many planning opportunities for residents and nonresidents alike. Since the trade-in rule operates to reduce the tax base of the boat being acquired, prior payment of sales or use tax on the trade-in vessel is not required. Fred Robinson is a principal in the Seattle law firm of Carney Badley Spellman, P.S. He represents yacht buyers and sellers internationally with: tax planning; watercraft leasing; and private yacht transactions, including construction, purchase, sale and like-kind exchanges excise taxation, registration and delivery. Contact him at

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Chicks Marina: a proven haven in Kennebunkport By Chef Peter Ziegelmeier Tucked away in a protected harbor in Kennebunkport, Maine, lies a haven for some seasonal and some permanent seafarers, for sail and power vessels up to 140 feet. Chicks Marina was founded 40 years ago by Booth Chick, a loveable local fisherman and boat builder. Over the years and now more than ever, the marina boasts a strong attitude toward customer service. Have you ever been to a marina and found out they do not do as much as

you would like or, in some instances, nothing at all? Former President George H. W. Bush is seen regularly aboard his fishing boat Fidelity III cruising in and out of the marina area after returning from “The Compound.” After a day of fishing or cruising the waterways of Maine, the pleasant and attentive team at the marina often gets Bush to visit, if not to say hello and step aboard a visiting motor yacht, then to refuel Fidelity III. Either way, the marina folks always have a smile and a chat waiting for him. I had an opportunity to talk with the

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kind and gentle a great thing marina folks to to be a part see just what it of. Instant was that brought friendships them to Chicks. are born at The team leader Chicks Marina, and manager according to of the marina, Gray. Lillian Fox, has The new kid been there 15 on the block is years. When Natalie Merkle, asked what she who took over likes most about the front desk the marina, she this season was quick to and takes a reply. serious-but-fun “It’s a happy approach to environment,” the concierge she said. “Most services offered people who by the marina. come here are Chicks has happy, and we many amenities, help them do including that.” 30/50/100 amp Her son service, cable From left are Manager Lillian Fox, TV, wireless David Fox is Assistant Manager David Fox, front desk Internet, the assistant employee Natalie Merkle and dockhand private heads manager and PHOTO/CHEF PETER ZIEGELMEIER and showers, Gray Lincoln. has been with the marina for laundry seven years. What does he like most facilities, full-time dockhands, filtered about the marina? fuel, bulk discounts for gas and diesel, “Working outside, and it is usually a service department, a marine supply sunny out.” store, and a social area with barbeque Sunshine does seem to bring out the grills, picnic tables and other separate best in people, adding to that “happy seating. Amenities nearby include club environment” feel. cruises for small and large groups, Gray Lincoln has been with the motels, car rentals, and taxi, golf and marina for five years and works as a tennis facilities. (For more info, visit superior dockhand, lending a hand to anyone in need. His mild-mannered Summer naturally sparks the approach to handling “customers” excitement for everyone that loves to is first rate, matched only by his get out on the water. There is certainly enthusiasm for the business. something special and unexplainable Gray said that engaging in friendly happening in Maine during the conversations and shuttling people summer, especially in Kennebunkport. about town are key aspects in the composition of superior customer Chef Peter Ziegelmeier is a working service. He went on to emphasize that megayacht chef. Contact him at the natural camaraderie of boaters is

President George Bush Sr., at the helm of Fidelity III directly off Chicks Marina, is a regular visitor there.  PHOTO/CHEF PETER ZIEGELMEIER

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Yacht owners, managers, employees affected by new laws RULES, from page B1 areas of concern under five titles: Title 1: Minimum requirements for seafarers to work on a ship. 2: Conditions of employment. 3: Accommodation, recreational facilities, food and catering. 4: Health protection, medical care, welfare and social security protection. 5: Compliance and enforcement. The new Convention is intended to increase compliance and strengthen enforcement of standards at all levels. For example, it contains provisions for: complaint procedures; owners’ and captains’ supervision of conditions; flag states’ jurisdiction and control over their vessels; and port state inspections of foreign ships. It applies to all seafarers, meaning any person employed or engaged or works in any capacity on board ships. These include all vessels ordinarily engaged in commercial activities (other than ships that navigate exclusively in inland waters or waters within, or closely adjacent to, sheltered waters or areas where port regulations apply), ships engaged in fishing or similar pursuits, or ships of traditional build such as dhows and junks. Definitions of ships and seafarers are based on definitions found in existing maritime labor standards. A commercially operating yacht is considered a cargo ship by definition, and falls under this rule. There is, however, some flexibility regarding application. For example, some provisions relating to shipboard accommodation will apply only to those of a certain type or size. In certain cases, their application may be excluded for small vessels. In addition, only ships that are of 500 gross tons or over and are engaged in international voyages (or are operating in a foreign country) will have to carry statutory certificates to show that the vessel is being operated in conformity with the requirements. In the case of smaller ships, the owners can also voluntarily request their administration to include their vessels in the certification system, so as to avoid or reduce the likelihood of their being inspected in foreign ports. How does this affect yachts? The proposed maritime labor Convention aims to establish a continuous “compliance awareness” at every stage from national systems of protection up to the international system. This starts with the individuals working on board, who – under the Convention – will have to be properly informed of their rights and of the remedies available in case of alleged non-compliance with the requirements of the Convention and whose right to make complaints, both on board the yacht and ashore. It extends to owners and managers. Those who own or operate yachts for

which the Convention applies will be required to develop and carry out plans for ensuring that applicable national laws, regulations, or other measures to implement the Convention are actually being complied with. The captains of these yachts will then be responsible for carrying out the owners’ stated plans, and for keeping proper records to evidence implementation of the requirements of the Convention. Think of it as ISM for labor instead of safety. As part of its updated responsibilities, the Administration (or class society on its

behalf) will review owners’ plans, verify, and certify that they are actually in place and being implemented through an audit or similar inspection. Yachts then will be required to carry a Maritime Labor Certificate and a Declaration of Maritime Labor Compliance on board. Flag states are expected to ensure national laws and regulations implementing Convention standards are respected on smaller yachts not covered by certification. There is currently not a final date for compliance with this new regulation; the Convention is being reviewed by

member states. However, as all states had extensive involvement in the development, ratification is expected quickly. Estimates for a compliance deadline look to be 2009-10. Capt. Jake DesVergers is president of the US Maritime Institute. Prior to his current role, he sailed as Master on merchant ships, acted as Designated Person for a shipping company, and served as regional manager for an international classification society. Contact him at 954-449-3444 or through

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“The layout of the islands is ideal for both bareboat and crewed chartering.”

Tortola – gem of the British Virgin Islands By Carol Bareuther Tortola may be the capitol of the British Virgin Islands, but it’s a laidback destination full of charm both on land and at sea. Ten-square-miles in size and the largest of the 50 to 60 islands, cays and islets that make up the British Virgin Islands, Tortola’s first inhabitants and those thereafter arrived by sea. Christopher Columbus sighted and named the islands during his second voyage in 1493. Spaniards made a few attempts to settle, yet it was famous pirates such as Bluebeard and Capt. Kidd who were the first genuine residents. The British took possession of Tortola in the 17th century and sugar plantations dominated the economy for the next 150 years. Today, Tortola and the rest of the BVI remain linked to the British Commonwealth. The queen appoints the governor but laws are made and administered by a locally elected chief minister and legislative council. Yet the BVI is the only territory under the Union Jack in which the U.S. dollar is the medium of exchange. Over the past 15 years, Tortola has usurped St. Thomas as the yachting capitol of the Caribbean. This has been due to many factors, prime among these are forward-thinking government officials who foresaw the monetary rewards of marine tourism. Another reason is geography. “The layout of the islands is ideal for both bareboat and crewed chartering,” said Janet Oliver, secretary for the Charteryacht Society of the BVI. “Steady tradewinds year round provide the perfect breeze for sailors. All the islands and cays offer a variety of experiences – whether hiking an uninhabited island, snorkeling a colorful reef, relaxing on a deserted beach or shopping at quaint island craft shops.” The growth of marine tourism has led to a host of facilities and services for visitors, all available within the context of a setting that is actively being managed to maintain its pristine appeal. Tortola boasts more than a dozen marinas. Major marinas include Soper’s Hole Wharf & Marina on Frenchman’s Cay in West End, right across from the customs and immigration facilities. There are 20 moorings and 45 slips there, along with fuel, ice, showers, restaurants and shops. Soper’s Hole is a popular first-night stop for those coming east from the U.S. Virgin Islands or those cruising west en route to Jost Van Dyke. Less than 5 miles east by sea on Tortola’s southwest shore is Nanny

Soper’s Hole Wharf & Marina is located across from the customs and immigration facilities.  PHOTO/DEAN BARNES Cay Resort and Marina. Hotel accommodations are there, as well as an extensive yard for repair and yacht storage. The 180-slip marina is host to the annual BVI Spring Regatta each April. In Road Town, there’s the 106slip Village Cay Marina, home of the Charteryacht Society of the BVI’s annual show in November, and the 80-slip Moorings marina, which is a base for the company’s charter fleet. Customs and immigration facilities are located in Road Town on the waterfront. To the east, Hodge’s Creek Marina is the BVI-based homeport to the Sunsail charter yacht company. Yacht services abound around the island, especially in Road Town. CCT Boatphone rents cellular phones. There are several Internet cafes that offer everything from 56K modem landlines to DSL connections. A Rite Way Supermarket near the Moorings and Bobby’s Market Place, a 2-minute walk from Village Cay Marina, are fully stocked with everything from imported wines to fresh produce and meats, and a prepared foods deli. Bobby’s especially excels at provisioning. They have an in-store and online ordering brochure and will deliver anywhere on Tortola ( Of course the best aspect of Tortola is the anchorages. Two favorites are Cane Garden Bay and Trellis Bay. Cruising north along Tortola’s north shore – where the TV movie “The Old Man and the Sea” starring Anthony Quinn was filmed in 1989 – Cane Garden Bay is an anchorage that has come to fame thanks to a Jimmy

Buffett song. Celebrity has swelled the beachfront, giving it a fun Coney Island feel. Beach bars such as Rhymer’s, Quito’s and Myett’s are still open air. By day, they are delightful perches to enjoy a burger or flying fish sandwich and daiquiri (in lime, mango, banana, guava, tamarind and passion fruit flavors). At night, these spots reverberate with the pounding amps of high-tech sound systems that drown out the crash of the waves. Visiting yachtsmen congregate to such an extent that it’s

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Pusser’s Outpost one of the draws in popular Marina Cay TORTOLA, from page B16

story. With its central location, Tortola definitely a nautical party central, with is a fantastic launching point to visit festivities spanning from shore to sea. several other of the British Virgin Farther east, Islands. For and a little quieter example, off the both in terms island’s southern of party-hardy shore, across atmosphere as well the Sir Francis as swell, is Trellis Drake Channel, Bay. Surrounded are a number of by Beef Island, stepping stone home of the islands less than recently expanded an hour’s motor or Beef Island half day’s sail away. Airport, Trellis Bay Norman Island, is home to Marina thought to be the Cay, Great and Treasure Island Little Camanoe, of Robert Lewis Scrub Island and Stevenson’s fame, Guana Island. offers two bars and Of these, it’s restaurants. One Marina Cay is floating in the where most Bight (the famous yachtsmen head. Willy T) and the There’s a Pusser’s other is on land. Outpost here with Peter Island accommodations, is the place Roy restaurant, store Disney took his and showers. S/Y Pyewacket The Robb White crew to lunch and bar opens for swim during a happy hour at 4 no-wind canceled p.m. The mood Stanley’s is located in Cane Garden race day during is upbeat and the 2004 BVI sailors congregate Bay, a city made popular by its Spring Regatta. mention in ‘Mañana,’ the Jimmy there, especially The Cooper Island PHOTO/DEAN BARNES Buffett song.  on weekends Beach Club has when there’s live a yachtsmanentertainment. The bar is named for friendly beach bar as well as a Robb of Robb and Rodie White, a restaurant. couple who lived on Marina Cay in Robin Crusoe-style during the 1930s. Carol Bareuther is a freelance writer The movie “Two on the Isle” starring living in St. Thomas. Contact her Sidney Poitier was based on the Whites’ through

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September 2006 IN THE STARS

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Monthly astronomy special: Moon pushes distance limits By Jack Horkheimer September is special moon-wise because it pays host not only to the closest full moon of the year in the northern hemisphere but also to the farthest moon of the year. And you can use September’s full Moon to find the most difficult to find of all the planets, No. 7 – Uranus. On the official night of September’s full moon, Sept. 7, face east about an hour after sunset where you will see a fabulously colorful pumpkinorange huge Moon just risen above the horizon. Believe me, it will be huge, not only because it is close to the horizon – which makes all full moons look bigger than when they’re overhead – but also because it will be the closest full moon of the year. This moon will look almost 14 percent larger than the farthest full Moon of the year, which occurred last February. Indeed on Feb. 13, the Moon was 252,332 miles away, but the Sept. 7 full Moon will be 30,000 miles closer. With a pair of binoculars, use the full Moon to find the dimmest nakedeye planet of them all, 32,000-milewide Uranus. During the first week of September, it will coincidently be at its closest to Earth all year, 1.75 billion miles away. In early evening, simply train your binoculars on the Moon and bluish green Uranus will be a tiny dot 7 degrees – the equivalent of 14 full Moon widths – up and to the right of it. You’ll have to look carefully though, because the bright moonlight will be rather overwhelming. Now some of you may be thinking

that since it is September, this full Moon should be the Harvest Moon because usually September’s full Moon is. But this year is an exception. The Harvest Moon this year will not occur until Oct. 6. The official definition of a Harvest Moon is the full Moon that occurs closest to the first day of autumn, the autumnal equinox. This year, the autumnal equinox occurs at 12:03 a.m., E.D.T. Sept. 23, which means that October’s full Moon is 35 hours closer to the equinox than September’s. So what about September hosting the farthest Moon of the year? Well, it occurs on the day before the equinox, Sept. 22, when the Moon will be new and a whopping 252,586 miles from Earth. But since it’s a new Moon, it’s not visible. Aren’t you glad we told you?

Moon as your guide, Part II

At least once a month the Moon passes close enough to an important planet or a famous star so that you can use it as a planet and star finder. And such is the case the second week of September when you’ll be able to use the Moon four days in a row to find not just one planet but two of them, plus a famous bright star. On Sept. 18 at about 40 minutes before sunrise when it’s just starting to get light, face due east. If you have a clear, flat horizon you’ll see a superbright light, which is planet No. 2, 8,000-mile-wide Venus. Now draw an imaginary line up and lean it a little to the right and it will pass close to two medium-bright

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Even the smallest telescope can bring Jupiter’s details to you STARS, from page B18 lights. The first one is Regulus, the star that marks the heart of the ancient constellation Leo the Lion. Directly above it is planet No. 6 from the Sun, 75,000-mile-wide Saturn. Scientists have been visiting Saturn for the past two years with the Cassini space craft, and recently discovered a chain of about a dozen lakes ranging in size from 6 to 62 miles wide. The lakes aren’t filled with water like on Earth but with a mixture of liquid methane and ethane. Wow. Although Saturn and its moon Titan are almost a billion miles away, you can actually see Titan through a small telescope because it is so huge. In fact it is more than 400 miles wider than the planet Mercury. Double wow. Next, look directly above Saturn and you’ll see an exquisite waning crescent Moon complete with earthshine, which looks like a black full Moon nestled within the crescent. That’s one of my personal favorite kinds of Moons. In case you’re not sure you’ve found Saturn or Regulus, try again on Sept. 19 when an even skinnier crescent with earthshine will be parked directly between Saturn and Regulus. Then 24 hours later on Sept. 20, an even skinnier crescent will be parked not quite half way between Regulus and Venus. One of the niftiest days for viewing and the most challenging to see will be on Thursday, Sept. 21 when a slim-as-itever-gets crescent Moon will be almost visually on top of Venus. To see it, you’ll have to have a super clear, super flat horizon and you should look about 30 to 35 minutes before sunrise, not 40 minutes. So to recap: Using the Moon as a finder, on Monday the 18th the Moon is parked right above Saturn; on Tuesday the 19th it’s parked between Saturn and Regulus; on Wednesday the 20th a much skinnier Moon is parked almost half way between Regulus and brilliant Venus and; ta da! on Thursday the 21st Venus and the Moon make an exquisite duo that will take your breath away.

The power of lenses

Instead of having a feast of planets in evening skies this month as we did a few months ago, it’s now a famine because there is only one planet left for you to see in early evening. But it’s a good one because it’s the biggest and very bright. And late this month, an exquisite Moon will appear underneath it, providing us with two evenings of a lovely celestial duo. On Monday, Sept. 25 at about 45 minutes after sunset, face west. If you have a really clear, flat horizon you will see an exquisite 3-day-old waxing crescent Moon complete with

With a really good telescope you’ll be able to see the giant Red Spot, which is a humongous hurricane-like storm that we’ve seen on Jupiter for over 300 years. The Red Spot alone is larger than Earth. earthshine, which looks like a black full Moon nestled within the crescent. Just up and a little to the left of this slender sliver of a Moon will be the brilliant king of the planets itself, Jupiter. In case it’s cloudy on Monday or you don’t have a clear flat horizon, look again 24 hours later on Tuesday the 26th and a slightly fatter crescent will be on the other side of Jupiter down to its left, making an even more beautiful duo. Even though all you need to see this beautiful sight is your naked eye, you’ll be amazed at what a pair of binoculars

will show you. Even the Moon through the cheapest pair of binoculars is very dramatic, especially when it’s just a crescent. Jupiter will take your breath away because you’ll see some tiny pinpoints of light on either side of it, which are the four largest of Jupiter’s 63 known moons. If you watch it night after night, you will notice that these four moons constantly change their position relative to Jupiter and each other in orbit about the king. These four largest moons, in order out from Jupiter, are Io, Europa,

Ganymede and Callisto. Through even the cheapest small telescope you’ll be able to see a lot of features on Jupiter, many of which will look like bands. These bands are different zones of storms in Jupiter’s atmosphere. With a really good telescope you’ll be able to see the giant Red Spot, which is a humongous hurricane-like storm that we’ve seen on Jupiter for over 300 years. The Red Spot alone is larger than Earth. Wow. 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



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A Seattle family has been exploring the world aboard a 45-foot boat since 2001. S/V Ocelot is a 45-foot catamaran that serves as the home of the Hacking family of Seattle, Wash.: Dad Jon, mom Sue and daughter Amanda. When they started the journey in Sint Maarten in December 2001, son Christopher was with them but he went ashore in 2005 to attend college. The family originally planned to stop when it reached Australia, but has kept on going. They spent a year in Fiji, and last fall had them in New Caledonia and Australia. We caught up with them this summer as they departed Australia for Indonesia, with no signs of stopping. Contact them through editorial@

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At 2 p.m. today we finally jumped off from Australia, headed for Kupang, West Timor, Indonesia. Almost 100 boats left today, part of the DarwinKupang rally ( Ocelot is now full of meat, beer-kits, cheese, powdered milk, dairy products, bread-making supplies, and anything else we can think of that might be difficult to get in Indonesia. At present, we have an interesting north (?!) wind of 12 knots off the beam and we’re making 6-7 knots. Winds are forecast to be pretty light (and from the SE) so we won’t be breaking any records. At 5 p.m. Indonesia time (GMT+8) we’re at S12º16’, E130º22’.

24 July 2006, noon, 250nm to Kupang

Passages don’t get much better than this: flat seas, a gentle, soft breeze from dead astern, blue skies, a few puffy clouds, deep blue water, Ocelot drifting along happily, Santana & Jimmy Buffett on the stereo. The sunset last night was a joy to behold, with lots of pastel colors painting the whole sky from intense orange-red in front of us to a deep indigo blue behind with pastel shades painting the sky in between and changing subtly as night fell. We’re in the dark of the moon now so the stars blazed forth with the Milky Way overhead, the Southern Cross on our left and the Big Dipper (we can’t quite see the North Star) on our right. Sunrise was much the same, with the colors reversed. The fishing lines went out and the spinnaker went up shortly after 6 this morning, followed by an excellent breakfast of Sue’s superb homemade granola with some canned peaches and fresh orange juice. Last night Sue cooked up our last huge lobster tail (from Margaret Bay) and

served a third of it with a creamy garlic sauce over noodles. At lunch today she turned some more of it into a lobster salad for sandwiches, and there’s still more of it to have for dinner tonight. About the only thing we could use out here is a bit more wind. We usually have 10-12 knots during the day but it’s directly behind us, which is a comfortable (and colorful, with the spinnaker) but slow point of sail. At night the breeze typically dies away so we’ve left port engine ticking over at idle to push us up to 4 knots with minimal fuel consumption. Some pleasant differences from previous passages are all the other yachts around us. We got to know many of the 100 yachts (!) in the rally, as we sailed up the Queensland coast and at parties during our week in Darwin, so we feel we’re surrounded by friends. At night their red, green and white running lights sparkle on the horizon all around us. Since much of the fleet is within range of our VHF radio, we can call them up and talk whenever we want to – very unusual for a passage.

29 July 2006, Kupang, Timor, Indonesia, S10º09’, E123º35’

Selamat Pagi. Good morning from Indonesia. We arrived on July 26 after a 470mile sail from Darwin. The winds strengthened the last 36 hours and we had a lively sail into the pass between Timor and the small islands to the west. We anchored in front of a tiny flag-bedecked beach in the midst of the bustling, concrete-jumble of Kupang city. For the past two days, we have had a whirlwind of sights, sounds, tastes and lovely interactions with Indonesians, who are friendly, helpful and curious. We are awakened by Muslim calls to prayer at 5 a.m. (still dark). Ashore at Teddy’s Bar (more like a yachtie hang-out of shaded tables and covered bar/Indonesian food stall), charming university English students have been employed to be our information assistants and guides through town as needed. Nita, Lidya and Reny have spent hours and hours with us riding bemos (mini-van transports) all over town. Yesterday we took a 10-hour bus ride into the hinterland – east from Kupang to the town of Soe at 2,500 feet (750m) elevation. We passed rice paddies, small concrete homes with traditional thatched roofs, often with traditional

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Time warp: Stops felt like Nepal in the ‘60s, Caribbean in the ‘80s OCELOT, from page B20 “lopo” beehive thatched huts behind the government-built concrete structures. We visited a three-generation family and were shown the inside of the lopo. It’s much like the huts in Nepal 40 years ago – no chimney, with grains and fruits smoking/drying over the earthen fire. Families have their own small fields of papaya, plantain, bananas, rice and corn. Sandalwood was the commercial draw for Dutch and Portuguese traders centuries ago, but it is now almost depleted and the few remaining forests are protected. As in other countries, where there is no reliable/affordable fuel source, the people still burn wood, making deforestation a real problem. The countryside is fairly dry (this being the dry season) but we passed huge riverbeds that must be awesome to see in full flood. Timor has “dormant” volcanoes of up to 8,000 feet (2,450m) and the landscape is dotted with volcanic rock and volcanic plugs rising into the cloudless blue sky.

11 August 2006, N coast of Flores Island, Indonesia

In thanks to the people of Kupang the cruisers put together more than

US$1,500 to sponsor high-achieving swimming, snorkeling, island exploring, needy students in the sciences and shelling and, in the evenings, pot-lucks, English at the local university. This sun-downers, fresh brownies, and year’s contributions will fund all four camaraderie. years for two kids and we’re hoping the We backtracked to the village of Darwin-Indonesia Rally will continue Lewoleba (S8º22.15’ E123º24.6’) where this in future years. more Rally festivities were planned. About 40 rally boats headed The first event was a riot: all 100 or northeast to the island of Alor but we so participants were greeted with were feeling rallied out, so we headed offerings of beetle nut and lime (as north for Lomblem Island (S8º30.5’ in the mineral, not fruit) then loaded E123º13.6’). We onto bejaks (bicycle ‘Apparently there did an overnight rickshaws) and are several competing crossing of the Savu motorbikes for a Sea, arriving at first parade through tribes who want each light on the volcanic other’s land (on Murder town. shores. There were island). Not to worry Since the evening events festivities on though. The most recent as well – more Lomblem didn’t successful headhunting speeches, a gala start for a few dinner under newly excursion was, um, just constructed shelters days, we sailed up Boleng Strait (which last week!’ on the beach, more should be called speeches, then a Boiling Strait for the currents and couple hours of fabulous dances by whirlpools) with three other boats. It the many different tribal groups of the was a beautiful clear day, with at least Regency of Lembata. nine volcanoes around us (one venting The dancing here is beautiful with smoke). No wonder they have problems elaborate costumes and headdresses with earthquakes and tsunamis here. but nothing as stirring as French We found a narrow channel behind Polynesia. some coral islands and tucked up This part of Indonesia is well off the in a delightful anchorage (S8º14.6’ beaten track and is not really a tourist E123º19.5’) for a couple of days of destination, so the arts are a bit rustic.

They use big drums, metal gongs and some interesting stringed instruments. An effective percussion instrument was made with two metal spoons protruding from the top of a 1-liter beer bottle banged on a knee. We spent last night on Adonara Island (S8º14.4’ E123º13.5’), which is locally called Murder Island. Apparently there are several competing tribes who want each other’s land. Not to worry though. The most recent successful headhunting excursion was, um, just last week! Anyway, all the little kids who paddled their leaking dugout canoes around our five yachts were very friendly, curious and smiling as they tried out their English. Sue tries to answer them in Bahasa Indonesia hoping it will make them realize that she does understand them, and no, we don’t have things to just give away. This feels like the Caribbean in the early 1980s, where yachts were still a bit of a rarity and were seen as floating alien spaceships full of goodies. We’re now heading west along the north coast of the island of Flores, looking forward to a week or more of real cruising, snorkeling and hiking. Fair winds and calm seas Jon, Sue and Amanda Hacking S/V Ocelot




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Third annual Triton crew party Monaco, Sept. 19, 8 p.m.

Attention hard-working crew in the Med: After your boats are all ready for the Monaco Yacht Show (which starts Sept. 20), take the night off and join us at Stars ‘N Bars for a pre-show crew party. Thanks to generous sponsors, the party is free for yacht crew and industry professionals attending the Monaco Yacht Show. You’ve heard about our fun parties; now come see for yourself. The first 500 crew will take home a cool Triton party T-shirt. The party is invitation only, so contact us at for your invite. For more details, visit on the Internet.

Step out for a bit of fresh Eire at Irish Festival in Newport Sept. 2-4 Ninth annual Newport

Irish Waterfront Festival, Newport, RI. Three-day festival celebrates Irish music, culture, cuisine and crafts, with five stages. At Newport Yachting Center.

$150 for an individual. 954-524-2733,

Sept. 8-10 Fifth annual Shipyard Cup,

Sept. 3 Sunday Jazz Brunch, Ft.

Lauderdale, along the New River downtown, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., free. Five stages including a variety of jazz types.

East Boothbay, Maine. An invitational regatta open to sailing yachts over 70 feet. Contact Andrea Holland at Boothbay Region Boatyard, (207) 6332970,; or Ted Smith at Hodgdon Yachts, (207) 633-4194, www.

Sept. 6 The Triton’s monthly

Sept. 13-17 7th annual YachtFest,

networking event. Join us this month at The Port Marina and Condominiums in Ft. Lauderdale from 6-9 p.m. The Port is an automated dry stack storage facility just behind the Art Institute at the northwest foot of the 17th Street bridge. Free. 954-525-0029

Sept. 8 13th annual MIASF golf

tournament, hosted by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, Bonaventure Country Club, Ft. Lauderdale. Proceeds benefit MIASF’s political action committee. $500 for a foursome, $125 for an individual before Sept. 2, otherwise $600 for a foursome,

San Diego, the U.S. West Coast’s largest yacht show, on Shelter Island Marina. Single-day tickets start at $32, discounts for multiple days. The Triton has two all-days passes. E-mail to be eligible. Includes free crew seminar “Your Career in Yachting” where captains, engineers, stews and chefs discuss their experiences on yachts (Sunday, 9 a.m.)., (858) 836-0133.

Sept. 13-18 29th annual Cannes International Boat Show, France,

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Boat shows to take place on back-to-back weekends CALENDAR, from page B22 at the Port de Cannes. www.

Sept. 14-17 36th annual Newport

International Boat Show, Newport Yachting Center. Single-day tickets start at $16. 401-846-1115, www.

Sept. 20-23 16th annual Monaco Yacht

Show, Port Hercules. More than 530 exhibitors and 88 yachts, including the 88m clipper Maltese Falcon. Half of the yachts were launched or refit in 2006 and will be making their first public appearances. There will be more, larger air-conditioned tents to house equipment manufacturers and service providers, shipyards (including 14 of the 15 largest in the world), designers, interior decorators and the national pavilions. Tickets are 50 euros. And don’t forget the Triton party (see “event of the Month,” previous page). www.

and one of the most important regional shows in the United States. About 100 films shown from Miami to Boca Raton at various locations and times. www.

Oct. 26-30 47th Fort Lauderdale

International Boat Show, the industry’s largest show with more than 3 million square feet of in-water and exhibition space at six marinas and in the convention center. www.

Nov. 1-3 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX), Miami Beach. For trade only. www.

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MAKE PLANS Oct. 13, noon Second annual Captains’ Golf Tournament

Sponsored by the Platinum Group Division of Allied Richard Bertram, Hollywood, Fla. This tournament is unlike any other in yachting. Open only to yacht captains, the tournament has been planned by former yacht captains. And it’s free. Expenses are covered by myriad sponsors such as Key Bank, Luxury Marinas, 7 Star Yacht Transport, and others that want to give back to captains who have helped make this industry what it is today. Participants receive VIP treatment from the practice range to the 19th hole, where an awards banquet follows play. At Hillcrest Golf and Country Club in Hollywood. Captains who want to play should contact Liz Nilsen, Wes Sanford, or John Booysen with Platinum Yachts at +1-954-467-8405. Space is limited.

Oct. 22 Eighth annual U.S. Yacht Masters Golf Tournament

Bonaventure Golf and Country Club, Ft. Lauderdale. to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation. For details and to register, contact Mark Fry at International Yachtmaster Training at

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Oct. 1 Sunday Jazz Brunch, Ft.

Lauderdale, along the New River downtown, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., free. Five stages including a variety of jazz types.

Oct. 4 The Triton’s monthly networking

event. Join us at Kemplon Marine Engineering Services in Ft. Lauderdale for beer, wine, casual fare and great networking. 3200 S. Andrews Ave., Suite 103. Free. 954-525-0029

Oct. 7-15 46th International Boat Show, Genoa, Italy, at Genoa Fairgrounds, Piazzale J.F. Kennedy 1. Tickets start at 13 euros. 1,500 exhibitors expected and 2,000 boats on display.

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Oct. 19 3rd annual Triton Ft. Lauderdale

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Welcome to the new C section

Beginning this month, find all your career news and advice – including onboard columnists and training news – in the third section of The Triton, Earning Your Stripes. We’ve added a new B section for all of yachting’s technical and travel news.

Section C


You do have to brush afterward Eating sugar and sugary foods does not cause diabetes, hypoglycemia or hyperactivity, and it does not make you fat (as long as you keep total calories in control). Sugar does, however, cause cavities.

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Check out these networking tips By Elizabeth Wright Networking is probably the most useful and effective self-marketing tool available, and yet often it is underrated, inappropriately used or even underused. Whether you’re the CEO of a large corporation, a politician, the Avon lady, or a crew member, you’ll hear it again and again: It’s not what you know (though, of course, that’s important, too), but who you know. There is an art to networking. Certainly, the more you can get yourself out and about, the better; but do it appropriately. There is absolutely no point in hanging out day after day (or night after night) at the same watering hole where you meet the same people and have the same conversations. Those are not the people who can give you a job. In fact, it is highly unlikely that you’ll ever meet a prospective boss in such an environment. One of the hazards of networking at this level is that you will often get bad advice that could lead you to leaving a good boat and captain (for more

NETWORKING TIPS Don’t network while intoxicated. l Spend quality time, not quantity time. l Don’t stick to the same buddies. l Don’t burn bridges with gossip. l Stay focused and listen. l Remember your objective: Find a job. l

Eng. James Kuiack, left, and Capt. George Llop network at one of The Triton’s PHOTO/DAVID REED monthly networking socials recently.  money) for a boat you know nothing about. And the more people you talk to, the more opinions you’ll get. Stick to speaking to a handful of knowledgeable and trustworthy members of the yachting community. However, do take opportunity of any marine-related events – boat shows, seminars, crew parties/dinners – to get out there and pass out your credentials. It may seem tedious and unnecessary to attend similar events or visit the same agencies time after time, but remember, this is a fast-paced industry.

People and yachts change from any given location at any given time. Stay focused. The key to an ideal networking situation is to spend a short amount of time at an event shaking hands, meeting new people and, above all, listening. You never know what you’re going to hear that could be useful to you in your job search. Then leave. Never overstay or you’ll end up talking to the same people or getting drunk and then doing or saying something you might regret. None of those are sensible moves if

your ultimate objective is to find a job. If you make one or two useful contacts in an evening, you’ve done well. Follow up. Let the people you meet hear from you. Tell them something about yourself – nothing too personal – just that you’re professional, courteous and keen to work. It’s important to express strong social and business ethics while marketing yourself, whether it’s with a crew placement agency, on a dock, or anywhere you can be seen. Even if the captain or agent doesn’t need anyone now, they will. And when they do, you want them to think of you first. Make sure, too, that you’ve signed up with a handful of reputable, longstanding crew agencies. They need to know you’re out there so check in often because, even if you’re not currently available, they may have a position that is better suited for your needs whether monetarily, geographically or a step up the ladder. Always be pleasant, well dressed and keen, leaving people with a good flavor. Finally, a word about walking the docks: It is harder to do this in the States because many marinas are locked for security and privacy reasons; and many shipyards will not allow you in unless you have proof that you are working on a boat. But whether here or in Europe, as long as you do not become a nuisance and remain respectful when approaching the boats, many crew are able to secure work, whether for a day job or permanent position. Elizabeth Wright is a crew placement agent with Camper & Nicholsons in Ft. Lauderdale. Contact her at +1-954-5244250 or

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Superyacht standards should be set higher than ‘letter of the law’ “The yachting industry is about having fun.” This is an expression that is often heard throughout the large yacht industry and, indeed, it is correct. However, what is often misunderstood is precisely who will be having that “fun.” Superyachts are some of the most valuable Up and Running movable assets in the world. For Ian Biles the owner, having and using a yacht should be enjoyable. However, for the people who make their livings managing or operating these superyachts, yachting should be professional. This does not mean they should not enjoy their work but it does mean that the individual should recognize the responsibility that comes with being paid to do a job. It is perceived that regulations have been creeping into the superyacht arena, notwithstanding that they have been there all along. Many people forget that regulations are minimum standards. A superyacht deserves the best standards in all areas and this should be without compromise. International regulations come about through a range of international bodies. In the marine environment, the main body is the International Maritime Organization. The responsible organization (as the coordinating body) seeks consensus among interested parties to introduce a set of regulations, normally in response to a major incident. As with any consensus, this involves compromise, which introduces the opportunity for different pressures to be brought to bear and for different organizations to exert influence to achieve their particular goal. The net effect is that the “standard” is the lowest on which all parties can agree. Thus, while regulation has a place, in superyacht context, the standard that such regulations set is significantly below the standards toward which most yachts should aspire. A classic example of this is the comfort and safety of the owner and his guests. Nobody involved with running a superyacht would disagree that their safety is paramount. History suggests (from insurance claims records) that one of the greatest dangers for a superyacht in terms of financial loss is fire in harbor. Therefore, as a standard, it is reasonable to anticipate that captains, managers and crews would be aware of this and undertake every precaution necessary.

MPI Group of Surrey, England, is introducing a distance-learning course to bridge the gap between master certification and the reality of running a large yacht. The course begins in October and is sponsored by the Professional Yachtsmen’s Association and Middlesex University. Course material was created by Ian Biles. Future topics include legal aspects of yacht management, interior management, chartering, repairs and security. For information, call +44(0)1252-732-220 or e-mail Unfortunately, practice does not bear this out. Most (but not all) superyachts comply with the letter of current regulations (the lowest common standard), but few actively investigate or remain current with best practice for fire prevention and containment. The same is true of some yacht management organizations. It is against this background that this module has been prepared. It has drawn on my 10 years of experience assisting owners in evaluating risks faced by their yacht operation and putting in place management systems that help reduce (but never eliminate) the potential for harmful incidents.

A hierarchy of standards

As the coverage and sources of regulations applying to a superyacht are so wide ranging, how does a captain, manager or crew member ascertain the standard they should apply in the management of the yacht? For the purposes of this module, standards have been presented in the following five main categories: 1. The law. All vessels must comply with legislation and these are the minimum standards with which they must comply. International legislation includes the Conventions adopted by the IMO (such as SOLAS, MARPOL, STCW and the COLREGS) together with other Conventions from organizations such as the International Labour Organization and provision of EC Treaties and Regulations. National legislation includes, for example in the UK, the Merchant Shipping Acts and the MCA Large Yacht Code for yachts that charter.

2. Non-compulsory codes of practice. This category is well illustrated if an owner of a yacht that does not charter has decided to comply with the MCA Large Yacht Code and to have the yacht certified as such. The standards will be higher, but law does not require compliance with those standards. 3. Advisory information and guidance provided by various professional bodies, such as the International Chamber of Shipping, the Professional Yachtsmen’s Association and the Royal Yachting Association. Once again, the recommendations supplied by these bodies may require a higher standard than the minimum. 4. Customary practice (respected references, publications and periodicals). Whether these are the most stringent standards is debatable, however they should be taken into account when considering a particular piece of equipment or standard. 5. The owner’s requirements. These may or may not extend to the safety of the vessel and they may be higher than those required by the legislation and guidance mentioned above. Frequently there are areas where recommendations and even legislation have different and even incompatible specifications for a particular item of equipment or a procedure. In determining which particular category takes precedence, in the absence of specific regulatory guidance (which is, of itself, unclear) individuals should adopt a position of “reasonableness.” That is to say the captain, manager or owner should do what they consider to be “reasonable” so that any other individual faced with the same set of circumstances would also consider the action to be reasonable. Clearly, the captain, crew member or manager needs to be mindful of how the authorities (or lawyers suing on behalf of an injured party) might approach the relevance of any particular standard. The law may not lay down a specific requirement to meet a particular standard but, if there is a close parallel that could reasonably be applied to the yacht, it might be difficult to successfully argue that such a standard should not have been met. Next month: a look at the difference between management and leadership. Ian Biles is the founder of Maritime Services International, a marine surveying and consultancy business. He holds a Class I (Unlimited) Master’s certificate and developed a risk management program for large yachts for a London-based underwriter. Contact him at ian@maritimeservices. or +44-2392-524-490.

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UK yanks 3 engineers’ certificates; Crew Network reaches Italy The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency issued a notice in late July stating that a court has cancelled the UK Certificates of Competency of three engineering officers for dishonest abuse of the examination system, according to a newsletter from the U.S. Maritime Institute (www.usmaritimeinstitute. com). Two individuals completed examination papers that were then passed off as another candidate’s work. The notice also said the judge recommended the three men not be permitted to resit for the certificates for five years.

Fraser opens Viareggio crew office

The Crew Network, the crew placement agency of Fraser Yachts Worldwide, has opened an office in Viareggio, Italy, making it the country’s first international professional yacht crew placement agency. The agency now has six offices around the world, including Antibes, Auckland, Ft. Lauderdale, Palma, and San Diego. “We look forward to helping people understand the numerous career opportunities available in the yachting industry and the training required to obtain these jobs,” said Carlo Marchetti, manager of The Crew Network in Viareggio. “ Under Italian law it is required for crew members seeking employment on Italian-flagged yachts to have the required training and proper certification.” Alessandro D’Angelo also works in the office as a crewing specialist. A native of Viareggio, she grew up around yachts and for many years worked as first officer on luxury cruise ships. Visit the office at Via Coppino 439, by calling +39-0584-38-01-547, or by email at

SNAME Technology conference

Oct. 11-13 The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, in conjunction with the Ship Production Symposium, will host the SNAME Maritime Technology Conference and Expo in Ft. Lauderdale. The conference includes breakout sessions on more than 50 technical papers and a superyacht forum to address developing trends in the fastmoving superyacht market. Designed for marine engineers, builders, admiralty lawyers, industry regulators, naval architects and other maritime engineering professionals. To attend, visit www.maritimeexpo. com. To exhibit, contact Rob Howard at +1-561-732-4368 or howard@

Marine auditor course

Oct. 25-27 The U.S. Maritime Institute in Ft. Lauderdale is having

a three-day Integrated Maritime Auditor course that combines ISM Code familiarization, ISPS Code familiarization, and internal auditor training to help students develop a practical approach to the interpretation and application of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code and International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. The highly participatory class includes presentations, group discussions, and case studies, plus individual and syndicate exercises. Upon completion, students will have the necessary theoretical knowledge to

conduct simultaneous ISM Code and ISPS Code internal audits. For details, call +1-954-449-3444.

Crew seminars held at FLIBS

Oct. 28 During the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show each year, the International Superyacht Society sponsors crew training seminars. There will be two seminars on Friday, one beginning at 10 a.m., the other at 1 p.m. Both will be held at Bahia Mar Yachting Center. Course topics had not been determined by press time. 954-525-6625, www.

Careers in yachting job fair

Oct. 28-29 International Yachtmaster Training is sponsoring a Careers in Yachting Exhibition and Job Fair for crew from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the school’s headquarters at 910 S.E. 17th St., Suite 200, in Ft. Lauderdale. For more information, e-mail markf@ or visit www. For additional events, be sure to view our calendar beginning on page B22.

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IN THE GALLEY: Culinary Waves

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How to manage food costs onboard without having to cook your books An owner I worked for years ago refused to pay for aspirin. He said if we needed aspirin, then we should buy it ourselves. He literally threw a temper tantrum. As far as cheap owners go, I’m sure there are worse stories out there than mine. However, there is no standard in yachting when it comes to food costs or miscellaneous items. It is never the same from yacht to yacht; ask any chef. Some yachts want the crew to eat only “crew” food, saving the more expensive items for owners and guests. Not only does this place a burden on the chef to prepare two entirely separate meals, but doubles the Culinary Waves work to cost food out to save the owner Mary Beth money. Lawton Johnson Therein lays the balancing act. Suppose you work for a charter company or owner who wants to keep food costs to a minimum but still wants to serve exquisite cuisine worthy of a king. Some of us have budgets; some do not. If you go over your set limit, you may be told to keep costs down – or the captain might find a replacement for you. So this column will concentrate on keeping food costs down. Many things affect food costs in any given operation. Most factors can be controlled by the chef, not necessarily by mathematical equations or formulas but by basic management skills and being aware. What factors affect food costs? For starters, it’s the menu. Then there’s the purchasing and ordering, the receiving and storing, kitchen procedures in fabrication of food, portion sizes and, most of all, waste. (Since we are not selling food as in a restaurant, the sales part and percentages to inventory will not be covered here.) A menu that changes frequently can result in unusable leftovers or an inventory of unneeded raw ingredients that either the crew eats or is thrown out. If your yacht requires a different meal for guests and crew, buy only the stock needed for that charter and set a fixed menu for the crew. That way, you won’t have unnecessary waste in purchasing. A parstock is important here. Parstock is the amount of stock necessary to cover operating needs between provisionings. On one hand, the parstock must be adequate for efficient operation; on the other hand, too much inventory wastes space and money. It may spoil or it may not please the next charter guests. All these factors play a role in keeping parstock onboard. Buy wisely and minimally. Receiving and storage of goods, whether by the chef or steward, should be checked against the invoice for discrepancies, freshness, weight, spoilage, pilferage from crew and guests, and the aspects of waste. Should you find yourself in a foreign country with your Chilean sea bass having ice crystals on it, you know that time and temperature were not observed in shipping and storing. This results in a waste product; lost money, loss of a menu item. (You have to throw it out because you might make someone sick.) Suppose you left for a week with the boss to his home. You return to the yacht expecting your lamb chops to be in the freezer, only to find that the crew ate them for their dinner one night. All of these elements play a part in parstock and food costs. Waste is a failure to control overproduction or, where overproduction is desired, a failure to use leftovers. If a menu is designed properly, there is no waste; leftovers can be used in another meal. With an accurate history of former meals, a chef can prepare the quantity needed for each week, day or meal. Here’s a daily production report that can help track leftover food items, pilferage, waste and overall loss. From

Daily Production Report: Item # ordered # used Leftovers Cheesecake 4 4 0 Chocolate Cake 6 cakes 5 0 (Notice that a chocolate cake is missing? Eaten on the sly or lost, it results in higher food costs.) this sheet, you can deduce how many items have been used and if there is any waste. An often overlooked but essential factor in controlling food costs is portion size. Unless portions are uniform – say every filet weighs 5 ounces – it will be impossible to compute portion costs accurately. You can purchase your food items in pre-portioned packages. If you package the meat onboard to save costs, have a portion scale and weigh each item. Without determining a proper portion size for menus, you might prepare too much food or not enough. We all know the horrors of not having enough food onboard when we need it and not being able to use all the leftovers. This equation will help in production of food portions: Portion x Number of Servings Needed = Total to Produce. It sounds easy but what if recipe yields are different than the number of guests? Or what if your bowls hold 5 ounces of soup and the recipe calls for 7-ounce portions per person? If you are changing a soup recipe that calls for 16 5-ounce servings and you need 23 4-ounce servings, the amount of each ingredient must be adjusted. To convert portion sizes, begin by determining the total yield of the existing recipe: original portions x original portion size = total original yield. In our soup example, the recipe calls for 16 5-ounce portions, or 80 ounces of soup. Next, determine desired yield: desired portions x desired portion size = total new yield. In our soup example, you need 23 4-ounce servings or 92 ounces of soup. Now divide the desired total yield (92) by the old total yield (80) to get the conversion factor (1.15). Now, multiply each ingredient by 1.15 to determine how much you’ll need. Sometimes a chef must convert units of measure (i.e. ounces to pounds). Denominators and numerators must be in the same unit in the equation above. Conversion factors can be found in any professional textbook. The only way to keep food costs and waste to a minimum is to order only what you need and to keep accurate inventory. One helpful site is It offers culinary software services from food costing to nutritional databases, so you know how much of each item you have onboard and how many calories are in each item served. As for substituting meats for prime cuts such as a lower grade of beef for a filet, consider buying short ribs of beef, a flat iron steak or chuck eye and serve it encrusted in Gorgonzola or Trio of Ground Pepper. Sure we all know it is not a filet but offer other menu items to bring the cost of food down. I would much rather have a Braised Short Rib of Beef to a filet if it is prepared correctly. Other lower cuts of meat offer variety for not a lot of money. Consider serving Lamb Shanks Braised in a Demi Glace or Pork Bellies (all the rage in 2005). Overall food cost declines and variety increases. High food costs can limit the menu and perhaps what you spend on crew food. You might get a raise for saving the owner money. 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 1998. Visit her Web site at or contact her through

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Braised Short Ribs of Beef in Demi Glace Recipe by Chef Mary Beth Lawson Johnson; photo by Lara Lyons 8 short ribs of beef, 6 oz each Sea salt and ground black pepper for seasoning 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour for dusting 1/2 cup carrots, diced to 1/2 inch 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 sweet onion, diced to 1/2 inch 4 tablespoons parsley, minced 3 tablespoons tomato paste 1/2 cup water, save for adding to stock 4 cups good quality beef stock or demi glace ( 1 bay leaf 2 tablespoon fresh rosemary Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Heat oil in a large braising pan or ovenproof casserole dish. Season ribs with salt and pepper and roll in flour. Sear in a pan until brown on all sides, then transfer to the braising pan or oven-proof casserole dish. In the same pan, lower the temperature and cook the carrots, garlic, onions, parsley and tomato paste for 10 minutes. Scrape the browned bits off the bottom. Add the stock, bay leaf,

and rosemary. Reduce by 1/3. Return the ribs to the pan in an even layer and place in oven. Baste as it cooks with the sauce, turning as necessary to cook evenly. Cook until the meat is about to fall off the bone or fork tender, about 2 hours. (Add the water as necessary to keep the braising liquid 1/3 of the way up the ribs.)

Once the ribs are done, remove from sauce. To remove all fat floating on the surface of the sauce, use a skimmer, or strain it if you like a clear sauce. Drizzle over ribs. Serve with Garlic Smashed Potatoes and a vegetable. Serves eight.

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WINE: By the Glass

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Food pairings – the basics Food pairing invokes much syrah and mourvedre. Naturally, a discussion in the wine world. The good white Burgundy or New World average consumer expresses anything chardonnay will work well here, also. from fear and trepidation if a pairing Darker meats demand heavier reds might be wrong and classic pairings include lamb with to a completely Australian shiraz or Spanish Rioja. cavalier attitude Steak and beef go well with Tuscan stating they will reds and Barolo, Bordeaux reds, Napa drink what they and Sonoma cabernets. Meritage wines like with any food. and a good peppery syrah, such as a In truth both are St. Joseph, will always go well with a right – and wrong. peppered steak. There are Interestingly, pork is often paired practical guidelines with red wine and I drink pinot noir By the Glass to enhance the with it, whereas a lighter Rhone or Mark Darley experience of a Beaujolais will do. meal or occasion. It Having said this, the presentation of is perfectly OK to drink a massive Napa pork with fruit-based sauces suggests cabernet with white fish if you like, but that a bigger white wine will work as there are wines that better suit white well as a red wine. fish. Ultimately the consumer is king. Though the nature of the meat Yacht crews are in a different is important, the sauce can clearly position. The aim in putting a wine list influence the choice of the wine. together is to reflect the menu, thereby Consequently, pork or even white fish enhancing a charter or providing what served with a tomato sauce might go the owner needs. better with a light red wine. For this reason, practical guidelines Some foods are wine killers. Pairing are the order of the day. Begin by with soup is difficult and most do not establishing a good rapport with a try this at all. Foods with mushroom in wine retailer that you trust to facilitate them are difficult and I find a Barolo, ongoing learning and ensure the which often has a truffle-or mushroomwines you buy are based nose, works appropriate. well. Egg dishes can The weight of the Key work with sparkling meal influences the considerations for white wines. Spicy choice of wines with a matching wine to food often works food include the with sweeter wines, simple rule being that flavors involved, but avoid tannic the heavier the meal, the lightness or wines as the tannin the richer the wine heaviness of the will react with spice. meal, difficult flavors required to pair with it. Stay with a rich, and ethnic origin. sweeter white or a It is also worth knowing that pairing bright red fruited red. sweet wine with sweet food does not Ethnic foods such as oriental always work. Indeed it is often better to food go well for me with Riesling, put a Sauternes, dessert or late harvest Gewurztraminer, viognier and other wine with pate, fois gras or cheese, aromatic whites. Sparkling wines work particularly blue cheese. Also consider and if pairing with a red try a slightly a heavy American cabernet with chilled Beaujolais or pinot noir. chocolate (surprisingly good) or pinot Mexican food also calls for sweeter noir with grilled or pan-seared salmon. “jammy” reds like zinfandel, shiraz, Trust me; they work. petite sirah or even petit verdot. The weight of the meal influences Indian food works well with a the choice of wines with a simple rule sweeter Rioja or a juicy merlot and being that the heavier the meal, the especially a zinfandel. Cabernet lovers richer the wine required to pair with it. should stay with New World wines as Consequently, shellfish and white fish they are usually less dry or tannic. (I go best with lighter whites with good still do not know why so many Indian acidity, such as Muscadet, dry chenin restaurants in London offer Bordeaux blanc and sauvignon blanc including wines as they are far too tannic.) the wonderful sauvignon blanc-based This has been a basic run-through Bordeaux white wines such as Graves. of wine with food and it serves, pun Bigger textured fish such as grouper, intended, as an appetizer. In coming sea bass or mahi-mahi need a bigger months, I will consider in detail wine such as chardonnay or barrelspecifics on food pairing to assist yacht fermented wine, although richer chenin crews to get the wines they need for wines will work, too. success in their work. The same rule applies to meat. Chicken is good with chardonnay. More Mark Darley is a managing partner at flavored poultry such as turkey goes Seventh Street Wine Company in Ft. well with pinot noir, in my experience, Lauderdale. Contact him at mdarley@ as does grenache or a good southern or +1-954-522Rhone wine, which often also includes 5560.

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Sugar is not the dietary villian it is made out to be Does sugar cause diabetes? Trigger hypoglycemia? Make you fat? Cause hyperactivity? If you thought so, think again. Sugars really have no direct relationship to any health problem except for their role in tooth decay. After careful review of scientific studies, that’s the conclusion Take It In Carol Bareuther of nutrition and health experts. However, sugar myths are still widespread. Many folks continue to believe that if they eat too much sugar they will get diabetes, even though scientists debunked this myth about 20 years ago. In diabetes, the body can’t use sugar normally. The true causes are complex and are yet to be fully known. However, genetics plays a role in triggering this chronic disease as does illness, obesity and simply getting older. While sugar doesn’t cause diabetes, diet is part of the strategy to manage it. Physical activity and perhaps medication are important in treatment, too. In the past, people with diabetes were warned to avoid or strictly limit sugar in their food choices. Today, experts recognize that sugars and starches have similar effects on blood sugar levels. However, limiting simple sugars such as table sugar, brown sugar and honey, and stressing more nutrient-rich whole grain starches such as whole wheat, whole rye and brown rice in the diet is best for overall good health. A second misconception is that eating sugar makes you fat. In reality, it is too many calories that causes your body to store fat. Over time, too many calories from any source – whether it is carbohydrate, fat or protein – can lead to weight gain. Contrary to another popular belief, eating sweets doesn’t stimulate your appetite or evoke cravings for more sweets. Often, we think people with weight problems have a “sweeter tooth.” However, nutrition experts say these folks may actually eat less sugar, but more fat. For example, donuts, cream pies, pound cake and chocolate candies with nuts are sweets that are high in fat. If you are watching calories, including some sweet flavors in the form of fresh fruit can make a low-calorie diet more appealing. But remember, it is wise to control all calories when making food choices. Another fallacy is that sugar triggers hyperactivity. Kids may be “wired” after an afternoon of sweets, friends and activity, but research shows candy isn’t to blame. There is no scientific evidence to connect sugar intake

and hyperactivity or attention deficit hyperactive disorder. Lastly, sugar has been blamed as a hypoglycemia trigger. Again, research has born out that this is highly unlikely. True hypoglycemic disorders are rare. Many people associate anxiety, headaches and chronic fatigue with hypoglycemia caused by eating foods with sugar. Hypoglycemia is a condition, not a disease. If you think you’re among those rare cases and you have symptoms, talk to your physician about a blood glucose test. What eating too much sugar can

lead to is tooth decay. After eating sugar – especially foods with white table sugar or sucrose – glycoproteins adhere to the teeth to start plaque formation. At the same time, millions of bacteria known as Streptococcus mutans adhere to the glycoprotein and initiate the process of cavity formation. Prevention? Eat fewer sugary foods, brush with a fluoride toothpaste after meals and snacks and drink plenty of fluoridated water. Sugars, starches and fiber are in the nutrient category called carbohydrates and are your body’s main source of

fuel. Some sugars (fructose in fruit and lactose in milk) occur naturally, while others (sucrose) are added. Regardless of the source, your body can’t tell the difference. If your energy needs are low, go easy on the amount of all types of sugars you consume, as well as the amount of fat. Try consuming mostly nutrient-dense foods that provide other nutrients besides sugar or fat. Carol Bareuther is a registered dietitian and a regular contributor to The Triton. Contact her through

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CREW PROFILE: Scott Schwaner Capt.

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From chef to chef/captain to captain who cooks when he wants This month marks 25 years that Capt. Scott Schwaner has been in the yachting industry. He started out as a chef and today is the captain/chef on the 84-foot M/Y Capella. Here’s a conversation between Triton columnist Chef Mary Beth Lawton Johnson and Capt. Schwaner: Q: What sort of culinary training do you have? A: I have an associate’s degree in finance from Louisiana State University. I never went to a culinary school. I grew up in a little town outside of New Orleans called Mandeville. My father was commodore of our yacht club. After school and during summers, I’d sail. When I wasn’t sailing, I was working at a restaurant called the Covington Depot. I’d wash dishes, peel shrimp, turn turnips and carrots, and bus tables for a quarter an hour. I watched the old cooks behind the stove line frying chicken in shallow cast-iron pans with herbs and green onions and making gumbo. As a few years passed, I found my way to the stove line, cooking first for employees and then for customers. I worked for a couple of five-star chefs, Kris Kerrogeorgeio of La Provence and then for my mentor, André LeDoux. I had a three-and-a-half year apprenticeship at the Fairmont Hotel in New Orleans with André. About this time, the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park was just starting to gain notoriety. From New Orleans, I moved to California and was chef of the two largest catering companies in Southern California. A year later, I was chef of Alfredos, a three-star restaurant. While visiting my parents one weekend, my mother gave me a yachting magazine and in the back was an ad for first officer and chef aboard an 80-foot yacht. I answered the ad, got the job and moved to Ft. Lauderdale. This month marks 25 years. Q: You have jumped from chef to captain, an unheard-of transition in yachting. Was it hard? A: I’ve always sailed, so driving the boat was easy. The difficult part was dealing with owners, the yard and the brokers one on one. It’s not that they were difficult; it was that, as chef, I always had a captain to do the talking, take the heat and deal with the business of the boat. I sat back, wrote a few menus and cooked. It was difficult learning how to always smile when times were tough and learning how to say no to people who could affect your career. Learning to be a leader is much harder than driving the boat. Q: You do some of the cooking when your owner comes onboard. What kind of meals do you like to prepare? A: My meals are very different than when I was a full-time chef. Breakfast is my favorite. I still roll my own croissant and Danish. I offer a nice fruit plate

or platter, juices, little about each cereal, meats and position. cheeses, and then Q: What boat eggs any way you are you running? By Capt. Scott Schwaner want them. A: The 84Lunches foot Riva Opera Rinse and clean 1 whole duck consist mainly of Capella, the only Bring 1 gallon of water to boil and soft salads with Riva Opera in add 1 8-ounce jar of honey and 1 proteins. I take a North America. tablespoon of salt. good French rosé, She’s a real Drop the duck into the boiling pop the cork the race car: 4,000 water and leave for 20 minutes. Pull the duck out and drain. Finish in day before I serve, horsepower and a 400-degree oven for 20 put in a piece of almost 40 knots. minutes. lemon rind and Q: I understand a leaf of sage. I you won the very Paint the duck with a sauce of: recork the wine first Concours du 1/4 cup orange liquor and serve wellChefs competition. 1/4 cup coffee chilled the next A: They say 1/4 cup orange juice day with an herbeveryone has their 1/8 cup molasses roasted chicken 15 minutes. Mine and a soft butter was aboard the Bring mixture to a light boil for lettuce salad. 130-foot Broward 5 minutes. Tighten with a little The vinaigrette M/Y Pegasus in cornstarch and water. Brush over will have Dijon, 1992 in Monaco. duck in the oven. The duck should egg yolk, herbs There was a lot be caramel in color, the skin crisp. including a little riding on the mint, cider vinegar competition. Serve with a Waldorf salad. and Chilean olive Ken Denison of oil. Broward Marine Or, maybe a few giant prawns grilled, wanted to introduce a new line of served over lightly steamed watercress Browards to Europe and winning the and a nice red Thai sauce. This is competition meant great publicity. preceded by a chilled asparagus soup Chefs had to prepare three dishes: one with a little green Thai for spice. My with Charles Heidsieck Champagne, presentation is clean and simple. one with smoked salmon, and one of When I was a full-time chef, desserts the region, which was Provence. were my favorite. (I once owned a My dishes were: Symphony du patisserie.) A warm chocolate soup for Rasscas in Flere de Provence; smoked dessert is so simple and yet, with good salmon chaux-froid; and local quail, chocolate, decadent. stuffed with duccel of mushroom and Q: Leslie Lallande of Global Ship raisins soaked in champagna, roasted Systems has called you the best multiand served with reduction sauce flaked tasking chef/captain out there. What with gold leaf. does he mean? Q: What do you think of yacht chefs? A: I’ve been fortunate to have a A: There were times early on in my few good friends that have stuck by career as chef that I was critical of me for years. Some are captains, a other chefs. You might call that ego, few are chefs, a few work in other but with age comes maturity and now I areas of yachting, and then there’s cheer them on. All of them. Leslie Lallande. Leslie’s a good ol’ boy Yachting is the best way to improve from Louisiana, like me. He brought your talent as a chef. Your budgets for Swiftships to yachting. He’ll find me food and wine are generous. You visit in the galley and want to eat. Then we ports of different countries with varied talk boats. He says I multi-task. A lot of cuisines and get to experience them crew do, and I think it’s great. With so and then you get to try out what you’ve much responsibility, you should know a experienced on your crew and guests.

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What a fabulous way to earn a living. Q: What advice would you give a chef hoping to be captain or mate? A: Yachting gives you the opportunity to do anything you want to do. It’s very forgiving and if you play your cards right, very supportive. If you are young enough to start over from one profession to another, why not? But, starting over means less salary and more work until you pay your dues. I would say, “I’d like to be captain and I have a license.” The response was “No, you’re a chef.” And I’d say “No, I’m a captain,” and it was like “No, you’ve always been a chef.” To get my first captain’s gig, I compromised; I cooked and captained. Now it’s a bit easier. I don’t have to compromise. On Capella, I cook because I want to. Q: Looking back, would you have done anything differently? A: I would change a few things. I knew I wasn’t mature enough to be a captain when I started in yachting. I partied a lot. Sometimes, too much and because of that, I lost or gave up many opportunities and several friends. My advice to those starting in this business is to realize the opportunities that lie ahead. You can plot your own course. Along the way, be careful with your money. Save it, invest it. There is no pension after retirement. There were many great experiences I enjoyed because I was chef. I want to do it all again. Not the excessive partying, but the places I went and the people I met. In the words of Jimmy Buffett (one person I would like to meet): “Oh, the stories we could tell If it all blows up and goes to hell I wish that we could sit upon a bed in some hotel And listen to the stories we could tell.” Q: What’s next for you? A: A 100-footer. That’s my first goal. With any luck, I’ll have it within 16 months. Then 150. I’ll stop there. Do you know a cook or chef with a cool background who would make an interesting profile? Tell us about it. Contact Editor Lucy Reed at lucy@


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How to make photos at sea more interesting: Capture an item of interest in the foreground Welcome aboard, photography enthusiasts. Photography on the water, or seascapes, is very challenging, I think more so than landscapes. Why? One of the compositional elements that I always try to include into my land or seascape photographs is foreground interest. Foreground interest is Photo Exposé something closer to James Schot you that is included in the frame of an overall scenic photograph. As an example, visualize a beautiful river view running through low rising hills or canyons. There is an immense clear blue sky dominating the upper part of the scene. That’s a nice photograph, but it can be taken to look a whole lot better. A significant improvement would be if there was a tree near the location from where you are taking the photograph. I would look for one and position myself so an overhanging tree limb could be seen at the top of the frame. This is what you would then see. At the bottom of the frame there would be the distant meandering river. Above this you see the vast sky, and then nearing and across the top of the frame there would be the leafy branch. What does adding this element to your scenic image do? First thing is it adds something closer. The river and sky are so distant. Adding something close gives more depth to the overall composition. In a two-dimensional format, adding this foreground interest visually tricks those who view the image into feeling they are seeing a truer three-dimensional world. You have the close branch along with the distant topography. Another contribution the overhanging branch provides is it helps to frame the composition. I would actually include foreground interest at the bottom also, in the form of boulders or bushes – better yet, colorful flowers. In this way, the entire river scene under a crystal clear blue sky would be naturally framed. The final and most important benefit to adding all the foreground interest, in addition to the river under a blue sky, is it makes the overall composition just more interesting to look at, or pleasing to the eye. But unlike landlubbers who can find (or make) foreground interest out of almost anything, this is a far more difficult task for seafarers. The only thing usually between a photographer on a vessel and another subject is a whole lot of ocean. What to do?

The boat in the foreground gives this image visual life. The shot above shows Point of Americas by Port Everglades in South Florida. Often, the only foreground interest we can include in our scenic vista photographs is a piece of the boat we are on. Adding this gives perspective, depth, balance and interest. If using a part of the boat is not possible, look to include any surf from your vessel as it propels forward, or a buoy that you are closely passing by, or go for a low angle possibly also catching white caps of the waves. As a bad-boy photographer, I might even toss out a few bread crumbs for an important shot, just to attract a few seagulls to act as foreground models. Not a bad deal for the price of bread. Again, it is much more difficult to include foreground interest in your photographs when out at sea. You do often have one advantage, and that is time. Any distant scenic perspective changes slowly. Given time, what you need to do is look ahead, or what I do in my work is pre-visualize. That is, I see something I like to photograph such as islands in the distance, then I look ahead to see how the scene will develop and what may lay ahead that may be the foreground element to complete the picture. Keep in mind good composition is not just framing the photograph well, it is also planning it well. One final note: As I was completing this article I received the August 2006 edition of The Triton. On the front page is a photograph by Daniel Forster of S/Y Seljm that is a case in point for this article. He uses a crevice in a foreground stone wall to take his vessel anchored down in the bay. There is some beach grass showing at the bottom of the crevice. The framing and composition makes an interesting


cover photograph. I think I’ll join Daniel with 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 with photographic questions or queries for future columns.


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The hits and misses of self-publishing Last month, two South Florida authors gave some input on the pitfalls of self-publishing. Many of us are eager to share experiences (good and bad) with friends, family and colleagues or to leave a permanent accounting of a contribution or Well Read perspective. Donna The summation Mergenhagen of the authors

was that if you make the effort to write it, make the effort to publish it traditionally. Self-publication has become a boom industry and is fraught with pitfalls and fraud. Most authors who choose that route sell books to friends and relatives and often are left with an obligation to buy the rest of the stock. There are few exceptional sales successes. The best-known exception may be James Redfield’s “The Celestine Prophesy.” Some 30 years ago, rejection letters

motivated Redfield to duplicate and may consider stocking the books “on hand distribute copies. Over time there consignment” (paying for the stock was a groundswell of interest and the as it is sold). Bookstore managers book was traditionally know their customer published in a number Bookstore managers base and what they of formats. can sell. Active selling know their customer requires that the staff Still in print, the base and what they book recently was read the book and made into a movie. be comfortable in can sell. Self-published recommending it. authors regularly Following are approach bookstores in an effort to overviews of two self-published sell books. Many chain stores charge paperbacks, one non-fiction and one a stocking fee. Independent stores fiction. Both have a South Florida connection. Leo Couturier’s “Captain for Hire: Adventures in Yacht Deliveries” ($19.95) is a collection of anecdotal stories about his career in the yachting industry. The author describes the book as a first-person account, career opportunity manual, and a motivational read. Rarely is a book successful in three genres under one cover. The stories begin in 1972 and have potential to amuse those outside the industry who romanticize yachting. Ft. Lauderdale and the Caribbean are frequent settings for the recounting of Couturier’s career. Professional editing may have improved the flow of dialogue and the structure of the book. Unlike many self-published books, Couturier’s cover (an aerial shot of a vessel under sail) is attractive and the book of average quality. Marty Crikelair Wohlford has written and self-published a variety of books. One of her books, “Drumbeat No Lie” ($17), is a fictionalized account of a drug smuggler operating out of a Caribbean Island resort. A lifelong resident of Ft. Lauderdale and the Bahamas, her familiarity with the geography lends credence to the story. A career as a journalist is evidenced in the editing and story structure. Contacts in the printing business and within the media put Wohlford in a position to manage some of the downsides of self-publishing. Despite those advantages, she regularly works at marketing and selling copies of the book. There are exceptions to the advice to avoid self-publication. Family genealogy, personal journals of family interest, and letters from a historic period are wonderful family keepsakes. A local printer can affordably produce them in limited numbers. The next time someone tells you, “You should write a book,” be prepared to approach the challenge. Donna Mergenhagen owns Well Read, a used book store on Southeast 17th Street in Ft. Lauderdale. Contact her at +1954-467-8878.

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PERSONAL FINANCE: Yachting Capital

Estate planning strategy: wills or trusts (or both)? We all have heard the old saying that the two things we cannot avoid in life are death and taxes. However there are many things we can do to defer death and taxes. To defer death, we take care of our bodies by eating right and exercising regularly. (Of course, this does Yachting Capital not necessarily minimize the risk Mark A. Cline of death by some yacht crew with their extra-curricular activities such as bungee jumping, rock climbing, riding the Harley without a helmet, etc.) As far as deferring taxes, there are many legal ways to do this. This article is the first of four on the topic of estate planning using different forms of wills and trusts. The reason for four articles is because it is not a simple topic. It takes a lot of thought to decide what will happen with your personal possessions – no matter the size – and there are many options available. Often, we hear stories about people who have been hurt by lack of planning: someone who did not leave behind life insurance to take care of his or her kids, an upset first family because all the money after death went to the second family. The list goes on. One of the big benefits of pre-death estate planning is the ability to name your heirs, specify the share of your estate they will receive, and dictate the manner and timing at which the heirs get their share. Generally speaking this part of estate planning may be done with either a will or a trust. But know this: it takes a trust to avoid probate, protect the estate from legal problems and con artists, and to minimize death taxes. A will alone does not do this. Here are some of the heir planning issues to consider: W=will, T=trust, B=beneficiary arrangements, JT=joint tenancy arrangements. These codes indicate what estate transfer methods that can possibly be used to accomplish the 11 goals below. 1. Whether the heirs are to receive equal or unequal shares. There are several factors that can cause a person to vary the share sizes they leave to each heir. (W, T, B) 2. At what age the heirs get their share, or whether their share be paid in two or three installments at different age milestones, paid out for life, etc. (T) 3. Whether to leave specific property to certain heirs, such as the family home to one child and certain other property to another child. (W, T, B, JT)

4. Whether or not to clearly omit or disinherit any heirs. (W, T) 5. How to deal with situations where a married couple each have different children from former marriages, but they want to create one comprehensive estate plan. This may require dealing with issues such as one spouse having more children, or one spouse having a larger estate. (T) 6. Dealing with cases where estate owners get married after they have built their own separate estate, which they may want their new spouse to benefit from, but then they want the remainder of the estate to go to their heirs and not to their spouse’s heirs. (T) 7. What to do in a case where a child has reckless spending habits or substance abuse problems, and the parents fear that child will quickly misuse the inheritance. (T) 8. How to deal with mentally or physically disabled heirs. (T) 9. Assuring that the heirs will use their share to pay for a college education, and do so in a prudent manner. (T) 10. What happens if an heir dies before the estate owner. (W, T, B, JT) 11. How to deal with specific gifts to special heirs, such as grandchildren, nieces and nephews, charities, etc. (W, T, B, JT) Beneficiary and joint tenancy arrangements will not necessarily work, or work well enough, for many individuals. Trusts are the only method that cover all situations listed, and will work as desired in all cases. If thinking or discussing this subject is touchy for you, your family or parents, think about this. If you die with no plan, what will happen to your life’s earnings and possessions? Estates without wills or trusts end up in probate court, where all decisions will be made by a judge, generating court costs and attorney fees. Only attorneys benefit from that. Other important documents you should have are a Durable Power of Attorney, Medical Power of Attorney, Advanced Medical Directive (a living will), and Minor Children Guardianship Appointment. These are quick and simple legal documents that can be done for about $150 per couple or $100 for a single person, a major savings over the legal fees that will accumulate to resolve these matters after you die. A former captain, Mark A. Cline is a chartered senior financial planner, private annuity trust adviser and mortgage broker. He is a partner in Capital Marine Alliance in Ft. Lauderdale. Contact him at +1954-302-2372 or mark.cline@

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Virgo: Determine what you want, then you can get it VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Yours is

actually considered one of the most watchful signs, Virgo. You practical earth people are given an open invitation this month to disarm your usual candor and let the rest of us know just what it is you really want Looking Up and need. A stellar Maya White line up of planets

in your sign says, “have it your way.” You have the power this month to get exactly what you want, but first you must determine just what that is. The 21st is a good day to find an offshore breeze and make headway. It will be best to stay home, though, on the 22nd when the semi-annual solar eclipse in the last degree of Virgo brings closure to something that needs to be gone.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 21) Again,

you’re looking good, Libra. The Venus trine Pluto on the first sets the tone

for the entire month. When you take time to look into the deep waters and ask the right questions, you will get all the answers. Financial gains will come to you from unearned sources, an inheritance or gains from your wise investments.

SCORPIO (Oct. 22-Nov. 21) Jupiter is still lending a helping hand, so use that extra edge. The changes you want don’t happen by staying at home, though. Get out, socialize, and find like-minded people who share your vision. But keep an extra sharp watch this time around; somebody or something is sneaking up from behind. Wait for this person to reveal his or her true motives. You will know what is going on by the 23rd.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20)

Looking good, Sag. You are called upon to make some quick decisions by the end of this month, which will be challenging, but do not be dissuaded by smoke and mirrors. Brilliant insights are yours on the third when Mercury opposes Uranus. Give it your best shot on the 14th, and know that you really do see the truth of the situation.

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ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Sometimes people have to share the limelight, and now it’s your partner who gets the fabulous break. Of course, they wouldn’t be nearly as happy without your driving inspiration. This is a great time to take up a new hobby or interest. By taking advantage of low-cost adult education classes, you can get a jump start on what may turn into a lucrative new career. You are argumentative on the 15th; don’t take it so seriously.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) As a

fixed sign, Taurus, it takes an extra push to start you, but just like a train, once in motion, you are hard to stop. All systems are go now, so get moving. Have you started a health regimen? This is a great time to do so. Exercise is also a great way to take your mind off nagging problems. A long-standing financial issue is finally resolved on the 14th.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) You have

a touch of genius available to you right now, or is it madness? Play it for all it’s worth. If you take time to listen to CAPRICORN that small, still voice (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You Leo: Guard your inside your head, it is feel under-loved, giving you invaluable money well; decisions overworked and short Mercury, you make will affect information. on pay, but open your your planetary ruler, is doors. New friends you for a long time. very busy this month, bring different ways to bringing assistance have fun, that missing in many forms. Peak days are the 3rd, ingredient you have been searching 15th, 25th and 27th. Stay open, go with for. Mercury calls your name on both the flow, and expect the best; all of the 25th and the 27th. Take a risk, Cap, these ideas work in your favor now. there’s not much to lose, and everything to gain. CANCER (June 21-July 21) Home is where the heart is, Cancer. And it AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) Play looks like you get the benefit of both a your cards close to the chest, especially new love as well as a warm, generous on the seventh when challenges await home life. Don’t forget about family this your every turn. It’s hard to separate month; let them know you care. The the wheat from the chaff, truth from Moon in your sign on the 15th and 16th fiction. Step back, take a deep breath, brings the unexpected – in a good way. and … well, have a second cappuccino. Plan some down time; you deserve it. Never underestimate the value of laughter to disarm a tense situation. LEO (July 22-Aug. 22) Do not take Saturn in Leo influences your solar financial risks this month, Leo, even seventh house of relationships. Your if you are prompted; you will have to cosmic job description is to keep a live with your decision for a long time. positive attitude. What looks good on the night of the 18th gets edited by the light of day on PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) The Full the 19th; and by the 25th you know the Moon of September is also called the reason why it was a bad idea. Harvest Moon, and it’s in your sign this month. What is your desire? You Maya White is a professional astrologer may have to offer a sacrifice to the living in South Florida. With 25 years god of commitment, though. Be there experience, she is one of only 86 for your partner this month when the people in the world certified in Astrosolar eclipse of the 22nd highlights Carto-Graphy, a specialized branch your relationship sector. This can of astrology that addresses issues include a business partnership as well relating to location and travel. Contact as a romantic relationship. Points her at 954-920-2373 or through www. of vulnerability may very well be breached, so plan on being the strong

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SUDOKUS 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. Don’t worry, you don’t need arithmetic. Nothing has to add up to anything else. All you need is reasoning and logic. (Answers, page C8) Start with the Calm puzzle left. Then try your luck in the Stormy seas at right.


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Crew Looking Captains

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Chefs Easy going Chef with STCW 95 plus years of experience in yachting, catering.. Please feel free to contact at cheforvis@ hotm or cell (954)-600-2069. Ad #1032 Experienced Yacht Chef: Ft Lauderdale based, with over 10 yrs experience available for free-lance or perm anent positions. Silver Service and catering experience. Contact 954.684.9739 Ad #1055 Upbeat freelance chef available for charter and delivery, guest and crew

cooking. Lean or luscious cuisine. Experience with special needs. US passport. C V available. Please em ail . Ad #1034 Experienced, enthusiastic team player seeking position as chef or m ate. USCG 100GT license, STCW-95. Delivery, freelance, full-tim e. Sterling references. Em ail . Ad #1067 Executive Chef with 17 years experience and 4 years yachting exp. Charter and private. Cell# is 941-735-2973 Ad #1069 Chef available for yachts or private estates. 15 years experience worldwide. STCW 95 & PADI certified. Pls call Ulla 954.202.1612 Em ail: . Ad #1072 Seeking either Chef or Chief stewardess position on either a m otor or sailing yacht, private or charter, available after Sept. 6, 2006. Contact 954-232-1132 or em ail Ad #1052


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Crew Wanted Captains

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Looking for Stew, Mate for a full tim e position onboard a 80ft lazzara. Based out of Jupiter fl, FTL fl, and the Baham as. Em ail . Ad #1050


Looking for professional chef and stewardess. Chef needs to know Indian, Thai, Spanish etc. both chef and stewardess should be fluent in Spanish. Please send c/v, ref,, photo, salary and experience to m -ram bler@ Ad # 1076


Looking for a perm anent sole stew for a private, 112’ m otor yacht. Must have experience and be a team player. Som e cooking duties involved for crew. Contact Blurge Brown 954 599-2492 or em ail blurgeatsea@pocketm ail. com . Ad #1061 M/Y K aleido B eau, a 150’ B enetti in Italy, needs a stew for som e Med cruising before wintering in the Caribbean. Private and charter. Contact: kaleidobeau@hotm . Ad#1100

USD Per Year, send resum e to m otoryachtnews@yahoo. com . Ad #1079


Full tim e deck/ stew needed US flag. Baltim ore for season then Fla/ Baham as. Inform al, fun, great boat.70’ Please reply with C V/ photo. Em ail: Ad #1023

Sales Jobs

Yacht salesperson needed now for growing Ft. Laud. firm . New Offshore Yachts and brokerage. Plenty of new and brokerage inventory in stock with extensive advertising. Contact Gary Slatkow at Shadow Marine: 954 242 6723 (cell) or 954 779 7099 (office). Ad #1035 20 years experience in sales. Looking for sales/charter/ delivery opportunity. USCG Master license,FCC & sailing endorsem ent. Em ail Ad #1056 Luxury Resorts is seeking Marina Sales Manager w/ minimum 3 years m arine related sales experience. Excellent Com munications and Custom er Service Skills, College education preferred. Excellent B enefits! Send resum e to: kquirk@ . Ad #1075 Marine distribution company seeks qualified inside salesm an, preferably with background in m arine industry. Competitive salary and benefits available. Em ail . or call Judy @ (954)524-1150. Ad#1089 Looking for a responsible professional with excellent people skills to m ake sales to the m aritim e industry and support existing clients. Must have book keeping experience and ability to com municate in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, and Portugese. Em ail evan. Ad#1087


Engineer required for a m onth or so. Vessel is 128ft m otor yacht based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Em ail sa1838@ gm . Ad #1043 Need an experienced Engineer to work on a 121 Dennison/Broward foreign flag, strong electric knowledge. Cruising east coast of US, Private Yacht, No Charter, Needs to be Clean cut, Starting at 52.000

Marine Trades Assistant wanted to m aintain vessel, truck and trailer fleet for a fast paced m arine response business. Reliable transportation required. Company benefits. Visit our website at www. towboatusftlauderdale. com . For consideration, fax resum e to 954-7839009 or em ail tina@ . Ad #1030

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Top yacht painting company wants reliable fairing and painting professionals for jobs in the US and overseas. Licensed and insured. Contact Steve Morton at 954-523-8668 or em ail info@perform ance m . Ad #1039 Marine A/C tech. needed. Engineers looking to com e land based encouraged to apply. Min. 5 yrs exper. Need to know Refits, installation and troubleshooting. Wages and benefits. Contact Matthew ’s Marine A/C at 954 761-3840 Ad #1009

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Florida State Licensed (MA31566) and Nationally Certified Massage Therapist offers therapeutic m assage in the com fort of your own hom e, Call: 954-599-1600 Ad #1036 International Insurance Net is an independent insurance brokerage firm , specializing in the m arine crew. There are both individual and group health insurance plans available. Contact Maria K arlsson at 754-234-4325 or em ail . Ad #1051 Insureonboard is an independent, international m edical, health and travel insurance advisory service offering Free Q uotations with expert advice. Call +44 191 297 2411 or em ail Andrew.wilson@m edibroker. com . Ad #1068 Professional Training for Stewardesses by veteran trainer and stew with 14 years of experience. Will train on your vessel, with your equipm ent and facilities - taking your owners requirem ents into consideration. References available. Daily or weekly rate. Contact Dawn Kuhns at 954-684-1377. Ad #1071

50 m new build private motor yacht interviewing for crew – chief engineer, chef, chief stewardess, 2nd stewardess, bosun / 2nd Mate and deckhand. Experienced teams considered. Cruising areas anticipated to be Central America, Caribbean, Europe and Alaska. Interested parties send cv to tymjoseph@aol. com.

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Marine Professionals Aggressive Billing/Accounts Receivable person for fast paced, busy office in m arine exhaust m anu facturing plant. Responsibilities also include payroll, reports and general office support. Paid holidays and vacation. Group health insurance benefits. Reply to ad online. Ad #1033 In need of an experienced charter m arketing/ m anagem ent assistant for a charter fleet for a m ajor yachting company. No need to apply if no knowledge of charter contracts, flag states, or charter fees. Em ail staff@ AD #1037 We are a full-service engineering and design firm specializing in USCG and MCA refits, structural, m echanical, and interior changes, new-build conceptual and detailed construction design of m otoryachts and sail, expert witness work, and forensic failure analysis. Well acquainted with Feadship, B ennetti, Burger, Broward, Christensen, Perini Navi, Derecktor, Viking, Hatteras, B ertram and others. Contact Kevin at 954 5249013 or em ail Kevin@ Ad #1046

For Rent Nice 1 bd/1ba near Sunrise Blvd and 15th Ave NE. This recently painted unit with new Italian Ceramic floor tile is close to the beach and close to Port Everglades. The unit can be rented unfurnished or semi-furnished The building is a nice quit 6-plex with a private patio area. Plenty of off street parking for cars and safe storage for bicycles. Contact Tom @ 954-520-2353 for additional inform ation. Ad #1054 3/2 on SE 13 St, E of US 1. Close to both Southport shopping and downtown. Master B edroom within suite, two other bedroom s share bath. Rem odeled kitchen with all new appliances. Large fenced back yard, carport, screened Florida room and patio. Can also rent furnished. Em ail m cox@sparkm anstephens. com . Ad #1058 Furnished room available in 2-bedroom ed house. Share living room , dining room , kitchen, laundry facilities and bathroom with fem ale hom e-owner. Enclosed backyard and off-road parking. Near Com m ercial and Andrews, close to I95 so easy access north or south. 2 well-m annered cats. Looking for quiet, non-sm oker with no dram a. $500 a m onth;


m onth to m onth. Require first m onth + $500 deposit up front. Contact Maria at 954 599-1600 or em ail Iris. Production@hotm . Ad #1078 $875 per m onth. Six m onth or one year lease. Close to Port Everglades & 15th Street Fisheries! Large living area and great views of downtown skyline. Call Brian at 754 234-9559 or em ail brianandersonis@yahoo. com . Ad# 1080 For rent: B eautiful 3 room 2 bath, 2 story brick hom e, with office. Great crew house for ship yards in Savannah, Georgia. Fully furnished with brand new beds, living room furniture, dining room table and 8 chairs. All cooking and dining utensils. O ne car garage and one carport, parking for 10 vehicles. 2400 square feet. $ 3000.00 per m onth. Contact David at 954-258-1517. Ad# 1091 Modern 2/1 security gates, alarm , private large fenced yard. Location, location, location. 2blks north of 17th st. $1400 a m onth. Pets welcom e. First, last, security. No lease required. Reply to ad online. Ad#1096 Dock space for rent (12 m onths) - two deepwater slips available for 40’

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x 16.5’ for $1,650/m o. and 55’ x 15’ for $2,065/m o. Conveniently located on SE 17th Street, no fixed bridges, com plim entary water hookup, 50 am p/240 volt electric available, no live-aboards permitted. Please call Catalina at 954-5258707.

We provide resort-style crew housing during refits. Includes screened, heated pool; wireless internet; largescreened cable TV ’s in every room ; large, clean bedroom s, living room s and kitchens; laundry facilities; personal lockers; barbeques; bicycle rentals; exercise equipm ent. W hen you want the very best, give us a call: (954) 242-1109 Ad #1099

For Sale Will buy Chart Portfolios covering Honduras m ainland, Roatan Island, Caym an Island., Jam aica, East coast Cuba and the Turks & Caicos - don’t have to be up to date, as long as the rocks are m arked! Contact Tel: 1 772 465 7720, Fax: 1 772 464 4712, cell: 1 772 318 9568. Ad#1094 DPA SS1000 Hom e theatre Subwoofer (dual 6.5” driver subwoofers 200 Watts, 100 Watts per channel) and 2

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DPA-S100 satellite bookshelf speakers 100 Watts each. Cabinet finish: Black ash. $100 Tel: 954 449 6651 Ad# 1031 Underwater tow able cam era with infrared illumination, cable, b/w TV m onitor, and case. About 5 years old, never used. $300. Good for watching that fish hit! kevin@ . Ad #1047 Black carpet-covered 8’ high x 4’ wide free-standing walls that were part of a boat show display wall. Also 6 m aroon/ black cloth arm less office chairs. $200 for all. kevin@ . Ad #1048 Detroit Diesel Prim ary fuel filter. Power Guard Sea Pro Part # 23532245. 21 for sale. Make an offer. Contact Blurge Brown 954 599-2492 or em ail blurgeatsea@ pocketm . Ad #1060 Large 1 bedroom near 15th Street Fisheries. Great views of downtown skyline. Asking $199,000. Washer and dryer in the unit. Condo is Plaza 15 and has a nice pool area. Let’s see it today. Contact Brian at 754 234-9559 or em ail brianandersonis@yahoo. com . Ship delivery( workboats,fishing vessels


and yachts)Provision of Shipbuilding Services Ship Sale & Purchase .Yacht Sale & Purchase Broker .Ship Delivery & Crewing Looking for business partners, investors Support in establishing contacts with local companies: Importers, distributors,m anufacturers, buyers,etc. Em ail salichev@ Ad# 1082 Idylle 15.5 1985 Germ an Frers design completely customized for com fortable live-aboard & perform ance cruising. Many upgrades & extras: new sails & standing rigging, 8.5kw Phasor generator, Galleym aid 400 water-m aker, 16000BTU air conditioning, R aym arine autopilot & instrum ents, 3-blade Max-Prop. 85HP Perkins 4-236 w/ZF Transmission. Large Technicold dual fridge/freezer. Solid-surface countertops in galley & aft head, walk-around queensized bunk in m aster cabin. Full-deck awnings, large spray dodger & bimini top w/ vinyl side curtains. Hull and bottom painted 2006. Lying

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C16 September 2006 Puerto La Cruz VZ thru Nov., then USVI. Asking $219,000 USD sail-away condition. Em ail cayennita@hotm ail. com . Ad #1085

Announcements 1 B edroom Condo right in heart of Cabarete. Across from beach, water views, A/C, Laundry, Pool. Great Location walk to everything. $275 per week - cheaper long term . Contact Rebecca at 954 242-3238 or em ail bechardie@hotm . Ad #1023

Casino Party Nights Florida Inc specialists in Casino Party Fun Nights For private @ Corporate Parties Specialty Gam es Include Blackjack Craps Roulette Baccarat @ All Poker Gam es for More Info Please Call 954 993 4739 or 954 926 4219 Casinopartynightsflorida. com Ad #1041 Northrop and Johnson’s Florida office is thrilled to announce the expansion of our Yacht Charter Division with the addition of June Montagne as our new retail Yacht Charter Broker. June


began sailing at a young age along the shores of South Africa and for 23 years progressed from working aboard charter yachts to working in crew placem ent. For the past several years her career has expanded as a successful charter broker in Ft. Lauderdale, working with clients to find the perfect yacht and crew com bination. June, along with the entire Yacht Charter Division and the Northrop and Johnson family, ensure com plete confidentiality and guarantee superior personalized service to the prospective charter client.


June will endeavor to exceed all of your expectations and m ake your chartering dream s com e true. Ad #1045 Advertising firm “gives it away ” for 2nd ANNIVER SARY In celebration of its 2nd anniversary, Yacht Productions, Inc. announced today that it is offering a FREE 10-minute prom otional video with each new 8-page(and larger)yacht brochure they produce between Septem ber 1, 2006 and Decem ber 31, 2006. This exceptional offer represents


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2601 SW 31 St. Ste. 304 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312 a $2,000 value. (Som e Restrictions apply)”We are m aking this incredible offer for the boat show season and to celebrate our success.” Contact Louise Dutton at 954-993-3993 or 954-5875838, e-m ail: LMDutton@ Ad #1052 11 night cruise aboard the MSC Lirica. Ports of Call include: Santa Marta & CartegenaColum bia; Cristobal - Panam a; Puerto Lim onCosta Rica; Roatan IslandHonduras and Grand Caym an Island.

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New and repairs for all your sewing needs. Cushions, Pillows, Shams, Neck Rolls and Sheets. You provide the design and I will fabricate beautiful items for your enjoyment and that of your guests. Reasonable prices and fast service. Call Jan: 954-921-9500

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Looking for John DeLage, age 53-55, white m ale sailing Jenny Jean, 53’ custom Ketch. Additional inform ation on our web site at: http://www. /missing_ sailboat.htm . Ad #1066 2 New Jastram Full FollowUp Lever rudder controllers (LC100-1) enabling steerby-wire. Compatible with m ost autopilots and existing steering system s. Waterproof. Cost $1200+ each, will sell for $500 each. Em ail jam esdkeegan@ hotm Ad#1090 We are opening FIVE places for girls with no prior experience in kiteboarding to learn from the best on the Cindy Mosey Island Odyssey in Fiji see website for details www. cindym oseyislandodyssey. com . If you know of a fem ale who wants to learn to kite and interested in an epic trip like this, then please contact K atrina B elle at kitebelle@m . Ad #1095

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