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Lesson learned: Clearing in takes a phone call first By Lucy Chabot Reed Capt. Mike French and his crew docked their foreign-flagged megayacht in Ft. Lauderdale before dawn one day in early September. By 8 a.m., they were all dutifully in line at the customs office in Port Everglades to report in. The vessel was cleared in and given the requisite paperwork, then the crew walked next door to clear in with immigration. Before the immigration officer would clear them in, he told Capt. French he needed a clearance number – which the customs officer had not given and French had not requested. (The yacht is registered in a country that is not party to the U.S. treaty that grants cruising permits; French couldn’t have gotten a cruising permit for it even if he wanted to.) “I just assumed that having all the paperwork in my hand that said I was cleared in would be good enough,” French said.

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First Officer Adam Crooks of M/Y Magic, a 150-foot Trinity, hangs out in Nice, cleaning the sky lounge windows. Hey, someone has to do it. PHOTO/CAPT. MAC McDONALD

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Discerning megayacht owners like to have any and all amenities on board that will make the most of their cruising times, such as tenders, wave runners, diving/fishing gear, maybe even an automobile. Unfortunately, captains are left with where to put them all. Enter the concept of a “shadow” boat. A shadow boat is a vessel that supports a primary yacht by carrying all the toys, which may include a submarine, sportfish boats or even a helicopter, as well as provisions and additional fuel for en-route refueling. Shadow boats aren’t new – one of the first ones in modern luxury yachting was Golden Shadow, which followed the Golden fleet around through the 1990s. But recently, the shadow boat

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Bridge: Yachting still fun with owner’s respect The more we talk to captains, the more we hear it: “Yachting isn’t as fun as it used to be.” It’s true that increasing regulations have created mountains of paperwork that most private captains didn’t have to deal with 20 years ago. And From the Bridge the popularity Lucy Chabot Reed of chartering has turned yacht ownership and its subsequent operations into somewhat of a business, sure. But is running a megayacht really no fun? We asked our Bridge captains this month if they would describe their jobs as “fun.” These six agreed that they would, with one caveat. 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. When we tossed out the word “fun” together with “yachting,” one might have expected a conversation about that mountainous paperwork or long workdays. Instead, these men turned the conversation into one about relationships, hence the caveat: “If you’ve got a cool boss,” one captain said, “you’ve got a cool job.” These captains agreed that the owner – his demeanor, use of the yacht and even management style – has as much to do with whether they enjoy their jobs as any other single thing. “I’m fortunate that I have an experienced owner, a guy who’s an engineer,” another said. “I can have an intelligent conversation with him about his boat and he understands what I’m

talking about. We go to interesting places and he gives us a lot of free time.” “I think it’s fun because we’re dealing with a whole bunch of different dynamics simultaneously – crew, owner, guests,” a captain said. “I want to be professional with the owner; I don’t want to be his friend,” another said. “The first thing I want from him is respect.” “I agree. I’m not a pal of the owner; I never would be,” said a third. “I should be judged on accountability, not whether I make him laugh at dinner.” So that relationship isn’t one of the legendary buddy that not only skippered a vessel but was truly friends with the owner, enjoying his company and his scotch. Today’s captains, it seems, want a more removed, more defined relationship. Does that mean more professional? “It’s more regulated,” one captain corrected. “I’m sure captains 20 years

ago were professional.” “It’s become a more serious business for us as the boats are getting bigger,” a captain said. “Bigger means more crew and more structure, more formality. It’s necessary. Everyone will tell you the industry was loads of fun 20 years ago, but if you walked around yards then, you’d see they were fixing holes and props because captains were running around hitting stuff and drinking a lot.” “Fun doesn’t have to mean drinking and partying.” While the frequency of a buddybuddy relationship with the owner may have waned, one captain pointed out another trend that has emerged. “This year in particular, I’ve heard more horror stories between captains and owners than I’ve ever heard before,” he said. “It seems like these owners are starting to change up more than

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Soper’s Hole in Tortola, BVI, a popular base for charter yachts, prepares for another season.

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Crew of 50-year-old DVC exploring Central America Capt. Allison Thompson and Eng. Scott Fratcher of the 80-foot M/Y De Vrouwe Christina have been having a wild summer. When last we heard from them they were diving in Roatan in the Bay Islands in Honduras, which Capt. Thompson described as “awesome.” “I have done four dives so far, Latitude the walls drop Adjustment down deep just Lucy Chabot Reed outside the reef on the south side, wicked swim-throughs, heaps of fish,” she wrote in an e-mail. “We were escorted on our last dive by giant dog snapper the entire time.” DVC, a 50-year-old Feadship, was moored at Barefoot Cay, just to the west of French Harbor and east of Brick Bay. “It’s a newer development, very exclusive, private and secure,” Capt. Thompson wrote. “The owners, John and Mellise Kennedy, are very accommodating hosts, the docks are new, the electric is modern, and the WiFi is fast.” We love fast WiFi. Keep the news

is expected to be at the Ft. Lauderdale boat show.

Capt. Joe Schumann created and is selling these bumper stickers. Maybe PHOTO/LUCY REED an airline executive will help out and start Jaybird Airlines. coming DVC. (For more on Barefoot Cay, visit www.barefootcay.com.) Eng. Mike Sandiland, formerly of M/Y Melreni, is now in the engine room on the new M/Y Sunchaser, the newest launch from Richmond Yachts. The 142-foot tri-deck was finishing off in Vancouver, B.C., in early September and was headed down the West Coast.

The megayacht and her crew expect to be in Ft. Lauderdale this fall. Shake her down well. Speaking of shakedown cruises, Capt. Ernie Smith took delivery in September of a new 80-foot Hatteras, which replaced his boss’ previous 103foot Cheoy Lee. The megayacht – both then and now – is M/Y My Way, and

Capt. Joe Schumann of the 105foot Broward M/Y Contrarian had a dream recently: He’s going through airport security. People all around him are taking off items of clothing, shoes, belts, etc. “Everyone was complaining about it so I took off all my clothes and walked right through,” Schumann said of his dream. “It woke me up laughing.” Now anytime he hears people complaining about airport security, he tells them he’s got the answer: fly naked. “Every time I say it, people laugh, so I thought, ‘why not make a bumper sticker?’” So he did. His “Fight terror! Fly naked” bumper stickers, waving either an American or British flag, sell on e-Bay for $2.49 each. Interested parties can order them directly from Capt. Schumann by e-mail at email0001@aol. com. Or stop by The Triton; we have a little stack of each. If Schumann makes a million bucks with these, I’m going to start paying better attention to my dreams.

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‘She announced the head’s arrival from the back seat’ LATITUDES, from page A4 With the recent sale of M/Y Janet, longtime Capt. David Jaffess is taking some well-deserved paid time off while the owners look for another smaller yacht. (Do we sense a down-sizing trend here?) Jaffess (11 years with the owner) and the chief stewardess (four years) stayed with the owner, the mate moved up to a captain’s position on an 80 footer, and the remainder of her crew moved with the boat to the new owners. Jaffess is keeping busy looking at boats, doing maintenance on the owner’s 39-foot Bertram, and delivering the owner’s son’s 57-foot Bertram. Here’s hoping you make it back to Lauderdale in time for our big boat show party Oct. 19. Capt. Fred Lemon and his wife, Roberta, welcomed a son into their family on Aug. 26. Here’s the way it happened, according to an e-mail from Capt. Lemon: “Roberta was admitted to Pen Bay Hospital last night at 8 p.m., only to be sent home at 10:30 p.m. as her contractions were irregular. She woke me up at about 1:20 a.m. and said enough of this, she wanted to head back to the hospital. When she stood up, her water broke and then we were under way. “It probably took 10 minutes or so to get to her Toyota, between contractions and we were off. We were about half way to the hospital when she said that it was coming and she had to push, so I hit the hazards and floored it. It seems like only seconds later that she announced the head’s arrival from the back seat. Before I knew it she was holding up a little person in the rear view mirror, proclaiming “It’s a boy!” “We made it to the hospital and both are in the best of care and resting well. Whew. I thought this stuff only happened on TV.” Welcome to the yachting world, Joseph Frederick Lemon. I’ve always said that yacht crew are a talented brood. Trying to get some of you to write about your adventures, travels and experiences is tough, though. (Not everyone likes to write as much as I do, it seems.) Then here comes news from two folks – a working mate/ chef and a former stewardess – who Topel have written books about being a stew. Catherine Topel, a licensed captain who works with her husband Rick, has written “What Every New Yacht Stew

Should Know.” Relatively new to the industry (she started in 2003), she said she was inspired to write the book by owners. More than once during gigs as a freelance stew, an owner asked her to stay and train his regular stew. “We all know that would never go over well,” Topel said. “So I decided just to write it down, and that grew into this book.” Topel admits she doesn’t know everything but said she felt she had something to share. “Stewing is a huge part of your job if you are working on the inside,” she said.

She’s self-publishing the book, which should be available in time for the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show later this month. To find out more information, Google the title. Former stewardess Julie Perry is writing “The Insider’s Guide to Becoming a Yacht Stewardess” based on her two-and-one-half years as a stewardess. The idea for her book came from always explaining to people what a yacht stew is and does. “I was really surprised how many people have no idea about this industry,” she said. She’s working with

Morgan James Publishing and also is expected to have the book in time for the boat show. Perry, a graduate of Indiana University, left yachting in 2001 for medical reasons. She now works as an Internet marketing professional. She plans to market her book at launch parties in Florida and Indiana, inside the industry and outside it, and mostly through her Web site, www.workonayacht.com. Send news of your promotion or change of jobs to lucy@the-triton.com.


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Captains use honesty, get immigration solutions With all the talk about run-ins with U.S. immigration officers, it was refreshing to hear from a couple foreign captains who have figured out ways to successfully work with the agency. Capt. Dale Smith, a British citizen on a foreign-flagged yacht, was planning a major mechanical, interior and exterior refit at Merrill Stevens Yachts in Miami. Before he and the megayacht’s owner settled on the yard, though, Smith took up the issue of his lengthy stay in the United States with a highranking manager at Smith U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Miami. “The boss decided he wanted me to be the project manager and the boat is going to be here 16, 17 months,” Smith said. “One of the things we were concerned about is if the boat was going to be considered home ported in Miami because we’ll be in the yard for the next year.”

So Smith talked to Jack Garofano, the assistant director of field operations with CBP in Miami, and told him exactly what was planned for the yacht and crew, and exactly what he wanted to be able to do. “With the other crew, I can send them on extended leaves, but I’m expected to be here the whole time,” Smith said. “I was concerned about leaving to renew a visa and then trying to come back again. If I ran into trouble with customs at that point, it would be a hideous problem.” Garofano looked the issues over and told Smith there wouldn’t be a problem. He gave Smith the names of a few people to talk to if he ran into any issues, but assured the captain that he would be permitted to remain with the yacht during the refit. Garofano has twice spoken at The Triton’s immigration seminars and has been open and receptive to listening to yacht issues. Apparently, he’s willing to help, too. For Smith, eliminating the worries and stress has made a world of difference. And it’s renewed his faith in the U.S. immigration system. “If you’ve got a legitimate reason to want to be here, honesty’s the best policy,” he said.

Capt. Mike French advises that approach as well. In his 10 years running yachts, he said he’s learned the best way to work with U.S. immigration is to be honest and neat, and have an exit strategy. “We never ask for more than four months, and the crew always carry a letter that says, after that time, it is expected the French crew member will go home on leave,” Capt. French said. “As long as the crew is dressed smartly and not looking like a backpacker, we never have a problem. “They just want to know we are going home. That’s the key, that we’re just here cruising. If we don’t need six months, we don’t ask for it. You can extend it to a year, but we really encourage – insist really – that crew take time off. That negates the need to have more than a year.”

Jaks, a bar on Margarita Island, Venezuela, popular with yachties, has been sold. Capt. Oliver Dissman reports from the bar that it has re-opened as Sunset

Bar and Grill, but they’re changing the name. As he wrote, people in the bar were busy scribbling names on napkins for a contest to pick a new name. Dissman A winner was expected to be chosen in late September after The Triton went to press. We plan to follow up with Capt. Dissman next month so learn the clever moniker.

Capt. Rob High had such a great experience at a day spa in town that he had to write in and tell us about it: “I walked in the front door of a place that looked more like a high-end health club than a barber shop. A high-definition flat-screen TV hanging on the wall played the British Open. I was greeted by a charming High receptionist and when I told her I was early for my appointment (you don’t need one, but I recommend it) she offered me a beverage and a tour. What a great place to unwind! “I got a great haircut and hot shave, my beverage refreshed halfway through. When she was done, I hit the locker room for a quick steam and shower. You can even shoot a game of pool or sit back in peace and catch up on The Triton. It was just what I needed after a long day.” High went to Mankind, a day spa for men with all the traditional stuff (hair cuts, massages, facials, manicures and waxing) as well as shoe shining, dry cleaning, a tailor and the complimentary steam room with every service. It also has beer on draft. Mankind is located just north of the tunnel on Federal Highway in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. For more information, visit www. mankindformen.com or call +1-954525-9209. With this Notice from Mariners feature, we encourage captains and crew to let each other know of rules, regulations or procedures they run up against. Think of it like an online forum, only a little more traditional. If you have updates to help your yachting colleagues, e-mail Editor Lucy Chabot Reed at lucy@the-triton.com. Also, sign up for our weekly e-mail blast and get the news first.


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Captain fined for falsifying document At a hearing on Sept. 6, a captain who submitted an altered navigation certificate to upgrade his license pleaded guilt to the charge under the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act of 1981 and was fined £10,000, according to a news release by the U.K.’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency. On Jan. 31, 2002, the requirements to obtain a UK Certificate of Competency became more demanding. To assist in the changeover, the agency implemented transitional arrangements, which ended July 31, 2003. After passing his orals on the third try in August 2004, this captain tried to obtain a Class IV Certificate of Competency using the transition arrangements, meaning his supporting

documents must have all been issued before July 31, 2003. He lacked a valid Navigation and Radar certificate among other documentation, and faxed one with a date of issue of Jan. 14, 2003. Investigations showed that the date had been altered from 2000 and was therefore out of date. At his hearing the captain pleaded guilty to one charge under the Forgery & Counterfeiting Act 1981. “Persons holding certificates obtained fraudulently are a danger to themselves, their fellow crew members and passengers,” said Capt. Roger Towner, chief examiner and head of Seafarers Standard at the MCA. “The sentence imposed by the judge sends out a clear message to all that may consider deception and forgery as a

way round the certification system. The MCA takes such conduct very seriously and will not hesitate to bring similar cases to the attention of the courts in the future.”

EPA may adopt exhaust rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to propose a recreational marine diesel rule that could require large yacht builders to install exhaust after-treatment on all yacht designs. Aware such a ruling may create problems for these manufacturers, the EPA has asked the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) to organize a task force that will further examine the issue. See NEWS BRIEFS, page A10

Three storms leave little but rainwater behind Mother Nature spread her fury in several weaker storms across North America in August and September, serving more as a preparedness drill than a hard lesson. Tropical Storm Ernesto blew over Ft. Lauderdale on Aug. 30 with winds below 40 miles per hour. Some power was lost, but little damage was reported. Still, the shipyards were full for what was expected to be a

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hurricane. After leaving South Florida, Ernesto strengthened in the Atlantic before landing just west of Cape Fear, N.C., on Sept. 1 with winds of 70 mph (74 mph qualifies as a Category 1 hurricane). Eastern North Carolina took 8 to 12 inches of rain, with western Virginia taking 6 inches and North Myrtle Beach, S.C., The turning basin at Roscioli Yachting Center in Ft. nearly 7 inches. Lauderdale was filled with boats as Tropical Storm The strongest Ernesto blew over Ft. Lauderdale. PHOTO/CAPT. CRAIG JONES storm so far this season was Hurricane John, which hit the eastern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula Sept. 1 as a Category 2. The storm was compact, though, making it powerful with top sustained winds of 110 but small enough to miss the highly populated areas of Los Cabos and Cabo San Lucas. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm was so small that its strongest winds only extended about 20 miles out from its eye, according to a report from the Associated Press. In Bermuda, Hurricane Florence wiped out power on Sept. 11 for about a third of the British territory’s 65,000 permanent residents, the AP reported. The Category 1 hurricane had top sustained winds near 90 mph. Bermuda’s building codes specify that Ernesto’s damage wasn’t too severe homes must be built with walls at least 8 inches thick, and be able to withstand in South Florida,though some poorer communities up the Atlantic Coast 150 mph gusts and sustained winds of (because of Ernesto) and in Mexico 110 mph. Many power and phone lines (because of Hurricane John) weren’t are underground. PHOTO/DAVID WILLIAMS – Staff report so lucky.


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New IYB can certify Marshall Island yachts NEWS BRIEFS, from page A8 EPA has been working on a plan over the last several years that would require emission reductions on marine diesel engines. Earlier this year, an EPA diesel rule was implemented requiring diesel engines to meet stringent new emission standards, primarily necessitating electronic controls. The EPA is now considering its next generation of emission regulations, which would require all commercial marine diesel engines greater than 600kW (800hp) to achieve catalyst-based emission standards at or near 2012. Under the new rules, commercial marine diesel engines less than 600kW would be required to meet lower emission standards based on engine size. For recreational marine engines specifically, EPA recognizes space constraints would place too large a burden on the smaller, dieselpowered vessels such as cruisers and small yachts; but for larger yachts, EPA believes sufficient space exists to install catalysts, along with the support systems needed to accompany it, according to a news release by the NMMA. “The United States is on schedule to have low sulfur fuel available and required around 2010, but unlike highway trucks, buses and locomotives,

large yachts are not sold for exclusive operation in the United States,” said John McKnight, NMMA director of environmental safety and compliance. “Low sulfur fuel is not on tap to become the required norm in many other countries where yachts are sold. And without availability of the necessary fuel to power catalyzed engines, imposing a regulation such as the one the EPA suggests is very problematic for large boat builders with international clientele.” Individuals interested in participating on the newly-formed NMMA catalyst task force should contact McKnight at (202) 737-9757 or jmcknight@nmma.org.

New company helps MI yachts

The Marshall Islands flag registry, International Registries Inc., has appointed the new company International Yacht Bureau (IYB) to conduct surveys and issue certificates for several international maritime conventions, including load line, MARPOL, radio, tonnage, SOLAS, ISM and ISPS. Founded by Capt. Jake DesVergers, president of the U.S. Maritime Institute in Deerfield Beach, Fla., IYB has been authorized as an appointed representative, recognized organization, and recognized security

organization by International Registries, Inc., allowing it to issue the many regulatory certificates previously only reserved to major classification societies. The service is available to all Marshall Islands-registered private yachts of any size and its commercial yachts up to 500 gross tons. IYB has established a network of professional surveyors at the world’s main yachting centers. This new option should allow many well-built, but unclassed yachts to facilitate compliance with the numerous safety, pollution prevention, and security regulations. For more information, visit www. yachtbureau.org or call +1-954-4960576.

Death sought for slayings

Prosecutors said in early September that they would seek the death penalty for two men charged with killing a retired couple for their yacht by tying them to an anchor and pushing them overboard, according to a story in the Associate Press. Prosecutors allege Skylar Julius Deleon, 27, approached the couple with an offer to buy their 55-foot yacht Well Deserved. During a test cruise off Newport Beach, Deleon and two other

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Marinas band together to fight tripling of property taxes SAFETY, from page A24 men overpowered the couple, who signed over the yacht’s title and control of more than $1 million in assets, authorities said. Thomas Hawks, 57, and his wife, Jackie, 47, of Prescott, Ariz., were last seen Nov. 15, 2004. Their bodies were never found.

Marina group protests taxes

In an effort to save Palm Beach County’s working waterfront, a newly formed group of marina owners is protesting the escalating taxes threatening to put them out of business. The group, known as “Save the Working Waterfront of Palm Beach County,” is spearheaded by its Chairman Raymond Graziotto, co-owner of the Loggerhead Club & Marina brand of eight South Florida marinas, four of which are in Palm Beach County. “We’re being put out of business,” Graziotto said. “That sound you hear is the gate swinging, soon to be closing on Florida’s working waterfront.” Eight marine business owners, working in conjunction with the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, formed the group in September after being notified of the escalation in their 2006 tax bills, in some cases by almost 400 percent over a few years. In September, the Palm Beach Post sampled 11 area marinas and reported notable one year 20052006 tax increases of 130.5 percent, 159.7 percent, 164.2 percent, 204.7 percent, 301.8 percent, 322.3 percent and 351 percent. The group has hired a real estate appraiser and a land use expert to challenge the way their properties are appraised, and are using the $80,000 in seed funds raised by the original eight members to bring in a tax lawyer, lobbyists and state law experts to craft and present a tax relief plan to Florida legislators. “It is urgent that others join the effort,” Graziotto said. “Without change in the law, the taxes will force marina owners to sell.” For more information, reach Save Our Working Waterfront of Palm Beach County at +1-561-625-9443. – Leslie McKerns

Netherlands registry rules

The Dutch Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management issued a statement declaring that a ship desiring registry in The Netherlands complies with the requirements laid down in Article 311 of the Commercial Code. Most sea-going vessels not registered outside the Netherlands or which will be removed from a foreign register within 30 days of the application can

apply. The owner of a pleasure craft can obtain a statement if an EU national has at least a two-thirds share in the ownership of the vessel. If the owner is not resident or established in the Netherlands, a statement must be submitted by a natural or legal resident to the effect that the latter has the authority to represent the owner in all matters concerning the management of the ship. The cost is 89 euros.

U.S. ocean plan seeks input

The public comment period is open for Charting the Course for Ocean Science in the United States: Research Priorities for the Next Decade, a draft document that outlines the national ocean research priorities for the United States for the next 10 years. The 45-day public comment period is scheduled to close Oct. 20. To view the document, visit http://ocean.ceq.

gov/about/sup_jsost_public_comment. html. This draft document describes a vision for U.S. ocean science and technology, highlighting key areas of interaction of society and the ocean, and identifying critical ocean research priorities for these areas. For more information, contact project manager Shelby E. Walker with the U.S. Coast Guard at +1-202-4193464 or swalker@usgcrp.gov.


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Mate plays vital role in fishing, gender aside By Carol M. Bareuther There’s something different that you may notice about Jose Valdes Jr.’s Spencer 60 Mojito. There’s a woman in the cockpit. She’s not in the angler’s chair and she’s not posing as eye candy. Aileen Maal is the mate. Now, consider that Maal and Capt./ husband Juan “Tito” Martinez have worked together aboard private sports fishing boats for more than a decade, that there’s usually no other mate aboard, and that Valdes and his father have won the prestigious USVI Open/ Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament in St. Thomas a record-setting four times, and you’ll recognize Maal’s role. Still, she is modest. “I’m me in the boat,” she said. “It’s not a woman or a man, it’s just me.” A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Maal grew up hand lining along the docks and rocks of her country’s northern shores. Her family spent summers

seaside in La Guaira. Later, she bought an 18-foot boat with an outboard engine and caught a 200-plus-pound yellowfin tuna. Professionally, Maal pursued interior design. She moved to Isla de Margarita and worked in a store for five years. “It was boring,” she said. “I could see the sea and I wanted to be out there.” By 25, she had moved back to La Guaira and bought a 27-foot boat for locals to charter as well as for commercial fishing. “We caught everything you can think of, billfish, meat fish,” Maal says. She was working her charter operation when Capt. Martinez cruised into port. “I was there at the docks when I see this lady working, moving a big cooler. There’s a man that’s her business partner and he isn’t working,” he said. “I left and went to Madeira, then came back. This time I see her working on two big Yamaha engines. I think to

Aileen Maal, professional sports fishing mate aboard the Spencer 60 Mojito. PHOTO/DEAN BARNES

myself: She’s pretty. She’s tall. She’s strong. So I go over and offer a cold bottle of Coca-Cola because it’s very hot. I told her, ‘Come fish with me and you won’t have to work this hard.’” And that’s just what Maal did. “I’d never been further than Grenada before and here I traveled 500 miles north across the Caribbean Sea with a man I had just met,” she said. Two years, and lots of successful fishing later, Maal and Martinez married. Their life together, though on the move between favorite fishing haunts in the Dominican Republic, Virgin Islands and Venezuela, has its division of labor just like all married couples. “The fishing is all Tito,” she said. “When the engines turn on, he’s in

charge. He’s the captain. He says where we go and what teasers we use.” Yet back at the dock, engines off, Maal washes down the deck while Capt. Martinez heads into the kitchen. “And he does all the cooking,” Maal said. “I only set the table.”  It’s in the cockpit, with a marlin on the line, that Maal really shines. Mojito finished fourth overall in this year’s USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament with seven blue marlin releases in the four days of fishing. Yet one of two Mojito anglers, Luis Infanzon from Puerto Rico, won top angler and a $10,000 cash prize with the release of five blue marlin. Maal and Martinez have devised a way to film the owner and his fellow anglers’ spectacular catches for posterity. The equipment? A hand-held camcorder with 60-minute cassette tape, mobile power supply of eight 12V AA batteries, and a small color security camera lens bolted under the front bill of Maal’s visor. She snaps the camcorder in her fanny pack, dons the visor and takes her position behind the fighting chair so she can film over an angler’s shoulder. As the marlin comes up to the back of the boat, the lens picks up Maal’s hand as she wires the fish, grabs the tag stick, makes the tag and then releases the fish – all from a close-up and personal perspective. So why has Maal chosen to add videographer to her already full job as mate? “It captures the moment,” she said. “It’s a challenge and it makes it so much more exciting.”   Carol Bareuther is a freelance writer living in St. Thomas. Contact her through editorial@the-triton.com.


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Creator of Lady Lola Shadow starts his own company SHADOW, from page A1 concept has had a resurgence, thanks in part to the popularity of the megayacht Lady Lola and Lady Lola Shadow. Unlike the Golden Shadow, which was built from the keel up to be an escort vessel, Lady Lola Shadow was converted from an old offshore supply vessel. As her project manager, Capt. Stan Antrim took the OSV – typically used to run supplies to/from oil rigs – stripped it down and built a garage on deck to house the toys and serve as a helipad. Add a couple extra staterooms for crew, some fuel and water tanks, and a few other must-haves, and voila, a utilitarian luxury shadow vessel. After its success, Antrim partnered with businessman Tom Gonzalez to create a business building more of them, and in 2005 Shadow Marine was born. In its short time, Shadow Marine has been a prominent builder of shadow boats, with two more plying the oceans, the Paladin Shadow and Mystere Shadow. Under the guidance of Gonzales (a yacht owner himself) and Antrim (a naval architect/engineer in his own right), Shadow Marine built the

vessels on ways, perhaps spec. Paladin due to a Shadow has difference of since sold. vision and Preferring philosophy. to hang back But each as more the still has the financial drive and side of the creativity to business, build shadow Gonzalez vessels, just let Antrim each on his handle public own term. relations, Antrim Capt. Stan and Mary Jane Antrim, and his wife, thereby being founders of Yacht Escort Ships, will begin Mary Jane, the face the their business with this 205-foot model, have started yachting below. All boats will be built to order. community Yacht Escort PHOTO, DRAWING COURTESY OF STAN ANTRIM Ships (YES), associated with Shadow which focuses Marine in many ways. on custom, made-to-order builds To cut through the confusion and of shadow boats, allowing potential questions of late, the men have parted owners to specify how they would

like their own offshore vessel to be designed. Gonzales remains at the helm of Shadow Marine, which will not only continue to build spec shadow boats, but launches a new line this fall with City of Vegas, expected to make its debut at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. While both companies purchase existing offshore vessels and convert them, each offers a buyer an advantage – custom construction or speedy delivery. The Antrims have chosen the custom route. YES’s first design is a 205-foot model with a sky lounge, sun deck and four guest cabins. Unique from a structural point is the separate helicopter hangar located forward on the helo deck atop of the garage so the helicopter never has to be lowered to the main deck for storage, leaving more room for tenders and toys in the garage. Antrim is calling on his experience building four of these shadow boats to guide his new venture, he said. “It’s nice for a captain to have a commercial vessel with all support needs nearby, especially for refueling during a trans-Atlantic crossing,”

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Shadow Marine has built at least three shadow boats on spec. PHOTO COURTESY OF SHADOW MARINE

Shadow Marine boats not only shadow, but transport SHADOW, from page A14 Antrim said. He acknowledged that there may be a limited market for vessels such as his, but he knows from being a fleet captain that shadow boats lend a level of safety and security to the primary yacht, as well as support and services other yachts have to leave behind. He brings a level of understanding and practicality to the process, and his business plan calls for just one or two boats a year. “I want to give the owner what he wants, a custom support vessel that follows his needs,” Antrim said. Mary Jane Antrim compliments the business with a background as an interior designer. Her knowledge of premium service (she was an airline flight attendant for high-end travelers for 28 years) lends itself to the layout and designs of cabins and guest areas. Some shadow boats have extra guest cabins to handle overflow from the primary yacht, sometimes called “mother-in-law cabins.” Gonzalez is no stranger to the yachting world, either, having owned several yachts himself. And that may be what gives him a vision for what owners want in the future. He said he’s content with the products on the market now, but sees ways to improve and enhance the shadow experience. “Contrary to belief, an owner will board his shadow vessel, and doesn’t want to feel like he’s on a barge,” Gonzalez said. “You’ll see Shadow Marine’s vessels start to blend in more like a yacht, by design and color schemes.” In addition to the two current models, Shadow Marine is prepaing to launch the first in its Allure class,

a 205-foot shadow boat with six balconied suites, sky lounge, library and swimming pool. Next on the drawing table is the 250-foot Voyager model, which can haul and carry a yacht up to 91 feet on deck using computer-controlled lifting slings. And with a 10,000 nm range, an owner can meet his yacht anywhere, anytime. Shadow Marine has obtained several offshore vessel hulls and is ready to convert them to company spec designs. Both Antrim and Gonzalez say they drew their inspiration for their shadow boats from the Golden Shadow, a 218foot yacht that accompanies the famed Golden Odyssey, a 265-foot Blohm & Voss, the sportfish Golden Osprey, and the seaplane Golden Eye. She carried the seaplane on the stern deck, along with a number of boats and crafts, watersports equipment, dive gear, even a decompression chamber. Capt. Peter Jago, who managed the Golden Fleet as marine director for a number of years, was one of the creators of the shadow concept. “One of the nice things regarding a shadow vessel is that nobody should have to build an overly large yacht trying to pack everything in,” he said. “You can scale back on the primary yacht size while having a shadow vessel to carry the extras, essentially extending your cruising possibilities.” Golden Shadow still floats today, though mostly in private use. The concept she inspired is still afloat as well, but the boats these two men envision will cast new shadows. For more information, visit www. yachtescortships.com and www. shadowmarine.com. Contact Capt. Tom Serio through editorial@the-triton.com.

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Caribbean charter season to enjoy an intense start By Carol M. Bareuther The Caribbean charter season kicks off next month with four charter shows in five weeks, bringing together everlarger yachts, ever-inexperienced crew, and ever-diverse brokers. In addition to those trends, trade associations, charter companies and brokerage houses around the islands note that the charter segment of the yachting industry appears to be bouncing back. “At the end of summer, the season outlook did indeed look grim with the air lift concerns, war and gas prices,” said Pamela Wilson, general manager of the Virgin Islands Charteryacht League (VICL) in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. “However, bookings for Christmas and New Year’s have been brisk and the rest of the season has started to fill in, so now I’d have to say the outlook is good.” The biggest trend insiders see is an increase in yacht size. Catamarans are growing to 50-60 feet to handle 10-12 guests. Larger motoryachts, too, are attending the show. By mid-September, the Antigua Chart Yacht Show had registered six yachts longer than 200 feet, and the 200-foot M/Y Phoenix will debut on the charter scene at the St. Maarten Charter Yacht Exhibition in December. Even moderately sized megayachts of 85 to 110 feet are showing up for a bigger piece of the charter market. “It used to be we’d see these yachts mainly in the Bahamas,” said Dennis Vollmer, who owns the St. Thomas,

American Yacht Harbor Marina, St. Thomas is host site of the Virgin Islands Charteryacht League charter show.

USVI-based brokerage 1st Class Yacht Charters. “Perhaps we’ll see more of them in St. Thomas with the opening of Yacht Haven Grande this fall.” Larger yachts have heightened the demand for crew around the world, but Caribbean charter professionals say the squeeze is even tighter in the islands. “Crews have been a problem for

us this year,” said Dick Schoonover, manager of CharterPort BVI, a Tortolabased clearinghouse. “They just don’t seem to be falling off the trees ripe, so to speak.” While he acknowledged that many good experienced crew members have come through his office, they tended to require more money than the yachts

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were willing to pay. “For the yachts we had in mind, they were beyond the budget, unfortunately,” he said. “We’ve had a need for some first-timer crews, too, people looking for their first job, but not many of those are around either.”

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Schools follow boats to train crew members SHOWS, from page A16 Several islands have either opened or plan to open schools to provide yacht skills training nearby. St. Maarten has an MCA-approved school for STCW-95 and Yachtmaster training. Tortola’s H. Laverty Stoutt Community College is working toward full MCA accreditation of courses required for the STCW, said Janet Oliver, secretary for the Charter Yacht Society (CYS) of the BVI, based in Tortola. If there’s a dearth of experienced, affordable crew in the Caribbean, there’s a bevy of brokers. Their presence in the islands this fall will look and feel a little different. In addition to Europeans and

Americans, brokers from Mexico, Bali, Chile and Turkey will be walking the docks in Antigua. In St. Maarten, sales brokers are welcome. “We realize that most charter yachts are also for sale, so this year we’ll officially open to yacht sales brokers,” said Lucille Frey, an organizer of the Sint Maarten Charter Yacht Exhibition. “We have a special registration on our Web site for these brokers who wish to attend.” It’s a different scene than it was 15 years ago when the charter industry found its place. “The sort-of founding mothers have all retired or passed, with the exception of Julie Nicholson who is still going

Caribbean Charter Yacht Show Calendar

Nov. 4-6 Virgin Islands Charteryacht League’s 32nd annual Fall Show, American Yacht Harbor Marina, St. Thomas, USVI, +1-340-774-3944 or 1-800-524-2061, info@vicl.org, www.vicl.org.

Nov. 8-10 Charter Yacht Society of the British Virgin Islands’ 25th annual Show, Village Cay Marina, Tortola, BVI, +1-284-494-6017, cysofbvi@surfbvi.com, www.bvicrewedyachts.com.

Dec. 2-5 3rd annual St. Maarten Charter Yacht Exhibition, Port de Plaisance Marina, St. Maarten, NA, +1-599-544-2436, info@scye.com, www.scye.com.

Dec. 6-11 45th annual Antigua Charter Yacht Show, Falmouth and English harbors, Antigua, BWI, +1-268-460-1059, acym@candw.ag, www.antiguayachtshow.com.

strong,” Schoonover said. The VICL’s Wilson agreed. “Some of the older, single, oneperson houses are fading away and the newer ones that have come to the forefront are more diversified. Instead of just focusing on crewed yachts, they also book bareboats and megayachts.” Several brokers and association directors attribute the change to the popularity of the Internet, which clients are using to shop around, discover options and focus in on their desired type of charter. “The Internet has certainly supplanted the traditional paper brochure, and with that, the concept of instant gratification that the Internet allows has not been lost on charter clients,” Schoonover said. “When not dependant on snail mail, bookings can come in much more quickly these days, especially with the advent of the use of charge cards for confirming charters.” The Internet, too, has increased competition. “The brokers diversify to offer a larger inventory and that ‘something different’ that sets them apart,” Wilson said. “Clients can also Google and see that this isn’t a small, unknown industry but a worldwide multimilliondollar one, and it pays for them to do a little research.” Perhaps because of this global reach, 1st Class Yacht Charter’s Vollmer said he’s seen more yachts, primarily those with European owners, pricing in Euros rather than in U.S. dollars. “This is common in the Mediterranean, but hasn’t been so in the Caribbean,” he said.

Chartering off Peter Island, Tortola.

While marinas and resorts across the islands are either being built or upgraded to attract more travelers, security regulations have made some travel a bit inconvenient. “There seem to be fewer boats that want to come [to the U.S. Virgin Islands] because of the real problem we’re having with customs on St. John,” Vollmer said. “There are no transient anchorages or moorings. On the upside, St. Thomas has a great direct airlift and that’s an advantage.” Last year’s BVI Trade License law requires U.S.-flagged vessels to

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Antigua is getting more upscale accommodations SHOWS, from page A17 purchase a trade license if they make more than seven pick-ups in the BVI between November and October. “If you exceed the limit you are subject to a $5,000 fine and possible forfeiture of the vessel to the Crown,� the VICL’s Wilson said. “If you are USVI homeported, you can ‘work’ in BVI waters for 120 days; if homeported elsewhere you can ‘work’ in BVI waters for 30 days. After that, the BVI wants your $200 for a temporary import tax. “The silver lining for us,� she said, “is that some of our USVI-based boats may decide to come home and do more pick-ups in St. Thomas or St. John.� Even the landscape is changing. “I’ve noticed a major push to put in upscale tourist accommodations in and around Falmouth and English Harbors in Antigua,� Vollmer said. “This is welcome because clients often want to stay a night ashore after a long flight or a week on shore and a week on charter.� To maintain the ambience of the cruising grounds, the BVI National Parks Trust are working on the logistics of a new system whereby pocket areas will be singled out for protection. Protection may include minimal or no fishing or diving and snorkeling only in areas where recreational and fishing activities are conducted in a sustainable way. In addition, the Conservations & Fisheries Department and the National Parks Trust are implementing a flag

warning system at various beaches around the BVI that will denote conditions for swimming, the presence of a lifeguard, presence of marine life such as jellyfish, and dangerous conditions for using moorings (especially at The Baths, Devils Bay and Spring Bay). They are also in the process of putting lifeguards in selected beaches in the BVI. The shows themselves are growing with more activities and seminars. The Virgin Islands Charter League’s show will move from Crown Bay Marina is St. Thomas to American Yacht Harbor Marina. “The dates conflicted for Crown Bay,� Wilson said. “The advantage of moving the show to AYH is that the same management company oversees Village Cay Marina in Tortola [site of the BVI show the following week] so it’s been much easier to coordinate between the shows.� The commodore of Cuba’s Hemingway International Yacht Club, Jose Miguel Diaz Escrich, will give a talk on cruising in Cuba at both the Antigua and St. Maarten shows. And the Charter Yacht Broker Association in Antigua will give a seminar on cruising around Antigua and Barbuda, especially in the Christmas winds. Carol Bareuther is a freelance writer living in St. Thomas. Contact her through editorial@the-triton.com.


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Not calling in on entry could cost $3,000 per crew LESSON, from page A1 Apparently, captains can only obtain a clearance number by calling the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the port they enter. In South Florida, that’s 1-800-432-1216. So French called, and the immigration officer on the other end of the phone told him he was in violation because he did not call in upon entry at 4 a.m. The officer told French that a fine totaling $3,000 for each crew member who had not been cleared in was liable to be enforced. French stood his ground, insisting that it was made clear to him that by clearing in – in person – it negated the need to call the 1-800 number on entry. Indeed, in previous years, French said attempts to call the 1-800 number outside of office hours had proven futile. Mariners who do not have the after-hours phone number for the immigration office in the port in which they enter can call a communications center at 1-800-973-2867. A communications person there can either patch the call through to an after-hours number at the port of entry or provide a phone number to call direct. Eventually the officer French talked to assigned a clearance number. “I know ignorance of the law isn’t an excuse, but there is really nowhere that tells you what you definitively have to do,” he said. “It’s pretty bad that we have to read a newspaper to know what’s going on.” French went back to the customs officer who had cleared him in and told him what the immigration officer on the phone had said. The customs officer told him the officer on the phone was

“an idiot,” and to ignore any threats of a fine, French said. French also was skippering a yacht three years ago and was stopped in Boston at the end of a two-week trip for not filing his advance notice of arrival. That foreign-flagged yacht did have a cruising permit, but French hadn’t filed a notice in any other port since the permit stated that the vessel was free to cruise in U.S. waters. It was unclear that he needed to file an ANOA at each port, he said. The U.S. Coast Guard boarded the yacht and held it for about five hours before deciding that it had to file its NOA and then leave Boston for 24 hours before re-entering. The yacht was also fined $32,000 and the 10 guests aboard were inconvenienced; they missed flights and had to deal with a sick infant at sea. “The ANOA rules for foreign-flagged vessels are common knowledge these days, but just three years ago, few of us were aware of these rules, and indeed few officials at the time seemed to fully understand them,” French said. “That’s why it took five hours of holding the crew and guests at gunpoint before deciding what course of action to take. “I’ve learned the hard way that you have to look into all the different departments to make sure you’re doing what each one requires, because apparently they don’t talk to each other,” French said, noting that he will always call the 1-800 number now. “This makes it difficult to understand exactly how to conform to the rules, as is always our full intention.” Contact Editor Lucy Chabot Reed at lucy@the-triton.com. If you have a lesson that fellow captains and crew could learn from, feel free to contact us.

Aviation security stepped up throughout the Caribbean Travelers to the Caribbean from the United States or via a major U.S. air carrier should be aware that security precautions have been stepped up in the wake of a foiled bomb plot in Britain in August. According to a report filed on the Caribbean Net News, some of the security measures now in place include: 1. No liquids or gels permitted in the sterile area through the screening checkpoint. The only exceptions are baby formula, breast milk or juice for a child; prescription medicine with a name that matches the passenger’s ticket; and insulin and essential other non-prescription medicines. 2. Passengers cannot take liquids

and gels purchased inside the sterile area onboard the aircraft. Liquids and gels include beverages, shampoo, suntan lotion, creams, toothpaste, hair gel, and similar items. 4. Pack liquids into checked luggage. 5. Passengers may be searched when boarding, and those who do not submit to search may be refused boarding. 6. All footwear must be removed and x-ray screened. 7. Airlines may also choose to follow more stringent security measures. 8. Airlines are advising passengers to arrive three hours prior to departure to avoid delays and to ensure proper security measures are implemented. – Staff report

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Captains must take responsibility to build strong relationships THE BRIDGE, from page A1 I’ve ever seen. Their whole approach to crew is changing; it’s disrespectful. Everyone starts out with promises and whatnot, then it goes down from there.” “That’s the captain’s fault for not taking control of the situation from the get-go,” a captain relied. “We are professionals, not their boys. It’s up to the captain to establish that relationship. “I’ll give you an example,” he said. “We were offshore 30 miles one time when the owner told us to clean the bottom because the boat was not going fast enough. So we jumped off and cleaned the bottom. [He was working as the mate.] I blame the captain for not standing up to the owner, for putting his crew in danger.” “A lot of owners aren’t good owners, that’s true,” another said. “A good owner is someone who trusts your decision-making authority. But I think a lot of what’s happening now is economy driven. People are tightening their belts now and the first thing to go is the boat.” Lest we forget, “there’s a dynamic between the captain and crew that’s important too,” a captain said. “As long as everyone is working together OK, the job is loads of fun. And that’s the captain’s responsibility.” “Having a good relationship with crew is a process of clarifying what each side can expect from the other – what the crew can expect from me, and what I expect from them,” another said. “You tell them what the rules are and then enforce them. It’s when you are vague – or they push the envelop – that you have confrontations.” “On our boat, the owner wants the crew to partake in the adventures,” a captain said. “He’ll get a minibus to go

exploring and invites the crew, or he’ll take the crew diving. The crew gets a lot of involvement in the places we visit. It’s the whole package of crew-captainowner relationships.” So all it takes to make you happy is strong relationships? “There are far too many hassles to be in this industry if you’re not happy with what you do,” a captain said. “I know some guys who aren’t happy doing this anymore, but they look at what a shorebased job pays and they don’t want to do it. I say, if you’re not happy, you have to bite the bullet and get out.” “That’s a good point,” said another. “Once you’re in yachting, how do you get out? What could you possibly do and get paid the same amount of money?” “I could love it again, with the right owner,” he said. “But I know I’d rather be doing this than anything else.” There was some conversation about the other sorts of things that keep captains happy in their posts besides money. “I think the reward or the fun is in the travel,” one captain said. “We have a good itinerary now and a crew of young people who’ve never been to these places. Even going to the Bahamas, only a few of us have been but everyone else is so excited, it makes it fun again.” “That sense of adventure, that’s key to why most of us got into yachting in the first place,” another said. “You ask any captain what they want and they’ll tell you nice people who want to go exploring and diving and have fun, not just cocktail parties. Cocktail parties are fine, but there needs to be a balance in the program, especially when you’re working back-to-back charters and working 12-14 hour days.” There’s a direct correlation between the owner’s enjoyment and the crew’s enjoyment, they agreed.

Attendees of The Triton’s October Bridge luncheon were, from left, Bill Blackwell of M/Y Laid Back, Dale Smith of M/Y Triumphant Lady, Michael Murphy of M/Y Kakela, Ned Stone (looking), Brian Clark freelance, and Mike French of a 165-footer. PHOTO/LUCY REED “You can have a great charter with a tired boat and a great crew. But you can’t have a great charter with a great boat and a tired crew.” “Freelancing – for me – has been the most fun I’ve had in this business,” a captain said. “There’s always a new adventure. You can handle anyone for 30 days and there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. Of course, freelancers have to deal with the uncertainty of the next job and paycheck but this captain said he has a good network of contacts and stays busy. Another captain said he has enjoyed managing a large crew. “I’d have to have therapy if I had 12

crew,” one captain said as a few others chuckled. “That’s the thing about yachting, isn’t it?” he said. “There are captains who travel all the time, there are some who have homes and live here. It is so many different jobs. The key is to find what fits you.” And if you’re lucky, a boss you like. If you are a yacht captain and find yourself in Ft. Lauderdale at the beginning of October (or most any month), contact Editor Lucy Chabot Reed at lucy@the-triton.com for an invitation to our monthly Bridge luncheon. Space is limited to eight.


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The Triton? Here? Are you kidding me? Capt. Don Smith sent us this shot from a shipyard in Tinan, Taiwan, where he’s been flying back and forth for the past 18 months overseeing construction of the 87-foot tri-deck By the Way. Capt. Smith says workmanship on the fiberglass yacht has been terrific and that, even with $200,000 worth of 32-hour flights, building a yacht in Taiwan is a great deal. The yard is an experienced builder of fishing boats and cruisers, but By the Way is its first luxury yacht and everyone is excited about the progress, he said. The megayacht is expected to conduct sea trials in November and hit South Florida this winter and possibly the Miami boat show. Good luck Capt. Smith and keep those Tritons handy.

The crew of M/Y Sweet Pea, above, welcomed the new 41 North to the Newport yachting scene in August with a cocktail party at the bar and marina. 41 North is the former Christie’s Restaurant, a legendary locals’ haunt. Capt. Peter Borden (the fellow without a tie at right) is a partner in investment company 802 Partners, which is renovating the site. With him are Nikki and Greg Dietrich, a maritime fine art dealer, and Borden’s wife, Jacqueline. 41 North is positioned to attract yacht owners, their guests and crews. It already PHOTOS COURTESY OF CAPT. PETER BORDEN has, if the opening party was any indication.

Well, sure, anyone can take a photo of themselves with The Triton in groovy and exotic places, but how many crew fly the Triton flag while plugging holes in the aft deck? While under way? And in the middle of the Pacific? Capt. Adam Lambert of M/Y Keri Lee sports a fetching Triton T-shirt as he works while en route from Tahiti to Fiji. The yacht’s fish tank got washed away by a not-so-big wave, he said. Read more about Capt. Lambert’s time in the South Pacific in Cruising PHOTO COURTESY OF CAPT. ADAM LAMBERT Grounds, page B15.

Where have you and your Triton (or Triton T-shirt) been lately? Send photos to lucy@the-triton.com. If we print yours, you get a T-shirt.

Capt. Eric Rakstis cleans up M/Y Wimil, a 90-foot Burger, at Roscioli Yachting Center after Tropical Storm Ernesto blew over Ft. Lauderdale. Winds for the storm PHOTO/LUCY REED were below 40 miles an hour.


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Mate Cheyene Wright waxes the 38-foot Intrepid that gets towed behind the 108-foot Westship Musbe Dreamin’. The yachts were back in Sunrise Harbor in September after a PHOTO/LUCY REED recent weekend fishing trip to the Bahamas. Capt. Dale Smith of M/Y Triumphant Lady, right, and day worker Pat Block lug old valves off the 140-foot Sterling at the beginning of her expected 16-month refit at Merrill Stevens in Miami. PHOTO/LUCY REED

Mate Adam Wass of M/Y Kakela, a 120-foot Christensen, replaces plugs on deck at Sunrise Harbor in Ft. Lauderdale. The charter yacht was preparing for a September charity cruise to benefit the Broward County Humane Society. International Yacht Collection organized the cruise, with Capt. Michael Murphy at the helm. PHOTO/LUCY REED

Crew network at The Port More than 150 industry folks and yacht crew – including, from left, Chef Peter Ziegelmeier, Stewardess Elisabeth Lundberg and Capt. Ryan Frayne – gathered at The Port Marina and Condos for The Triton’s monthly networking social in September. If you’ve never seen the totally robotic dry stack facility, it’s pretty cool. Thanks are in order to The Port developers and sales manager Ginger Hornaday for hosting the event, and to event planner Kelly Stratton who put it all together. Cellars Warehouse provided the tasty beverages and Tara Steak and Lobster House brought the food, including baby lamb chops, “Mom’s classic crab cakes,” mini lobster bisque martini shooters and mango bruschetta. The Marine Industries Association of South Florida also helped market the event to its members. The location itself was reason enough to gather. Boats up to 52 feet and 35,000 pounds are hauled out of the water, washed down in soft water, lifted and nestled into their racks automatically. The demos of the bridge crane technology were all the buzz throughout the evening, though we’re pretty sure former engineer John Vergo, now owner of Super Yacht Support, and Eng. James Kuiack (at left) talked engine rooms. (For more info on The Port, e-mail info@theportmarina.com.) Capt. Walt DeMartini won the drawing for a weekend at Big Johns in Bimini. And allow us to thank Tom Taylor of Northrop and Johnson and Chef Peter for their lovely photographs and words. Remember, we gather the first Wednesday of every month. On Oct. 4, Kemplon Marine Engineering Services is our host at 3200 S. Andrews Ave. in Ft. Lauderdale. Jeff and Collette Kemp are having a neighborhood barbecue from 6-9 p.m. If you haven’t been to one of our networking events, come see what all the buzz is about.


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Merrill-Stevens in San Diego; island investments Merrill-Stevens Yachts opened its first West Coast office in August on Shelter Island in San Diego. The new office includes Vice President David Roscow, administrator Sue Fewster, broker Dean West, Yacht Services Manager Greg Morton, and Troy Kays in crew placement. The office can handle charter and management of luxury yachts, including brokerage, crew placement, maintenance and shipyard coordination, and environmental and safety management. “Many new people are coming into the yachting market without background,” Roscow said. “And today’s bigger yachts are more sophisticated and crew intensive than ever. We’re in a position to guide owners and/ or prospective owners through the challenges they may encounter and set them up so they have a happy yachting experience.” Roscow has more than 20 years experience in the yachting industry, including 18 with Fraser Yachts. But the first two years were spent with Merrill Stevens in Miami. A licensed broker in Florida and California, as well as a licensed captain, Roscow helped create in 1999 YachtFest, a four-day yacht show in San Diego. He served as its chairman through 2005.

Merrill-Stevens is the oldest business in Florida. Incorporated in 1885, the six-generation family-owned business sold in 2004 to Hugh and Carol Westbrook, former clients. Merrill Stevens Yachts’ San Diego office is located at 2240 Shelter Island Drive, Suites 200-202. For more information, call +1-619-523-1284 or visit www.merrillstevens.com.

Caribbean investments for crew

Capt. Mark Elliott has teamed up with Caribbean real estate professional Tony Cabeceira to launched Yacht Capital Group, a real estate investment vehicle tailored specifically for the megayacht industry. It’s designed to provide a hands-free and secure investment option for yachting professionals with little time to spend managing an investment portfolio, according to a news release. By consolidating the buying power of its investors, Yacht Capital Group is able to negotiate bulk purchase agreements for real estate assets in strategic Caribbean locations at prices well below market values, said Cabeceira, managing director of Summit International Realty in Sint Maarten. Elliott is a managing director of International Yacht Collection in Ft. Lauderdale.

“Investors who might ordinarily not be able to take part in multi-million dollar real estate deals now have the opportunity to participate in large scale real estate transactions,” he said. Sachs Warburgh Treuhand KG has been engaged to provide fiduciary oversight of Yacht Capital Group investors’ financial assets. Europa Credit Insurance, a direct subsidiary of the Germany-based Europa Finanz Gruppe, will insure that Yacht Capital Group investors receive a minimum annual 12 percent return on their invested capital.

Towing veteran branches out

Capt. Jim Steel, long-time Ft. Lauderdale tow boat captain, will launch his own company Oct. 1. Steel Marine Towing has two boats and will provide services on the New River to megayachts and their crews. Steel has been in towing since the age of 12 when his father drove Steel a towboat in Ft. Lauderdale. He’s worked for most of the established

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Captain, chef/stew team start yacht management company BUSINESS BRIEFS, from page A24 towing companies including Cape Ann Towing and TowBoat U.S. Until last month, he headed up the towing division at Bradford Marine. “Each company has their strong points and their weak points,” Steel said. “I’m going to base my company on good customer service: calling people back, showing up on time and overall professionalism.” Steel Marine Towing begins with two custom refurbished boats and one other employee. “I’ve run some megayachts but that just wasn’t for me,” said Steel, a graduate of the University of Florida who also worked as a police office for a time. “I always got brought back to this, towing.” For more information, call +1-954536-1207. – Lucy Reed

Couple start management team

Capt. Dennis Moore and his wife, chef/stew Shannon Moore, have opened Odyssey Yacht Management in Ft. Lauderdale. Originally started in South Africa in 2003 as a business through which the working yachting couple ran deliveries and oversaw refits, the U.S. version of the company is dedicated to full management services, including yard periods, engineering and maintenance, hurricane preparation and detailing. For more information, contact Odyssey at +1-954-828-1288 or odysseyym@bellsouth.net. – Lucy Reed

SkyMate moves to bigger space

Marine satellite communications systems provider SkyMate, has moved to a new office complex with three times more space than its previous headquarters in the Virginia technology corridor just outside of Washington, DC. “With significant growth of our customer base over the past year, we’ve tripled the size of our office space to accommodate recent and anticipated hiring of new product development, technical support and sales staff,” SkyMate President John Tandler said in a news release. The new SkyMate headquarters at 4230 Lafayette Center Drive (Suite A) in Chantilly, Virginia (USA) also includes more warehouse space to stock SkyMate systems hardware and a larger testing facility for new products. SkyMate delivers telematics, messaging, tracking and weather solutions for recreational boaters and commercial fleets. The company received a NMMA Product Innovation Award at the Miami International Boat Show in 2004.

SkyMate systems are available from about 175 authorized dealers located across North America and the Caribbean. For more information, visit www.skymate.com or call +1-703-9615800.

Chefs unite online

A new chef-based referral business launched in September, pulling executive chefs from around the world to work on land, in the air, or at sea. Chefs of Executive Chef Services (ECS) post their information on www.1ecs.com and direct clients to a place where they can find a chef for their needs. ECS was founded by Chef Alex Forsythe For more information, visit the Web site or call +1-866-999-1327.

Thai events hire marketer

Image Asia Events Co. Ltd., organizers of Phuket International Marine Expo (PIMEX) and Evason Phuket Raceweek, recently appointed Paul Poole (South East Asia) Co., Ltd, as marketing consultants to help maximize the commercial sponsorship and partnership opportunities for both events. “With the increasing number of marine events on the regional calendar, it is vital that we push our own events up to the next level of professionalism, for the benefit of our exhibitors, our participants and our sponsorship partners,” said Image Asia managing director Grenville Fordham. Paul Poole (South East Asia) Co., Ltd is an independent marketing consultancy based in Bangkok, Thailand. Its on-the-water portfolio includes the Koh Samui Regatta, the Phuket Invitational Superyacht Rendezvous and the F1 UIM World Championship Phuket Grand Prix – the first world championship level, and biggest, international sporting event to be held in Thailand.

Five marina managers certified

Five marina managers attained the status of Certified Marina Manager in August. They are Beverly Buysse of Clearwater Municipal Marina in Florida; Thomas Wilson of Port Royal Landing Marina in South Carolina; William Hill of Northside Marina in Stuart, Fla.; Michael Shanley of Watermark Marinas in Key Biscayne, Fla.; and Wade Eldean of Eldean Shipyard in Macatawa, Mich. The five managers bring the list of total CMM’s worldwide to 188, according to a news release by the Association of Marina Industries. For more information on the certification program, contact +1-401-247-0314 or imitraining@ MarinaAssociation.org.

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We come, we go, but who do we become? By Patrick Bellew It’s that time right as the sun touches the horizon. I’m checking out the first traces of red skies at night and watching for that green flash that I always seem to miss. Missed it again. We’re sticking a fork in the last full day of a week-long trip. We’ll be at the dock about noon tomorrow, depending on how much of a push we can get from the Gulf Stream. It is a beautiful evening, just enough of a breeze to blow out the day’s heat and knock the slick off the top of the water, not enough to put any chop on the gentle swells rolling in from somewhere down the line in the Caribbean. We’re midway between Key West and Cuba, where we’ve been sword fishing. The last day’s work is done and we’ve got her pointed north and back to Pompano Beach. We’re kicking it out back, smoking Arturo Fuente Curley Heads, bare feet on the transom rail swapping lies, exaggerations and even a few true stories. My buddy Don has been telling about pike and walleye fishing in Ontario. I’ve been holding up my end with remembrances of salmon and steelhead fishing in Northern California. We’ve talked about bear hunting, boar hunting, and the relative merits of a wide variety of game meats. We’ve compared notes on tropical storms we’ve weathered in the Florida Straights, hurricanes on the Grand Banks, near capsizings, getting swamped by rouge waves, and how many times we’ve had the windows blown out of wheel houses. Biggest swordfish and marlin, monster sharks, money made and money spent, best and worst places to be arrested, bar brawls and shots fired in anger. We both remember a time when the yen was strong, Hirohito was alive, and the Japanese were shelling over huge sums for any seafood we could get to the dock. We both wish we’d saved a little back then, but man, the parties. I knock the ash off my cigar. We’ve both entered a reflective mood, and although the silence is long and deep, it isn’t uncomfortable. Solitude in numbers. As I sit here, watching the night take hold, I realize I am having a moment, a rare and brief glimpse of perfection. It isn’t a beer commercial moment; it does get better than this. That’s not the kind of perfection we have here. I miss my wife and my kids. There are things I would rather be doing and places I’d rather be. But at this moment, I am exactly

where the world wants me, and I am exactly who I am supposed to be. The things I am missing do not subtract from this state; their absence gives meaning to the moment. Where would I be with nothing to miss? Where would I be going with no one to get back to? I can’t describe this fully to anyone who hasn’t experienced a similar moment. With the glimpse of perfection comes a sense of … becoming. I have been through many stages in my life; most of them were the result of acts of will or, more honestly, willfulness.

When I came to South Florida, I wanted to be a Jimmy Buffett-inspired character. I gave up shoes, hit the bars around A1A and the Intracoastal Waterway and only worked flexible jobs that kept me on or near the water. What I turned into vaguely resembled something out of Tim Dorsey. Eventually, I stopped trying to be anything and focused on just being. Now, after years of being, I am finding a sense of becoming. Becoming what, I’m not sure. Just becoming. Maybe I am simply becoming myself, who I am

supposed to be instead of who I think I want to be. I think people who work at desks never get this sense. Maybe they don’t need it, maybe they don’t have to become, maybe they already are. As I often tell my wife, regular jobs are for regular people. For the rest of us, there’s the ocean. We’re becoming. We’ll be home to stay when we’re done. Contact Patrick Bellew, a commercial mariner and researcher, through editorial@the-triton.com.


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Have you met the meat man? Still have your wallet? By Chief Eng. Scott Fratcher   “Can I speak with the captain?” asked the blond-haired man standing on the dock beside our boat in Ft. Lauderdale. It’s times like this I’m glad I’m the engineer. I called Capt. Allison to the deck and continued on with my work. It was not long till she came back holding a big box. “This guy just showed up,” she said. “He went to deliver a box of meat to the boat next door but their freezer is broke. We can buy this box of meat at half price. Do you think this is legitimate?” I looked at the box. The meat was well vacuum-packed, and frozen solid. “I don’t know anything about meat and you’re a vegetarian,” I said. “What are you going to do with a box of meat?” I put down my tools and went to meet the meat man. He was clean-cut, tall, thin, and began his spiel before I even peaked into the first box. “I tried to deliver this meat order to the boat next door, but their freezer was full. I have to get rid of this stuff. It’s great meat. I just can’t store it. I have to give the chefs what they want. I’m only selling it to make room in our warehouse because we have another large order arriving tomorrow.”

I was instantly excited. My heart began to pound. “How many boxes do you have?” I asked, trying not to sound opportunistic. His eyes lowered and looked almost sad. “Six boxes just like this. Each box has 55 pieces of high-quality meat. I have to get rid of it all. I could make a deal on the whole order.” He seemed pained to continue, but I was roaring. A deal was in the making. “Grab the money bag, Allison,” I yelled over my shoulder as I headed to look at his truck. The meat man drove a pickup with a freezer in the bed. It was a cool set up. He could just pull into his garage and plug in the freezer. Unplug and he was on the road. We bartered and I got the first box for $200 and the second box for $150. I was working on a deal for the third box when Capt. Allison returned. “We can’t fit any more meat,” she said. “The freezer is full.” I looked at the third box with desire. I never eat meat, but our owners do and I had found the deal of the month. I begged Allison to find more room in the freezer, but she said full is full. Like a kid being told ‘no’ I pouted a little then went back to work. Every now and again I thought how proud I would be when I told the owners what a great deal we found for them. My head

swelled with pride as the pickup drove away. I was the man. Ten minutes later, our neighbor called over. “Hey, you did not buy any of that meat, did you?” “Yes, two boxes. Why? You need some meat?” “Let me guess, somebody’s freezer broke and he had to sell the meat today.” “No, it was an order that…” My voice trailed off. My neighbor smiled. “Yup, same scam. I bought some of that meat last year. It was tough as shoe leather. Don’t worry, everyone gets suckered in once by that guy.” I could not believe it. My heart sank. Suckered? I had the meat. What could be wrong? The neighbor on my other side saw the boxes on the dock and started laughing. “I fell for that one also. How much did you pay per box?” “Two hundred,” I mumbled. “Not bad, I gave $250. I could not even make stew from the meat, but the dog loved it.” I was feeling smaller by the moment. Seconds later, another cruiser walked up. “I see you bought some of that worthless meat. We did to. I came up with a couple recipes that make it almost palatable.” She handed over

three pages of handwritten notes. Three days later, we moved slips. Our new slip fit the boat better and our gangway reached the dock perfectly. Not three hours later, here came the meat man. “Hi, can I speak with the captain?” he asked. I smiled. “Wait here.” I called Capt. Allison up and we listened to the spiel. This time, it was not an over-full freezer, but the boat’s charter had been canceled. We nodded, trying to contain our smirk. The meat man stopped in mid-sentence. “Wait, do I know you?” “Yes. We bought some of your meat and served it to our owner. He tried it and tossed it in the trash. They said it was inedible.” Our meat man suddenly became very nervous. His face twitched and he began to stutter. In seconds he was gone, and onto the next dock where he continued his scam. I took a count of the boats on our dock. Twelve in all, and eight had bought meat from the meat man. The most paid was $400 for a box. So if you paid less, then you did well. Comparatively speaking, of course. Scott Fratcher is chief engineer on the Feadship De Vrouwe Christina. Contact him through editorial@the-triton.com.


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Letter on non-U.S. crew lacked perspective I have discussed with a few of my American friends Anita Applebaum’s letter [“Entry for non-citizens not a right,” September 2006] and the opinion is that a lot of crew do criticize America and yet some expect to bend the rules. That said, the point is your articles about immigration are constructive about a “regime” that is inconsistent every time boat crew enter. You know many stories about this. What Ms. Applebaum does not seem to realize is that most crew come to America because their boat comes here as a stop-gap port – not necessarily because it is on their list of must-see places. I have traveled all around this beautiful world, been to more countries than I can remember. All countries have treated me and my crew with utmost respect and courtesy. U.S. immigration has an inconsistency that is unrivalled, hence all your articles about it. In response to Anita hoping the door “hits” departing alien crew members on the butt as they leave, I find this attitude very patriotic but really missing the point of the articles in your paper. I would expect many alien crew may have written The Triton off as a “U.S. paper” for printing it. Thank you for the informative articles about the inconsistencies in U.S. immigration that are to blame on nothing more and nothing less than good old bureaucracy. I hope Anita travels this world with less than half the troubles most alien crew experience from time to time entering the United States. In the tradition of the Boy Scout movement, the rest of us aliens will just have to “be prepared.” (By the way, I thought aliens were from outer space.) Capt. Martyn Walker Alien Thinking

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WHERE AM I? OK all you navigational wonders out there. Our cartoon captain is stranded in the Caribbean. Using the nautical miles provided on the pole, can you figure out where he is?

If you think you know, e-mail lucy@the-triton.com. We’ll pick one winner at random from correct answers received by Oct. 15. The winner gets a Triton goodie bag with assorted fun things and coupons.

Run a boat solo? What is he thinking? How large (or small) a boat is M/Y Trim-It? [“Operting a boat without crew can be done safely,” page A31, September 2006] I’ve been there and done that on smaller boats. Now I’m older and wiser and running under insurance requirements. To suggest that some captains at your Bridge lunch might not want their owners to find out that running alone is possible is pure bull. Of course it can be done, but is it safe, right and covered? I’m a little 80 footer, but run with a two-experienced-person crew for local/daylight operation and three for offshore/overnight/international. Again, how big is his (ego, boat or whatever)? September Bridge captain

Trim-It is 58 feet.

Editor’s Note: Because Bridge captains are granted anonymity in the luncheon, they are also permitted it in rebuttal.

Editor’s Note: No worries Matthew. Not only is each issue of The Triton posted online before it even hits the street, but

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Many thanks for continuing to publish a thoughtful and insightful periodical. I enjoyed reading your September issue very much. Congratulations on the expansion section. I also wish to thank you for the timely manner in which you make your issues available online. Having spent this year away from the many “hub ports” where your newspaper is distributed, I enjoy being able to read your current issue online in PDF form. Please continue to publish The Triton online. Mate Matthew Reinhardt S/Y Helios

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Your newspaper works like a charm. I must have had 20 responses to my classified ad for a captain’s position for a 121-foot yacht. My buyer interviewed seven of the captains who sent me resumes and it looks like he has found his man. Captains and crew members need to check out your classified section on a regular basis [www.the-triton.com] because the ones who replied early were considered first. I am still getting responses, but the decisions have been made. Thanks for the good work you are doing. Richard Merritt Merritt Yacht Brokers Ft. Lauderdale Vol. 3, No. 7.

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Spanning the globe ...

A Rhode Island company has built a sailboat specifically designed to fit inside a standard 40-foot shipping container. InBox, the Container Yachts prototype Far Harbour 39, launched Aug. 29.

Scandinavia, full of charming old towns, is lovely enough to start planning a return.

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Tahiti proves exotic thanks to an onboard show by natives in full costume.

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The Komodo dragons on Indonesia seem docile, but why take chances when you can take along some protection instead.

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Must be crew party time The Third annual Triton crew party will be held in Ft. Lauderdale on Oct. 19 from 6-10 p.m. at Bimini Boatyard. Sign up for an e-vite.

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‘Let’s make it work, then make it pretty’ By Lucy Chabot Reed

With two previous yard periods on the former Lady Sandals under his belt, Eng. Shane Hateley oversees another, learning even more.  PHOTO/LUCY REED

Here’s a switch: An owner brings a newly purchased older megayacht into a shipyard not for a cosmetic, interior refit, but to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on things he’ll never see. The former M/Y Lady Sandals – a 135-foot Feadship launched in 1985 as Gallant Lady – has been at the Merrill-Stevens Yachts shipyard this summer getting “everything below the waterline” fixed. When the yacht was sold last year, a surveyor found a fair amount of rust. So the new owner – an experienced yachtsman on his third yacht – authorized the replacement

of about 150 square feet of steel hull plate. “It’s not uncommon for a steel yacht to have this kind of maintenance,” said Eng. Shane Hateley, who is overseeing the work. Three day workers have been crawling around in the bilge with needle guns for six weeks, removing rust in the hull, tanks and chain lockers. To access all those areas, though, much of the engine room and parts of the interior had to be removed, giving Hateley and Capt. Ruben Morlett the chance to do in-depth maintenance on various systems onboard,

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International Load Line Convention has evolved over centuries The original sailors who set to sea in wooden boats thousands of years ago learned through trial and error that vessels require a certain amount of freeboard. Some, too, probably discovered that overloading their vessel could have severe consequences. The first Rules of the Road official loading regulations Jake DesVergers originated on the island of Crete in 2,500 BC. Ships were required to pass loading and maintenance inspections. The Roman Empire established similar requirements during its reign of the region.

In the middle ages, the city-state of Venice, a major sea power at the time, enforced laws requiring vessels to be loaded to a maximum depth indicated by a fixed line marked on the side of the hull. Ships from Venice were marked with a cross, while the city of Genoa used three horizontal bars. Elsewhere, the Hanseatic League, which controlled much of the trade from the Rhine to the Baltic, issued a law in 1288 that required ships to load to a load line or face penalties. By the 1600s, ships were trading on longer voyages to the Far East, India, and the Americas. Each emerging maritime nation drew up its own regulations. However, specific loadline regulations were not passed until the 1800s, which saw a huge increase in seagoing trade in raw materials

and finished goods as the Industrial Revolution flourished. Unfortunately, as trade grew, so did the number of ships being lost. Changing technology, with sails turning to steam and wood being replaced by steel, meant experience in ship design could not always keep pace. Many times ships were designed with inadequate freeboards. The first loading recommendations in the 19th century were introduced by the London-based Lloyd’s Register of British and Foreign Shipping in 1835. Lloyd’s Register recommended freeboards as a function of the depth of the hold (three inches per foot of depth). These recommendations became known as “Lloyd’s Rule.” However, the rule only applied to ships registered with Lloyd’s.

Concern in the United Kingdom about the growing number of ship losses led to the appointment of a Royal committee, which in 1836 cited bad design and improper building – not overloading – as contributory factors to the unseaworthiness of ships. In 1850, the UK established the Marine Department of the Board of Trade to enforce application of laws governing manning, crew competence, and operation of merchant vessels. This was the forerunner of today’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). In the 1860s, calls for regulations to limit overloading on ships were growing in the United Kingdom. Ship owners from northern England were concerned about the impact on

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1930, ’66 conventions focused on ensuring watertight integrity RULES, from page B1 insurance rates of the high number of shipping casualties; losses had doubled in 30 years. Although many ship owners were portrayed as irresponsible, some could see the benefits, in terms of lower insurance rates, by getting all ship owners to abide by good practices. It didn’t happen until a coal dealer and liberal member of parliament named Samuel Plimsoll took up the load line cause. Plimsoll began a battle to have merchant shipping laws reformed, against stiff opposition from a minority of ship owners. A Royal Commission on Unseaworthy Ships was set up in 1872 and finally the UK Merchant Shipping Act of 1876 made load lines compulsory. The load-line mark included in the legislation became known as the “Plimsoll Line,” a circle with a horizontal line through the middle. This mark is used today. As nearly all load-line regulations were regional or country-based, the first international conference on loadline regulations was envisaged for 1913, but the start of World War I meant this planned conference was never held. In 1922, the British Chamber of Shipping sponsored a conference, which adopted recommendations derived from studies on existing regulations elsewhere, with a view to eventually adopting them as international regulations. Further preparatory work by the major maritime nations of the time resulted in an international conference held in London in 1930, which adopted the first International Load-Line Convention. The rules adopted at the conference were not based on exact scientific principles, but were essentially a compromise between the various national rules that had been developed previously. In the decades following the adoption of the 1930 Convention, new ship design and methods of construction began to make the Convention rules look outdated: ships, especially tankers, grew considerably in size; specialized ship designs to meet different trades were becoming prevalent; machinery spaces in dry cargo ships were being located away from the traditional midship position; metal hatchway covers were replacing wooden ones; and welding was replacing riveting. There was general agreement that the 1930 Convention needed revision, in particular in the sections concerning aspects relating to ship design and construction. As a result, maritime nations planned a conference to adopt a revised Convention. Simultaneously, the International Maritime Organization had come into being and was clearly the right organization to host the proposed conference. The International Convention on

Load Lines, 1966, was adopted on 5 April 1966 and entered into force on 21 July 1968. The conference agreed that the revision of the 1930 Convention required examination of a number of issues, including: prevention of the entry of water into the hull; adequate reserve buoyancy; protection of the crew; adequate structural strength of the hull; and limitation of water on the deck. Like the 1930 Convention, the 1966 Convention sets out rules for calculation and assignment of freeboard and takes into account the

potential hazards present in different zones and different seasons. The technical annex contains several additional safety measures concerning doors, freeing ports, hatchways and other items. The main purpose of these measures is to ensure the watertight integrity of ships’ hulls below the freeboard deck. Amended several times since 1966, the International Load-Line Convention, as it is used today on all commercial, internationally trading yachts, establishes detailed regulations on the assignment of freeboard,

its affects on stability, and most importantly, the safe transportation of guests and crew. Capt. Jake DesVergers is President of the US Maritime Institute. A deck officer graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, he previously 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 www. usmaritimeinstitute.com.


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Gen-Kleen gets Lloyd’s OK After an evaluation by a Lloyd’s Register’s senior surveyor, Centek’s GenKleen system recently received the LR Type Approval Certificate. Compatible with any size generator, the Gen-Kleen system filters exhaust to discharge environmentally friendly water. It can be OEM installed or retrofitted. Centek provides installation instructions and technical assistance to meet engine room requirements. In the past 10 months, more than 50 systems have been installed, the company said in a news release. In the system, exhaust moves through the lift muffler to the unit where the dry exhaust is separated from the “dirty” water. After separation, the exhaust is released through a normal outlet pipe and the water is pumped from the reservoir into the canister filter. Once the hydrocarbons bind to the filter, water is safely discharged from the boat, the company said. The control system maintains the level of water in the unit to provide a constant and controlled flow. A

two-position switch allows water to move through the canister or to be released regularly, unfiltered. A fail-safe is built into the unit to prevent an increase in backpressure to the generator by discharging water regularly. For more information, contact Centek at 1800-950-7653, info@ centekindustries.com, or visit www.centekindustries.com.

Underwater Lights lawsuit

Underwater Lights Ltd. of the United Kingdom has sued its distributor in the United States, Underwater Lights USA of Ft. Lauderdale, for what it claims are misleading marketing tactics. The companies ended their relationship in January, when the U.S. company launched its own brand of marine lights called Sea Vision. “The chief concern for Underwater Lights, Ltd. is that the advertising and marketing materials of Underwater Lights USA, LLC have and will continue to confuse and deceive [customers] into believing that Underwater Lights USA is somehow affiliated with us or

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Today’s fuel prices

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Prices for low-sulfur gasoil expressed in US$ per cubic meter (1,000 liters) as of Sept. 11.

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

Region Duty-free*/duty paid U.S. East Coast Ft. Lauderdale 569/608 Savannah, Ga. 535/NA Newport, R.I. 605/NA Caribbean St. Thomas, USVI 794/NA St. Maarten 761/NA Antigua 701/NA North Atlantic Bermuda (St. George’s) 845/NA Cape Verde NA/NA Azores 653/NA Canary Islands 581/712 Mediterranean Gibraltar 576/NA Barcelona, Spain 542/1,301 Palma de Mallorca, Spain NA/1,274 Antibes, France 628/1,383 San Remo, Italy 715/1,593 Naples, Italy 610/1,588 Venice, Italy 715/1,591 Corfu, Greece 880/1,365 Piraeus, Greece 781/1,250 Istanbul, Turkey 582/1,381 Malta 567/NA Tunis, Tunisia 580/NA Oceania Auckland, New Zealand 640/NA Sydney, Australia 656/NA Fiji 695/NA

Region Duty-free*/duty paid U.S. East Coast Ft. Lauderdale 577/616 Savannah, Ga. 582/NA Newport, R.I. 622/NA Caribbean St. Thomas, USVI 656/NA Trinidad 589/NA Antigua 630/NA North Atlantic Bermuda (St. George’s) 705/NA Cape Verde NA/NA Azores 569/NA Canary Islands 555/NA Mediterranean Gibraltar 569/NA Barcelona, Spain 629/1,205 Palma de Mallorca, Spain NA/1,156 Antibes, France 602/1,356 San Remo, Italy 702/1,385 Naples, Italy 718/1,391 Venice, Italy 698/1,387 Corfu, Greece 713/1,150 Piraeus, Greece 661/1,125 Istanbul, Turkey 560/NA Malta 562/NA Tunis, Tunisia 525/NA Oceania Auckland, New Zealand 588/NA Sydney, Australia 563/NA Fiji 601/NA

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Improving the sound of your sound onboard TECH BRIEFS, from page B4 that the Sea Vision line is made up of our products rebranded,” the company wrote in a letter on its Web site. Underwater Lights USA indicated in depositions excerpted on the UK company’s Web site that it drew ideas for its light from all other underwater lights on the market and was not rebranding Underwater Lights’ product. Underwater Lights Ltd.’s new distributor is Wesstech, also in Ft. Lauderdale.

Improving the sound of your sound

Maryland-based Poly Planar has launched a new fully waterproof, multi-zone AM/FM/CD/MP3 and XM-compatible component system. The MRD-70 Multi-Zone Component System offers independent volume control, infrared remote control and local zone input in up to four zones and two auxiliary inputs on the receiver to let you pipe through the sound from an iPOD, TV or VCR anywhere on board. The device retails for about $450. For more information, visit www. polyplanar.com. See this product at the Ft. Lauderdale show, Booth 14, and at IBEX, Booth 2734.

New control of stabilizers

Ft. Lauderdale-based Palladium,

creator of the monitoring, control and alarm system Simon, has again teamed up with Quantum Marine Engineering, a manufacturer of hydraulic and stabilizer systems, to create an interface to its stabilizer control system. This system will provide the operational user screens for the company’s family of stabilizers: Zero Speed, OnAnchor, Archer and Maglift. Located on the helm, this LCD, running a version of Windows XP, will provide all the stabilizers’ operational data in an easily maneuvered set of graphic screens. With password logons, Quantum’s field engineers will use this same system to fine tune the operational parameters for the ship’s stabilizers and hydraulic systems. Simon exhibited at the Monaco Yacht Show, and will also be at the Ft. Lauderdale show (Oct. 26-30 in the international yacht builders’ tent, booth 0354), METS in Amsterdam (Nov. 14-16 in the superyacht pavilion, booth EF-066), at the Miami show (Feb. 15-19 in the convention center, booth 1609) and at the Dubai show (March 14-17, booth 207). For more information, visit www. palladiumtechs.com.

New megayacht satellite antenna Sweden-based Naval Electronics AB has added the NavSat 60 satellite

antenna for TV and Internet reception on the Ku-band. The NavSat 60 is designed for easy plug and play installation and requires no GPS or gyro connection. It is stabilized with a two-axis solution with automatic skew control. An array of gyroscopes and accelerometers keeps the antenna pointing toward the chosen satellite irrespective of weather conditions. Satellites are selected by remote control and the antenna automatically verifies that it is tracking the correct satellite, using proprietary software. NavSat 60 is targeted to smaller professional marine users such as coastal freighters and the expanding megayacht market. The product was expected to launch in connection with SMM in Hamburg in late September.

Inmarsat into hand-held sat phone Inmarsat and ACeS International Limited announced a collaboration to offer low-cost hand-held and fixed voice services, initially in the Asian market with extended coverage expected in early 2007 by combining satellite resources, according to a story on MarineLink.com. Under the agreement, Inmarsat will assume responsibility for satellite

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Mango’s high-speed BladeRunner set to debut at FLIBS

This Bladerunner 51 has fresh paint and the interior is coming together, PHOTO/LUCY REED with accessories being built off site. 

What they thought would take four months has taken almost a year, but MMI’s superfast boat will be ready in time for the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show later this month, according to project manager Frank Crane. MMI is the boat-building division of Mango Marine in Ft. Lauderdale. It is building a Bladerunner 51 in conjunction with ICE Marine in the UK. Hurricanes last fall and this summer, as well as the familiar decision-making delays have kept the boat still on its braces in Ft. Lauderdale. But she’s freshly painted, the interior is taking shape, accessories are being built off site and everyone has their eye on the third week in October, when the high-speed boat heads to Swimming Hall of Fame Marina. It’ll be docked right beside the land-based Ferrari display, Crane said, promoting its cruising speed at more than 60-70 mph. By mid-November, the boat is expected to be delivered on its own bottom to owners in Grenada, with promotional stops along the way. MMI co-owner Damien Chamberlain and Crane are committed to building more of these boats, as many as 10 a year. – Lucy Reed

International Yacht Collection

Broker David Nichols of International Yacht Collection sold M/Y Janet, the 125-foot Cheoy Lee (2003), now renamed M/Y Namoh. The brokerage also added M/Y Katharine, a 177-foot Trinity (2001); M/Y Braveheart, the 162-foot Swedeship (1989); M/Y Tooth Fairy, a 147-foot Sterling (1986); and the 112-foot

Westport M/Y Symphony II (2001) to its central listings. IYC has a new Web address: www. iyc.com. For more information, call 954-522-2323 or email info@iyc.com.

Burger Boat Company

Burger Boat Company signed a contract in September for M/Y Liberty, a 101-foot high-speed yacht. The yacht will incorporate strong, lightweight materials and carefully calculated design and engineering parameters. The hull design has both a hard and soft chine. The propulsion system will include a pair of 2,400 hp MTU-M93 Common Rail marine engines and be ABS certified. In August, Burger delivered the 144foot (44m) M/Y Mirgab V. The vessel was expected to make its debut at the 2006 Monaco Yacht Show.

Bartram & Brakenhoff

M/Y Tomoka Sun, a 92-foot Crescent listed with broker David Lacz’s at Bartram & Brakenhoff sold. Joe Bartram sold M/Y Stoneface, a 105foot Burger M/Y; Jeff Partin sold M/Y Betania, a 100-foot Azimut; Bruce See BOATS, page B7

This sailboat fits in a shipping container A Rhode Island company has built a sailboat specifically designed to fit inside a standard 40-foot shipping container. InBox, the Container Yachts prototype Far Harbour 39, launched Aug. 29 at Schooner Creek Boat Works in Portland, Ore., and made its public debut at the Newport Yacht Show in September. With a narrow beam to fit in the 8-foot-wide container, the boat has a hull speed of 8 knots and cruising speed of 7.2 knots. Cruising-speed range is 600 miles under power. “Narrow boats are fast,” the company’s Web site says. “Dennis Conner’s new pride and joy is his restored classic Q-Boat Cotton Blossom II. Her LOA is 49 feet; her beam is 9.4 feet. Both boats have an identical length-to-beam ratio of 5.2.” The sail-away price is $225,000, with sails and electronics. For info, visit www.containeryachts.com.

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ISS names 25 finalists in 2006 design competition Twenty-five yachts have been named finalists in the International Superyacht Society’s 2006 International Design Awards. The awards are for yachts launched in 2005 and are awarded in categories by size. In the category of Best Power, 43m and larger, the finalists are (listed alphabetically): Blue Moon, a 198-foot (60,3m) Feadship/Royal Van Lent; Flying Eagle, a 158-foot (48,1m) megayacht by Bloemsma & Van Breemen; Ice, the 295-foot (89,9m) Lurssen (formerly Air); Rasselas, the 203-foot (62m) Feadship/ De Vries; and Twizzle, the 182-foot (54,4m) Feadship/De Vries. In the category of Best Power, 32m to 43m, the finalists are: Ad Lib, a 131-foot (39,9m) megayacht by Alloy Yacht International; Caressa K, a 120-foot (36,7m) megayacht by RMK

Marine; Kintaro, a 125-foot (38,1m) megayacht by Cantieri di Pisa; Salacia, a 110-foot (33,6m) megayacht by Evolution Yachts; and Tenacity, a 116foot (35,3m) Burger. In the category of Best Power, 23m to 32m, the finalists are: Clementine, a 96-foot (29,2m) megayacht built by Moonen Shipyards; Impetus, a 95-foot (28,9m) megayacht built by INACE Shipyard; Jariya, an 83-foot (25,5m) megayacht built by McMullen & Wing; Lady Mimi, an 82foot (24,9m) megayacht built by De Birs Yachts; and Sofia, an 84-foot (25,6m) megayacht built by Moonen Shipyard. In the category of Best Sail, 36m and larger, the finalist are: Adele, the 180-foot (54,8m) megayacht built by Vitters Shipyards; Antares, the 131-foot (39,9m) megayacht built by Royal Huisman

Shipyard; Ghost, a 122-foot (37,1m) megayacht built by Vitters Shipyards; Janice of Wyoming, a 130-foot (39,6m) megayacht built by Alloy Yachts International; and Skylge, a 138-foot (42m) megayacht built by Holland Jachtbouw. In the category of Best Sail, 23m to 36m, the finalists are: Barong C, a 94-foot (28,6m) megayacht by Wally Yachts; Charisma Nova, a 79-foot (24,3m) yacht by Jachtwerft Jongert; Hamilton II, a 117-foot (35,6m) megayacht by CNB; Velacaina, an 85-foot (25,9m) megayacht by Claassen Jachtbouw; and Vesper, a 96-foot (29,3m) megayacht by Yachting Developments. Winners will be announced at ISS’s annual design awards gala on Oct. 26 in Ft. Lauderdale.

Abeking & Rasmussen reaches milestone with deal BOATS, from page B6 Brakenhoff sold M/Y Valiant, a 97-foot yacht. New listings for the brokerage include the 117-foot Delta M/Y Gatster and the classic Trumpys: El Presidente, Exact, Hummingbird, Trianon and Eleanor. M/Y Curt C, a 145-foot NQEA and Gale Winds were added to the company’s charter division.   

foot Westport M/Y Nina Lu in August before setting off on its first cruise to Washington’s San Juan Islands and Alaska. The yacht, commissioned last summer by the brothers as a gift to their parents, will be based in Miami Beach. The owners will next take their yacht to Cabo San Lucas. 

2007. An 83.5-foot sloop designed by American yacht designer Bill Langan is also under construction at Yachting Developments, and there is room in the shed for another to start, the company said in a news release.

Winter Rendezvous begins Dec. 2

Merle Wood & Associates has signed the following new central agencies: the 180-foot Oceanfast M/Y True Blue, the 132-foot Westship M/Y Norwegian Queen, the 121-foot Palmer Johnson M/Y Inventorio, the 115-foot Trinity M/Y Leda, and the 105-foot Mangusta M/Y Pepper XIII. Sales for June include the 160-foot Delta M/Y Gallant Lady (renamed M/Y Newvida), and the 118-foot Christensen M/Y Bri Ann.

Abeking & Rasmussen

Less than a year from its 100th birthday, German builder Abeking & Rasmussen announced the signing of a contract for its largest yacht ever to a repeat owner. At 257 feet (78,43m), the five-deck yacht will be built of steel with an aluminum superstructure and a range of 6,000 nm. Propelled by two 1492 kW Caterpillars, it will hit speeds of 16.5 knots. The yacht will be built to Lloyd’s and MCA standards. She’ll have six guest cabins, a master suite, a sauna and a cinema. The crew will get “a number of normally rare single cabins and two spacious mess areas,” according to a news release.

Derecktor picks Atlas

Atlas Marine Systems has been contracted to provide electrical power equipment on the new Gemini project at Derecktor Shipyards in Bridgeport, Conn. Gemini is a 145-foot sailing catamaran and, when launched, is expected to be the largest sailing catamaran available for charter. Atlas will supply its compact and lightweight frequency converter equipment and power management switchboards for the project. Atlas also was selected to provide electrical engineering design services for the yacht, which will be classed by Bureau Veritas.

Nina Lu in the water

The Sarria family christened its 112-

Fairline Florida will host its Winter Rendezvous in the Bahamas in December. The eight-day trip begins in Ft. Lauderdale on Dec. 2 and will stop in Nassau and Sampson Cay. Fairline Florida will host a Spring Rendezvous in late March on Florida’s west coast in time for the Honda Grand Prix Race. For more information, visit www. fairlineflorida.com or call +1-954-832 9191.

Bristolian progresses in NZ

The high-tech yacht Bristolian, under construction at Yachting Developments in Waitakere City, New Zealand, had its ceremonial “rolling over” in July. At 120 feet (37m), Bristolian is the largest single-masted carbon fiber sailing yacht ever built in New Zealand and it is the first to spring from Yachting Development’s new premises at the Hobsonville Air Base. Construction began in February, with delivery expected in November

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Northrop and Johnson

Northrop and Johnson’s Ft. Lauderdale office announced the sale of M/Y Charisma, the 153-foot (46m) Feadship. Broker Michael Nethersole managed both sides of the deal. NJ’s Kevin Merrigan was in on the sale of M/Y Silver Cloud, the 142-foot (54m) Feadship, in conjunction with Alex Braden of Yachting Partners International and Central Agent Michael Rafferty of Camper & Nicholsons. Northrop and Johnson’s Fort Lauderdale reports significant price reductions this summer to spur sales, including the 160-foot M/Y Gallant Lady, which Merle Wood sold in June. M/Y Windscape, a 91-foot (27m) Burger, has been totally refitted and entered the company’s charter fleet this summer. For more information, contact Sandy Taylor at 954-522-3344 or sandy@njyachts.com.

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New fender protects hulls underwater, won’t mar them TECH BRIEFS, from page B5 and network operations, wholesale service provision, and product and service development. ACeS will focus on distribution in Asia and in the maritime markets, as well as become a distributor of Inmarsat’s BGAN services. Inmarsat plans to expand geographic coverage for the handheld service in early 2007 using the existing Inmarsat-4 satellite covering Asia and further intends to deploy a fully global service within two years. To enable expanded coverage using the existing Inmarsat-4 satellites, Inmarsat will undertake a process of network upgrades and an accelerated modernisation of the ACeS R190 handheld satellite phone. To support a seamless global hand-

held service and to achieve global coverage for BGAN and new broadband maritime and aeronautical services, Inmarsat plans to launch the third Inmarsat-4 satellite and will target a launch date in late 2007.

Submersible fender launched

Dutch company PremierMarineYachtfender launched a new fender that partially submerges to protect yacht hulls even below the waterline. Shaped like an automobile tire, the fender fills with water as it sinks, dropping swiftly to the necessary depth. Holes in the bottom drain the water, making it hollow and light out of the water. It has no air valves. The material makes no streaks or marks on the ship’s hull, and comes with a care kit. The fenders can be emblazoned with yacht names or logos.

They come in four fender sizes for yachts up to 100 feet. For more details or products for larger yachts, e-mail info@premiermarine-yachtfender.com.

Keys overboard? No worries

The new patented Key Buoy by David Instruments pops open when keys hit the water, inflating

Med kit for day cruisers

Ocean Medical International has launched a new medical kit for yachts of 10-25m that do not go far from shore. The Essential MCA Class C Medical Kit complies to the minimum requirements for MCA Category C regulations MSN 1768 (M+F), and contains medications and dressings stored in a water-resistant container and a waterproof, multilingual instruction guide on first aid. The company showed at the Monaco Yacht Show and will show at METS. For more details, visit www.omi2.com.

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automatically and returning keys to the surface within 30 seconds. An inflated tube floats up, providing easy retrieval. This pocket-friendly key ring won the recreational boating industry’s annual Innovation Award at the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show (MAATS) at Las Vegas in July. Key Buoy maintains buoyancy for about 40 minutes, and works with keys, light tools and other items weighing up to 4 ounces. Retails at $6.99. For more information, call the California company at +1-510-732-9229 or visit www.davisnet.com.

Grant to develop composite pilings Maine-based Harbor Technologies, a provider of composite solutions to the marine infrastructure market, has received a $418,500 development grant from the Maine Technology Institute to purchase and further develop a machine to produce composite marine pilings in a continuous manner. Harbor Technologies will use technology known as pultrusion to manufacture its pilings, and will enhance this mechanical process using its own engineering and design methodology so that it can speed up the production. Harbor Technologies also will develop a mechanism to join multiple pilings together for applications that require piling lengths over 40 feet. This is the fourth investment that Harbor Technologies has received from the Maine Technology Institute to develop its line of advanced composite material products. For more info, call 207-725-4878, or

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New antifouling boasts flexibility in application and water type TECH BRIEFS, from page B8 visit www.harbortech.us.

SeaHawk launches new antifouling

Sea Hawk has introduced the new tin-free Biocop TF to protect hulls in the harshest fouling situations. It is also environmentally friendly, the company said in a news release. Rigorous quality assurance testing has proved that Biocop TF outperforms tin-based products in both fresh and saltwater. The multi-season paint uses a mixture of two biocides specifically formulated for ecologically safe biocide release. Biocop TF is available in a variety of colors and is applied by brush, roller or spray. For more information, visit www. seahawkpaints.com.

Bradford a Michigan Wheel dealer

Bradford Grand Bahama, Ltd., one of the Bradford Marine family of companies, announced it has become an authorized dealer for Michigan Wheel Corp. Michigan Wheel makes customcrafted propellers ranging from 3-inch to 96-inch diameters. Bradford Grand Bahama has a 35foot channel, a 150-ton Travelift, and a 1,200-ton floating drydock. It also offers towing and salvage, and vessel

brokerage services to the Bahamas. Contact Bradford Grand Bahama General Manager Dan Romence at +1242-352-7711 or dan@bradford-grandbahama.com.

Jackplate for any boat 

Bob’s Machine Shop offers its MJ5 Convertible Jackplate to improve the performance of nearly any craft. The jack uses multiple combinations of a 2.5inch engine offset with or without a sixdegree positive wedge; a 5inch offset with or without a six-degree negative wedge; or both offsets using no wedge.   The standard MJ5 model weighs 19 pounds and is designed for engines with less than 225 hp.  The heavy-duty MJH model weighs 27 pounds and is available for offshore use with engines up to 300 hp. Jackplates are pre-drilled with the standard BIA bolt pattern and will fit late-model V-6 engines.  These jacks are constructed of

aircraft-grade aluminum and stainless steel, and anodized with a black finish for corrosion resistance. Retail price of the MJ5 model is $249.95. The MJH sells for $269.95. An 8-inch version is available for $299.95. Contact Bob’s Machine Shop in Tampa at +1-813-247-7040, info@ bobsmachine.com, www.bobsmachine. com.

SuperYacht Support a year old

Former megayacht engineer John Vergo celebrated one year in business with his planned maintenance system for yachts, servicing his 20th yacht. The system fits yachts ranging from a 62-foot Pershing to the 195-foot La Baronessa. The system, based on his time servicing Royal Naval aircraft, includes comprehensive instructions (with photos) on how to service each item of equipment or system, including safety equipment. Visit www.superyachtsupport.com or call +1-954 661 3749.

New ice maker has style

The new Échelon Series Ice Makers from U-Line has the same space-saving and energy-efficient capabilities but with a sophisticated appearance adjustable to personal tastes. The elegant Échelon BI2115

Ice Maker features flowing contours, a contemporary grille design and the ability to match an overlay door panel with surrounding décor. Retail starts at $1,338 for black and white models and $1,860 for stainless steel. Visit www.u-line.com.

Fender covers with logos

Fenda Sox fender covers are available with embroidered logos. Offered by Aeré, the covers help protect a boat’s gel coat from damage caused by fenders scraping and rubbing against the hull. They can be dyed for custom orders as well. Fenda Sox slip over the fender and have a drawstring closure. Fenda Sox fit Aeré inflatable fenders up to its 4x20foot dual-chambered models. Visit www.praktek.com.

Color for fenders, accessories

Taylor Made Products has introduced True Color color mixes for fenders, buoys, canvas and accessories. Taylor Made’s engineers have closely matched the colors of their product line to popular colors of boats’ gelcoat and trim, giving a cleaner, more coordinated look. Contact Taylor Made Products at +1-518-773-9400, salesinfo@ taylormadeproducts.com or visit www. taylormadeproducts.com.


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Complete refit will be accomplished in three phases REFIT, from page B1 including the plumbing, refrigeration and insulation, which hasn’t been touched in 21 years. “We’re doing all the minor things that make systems run more efficiently,” Hateley said. “At least this owner understands – let’s make it work, then we’ll make it pretty.” Hateley was the engineer on Lady Sandals when she sold and has been in the yard with her on two previous refits, in 2002 and 2003. When the new owner bought it, he and Morlett asked Hateley

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to stay to oversee the work from Miami. Morlett has been with the owner about six years and splits his time at the yard and working with the owner on another project. “Shane has good knowledge of the boat so it was sort of a slam-dunk to keep him, with me going back and forth to California,” Morlett said. “It’s worked out well.” Hateley has learned a lot about this yacht over the years, but admits every yard period teaches him something new. The most valuable lessons he has learned this time are planning – “you can never do enough” – and getting a second opinion from as many people as practical. “If the yard says something has to be done, I want to check that out,” he said. When the bow thruster was removed for maintenance and repair, it was discovered that it wasn’t repairable. And a new one wouldn’t fit without some modifications. “You can’t get them anymore, and we can’t get the old one apart to fix it,” Hateley said. Hateley got advice from the yard, the bow thruster company, and Feadship itself before talking with Morlett about a solution. After a few phone calls, Hateley got the manufacturer to fabricate a mounting plate. There’s more to learn, though. But Morlett used to be an engineer so he’s been teaching Hateley, too. “I’m a big guy and if there’s something I can’t get to, he’s the first one in there to do it,” Hateley said. “That alone commands a lot of respect.” The yacht isn’t expected to leave the yard until mid-November. In the meantime, much of her belly is ripped open. A toilet in the crew quarters had to be pulled out to access the chain bin. The battery boxes had to be pulled out to get to some corrosion in the bilge. The guest cabins have been pulled apart for work on the fuel tanks and shaft alleys. The refrigerator plant and a section of the sewage plant had to be removed as well.

Three day workers have been crawling around the bilge for more than six weeks with a needle gun, rooting out rust. The opening under the engines PHOTOS/LUCY REED is just 18 inches.

Here’s the anchor chain locker frame. Needless to say, it was replaced. “It’s painful seeing it like this, but I know what it’s going to look like when it’s done,” Hateley said. “There’s nothing more proud at the end of a refit than to take the captain or the owner down here [in the engine room] and say, this is mine.” Before that happens, though, most of the engine room and the bilges will get a fresh coat of Awlgrip. About 70 percent of the megayacht will be painted before it leaves the yard in November. “We’re blessed in a way because mechanically, we’re sound,” Hateley said. “The A/C system is just two years old, the refrigeration plant is just two years old.” The twin Caterpillar 3512s and 3304 generators work well, although the hour count on the gensets says it’s time for a rebuild. So if there’s time, they’ll tackle that project too. The galley and bridge won’t be touched this time around – she had

new radars and other equipment just three years ago. The only nonmaintenance items the yacht will receive are a new Fleet system for faster Internet use and some underwater lights. This is the first phase of a three-part refit. When it’s finished, Morlett said he expects the owner to use the boat for several months before heading back to refit most items between the main deck and the pilot house, including a new sub deck and teak. Then it’ll be more cruising before the final phase of upgrades to the pilot house, final painting and “maybe the interior,” Morlett said. “So in two or three years, the boat will be pretty new from top to bottom and the owner will know he’s safe when he’s on the water.” Now there’s a switch. Contact Editor Lucy Chabot Reed at lucy@the-triton.com.


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Grand Bahama deal could spawn ‘megayacht haven’ New Hope Holding Co., owner of the Grand Bahama Yacht Club, announced in September the acquisition of the 115-slip Port Lucaya Marina as part of its $500 million, 70-acre waterfront expansion surrounding Bell Channel Bay. Danish investor Preben Olesen’s vision is to merge the marinas into a megayacht haven that will include 300 yacht slips, a condo-hotel, 300 private residences as well as offices and shops. The company plans to dredge the channel to 13 feet to accommodate bigger megayachts. “One of the first things we did when we got involved with Grand Bahama Yacht Club was to change the size of the boat slips to accommodate the larger yachts,” said Preben Olesen, chairman of New Hope Holding, in news release. “Quickly it became obvious that the Port Lucaya Marina would really give us the ability to cater to a fast growing megayacht market and provide all of the amenities these yacht owners expect.” Olesen signed a $6.8 million deal on July 23 with the Grand Bahama Port Authority to acquire the Port Lucaya Marina, according to a story in The Freeport News. Part of the New Holdings’ project is a $20 million, 240-room condo hotel in Lucaya, which Bahamian officials broke ground on in early September and expect to complete in about a year. Also set to begin is construction on a 38,000-square-foot building with six condos and a customs and immigration office.

C&N lands Turkish marina

Some years ago, the Turkish Government started the construction of a number of marinas. Following its privatization program, the government

recently requested bids to complete construction and operate each marina for the next 25 years. Camper & Nicholsons Marinas and IC Holding Joint Venture won the tender for Cesme Marina near Izmir, Turkey. “We are especially pleased to have won the bid,” said Nick Maris, chairman of C&N Marinas Ltd. “Cesme is the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the privatization program on offer.” The construction will be completed to the highest standards, the companies said in a joint news release, with comprehensive onshore facilities. It will include more than 375 berths. “The marina will add a significant value to the unique historical and natural heritage of Cesme, and will be the hub of high quality yachting and leisure in the Mediterranean.” stated board member Firat Cecen, on behalf of IC Holding.

Melbourne opens new marina

Mirvac’s high-end development at Yarra’s Edge, located in the heart of Melbourne’s Docklands in Australia, includes five high-rise waterfront towers and a 168-slip marina designed and built by Bellingham Marine. Located on the Yarra River between

Crown Casino and the Bolte Bridge, Marina YE is designed for long-term mooring of megayachts and motor cruisers. Slip sizes range from 33 to 72 feet. The marina also offers transient moorage.

Bitter End hires new GM

Mikhail Shamkin has been named

general manager of Bitter End Yacht Club on the North Sound, Virgin Gorda, BVI. A 30-year hospitality industry veteran, Shamkin will live on the property and be available to guests and employees 24 hours a day. “We selected Shamkin because he

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Capt. Alex Proch, above left, and Chef Wolfgang Murber enjoy yet another lovely Scandinavian town; M/Y Quiet Place works its way down the Gota Canal; PHOTOS/Laura Moss and the crew stand by to help when two sailboats collide. 

Five-week visit prompts thoughts of a return trip By First Mate Laura Moss We have just returned from a fiveweek trip around Scandinavia, but with all the places we have been and all the things we have done and seen it seems more like three months.

We had super weather, in the 90s most days. But we have an appointment in Guernsey that we have to get back for. We’re really looking forward to seeing Guernsey. They have 40-foot tides there. That must be something, certainly different from the Baltic Sea

where there is no tide to speak of. We saw something as we were leaving Stockholm that we couldn’t believe. The owner had decided to take the train to Copenhagen so we had the boat to ourselves for a few days. We were making our way out of the Stockholm fjord when Matt [Drapela, deckhand/assistant engineer] says, “Hey, that boat just hit the other boat.” Sure enough, a big traditions sailor was in the process of plowing down a small 30-foot wooden sailboat. The little boat began to sink and we headed over to see if we could help, but a small motorboat got there first and maneuvered in more safely than we could, so we hung back. The little boat, which had driven right under the bow of the larger boat – both were traveling in a marked channel – sunk totally within minutes. No one was hurt, although they were quite shaken as you might imagine. After that we made our way to Copenhagen, which was another beautiful city, full of beautiful buildings

and packed with hundred-year-old culture. As were the other cities we visited; this never gets dull. In Kuehlungsborn, Germany, there was another article written about us, with pictures. We are getting quiet famous in the Baltic. Still, the highlight of the trip has to be the Gota Canal, and a rather large moth flying in Matt’s ear, which we were able to remove. Then there was all the wonderful food that Wolfgang [Murber, the chef] prepared with local specialties, and swimming in the fjords of Sweden and Norway. There were thousands of islands wth lots of beautiful little holiday homes scattered around them. All definitely worth the trip. We would love to have had more time to go further. But maybe we will come back this way after we spend the next two years in the Med. First Mate Laura Moss works on the 100-foot Broward Quiet Place. Contact her through editorial@the-triton.com.


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Owner, guests and crew unwind in Tahiti Here are some photos from lovely French Polynesia, courtesy of Capt. Adam Lambert aboard the old M/Y Keri Lee. (For those readers not up-to-date on this story, the Keri Lee photographed here is the 120-foot Westport formerly known as Melrini that was traded in on the purchase of the 138-foot Sovereign/ Richmond formerly known as Status Quo, Capt. Rick Lenardson’s old ride. The 138-footer is renamed Keri Lee and replaced the smaller one in the South Pacific this summer.) The trip went on from Tahiti, of course. Capt. Lambert called the Tuamotu Archipelago, which is about 200 nm northeast of Tahiti in the Society Islands, wonderful. Moorea, just 15nm from Tahiti, has huge mountains for onshore exploring as well as deep bays and working pearl farms. Megayachts don’t need an agent to get in and around the area, but Capt. Lambert used one. He called the folks at Tahiti Ocean (www.tahiti-ocean. com) a great help with activities and restaurants, the dancers shown above, flowers and anything he needed in the engineering department. Getting a cruising license was pretty simple but it can take a couple months to process, he said. After an amazing summer, Capt. Lambert reports that he’ll be leaving the yacht after it hits Fiji and looking for another post. Good luck Adam and see you soon.

Once in French Polynesia, docking the 120-foot Keri Lee wasn’t usually a problem. Most of the region has deep anchorages in pristine bays. Here’s Keri Lee tied to a palm tree, which are abundant on Tahiti’s Tahaa Island, also known as Vanilla Island for its abundant aroma of the orchid and spice grown there.

Keri Lee towed a 34-foot Mako to take advantage of great fishing. Instead of catch and release immediately, the crew and guests caught and examined in the live bait well on the aft deck. That’s about a six-foot blacktip reef shark there. All the animals were released before the yacht continued on to its next port. (See what happened to that fish tank a few weeks later en route to Fiji, page A22.)

Getting to Tahiti from Ft. Lauderdale means a stop in the San Blas Islands to check out the molas from the Kuna Indians of Panama. That’s Capt. Lambert with chief stewardess Jillian Hamill. One night, Keri Lee’s agent organized a show onboard. More than a dozen Tahitians rowed up in an outrigger canoe in full costume with drums and other local instruments and performed an hour-long show that Capt. Lambert said was the highlight of the trip for guests and crew. “They had all the guests dancing with them. It was money well spent, the guests loved it.” That’s Stew Jillian Hamill having fun. Leaving Bora Bora behind with a sportfish in tow, Keri Lee’s owner gets his heart rate up. One would imagine that vacationing in French Polynesia probably has a nice way of slowing it down.


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Catamaran family update: Indonesia 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 their journey in Sint Marteen in December 2001, son Christopher was with them but he went ashore in 2005 to attend college. The Hackings originally planned to stop when they reached Australia last fall, but they have decided to keep on going. Here’s the second installment of their adventures in Indonesia. To read more about their travels, visit http:// hackingfamily.com. Contact them through editorial@thetrtion.com.

pot-luck dinners, sing-alongs, or just quiet conversations discussing the joys of the previous day and planning what we want to do tomorrow. Since we have a great cockpit for such things, these get-togethers are on Ocelot as often as not. At night, we can see no lights ashore, just the Milky Way, the silvery moon and perhaps the anchor lights of cruising friends. This area also has excellent scuba diving and recently we dove on a pair of underwater sea mounts called Castle Rock and Crystal Rock. On both dives we swam down to about 70 feet (20m) to find ourselves in clouds of fish – schools and schools of different types, all intermingling and some quite large. We’d never 2 September 2006, seen a whole school of Moorish Komodo National Park, Idols before. There were so Indonesia many fish that when we tried to photograph a specific fish, We’re currently anchored off another would often get in the the north end of Komodo Island way. in 20 feet (6m) of crystal clear We saw huge plate corals water over fields of vibrant coral. about 14 feet (4m) across, If you want to have a look with lionfish with their long A sea anemone and its fishy residents. Google-Earth, we’re at S8º26.9’ PHOTOS/THE HACKING FAMILY WEB SITE poisonous spines, giant sponges E119º34.1’. we could put our whole heads It’s so nice to be in clear water into, poisonous cone shells, tiger cowries, sea anemones with again and the snorkeling is superb. In the afternoons, a flight their attendant Nemo-esque anemone-fish, giant sea fans of about three manta rays often come into the anchorage to and vast fields of colorful soft corals. play. When we jump in to watch them, they’re so intent on Komodo National Park covers several nearby islands feeding that they more or less ignore us. In the evenings, the cruising boats often get together for See OCELOT, page B17


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At left, The Hacking family: From the left, Jon, Christopher, Amanda and Sue. At right, The Hacking family’s boat, the S/V Ocelot, is anchored in French Polynesia. PHOTOS/THE HACKING FAMILY WEB SITE

When hiking near Komodo dragons, carry a big stick OCELOT, from page B16 and is a wildlife sanctuary, despite some fishing villages. On our hikes and dinghy explorations we’ve seen macaque monkeys fossicking on the beach, Sunda deer with nice antlers bounding through the underbrush, water buffaloes, lots of wild pigs, and even wild horses. Overhead we’ve seen Brahminy kites and white-bellied sea eagles diving on fish with their talons extended. Komodo National Park is also home to the famous Komodo dragons. These giant carnivorous monitor lizards can grow to 14 feet (4m). They’re not poisonous per-se, but their mouth bacteria is often fatal if a bite is left untreated. A pack of dragons will occasionally attack a water-buffalo, skeletonizing it in only a few hours. The ones we’ve seen have been more docile, content to just get out of our way. Even so, we carry big sticks when we’re out hiking. For the past couple weeks we’ve been sailing slowly along the north coast of 200-mile-long Flores Island, with its many volcanoes, few roads or towns, but many small fishing and farming villages. Flores is predominantly Christian but many villages have both mosques and churches. The people have been wonderfully friendly. In the town of Riung we enjoyed three days of rally events: delightful dances performed every night (not just for the cruisers, but for the townspeople, too) with dancers coming from 12 hours away to perform. Their

hand-woven ikat costumes were amazingly complex and colorful. We cruisers were honored with gifts of ikat and flowers, then a huge feast of elaborately prepared and presented local foods before the dancing started. This was the first place we saw the traditional bamboo dancing, where dancers jump between bamboo poles at neck and ankle level, then jump out again just before the poles crash together. From Riung we also took a long day trip into the interior past small farming villages with their rice paddies

and water buffaloes, having lunch at a nice restaurant ($10 for the three of us with beer and sodas), climbing a volcano that erupted in 2001, visiting a traditional animistic village where buffaloes and pigs are sacrificed, and

dinner back in town before the long and somewhat hair-raising ride back to the coast. Fair winds and calm seas Jon, Sue & Amanda Hacking S/V Ocelot


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Katrina recovery continues as Trinity Yachts returns to its yard MARINAS, from page B11 is someone who will not only oversee our multi-million dollar renovation, but also continue to grow and enhance the unique vacation experience boaters and travelers have come to expect from us for more than 30 years,” said Dana Hokin, owner and managing director. Shamkin began his career in Antigua as manager of Hawksbill Beach Resort. Since then, he has managed a variety of resorts, including the Ritz-Carlton in St. Thomas . Most recently, he was GM at the Vanderbilt Hall Hotel in Newport.

“For me, being at the Bitter End Yacht Club is like a homecoming,” he said. “It takes me back to 1976 when I first sailed into North Sound from Antigua. My thought then – as it is now – is that this would be a wonderful place to live.”

Trinity reopens in New Orleans

Trinity Yachts re-opened its original shipyard in New Orleans in July. The 38-acre yard, located on the Industrial Canal in the Eastern section of the city, was damaged when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005.

Almost 70 percent of its work force lost their homes. The yard shifted operations to a new property in Gulfport, Miss., and set up temporary housing for employees. After power, communications and general infrastructure returned to the yard and using about 20 local employees to continue the clean-up and repairs, Trinity officially re-opened its doors July 5. The yard plans to hire about 100 employees with a gradual increase as the continuing repair work at the site is completed. The New Orleans location will

continue to build luxury custom yachts up to 161 feet (49m) and will become the center for repair and refit. The Gulfport location will remain open and be the center of construction for yachts up to 400 feet. “Since Hurricane Katrina, Trinity Yachts have signed up seven additional contracts extending the backlog to 18 superyachts and 39 months of work,” said John Dane III, company president. Trinity is taking applications for all crafts, engineers and naval architects at both facilities. Call +1-504-284-7118.

EPA fines New England yards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued fines and a filed a complaint against five New England marina and boatyard facilities for environmental violations. The complaint was filed against Conanicut Marine Services, which operates five facilities in Jamestown, R.I. CMS facilities include a marina, boat repair and maintenance yards, and a paint and glass shop. The EPA found that the facility failed to have an adequate hazardous waste training program; transported hazardous waste without a permit; and discharged storm water without a permit, according to a news release by the EPA. The complaint did not specify a penalty amount. New England Boatworks of Portsmouth, R.I., was fined $52,300 to settle EPA claims that it violated regulations governing the storage and handling of hazardous materials, storm water discharges and oil pollution prevention requirements. (EPA inspectors found the facility failed to identify some containers of waste as hazardous, and failed to develop and implement a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan and a Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan.) According to a story in East Bay Newspapers, Tom Rich, an owner of New England Boatworks, said subsequent in-house testing showed company operations were fine, but that they had failed to have proper documentation for hazardous materials and engineer-approved prevention plans for the EPA inspection. EPA settled three penalty actions against builders for failing to prepare and implement oil spill prevention plans: Promet Marine Services in Providence, R.I.; Derecktor Shipyard in Bridgewater, Conn.; and Alden Yachts in Portsmouth, R.I. Each facility agreed to pay $3,000 to resolve the action.

VG Travelift gets OK

The 70-ton travelift at Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour in the BVIs has been certified as a “quality approved marina lift,” according to Keith Thomas, manager of shipyard activities. The yard is one of 10 facilities in the Eastern Caribbean that has earned the certification.


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San Diego bids for aerial acrobatics show By John Freeman SAN DIEGO – The Red Bull Air Races, featuring small, aerobatic planes performing precision stunts, could be zooming over the waters of San Diego Bay in April. “The wheels are in motion,” said Jim Hutzelman, assistant director of community services for the Port of San Diego. “We’re in the negotiation stage of seeing if we can make this work.” Sponsored by the high-energy drink, Red Bull Air Races feature about a dozen colorful single-engine airplanes whirring at high speeds through targets – a spectacle perhaps best described as an airborne slalom race. Admission would be free, with spectator stands erected on both sides of San Diego Bay. The proposed competition area for San Diego Bay is roughly from the USS Midway to the Coronado Bridge, with the event contested over water. Floating 60-foot-tall pylons would form the course. In addition to the Port of San Diego, other agencies involved in the approval process include the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard. “We’re among a number of U.S. cities making a pitch,” said Joe Moeller, president of the San Diego

Red Bull Air Races are, roughly, an airborne slalom.  International Sports Council, whose mission is to attract world-class sports events to San Diego and Tijuana. “We think we’d be a terrific host.” Even with necessary approval, Moeller cautioned that Red Bull must select San Diego over other U.S. cities, including Indianapolis and New York, before it officially lands the event. “Unfortunately, we cannot comment on speculation about future events and projects,” said Red Bull Air Races spokesman Jordan Miller.

New season (fall), new stars By Jack Horkheimer Whenever the seasons change, so do the stars overhead. The phrase “stars of the season” usually refers to the major stars and star groups that reach their highest position above the horizon in mid-evening. Because autumn began Sept. 23, we will be able to see a change in the stars this month. On any night during the first two weeks of October at about 10 p.m., look just west of overhead to see the three bright stars that make up the points of the Summer Triangle, the brightest being Vega in the constellation Lyra the Harp, the second-brightest, Altair in Aquila the Eagle, the third-brightest, Deneb in Cygnus the Swan. During the first week of summer at the end of June, the Summer Triangle was just rising in the east at 10 p.m. But if you went out at 10 p.m. each successive week all summer long you would have noticed that the Summer Triangle was a little bit higher in the sky each week and at the end of August was almost directly overhead at 10 p.m. If you looked to the northeast at 10 p.m. at the end of August you would have also noticed that the autumn constellation Cassiopeia, a group of five stars – which, when connected by lines, looks like the letter M or W on its side

– was just rising. And if you looked just above and east of Cassiopeia, you would have seen four dimmer stars. With lines between them, they would make up the Autumn Square, or the Great Square of Pegasus since it is part of the huge constellation Pegasus, the winged horse. Each successive week since then, you would have noticed that the Summer Triangle was slowly moving past overhead and beginning its descent toward the western horizon while the Autumn Square was ascending higher and higher in the east. By the first two weeks of October it is almost overhead at 10 p.m. It is rather poetic that the three blazing hot stars that make up the Summer Triangle are replaced by the much dimmer and softer stars of the Autumn Square. So some night in early October, see for yourself how the heavens have their own seasons. Jack Horkheimer is executive director of the Miami Museum of Science. This is the script for his weekly television show co-produced by the museum and WPBT Channel 2 in Miami. It is seen on public television stations around the world. For more information about stars, visit www.jackstargazer.com.

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Crowds in excess of 50,000 a day would be anticipated for a two-day San Diego event. Though that figure would be sufficient for local organizers, a recent Red Bull Air Races event in Istanbul drew 1.5 million spectators. Other venues include Barcelona, Berlin, St. Petersburg (Russia), Budapest, and Perth, Australia. The only confirmed U.S. site is San Francisco, scheduled Oct. 7 on San Francisco Bay near the Golden Gate Bridge.

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The ins and outs of having supplies and materials shipped to you By Judd Parsons You have been in the islands for three weeks and provisions are running low, the raw water pump just sprung a leak and the owner called to say he’s coming in for a week with four guests. How do you get the specialty food and pump to where you are? Shipping is an added challenge, especially with the increasing security for air freight. The best thing to do is prepare for and anticipate problems. Provision specialty food items and meats as though you were staying 25 percent longer than planned. Dairy, fruits, vegetables and baked goods are available on most islands but selection is limited. When you need items immediately and shipping is the only answer, here is what you need to know.

SeaKeepers gets membership push from partnership At a press conference at the Monaco Yacht Show, the International SeaKeepers Society introduced its new Yacht Builder Partnership Program, whose initial membership includes Oceanco, Feadship, Lürssen, Christensen Yachts, Delta Marine, Trinity Yachts and Benetti. Builders can join SeaKeepers as partners for $25,000 and work with the society by introducing their clients to membership. In exchange, partners can use the SeaKeeper Partner logo in their advertising and marketing materials, and participate in social functions. “This is a win-win-win program,” SeaKeepers Board President Jim Gilbert said. “It’s impossible for us to meet the most important yacht owners in the world without the help of the major yacht manufacturers. These companies have an enormous stake in healthy oceans as the very basis for their business success. Being able to meet their clients and introduce them to our members is great for the Society, great for our new partners and fosters precisely the kind of yachting camaraderie that SeaKeepers has become famous for.” SeaKeepers was founded in 1998 by a small group of yacht owners concerned about the seas’ deteriorating condition. The initial mission was to develop a compact, automated ocean and atmospheric monitoring system to install aboard yachts, providing data to scientists on the oceans’ health. The SeaKeeper 1000TM has subsequently been deployed in 50 locations around the world, including yachts, cruise ships, ferry boats and piers. For more information, visit www. seakeepers.org.

First, regulations are different for just about anywhere you want items shipped. The Bahamas, U.S. Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands differ. It is best to accompany all shipments with a copy of your cruising permit and any other documentation pertaining to the vessel and its purpose. (Fax or e-mail them to whomever is doing the shipping.) The cruising permit is the single most important document for clearing customs quickly, and it sometimes helps reduce the amount paid on duties. Including the phrase “Yacht spares, ship in transit” on packages can help process shipments more quickly. Even with all correct documentation, there is no guarantee that shipping will go smoothly. Second, the transit time for carriers can differ by region. Some of the

better-known carriers can have a twoday transit from Ft. Lauderdale to Nassau, but one day to Sint Maarten. Because of this, FedEx and UPS are not always the best choices for perishable items. Contact carriers directly and find out transit time. If you are taking advantage of the boss’ private aircraft to bring in provisions and parts, be sure all paperwork accompanies shipments and be prepared to pay duties where applicable. Third, depending where you have your shipment sent, a customs broker might be required to get the items from customs. Even if you are not required to use a broker, he can save you the hassle of retrieving your shipment from customs and take care of any duties that might incur. It is important that you fax or e-mail the broker all your

shipping documents; this will allow him to process the shipment quickly. Finally, you can use a chandler to handle the provisioning and parts for you. In the long run, yacht chandlers can save a yacht time and money by necessitating only one phone call to place the entire order. Chandlers usually have knowledge about carriers and paperwork, speeding up delivery. They can also take care of packing the provisions properly to assure nothing is damaged in transit. So if you are down island and need something ASAP, keep calm and use resources around you. Judd Parsons is in sales with Yacht Chandlers in Ft. Lauderdale. Contact him at 954-214-9881, judd@ yachtchandlers.com.


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EVENT OF MONTH

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. www.fortlauderdale.gov/festivals.

Oct. 4 The Triton Bridge luncheon,

noon, Ft. Lauderdale. A roundtable discussion of the issues of the day. Active captains only. RSVP to Editor Lucy Chabot Reed at lucy@the-triton. com or 954-525-0029. Space is limited to eight.

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Third Annual Triton Crew Party Ft. Lauderdale, Oct. 19, 6-10 p.m.

Coming back to Ft. Lauderdale is about reconnecting with friends. Do that at our fun crew party at Bimini Boatyard. We’re closing the restaurant to the public and opening it to the awesome yachting industry. Sign up for our e-mail service to get your invitation. Visit www.the-triton.com.

Hollywood. +1-954-467-8405. Space is limited.

Oct. 13-15 Ladies Let’s Go Fishing

seminar in Islamorada. $150 includes welcome reception, Saturday seminars, hands-on training and use of equipment, door prizes, meals, goody bag and T-shirt. +1-954-475- 9068, www.ladiesletsgofishing.com

Oct. 15-22 Kiteboarding and adventure

Oct. 5-9 37th annual U.S. Sailboat

Show, Annapolis City Dock and Harbor, Annapolis, Md. www.usboat.com.

vacation for women. The Cindy Mosey Island Odyssey will be held in Fiji and five places are available for women with no experience. kbelle@mac.com, www. cindymoseyislandodyssey.com.

Oct. 7-15 46th International

Oct 19-22 15th surgical mission,

Boat Show, Genoa, Italy, at Genoa Fairgrounds, Piazzale J.F. Kennedy 1. Tickets start at 13 euros. 1,500 exhibitors expected and nearly 2,000 boats on display. www.salonenauticoonline.it

Barcelona, Venezuela, put on by Fundamigos, an organization that provides free surgical repair for cleft lips, cleft palates, skin cancer and burns. Volunteers needed from the cruising community. manyon@cantv. net, +58(0)281-281-6158.

Oct. 8-9 Columbus Day Regatta,

Biscayne Bay, Miami. More than 200 racing and cruising sailboats expected. www.columbusdayregatta.net/2006

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Oct. 12-15 35th annual U.S. Powerboat

Show, Annapolis City Dock and Harbor, Annapolis, Md. www.usboat.com.

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Tournament, Hollywood, Fla., free. Sponsored by the Platinum Group Division of Allied Richard Bertram, this tournament is open only to yacht captains. Awards banquet follows play. At Hillcrest Golf and Country Club in

Cruisers Susan Franklin and Pam Cooper make bandages at Marina Bahia Redonda last year. Medical teams from Illinois and Venezuela completed more than 140 PHOTO/ELLEN SANPERE operations. 

Oct. 20-Nov. 12 21st annual Ft.

Lauderdale International Film Festival, the longest film festival in the world and one of the most important regional shows in the United States. About 100 films are shown from Miami to Boca Raton at various locations and times. www.fliff.com

Oct. 25 Superyacht Society

membership meeting and breakfast, 8-10 a.m. at Bahia Mar, Ft. Lauderdale. 954-525-6625, www.superyachtsociety. com

Oct. 26-30 47th Ft. Lauderdale

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32nd America’s Cup Valencia, Spain, June 23-July 7

largest show with more than more than 3 million square feet of in-water and exhibition space at six marinas and in the convention center. www. showmanagement.com

Oct. 26 International Superyacht

Society International Awards Gala, 7:30 p.m.-midnight, Marriott Harbor Beach Resort, Ft. Lauderdale. www. superyachtsociety.com, +1-954-5256625.

Nov. 1 The Triton Connection with

Bluewater Books. Mini trade show from a variety of electronic chart vendors. For directions, details and time, call 954-525-0029.

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

Nov. 4-6 32nd annual Fall Charteryacht Show, American Yacht Harbor, St. Thomas, http://vicl.org/events.html

Nov. 4-12 45th annual Barcelona

International Boat Show, Gran Via Exhibition Center. More than 1,600 indirect exhibitors. Includes BCN Dive, a dive show. +34 93 233 2363, www. salonnautico.com

Nov. 8 The Triton Bridge luncheon,

noon, Ft. Lauderdale. A roundtable discussion of the issues of the day. Active captains only. RSVP to Editor Lucy Reed at lucy@the-triton.com or 954-525-0029. Space is limited to eight.

Nov. 8-10 25th annual BVI

Charteryacht Society Boat Show, Village Cay Marina, Tortola. www. bvicrewedyachts.com

Nov. 9-12 ShowBoats International

magazine’s Yacht Rendevous at Fisher Island to benefit Boys & Girls Club of Broward County. 954-563-2822, www. yachtrendezvous.com

Nov. 13-16 Global Superyacht Forum, formerly known as Project 2006, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Hosted by The Yacht Report. 985 euros. www. theyachtreport.com.

Nov. 14-16 19th annual Marine

Equipment Trade Show (METS) 2005, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. For trade only. At least 900 exhibitors expected. www.mets.nl

Nov. 18-19 Marine Weather

Forecasting Workshop, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Dania Beach, sponsored by Seven Seas Cruising Association. Instructor: Lee

Racing for the America’s Cup resumes this spring. Chesneau, former senior meteorologist for NOAA’s Ocean Prediction Center. $250 for SSCA members, $300 for nonmembers. Fee includes a workbook, lunch and snacks. www.ssca.org/ eventind.htm, office@ssca.org, 954-771-5660.

Dec. 2-5 3rd annual St. Maarten

The final races of the America’s Cup. The revitalized Port America’s Cup has a new marina and a public America’s Cup Park, anchored by the Veles e Vents building. Nearly 500,000 people have passed through the entrances in 2006, bringing total visitors to the Louis Vuitton Acts up to more than 1.5 million since racing began in 2004. Races for the Louis Vuitton Cup run from April 16 - June 12. www. PHOTO/CARLO BORLENGHI americascup.com

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Dec. 5 The Triton Bridge luncheon,

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HIRING OR LOOKING FOR WORK?

How to navigate a job interview By Ami G. Ira As this industry continues to grow, so does the demand for crew, experienced and inexperienced, making it easier for anyone with good references and attitudes to get jobs on yachts. This same demand, though, has made it a more competitive marketplace for yachts hiring crew as well. Captains are finding that to get the quality crew they desire, they must approach owners about offering things such as health insurance, more paid leave, paid air fares for leave, rotational positions, paid continuing education and training, and of course, higher wages. While a potential crew member cannot control what an owner feels fair to offer, he or she can improve their chances of finding the right job – or, in the case of captains, the right crew member – by using the following tips:

Tips for the interviewee 1. Look the part. Khakis and a polo shirt or dress shirt, with deck shoes or flats. Business attire is OK for some high-profile yachts. No jeans. Cover visible tattoos or remove obvious piercings. 2. Bring copies of letters of reference, photo, photos of your food (for chefs), licenses, your passport/visa, etc. 3. Don’t fidget. It’s a sign of nervousness. 4. Be on time (call if you’ll be late). 5. Prepare a few questions. Ask what’s important to you, whether that’s itinerary or training or advancement potential. Bring a note pad and pen to take notes. 6. Do not waste the interviewer’s

time. If you realize you are not interested in the position, be honest. They will respect you for being upfront. 7. If you land a job between setting up an interview and the interview itself, let the interviewer know. Let them decide whether they would still like to interview you. 8. At the end of the interview, reaffirm your interest in the position, if it is genuine. If not, say you will continue interviewing until you find the right position. Shake hands confidently and firmly, making eye contact, and thank him/her for their time. 9. Send a thank you note or e-mail after the interview.

Tips for the interviewer 1. Be on time, with a clean and pressed uniform, as representative of the vessel and her owner. 2. Meet on the boat if possible. It is fair for a potential crew member to see the crew quarters and meet the crew onboard. If interviewing on the boat is not possible, meet in a private office or over lunch in a quiet restaurant. Don’t allow interruptions unless it is an emergency. Silence your cell phone. 3. Briefly describe the job, the size of the crew, the boss’ likes and dislikes, and the itinerary. Then ask what the crew member is looking for, and how he/she may match your criteria. (Hint:

Speak 10 percent, listen 90 percent.) 4. Ask the same questions (with some variation of ancillary questions) and document responses. 5. Offer the candidate an opportunity to ask questions. Make a note of what appears to be important to this crew member. 6. Confirm contact details, and ask for references. Wrap it up politely, and thank the candidate for his/her time. 7. Once the candidate has departed, label his/her resume as to whether you want a second interview (“maybe” is OK). First impressions are important and insightful. For the ones labeled “yes,” contact the most recent employers personally. Do not leave this step in the hands of your crew agent as he or she can only get general answers to general questions. 8. Narrow the list to two or three candidates and invite them back for a second interview with their potential direct superior. Discuss salary package, start date, and visa/license requirements to determine if you have a match. When you find your new crew member, decide on a starting salary, trial period, permanent salary, and shake hands. If there is a contract, give the new crew member a copy to read and sign within 24 hours. The goal of an interview is to find a good match, which leads to increased crew retention. Taking the right job – and hiring the right crew – is the foundation of a fulfilling career. Ami G. Ira (the recently married Ami Williams) is the managing director and owner of the crew placement agency Crew Unlimited, based in Ft. Lauderdale. Contact her at ami@ crewunlimited.com.


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There are differences between management and leadership Last month, we examined standards on yachts. Now it’s time to look at the difference between management and leadership. All too frequently the two are confused. Management is about finding ways to help people do things to achieve an identified objective; leadership is about vision, inspiration Up and Running and passion. A question in Ian Biles

debate throughout the superyacht industry is whether a yacht should be managed by the captain or whether a shore-based management structure should be used. To run a yacht well, the captain needs to know what is going on aboard his yacht as well as have an appreciation of the wider environment. Whilst many captains make tremendous efforts to keep up to date, it is almost inevitable that they will not succeed without assistance. International and national regulations are constantly changing; technology

advances at an ever-increasing pace; and best practices change. Combining these factors with husbandry of the yacht, crew management, accounting, navigation, passage making, paperwork and the owner’s or charterer’s requirements clearly means that something is going to suffer. What a busy captain needs is assistance from a system ashore that removes most (if not all) of the problems associated with keeping up to date in all areas. When something of which the captain should be aware

changes, he/she needs to be briefed and provided with the resources necessary to respond. The captain may also benefit from assistance setting up the management and control systems on board, both initially and in response to change. Whether this assistance is provided by a management company, an accountant, a lawyer or somebody else is the choice of the owner and captain. Problems tend to arise when management ashore is perceived to be “taking over.” This cannot happen. It is the captain who runs the yacht and to suggest that an entity divorced from the yacht could do so is nonsense. However, when communication breaks down between management ashore (advisers) and management on board (captain), problems are inevitable.

Onboard management

When implementing onboard management systems, the first need is for unambiguous communication. Crew members need to understand what is required of them in all aspects of their life and work on the yacht. The starting point for such good communication rests with the captain. It is incumbent on him/her to know exactly what the owner wants with respect to the running of the yacht. This includes such tangible matters as availability, budgets and maintenance but it also includes more subtle areas of particular preference. An example is to articulate exactly who is “in charge” of the yacht. At first sight, the captain is in charge. But the captain is employed by the owner and, therefore, can be sacked by the owner. The captain is therefore subject to commercial pressure from the owner (as nobody likes to lose his/her job and income). This pressure can never be eliminated but it can be reduced by

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MPI Group of Surrey, England, is introducing a distance-learning course designed 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 and future topics include the legal aspects of yacht management, interior management, chartering, repairs and security. For more information, call +44(0)1252-732-220 or e-mail et@mpigroup.co.uk.


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Letter of authority sets bounds MANAGEMENT, from page C2 communication. A Captain’s Letter of Authority is not a new idea, although it has only recently reappeared under the International Safety Management Code (ISM). Historically, the captains of sailing ships were given letters of authority by their monarch or owner. Such letters stated who the captain was and what the responsibilities were. Few people doubt that a captain has the ultimate responsibility for the yacht. However, does this responsibility include the authority to incur vast and unnecessary cost without recourse to the owner? For the sake of clarity, the duties and responsibilities of the captain need to be defined, preferably in writing, in a job description. What is the captain’s level of authority to bind his owner? What is his/her authority in respect to crew? In respect to safety? In practical terms, the letter of authority covers two areas. First is the captain’s general responsibilities for the safety of life and protection of the environment. The letter should also include a statement that the captain has authority to refuse any instruction given that he/she considers hazardous to the yacht or personnel on board. The second area is what is

commonly known as a job description. Generally, owners will have neither the time nor the inclination to detail what it is they expect from their captain. Indeed, owners will often not know what they should expect from their captain. The owner wants the yacht to look great and be available; everything else is pretty much up to the captain. Therefore, it is part of the captain’s responsibility to have a clear idea what his responsibilities are when being interviewed for the job. Using appropriate diplomatic skills (which are necessary for the job anyway), a captain can introduce this to the prospective new employer. Doing so will demonstrate to the owner that the captain has thought carefully about the job and “knows what he is doing.” For an example of a Captain’s Letter of Authority, visit www.the-triton.com. Next month: A look at setting onboard policies. 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. demon.co.uk or +44-2392-524-490.

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IN THE GALLEY: Culinary Waves

Form follows function: Mise en place in galley We have mise en place for our I was asked during our recent refit cooking methods, which is obtaining what I liked and didn’t like about my our ingredients beforehand and setting galley. What I didn’t like was the fact them up for ease in preparing a recipe. that we were stepping over one another If that principle when the heat was on. I had adequate applies to food, it space; the problem lay in it being should apply to the functional with others in the room. galley as well. There was not a dedicated steward We all like a station as you will find on larger yachts smoothly run ship. simply because space prevents it. If the food is having My galley has been ripped out and difficulty finding is being redone along with the entire its way out of the interior by Claudette Bonville and galley or even being Associates in Ft. Lauderdale. Now I Culinary Waves made or put up for have a dedicated work station, prep Mary Beth plating, then the station, plating station, and a dedicated Lawton Johnson problem can be steward station with dishwasher. found either in the What I sought for my new galley was chefs themselves or the relationship to have areas integrated closer together of the chef to the galley. If you are late for a smoother transition in operation. only once, there is a problem. In other words, I did not want to have Most yacht galleys are designed by the mixer and Robo coupe across the owners, builders and interior designers. counter from where my prep station Occasionally a chef has input as to was. Even if you only have to move what goes where. Even so, most people a couple of feet to reach these items who design galleys forget about the and you have set up the bread making work-functional relationship: i.e. form on the opposite counter, it is a waste follows function in of time, space and layout and design. energy. Everybody wants Everybody wants I wanted a food the professional the professional prep area separate appearance from the steward appearance, but when – impressive in area so that when the you have to reach above heat rises, we aren’t looks and in use – but when you over each your head to get coffee tripping have to reach above other trying to get or walk across the room food out or plates your head to get coffee or walk to the refrigerator, then back in. It really made across the room to no sense to plate the you have a problem in the refrigerator, or main course when the you have gadgets steward was looming functional ability. that won’t stow over you with dirty away, then you have dishes from the first a problem in functional ability. The course. Something had to change. layout creates a deficit of work space A few simple ideas and tips that have for the time-pressed chef. worked beautifully for me may help you This is a topic most chefs agree on: redesign your galley setup without a We lack sufficient functional space major overhaul and be able to perform in our galleys, or we fail to use the a meal without moving more than a few space provided efficiently. Hopefully, steps. If you have to walk 6 feet to the the tips provided here will be a guide refrigerator, then these tips won’t help to committing available space as you until your galley is changed since dedicated work, prep and plating plumbing is an integrated necessary stations. feature. Professional culinary texts do not I arrange my galley by the 4 x 4 rule. cover any aspects of a yacht galley. Everything is within 4 feet or less of If you have been onboard for some my hands. You could even narrow that time, it might be suggested that you down to 2 x 2 if you wanted, depending contribute to a redesign of the galley on space available and the size of the during a refit. You know how you work galley you work in. For those yachts best. whose layout has the galley spread out If you know the limitations of across the room, such as in a country your galley, then seeking professional kitchen or a superyacht where a whole guidance in layout and design is the room might be dedicated to the galley, best possible solution. You can tell the don’t fret. This rule will still work. designer what works and what doesn’t Basically, for each station, position in your current setup. Usually they will those tools within reach. At the cooking ask you. Hopefully, they will ask you. station, position your most important After all, you have to work in there, not See WAVES, page C6 the owner.

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Treat great knives as what they are: a chef ’s cherished tools WAVES, from page C5 cooking utensils – pots, pans, knives, cutting boards, spices, gadgets, microplanes, etc. – within reach. Your feet will never leave their spot during cooking. I even have one drawer dedicated solely to thermometers. Here are a few space-saving ideas you could incorporate into your galley to improve movement and functionality using the 4 x 4 rule: 1. Pick out the most important items you use every day and several times during the day. Is it your thermometer, a special pan, a special whisk, a special sieve? Put it next to the area it is most often used in, whether that be drawer, a hanging space, wherever. My pots and pan are in drawers next to the counter top and beside the

oven in the order of most use, that way Many chefs have their utensils above I am not pulling them out in search the cook top on wall racks. I caution of special pots that I favor. The only against this because all fat particles drawback to this arrangement is space. and debris given off from cooking will Does it all have to eventually find fit in a certain way way to these Looking for a storage area their to get the cabinet utensils and so closed? If not, this for spices? Don’t consider keeping them is an ideal setup. is a job in something near the cooktop clean 2. Have all of itself. “simply because of humidity, 3. Knives are your cooking utensils (spatulas, heat, light and grease, all of a chef ’s asset or tongs, slotted they could be spoons, etc.) next which will destroy a good just the opposite, to or below your a liability. If spice quicker than you can cooking station. If you or the boat you have a bank of use it.” have invested drawers, use the considerable time second for items you don’t use as often and money in a set of knives, keep them but still frequently, such as twine and a hidden in a drawer. Any professional mandolin. culinary school will tell you this. Do not

put them in a block on the countertop unless that block is bolted down. I do not suggest hanging them on magnetic blocks attached to the wall as the rule of gravity prevails. Remember that even though you might have a magnetic field keeping them on the wall and it seems secure, that is the only thing keeping them there. Have sleeves or covers for them and keep them in a drawer. Another reason is to keep the crew and even owners from using them to open a box or package of food that has been shrink-wrapped, running the risk of a broken tip, warping or just general dullness. We all know how often this has happened. 4. Spices are complicated. I solved my problem by having an insert put into my wall. It pulls out with eight open shelves on both sides with slats to keep spices in place. It went from floor to ceiling and I could house close to 100 spices conveniently and see them all whenever the pull-out was opened. (I also keep the usual aspirin and vitamins there since guests usually come to me first for that sort of thing.) I don’t suggest keeping spices in a cabinet because you always have to remove a few to find the one you need. I also don’t suggest keeping them near my cooktop simply because of humidity, heat, light and grease, all of which will destroy a good spice quicker than you can use it. My pullout was still within the 4 x 4 rule of my setup. The bottom shelves were larger to hold serving trays and an even taller shelf accommodated larger bottles of spices we pick up from those shopping warehouses. It freed up counter space, cabinet space and wall space. The same type of unit will be built into my next galley. 5. Pantry space is strictly for par stock, the amount of stock used to keep you adequately supplied until you can restock. I keep the basic sauces used often in my pantry such as tomato and cream sauces, condiments, and canned vegetables, and only a few of each. I keep the rest stowed away and keep an inventory sheet where it is stowed. In the pantry I have an inventory sheet on hand. Once the inventory of stowed items is low, then I know I must restock. I do not recommend fiddles to keep your canned goods in place in your pantry. Fiddles are removable reinforcements – either wood or metal – to hold an item in place with dowels and slats. Another type is the flip-up fiddle that allows the user to pull out an item rather than remove the whole fiddle to get at one can. My problem with fiddles is suppose you have a No. 10 can and it won’t come out with the fiddle in place. You must remove the fiddle to get at the can. If

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Carrot-Stuffed Cabbage with Foie Gras Recipe and photo by Chef Mary Beth Lawton Johnson This recipe is an all-time winner. I serve it when I want to impress. A meal in itself, cabbage is very versatile and lends itself to many recipes besides having many nutrients. This recipe is an adaptation from a recipe by French Chef Jean Novelli.   1 head of green cabbage, washed 8 5-ounce ramekins 2 tablespoons butter Salt and black pepper to taste 1 lb carrots, chopped 8 baby carrots for garnish, cleaned 2/3 cup fresh basil, chopped chiffonade 2 tablespoons tarragon 3 garlic cloves, minced fine 1 1-1/2 lb lobe of fresh foie gras, class A cleaned, deveined, seared on all sides, chopped, reserving 4 oz. for plating. 6 tablespoons heavy cream 3/4 cup of emmental cheese chopped 4 eggs Hollandaise Sauce, prepared ahead of time   1. Pull the cabbage apart, leaving whole leaves. Steam until done.

2. Butter 6 5-ounce molds. Line the molds with cabbage leaves forming a cup, usually one large leaf per mold. 3. Cook carrots in boiling salted water until tender or steam. Drain. Reserve baby carrots for garnish; put chopped carrots in food processor with spices, garlic, foie gras and 2 tablespoons of heavy cream. Puree. 4. Add the cheese. 5. Mix the eggs with the remaining cream and add to the carrot mixture. 6. Spoon the carrot mixture into the molds. Cover with saran wrap. Place in a steamer and steam for 30 to 40 minutes or until set. 7. Plate, scattering the remaining foie gras around the plate, and drizzle with Hollandaise sauce. 8. Top with steamed baby carrots. Serve. NOTE: If you have any stuffing remaining, form a quenelle of the mixture and place alongside the bundle.

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8 ounces clarified butter, cooled slightly, held to the side 4 egg yolks 2 tablespoons white wine 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar 2 tablespoons water Salt and pepper to taste 1. Place all ingredients except the butter in a pan set over simmering water. Whisk in a figure-eight motion as fast as possible until the sauce becomes as thick as whipped cream. 2. Remove from heat and slowly whisk in the clarified butter. If the sauce thickens too much, whisk in a little water. Season to taste. Do not allow to boil as this will separate it. Keep warm or cover directly onto the sauce with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming on the top.

Bodacious Banana Nut Bread Recipe and photo by Capt. John Wampler 1-1/4 cup flour 1 cup sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 cup butter, melted 5 very ripe bananas, mashed 2 eggs well beaten 3/4 cups chopped walnuts or pecans Kahlua coffee-flavored liquor   Work first four ingredients together by hand until crumbly. Add remaining ingredients and again mix by hand. Do not over mix. Spoon mixture into a greased miniloaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until an

inserted toothpick comes out clean. Prior to removing from oven, brush on two coats of Kahlua. Makes about 10 mini-loafs.


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Space can be saved by consolidating equipment WAVES, from page C6 you are in rough seas, this presents a problem with other items sliding off the shelf as well. Another option in your pantry is pockets, deep shelves made of either metal, wood or Plexiglas. Pockets, which are my preference, will hold cans without additional devices that need to be removed to gain access. 6. Cabinet space is for special sauces; condiments in use that need no refrigeration, such as salt, pepper, steak sauce, Worcestershire, and Tabasco; and things like bags of ready mix sauces that you do not have space for in a regular pantry. One cabinet is dedicated solely to sauces, one to baking goods, the other to plates and dishes for crew (if not housed in the main dining room). Other cabinets are dedicated to special molds, Tupperware and the list goes on. Keep the most often-used sauces next to your cook top in a cabinet. If heat index is a factor in whether a sauce will be altered in taste, or if it is dangerous or flammable, place the sauces or spray coating for pans away from the cook top unless that cabinet is insulated. When the heat is on, the last thing you need is a fire in your galley because an aerosol can decided to implode in the cabinet. It has happened. I do not put my baking goods in with the rest of my other stock simply because you must pull everything out to find it. Dedicate a cabinet solely to your baking goods. 7. Make sure you position fire extinguishers next to your cook top or

oven and that they are rated for that particular type of fire. 8. Do you have a juicer, a smoothie machine, a blender and a food processor? Wouldn’t one machine do all you need? I understand there are sometimes requests for fresh fruit or vegetable juice, but consider consolidating equipment. Find one piece that can do several things. This goes for cooking, too. Why have an inset steamer, a microwave, double or a single oven when it is possible to integrate a combi oven? With the new technology out there, we will see these more and more onboard. They come in a range of sizes and perform the same tasks as a steamer, roaster, oven, and microwave in record time compared to standard cooking equipment. 9. Finally, find what works best for you. If you are a charter or relief chef, obtain permission before you begin rearranging somebody else’s galley. Perhaps it was set up that way by someone who uses it more than you, such as a head stewardess or even the owner who likes to cook when you are not onboard. If you have any other ways to save space, time or energy in the galley, I would love to hear them. E-mail me at the address below when you get a chance. 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 www.themegayachtchef.com or contact her through editorial@the-triton.com.

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WINE: By the Glass

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A closer look at pairing red wine with foods Last month I looked at the often nerve-wracking business of pairing food with wine by commenting on general rules of thumb when selecting wine for meals, advising charter guests or working with owners to get the right wine for meals. This month let’s look at pairings for red wine in greater detail. We’ll By the Glass examine white Mark Darley wines and dessert wines next month. It is generally agreed that some red wines are easier to match than others. Reds known for their versatility include the much-maligned merlot, Côtes du Rhone, Spanish reds, shiraz from Australia and, you will be pleased to hear, pinot noir from America, New Zealand and Australia. With the current vogue for pinot noir allied to the fruit-forward friendliness of these wines, they are good with a range of food from grilled salmon through turkey, game and even duck to pork and, if you must, red meat (if you select a powerful pinot from, say, Oregon). Most of these easygoing wines share key characteristics: they are

soft, lacking in tannin, fruit-forward and ripe. Consequently, when you are planning for a barbecue or a buffet with a mix of foods, these reds will give you a range of flavor that will blend with most things and in the main not react with spice. I like to consider what I call dream pairings, and the classics with red wine are just as sublime as the white dream combinations – but you will have to wait until next month for those. One of my all-time favorite pairings is lamb with Rioja. I have advised many people to try these wines and always get positive feedback. Lamb is becoming more popular in the United States although it is popular among Spanish people and anyone from England, Australia and New Zealand. You can also get away with a good red Bordeaux for a pairing that will reflect well on you every time. Being as I am a huge lover of Italian wines I have to comment on how well Barolo goes with game meats such as venison. If the sauces include mushroom, this will work too, indeed any mushroom-dominated dish works well with this wine. If the meal is a little fancy with something such as pheasant you have to try really good mature red Burgundy (pinot noir) for a wonderful

combination. Other classics include roast beef or beef/steak from the grill with Duero wines from Spain. With so many great wines coming from Spain and at such amazing prices these is an area in which experimentation is not prohibitive in terms of cost. And it can earn you many plaudits for coming up with such a fine combination. I also try to pair turkey with good pinot noir but a phenomenal combination is with Australian shiraz. The fruit and sweetness of the wine works so well. Indeed, I would even try it with duck. Never forget the greats from Bordeaux and how well they combine with all red meat and lamb in particular. The key here is to be sure the meal has not sweet or spicy sauce as this will react badly with the tannin in Bordeaux, even if the wine is mature. Many yachts buy particular wine because it is the owner’s favorite or it is a charter guest’s request. The following is a run-through of the good combinations outside of the classic wines: Amarone goes with game, dark meats powerful cheese and even chocolate. Barbera, chianti (sangiovese) and

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Crew conferences upcoming These are upcoming conferences of interest to crew. For additional events, see our calendar on page B22. Oct. 11-13 SNAME Maritime Technology Conference and Expo in Ft. Lauderdale, designed for engineers, builders, lawyers, regulators, architects and other engineering professionals. Includes breakout sessions on more than 50 technical papers and a superyacht forum to address trends. www.maritimeexpo.com Oct. 24-26 Integrated Maritime Auditor course, combines ISM Code, ISPS Code, and internal auditor training. Conducted by U.S. Maritime Institute in Ft. Lauderdale. Upon completion, students can conduct simultaneous ISM Code and ISPS

Code audits. +1-954-449-3444, www. usmaritimeinstitute.com The International Superyacht Society is hosting several events during the show, including: Oct. 25 Membership meeting and breakfast, 8-10 a.m., Bahia Mar. Open to all ISS members, media and interested parties. For additional information and tickets, call 954.525.6625 Oct. 26 Distinguished Crew Award gala, 7:30 p.m.-midnight, Marriott Harbor Beach Resort, Ft. Lauderdale Oct. 27 ISS Crew Training Seminars and luncheon, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bahia Mar. Free to members, media and public. For more info and tickets, call +1954-525-6625.

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WINE, from page C10 Valpolicella all go well with pasta with tomato sauces, pizza and ham. Crozes Hermitage (syrah) and other good Rhône wines work with duck, roast pork and, where the wine is peppery (as in St. Joseph), pepper steak. Grenache/garnacha wines partner barbecues and spiced-beef dishes well. Malbec, which is becoming increasingly popular, works nicely with beef in all its forms including stews and chili. Not surprising as most of the good ones come from Argentina. Pinotage mainly from South Africa goes with ribs and any grilled meat. Petite sirah (not related to syrah) has been championed by many Californian producers in recent years and the sweet, dark fruit of this wine combines superbly with Tex Mex or Mexican food, as would a petit verdot and big juicy zinfandel. Zinfandel and the Italian relative primitivo go well with all grilled food, spiced Asian cuisine, sausages and pasta with big meat sauces. Remember that other nebbiolo wines such as Gattinara and Barbaresco work in the same manner as Barolo. As always, work with your retailer to be certain of precise matches. In such a short article, generalization is inevitable so ally these guidelines with further reading to enable you to buy wines that will work well much of the time. Mark Darley is a managing partner at Seventh Street Wine Company in Ft. Lauderdale. Contact him at mdarley@ seventhstreetwine.com or +1-954-5225560.

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Herbs’ benefit is greater than simply good taste People sometimes say, “Healthful food doesn’t taste good.” But new research discredits this excuse more firmly than ever. Studies show that herbs and spices are an ideal way to add flavor and health benefits to food. Many culinary herbs contain the natural antioxidant substances found in fruits, Take It In Carol Bareuther vegetables and tea. Antioxidants are natural substances in food that can help to prevent and repair damage from reactive substances that could lead to cancer or heart disease. For example, according to research by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, oregano – commonly used in a variety of dishes, including pizza – is extremely high in antioxidant power, as are dill, thyme, rosemary and peppermint. Even so, we have to be careful about how these health findings are interpreted.

Maintain common sense

The USDA research reports that some herbs, such as oregano, may contain even greater antioxidant action, ounce for ounce, than fruits and vegetables. However, it would be unrealistic for a meal to include a portion of herbs equal in weight to a serving of a fruit or vegetable, unless perhaps you’re a pesto fanatic. Still, the health benefits that herbs offer should encourage us to make generous and frequent use of them. According to a review published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, herbs contain many cancerfighting phytochemicals that stimulate the immune system, block carcinogenic damage to the DNA in our cells and inhibit a variety of hormones and enzymes associated with cancer development. Although the antioxidants and phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables are good reasons to make them a major part of our meals, these foods also provide important vitamins and fiber. And they make weight control easier by satisfying our hunger with fewer calories. Health benefits don’t come just from the juice or pulp of fruit. Animal studies done at the University of Arizona found that citrus peel was linked to a drop in risk of about 30 percent to 70 percent in skin cancer. Among other benefits, substances in citrus peel may also deter colon cancer development. Using lemon, orange

Health benefits don’t come just from the juice or pulp of fruit. Animal studies done at the University of Arizona found that citrus peel was linked to a drop in risk of about 30 percent to 70 percent in skin cancer. Among other benefits, substances in citrus peel may also deter colon cancer development. or lime zest – which is the top and colorful part of the peel – adds a fresh, light flavor to salads and most cooked dishes. Use a grater or very sharp paring knife to remove the zest from fruit. Use only the colored layer of the peel; the white layer underneath, or pith, has a bitter, unpleasant taste. Ginger is another way to add more than just flavor to food. Japanese research has identified more than 40 antioxidant compounds in ginger. Korean scientists have found compounds in ginger that fight inflammation and block certain stages of cancer development in laboratory studies. This may give a new reason to enjoy real ginger ale or to make sure and eat that piece of ginger served with sushi.

The flavor without the fat

One of the difficulties with this research is that we need to see how the amount that has healthful effects in test tube or animal studies translates into appropriate levels for human consumption. For example, although some citrus peel compounds offer benefits, the European Journal of Cancer reports that one of the substances counteracts the tamoxifen treatment of breast cancer in mice. So it might be that certain herbs are more beneficial for some people, while others need to be careful of these herbs and the quantity they consume or if they consume them at all. Whether their health benefits turn out to be major or minor, herbs and spices can spark the flavor of a healthful diet without the need for excess fat, salt or sugar. This is a pretty good payoff in itself.  Carol Bareuther is a registered dietitian and a regular contributor to The Triton. Contact her through editorial@thetriton.com.


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PHOTOGRAPHY: Photo Exposé

Note that in this photograph neither the lighthouse nor the horizon are centered. 

October 2006

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A photo composition gudeline: Think in thirds Welcome aboard photography enthusiasts. Previously I discussed the importance of foreground interest in taking better seascape (and landscape) photographs. It could be the crest of a wave, the bow of a ship, a buoy, or anything that presents itself for you to use creatively, the idea being to create depth and Photo Exposé dimension in your James Schot photograph. Continuing with photographic composition, I’ve included a shot of Lighthouse Point in South Florida to help point out other things to consider when taking your seascape. Photo composition in most respects follows the same rules as in drawn or painted images. You have a canvas framed on four sides and within this frame you create your expression of a subject in the strongest way possible. But unlike a painter who builds on an empty canvas, a photographer has a mass of unbordered information and must determine the best way to frame or present it. Compact cameras have rectangular frames; the horizontal plane is usually best suited for seascapes. Looking at my Lighthouse Point photograph, taken in the horizontal plane, I have again included foreground

interest. The small sports boat entering the harbor serves this purpose. I’ve also mentioned before to leave room in your composition ahead of the direction of the main movement. The main and only movement here is this small boat, which is moving right to left, and as you can see there is plenty of space for it to move into. If a boat moving in this direction was on the far left side it would be discomforting, as if it were navigating into a wall represented by the left edge of the photograph. Even on a tight shot of a moving vessel, leave slightly more space in the direction of movement. Notice the points of interest in this photo are not centered. The Lighthouse is off-center on the horizontal plane and the horizon line is off-center on the vertical plane. Like painting, photography follows the rule of thirds, that is dividing both the horizontal and vertical planes into three equal sections (see photo), and the four intersection points (note stars) are the strongest places to place important features. More to the point, having everything centered does not guarantee balance and it is boring. Symmetry – a balance on opposite sides of an imaginary center line – has its place, and easy examples can be found in architecture, but interesting compositional balance can be created asymmetrically. You can think of your composition in geometric terms. The “golden (equilateral) triangle” is a powerful

form used in portraiture, but looking for geometric lines to help the viewer’s eyes move around your composition makes for better results and is a fun challenge to inspire your photography. In the Lighthouse Point photograph there are diagonals: the small boat is moving in a upward diagonal, while the jetty extends in a downward diagonal. These things add interest and movement to the composition. Other factors affect composition, including viewpoints, angles, shapes, lines, textures, patterns, contrast, color and, most important, light. Seascapes are difficult. Unless you make a specific change in course to change your viewpoint, line or angle, you are left with little but patience to work with. I think composing a photograph with the wrong light is a waste of exposure and time. Most any scene looks best with sun falling on it, preferably early or late sunshine. Of course, interesting weather can add drama to a scene, so having sunlight is best in most but not all circumstances Remember, rules are only guidelines. You are the ruler of your compositions, so be creative. Until next time … permission to come ashore. James Schot has been a professional photographer for 27 years and owns Schot Designer Photography. Feel free to contact him at james@bestschot.com with photographic questions or queries for future columns.

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PUZZLES

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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 C11) Start with the Calm puzzle left. Then try your luck in the Stormy seas at right.

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PERSONAL FINANCE: Yachting Capital

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Your estate is a matter of trust (and not just for the wealthy) In the past, we trusted our families and/or friends to carry out our wishes in the event we could not do them ourselves. Today, there are numerous legal documents called wills and trusts that carry out our wishes. These documents have many forms and descriptions to accommodate your needs. I briefly described in my column Yachting Capital last month the scenarios of Mark A. Cline when you might consider using these instruments. Many people think of wills and trusts as tools only for the wealthy. Simply put, these documents protect your assets and carry out your wishes in the event that you cannot. These are necessary tools in securing your financial plan. Some of the most common trusts are a living trust, a life estate trust, children’s/gifting trust, a life insurance trust, a private annuity trust and a family foundation trust. To better understand trusts, let’s clarify some common terms. Grantor: A grantor is a party, consisting of one or more individuals who will transfer ownership of property (usually real estate) to another party. The receiving party is referred to as the grantee. Often the grantor and grantee are the seller and buyer of property. Sometimes these two parties are referred to as transferor and transferee. In the context of a trust, the grantor is the party who creates and/or transfers legal title of property to the trust. Trustee and Successor Trustee: In the context of a trust, the trustee holds the legal title to property that is transferred to the trust, and becomes the chief administrator over that property. The trustee is strictly bound by the terms and provisions written into the trust, and is obligated to deal with and transfer property to beneficiaries or heirs according to those written instructions. A successor trustee is simply someone who replaces an existing trustee, and is often pre-appointed so that the successor may immediately be trustee when necessary. Trustees may be either an adult or corporations. A trust may have one or more trustees, and may have both a corporation and an adult as co-trustees. A living trust is the minimum level in trust planning for a family estate. A well written living trust will help avoid probate upon death and ensure that your estate goes to the intended heirs. When an individual dies without a trust, usually all the property is inherited by the surviving spouse. That

is due to the joint tenancy method of holding title. If the surviving spouse remarries, sometimes the outsider spouse ends up taking over part or all of the estate. If the outsider spouse outlives the remaining original spouse it is very easy for the outsider to take over the property. This leaves the heirs of the original two spouses completely without an inheritance. A provision to consider having in a living trust to reduce death taxes is a bypass trust. It is used to preserve the death tax exemption available to the first spouse to die. Without a trust, these exemptions are usually lost. Preserving the exemptions requires a sophisticated bypass trust due to complication from the 2001 Tax Act. Some shortcomings of a simple living trust are that you do not eliminate or reduce gift, capital gains, or income taxes. You also do not protect assets from lawsuits, judgments, liens, creditor actions, etc. They also provide little or no privacy for financial affairs and property ownership. If these are concerns, there are other trusts or combinations of trusts you can consider. Some trust options were mentioned at the beginning of this column. This is one of four columns tackling the issues of wills and trusts. In my next article I will go into a detailed review of a special trust that can defer capital gains and depreciation recapture taxes and also remove assets from your taxable estate. With any trust or even if you choose not to use a trust, if you have a family and assets, you should have some type of will. A typical will should consist of multiple documents, including pour-over wills, durable power of attorney, medical power of attorney, advance medical directive (a living will) and, if you have minor children, a guardianship appointment. The choice is yours: Spend a little money now and make the decisions you want carried out, or let the courts make the decisions for you in probate after you die. Probate normally costs your estate between 2 percent and 10 percent of its value to make your final financial decisions without your input. The information provided here is to assist you generally in planning for your financial future. Proper tax, legal and financial advice should always be obtained relative to your specific needs by appropriate qualified professionals. Capt. 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 +1-954-302-2372 or mark.cline@ capitalmarinealliance.net.

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BOOK REVIEW

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Burke adds two novels to list in series on Dave Robicheaux It is currently a double-hitter for author James Lee Burke. “Pegasus Descending,” his 26th novel, is available in hardback and “Crusader’s Cross” has been released in paperback. Burke is one of the most lauded contemporary American authors. Most of his novels take place in either New Iberia, La., or Well Read Missoula, Mont. He Donna has homes in both Mergenhagen places. Fifteen of his novels track the life of Dave Robicheaux. Long-term Burke readers have followed Dave through a career in the New Orleans Police Department to a stint as a private investigator to a return to his hometown sheriff ’s office. Robicheaux is a tough guy with a heart. Under the pen of a lesser author, such a character could be a caricature and unbelievable as a recurring protagonist. Burke writes in the first person. This style and his talent create a complex man whose struggles are experienced at an intimate level by the reader. In each of the Robicheaux novels the unique history, people, and geography of bayou country sets the scene. Centuries of political corruption have created both the toxic swamps of industrial waste and the underworld of drugs, prostitution and gambling. The enormous gaps between old families of money and the working poor are bridged with a broad racial mix and a patchwork of languages. The Old South still bleeds from Confederate War wounds; the New South suffers the afflictions of poverty. “Crusader’s Cross” begins with a flashback to the summer of 1958 when Robicheaux and his brother, Jimmie, are laborers in south Texas. Jimmie becomes smitten with a mandolin playing country girl, Ida, who is a prostitute. Jimmie attempts to buy out her “contract” but Ida

disappears. During Robicheaux’s current investigation of a serial killer, he is called to the bedside of a man who provides a piece of information connecting the past to the present. South Florida’s Miami-Dade County in the 1980s is a bad memory for Robicheaux. In “Pegasus Descending,” he reconnected with an old friend while on an inter-departmental training program. Dave Klein was a decorated Vietnam vet who was mired in gambling debt to the Miami mob. Robicheaux witnessed the bank robbery where his friend was killed and the memory has haunted him. When the New Iberia sheriff ’s office is called to investigate a woman who has attempted to use a $100 bill with dye marks, Robicheaux meets his dead friend’s daughter. Each of James Lee Burke’s novels is a stand-alone story and can be read out of published order. Most fans list the Robicheaux series as their favorite. It’s no wonder. Burke is an accomplished writer. He has won two Edgar awards, a Pulitzer nomination and National Book Award nominations. Burke’s crime fiction is described as literate or poetic by critics of the genre. In an Atlantic Monthly interview, the author listed Chaucer, Faulkner, O’Connor and Hemingway as his greatest literary influences. Born in Houston in 1936, Burke has worked as an English professor, social worker, surveyor and print journalist. An acute observer and philosopher, he inserts his wisdom into a suspenseful story instead of a newspaper column. In “Pegasus Descending,” the main character says, “We’re the sum total of what we’ve done and where we’ve been.” Burke’s daughter, Alafair Burke, is also a budding novelist. Her first two novels have received critical acclaim. Donna Mergenhagen owns Well Read, a used book store on Southeast 17th Street in Ft. Lauderdale. Contact her at 954467-8878.


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PREDICTIONS: Looking Up

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Librans should tend to their business before the last few days of the month LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 21) Both Venus

and Mars in your sign until the 23rd will keep you on keel and ready for any inspection. Balance work with play. Finances are highlighted, and the 23rd brings a long overdue bonus. Your best day is the 11th, when pretty much everything is going your way. Shore up your gains Looking Up before the end of Maya White the month when Mercury goes into retrograde motion on the 28th, just as Neptune turns direct on the 29th. Before the 29th, you are clear, balanced, and focused; after that, the fog sets in for a spell. So, take care of business early on this time around.

SCORPIO (Oct. 22-Nov. 21) Mercury

enters your sign on the 2nd, increasing your already razor-sharp perceptions. Now, you speak your truth with even more clarity and insight. With both Venus and Mars in your Solar 12th house of endings and hidden events, you just may hear from a long lost love this month, or some other surprise that gets dredged up from the past. Take it in stride. Situations that have held you captive are finally released, and the eagle is set free.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20)

Things are not as clear and upfront as you’d like. Behind the scenes, intrigue hides in every corner. Hold on to your truth, Sag. What you learn on the 13th is startling, but a necessary piece to the puzzle. Stay flexible, and open to change. Peak days: the 18th, 24th, and the 30th.

Share an outrageous adventure with a friend this month, Cap. CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19)

cut your losses and move on. Neptune stations into direct motion on the 29th, lending support.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19)

Consolidate your gains and sit tight this month, Pisces. Avoid risky financial moves, or you stand to lose what has come so easily up to this point, especially on the 14th. Clarity is your great opportunity for October; be calm, patient, and make major decisions before next month. Tag, you’re “it” on Halloween when the moon in your sign adds extra charisma to any character you wish to become for the evening.

ARIES (March 20-April 19) This

month calls for patience; the challenge will be where to place your energies. The New Moon of Oct. 6 is in your sign, Aries. This means a major cycle of beginnings, and with both Mars and Venus traveling through your solar 7th house of relationships, I suspect that is where much of your attentions will be focused over the upcoming 12 months. Congratulations, that’s a good thing. Get out and look for clues on the 21st.

of the way in which they ask for help, though. Rewarding positive behavior is a way to eliminate the negative. Venus enters fiery Sagittarius on the 7th, enhancing your vibrancy and natural flow. Celebrate on the 8th, when the Aries Moon adds even more spark.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Those

times when you’ve been so supportive and kind pay off in a big way. The fortunes smile on you this month. Last month was one for endings, and now you are at the beginning of your new journey. Yes, it takes time to get adjusted, but anything worth doing merits a job well done. Tie up loose ends before your planetary ruler Mercury begins its retrograde motion on the 29th. Maya White is a professional astrologer living in South Florida. With 25 years experience, she is one of only 86 people in the world certified in AstroCarto-Graphy, a specialized branch of astrology that addresses issues relating to location and travel. Contact her at 954-920-2373 or through www. whitestarastrology.com.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Personal

magnetism is at a peak right now; use it with discretion. I know, sometimes it’s hard when everybody wants you. But keep in mind that what seems like an innocent flirtation is neither, and the stakes are high. You have to express yourself clearly on the 8th, and all cards are laid out on the table by the 28th.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Your

good twin, the one who is loyal and steadfast, is in charge during the first half of this month; the planets reserve the second half for your other side. Mercury conjunct Mars on the 22nd energizes both words and actions. Overconfidence leads you on a slippery path of missed opportunities; consult your partner before engaging a risky decision that affects you both.

CANCER (June 21-July 21)

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Share an outrageous adventure with a trusted friend this month. You need this fun time to process major decisions. Speak your truth on the 13th, even if it comes out as tough love. By the 27th, you’ll be glad you did. The second half of the month is easier than the first, but some difficult tasks should be tended to early on, anyway.

Situations related to your personal life versus professional life demand attention this month. Some things are just out of your control, and you must go with the flow. A professional associate gets praise that is rightfully yours, or a well-earned promotion goes elsewhere. Bigger and better things are coming, and you will begin to see why and how by the 22nd.

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Baham as, Mexico, Central Am erican Specialist. Sportfishing and Diving Experience. Solo or Team . Deliveries. Jam es Barrett: (978)836-8420; jbarrettjr@ hotm ail.com Ad # 1169 I hold a 1600/3000ton m asters ticket with oceans. Plus I hold all of my STCW certs. Looking for fulltim e or part tim e. Also can do refits or project m anagem ent. Crew training, owner training. I am a team player and not afraid to get my hands dirty. I have over 30 yrs in the m aritim e industry. Please call m e and I will get a resum e to you ASAP. Paul Figuenick: 954 529 4675 Ad # 1165

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I am looking to freelance or a long term position aboard M/Y as a cook and or stewardess. Honest hard worker that’s great with people. Have experience in hospitality, catering, bartending and a great cook. Live locally, Ft. Lauderdale. Contact 954-832-0887 or 954-673-9048 or e-m ail m e for my C V and Menu.seasolutions@ bellsouth.net Ad # 1109 I have experience as a private chef for a family (healthy diet), as restaurant brunch chef, grill cook and had my own sm all catering com pany. I also was a nanny for two prominent LV families during college. I am an avid outdoors person and have worked in adverse weather conditions (from extrem e heat, snow, and extensive rain storm s), long hours, and am a dependable, dedicated, loyal, hard worker. Contact: Ellen Birnbaum at eablv@ aol.com Ad # 1124


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Experienced Am erican Fem ale Yacht Chef: Available for perm anent or free-lance work. Fort Lauderdale based. Flexible m enus reflecting dietary considerations, experienced in catering, silver service and interior. Com petent on deck, specialties include: Continental, French, Mexican, Asian, and Floribbean cuisines. Please call 954.684.9739 or contact via em ail: elilacey@m sn.com Lacey Rico Ad # 1123 Experienced ,enthusiastic team player seeking position as chef full tim e or part tim e Caribbean and USA.Italian with several years experience in Switzerland, French coast. Lean or luscious cuisine experience with special needs.Available now.561 312 3818 filippop1@bellsouth.net Ad # 1137 CHEF AVAILABLE for yachts or private estates. 15 years experience worldwide. Specialtities includes: Italian, French, Mexican, Thai, West Indian, Am ericana hom e-style, low-fat and special diets. Concur des chef winner and runner up. STCW 95 & PADI certified. Pls call Ulla 954.202.1612 Em ail: Ullalas@ yahoo.com . Ad #1072 Fully trained and certified

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I am eager to find full tim e position with the right boat and crew. I am an experienced, energetic stew with chef experience, som e line handling, provisioning, table and guest services, and cabin detail. Awesom e at cleaning heads and turn downs. Masters in Publication and Print design can be a plus.. My experience on vessels have been pretty positive and exciting. Please call or em ail m e for resum e and refs. Debbie Niem eyer: djniem e@aol.com Ad# 1119 Friendly,enthusiastic,gre at with children (qualified teacher) looking for tem p/ perm work! Contact: Hannah Z arnack: hanzarn@yahoo. com Ad # 1143 Young hard working Australian grown up in the yachting industry.Very familar with the industry in both the Medeteranian and Caribbean Looking for long term job as stewardess on private or charter yacht.

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150’ Yacht with UK flag requires fem ale chef for private cruising in USA paying $6000 m onthly. 110’ Yacht with UK flag requires fem ale chef for private cruising Florida - Mediterranean $4500 m onthly. Please let m e know your location and phone num ber. Mr. Darcy Narraway, Yacht Crew Register. website www.yachtcrew.c

Mates/Deckhand

Seeking em ploym ent ASAP as a Crew m em ber, Mate, or Deckhand! Crewed a 49’ Jeanneau from Montauk, NY to B ermuda, & m any trips along the east coast from Montauk to Maine for the past 6 sum m ers. Also crewed a 61’ Garlington from Bald Island, NC to Montauk, NY this sum m er. Currently em ployed at Star Island Yacht Club, Montauk, NY. Desire a full tim e job on a yacht, willing to relocate ASAP. References and resum e are available upon request. Neil Sauer: (540) 219-9101; m jdrm s@aol.com Ad # 1139

at Lauderdale Marine Center 2001 S,W, 20th St. • Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315 • Total Yacht Restoration • Awl-Grip Spray Painting Specialists • Fiberglass Fabrication & Repairs • Bottom Painting

(954) 713-0374 Office

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I need an experienced deck and Interior person to assist Capt and Stew /Cook on owner cruise. Depart Ft. Lauderdale Sunday 17 Sept. 06 return Tue 19 Sept. 06 Vessel Solace IV 102’ Motor Yacht Contact Capt. B ob 386 801 1273 anytim e Ad # 1170

Engineers

Experienced Engineer required for position on 50m new build, launch in late November. Strong background with electrical, refrigeration and air-conditioning required, experienced with MTU engines preferred. Position with stew / deck teams considered. Team player and non smoker. Send resume tymjoseph@aol.com Ad # 1163   Second Engineer 180’ Yacht in Med heading to Caribbean, MCA Y4 or USCG, paying $5000 Second Engineer 200’ Yacht in Germ any, paying $5000 Second Engineer 400’ Yacht in Med, paying $7000 Let m e know your location and phone num ber. Mr. Darcy Narraway, Yacht Crew Register www.yachtcrew.ca   Engineer 120’ Yacht in France paying $5000. Engineer 120’ Yacht in Turkey, no license required, non sm okers, paying $5000 Engineer 130’ Yacht in California, no license

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required, TEAMS accepted, paying $5000 Engineer 140’ Yacht in France heading to Caribbean, MCA Y4 or Y3, paying $6000 Engineer 155’ Yacht in France heading to Caribbean, MCA Y4 or Y3, non smokers, paying $6000 Engineer 180’ Yacht in Greece heading to Caribbean, Class II Commercial, paying $8500 Let m e know your location and phone num ber. Mr. Darcy Narraway, Yacht Crew Register www.yachtcrew.ca Relief Engineer Y4, 180’ Yacht, UK flag, Med-Caribbean, posted Aug 15 Starts Jan until April, $8000 / month Chief Engineer Y3, 165’ Delta, UK flag, Pacific-Pacific, posted Aug 19Starts Sept, $8000 / month Chief Engineer Y4, 155’ yacht, UK flag, Med-Caribbean, posted Aug 22 - Starts Sept, $6000 / month Chief Engineer Y4, 140’ yacht, UK flag, Med-Caribbean, posted Aug - Starts October, $6000 / month Electrical Engineer, 180’ Yacht, UK flag, Med-Caribbean, posted Aug 16 - Start Sept, $5000 / month Engineer (no license), 86’ yacht, UK flag, Italy-Italy, posted Aug 16 - Starts Sept, $3500 / month Let m e know your location and phone num ber. Mr. Darcy Narraway, Yacht Crew Register www.yachtcrew.ca


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Steward/esses Chief Steward for 170’ UK flag cruising New England, Caribbean, Pacific Chief Stewardess for 150’ UK flag private cruising in the USA Chief Stewardess for 120’ UK flag cruising in the Med & Caribbean Stewardess for 180’ UK flag chartes in the Med & Caribbean Stewardess for 140’ UK flag private in the Pacific & Caribbean Stewardess for 112’ USA flag private in New England & Caribbean Please let me know your salary expectation, location and phone number if interested! Mr. Darcy Narraway, Yacht Crew Register, www.yachtcrew.ca

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Great yacht to work on for the right young couple / team..!! Must be non-smokers..!! Must be personable, energetic, self starters. No visible tattoos or piercing, neat in appearance and absolutely no drug use or alcohol dependency. Must be USA Citizen or have Residency Card. Contact:capt5066@aol.com Ad# 1129

Multi-lingual (English, Italian, French or Spanish) sales position to live in Italy. This is a wonderful opportunity to become part of the Italian and French yachting scenes selling highquality bow and stern thruster and roll fin stabilizer systems to boat owners, installation yards, yacht brokers and boat manufacturers. We are a 40-year-old company headquartered in the U.S. Call Bob Sents, WESMAR 425-481-2296 or email bsentz@wesmar.com Ad # 1159

Entry Level Team Player No Experience Necessary Will Train Into Fabrication, Welding, and Service Positions. Work in Metal Fabrication in the Fast-Paced and Exciting South Florida Marine Industry. Paid holidays, vacation and group health insurance available. Contact: Marilyn Metcalf: 954-463-4650; marilyn@mmxhaust.com Ad # 1116

Team/individual, mate & deckhand postion, 126ft feadship, private vessel, email cv to mangoshack@aol.com Ad # 1168

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2601 SW 31 St. Ste. 304 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312

Experienced Stainless Steel & Aluminum Tig Welder/ Fabricator in a Fast-Paced Marine Industry and a team

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player. Must Have Own Hand Tools. Ambition, Ability, and Good Work Ethic Paid holidays, vacation and group health insurance available. Contact: Marilyn Metcalf: 954-463-4650; marilyn@mmxhaust.com Ad # 1114 Fort Lauderdale based marine engineering company looking for well rounded experienced yacht engineer. Must be able to work in U.S. Please send resume to kemplon@bellsouth.net or call 954-326-7622 for more info. Ad # 1117


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Prestigious Luxury Yacht Builder seeks experienced professional field service technician, in the Ft. Lauderdale area. Excellent career opportunity for a highly skilled individual with mechanical, electrical, and an overall understanding of marine components. Salary based on experience. Fax resumes/letter of interest to 813-835-3650. EOE/DFWP Ad # 1121

MARINE MECHANICS – Yacht repair facility specializing in the repair and refit of Mega-yachts is looking for experienced Marine Mechanics with proficiency in running gear repairs and alignments. Positions also available for mechanics with Diesel Engine and Hydraulic experience. Bradford Marine, Inc. 3051 SR 84 Ft Lauderdale, FL 33312 Fax(954) 583-9938 E-mail employment@bradford-

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marine.com www.bradford-marine.com Ad # 1135 Marine –Yacht repair facility specializing in the repair and refit of Mega-yachts is looking for an experienced air conditioning / refrigeration technician. Large yacht or commercial system repair and new installation experience and aptitude is necessary. Candidate must be able to work

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independently as well as poses leadership qualities to direct a small crew. employment@bradford-marine.com http://www.bradford-marine.com Ad # 1134

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Professional Marine Services

We are here to provide a unique short or long term Auto Storage service that will be satisfying for your crew family, friends and anyone that you may know who would benefit from our private auto storage services facility while you are away from Florida. Contact: Clarice: 954.321.1982; autostorageusa@msn.com Ad # 1142

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Administrative Assistant needed to assist two busy retail charter brokers at Ft. Lauderdale yacht brokerage Only applicants with strong computer skills and experience with Outlook, Excel, Word, Adobe Acrobat, type 40 WPM, will be considered. Plus excellent organizational habits, filing and phones required. Multi-tasker, team player, self starter.

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Please email resume only to kvickery@iyc.com Ad # 1120 Large yacht repair facility specialized in the repair and refit of mega yachts is looking for security personnel to maintain a safe and secure environment for customers and employees by patrolling and monitoring premises and personnel. Fax or e-mail resumes to: Bradford Marine, Inc. (954) 5839938. employment@bradfordmarine.com or you can apply in person at 3051 SR 84, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 33312. Ad # 1136 Two Palms Bodywork is offering On-Board massages for your guest and crew. Previously chef/stew now a Therapist providing massage on private or charter yachts locally or as crew for short-term charters out of Ft. Lauderdale. 646-709-2787 Caroline Jordan Ad # 1158

For Rent

Dock space for rent (12 months) – two slips available for 40’ x 16.5’ for $1,650/month and 55’ x 15’ for $2,065/month. Conveniently located on SE 17th Street. No fixed bridges, complimentary water hookup, 50 amp/240 volt electric available, no live-a boards. Contact Catalina at 954-525-8707. Ad # 1108

For Sale

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JACO, COSTA RICA 3 bdrm 2.5 bath new townhouse for sale. Located minutes from Los Suenos Marina. Still time to pick colors $220k 954-253-0007 Email: sl155@mac.com

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1988 Tri-Cabin Motor Yacht LOA 39’. Recently Updated Interior with new A/C, generator and repowerd Twin 454 - 330 hp. Upper and lower Helms Cruise at 16 knots 20 knot top speed GPS/CP/FF/DF/VHF. Very Roomy Boat it’has a large State

We are here to provide a unique short or long term Auto Storage service while you are away from Florida. Clarice: 954.321.1982; autostorageusa@msn.com Ad # 1154

Rooms, Two Full Baths with Showers, Galley and Salon call Captain Tony Balestrino 954-261-1700 $49,990.00 obo. Ad # 1110 Updated 2/1 corner unit condo. New Paint & ready to move in asking $215,000.00 motivated seller or rent for 1300.00 smart moves will rent it for $2600.00 per month great investment. 1320 Miami Rd, east of US1 north of 17 street causeway South of Davie BLVD call owner/ agent 954-270-1231 Christine. Ad # 1118 The Ocean Club at Port Canaveral is a private membership offering the exclusive right of use for a private berth accommodating a yacht ranging in size from 55 to 160 feet (20 to 50 meters) in length. Berths will be constructed of state-of-the- art floating docks with full services. Email: rvgraves@rgassoc.com. Ad # 1128

Australian ex yachtie single mum has room to rent in a quiet four bed house in Shady Banks. Close to everything. Females only would suit freelance crew member as base. Price negotiable for the right renter. Nicole Halliwell: martyn@ captainmartyn.com Ad # 1167

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16ft x 8ft Work Float. Purpose built for the yacht industry. Strong and stable. Soft non marking rub rails all the way around the raft. Breaks down into 4 sections for transport by trailer. Trailor available too. $2000 Call for Pictures 954-937-7788 : Greg Minnaar Ad # 1151 2 400+FT lengths of used ACCO G40 high test, galvanized windlass chain, call 954-2975666 or email to email0001@ aol.com Ad # 1150 1/1 CONDO 2nd floor corner unit condo, 750 sq. ft. clean, newly painted, unfurnished, tile floor throughout, (2) a/c units living room and bedroom, laundry room on first floor,1 parking spot behind condo. Monthly maintenance fee $140. 2 miles west of I-95 1 mile east of Turnpike Price $148,500 maryjo4448@ yahoo.com Ad # 1162

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Marquipt2000# hydraulic rotation and elevation aluminum davit, manual boom extension, 6 button remote w/ pendant, dual cable winch w/SS quick release shackle, hydraulic 220v powerpak included,matterhorn white awlgripcall 954-297-5666 or email to email0001@aol.com Ad # 1149

Announcements

Brand new, sealed in box, Honda eu2000i generator, one of the super quiet, inverter technology series, safe for computers, perfect for condos. $940.00 call 954-297-5666 or send email to email0001@aol.com Ad # 1148

Merchant Marine Captain’s Association - Fleet 1 for West Florida is now seeking members. Please visit www.mmcainfo. com for more information. Customers are asking “are you an MMCA member?”. Ad # 1144

USCG/MCA conversions, re-powers, extensions, new builds, re stlyes and rearrangements, stability, mechanical troubleshooting & expert witness work. With over 200 projects done locally since 1997. Contact: Kevin Kerwin; 954 524-9013; kevin@ kerwinnavalarchitects.com Ad # 1112

Custom Sewing

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

LETICIA VAN ALLEN ,S.L. info@leticiayachtcrew.com Motoryacht CAPTAIN ENG. ENG MATE OOW MATE CHEF CHEF CHIEF STEW. STEW.Silver Services STEW.Head Housekeeping STEW/LAUNDRY 2nd. STEW./ (3) BOSUN DECKHAND

68’ France-Palma 180’ MED-CARIB., charter 180’ MED-YARD 180’ MED.CARIBB.,charter 150’ MED. Private 115’ PALMA,private 100’ PALMA 150’ MED-.- Private 230’ MED,USAprivate 225’ -MED-CARIBB.,charter 220’ CIRCUNNAVEGATION 220’ CARIBBEAN , Charter 230’ EUROPE 230’ EUROPE.

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