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AvMar begins withholding U.S. taxes from foreign crew By Lucy Chabot Reed Ft. Lauderdale-based AvMar Payroll Services, one of the industry’s largest yacht crew payroll companies, has begun withholding U.S. income taxes from foreign crew while working on vessels in the United States. The practice runs in the face of longstanding traditions of non-resident yacht crew not paying tax on their yacht income, and some worry it could open yacht crew to a whole host of problems. “I’m concerned about this on two levels: immigration and hiring,” said the

non-U.S. captain of a 130-foot Cayman Islands-flagged yacht based year-round in Florida. This captain, who asked not to be named, processes payroll for his crew of eight non-U.S. crew through AvMar and is worried. “The boat spends eight months in the U.S.,” he said. “I was told by AvMar that the crew had to prove they were not in the United States more than six months. That will raise immigration issues. And I’m concerned that hiring future crew will be tough when I tell them that 15-20 percent of your income will be in taxes. They’ll just go to another boat so my

labor pool has just shrunk.” The method of paying crew varies depending on the yacht, the owner, the individual crew member and the payroll process used. Many captains choose to operate as independent contractors, legally giving their employer a way to not withhold tax, with the presumption being that the contractor’s company will withhold and pay taxes to the appropriate taxing authority. However, many common yachting countries don’t require their residents to pay taxes on income they earn in other countries, so yacht crew from the

UK, France and Australia enjoy tax-free income while working in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and United States. And that’s legal, at least from their country’s perspective. But it’s not legal in the United States, according to tax attorney Glen Stankee, an international tax partner with Akerman Senterfitt, the largest law firm in Florida and the legal opinion behind AvMar’s recent methodology. “If you are here [in the United States] more than 183 days, you are treated

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Amy Beavers carries a positive attitude and a sense of humor. “No pun PHOTO/DORIE COX intended but dialysis is draining.”

Battling kidney disease, Amy Beavers finds life at MPT By Dorie Cox Amy Beavers is surrounded by most of the things that are important to her when she’s at work at Maritime Professional Training Institute in Ft. Lauderdale. From behind her desk in a wideopen office space, she can see her sister and her best friend from high school. Often her husband and brother walk through as well as students and instructors. And behind her is a binder with a neon pink label, “Amy Kidney”. As vice president of student administration at MPT, Beavers, 42,

has spent more than half her life working at the school founded by her parents in 1983. Beavers is the round, smiling face behind the counter that people come to for answers about licensing, U.S. Coast Guard requirements and the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFRs). “She’s the go-to-encyclopedia,” Eng. Don Clark, a close friend and former student, said. “I would say she’s touched nine out of 10 lives in the industry.” “She was around when there was no other place to go for answers,”

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Yacht captains often are fired after the yacht they run is involved in a crash, fire or sinking. At this month’s Triton From the Bridge luncheon, we asked what kind of mark an accident leaves on a career in yachting. “You’re fired,” From the Bridge a captain said. “I Dorie Cox know it happens because I’ve taken over on such a yacht within 24 hours.” 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 A16. To avoid debates of fault or cause, we defined an accident as an unplanned or unforeseen event and we kept the conversation to any generic occurrence.

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“I would say most guys get fired,” another captain said. “I personally know two; I got called to work on one boat.” A third captain said he had heard of many captains fired, but that it depends on the owner. “When they are immediately fired, post event, it can be a temperamental situation,” he said. “It depends how involved the owner is with the boat.” Several captains in the industry for decades said that firing is not always the case. “Twenty-five years ago, you went on a bigger boat,” one said. The veterans recollected stories of corporate yachts that retained their captains no matter what happened. “If you’re a company person, you stay employed,” one of the veterans said. “If you’re on your own, you’re out of work. If you’re a team player, they’ll

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Money is moving and crowds are optimistic at Monaco show Mid-September marked three years since one of the biggest investment houses in history filed for bankruptcy. The collapse of Lehman Brothers began a cascade of failures in the American financial industry, taking with it much of the average yacht buyer’s confidence. At the 21st Latitude annual Monaco Adjustment Yacht show in Lucy Chabot Reed mid-September, brokers, business owners and even lenders were ready for that confidence to come back. And some say they see the signs. “It’s going to be a great show,” Capt. Mark Elliott, a yacht broker with Ft. Lauderdale-based International Yacht Collection, said before the show began. “The rich have gotten richer this year as they have the past few years. “And,” he said, stretching an arm out toward the Mediterranean Sea, “there’s lots of product to choose from.” Besides the 100 yachts larger than 24m docked in Port Hercules, there was a second boat show anchored outside. “There were 110 yachts out there last year – I know because I counted them,” Elliott said. “This year, I think there will be even more.” Several business people attending the show agreed that yacht owners have begun spending again. “Last year was our worst year ever,” said Roger Horner, managing director of E3 Systems, a Mallorca-based yacht electronics company. “This year, we’re on track to have a record year.” He attributes that to an uptick in the refit market. “Owners were saving money, so they were only doing essential work,” he said of the past few years. “But now, we’re far enough through the recession that they’re starting to spend money again.” He held out as proof a jam-packed STP yard in Palma de Mallorca. “That’s all refit business,” he said. “They’re going to be packed all winter.” Refits are only part of the story, said Gene Sweeney of International Registries, the Marshall Islands registry. “It’s about getting back confidence,” he said. “The mood in the industry is optimistic.” Sweeney spoke on Sept. 20 at the fourth annual Superyacht Finance Forum where the focus was yacht money, including VAT, financing availability, and the challenges of the Maritime Labor Convention. “Lending institutions have money,” he said, “and qualified buyers can get to it.”

Lisa Verbit, senior vice president of national marine lending at Bank of America, pointed out a trend. She said some of her clients -- the kind who can and do pay cash for their yachts -- are taking cash out of their yachts now, eager to invest it in money-making ventures. “And clients are looking to build boats,” she said. “They’re thinking and talking about it, and they’re serious. Last year, a client might call once to talk about building a boat. Now, we’re having two or three conversations to talk about how best to do it.” Bart Michelini, mate on the M/Y Sea Safari, foiled a robbery onboard the 85-foot yacht in Quebec this month. Awoken just before dawn by some noise in the wheelhouse, he walked in to see a man in gloves eyeing the navigation screens. He tackled him.

Capt. Brown and Mate Michelini “Bart just grabbed him, put him in a full nelson,” said Capt. Worth Brown. He stepped in the wheelhouse in time for the action. “I called the cops and the security guards came on and drug him off the boat like a sack of potatoes.” Their voyage on the St. Lawrence Seaway wasn’t as exciting, but was memorable. See the story on page B1. Congratulations to Capt. Tedd Greenwald and his bride, co-Capt. Mary Ellen Flowers, who just celebrated 30 years together, most as crew on yachts. After working their way up the ranks, they decided they liked small yachts better, so they are in command of the 91-foot classic Burger M/Y Go Fourth and have been with the owner for years. Happy as clams. Read more about the couple in our report on Hurricane Irene on page B1. Have you made an adjustment in your latitude recently? Let us know. Send news of your promotion, change of yachts or career, or personal accomplishments to Editor Lucy Chabot Reed at lucy@the-triton.com.

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PYA launches standardized training for interior yacht crew The Professional Yachtsmen’s Association has launched a standardized training program for interior crew called GUEST, the Guidelines for Unified Excellence Service Training. The program outlines a formal structure for training and certification of interior crew on large yachts and has been created in consultation with interior crew, captains, schools, charter agents and crew placement agents, according to a PYA statement. According to the statement, the career structure for interior crew is based on a combination of work experience and formal training. Each level of qualification, from introduction through operational to management, is achieved by combining time working for guests onboard with formal study. The PYA, based in Antibes, created a work group last summer to create the program. It will be launched at the PYA’s forum “Sea Changes - New Currents for Superyachts” scheduled during the Monaco Yacht Show in late September, and again during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show later this month.

Worker falls down elevator shaft

A man working on the 180-foot M/Y Harbour Island fell about 20 feet down the yacht’s elevator shaft, according to news reports. The yacht was launched in August by Newcastle Marine. The yacht is in St. Augustine for sea trials and final fit-out before making its debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in late October. The worker, whose name was not released, was transported to Flagler Hospital in stable condition.

Yacht destroyed by fire in NY

A 90-foot motoryacht caught fire at a New York Marina before dawn on Aug. 31 and was destroyed, according to a report on Lohud.com, a Web site for the lower Hudson River Valley. The cause of the fire is under investigation. M/Y On Your Mark, a fiberglass vessel built by Vitech, was listed for sale for $3.7 million. A nearby vessel smaller than 30 feet sank and another was charred, the Web site reported.

Kidnapped Danes released

The Danish family of sailors kidnapped from their sailboat last winter were released Sept. 7 after pirates received $3 million in ransom, according to news reports. Jan Quist Johansen, his wife Birgit Marie and their three children aged 13 to 17, were captured with two Danish crew members on Feb. 24 when their

13m yacht was seized by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. They endured a botched rescue attempt in which about seven people died, shoot-outs between pirates and locals, illness and protracted ransom negotiations funded by their family and friends before finally heading back to Denmark, according to a story in The Australian. The Danes were kidnapped two days after the failed rescue attempt of four American sailors who were murdered by their captors. Thirteen pirates involved in that incident have been charged in American courts.

Pirates kill skipper; kidnap wife

A Frenchman was killed in early September and his wife rescued a few days later after Somali pirates attacked their catamaran off Yemen, according to news reports. The Spanish Navy intercepted the pirates as they attempted to take Evelyne Colombo ashore and, after a gun battle, rescued her and arrested all seven suspected pirates, according to a statement from the European Union’s anti-piracy fleet. Christian Colombo was killed during the pirates’ assault and his body dumped overboard, Agence FrancePresse reported. Their vessel, the Tribal Kat, was found unoccupied last Thursday by a vessel of the European Union Naval Force responding to a distress call, according to a Reuters report.

EPA bans NY dumping

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation have turned a 760-squaremile area of Long Island Sound into a no-discharge zone. Boaters must now dispose of sewage at pump-out stations. The no-discharge zone for New York’s portion of the Sound include the open waters, harbors, bays and navigable tributaries of the Sound and a portion of the East River from the Hell Gate Bridge in the west to the northern bounds of Block Island Sound in the east. The waters of Mamaroneck Harbor, Huntington-Northport Bay Complex, Port Jefferson Complex, Hempstead Harbor and Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor Complex have been previously designated as no-discharge zones.

New ocean current found

An international team of researchers has confirmed the presence of a deep ocean circulation system off Iceland that could influence the ocean’s

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Yacht Eng. Erick Deforest succumbs to lung cancer NEWS BRIEFS, from page A4 response to climate change, according to a press release from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The current, called the North Icelandic Jet, contributes to a key component of the water circulation in the Atlantic, also known as the “great ocean conveyor belt,” which helps regulate Earth’s climate. A key part of the water circulation in the Atlantic is the Denmark Strait Overflow Water (DSOW), the largest of the deep plumes that return dense water south. It has been thought that the primary source of the DSOW is a current adjacent to Greenland. That’s in question now. In a paper published in the Aug. 21 online issue of the journal Nature Geoscience, researchers confirmed that the Icelandic Jet is not only a major contributor to the DSOW but “is the primary source of the densest overflow water.” “These results … raise new questions about how global ocean circulation will respond to future climate change,” said Eric Itsweire, program director in the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Division of Ocean Sciences, which funded the research. Researchers were expected to deploy an array of year-long moorings across the Denmark Strait to quantify the NIJ and distinguish it from the East Greenland Current.

Uninsured engineer dies

Yacht Eng. Erick Deforest, featured in a Triton story in April, has died after a six-month battle with lung cancer. Deforest was freelancing and between jobs when he discovered a large mass on one of his lungs. He couldn’t afford doctor appointments and subsequent treatment. He was 45. Deforest is survived by his mother, Jalone Whitehurst-Deforest. A memorial gathering is being planned for later this fall in Ft. Lauderdale when crew return to town. Details will be posted on www.thetriton.com as they become available.

Crew lounge opens at FLIBS

Show Management will host its own captain and crew lounge at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Dubbed the Captain’s Den, captains and crew working the show will be given invitations by Show Management, producers of the show, to visit the lounge as a break to get away from their yachts. The air-conditioned Captain’s Den will be located at Hall of Fame Marina behind the Yachts International pavilion and will include free wi-

fi. It is sponsored in part by Yachts International and National Marine Suppliers.

Naples to host America’s Cup race

Naples, Italy, plans to host two stops on the America’s Cup World Series; the first will be in April 2012, the second in May 2013. “I’m very pleased to confirm we will be bringing the America’s Cup World Series to Naples,” said Richard Worth, chairman of the America’s Cup Event Authority. “Naples offers us a Mediterranean backdrop, and a stadium set-up within the Bay of Naples – a perfect complement to the exciting racing the AC World Series provides.” A press conference is scheduled for Sept. 29 to announce the details of the two World Series events, including dates. The AC World Series format includes a mix of speed trials, head-to-head match racing, and all-out fleet racing with nine identical 45-foot catamarans on the line. So far, the boats have raced in Portugal (Aug. 6-14) and Plymouth (Sept. 10-18). Upcoming races include San Diego (Nov. 12-20), Naples in April, Venice (May 12-20), and the finals in Newport (June 23-July 1). An additional venue is still being sought for January or February.

Industry to celebrate St. Maarten

The St. Maarten Marine Trades Association (SMMTA) has created a month-long event to celebrate the marine industry called Spotlight-St. Maarten. The event will kick off with live entertainment and fireworks on St. Maarten’s Day, Friday, Nov. 11, and run through Sunday, Dec. 18. The event is aimed at achieving several goals: to highlight the marine industry on the island, encourage locals to be more involved with the marine industry, provide boaters training seminars, and have fun, according to an SMMTA news release. The Spotlight-St. Maarten calendar will be available online at www. spotlightstmaarten.com, which also includes discounts for marinas, chandleries, service centers, hotels, restaurants, bars, shops, and more. Sporting activities during the month will include a sailing regatta, fishing tournament, tennis tournament, golf tournament, and paddle board races. Events will take place mostly on St. Maarten but the SMMTA will also spotlight French St. Martin and the surrounding islands of St. Barths, Anguilla and Saba. For more information, visit www. spotlightstmaarten.com.

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Impressive service skills transfer from sea to air for interior crew By Bob Howie Wendy Peterson works quickly and efficiently, putting together dinner for eight to be served on fine china and accompanying crystal in a space no bigger than a large broom closet. Despite the cramped conditions, Peterson knows selection, food quality and presentation have to be as five-star now as it ever was aboard the yachts upon which she formerly worked. Today, Peterson’s working aboard a Gulfstream G-V and time management is as important as ever. “For trips lasting 11 hours from takeoff to landing, you have to plan everything down to the finest detail,” she said. “Just like on yachts -- but with much, much less storage space -- if you

forget something, you can’t simply step out and go get it. “There’s very little difference in the customer service aspect between flying on large, private jets or voyaging on large, private yachts, but the working conditions are very different.” While Peterson’s extensive culinary background included working on land, at sea and in the air, it was not until her recent selection by Wing Aviation Charter Services in Houston that her efforts took flight full-time. Director of Operations Chuck Caldwell said the company was specifically asked by a new Gulfstream customer to find a flight attendant with yachting experience. “The owner had experience with the quality of service provided by yacht stews and asked us to find someone

Wendy Peterson utilizes skills with PHOTO/BOB HOWIE job on jets. with that background to serve aboard the airplane,” Caldwell said.

“We received a lot of resumes from yacht stewardesses interested in this position and, as a company, we were quite impressed with the quality of individuals who sent us resumes,” he said. That request didn’t surprise Peterson. “The actual skill sets demanded by this job are really no different than what is expected aboard a yacht,” Peterson said. “You still have to familiarize yourself with your passengers’ preferences and make sure well before takeoff that you have everything you need for the trip,” she said. “All meals have to be taken into consideration, you have to decide what you can prepare beforehand and what can be prepared once on board,” she said. The biggest challenges in the change, she said, involved food storage and the confines of the space. “You don’t have the large refrigerators and freezers on planes that you have on yachts and you don’t have any way to store surplus perishables, so you have to take that into account when planning your quantities,” she said. And time management becomes as critical as planning. “You have to have a firm grip on the timing,” she said. “You have to manage your time down to the last minute so passengers’ expectations are fully met. “Again, just like on yachts, you have to be able to plan main courses, desserts, snacks and beverages for adults and children for the duration of the trip so that there’s always something available if the passengers require it,” she said. “You have to be able to gauge when passengers may want something so that it’s ready at a moment’s notice. “Like I said, really there’s not much difference in the demands other than the quantities you can carry.” Peterson said she’s enjoyed her transition from sea to air and plans to stick with it. “The travel is great, being part of a flight crew has its rewards as does meeting the challenges of working in a plane’s galley for several hours,” she said. “It really wasn’t that difficult of a transition for me and I think most yacht stewardesses carry these same skill sets so the transition wouldn’t be difficult for them either if they chose to enter this line of work.” Bob Howie is assistant chief pilot with Wing Aviation Charter Services in Houston, Texas. He spent 13 years as a writer with the Houston Chronicle, and is a lifelong boat owner. Comments on this essay are welcome at editorial@thetriton.com.


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Competition brews with mini-yachts By Dorie Cox Mini-M/Y Lady Amelia, International Yacht Training’s radiocontrolled boat, began its third season of Berth Control competition in September in Ft. Lauderdale. Teams of captains, crew and industry professionals take the helm to guide the eight-foot model through a swimming pool course at the Hyatt Pier 66. The three-quarter-inch scale boat made her debut before the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show in 2009 and has been featured at a variety of industry events ever since. Michael French, president of International Yacht Training (IYT) in Ft. Lauderdale, said crew navigate the model from the poolside with controls just as on a “real” boat. “Lady Amelia is exactly like the fullsize version of a yacht,” French said. “Much more so than we realized.” Like a megayacht, the boat has suffered several break downs and required repairs. Lady Amelia has had the bow thrusters replaced and, after a recent competition in saltwater, the motors overheated after sucking up debris. Just like a megayacht, French said. At the race, 12 teams with three members each compete, said Katy Carter, marketing and events coordinator at IYT. “There is one crew to drive, another to assist and the third team member walks around the pool assisting and being the eyes,” Carter said. The timed course includes reversing into a Mediterranean-style, stern-to dock, docking side-to, pulling out of the berth and navigating around buoys. “There is a bow thruster, rudders and two props, just like a big girl,” Carter said. Although the events are all in fun, crew take the challenge of docking and clearing markers quite seriously. “Yachties are very competitive,” French said. The popularity has prompted IYT to build another boat that has been asked to compete in London, Antigua and Sint Maarten. The new boat should launch in time for the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show at the end of October. Competition is in the works for the two vessels to navigate the same waters, just like their namesakes. “Lady Amelia is named after my daughter,” French said. “The new one will be named after my wife, Claire.” Dorie Cox is associate editor of The Triton. Comments on this story are welcome at dorie@the-triton.com.


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Yachtie producing biodegradable water bottles to curb waste By Franki Black Elaine Christopher knows how important the yachting industry is to her adopted home of St. Maarten. But when she looks around to beaches littered with plastic water bottles, she knows it also has a cost. Yacht crew and guests are big users of plastic water bottles, and Christopher has added a 100 percent biodegradable bottle to the line-up of sustainable products available through her sustainable packaging company, Good2Go. “The yachting industry is a major consumer of imported goods and, in turn, a major source of waste in the Caribbean,” said Christopher, who lived on her sailboat for eights years and spent the past six as yacht crew and a placement agent based in St. Maarten. “Ultimately, the islands carry the burden of waste disposal and plastic remains here for many years.” “Reducing the amount of plastic waste by substituting it with biodegradable alternatives will help to reduce the burden over time,” she said. About a year ago, Good2Go joined forces with local bottling producer, Heavenly Water, to launch the first biodegradable water bottle produced in the Caribbean. It was introduced at the Heineken Regatta in March. “Since March many local businesses have started to use our bottles and we are hoping that more and more crew will catch onto the trend in the upcoming season,” said Christopher Ahlip of Heavenly Water. “The response at the regatta was outstanding and crew members were especially pleased with the water bottles. We targeted crew members because they drink a lot of bottled water and tend to be environmentally conscious, because of their relationship with the ocean.” These water bottles start to decompose after 90 days yet are sturdy in design, making them stable for storage on yachts, Christopher said. “Our bottles are the first totally biodegradable bottles to be produced in the Caribbean,” said Good2Go Production Manager Will Welch. “Although there are other companies selling bottles with a plant content between 20 and 30 percent, there are actually very few 100 percent biobottles available anywhere in the world

For contact information and an introduction to the biodegradable materials: Good2Go at www. good2gosxm.com, Les Jardins de Baie Nettlé, St Martin, 97150, +1 599-554-4156.

today.” Yacht crew are aware of their impact on the fragile places they visit, and many have already taken steps to be environmentally conscious. Still, biodegradable water bottles have a draw. “We serve water that is filtered on the boat to our owners, thereby reducing the need for plastic bottles,” said Stew Jodi Ritchie of M/Y Invader. “As crew, we have consciously replaced plastic water bottles with stainless steel water bottles that simply need to be refilled with our filtered water. “Nevertheless, there are still times

that we resort back to plastic bottles and the bio-bottles would definitely compliment our environmentally aware ethos onboard.” Franki Black is a freelance writer and yacht stew. Comments on this story are welcome at editorial@the-triton.com.

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Mergers and expansions mark businesses from U.S. to Europe MedAire announced the acquisition of Yacht Lifeline. “The merger of brands and products allows us to raise the bar for medical and security safety for owners, captains and management companies,” Grant Jeffery, CEO, MedAire, said. “All 24/7 clients will have access to MedAire’s MedLink Global Response Centre and extensive assistance network.” For more information visit www. medaire.com/yachtlifeline.

Ward’s expands management team Ward’s Marine Electric announced the relocation of its Riviera Beach service manager Steven Hebert. Hebert joins longtime Ft. Lauderdale service manager Adam Shattenkirk. In addition, Gregg Scrudders was appointed as the new service manager at the Ward’s Marine Electric location in Riviera Beach, Florida. For more visit www.wardsmarine. com.

E3 Systems opens base in Mallorca E3 announced the opening of their new base in the RS Global Building at STP shipyard Mallorca but will retain its head office in Portals Nous. E3 has also created a dedicated training

facility to expand on the program begun two years ago to train yacht engineers and other professionals. For further information on courses visit www.e3s.com.

Manage My Vessel adds features

Manage My Vessel announced the addition of Fleet Management and ISM and Safety Management modules to their vessel management solution. Fleet Management allows users to create multiple accounts with features including maintenance, jobs, inventory, equipment, tasks and issues lists, as well as document storage. Under the Safety Management menu, management companies can upload their ISM/SMS manuals and can make changes where required and track changes. This feature aids in flag state requirements to show version changes made to the safety management manual. During an audit, management companies can show all changes made together with the date, time and user information that the updates where made along with any notes made by the user. All forms and checklists may be accessed by

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Hamilton appointed at Feadship

Feadship has announced the appointment of Timothy Hamilton as the new director of Feadship America based in Fort Lauderdale. Hamilton worked on the 62m M/Y Rasselas. He served as market research manager for Edmiston & Company in Monaco and New York. Hamilton has also worked for two years as sales director of the Rodriguez Group USA in Fort Lauderdale and spent eighteen months contracting for the US Navy with BAE systems in Washington DC.

Döhle Private Clients hires five

Döhle Private Clients has expand its services and products and has named five new employees this summer. Simon Stansfield has joined as business development manager, Matt Gough as technical assistant, Rachel Quayle as executive assistant to support the management team, Tina Dahn is an accounts administrator responsible for crew administration and Dan Perriam joined as an accounts administrator.

Cummins Onan teams with Touron

Touron and Cummins Power Generation signed an agreement under which Touron will be the exclusive distributor of Cummins Onan marine generators in Spain. For information visit www.touronnautica.com

Online “Sea Tow Captain’s Corner”

Sea Tow Services International announced the creation of an online channel for boaters, “Sea Tow Captain’s Corner”, hosted by the website BoatingLocal.com. Founded in January, 2010, it features breaking news, product reviews and fishing information for recreational mariners. The site includes a channel of boating safety and seamanship tips and advice from Sea Tow captains. To visit the Sea Tow Captain’s Corner visit boatinglocal.com/channels/seatow.

Caterpillar drops in engine sales

Caterpillar reported a drop in marine engine sales according to Soundings Trade Only. Caterpillar continued to report a decline in marine engine sales, according to data filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company reported a 27 percent decline in marine engine sales in May, compared with the same month last year. This follows declines of 27 percent and 33 percent reported in April and March respectively,

compared with those months in 2010. All other segments Caterpillar serves reported increases in sales.

Owner buys three TowBoats

Capt. Jeff Dziedzic purchased one of the largest recreational boat towing operations in New England with three locations: TowBoatUS Mystic CT; TowBoatUS New London CT; and TowBoatUS Watch Hill RI. For more information visit www. BoatUS.com/towing or call +1 800-8884869.

Luxury Day Charters opens

Luxury Day Charters offers half and full day yacht charters in South Florida and has a new Website, www. LuxuryDayCharters.com. They offer a wide range of boats for charters of less than seven days. For more contact Dhardra Blake at dhardra@luxurydaycharters.com; +1 813-484-5663 cell.

USB medical data card introduced

The USB Medical Data Card stores medical history on a card the size of a credit card and is visibly marked to indicate that it contains medical information. Card is designed for anyone who wants available medical and emergency information, including seniors and people who travel. The card is easily updated and includes information from history and emergency contact information to living wills and other important documents. Records are stored electronically on the PC and MAC compatible card which connects to any computer USB port. For additional information contact Mike Avery at +1 800-883-5612 ext.1 or Mavery@usbmedicaldata.com or visit www.usbmedicaldata.com.

Pizano joins Aqua-Air

Celso Pizano joined Aqua-Air Manufacturing as sales engineer. Pizano will handle yacht service and refit projects. Pizano has 30 years combined experience in the design, manufacture, service and installation of air conditioning equipment and controls, including more than 15 years in the marine industry. For more information visit www.aquaair.net.

Yachtique unveils for owners

Yachtique Concierge Club service opened for yacht owners. The club provides multilingual support in bookings and reservations, marine experts, deliveries and member discounts. For information contact Fraser Yachts at +1 377-93-100-480 and www. fraseryachts.com.

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It’s tempting to jump ship, but think it through Jumping ship is an interesting phrase. It conjures up all kinds of images and emotions. On one hand, it sounds liberating, bold and exciting. You’re bolting to your freedom and infinite possibilities. On the other hand, if you haven’t prepared for this with Crew Coach some research, Rob Gannon savings and having another opportunity lined up, it can sound sort of terrifying, rash, impulsive and a bit crazy. Maybe to take it down a notch we could just call it “transitioning to a new opportunity.” Not as dramatic for sure but a little less scary sounding. Whatever you call it, you definitely want to be on the prepared side if you’re going for it. I think we all have been in that “get me out of here, I can’t stand another moment of this” position at some point in our working lives. It happens in working situations all the time. However, the key here is controlling your emotions. Stop and think your situation through. You might start with: Can I

literally afford to do this? You may feel we can move on the right way. totally justified in walking or jumping If you have thought it through, and, in rare abusive situations, maybe planned it out and lined up another should leave immediately. But in most position, now handle things properly. unpleasant or Give notice and incompatible do it calmly and Stop and think your situations, an professionally. situation through. You emotionally You may struggle might start with: Can charged, dramatic through those last exit could have two weeks, but it I literally afford to do some negative worth it. this? You may feel totally willIfbe ramifications. the person justified in walking or First off, who hired you is jumping ship is still there, thank jumping and, in rare a pretty selfish them for the abusive situations, move when you’re opportunity, even maybe should leave working as a team. if you’re not on Without notice, great terms. immediately. you just left your Now you can mates one person move on with head short. Any duties you handled now held high and can look former mates in have to be picked up by another crew the eye if you come across them on the member until someone new is hired. docks or in the pub. Believe me, that’s a Secondly, if you don’t have another way better feeling than having to duck position secured, it could catch up to people. you in your job search. When the word So, if you’re thinking of jumping gets out that you just up and quit one ship or, ahem, transitioning to a new day, well, that’s not good. Remember, in opportunity, a last bit of advice from this industry, reputation is important. the coach: Look before you leap. And if your job search goes on for a while, finances could get tight and Rob Gannon is a 25-year licensed downright uncomfortable. Again, can captain and certified life and wellness you afford to do this? A bit of advice coach (yachtcrewcoach.com). from the coach: Sometimes it’s best if Comments on this column are welcome we can adjust our own attitudes until at editorial@the-triton.com.


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Get Up, Stand Up: paddleboards join yacht toys By Franki Black

he said. “It’s not only a great sport for owners, but crew Five years ago, Capt. Andy members love it, too. Even Bundgaard gave up a life in sportfish captains are catching yachting and moved to Nassau, onto the trend.” Bahamas, where he turned As a paddleboard owner, his passion for stand-up Wright understands the appeal. paddleboarding into a job. “Paddleboarding is not only “I realized that the sport was fun, but also offers a great fulltaking off like crazy,” he said. body workout,” he said. “The “Everyone, everywhere was doing flat waters of Ft. Lauderdale it, so I started an island-style and the Bahamas offer a perfect paddleboarding business. I simply platform for beginners.” grew tired of the restricted life on Capt. Stefan Veraguas of yachts and wanted to do what I M/Y Stop the Press, a 106-foot love.” Lazzara, recently bought a With a 30-foot catamaran, second paddleboard for the Bundgaard takes up to five clients yacht. at a time paddleboarding around “Our owner loved his the island. paddleboard so much that Josh Vajda, owner of Precision he wanted another one,” Paddleboards in Ft. Lauderdale, Veraguas said. “The owner and said paddleboarding is finally his friends use the boards on catching on in yachting circles. every trip we go on. As crew, I “Yacht crew on the Californian believe we should have every coast have been paddle boarding toy available to guests, which for the last 3-4 years, while means that paddleboards are Floridian yacht crew have only on top of the list.” caught onto the trend in the last As far as paddleboarding year and a half,” he said. “We rent benefits go, Veraguas joked and sell an awful lot of boards that it not only makes a rider Capt. Andy Bundgaard gave up yachting to move look cool, but also provides a to yacht crew who want to have some fun.” to the Bahamas and start a business taking yacht fun workout that is all about Precision Paddleboards sells crew and tourists around the islands on stand-up strengthening core muscles. all kinds of boards to yacht crew, Be sure to consider paddleboards. Photo from Andy Bunegaard from basic boards to high-end storage space when buying a Capt. Chad Wright of M/Y Sheer customized boards. paddleboard, he said. Bliss, a 75-foot Hatteras, has noticed “We customize some of our boards “The smaller the board, the easier to the paddleboarding craze in Ft. complete with a sketch of the yacht handle and stow.” Lauderdale. and a matching color theme,” Vajda “I see yacht crew paddling up and said. “The latest topic of conversation Franki Black is a freelance writer down the Intracoastal Waterway among yacht owners in Newport is and yacht stew. Contact Capt. Andy almost on a daily basis,” he said. apparently comparing stainless steel Bundgaard at + 242-429-6650 or Being based in the yachting capital paddleboard racks.” captviking@aol.com. Contact Precision At Precision Paddleboards, the most of the world, Wright sees a lot of yachts Paddleboards at +1 954-616-8046 or popular board purchased by yacht crew come and go. precisionpaddleboards.com. Comments “Paddle boards are starting to is between 11 and 12 feet in length at a on this story are welcome at editorial@ become expected additions to yachts,” cost of between $1,300-$1,400 each. the-triton.com.

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Your boss may learn about your accident before you can call him BRIDGE, from page A1

a background check,” another captain said. “Even something like a Coast keep you after an incident.” Guard boarding will show up.” One of the other veterans said Whether investigations rule that a cover-ups were often part of the captain was at fault or not, an accident equation years ago. will continue to follow him, a captain “If you participated [in a cover-up], said. your reward was your full-time job,” he “Any incident on a boat, a boat’s said. issue, is yours as the master,” he said. “I Does this still happen? Absolutely, handled claims filed on the boat I was said several at the table. But it’s harder on. Was it against me personally? No.” to hide events today, a captain said. But, when insuring a yacht or hiring “Years ago, things could be pushed for a vessel, insurance companies do under the carpet,” he said. “But today due diligence to investigate a yacht’s it’ll show up on online forums.” history. Crew names may show up “Your boat could be on YouTube in paperwork even when they had before you call the boss,” another nothing to do with the incident. captain said. In a case like this, this captain All of the said, owners captains agreed and insurance One captain said that it’s best companies decide to confess to it is the insurance how much liability involvement to place on the companies that require when seeking boat versus the a no-claim declaration employment after captain. These or a zero-loss statement, accidents are an accident. One captain said it which states the captain looked at on a is the insurance case-by-case basis. has had no losses or companies that “If there is no claims on previous require a nomoney involved, claim declaration then it is not boats. or a zero-loss on their radar,” statement, which he said of most states the captain has had no losses or insurance companies. claims on previous boats. There is no avoiding media “These days I go on all types of coverage in this Internet age, a captain boats, and they all require a no-claims said. The industry learns about more statement,” another captain said. incidents more quickly than it did The industry is cautious after even five years ago, a captain said. accidents, he said, and most incidents Using examples of online forums, the are involved in litigation. captains talked about how guilt can be “We may be prosecuted for presumed by the public. negligence,” another captain said. “If Does this speculation have any you’re ever in an accident and you’ve effect on the captain’s reputation? made a false statement ..., you’re done. “It can spread fast and all the crew The insurance companies will find out will be talking about it,” a captain said. anything that has happened. So you “And if it’s on the Internet or in print, need to say what you know.” it’s true, right?” “It’s like the DMV (Department of See BRIDGE, page A17 Motor Vehicles) because they will do


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‘They laid it out completely ... maybe transparency like that will help’ BRIDGE, from page A16 “People’s opinions may overcome and dominate the facts,” another captain said. “Speculation is slander,” said a third. One of the captains said accidents get discussed at the local tavern either way. “People will always say, ‘we heard...’,” a captain said. The group discussed if they were in the public court and what they would do if their incident was online where accusations were being made. “It’s up to you and the owner as to how much is disclosed in response,” a captain said. Another captain pointed out that pending investigations and litigation usually prevent any discussion. “Nobody can say a thing,” another captain said. “Remember when the Man of Steel accident happened? That crew is on lockdown by the insurance company and the lawyers. They can’t say anything.” In February 2010, six people in the tender from M/Y Man of Steel, a 164-foot Heesen, had an accident in Staniel Cay in the Exumas, Bahamas. Subsequently, the crew involved were barred from commenting during investigations. Should the media leave accidents to the lawyers? “No, reporting brings awareness and helps us,” a captain said. “It’s good because it leaves the crew to think, ‘what can we learn from this, what would we have done and what will we do?’” Several captains said they discuss accidents in the news and talk about them at safety meetings. Another captain mentioned a July 2010 accident involving a duck boat anchored in a waterway that was hit by a towed barge in the Delaware River in which two people died. News reports were beneficial when they shared facts from the incident after a final ruling this July, he said.

“They laid it out completely and maybe transparency like that will help,” another captain said. “Learning from accidents like that could help others for the future.” Often yacht owners ask captains their opinion when hiring crew, so we asked if the captains in attendance would recommend hiring captains involved in an incident. About half the group said they would not hire a captain previously in an accident. “Probably not,” a captain said. “There would be a lack of trust.” “If the accident was completely avoidable, I wouldn’t hire him,” another captain said. A story was told of a captain who hit a reef and was given another chance. But it was discovered that he had hit reefs with other boats and never mentioned the incidents. That, a captain said, is a case where he would not be hired. “When you’re on an interview or you have made good relationship with the owner or the broker and they are interested in you, that’s when you make your declarations,” a captain said. There is hope for finding work after an accident, a captain said. He illustrated with a story of a mate who was driving and hit a reef. The captain in charge took full responsibility. “I asked the owner what he wanted me to do,” the captain said. “Want to send me packing? I’ll go.” But the owner said, “Do you let him go because he screwed up or keep him because now he is super vigilant?” They kept the mate. Dorie Cox is associate editor of The Triton. Comments on this story are welcome at editorial@the-triton. com. If you make your living working as a yacht captain, e-mail us for an invitation to our monthly Bridge luncheon.

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Pros, cons to ‘employee’ status TAXES, from page A1 like a U.S. resident for tax purposes,” Stankee said. There are two exemptions. One, if the non-resident is in the U.S. less than 90 days and earns less than $3,000 during that time. The other, the so-called treaty exemption, lets non-residents avoid U.S. taxes on income earned in the U.S. provided the non-resident files and pays taxes in their home country. But since most of those home countries don’t require worldwide income to be reported and taxed, few yacht crew do this, making this exemption not applicable to yacht crew, Stankee said. “The treaty is not designed to let people avoid taxes all together, just who gets to collect it,” he said. And the popular practice of creating a business and becoming an independent contractor won’t relieve a crew member from this tax burden. “In most circumstances, they don’t qualify as independent contractors [because] the owner will have control over their functions,” Stankee said. Plus, if someone has worked with an owner for several years and their corporation has no other clients, the argument could be made that they are, for tax purposes, an employee. Such crew claiming independent contractor status might not get in legal trouble with the IRS, but they likely would be held liable for unpaid taxes – probably at a reduced rate – and compliance going forward, Stankee said. “That’s a risk most are willing to run,” he said. “The problem is, crew don’t really want to be independent contractors. If they are, they can’t get onboard benefits such as health insurance. They want to be an employee, and to be exempt from U.S. tax.” AvMar now relies on Stankee’s interpretation of U.S. tax law to justify withholding employment taxes from non-American yacht crew while they work in U.S. waters. “For the longest time, we have never been able to get a solid opinion on nonresidents; then we found Glen Stankee,” said Tom Andrews, a certified public accountant and partner with AvMar. “Many vessels don’t withhold at all from non-residents. Crew can be in U.S. waters less than 183 days and not pay withholding tax, but to qualify, you have to be a resident filer in their country. We withhold the taxes while they are in U.S. waters, and for those who need nonresident tax returns, we do it for free. “Some crew have been completely resistant,” he said. “Others are completely onboard. They know they need to pay taxes somewhere, or they want to file for a green card someday so they want tax-paying history. “When you break up the taxes paid compared to the annual salary, it’s less than 10 percent,” he said. “We lost a boat

just recently because the crew were so upset about it. But for the most part, once we sit with the owner’s attorney, we’ve been getting a positive response. Our job is to make sure the yacht owner is in compliance. So this is the conservative approach.” Other companies that provide yacht crew payroll services have not taken this legal position of withholding taxes. “AvMar are tax advisers; we do payroll processing,” said Rupert Connor, president of Luxury Yacht Group, which offers management, placement and brokerage services as well as payroll. “I’m not going to be the tax police. We do offer a lot of payroll services, and our clients and their tax advisers are happy with the way we do it. Just because a boat is in Ft. Lauderdale doesn’t mean you have to tax foreign crew.” AvMar has upset some captains, who wonder why it will withhold taxes but other payroll services companies do not. “The whole thing is just confusing,” the captain of that 130-foot yacht said. “If this is the law, is everyone else breaking the law? I have investments in this country so it’s much more complicated than paying income tax.” To add more confusion, Stankee noted that even though the independent contractor approach isn’t “bullet-proof,” it might work in the short term. “My client is the employer,” Stankee said. “If he didn’t withhold, he could be held liable. Crew don’t want to work for him under those conditions, so they can do an independent contractor. We can structure to make it a close call. The IRS might not buy it, but they will only require compliance going forward. That’s the way a lot of these are resolved. The employee incurs the risk and the employer is covered.” But he also noted that there hasn’t been a whole lot of enforcement. “IRS enforcement on these rules of yacht owners on foreign-flagged vessels have not been substantial,” Stankee said. “They haven’t been actively digging.” Stankee is confident of his position that yacht owners must withhold U.S. income taxes on non-resident crew while in U.S. waters. “The law is black and white,” he said. “There’s no reasonable debate about it. There’s been a widespread history of non-compliance in this industry. Crew think, ‘If I’ve gotten away with it for 25 years, I must be doing it right.’ That’s not the case at all.” Not everyone is so confident. “Tax law is not black and white,” Connor said. “Crew should be aware if they are in the U.S. more than six months, they will have residency and tax issues, and that the U.S. government can tax their income they earn while here. … They should get advice.” Lucy Chabot Reed is editor of The Triton. Comments on this story are welcome at lucy@the-triton.com.


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Amy Beavers reminisces through the photo album of her 40th “pink pirate” birthday party in 2009, held before she PHOTO/DORIE COX was diagnosed with kidney disease.

Beavers’ kidney trouble diagnosed 20 months ago BEAVERS, from page A1 Capt. Les Annan said. Now captain on the 172-foot Feadship M/Y Rasselas, Annan credits Beavers’ guidance with many of his good career decisions. “I wouldn’t be sitting here now, on a 52m, if it weren’t for her,” he said. Fondness like Annan’s abounds, framed in letters near the front door to the school on South Andrews Avenue and, on one recent day this summer, left on Beavers’ desk in the form of a thank-you note with an iTunes gift card tucked inside. After opening it, Beavers’ dropped her trademark smile as she wondered how students remember her. “It makes you introspective,” she said. “Who should I be doing this for? I didn’t even realize I did anything special.” But she does, at least to the students she’s touched. Capt. Annan remembered a time Beavers told him to do a specific procedure when processing papers at the coast guard office. The coast guard officer said it wasn’t necessary. “So I called Amy and told her what they said,” Annan said. “She said ‘Let me talk to them,’ they talked for a minute, the guy hands the phone back and says, ‘Yeah, she’s right’. “I don’t think the Coast Guard knows the Coast Guard as well as Amy,” he said. She excels in deciphering government legislation and volumes of CFRs, said Julie Liberatore, manager of student administration and regulatory liaison at MPT. Beavers learned them because they were the laws regulating

Amy Beavers’ time on a kidney transplant waiting list recently expired. She is working to get on another list. When asked how people can help her with her kidney disease and where they can get more information she recommends several Web sites on end-stage renal disease and organ donation, including www.kidney.org, www.nih.gov (search for kidney) and www.organdonor.gov.

yachting and because no one else seemed to know them, Liberatore said. “Yachting has been very misunderstood by the Coast Guard,” Liberatore said. “I can’t think of one person who has championed for yachts like Amy.” “CFRs became my life at that time,” Beavers said. She wears bright jewelry, a brilliant wedding ring from her second husband, Todd, and she loves the rich colors decorating her home. But she’s nofrills at work. She sits behind a plain desk facing an unadorned room jammed with course descriptions and government paperwork. She’s just as no-nonsense when explaining her life-threatening kidney illness. Beavers was diagnosed 20 months ago with end-stage renal disease, a permanent condition in which the kidneys no longer function. Her treatment is dialysis three days a week; the cure is a kidney transplant. Beavers does not deny the severity of her illness, but she said it doesn’t help to think about it. So she doesn’t think about covering the large bandage over the medical port in her chest with a more modest sundress. She doesn’t think about wearing sleeves to hide the purple bruise on her arm from dialysis needles.

She doesn’t think about crying when that’s what she feels like doing. Beavers tilts her head back to see through thick, dark-rimmed glasses. She’s worn them since she was two years old. They create an image of studiousness, but she said she hated school when she was young. “I didn’t enjoy math, but since my dad was an engineer I was required to take high levels,” she said. By 17, Beavers found herself working alongside her parents, Elmer and Beverly Morley. “Dad always loved education; he thought it was the key to success,” said Beaver’s younger brother, Capt. Ted Morley, chief operations officer at MPT. As Beaver’s interests expanded from boys and her 1978 Grand Am, it turned out that she did want to embrace school – her parent’s school. “When I started, I directed people to mom and dad,” Beavers said. “But I have a competitive spirit. I wanted to help people, not send them off.” Beavers studied with the other students and got her 100-ton U.S. masters ticket in 1991. It is framed and placed high on a file cabinet in her office. She considers it one of the major accomplishments of her life. As it turned out, she could teach

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Work and intelligence rate high for Morley family BEAVERS, from page A20 well, said former student Capt. Scott Sanders. He took his first three classes with Beavers at one of MPT’s original small offices on Southeast 17th Street back in 1992. “Amy knew precisely what to teach, how to teach it and how to do it fast,” Sanders said. “Elmer is the true teacher, but she learned from him.” At that time, Sanders was a mate on a Feadship when Beavers asked him if he could plot a course. “Sure, I’ve been around the world,” he told her. Beavers showed Sanders the regulation way and he couldn’t do it. “The Coast Guard doesn’t teach reality, but she explained it well,” Sanders said. “We all still have to pass the tests.” Navigation was Beavers’ favorite course as instructor, but she taught OUPV, 100-ton master, radar observer unlimited, stability, deck general, celestial navigation and more. “I love to teach; I love hearing myself talk,” she laughed. “Some people make things more complicated so they sound smart. After a long explanation I feel like saying ‘Is that all there was to it?’ My favorite thing is to take something complicated and make it simple.” The instructor resource center desks

are across the room from Beavers and one is staffed by co-worker and friend Tony Soto. They have known each other since high school and he said they are “two peas in a pod.” “We’ve been there for each other through good times and bad,” Soto said. A long-time fan of geeky shows such as Star Trek, Beavers said she likes the characters’ use of intelligence to solve problems. MPT is her opportunity to encourage others to exercise their intellect. Intellectual battles are common in the Morley clan and Beavers and her 15 -year-old son, Matthew, are ruthless armchair competitors of the television quiz show Jeopardy. “I’m convinced Amy and my brother inherited a photographic memory,” big sister Lisa Morley, vice president of sales and marketing, said. “They can read and recite back, down to the fact. Not just the concept, but the details. They’re sick that way. Her intelligence defines her.” “Our smarts, that came from mom,” Beavers said, smiling at her sister whose desk shares her office. “But still, every day, someone e-mails a question that I have no idea the answer to.” Two computer monitors rise above binders and folders on Beavers’ desk. She schedules instructors, classes and locations on one screen while on the other researches passport information for a student who has stopped in. While the computer processes, she picks up a pen to sign a pile of certificates of proficiency for each class graduate. Beavers and her siblings were raised to always be working. The origin of the family work-ethic stems back to a time they lived on a schooner beginning in 1969. Beavers was 6-months-old and Lisa was 6-yearsold. Ted was next to be born and then another brother, who died at age 3. They lived in yards and marinas in New Jersey, Connecticut and Virginia until they settled in Florida 30 years ago. “We weren’t just a family, we were a crew,” Beavers said. “If one of us was working, then everybody was working. Work has always been a necessity.” In the mid-1990s when Beavers was married to her first husband, another instructor at MPT, she brought their infant son to the office. “That front counter is everything in Amy’s school and Matt was raised 12 feet from that counter,” Eng. Clark said. “Bev had a nursery behind there since he was born because Amy had to be there to answer phones and to train.” These days, however, Beavers misses a lot of work. Since her kidneys stopped working in 2009, she spends three days each week undergoing kidney dialysis to remove toxins from her blood. Most people are not able to continue working in Beavers’ condition; legally disabled, she’s had more than 20 surgeries. But on those dialysis-free days, she’s

there. “She’s resilient, a fighter, and is not defined by her illness,” Lisa Morley said. “In Amy’s mind, she doesn’t have time to be sick,” Clark said. Boating, living and working together make for tight Morley family bonds. The expanding group of spouses and children are counted among the Morley group. “We’re an inordinately close family,” Lisa Morley said. “Even now, three of us live on the same street.” And they share similar family traits. “We fight like cats and dogs,” she said. “Every person in the family is strong, so there is a lot of talking and yelling. There is nothing we don’t talk about.” “They’re very hard on each other, but supportive,” family friend Clark said. “They are all very driven.” “But there is a five-Morley limit,” Ted Morley said, laughing. “If there is more than that in a room, then one has to leave. And I count for two.” Above all, Beavers, her family and co-workers come together to help crew in yachting. Beavers became MPT’s vice president of regulatory compliance for U.S. Coast Guard regulations and in September 1995, MPT wrote the first master-level course that was approved by the USCG to use for testing. “The coast guard wanted some input from the schools and that’s what we did,” Beavers said. “They used it as their model course.” Good attitudes and inspirational messages keep Beavers motivated. She calls herself a devoted Oprah Winfrey fan. “Not everybody gets to go to the blood spa,” she said putting a positive spin on dialysis. But, her smile wanes for a moment. “I’ve been pretending not to be sick, basically going through life as if this is not an issue. But I’m tired all the time.” Then her smile reappears, spread as broad as her face. “No pun intended but dialysis is draining.” At her desk, surrounded by work to be done, Beavers is exhausted from several recent surgeries during two weeks in the hospital. She is supposed to be at an inter-sessional meeting, an in-between-meetings meeting with the Coast Guard in Washington, D.C. Those are the meetings where things get done for the meetings, she said. She’s too sick to go this time. “I like to go to those when I can,” Beavers said. “What drives me nuts is there’s is so much to do.” Her friend points out the hard truth. “She is still with us for a reason,” Clark said. “She still has more to share.” So she keeps on working. Dorie Cox is associate editor of The Triton. Comments on this story are welcome at dorie@the-triton.com.


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Let’s put that $450 billion into hands of entrepreneurs President Obama wants bold ideas on how to get people back to work. I have one that would take the $450 billion he’s proposing in tax cuts and new spending and empower entrepreneurs to start and expand businesses. A study released last summer says that start ups add 3 million employees a year while older My Turn companies lose 1 David Reed million a year. The only way to add jobs is to let entrepreneurs do it. To succeed, entrepreneurs need three things: confidence, a good idea, and money. There’s no shortage of ideas out there and an entrepreneur, by definition, is made of confidence. Money is the issue, and that’s where government can help. Instead of giving business owners like me tax breaks that would equate to a negligible dribble of a few hundred dollars a year, let’s give Americans the power to invest in entrepreneurs.That $450 billion breaks down to about $1,500 per person in America. So here’s my plan. An entrepreneur with an idea creates a business plan and the guys in SCORE approve it, signing off on the estimated money needed to make it happen. Once approved, the risk taker then approaches his family, friends, neighbors and network of contacts to pledge their $1,500 to the project. Even if I didn’t own a small business, I know someone who does, or who wants to. I could pledge this money to a plan I believe in, then I would help and promote that new business to everyone I know to help ensure its success. Talk about building communities. Now that would be a mission accomplished, or change we can believe in.

Cocktails is working its way to a return I have been the captain on M/Y Cocktails for five years now. At the time of the recent grounding [“Yachts deal with grounding, crash, fire” page A1, September issue], I was out of the United States on vacation. We are currently working on getting Cocktails back in the water and cruising again. Captain Todd Likins M/Y Cocktails

Shoes on? It’s a shoo-in

I read with interest your article about wearing shoes on-board [“Solid footing for wearing shoes onboard,” page A1, August issue]. I am an orthopedic surgeon owning a sailboat for 20 years, and on my boat everybody keeps on their shoes, on deck for sure but also inside the cabin for safety and security. For me it is a matter of respect and consideration for the guest. I definitely do not want to be responsible for a fracture of a foot of one of my friends just because I want to keep my boat clean and looking good. Dr. Claude Martimbeau

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Write to us at editorial@the-triton.com page A17, September issue]. Here are three other tips that I have learned over 25 years of business interviewing, sales and customer service: 1. Watch the other persons’ lips. That is the best way I know to tell when someone is done speaking and it is your turn to speak. It also forces you to look the person in the face instead of looking away. 2. Do not be afraid of a momentary pause or silence during your communications. That shows patience and thought. 3. If you think of something important to say while the other person is speaking, write it down. (You do have a note pad during the interview – right?) When you have that thought, glance at your note pad and write two or three key words but look back up quickly so the interviewer knows you are still listening. Learn to write short notes without looking at your pad. The interviewer might think you are taking notes on something they are saying which will earn you extra points. Sometimes you Contributors Capt. Karen Anderson, Mike Avery, Carol Bareuther, Stew Franki Black, Andy Buegaard, Capt. Mark A. Cline, Capt. Jake DesVergers, Chief Stew Fiona Downes, Rob Gannon, Jeff Gibbs, Beth Greenwald, Capt. Tedd Greenwald, Sue Hacking, Capt. Natalie Hannon, Bob Howie, Capt. Taylor Lawson, Chef Mary Beth Lawton Johnson, Chief Stew Alene Keenan, Keith Murray, Steve Pica, Rossmare Intl., Capt. Ned Stone

can go back to your note and talk about that important point much later or when it makes sense to bring it into the conversation. Don’t jump around on topics. At the end of the interview, it is OK to say “Let me look at my notes to make sure I have not forgotten anything.” That shows organization and maturity. By the way – you don’t need to wait until your next interview to practices these skills. They work all day, every day. Chris Brown High Seas Yacht Service & Straight Line Marine Ft. Lauderdale

Keeping 9/11 alive

Thank you for sharing both your memories and volunteerism [“10 years later, grief and love of 9-11 still real,” page A1, September issue]. You have shown once again what makes our country great even in the worst of circumstances. Many are making a big deal over the 10th anniversary of 9/11, some would like it all to vanish, but if it generates the sense of camaraderie once more among us as a nation, then make it the biggest deal ever. Karen Dudden-Blake V.P. of Palladium Technologies Ft. Lauderdale Vol. 8, No.7

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Tales from Irene: ships being re-routed Consider flag registry differences By Lucy Chabot Reed

When Hurricane Irene took aim for the United States’ east coast in August, captains of motoryachts in the Great Lakes didn’t spend much time with traditional precautions. Now, however, after Irene soaked upstate New York and closed parts of the Erie, Welland and Champlain canals, they have had to plan detours that have added hundreds of miles and many days to their trips. Three captains tell the story of making their way south post-Irene: one had to take the St. Lawrence Seaway instead of the Erie Canal; one is taking the Tenn-Tom instead of the St. Lawrence; and one on a delivery north is taking the Champlain over the Erie.

Leaving the sights of the Great Lakes through Chicago, M/Y Go Fourth heads down the Tombigbee waterway toward Mobile, Ala., to get home. PHOTO/CAPT. TEDD GREENWALD

Heading up the SLS

Finishing another summer in Michigan, Capt. Worth Brown and the 85-foot M/Y Sea Safari were all ready to take the Welland and Erie canals south. Not this season.

Instead, he’s taking the St. Lawrence Seaway for the first time and adding 1,400nm to the trip home. He’s keeping company with the 112-foot Westport M/Y Pepper XIII and M/Y Ziggy. See IRENE, page B11

Wi-fi can keep crew connected, sea to shop By Capt. Karen Anderson For those crew who travel with a laptop, iPad or wi-fi-enabled smart phone, Ft. Lauderdale’s yachting district has an abundance of free wifi hotspots. Here are a few places to connect that might not necessary pop up on a Google search, along with what’s new this season. First, the basics. Connecting to a free wi-fi hotspot can be as simple as opening your Internet browser. Once you do that, the hotspot’s splash screen often pops up. Agree to the standard service terms and click connect. Sometimes, you’ll need to choose a wi-fi site manually. Just open your wireless network connections and

Deckhands Russell Howell and Igor Vatsko use wi-fi connections on their laptops outside of a crew house at Sabra’s Crew Accommodations recently. Both depend on wi-fi to find work, update their information with PHOTO/DORIE COX crew agencies and connect with family and friends.  search through the list of networks within range. Before logging onto a free wi-fi hotspot, ask your host for their wireless network name, such as “attwifi”, and for any log-on passwords that may be required. You should never be prompted to enter your e-mail address or any personal information.

“Using wireless in public locations is convenient but it can be extremely insecure,” said Kit Koenig, managing director of The Technology Garage in Ft. Lauderdale. “Always use encryption when possible through your web browser and, if you are using

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Readers familiar with this column know that my day job requires the wearing of many hats: policeman, adviser, inspector, surveyor, researcher, and even sometimes babysitter. During the course of our company’s work on behalf of various flag-states, Rules of the Road we receive an endless barrage Jake DesVergers of questions from our worldwide survey staff and clients. In one recent exchange, a crew member had the unfortunate occasion of being dismissed from the yacht without cause (in his opinion). In the course of gathering facts, a strong attitude was expressed regarding the role of the flag. In short, it was felt that by the yacht being registered with an open registry versus a national registry, the yacht was somehow circumventing international rules. First, let us define the difference between an open registry and a national registry. Open registry refers to the business practice of registering a yacht in a sovereign state that is different from that of the owner. The yacht then flies the ensign of that state versus the flag of the owner’s nationality. The reasons for registering a yacht as such are numerous. These may include ownership, corporate structure, financing, taxation, crewing and, in a recent surprising reason, the actual color of the flag (go figure). In any case, the reason for registering a yacht in a particular flag is an important one that definitely should involve legal counsel. Examples of open registries include the Cayman Islands, Marshall Islands, Isle of Man, the Bahamas and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. National

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Diabetics often display symptoms of drunkeness You notice a boat in front of you driving erratically, weaving in and out, and it ends up running aground. The captain is screaming profanities at everyone and appears drunk. Upon impact he cut his head and is bleeding. You notice the captain is sweating and breathing heavily. You smell what Sea Sick appears to be a Keith Murray boozy smell of alcohol, but you do not see any alcoholic beverages. The captain’s speech is slurred. Is this captain drunk? It might seem that way, but there’s another possible condition. As a firefighter EMT, I ran numerous calls on people who were acting drunk only to find they were diabetic and their blood sugar was low. It’s hard to tell if someone is drunk or has low blood sugar. The primary rule in a first-aid emergency is “When in doubt, call for help.” Until help arrives, look for medical alert jewelry, prescription medications, medical cards, or insulin syringes. You should also look at the patient’s vital signs, check their glucose levels and blood pressure, and report these to

your medial provider. The World Health Organization defines diabetes as a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar. Hyperglycemia, or raised blood sugar, is a common effect of uncontrolled diabetes and, over time, leads to serious damage to many of the body’s systems. More than 220 million people worldwide have diabetes. In 2005, an estimated 1.1 million people died from diabetes. The good news is that a healthy diet, regular physical activity, maintaining a normal body weight and avoiding tobacco use can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. If the person is aware of their condition, they may be able to tell you how to help. However, they may be unaware of the disease or symptoms may have caused confusion. Symptoms may include dizziness, drowsiness, rapid breathing, lack of coordination, rapid pulse, sweating though the skin is cold to the touch, weakness, shaking, headache, irritability, bizarre or combative behavior, and nervousness. And they may have a fruity odor to their breath. If you know that a person is diabetic

and they are conscious, give them something to eat or drink that contains plenty of simple sugar, such as candy, fruit juice, honey or non-diet soda. If the person is hypoglycemic, the sugar will help within minutes. If the person is feeling ill because of high blood sugar, or hyperglycemia, he or she will not be harmed by the extra sugar but you must get them to professional medical care as soon as possible. When untreated hyper or hypoglycemia, permanent impairment, coma and death can occur. If the person is unconscious, place them into the recovery position, on their side, monitor their breathing and call for help. The doctor will most likely instruct you to obtain a complete set of vitals, including measuring their blood glucose level using a glucometer. The doctor may advise you to administer Glucagon. It is used when seizures occur in an insulin user who is unable at that point to help themselves. It will facilitate the release of stored glucose back into the bloodstream. Keith Murray is a former Florida firefighter EMT and owner of The CPR School, which provides onboard CPR, AED first aid safety training for yacht captains and crew (www.TheCPRSchool. com). Comments on this column are welcome at editorial@the-triton.com.


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The human eye is not prepared for 3D technology The newest and latest trend is 3D movies. I went to see Avatar when it was released and had a choice to see it in regular 2D at regular price of $14 or, for $3 more, I could watch it in the new sensation of 3D. Of course, I spent the additional cash. Now, you can have 3D in your home or yacht Sound Waves with 3D LED Mike Avery televisions and even projectors. Is this new trend a novelty, or is it here to stay? I’m not so sure it’s not just a phase, and it’s not because of the silly glasses or the lack of content. It’s not even that we all kind of just hate it. No, we still watch it because of the cool factor. 3D’s primary failure is our eyeballs; specifically, how millions of years of human development have taught them to focus. A big problem with 3D is the convergence/focus issue, but the bigger problem is that the viewer must focus at the plane of the screen. This is constant, no matter what. But the eyes must converge at perhaps 10 feet away, then 60 feet, and

The human eye is not used to 3D image technology. so on, depending on what the illusion is. So 3D films require us to focus at one distance and converge at another. Millions of years of evolution have never presented this problem before. All living things with eyes have always focused and converged at the same point, not multiple points as 3D films require us to do. It’s not that we’re incapable of this optical trick, which is like patting your head and rubbing your belly at the same time. It’s that it’s really hard. It gives us headaches. It makes us queasy. Every time we encounter a 3D effect, our brains need a few milliseconds to figure out the dimensions of each shot and eventually our eyes and brains

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get tired. It’s like watching home videos and the camera keeps bouncing around, or like being on a roller coaster for 90 long minutes and looking for a trash can when you finally get off. Remember to do your research first and, if possible, take it for a test drive to see how you like it. Mike Avery is a founder of MC2 (Music, Cinema and Control), which specializes in design, engineering, and installation of audio/video, lighting, remote control and theaters for yachts. He has more than 18 years experience in the field. Contact him at 954-914-4755. Comments on this column are welcome at editorial@the-triton.com.


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Satellite and broadband expand services Global Satellite USA announced a new satellite shadow device and a handheld satellite phone. The ISAT Shadow, is a Bluetoothenabled device compatible with a satellite phone, BGAN terminal and other phones. It replaces the need for a docking station and supports caller’s number, caller ID display, first letter searching, phone call history, call vibration, call ring tone, key pad lock, phone book synchronization and comes with echo cancellation and noise reduction. In other news, Global Satellite USA announced the launch of Iridium’s smallest handheld satellite phone, the Iridium Extreme. It offers an ingress protection (IP) rating of IP65. For more information visit www.globalsatellite. us, call +1 954-522-6260 or email sales@ globalsatellite.us.

Tracking, mapping portal activated Global Satellite Engineering announced that GSatTrack.com, an online satellite and GSM tracking and mapping portal certified to support the Iridium Extreme phone. GSatTrack. com enables the merging of tracking equipment into one multilingual platform. GSatTrack.com supports the following features including “geofencing” to enable administrators to set user boundaries, display of history of any device, inbound and outbound text messaging, GPS reporting frequency and remote diagnostics such as battery status. Visit www.gsattrack.com for activation.

Broadband expands to S. America

KVH Industries announced that mini-VSAT BroadbandSM service for mariners in South American waters and worldwide regulatory authority to

operate offshore and in-port in more than 125 countries. The mini-VSAT Broadband offers downloads as fast as 2 Mbps and uploads as fast as 1 Mbps, as well as Voice over IP (VoIP) telephone lines. In other news, KVH Industries announced a one-meter TracVision HD11 marine satellite TV system with a four-axis stabilized design that tracks satellites on the horizon and overhead. Also, KVH announced global upgrades to mini-VSAT Broadband for uplink speeds to 1 Mbps. For details visit www.kvh.com.

New sonar enhances views

Furuno and Electronic Navigation introduced WASSP (Wide Angle Sonar Seafloor Profiler) multibeam sonar to view and record bathymetry and seafloor hardness. Display options include real-time 3D view, 2D view, normal echosounder, sonar, and sidescan sonar views. Roll, heave, pitch, heading and position inputs may be incorporated via external equipment. Also includes a built-in tide correction database. For more information contact +1 360-834-9300, www.FurunoUSA.com.

Protect media with locker

Aquatic AV announced Digital Media Locker to keep digital musicplaying devices clean and dry onboard and allows remote selection and play up to 40 feet away. IP65 rated for use in wet and dusty environments, the Digital Media Locker has a built-in amplifier and pre-amp outputs to connect external amplifiers. A radio frequency two-way remote controls music functions while the player stays dry inside the locker. Compatible with iPod, MP3, U.S. and Euro FM radios. Suggested retail price $288.

For more information visit www. aquaticav.com or call 1+408-559-1668.

Lumiron lights offer options

Lumiron introduced Rondo LMT120R-12L series for lighting. The LED lighting is designed to replace the halogen light bulb. Benefits include 12 bright LEDs for high visibility, three watt operation and availablity in 12-30 volts AC/DC with a lifetime of 50,000 hours. Can be supplied using side pins, back pins or cable; available in red, green, blue, cool white, warm white, neutral white and amber with a threeyear warranty. More information at +1 305-6522599 or visit www.Lumiron.com.

Glass Pod protects helm stations

Kessler-Ellis Products (KEP) Marine announced the Glass Pod helm package for use on a variety of consoles or bridges. Offered in multiple sunlight readable displays and in 15, 17, 19, 21 and 22-inch wide screen models, the Glass Pods integrate with onboard blackbox navigation systems. The Glass Pods are equipped with a proprietary dry film technology, and have highstrength lamination with optical transmission less than 97percent, no double refraction (birefringence) and are completely repairable. The pods are protected by a two-year worldwide advanced replacement warranty. For details visit www.kepmarine.com.

Simrad offers compliant autopilot

Simrad Yachting announced new autopilot systems, the AP70 and AP80. International Maritime Organization (IMO) compliant and adaptive to wind and wave conditions. The systems provide heading and course control and

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Today’s fuel prices Prices for low-sulfur gasoil expressed in US$ per cubic meter (1,000 liters) as of September 15. Region Duty-free*/duty paid U.S. East Coast Ft. Lauderdale 845/900 Savannah, Ga. 825/NA Newport, R.I. 830/NA Caribbean St. Thomas, USVI 1000/NA St. Maarten 1,100/NA Antigua 1,165/NA Valparaiso 855/NA North Atlantic Bermuda (Ireland Island) 1010/NA Cape Verde 905/NA Azores 1230/NA Canary Islands 1010/1,195 Mediterranean Gibraltar 880/NA Barcelona, Spain 920/1,630 Palma de Mallorca, Spain NA/1,840 Antibes, France 925/1,895 San Remo, Italy 1,120/2,280 Naples, Italy 1,100/2,250 Venice, Italy 1,095/1,895 Corfu, Greece 1,070/1,860 Piraeus, Greece 960/1,840 Istanbul, Turkey 950/NA Malta 995/1,860 Tunis, Tunisia 880/NA Bizerte, Tunisia 885/NA Oceania Auckland, New Zealand 985/NA Sydney, Australia 990/NA Fiji 995/NA *When available according to local customs.

One year ago Prices for low-sulfur gasoil expressed in US$ per cubic meter (1,000 liters) as of September 15, 2010 Region Duty-free*/duty paid U.S. East Coast Ft. Lauderdale 625/665 Savannah, Ga. 590/NA Newport, R.I. 610/NA Caribbean St. Thomas, USVI 750/NA St. Maarten 850/NA Antigua 910/NA Valparaiso 920/NA North Atlantic Bermuda (Ireland Island) 760/NA Cape Verde 650/NA Azores 675/NA Canary Islands 620/NA Mediterranean Gibraltar 630/NA Barcelona, Spain 685/1,400 Palma de Mallorca, Spain NA/1,435 Antibes, France 675/1,500 San Remo, Italy 775/1,645 Naples, Italy 750/1,540 Venice, Italy 770/1,445 Corfu, Greece 790/1,795 Piraeus, Greece 770/1,775 Istanbul, Turkey 695/NA Malta 685/1,585 Tunis, Tunisia 620/NA Bizerte, Tunisia 625/NA Oceania Auckland, New Zealand 690/NA Sydney, Australia 690/NA Fiji 760/NA *When available according to local customs.


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Autopilots and cameras for boat bridges enhance safety TECH BRIEFS from page B5 feature six independent work-profile settings to enable features such as slow speed operation, maneuvering, net hauling and helicopter pick-up. The AP70 has three rudder and thruster configurations while the AP80 offers six. They provide turn pattern options, piracy evasion; dedicated alarm reset and shaped port and starboard keys for easy finger-touch identification. Can be flush- or bracket-mounted to suit any installation requirement. Suggested retail prices start at $1,600 and $3,500 and will be available in December. For more information, 1 800-324-1356 or 1 800-661-3983 in Canada or visit www.simrad-yachting. com.

PVCell for use with composites

SP-High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, launched PVCell G-Foam, a closed cell, cross-linked PVC foam. The foam provides high strength to weight ratio for composite applications and includes chemical resistance, low water absorption and thermal insulation capabilities. It is compatible with most resin systems and available in a wide range of densities, which include G60, G80, G100, G130 and G200. PVCell G-Foam has secured industry certification from Germanischer Lloyd (GL) (G60-G100), Det Norske Veritas (DNV), American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), and Registro Italiano Navale (RINA). For details visit www.gurit.com/ marine.

Night-vision camera offers security

OceanView Technologies announced the Apollo 2 Xi night-vision camera and SteadyView video stabilization. With an IP configuration, users can check, view and control the Apollo 2 Xi camera from remote locations on or off the boat. Also available is SteadyView video stabilization which can be added to thermal and low-light cameras. Suggested retail price is $12,995 and the SteadyView video stabilization option is $2,995. A video can be seen by searching SteadyView at www.youtube. com. For more contact +1 954-7275139, sales@oceanviewtech.com; www. nightboating.com.

GOST sensor monitors temperature

GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies, formerly Paradox Marine) introduced a sensor that monitors the temperature inside onboard food storage and bait freezers and alerts up to five people with a voice phone call if the temperature rises five degrees above freezing. The IP-rated, wireless, battery

powered sensor is available as an addon to GOST vessel monitoring systems. For more information visit www. gostglobal.com or call 1+954.565.9898.

Minimax expands fire protection

Minimax has expanded the high pressure water mist extinguishing system, Minifog marine XP, for use in engine rooms and cargo pump rooms of up to 8,235 m volume. The system reduces water requirements by 90percent to reduce the risk of damage to vessel technology outside of the fire area, increases passenger protection and reduces extinguishing water consumption. Low space requirements for the pipe system facilitate retrofitting in older vessels. The system fulfils IMO A800 and IMO 1165. Further information at www.minimax.de.

ATN offers torque/luff line furler

ATN and Colligo Marine introduced a complete torque and luff rope furler solution for sailmakers. Include maximum luff dimensions of the sail and ATN supplies the pre-stretched swaged torque rope with two thimbles, head swivel and furler. Every ATN luff rope is swaged and prestretched to 2500 lb. Custom spliced continuous furler drive lines are also available. For details visit ATNINC.com, tninc@ hotmail.com and 1 800-874-3671.

B&G unveils display and autopilot

B&G announced the Triton instrument and autopilot solution. Utilizing the interface developed for the Zeus multifunction navigation system, the B&G Triton T41 is a single, fully customizable, display that offers access to wind, depth, speed and autopilot. The optional Triton Autopilot Controller connects to the T41 and provides integration. Suggested retail is $599 and Triton Pilot Remote is $299. For more visit www.bandg.com.

Clean trailers with Star brite wash

Star brite announced a Trailer Spa Washdown System Kit to make trailer rinsing as easy as attaching a garden hose and turning it on. The kit comes with all the parts needed to install a washdown system on any trailer up to three axles in size, as well as a 32 fl. oz. Salt Off and an applicator. The do-it-yourself installation takes about 2 hours, and there is a video on the website to walk you through the process. The system is not just for boat trailers; it can be installed on any and all types of trailers. To see the Installation Video, log onto www. starbrite.com and enter 77550 in the “search� box. For more contact 1 800-327-8583 or via e-mail at blindsey@starbrite.com.


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Derecktor in Connecticut considers temporary shutdown Derecktor Shipyards is considering a temporary shutdown of its Bridgeport, Conn., operations, according to a story in Connecticut Post. “We’re not planning on leaving Connecticut,” Paul Derecktor, president of Derecktor Shipyards, told the Post. The Bridgeport yard is down to a staff of 20 to 25. “It’s tough times for us,” he said. “There’s no new construction and service is just barely enough.” A year ago, Derecktor delivered the 281-foot M/Y Cakewalk, the largest yacht built in the United States in more than 70 years. As many as 225 people were employed during the build, the Post reported, but Derecktor said layoffs have occurred steadily since the boat was delivered last fall. Derecktor told the Post the issues at the Bridgeport shipyard were not tied to any litigation. In 2008, Derecktor filed for bankruptcy protection over disagreements with the cost and time frame of a new build. All the cases associated with that filing closed officially in August, according to U.S. Bankruptcy Court records. Derecktor’s three shipyards -- in Connecticut; Mamaroneck, N.Y.; and Dania Beach, Fla. -- are all autonomous. The problems in Connecticut will not impact the New York or Florida yards. “This yard is as healthy as it ever was,” said James Brewer, director of yacht service sales at the South Florida yard. “We had a better summer than we anticipated and are keeping busy.”

Miami marina gets state OK

The state of Florida gave the Watson Island megayacht marina project in Miami a waiver on its changes in late August, letting it move on for final approval from the city. If OK’d, Flagstone Development Group hopes to break ground in the first half of 2012, according to press reports. The project, dubbed Island Gardens, is slated to include a luxury hotel, retail and marina. Voters approved of it in concept 10 years ago.

Palm Beach gets new dockmaster

The towndocks in Palm Beach have hired Capt. Kenneth Kooyenga as its new dockmaster. Kooyenga most recently was dockmaster in Camden, Maine. He holds a USCG 100-ton license.

Monte Fino yard expands

Kha Shing, the superyacht yard based in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, that designs and builds Monte Fino motoryachts, plans to expand its facilities to make room for 144-foot (44m) yachts. This is the final stage of a $20 million, two-year investment that has included adding 15,000 square

metres to the existing facilities and the building of two additional sheds.

Dutch builders market together

A group of Dutch yacht builders have joined forces to promote their brand along the French Côte d’Azur in a campaign called the Holland Yacht Experience. The companies include Mulder Shipyard, Balk Shipyard, Arie de Boom Marine, Van der Vliet Quality Yachts and Wajer & Wajer. The members will have an office in La Croisette in Cannes and

offer customers brokerage, refit management, maintenance work, and reserve berths. For more information, visit www. hollandyachtexperience.nl

Mourjan Marinas IGY hits Spain

Dubai-based marina management company Mourjan Marinas IGY has created a partnership with Marina Barcelona 92 (MB92) to manage the branding, sales and marketing of the high-end Port Tarraco Marina in northeastern Spain. Port Tarraco, located about 95 km

south of Barcelona, offers 64 berths ranging from 30 to 160 meters.

IGY opens benefits to all yachts

Ft. Lauderdale-based Island Global Yachting (IGY) has expanded its marina loyalty program, the IGY Anchor Club, to include vessels of all lengths. The club lets members earn points redeemable for gear and travel as well as products and services for their vessels when they dock at a participating IGY marina. To enroll, visit www.igymarinas. com/anchor-club/welcome.


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Small change of http to https can add big layer of security WI-FI, from page B1 e-mail software such as Outlook or Thunderbird, make sure to configure the software to encrypt your e-mails using SSL or TLS.” Encryption is the simple act of changing clear text to unreadable information so an eavesdropper cannot read any information that is being transmitted to the Internet. Web sites that begin with https:// are encrypted; on sites beginning with http://, information is transferred in clear text. One way to secure your web surfing is to use Mozilla Firefox’s and Internet Explorer’s built-in encryption by typing an “s” into the web address so that http:// reads as https:// instead. This only works with Web sites that support https, which includes sites such as Google, Facebook and, most importantly, banks. Some e-mail hosts such as Gmail always send e-mail encrypted over an https site, while others such as AOL do not. Make sure you have your computer’s firewall turned on and don’t allow exception if prompted. It is important to understand that by logging onto a public wi-fi site you are joining a shared network. Some hotspots allow communications between users on the network. You may want to disable file and print sharing before logging on so other users on the hotspot cannot view your shared files.

At the show

The options for free wi-fi at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show later this month have expanded. l New this year is the Captain’s Den, a private crew lounge at Bahia Mar

Yachting Center behind the Yachts International Pavilion on the face dock. It will feature free wi-fi but only captains and crew working the show can get in. Invitations will come from Show Management. l Just outside the show’s main gates at Bahia Mar is the Captain’s Hideout, which also offers free wi-fi to captains and crew (working the show or not). l The Java Breeze Cyber Café at the convention center across from Hall D has 10 computers where crew can go online and check e-mail for free.

Yachtie Downtown

Yachtie downtown – Southeast 17th Street between US1 and the bridge – hosts more than 30 free wi-fi hotspots and business services where crew can go online. Most are within walking distance of each other. l New to the Southport shopping center and broadcasting a strong, unlocked wi-fi signal is Panera Bread bakery and café. Employees have a casual attitude toward customers who linger and have no wi-fi time limit. l Many restaurants and pubs offer free wi-fi to customers, including several yachtie hangouts such as Southport Raw Bar, Quarterdeck, Waxy’s, H&E Marina Deli, Village Well and Duffy’s Sports Bar. In a few cases, you will need to request a log-on password from your server. All FedEx Office, Starbucks and McDonald’s broadcast as “attwifi”. I found the sites to be open and free to log onto without a password. l Four crew agencies kindly extend online courtesies. The most complete range of services are offered at the Crew4Crew office, located behind Waxy’s. Four work stations loaded with business software are available for crew to use, free of charge, while working on employment documents. Crew are welcome to hang out in a comfortable lounge environment and log onto the Crew4Yachts wi-fi network. l Crew Unlimited, also behind Waxy’s in its new location at 1069 S.E. 17th Street, has four computers in the reception area that crew can use to access e-mail and update their profiles. The agency also allows crew to log onto its wi-fi account. l Luxury Yacht Group, across from Waxy’s at 1362 S.E. 17th St. in South Harbor Plaza, has three work stations with Internet access and attached scanners in a quiet room. Yacht crew are welcome to drop by and use the computer’s as they wish. l Elite Crew International, located at bit west of Waxy’s at 714 S.E. 17th St., offers free wi-fi and computer use to crew registered with the company in a roomy lounge. Prints of job-related See WI-FI, page B9


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Free, outdoor wi-fi signals are found in Ft. Lauderdale WI-FI, from page B8 documents and resume assistance are complimentary. l Students and alumni of International Yacht Training, 910 S.E. 17th St., can use to the school’s wi-fi network and facilities.

Downtown Ft. Lauderdale

The heart of Ft. Lauderdale lies north of the New River straddling the railroad tracks. l The New River, Riverwalk and downtown business district offers a variety of places to connect. New this season: Floating, day-use docks have been installed along Riverwalk Park. Boats up to 26 feet may dock for free, while you go ashore into downtown. The floating docks are located on the New River near the Southeast Third Avenue, South Andrews Avenue and Southwest Fourth Avenue bridges and are available on a first-come basis. For more information, contact the city’s downtown dockmaster. l Located along the New River and offering free wi-fi are the Downtowner Saloon, Pirates Republic Seafood & Grill and Briny Irish Pub. The Publix super market on Andrews, two blocks south of the bridge, has free wi-fi and picnic supplies. Broward County broadcasts an outdoor, free public wi-fi signal along Second Avenue in the area between the IMAX theater and South Andrews Avenue. Several restaurants and pubs offer outdoor seating within range of “BCPublic”. l A local favorite for coffee is Brew Urban Cafe, which also has free wi-fi, or find a space outdoor and log onto “BCPublic”. l The Broward County main library is an excellent place to go online and is accessible by dingy. The library’s free wi-fi “MN-BLC-NET” is unlocked and open for unlimited use with no registration required. The 7th floor has been transformed into a computer center, including a designated cell phone area where you may Skype from your laptop. More than 60 computers with Internet and Office 2007 are available; use is limited to 2 hours per day. Visitors, including international, may obtain a free computer card by filling out an application and showing a picture ID. The main library is at South Andrews Avenue and Southeast Second Street, one block south of the Broward Boulevard bus terminal. The library is open Tuesday and Wednesday from noon-8 p.m. and Monday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Get thee outside

If anything, Ft. Lauderdale means

sunshine, and it doesn’t disappoint with outdoor, free wi-fi signals. l By far, the strongest outdoor wi-fi signal I could locate is “attwifi” on the southern end of Ft. Lauderdale beach near the picnic tables and BBQ grills across from Bahia Mar Yachting Center. This is a perfect spot to start the day with a morning cup of coffee and catch up on e-mails. l Bahia Cabana, a casual Key Weststyle patio bar and restaurant, is a longstanding local favorite. It is located on the southern side of Bahia Mar and has a dingy dock for use while dining. To access the free wi-fi you must obtain a password from the hotel’s front deck. l Victoria Allman, yacht chef and author of “Sea Fare”, recommends a favorite hotspot where she wrote most of her second book “SEAsoned”. “I head to a quiet, out-of-the-way place, Riverside Market, that has over 500 microbrews,” she said. “They have a great deli and free wi-fi. It is super cool there, as it is set in an old convenience store and decorated with old-Lauderdale pictures from a Miami Herald photographer. I ride my bike there with computer in backpack.” Find Riverside Market at 608 S.W. 12th Ave., near the swing bridge and Riverside Park, which has tennis and basketball courts open to the public and free of charge.

24-hour hotspots

Sometimes, you need free wi-fi when everything is closed. l The FedEx Office on US1 just north of Broward Boulevard is open 24 hours. l On the corner of 17th Street and US1, Denny’s restaurant and McDonald’s are both open 24 hours and offer free wi-fi. Note that the lobby of McDonalds’ closes from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., but the wifi signal is blasted outside 24 hours for drive-thru customers. Eng. Paul Warner reports that while attending engineering courses at Maritime Professional Training, he and a group of “die hard late-night bookworms took our laptops to Denny’s on 17th Street. We were there for several hours one night in the corner having free refills of coffee while we studied.” Crew looking for free wi-fi access in Ft. Lauderdale this season don’t have far to look. The opportunities to stay connected while having fun, looking for the perfect job or attending the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show have never been better. Capt. Karen Anderson, a Ft. Lauderdalebased yacht crew-turned-IT-tech, is a technician at The Technology Garage. Comments on this story are welcome at editorial@the-triton.com.

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Normal routes not an option for many yachts going south IRENE, from page B1 Less than half way by mid-September, Brown said the voyage has been an enjoyable detour. “It’s really pretty,” he said. “There is every assortment of whales all around and the sea lions are gigantic. It’s absolutely gorgeous. It’s not near as hard as I thought it would be.” Already, he was experiencing the dramatic 50-foot tides near Nova Scotia. “Yesterday, the boat was covered in sand from the parking lot we were down so low,” he said. He pointed out that some smaller yachts caught in the Great Lakes this summer have been hauled and will be stored for the winter instead of making the long trip south.

Down the Tombigbee

Capt. Tedd Greenwald of the 91-foot classic Burger M/Y Go Fourth got all the way to Detroit on his trip toward home when he decided to turn around and hit the Mississippi, Tennessee and Tombigbee waterways. He said he’s lucky enough to be able to squeeze under the 19-foot fixed bridge on the Calumet River, making this an option. Here’s his story, from Monday, Sept. 19: “Our normal route is down the Great Lakes to the Erie Canal and then to the Hudson River. This year, we have had to change plans to get the Go Fourth to Florida for our winter season. We had two options: the St. Lawrence Seaway up around Halifax to Maine and down or the Inland River System of the Midwest, better known as the western part of The Great Loop. “To get to the Mississippi River from Chicago, you go through the Illinois Waterway to the Upper Mississippi. To get there, you take the Cal-Sag Canal, which has the most clearance but has a fixed bridge of 19.1 feet. “From the convergence of the Upper Mississippi, Lower Mississippi and the Ohio rivers, we have another choice: take the Lower Mississippi to New Orleans or take the Tennessee River to Mobile, Alabama. I was leaning toward the Lower Miss; It’s wide open, lots of current and faster than the myriad locks you have to pass through on the Tennessee. “Capt. Moe Skula of the Burger M/Y Blue Star has done this trip more than 50 times and stated plainly that the Lower Miss is not a good option for yachts. There are few good anchorages that will protect a vessel from being run over by large commercial barges that run the river 24/7. “So we’re taking the Tennessee. “We started our trip from Harbor Springs, Mich., on Friday and ran overnight to Hammond, Indiana. We took on 1700 gallons of fuel to weigh

down the Go Fourth to decrease our air draft and got the boat down to 18 feet, 8 inches. We cleared the Lemont Railroad Bridge by 10 inches. “Sunday, we left at dawn and by 1930 had made 60 miles. There’s lots of waiting for commercial traffic to go through the locks along the ‘12 miles of hell,’ a narrow canal from the junction of the Chicago Sanitary canal and the Cal-Sag to the first lock. It’s only wide enough for two barges and you have to be prepared to back up for a few miles if needed. AIS is helpful here. “We are now on the Illinois River making good time. It’s wide open and very much like New York’s Mohawk.”

Up the Champlain

Capt. John Wampler, who has traversed the Erie and Welland canals dozens of times on yacht deliveries, had flown to New Hampshire before Irene to wait out the storm and deliver a young family on their new 48-foot Hatteras trawler M/Y Sea Hunt to Buffalo. He usually goes through the Erie to Oswego, N.Y., and then travels south into the Great Lakes, but this time, he had to take Hudson north to Lake Champlain, then the Champlain and Chambly canals north to the St. Lawrence before heading down. The trip from Portsmouth to Buffalo should have taken about two weeks. But with weather lay-overs and the detour, this delivery had already taken four weeks and he was still a week from the end in mid-September. On Sept. 17, he was holed up in Burlington, Vermont, on the east coast of Lake Champlain, where he spent four days waiting out another weather system that dumped more rain on the area and made the lake high and choppy. “Where I’ve been dozens of times, I’m amazed to see pictures of the devastation and debris,” Wampler said. “The Erie is done for the year, and talking to the lock operators, it might not even be open next year.” The Champlain Canal and parts of the Erie suffered millions of dollars in damage to both the locks and the lock houses, where crews open and close the locks. The dams at Locks 10, 11 and 12 are in need of repairs, according to the state Canal Corp. The Waterford lock, Lock 2, on the Erie is closed indefinitely, according to news reports. Taking the Champlain has added almost 300 miles to his trip – about six days on the long-range trawler – and he’s had to remove the radar arch and hard top to get under the 17 feet of clearance (the Erie has 20.) Lucy Chabot Reed is editor of The Triton. Comments on this story are welcome at lucy@the-triton.com.

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Open registries account for two-thirds of world’s gross tonnage RULES, from page B1 registries include the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and France. In a recent article published by the shipping group Clarksons, Martin Stopford provided an objective and factual explanation of the industry’s embracing of international integration and the drain from the “nation state.” “As globalization got started in the early 1950s, ship owners took a decisive step, which, over the years, has played a crucial part in making it the international carrier of choice. In a nutshell, they traded in nationality for open registries. In 1959, these flags were legally recognized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and soon other states started offering a ‘flaggingout’ service.” It is important to note that in mid-

2011, open registers reached a key landmark. Two-thirds of the world’s gross tonnage was flagged under an open registry. Recalling the history and purpose of open registries, we can now address one of the largest misconceptions used to describe them and the reason for this month’s column. Often, open registries are referred to as “flags of convenience.” This significantly outdated term is usually used when describing an exceptional situation such as an accident or crew dispute. The term invokes images of dishonest captains getting away with criminal behavior by forcing crew to work like slaves without adequate pay or rest under appalling conditions. While this may sound like the typical 10-day charter routine, it is not realistic. As we know, history repeats itself. It

can teach us a lot about how to react to situations presented to us in the current day. For this particular subject, we have to remember that the world changes. Business and leisure – including yachting – change with it. Yes, in years past, ships and yachts used to fly the flags of their nations. Everyone kept to their home flag. True, and Americans used to only drive cars made by Ford and Chevrolet. For the most part, things change for the better. Open registries emerged and developed largely because national registers were not doing their jobs properly nor providing the service that owners needed. In many cases, they still do not do their jobs. If they were, we would see a reversal in these roles. (And please, to keep the broiling nationalism at bay, please note that the author is a solid supporter and member of the U.S.

Merchant Marine.) It is often claimed negligence is ignored by open registries, where owners slip away. This is a horrible delusion. Conscientious open registries are just as attentive as national registries in eliminating substandard yachts. In the same way, poor national registers are equally susceptible to accusations of turning a blind eye. Another negative connotation expressed relates to crew. Today, crew demographics consist of multiple nationalities. Why is this cause for concern? Is there a particular nationality that inherently produces infallible professional seafarers? While that statement should invoke a few e-mails from various friends, we must be realistic. Yachting is the ultimate international mix. We should celebrate its multicultural identity, not belittle it. The role of a yacht registry has changed dramatically. Our industry demands proactive flags that recognize difficulties, and responds to them, often before yachts realize what is required. It demands the highest levels of attention to safety, quality and crew needs. It warrants effective representation at the highest levels of government and industry, plus knowledge of the major issues facing yachting today. It is foolish to compare a modern yacht registry today with its equivalent of, say, 50 years ago, or even 10 years ago when some registries were accused of being little more than a pizza parlor in the front store and a yacht registry in the back office. Yacht registries cannot be considered “evil” simply by virtue of not being national registers. The sooner our industry accepts that there are good and bad national and open registers, the sooner we can begin to fix the issue of poorly performing flags. Are you looking for a quality flag for the boss’ next boat? Your choices are endless, but be well-informed. Start by looking for a flag that is easily found among the list of ever-expanding registries, but difficult to find on the world’s port state control detention Web sites. It’s not a guarantee, but it’s a place to start, and certainly better than simply choosing one by the color. Capt. Jake DesVergers is chief surveyor for International Yacht Bureau (IYB), an organization that provides flag-state inspection services to yachts on behalf of several administrations. A deck officer graduate of the U.S. 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 +1 954-596-2728 or www.yachtbureau.org. Comments on this column are welcome at editorial@the-triton.com.


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FITNESS: Keep It Up

Feeling a little stressed?

Keep It Up

Beth Greenwald

Step outside; take a deep breath in and out. Perhaps a little exercise break will help to rejuvenate you. Try the following strength moves which work the entire body. These will help to increase the blood flow, give you an energy boost and make you feel great. Depending on how much time you have, perform the first exercise until fatigued and immediately move on to the next. Keep your chamois nearby … don’t leave behind any fingerprints on that railing that was just buffed. Forget your chamois? That’s okay, just think, when you come back later, it will be a little additional exercise as you buff out those fingerprints.

Beth Greenwald received her master’s degree in exercise physiology from Florida Atlantic University and is a certified personal trainer. She conducts both private and small group training sessions in the Ft. Lauderdale area. Contact her at +1 716-908-9836 or bethgreenwald@hotmail.com. Comments on this column are welcome at editorial@the-triton.com.

Bridge

Lie on your back, placing your feet on a railing, bench or platform that allows the knees to be bent at 90 degrees. Keeping your arms out to the sides, palms toward the ground, push through the feet (heels) and lift your hips up to raise your butt off of the ground. Squeeze your gluteus muscles and hold this position for two seconds. Slowly lower to starting position. To increase the challenge, lift and extend one leg forward while hips are up and butt is off of the ground. Repeat with the other leg.

Push-Ups

Place your hands on the railing, shoulder width apart. Keeping your body straight, neck and back aligned, bend your elbows to lower yourself closer to the railing, but not so that your chest touches. Extend the elbows to push your body up to starting position.

Squats

Place your hands on the railing and take a large step backwards, allowing your arms to fully extend. Keeping your feet hip width apart, joints stacked (knees over ankles) and toes pointed forward, bend your knees, allowing your butt to lower backwards and toward the ground as if sitting in a chair. Ensure your knees do not cross over the front of your toes. Squeeze your gluteus muscles to rise up to starting position.

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Several brokers announce megayacht sales Merle Wood & Associates has sold three megayachts recently: the 225-foot Amels M/Y Lady Anne P.B., the 161-foot Trinity M/Y Lohengrin and the 129-foot M/Y Villa Reis built by Mondomarine. The brokerage added the following to their new central agency listings for sale: the 220-foot shadow boat M/Y Allure Shadow built by Shadow Marine, the 151-foot Delta M/Y Katya (in a joint listing with Burgess), the 102-foot Oceanfast M/Y Gazelle, and the 72-foot Sunseeker Predator M/Y Hideout. YPI Brokerage has sold S/Y Lionheart, the 142-foot (43m) J-Class sailing yacht built last year by Claasen Jachtbouw. The brokerage also signed three new yachts built by Bilgin Yachts of Turkey to its central agency listings for sale: the 148-foot (45m) M/Y Tatiana, a 131foot (40m) motoryacht scheduled to be launched in November, and a160-foot (49m) motoryacht scheduled for launch this fall. Northrop & Johnson has sold four megayachts recently. The 142foot Palmer Johnson M/Y Pure Bliss (renamed Lady J), the 112-foot Crescent M/Y Shear Fantasea, the 88-foot Little Blue and the 75-foot Sunseeker M/Y Kauhale Kai II. The brokerage also has added

several new yachts to its central agency listings for sale, including the 105-foot Heesen M/Y The Lady J, the 104-foot S/Y Lochiel built by Alloy and the 74foot Viking M/Y Jessica. Fraser Yachts has recently sold the 107-foot (33m) M/Y Shana, built by Workboats Northwest. The brokerage has added several yachts to its central agency listings for sale: the 240-foot (73m) Delta M/Y Laurel; the 181-foot (55m) M/Y Turquoise built by Proteksan; five new yachts being built by Rossi Navi and expected for delivery in 2014 (a 213-foot (65m), two 180-foot (55m) , a 147-foot (45m), and a 116-foot (35m) ; the 135-foot (41m) Baglietto M/Y RC; the 115-foot (35m) M/Y Golden Boy II built by Sovereign; the 111-foot (34m) Codecasa new build M/Y Princess Elena; the 107-foot (33m) Christensen; and the 101-foot (31m) S/Y Shadow built by Comar Yachts.

to its central agency listings for sale. Aquasition will be in the RJC Yachts display at Pier 66 during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. International Yacht Collection has added several new yachts to its central agency listings for sale, including the 180-foot (55m) M/Y Harbour Island just launched by Newcastle Shipyards; the 157-foot (48m) Christensen M/Y Thirteen; the 130-foot (40m) Hatteras M/Y Tranquility; and the 110-foot (34m) Broward M/Y Cedar Island. The company has also added to its charter fleet M/Y Harbour Island and the 87-foot (27m) Johnson M/Y Clarity. Hill Robinson has added two sailing yachts to its fleet of vessels under management: 47m S/Y Germania Nova and 43m S/Y Sarissa.

Churchill Yacht Partners has added two yachts to its charter fleet, the 142-foot Palmer Johnson M/Y Lady J (ex-Pure Bliss), and the 67-foot S/Y More Magic.

NISI Yachts’ 24m yacht has been awarded the 2011 World Yacht Trophy for “Best Design” among yachts under 80 feet (24m). It beat out the Ferretti 720 and Dominator 720. The yacht was also a finalist in the “Most Innovative” category.

RJC Yacht Sales has added the 124-foot Broward M/Y Aquasition and the 80-foot Cheoy Lee M/Y Aquarius

Moran Yacht & Ship has sold the 150-foot (45.7m) Palmer Johnson M/Y Vantage.

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Cakewalk, Seven Seas are top finalists in ISS design awards The 281-foot M/Y Cakewalk, launched from Derecktor’s Shipyard in Connecticut last fall, is up for a design award at the upcoming annual International Superyacht Society’s awards gala. In the Best Power 65m+ category, Cakewalk faces off against the 312foot M/Y Palladium, built by Blohm & Voss, the 282-foot Oceanco M/Y Seven Seas, the 223-foot Feadship M/Y Lady Christine, and the 223-foot M/Y Sycara V, built by Nobiskrug. The ISS design awards also honor power boats 40-65m and 24-40m, and sail in 24-40m and 40m+. New this year is a Best Refit category, which includes the 183-foot (56m) Feadship M/Y Illusion, the 145foot Derecktor S/Y Mari Cha III, and the 134-foot Feadship M/Y Odyssey. The awards are based on peer review and celebrates the best in naval architecture, design, interiors, engineering and builds each year. Winners will be announced at the annual gala dinner, this year held on Oct. 27 in Ft. Lauderdale. ISS also will honor a Business or Business Person of the Year, Innovation of the Year, the Leadership Award and Distinguished Crew Award. New is the Fabien Cousteau Blue Award. Finalists in the yacht categories are: Best Refit: the 131-foot (40m) M/Y Angel’s Share, a Wally refit by Lurssen, designed by Amanda Levete Architects, with an interior by Eidsgaard Design; the 183-foot (56m) M/Y Illusion, a Feadship refit by Pendennis, designed with an interior both by Bannenberg & Rowell Design; the 145-foot (44m) S/Y Mari Cha III, built and refit by Derecktor, designed by Philippe Briand with an interior by Clear Yacht Interiors; the 105-foot (32m) M/Y MiniSkirt, built by Windship and refit by Ares Custom Yachts, designed by Ron Holland with an interior designed by Andrew Winch; and the 134-foot (41m) M/Y Odyssey, built and refit by Feadship DeVries, designed by DeVoogt NA with an interior designed by Redman Whiteley Dixon. Best Power 65m+: the 280foot (86m) M/Y Cakewalk, built by Derecktor’s Shipyard, designed by Tim Heywood Designs with an interior by Dalton Designs; the 223-foot (68m) M/Y Lady Christine, built by Feadship/ Royal Van Lent, designed by DeVoogt NA with an interior by Rodney Black Design; the 312-foot (95m) M/Y Palladium, built by Blohm & Voss with design and interior by Michael Leach Design; the 282-foot (86m) M/Y Seven Seas built by Oceanco with design and interior by Nuvolari & Lenard; and the 223-foot (68m) M/Y Sycara V, built by Nobiskrug, designed by Nobiskrug and Pure Detail, with interior by Craig Beale

and Pure Detail. Best Power 40-65m: the 148-foot (45m) M/Y Big Fish built by Aquos Yachts and McMullen & Wing with design and interior by Gregory C Marshall; the 137-foot (42m) M/Y Calliope, built by Holland Jachtbouw, design by Langan Design Partners and interior by Rhoades Young Design; the 164-foot (50m) M/Y Exuma built by Picchiotti and Perini Navi Group, designed by Vitruvius with interior by Perini Navi; the 142-foot (43m) M/Y Sea Owl built by Burger Boat Company with design and interior by Andrew Winch Design; and the 196-foot (60m) M/Y Solemates built by Lürssen Yachts with design by Espen Øino Design and interior by Glade Johnson Design. Best Power 24-40m: the 104-foot (32m) M/Y Black Pearl built by Diverse Projects with design by LOMOcean Design and interior by Chris Connell and LOMOcean Design; the 99-foot (30m) M/Y Livia built by Moonen Shipyard, designed by René van der Velden Yacht Design with interior by Art-Line Interiors; the 127-foot (39m) M/Y Lucia M built by Jongert with design and interior by Guido de Groot Design, the 79-foot (24m) yacht built by NISI Yachts with design and interior by NISI Yachts and Setzer Design Group; and the 127-foot (39m) M/Y Snowbird built by Hakvoort Sheepswerf, designed by Cor de Rover with an interior by Michela Reverberri. Best Sail 40m+: the 150-foot (46m) S/Y Christopher built by Pendennis, designed by Ron Holland with an interior by Ron Holland, Pendennis, and Courtney & Co.; the 145-foot (44m) S/Y Imagine built by Alloy Yachts, designed by Dubois NA with an interior by Alloy; the 180-foot (55m) S/Y Marie built by Vitters Shipyard, designed by Hoek Design NA with an interior by Hoek Design and David Easton; the 184-foot (56m) S/Y Panthalassa built by Perini Navi, designed by Perini Navi Design and interior by Foster + Partners; and the 189-foot (58m) S/Y Twizzle built by Royal Huisman with design and interior by Redman Whiteley Dixon. Best Sail 24-40m: the 82-foot (25m) S/Y Aegir built by Carbon Ocean Yachts with design and interior by Rogers Yacht Design; the 104-foot (32m) S/Y Akalam built by Pendennis, designed by Barracuda Yacht Design with interior by Javier Munoz; the 116foot (35m) S/Y Firefly built by Claasen Shipyards with design and interior by Hoek Design; the 94-foot (29m) S/Y Kiboko built by Southern Wind Shipyard with design and interior by Nauta Yacht Design; and the 111-foot (34m) S/Y Nilaya built by Baltic Yachts with design and interior by Nauta Yacht Design.


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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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From sailboats to sportfishing, October events span globe Oct. 1-9 51st International Boat Show, Genoa, Italy, at Fiera de Genova. www. genoaboatshow.com

Oct. 2 SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch

(first Sunday of every month) at Riverwalk, Ft. Lauderdale. Free from 11a.m. to 2 p.m.. www.fortlauderdale. gov

Oct. 5 The Triton’s monthly networking event (the first Wednesday of every month from 6-8 p.m.) at Maritime Professional Training Institute, Ft. Lauderdale. www.The-Triton.com

Oct. 6 The Triton Bridge luncheon,

noon, Ft. Lauderdale. A roundtable discussion of the issues of the day. Yacht captains only. RSVP to Associate Editor Dorie Cox at dorie@the-triton. com or 954-525-0029. Space is limited.

Oct. 6-10 42nd annual U.S. Sailboat

Show, Annapolis City Dock and Harbor, Annapolis, Md. The Sailboat Show is followed by the United States Powerboat Show, Oct. 13-16. Both shows are the oldest and largest, new in-water boat shows in the world. www. usboat.com

Oct. 8-9 Annual Columbus Day Regatta from Miami’s Biscayne Bay to the Florida Keys. www. columbusdayregatta.net

Oct. 10-11 Novotel, Monte Carlo,

Monaco. Professional Yachtsmen’s Association training seminar on Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC 2006) given by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). rsvp.pya. org/event/MCA-MLC-2011

Oct. 12 The Triton Expo The Sails,

Ft. Lauderdale. The Triton is once again hosting its popular Expo for the people who earn their livings working on yachts. Open to yacht crew and industry -- both working and looking -- to help them develop the contacts that can make their careers better. Stay tuned to www.the-triton.com for more details. 5-8 p.m.

Oct. 14 Rybovich 7th annual Captains

Golf Invitational, Ft. Lauderdale Country Club. Described as “invitational” instead of “tournament” to insure the competitive aspect is not the only reason for participation. For current yacht captain actively working on a yacht or in between commands. Event and lunch and dinner for 144 golfers. captainsgolfinvitational.com

Oct. 14 Gilda’s Club annual casino

night, Ft. Lauderdale. Gilda’s Club South Florida is a free cancer support community for women, men, children, and teens with all types of cancer and their families and friends. The club offers networking groups, lectures,

workshops, specialized children’s and teen programs, and social events in a non-residential, non-medical, homelike setting. For more information see www. gildasclubsouthflorida.org.

Oct. 15-22 48th Port Antonio Marlin

Tournament and 27th annual Canoe Tournament Jamaica. More at www. jamaicasportfishing.com, +1 876-9098818, rondq@mail.infochan.com.

Oct. 15-May 15 The commercial and recreational harvest season for stone

crab claws in Florida. More information regarding the recreational harvest of stone crab claws is available online at MyFWC.com.

Oct. 17-19 Louisville, Kentucky. The

International Builders Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) and the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show (MAATS) join with OEM and aftermarket parts. Trade show exhibits, seminars, private buyer-supplier meetings, product introductions, awards programs, and networking. www.ibexshow.com

Oct. 19 FLIBS Boat Show Night Out,

pre-launch block party, Esplanade Park, Ft. Lauderdale. Live music, food trucks and refreshments. 6-10 p.m. www. showmanagement.com

Oct. 21-Nov. 11 26th annual Ft.

Lauderdale International Film Festival. First year to feature ‘FLIFF OnLocation: Grand Bahama Island’. The longest film festival in the world and one of the most important regional shows in the United States. Bahamas

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National Marine annual Poker Run hits the Everglades CALENDAR, from page B17

Oct. 22 SeaKeepers Professionals

location to include movies made in The Bahamas, underwater cinematography workshop, complimentary outdoor screenings and the ‘Grand Bahama Youth Film Competition’ winner’s screening for filmmakers (aged 14 to 18 years old). www.fliff.com

Soiree (follows the Yacht Bikers Poker Run), Maxwell Room of Downtowner Saloon, Ft. Lauderdale. A VIP party for all existing and new members. www.natlmarine.com/yachtbikers, seakeepers.org.

Oct. 22 4th Annual Yacht Chandlers

Institute’s Fall conference, which dovetails into the Southeast Florida Marina Study Tour, tours of leading South Florida marinas and boatyards. www.marinaassociation.org

FLIBS Fundraising party benefiting the Guy Harvey Research Institute, Yacht Chandlers. Beach party theme from 7:30 - 10:30 p.m. at Yacht Chandlers, 3738 SW 30th Ave. Ft. Lauderdale, +1 954-761-3463. RSVP to party@ yachtchandlers.com, yachtchandlers. com.

Oct. 22 Yacht Bikers Poker Run

sponsored by National Marine, Ft. Lauderdale. Registration 8 a.m., departure 10 a.m. to Billie Swamp Safari on Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation. The ride will be 140 miles (70 each way) to free airboat and swamp buggy rides and lunch prior to heading back to the Downtowner Saloon. Contact Shalom Weiss at +1 954-764-0975, yachtbikers2011@ nationalmarine.com or www. natlmarine.com/yachtbikers

Oct. 23-25 International Marina

Oct. 25 FLIBS annual Captain and Crew Appreciation Party, Waxy O’Connor’s Pub, Smallwood’s and Crew4Crew Office. Open bar and grill. 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.For more visit Crew4Crew.net / Crew4Yachts.net.

Oct. 25-26 annual Ft. Lauderdale

Mariners Club Marine Seminar and Golf Tournament, Ft. Lauderdale. Network and idea exchange event for insurance agents, brokers and underwriters, marine surveyors, admiralty attorneys, and marine industry professionals. www.ftlmc.org

Oct. 26 International Superyacht Society (ISS) annual membership

EVENT OF MONTH Oct. 27-31 52nd Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show

The six locations, Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Marina, Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale Hilton Marina and The Sails Marina are connected by network of bus shuttles, water taxis, and riverboats. Preview day Thurs. Oct 27, 10am - 7pm. General admission: Fri. Oct 28 - Sun. Oct 30, 10am - 7pm; Mon. Oct 31, 10am - 5pm. Admission prices for preview, $34 online ($36 at show); 5-Day ticket, $85 online ($90 at show); 2-day ticket, $32 online ($34 at show). General admission adults, $16 online ($18 at show). www. showmanagement.com meeting and breakfast, Bahia Mar Beach Resort & Yachting Center, Ft. Lauderdale. Presentation: “Social Media and the Superyacht: What You Should Know”. Open to all ISS members, media and interested

MAKING PLANS Dec. 4-10 50th Annual Antigua Charter Yacht Show

Will take place at Nelson’s Dockyard Marina in English Harbour, Falmouth Harbour Marina and Antigua Yacht Club Marina. This year registered yachts will be at the dock for the first five days with final day designated for day sails. www.antigua-charteryacht-meeting.com. parties. 8-10:00 a.m. +1 954-525-6625, superyachtsociety.org.

Oct. 27 ISS Design Awards and Leadership Gala, Mariott Harbor Beach Resort, Ft. Lauderdale. Cocktails, buffet, awards, dessert and cigar bar. For more contact Vanessa Stuart at info@superyachtsociety.org or call +1 954-525-6625.

Oct. 28 Lurssen annual boat show event. Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, Ft. Lauderdale. By invitation only. This year’s theme is ‘White Hot Casino Night.’ 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.


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Capt. Taylor Lawson and his family (wife Chanda, eldest son Caden, toddler Beckett) enjoyed a holiday in Sweden this summer, strolling the old town and taking the kids to the Kulturhuset, the culture house. And Lawson, now a manager and company security officer at Megayacht Technical Services International in Ft. Lauderdale, brings his Triton on trips to catch up on all the news. PHOTO from CAPT.TAYLOR LAWSON

Capt. Ned Stone took The Triton on one of his freelance charter trips recently. He visited a statue of Medusa at Somner Point Marina in Rum Cay, north of Long Island, in the Bahamas. “The Triton keeps me up-to-date on what is happening in our industry,” Stone said. “Thanks for all your hard work.” Photo from CAPT. NED STONE You’re welcome.

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TRITON SURVEY: STORM INSURANCE

Storm boxes, premium spike come with the territory By Lucy Chabot Reed After Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc on the northeast, so much so that the Erie Canal looks now to be out of commission for not only the remainder of this season but next season as well, we wondered what sort of hurricane provisions yachts operate under. In recent years, as weather patterns have changed, hurricanes hit in many latitudes. But insurance has traditionally found certain areas in the southeastern United States and along the Gulf Coast to be more susceptible and thus charge a higher premium. But as Irene showed, even being far inland doesn’t protect vessels from hurricanes and possible damage. So this month’s survey asked yacht captains about the insurance policies that drive so much of what they do in yachting, particularly hurricane insurance. We started with the yacht’s basic cruising area. Does the yacht visit areas that, at some point of the year, have a storm season? Mos­t of our 64 respondents this month – nearly 97 percent – do travel to hurricane- or cyclone-prone areas. A large portion, 82.5 percent, do so even during storm season. Just 14.3 percent don’t visit the areas during storm season. And just 3.2 percent don’t enter storm areas ever. And we wanted to know about the yacht insurance’s basic tenets. Does the yacht’s insurance require the yacht to be outside of a storm box (a certain latitude) by a certain date?

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Chief Stew Fiona Downes shown during her years aboard yachts. Downes sold her experience as interior staff to get a job at one of PHOTO FROM FIONA DOWNES South Africa’s top fashion houses. 

Yachting experience can help snag a land-based job, if you sell it right Most interviewers have no idea what work on yachts entails, one stew said. ‘It is vital to highlight the skills acquired.’ By Franki Black Chief Stew Fiona Downes took the plunge into uncharted territory at the beginning of the year when she left yachting for a land-based job. “As much as I loved my job as chief stew, I longed for a stable lifestyle, being closer to my family and having time to myself,” she said. After four years working aboard a 177-foot Trinity and a 157-foot Christensen, Downes moved back

to her native South Africa. It took two months of job searches and interviews before she landed a job as executive assistant to the owners of one of South Africa’s top fashion houses. “I absolutely love my new job,” she said. “It is just as fast-paced and hectic as yachting. I use the lessons I learned in yachting every day and they’ll stay with me for life.” Yachting lessons, such as time management, team work and endurance, can be used in many land-based careers, and can often be a bonus. “Yachting experience has never hurt a candidate applying for a shore-based role, however whether the experience is relevant depends on the position applied for,” said

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The new stew waltzed into the galley and announced she was a vegan. Not a vegetarian, not a semi-retired vegetarian who experiments with fish, but a strict, nodairy, no-meat, not-even-gelatinderived-from-ananimal-or-itscousin, certified vegan. My question to her was, “OK, did you inform the Culinary Waves captain of this?” Mary Beth (My first thoughts Lawton Johnson ran to the captain and why he didn’t warn me the new hire ate differently from the rest of the crew.) Turns out, she didn’t. Now as chefs, being thrown a new diet doesn’t surprise us. If it’s not a new crew member with special dietary requests, you can bet the next guests onboard will have special eating requests. You get used to it. But you have to be told. On a recent yacht, I didn’t learn the new chief stew was a vegan until I saw her picking over the food I had prepared and picking out organic vegan items at the store, creating a higher food cost that I was accountable for. I suggest that those in hiring positions ask one simple question: Do you have any eating preferences? Throughout my career, I’ve noticed that most crew who eat differently do not want it known because they are worried they won’t get the job. When I asked that vegan stew if she’d told the captain, that was her reply.

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NETWORKING THIS MONTH: Maritime Professional Training

Network onsite with MPT, a Ft. Lauderdale training school Join us for networking with Maritime Professional Training (MPT) on Oct. 5 from 6-8 p.m. at 1915 S. Andrews Ave. in Ft. Lauderdale. There will be music and food, and the chance to meet instructors and staff. Until then, get to know a little more about MPT from Amy Beavers, vice president Beavers of student administration. Q. What is offered at Maritime Professional Training? MPT offers more than 100 different classes held at the school that are written to meet regulatory requirements and are designed to meet or exceed Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Convention codes, are U.S. Coast Guard approved or Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) accepted. We also provide hands-on training classes and safety drill practice onboard yachts and ships all over the world. Courses are available for every license level from ordinary seaman to master unlimited and chief engineer. MPT also offers many classes for service arts (stew) certification. Q. How long has MPT been in the business of educating crew? We’ve been been training yachting professionals and commercial mariners since 1983, more than 28 years. Q. What would students be surprised to learn that MPT features? A two-week U.S. Coast Guardapproved class on Ship and Personnel Management and Law. So many people have told me there should be a class teaching captains how to manage the boat and their crew. We have that course, and it has received rave reviews. Q. What type of instructors teach at MPT? Great ones. Every instructor at MPT is a specialist in their area and for all licensing classes, they hold high level USCG and/or MCA certificates of competency. They have also taken special certification programs to become certified as instructors. Plus, they have to pass the MPT test, which means they have to have a great personality and really care about their students’ success. And they have to be willing to work really hard to get students through everything (hopefully with a smile). Q. You have a simulator. Tell us about that. MPT hosts a state-of-the-art, full mission, DNV Class A simulation

center. This is the same type of training that FAA pilots receive in the flight simulators. Mariners can obtain highly realistic training in a variety of scenarios that represent typical operating conditions as well as emergency training scenarios and bad weather and non-routine situations. MPT can simulate ports from all over the world, any size and type of vessel as well as tides, currents and weather conditions. This provides an excellent opportunity for mariners of any experience level to develop their skill in a way that real life cannot duplicate. Q. How should crew best navigate your course offerings? We recommend that crew contact the MPT student services office to set up a complimentary career counseling session either in person or by phone. Many students also e-mail us with their backgrounds and their career goals and we can assist them in selecting courses and schedules via e-mail correspondence. MPT also offers an in-depth career reference manual and course catalog online at www.MPTusa.com, which is updated whenever major STCW, USCG or MCA licensing changes take place. We are due for a new version within the next few months. Q. What is the best way to see what classes are required? I think the career reference manual is the best way, but we are more than happy to review that with each individual because there are so many variables, such as nationality, flag of vessels, career plans, etc. Q. What do you sell in your Ship’s Store? The Ships Store sells all of the necessary school supplies for classes here such as plotting tools, calculators, sextants, notebooks, and numerous reference books. And school souvenirs such as T-shirts, towels, book bags, sweatshirts, and more. Q. Yacht crew often feel that they have to take too many classes. Is there any truth to that? It depends on who you ask. Many students have said they thought some of the classes should be longer because there is so much to learn. How many classes someone needs may depend not just on regulation but,also on a person’s background, experience and prior education. As Albert Einstein said, “Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” None of us should ever consider our training completed. MPT is located north of State Road 84 on South Andrews Avenue. For more information, visit www.mptusa.com or call +1 954-525-1014.

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Vegetarian Pizza By Mary Beth Lawton Johnson

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The crust means more to the taste of the pizza than many people think, so be prepared to make it from PHOTO/Mary Beth Lawton Johnson scratch using any pizza dough recipe. I recommend making a whole wheat crust for a healthier version. Add flax seeds to it or roll fresh herbs into the dough when rolling it out, as I did with this one. I rolled fresh basil and oregano into the crust and basted it with olive oil. For the tastiest pizza, make the crust from scratch. Any pizza dough recipe will work. Ingredients 1 large pizza pie crust

Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling 1 8-oz. bag of edamame peas, steamed, reserve 2 oz for sauce 1/4 cup vegetable broth 1 tablespoon garlic, minced 8 stalks fresh asparagus, steamed 1 sweet Vidalia onion, sliced thin 1 red bell pepper, julienned 1 green pepper, julienned 1/4 cup black olives, chopped Vegan mozzarella cheese Seitan, diced Salt, pepper, fresh basil leaves, crushed

dried red pepper, garlic powder, onion powder Drizzle olive oil over pizza crust. Combine the 2 oz of edamame peas with the vegetable broth in a food processor. Process until it becomes a sauce. Drizzle the sauce over the pizza crust. Top the crust with the vegetables, seitan, cheese and spices. Bake at 400 degrees F until lightly browned. Slice and serve.

If a new hire withholds this tidbit, what else are they not telling the captain or the owner? This seemingly minor detail not discovered during the hiring process can escalate a food budget and add to the work burden of the chef. A special food diet that belongs to the crew might be the last thing they want to contend with. Of course, diet shouldn’t be a dealbreaker when it comes to hiring crew, but it’s important that chefs know up front so they can prepare. To make life onboard easier, here are some ideas for chefs to consider to keep the food budget in place, fill the vegans’ needs, and keep all crew satisfied: 1. Occasionally replace the meat in a meal with beans to add fiber, texture, color and most importantly, protein. Mix it with rice for carbohydrates that supply energy, especially for the outside crew. 2. Use whole grains instead of potatoes for more fiber. The ancient grains such as amaranth, quinoa and spelt have never been chemically altered. They are an excellent source of omega 3 oils and are high in fiber, a much needed component of a healthy digestive system and healthy heart. 3. Instead of white bleached flour, try substituting oat, whole wheat or rye flour in breads. 4. Consider having a large salad for lunch with the protein on the side for those who want meat, saving you time in preparing individual plates to order. 5. Consider menus that cater to both the special diet needs person as well as the meat and potatoes type of crew. Try a hearty faux-beef stew using seitan and fresh vegetables 6. Meatless dishes such a eggplant lasagna or a hearty vegetable and bean soup with leafy greens can offer a filling combo. With a little give and take, tweaking a menu with substitutions will help you to find the right combinations that your entire crew will like and keep the budget down. If you try to do separate meals all the time, you will find that your tolerance of other’s preferences for food will run out. Cooking some vegetarian dishes will not only add to your culinary repertoire, it might also offer you some new inspiration. Mary Beth Lawton Johnson is a certified executive pastry chef and Chef de Cuisine and has worked on yachts for 20 years. Comments on this column are welcome at editorial@the-triton.com.


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Science of food expiration dates important to everyone’s safety Anyone who has ever worked on a yacht knows how annoying it can be to deal with food and beverage inventories and expiration dates. In simpler times, people survived without having expiration dates, “best if used by” dates, or “born on dates” stamped on boxes, bottles and cans. Since we stews are usually Stew Cues responsible Alene Keenan for beverages, crew snacks, and sometimes fresh food and dairy products, keeping an eye on dates and practicing safe storage habits saves a substantial amount of time, energy and money. Granted, it is usually the chef ’s job to oversee provisioning, but in the event that the chef runs short on this responsibility, or if you are a chef/stew, it is good to know the basics and be able to step up to the plate when needed. There is a big difference between shelf-stable and perishable foods, but if any food develops an off odor, color, or appearance, do not use it. If foods are mishandled, food-borne bacteria can grow and cause food-borne illness before or after the date on the product.

This includes improperly thawed, stored or cross-contaminated foods. There is no uniform food-dating system in the United States, and only 20 states require food dating at all. The “open dating” system uses calendar dates stamped on a product to help the consumer know the time limit to ensure the best quality. Buy the food before that date, but stored properly it should still be safe for some time afterward. The “best if used by” system is similar in that it gives the consumer some idea when the food will maintain its best flavor or quality. Again, it is a guideline from the manufacturer and it is not a purchase or safety date. Refrigerator storage of most fresh or uncooked products varies, but often it is best to freeze the item in question if it is not going to be consumed by the “use by” date. Canned food is processed in airtight containers and should stay good for 12-18 months. If the can is dented or rusty, this could speed up the spoilage process. Foods such as beans and vegetables are low in acid, so they may last for 2-5 years unopened. Higheracid foods such as tomatoes and pineapple should last 12-18 months. This means keeping an eye on canned juices at the bar for mixing cocktails. Canned foods have codes

stamped on them that refer to the manufacturing process. They are required for tracking foods in interstate commerce, in the event of a recall. They aren’t meant to be interpreted as “use by” dates. Unopened shelf-stable products such as canned goods and dry foods will not become dangerous or harmful for a long time, as long as they have been stored properly. However, they may lose flavor and potency. Common spices such as salt and pepper will not expire in the traditional sense. They just become less flavorful. Within two to four years, most spices will need to be replaced. Unopened, cereals and crackers could last 2-4 years without the safety and nutrient quality changing. The texture and taste will deteriorate, however, making them too stale. Just like cereal and crackers, dried pasta and rice do not contain enough moisture to promote the growth of bacteria and mold. They can usually safely be consumed at least 2 years unopened. Brown rice and whole wheat pastas may contain more oil, so they may not last that long. Condiments such as ketchup, mustard, most salad dressings, pickles, horseradish and mayonnaise can last up to a year unopened. After they are opened, they still will last a long time.

However, the gunk that accumulates around the top of the jar is not only unsightly, it is also the perfect place to harbor bacteria. Get in the habit of wiping tops of jars clean with a paper towel and wash and dry the lids from time to time. Sodas have a longer shelf life than most people realize, with the exception of artificially sweetened drinks. Artificial sweeteners break down quickly over time, and even more quickly if they are exposed to heat. Storing sodas on deck in 90-degree heat may not be the best option, but often it is the only one we have, so plan on disposing of expired beverages regularly. As stews, we often have to switch from cleaning to service mode in the blink of an eye, so proper storage and handling is essential. Don’t forget to wear gloves when cleaning and to wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands before you handle food. Alene Keenan has been a megayacht stewardess for 20 years. She offers interior crew training classes, workshops, seminars, and onboard training through her company, Yacht Stew Solutions (www. yachtstewsolutions.com). Comments on this column are welcome at editorial@ the-triton.com.


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NUTRITION: Take It In

Go back to the Mediterranean diet for best health this month Oct. 12 marks the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ first arrival in the Americas. This famous Italian explorer discovered many foods that eventually were the delight of the European diet. Today, the pursuit of good health and eating well has led us back to the Old World and to the benefits of the Take It In Carol Bareuther Mediterranean diet. A plant-based diet balanced by moderate portion sizes, exercise and a little wine can keep a number of health ills at bay. So, how do you eat Mediterranean style? Here are eight easy ways: 1. Eat lots of vegetables, and a variety of them. Top morning toast with a slice of tomato, basil, fresh mozzarella and drizzle of olive oil. Tuck spinach leaves in a lunchtime sandwich. Grill a platter-full of veggies for dinner. 2. Downsize. Use chicken, for example, to garnish the top of a salad rather eating a half a rotisserie chicken with a piece of parsley garnish. 3. Eat breakfast. Fill up on fiber like a bowl of oatmeal or cream of wheat. Whole-grain breads and waffles, buckwheat pancakes, and multi-grain bagels are also best bets. 4. Eat seafood at least twice a

week. If you go for fattier fish such as tuna, salmon or sardines, you’ll gain the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. Shellfish such as oysters, clams and mussels also contain nutrients that can boost brainpower and protect the heart. 5. Go meatless at least once a week. Build meals around soy, beans or lentils. Interestingly, food historians tell us that seafarers from Columbus’ native Genoa were so hungry for fresh vegetables once ashore that they heartily forked into dishes like stuffed eggplant and zucchini, vegetable pies, vegetable soups, and pasta with pesto sauce. 6. Swap bad fats for good. In place of butter and mayonnaise, opt for extra virgin olive oil. Nuts, seeds, olives and avocados are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. 7. Don’t forget the cow. Dairy products are a wonderful source of low-fat protein, calcium and healthful bacteria. Look for Greek or plain yogurt, especially. 8. Appease your sweet tooth with fresh fruit. Figs, pomegranates and grapes are popular in the Mediterranean, but all fruits are much better for you than cakes, cookies, pies and ice cream. Carol Bareuther is a registered dietitian and a regular contributor to The Triton. Comments on this column are welcome at editorial@the-triton.com.

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C10 October 2011 TRITON SURVEY: Storm insurance

Does the yacht visit areas that, at some point, have a storm season?

Is the yacht ever inside the “storm box” during storm season?

No – 3.2% Yes (not in season) – 14.3% Yes (occasionally in season) – 82.5%

No, we avoid the area in season Yes, we are – 20.0% allowed by paying a higher premium Yes, we will pay a – 41.7% higher deductible and/or take fewer benefits in case of damage – 38.3

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If you are in the box in season, do you pay a higher premium? No, we’ll be responsible for a higher deductible – 19.6%

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Yes, at the beginning of the year for our expected time Not really sure in the box – 21.4% – 39.3% Yes, we pay at the time we are there – 19.6%

No, I’m expected to protect vessel – 25.4% Yes, but it’s an informal outlin – 19.0%

In the Caribbean for a decade, and only storms were in Florida and Connec SURVEY, from page C1 The answer to this question was surprising. Most – 65.6 percent – do not have a storm box outside of which they must remain. “We submitted a hurricane plan to the insurance company several years ago detailing the location and steps we would take to protect the boat,” said the captain of a yacht 100-120 feet in the industry more than 15 years. “As a result we have no limitation within the U.S. East Coast (Florida to Maine) as to time of year or itinerary.” “We have no restrictions with Chubb but we must have a hurricane plan,” said the captain of a yacht 80100 feet in the industry more than 30 years. Just 34.4 percent do have a box inside which they cannot be during storm season unless they agree to a higher premium or reduced benefits. We thought that would be higher, considering how many captains complain about hurricane insurance and this box.

‘The premise that storms only happen in Florida and Gulf waters is created by the same people who believe trailer parks magnetically attract tornados,” said a captain of a yacht less than 80 feet in the industry more than 30 years. “Storms and inclement weather happen everywhere. I find it incredible to be told that we must vacate an area that might have 20 or more knots of wind six times a month and move to an area further north that has 40 knots or more eight times a month during the same period. Look at the pilot charts.’ “The insurance requirement that requires yachts be out of an area for six months a year is neither realistic nor beneficial to the yachting community or marine industry, especially refit and charter companies,” said a captain in the industry more than 30 years. “It generates unfounded fear and is only further crippling our already-failing industry here in Florida.” We were curious if insurance companies all use the same latitude, for example, Beaufort, NC. They don’t, though they are mostly in that general area.

Captains listed the following locations as their box boundary: Coinjock, N.C.; Orient, N.C.; Hatteras, N.C.; Beaufort, N.C.; and Morehead City, N.C. Others are a little farther afield: Baltimore; the Florida-Georgia border, which is St. Marys River; Georgetown, Bahamas; Bermuda; North Carolina-Georgia border. “The premise that storms only happen in Florida and Gulf waters is created by the same people who believe trailer parks magnetically attract tornados,” said a captain of a yacht less than 80 feet in

the industry more than 30 years. “Storms and inclement weather happen everywhere. I find it incredible to be told that we must vacate an area that might have 20 or more knots of wind six times a month and move to an area further north that has 40 knots or more eight times a month during the same period. Look at the pilot charts.” “I weathered Hurricane Irene in Freeport, Grand Bahama, without any problem,” said the captain of a private yacht of 140-160 feet. “For those who were not there, the wind was not as fierce as was reported

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Have you negotiated time /location with the insurance company? Don’t know – 14.1% No – 54.7%

Will you be in Ft. Lauderdale before Nov. 30 (end of hurricane season)?

Will yacht plans be affected in the wake of Hurricane Irene’s passing? Yes, paying premium to get to Florida sooner – 2.1%

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No, but we’ll check preparations – 35.5% No, Hurricane Irene doesn’t impact our cruising schedule – 56.5%

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peak of hurricane season) who say they sometimes just don’t tell the insurance though, most of our survey takers company where they are. answered these questions, as well, not Most of our respondents to this just those few who are restricted by the questions are more responsible than box. that. Is the yacht ever inside the box Nearly 40 percent say they notify the during storm season? insurance company at the beginning of The largest group – 41.7 percent of the year of the time they plan to spend respondents – said they are allowed to inside a storm zone. be inside the box by paying a higher “We are based in South Florida premium. year-round, storm or no storm,” said “I have operated in the Caribbean the captain of a yacht 80-100 feet year-round for 10 years,” said the in the industry more than 30 years. captain of a private “Presumably, that yacht 180-200 feet was factored into in the industy more the premium but ‘We are based in South than 25 years. “In it is not separately Florida year-round, that time I have itemized on any experienced three storm or no storm,’ paperwork I have hurricanes: two seen.” said the captain of a in Ft. Lauderdale The remaining yacht 80-100 feet in the and Irene in 60 percent are industry more than 30 Connecticut. None evenly divided in the Caribbean. between notifying years. ‘Presumably, that You can find the insurance was factored into the underwriters for company when premium but it is not any policy; you just they breach have to pay for it.” the box and separately itemized on The next largest paying the extra any paperwork I have group – 38.3 premium at that seen.’ percent – said that time, not telling even though they the insurance are not specifically company at all allowed, they accept the added risk and and accepting the risk, and having no agree to pay a higher deductible and/or idea how it’s handled. (Presumably, take fewer benefits in case of damage. the owner handles this aspect of the Just 20 percent of respondents said yachting experience.) they plan their cruising to avoid storm “Our policy deductible is doubled for areas until the date their insurance a named storm and only if the boat is allows. hauled out,” said the captain of a yacht If you are in the storm box during 80-100 feet in the industry more than 15 the season, do you pay a higher years. premium? “We don’t pay any additional The answers to this question premium nor have a higher deductible,” were also interesting considering the said the captain of a yacht 120-140 feet conversations we’ve had with captains in South Florida in the summer (the See SURVEY, page C13


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than usual. If we agree to stay inside and have a storm-preparedness in place, we in the industry more than 25 years. “We pay the premium during that time.” stay in Florida and the Bahamas year l Deduction of annual premium at a round, which may be factored into the fixed amount. premium.” l Permission to stay in the “Insurers will not cover a vessel Caribbean. “It was accepted, but still moored in Miami for the storm season, had the standard three-times the except Lloyd’s and the cost is twice the normal deductible.” cost of mooring north of Miami in, say, Some haven’t, however. Jacksonville,” said the captain of a yacht “I think we need some flexibility less than 80 feet in the industry more in the travel dates, and if necessary, than 10 years. “Any coverage is hard to a sliding premium increase or higher get for my 50-foot sportfish.” deductibles for named storm damage But insurers charge what they charge if in the restricted areas during the for a reason, so we wanted to know how prohibited dates,” said the captain of a many captains and yachts are required yacht less than 80 feet in the industry to justify their plans. Does the yacht’s more than 30 years. policy require a storm-preparedness In light of the damage Hurricane plan? Irene caused in the northeast United Close to half of respondents said States, we were curious if it made a their insurance policies require a formal difference. Since Hurricane Irene’s storm-preparedness plan submitted in passing, will you or the owner handle writing. things differently The next largest for the rest of this group – more storm season? ‘Our insurance carrier than a quarter of Most – 56.5 does not care where we respondents – are percent – will not, are during the season. not required to saying the storm provide a plan, but didn’t impact their There are no riders are expected to cruising season. based on weather or diligently protect The next largest location of the yacht.’ the vessel. group – more than About 20 a third – said the percent have a plan, storm didn’t really but it’s informal. impact them, but they have dusted off And just below 10 percent simply etheir hurricane plans and making sure mail the insurer when storms are near their equipment and supplies are ready. so they know where the yacht is and Just 8 percent are altering plans, what the captain plans to do. most paying the extra premium to get With storms recently following to Florida sooner and the rest changing untraditional paths, we were curious their itinerary altogether. to know Have you or the owner ever And with the industry’s largest show tried to negotiate the time or location coming to South Florida at the end of requirements with the insurance October, we wanted to know Are you company? heading to Ft. Lauderdale before Nov. 30 Most – 54.7 percent – have not. (the official end of hurricane season)? “We’re already in Ft. Lauderdale Nearly three quarters of respondents during the season,” said the captain of a replied that yes, they will be in yacht 120-140 feet in the industry more traditionally hurricane-sensitive than 10 years. “Our insurance carrier South Florida during hurricane season does not care where we are during the – insurance restrictions or not. season. There are no riders based on “We do not pay a higher premium weather or location of the yacht. This is and the deductible was based on our premium insurance, but the client does choice of 1, 2 or 3 percent of value, not not wish to have any restrictions.” on the time of year or location,” said the Nearly a third of our respondents captain of a private yacht 100-120 feet have tried to negotiate the policy’s in the industry more than 15 years. “We terms. are always back in Ft. Lauderdale before A full 14 percent didn’t know. the boat show.” Of those who have tried to negotiate terms, most received a favorable Lucy Chabot Reed is editor of response, getting the following: The Triton. Lawrence Hollyfield is an l An earlier date to head south. associate editor. Comments on this “We asked the insurance company. survey are welcome at lucy@the-triton. They required a hurricane evacuation com. We conduct our monthly surveys plan. The deductible went up. Very online. All captains and crew members simple process.” are welcome to participate. If you haven’t “We just renegotiated our policy to been invited to take our surveys and allow us to travel south of Morehead would like to be, register for our e-mails City in order to get to Florida earlier online at www.the-triton.com.

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Personal development can be found on land; more money can be made at sea JOBS, from page C1 Mark Jeanicke, recruitment director for the Viking Group, an international placement company for maritime and land-based jobs. Former yacht crew often have character traits that are desirable to land-based employers, including being well presented and well-spoken, he said. “As far as yachting experience is concerned, the service industry is an ideal avenue to branch into,” Jeanicke said. “Skills gained from yachting will count in your favor in the hotel, restaurant and private house sector. Seafaring skills will also be of benefit to other shore-based jobs such as recruitment, logistics and agencyrelated careers.” The secret, Downes said, is to sell the concept of yachting to employers

when applying for land-based jobs. “Most interviewers have no idea what work on yachts entails,” she said. “It is vital to highlight the skills acquired, such as managerial ability, working in a team, long working hours and organizational skills. Even though yachting experience is very applicable to many land-based jobs, the reality is that job markets are very competitive on land.” Former Stew Kylie van den Berg, now a sales executive with a marketing firm in South Africa, discovered that her time in yachting has been a benefit. “When employers see yachting experience on a resume, it does not necessarily have much applicability to the job at hand, but it does reflect a positive personality type,” she said. “Employers like people who are confident, independent and able to travel with ease, and that’s just what

yachting experience indicates.” The only hands-on yachting skill she applies to her land-based job is her ability to serve clients. “On yachts, I dealt with nice people and not-so-nice people, and in my current job I deal with clients who vary in the same way,” she said. “Yachting has ultimately prepared me to deal with difficult people.” Rupert Connor, owner of Luxury Yacht Group in Ft. Lauderdale, said he eagerly hires former yacht crew for his land-based organization. “Yacht crew are used to a fast-paced environment, multi-tasking and always going that extra mile for the client,” he said. “Stews and chefs shift very well into crew coordinator roles, whereas captains and engineers usually seek managerial roles on land.” Connor said his company, which provides crew placement and yacht

management services, sees a lot of crew who yearn for a more stable lifestyle on land. “To survive in yachting you need a strong psyche as it can be very emotionally draining,” he said. “I often see crew who leave yachting only to return a few months later due to the financial reward. It is a matter of where your priorities lie. Personal development is often more achievable on land whereas more money can be made on yachts.” And it’s that financial reward -- the high salaries that yachting offers -- that often makes yacht crew’s shift to a land-based job so tough. “Yacht crew have false expectations of the salaries that normal life entails,” Jeanicke said. “Deckhands and stews are able to work aboard yachts with no formal training and still earn very high wages, but when they move ashore, many employers require formal qualifications and work experience, only to offer substantially reduced salaries.” Capt. Debora Radtke has been in yachting for 15 years and is now trying to combine freelance yachting jobs with a more land-based lifestyle. “It is a slow process, because it is hard to match your yachting income on land,” she said. “I had the opportunity to go to the Mediterranean recently, but I realized that I am established in Ft. Lauderdale and would like to stay here for a change. At 50, I am finally ready to have a life.” The best way to make a successful move to land, from a financial point of view, she said, is to start a business. Former Stew Genia Nowicky did just that. Since her return to land in 2008, Nowicky has been able to put money she saved from yachting to start a business as a freelance photographer in South Africa. “The people skills I learned through yachting help me a lot in dealing with clients, and the beautiful places I saw during my yachting years serve as a constant inspiration in my photography,” she said. But it wasn’t easy. Not only did she miss the great salary, she also missed the exciting lifestyle. “All of a sudden, you’re faced with monthly bills and you’re no longer waking up to new destinations,” she said. “When I first started out on land I had a bit of a confidence wobble. I felt like I’d been out of the job market for too long.” The way for crew to make the shift to land successfully, Downes said, it to be prepared to start at the bottom and work their way up. “The key to finding a non-yachting job is to realize that you’re not going to start out as a rock star.” Franki Black is a freelance writer and yacht stew. Comments on this story are welcome at editorial@the-triton.com.


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PERSONAL FINANCE: Yachting Capital

You read them, now invest in billboards as interesting option With the volatility in the stock cell company and the billboard limited market and concern over 401(k)s and partnership: converting an existing IRAs, many people are gravitating structure verses building a new tower toward cash. and securing the land lease to install a A year ago, new tower. Without these costs, there’s I mentioned more potential return for the investors. a trend in With this accumulation concept, investment the potential exists to generate higher options called returns for the partners. This venture DPP or Direct can last a few years as the goal would Participation be to develop a portfolio of about 1,000 Programs. These locations. investments Going into this business plan, the are usually limited partnership knows the price Yachting Capital done as limited spread and the market price for selling Mark A. Cline partnerships or the portfolio to major communication subchapter S companies. corporations, and usually require some This investment option does not type of qualifications for investment. work with single purchases and DPPs allow an investor to directly only deals with group locations for a participate in the greater profit cash flow and for investors. tax benefits of For the investor A secondary benefit the underlying who wants to land owners is that investment. They diversification, they pay a one-time are generally this is an option passive investments that provides capital gains tax on the in real estate or some interesting sale of the easement energy-related income options. property instead of ventures. The principals This article of this limited recurring tax on the discusses a DPP partnership billboard income. that pertains to have now taken This type of the advertising and this concept investment can offer communication a step further. industry. Given the credit an attractive quarterly If you have ever market today, dividend along with a gotten off a yacht there are many bonus return after five and driven in a land owners that car, you have seen have billboards years. them in full view: on their billboards. They are properties and all over the place. Companies advertise are successfully collecting rent from more than ever to generate sales by them. This limited partnership finds generating attention to their products this type of land owner who is short on or services. cash or desires liquidity. This limited This limited partnership concept partnership offers to buy just the has a different twist compared to easement portion of their property. the one that I wrote about a year ago A secondary benefit to land owners while still maintaining the multimedia is that they pay a one-time capital concept. gains tax on the sale of the easement A quick review of the concept property instead of recurring tax on the I discussed a year ago: a company billboard income. building a portfolio of 1,000 signs with This type of investment can offer an the intention to then sell them in a attractive quarterly dividend along with block to a specific type of buyer. While a bonus return after five years when this company was in the accumulation the program is sold institutionally and process, it received rental income. ends. Additionally, it also converted In the wave of uncertainty in the some of these billboard structures stock market, this could be an option into cell phone towers and/or digital to produce income and growth. billboards. The company already Information in this column is not had a physical structure in place in a intended to be specific advice for strategic location. All that needed to be anyone. You should use the information added for additional revenue is the cell to help you work with a professional companies’ equipment and this is at regarding your specific financial goals. their expense. If the additional cost of going digital Capt. Mark A. Cline is a chartered senior justifies it, then the rental income financial planner in Ft. Lauderdale. could quadruple because of multiple Comments on this column are welcome ads on the same screen. These are at +1-954-764-2929 or through www. obviously cheaper avenues for both the clinefinancial.net.

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