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Sun & Moon Sunset: 6:39 pm; Sunrise (Monday): 7:29 am Moonrise: 2:34 am (Monday); 34% lit High tides: 4 pm / 4:34 am (Monday) Low tides: 10:35 pm / 11:04 am (Monday)

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Weather Today: Partly cloudiy, high 85; winds E, 10 mph; 69% humidity Tonight: Mostly clear, low 72 Tomorrow AM: Partly cloudy, mid-70s

Find out how nautical you and your crew mates are with this quiz. n When two power vessels meet at a half mile or less distance, two short whistle blasts means: I am leaving you on my port side, I am leaving you on starboard side. n What is a semidurnal tide? n Was it truth or myth that pirates made their captives walk ANSWERS on page 3. the plank?

Today’s Events All day, all week U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers will be at the U.S. Superyacht Association pavilion in the Yacht Builders and Designers Tent to answer questions and hand out information about clearing into the United States on a yacht, clearing into the United States at the airport, and the local boater option for U.S. citizens and residents.

Halloween dinner, 5-10 pm The Grateful Palate on 17th Street, a restaurant and yacht provisioner, is open tonight for Halloween. Arrive in costume and get a free glass of wine. Reservations: 954-467-1997

Halloween crew party, 8 pmRybovich’s Halloween Crew Party at Bimini Boatyard (on 17th Street just west of the bridge)

WE KNOW HOW TO DO IT: Have fun, that is. The crew and owner of M/Y Big Fish, including Bosun Susie Sunshine, have signed up for a high energy ride. PHOTO/TOM SERIO

Respect makes Big Fish special By Tom Serio Mutual respect is a cornerstone of good working relationships. On wellrun yachts, that respect has to flow between captains and crew members. When it works between crew and the owner, well, that’s something special. That sort of respect abounds on M/Y Big Fish, the 147-foot expedition style yacht built by Aquos Yachts and docked at The Sails Marina southeast of the 17th Street bridge. And it’s that respect that turns a fabulous yacht

into a fabulous experience, not just for owner Richard Beattie and guests, but also for the crew. “We had a team meeting today with Mr. Beattie,” Chef John Tubby said yesterday. “There’s great interaction on board.” That’s mostly thanks to Beattie, who wasn’t only looking for qualifications in the crew, but rather those who are fun and can make the guest experience exponentially better. He brings that kind of energy to the yacht himself,

See BIG FISH, page 8

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Derecktor: Think of sea trials first By Lucy Chabot Reed When it comes to tackling a build project four times larger than anything his company had ever done before, Tom Derecktor said he had confidence in his shipyard in Connecticut because of the people who work there. But it was the owner’s faith in the yard that made all those people want to come together to deliver the 281-foot Cakewalk this summer. “Nobody in the industry thought we could do this,” he told members of the U.S. Superyacht Association yesterday. “Nobody thought we could do this. But it felt good Wednesday night when we had all the big yard CEOs there – I mean the big yards, the Lurssens, Feadships, the absolute best – come up to me and say ‘it is the best we’ve seen’.” M/Y Cakewalk was built in the tried and true modular fashion with a steel hull and aluminum superstructure. The key to getting the yacht launched and at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show was something he called failure mode and effects analysis. “You have to think about the sea trials at the beginning,” he said. “What could go wrong at sea trial? You have to think about it, anticipate it and proactively take measures to prevent it. We did as many trials inside the building as possible. There were no second chances here. We had to nail it.” The yard built the launch system in concert with the yacht, and workers hauled and transferred a dredge three times to be sure the air transfer system worked the way it was supposed to. “We got Cakewalk transferred in two-

and-a-half hours flat,” Derecktor said. To handle the complex systems the yacht and yard required, Derecktor hired “a lot more people” for the yard, but also hired many subcontractors, a mix of American and European companies, he said. “We have the quality,” he said. “What we need is the supplier base.” The business people in attendance at breakfast wanted to know what the U.S.-based industry should do to compete more regularly with the strong European yards. “The Europeans didn’t abandon ship building the way we’ve done,” Derecktor said. “They maintained their trade programs, their apprenticeship programs. Trades are an honorable profession in Europe, northern Europe specifically, on par with a physician. “People’s all you have,” he said. “Sure we have a great shipyard, but it’s just a piece of property with some buildings and equipment on it. It’s nothing without the people. Once you create a center like that, it’s a draw.” He urged the USSA to help the industry create a trade program that will catch students with talent and interest. “We train our own people in house,” Derecktor said. “We have second- and third-generation guys working in the yard. And the young guys are being trained by the older guys. We need more of that. “We can build a yacht like Cakewalk, but to build two or three of them concurrently, Jesus, what would we do?” he said. “We need an industrywide-funded program in trades. That would be the single biggest impact you could make, getting guys at that age with those skills in the industry. That would be huge.” Lucy Chabot Reed is editor of The Triton. Contact: lucy@the-triton.com.

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DOING THE CREW THING, DAY 4: Uniformed Crew

From formal uniforms to more casual daywear, yacht crew are almost always decked out in matching garb. Intense teamwork and close working conditions may create a similar look between them, but they will always retain their uniqueness.  PHOTOS/Julianne Hammond, Tom Serio, Dorie Cox


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CHECKING THE TIDE: Triton Today’s Question of the Day

Where do you wish the owner would take the boat? We were not surprised to learn most crew want to go someplace new, but we were a little surprised that most of those touch the Pacific Ocean. As many crew wanted to head to Alaska as to the South Pacific, and some wanted to see the whole ocean. And there are still crew who want old standbys (Bahamas, Med). A few suggested concepts instead of destinations (a circumnavigation and someplace where the diving is good). Concepts – 13.3% Other places – 31.1%

First Mate Nick Marr M/Y Thirteen 157-foot Christensen “To Costa Rica for the good fishing, good surf. I am an avid surfer.”

Capt. Bernard Calot M/Y Olga 121-foot Crescent “To Polynesia and Fiji. I want to see new places and have a new adventure.”

Pacific – 55.6%

Eng. Sebastian Andres Lehmann M/Y Marin 34m Sunseeker “To the Bahamas, any island there. They are all beautiful.”

Stew Brittany Fuller M/Y Krisujen 126-foot Feadship “I would want to go to British Columbia, because it’s home.”

Deckhand Matt Baynes M/Y Gotta Go 145-foot NQEA “South Pacific, starting in Indonesia, then to Australia, then the islands, for the surfing.”

Chef Mark Klein M/Y Lazy Z 168-foot Oceanco “To Alaska. I’ve never been, and I want to see the wildlife.”

Deckhand David Babat M/Y Muse 123-foot Palmer Johnson “I’d like to see the Med, to go someplace new, maybe Croatia.”

Deckhand Anthony Pompa M/Y Sovereign 120-foot Broward “I want to go to the Pacific, the west coast of South America right up to Alaska.”


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Stew Nina Lang M/Y New Vida 165-foot Delta “Alaska. I am from Seattle. I want to go through the canal, head north, pull into Seattle and say ‘hey,’ and then keep going.�

Eng. Peter Thun M/Y Silver Shalis 132-foot Abeking Rasmussen “I’d go back to Tahiti and then Vanuatu, Caledonia, for the spectacular diving and the wonderful food.�

Deck/Stew Elizabeth Pellatt M/Y Remember When 162-foot Christensen “I would like to start in the South Pacific, then to Australia, and then, might as well go all the way around - a circumnavigation.�

Mate Tucker Yingling M/Y Glaze 161-foot Trinity “The Gold Coast of Mexico for diving, up to Alaska, then to the South Pacific to dive the Barrier Reef.�

Capt. Richard Stalford S/Y Cabochon 92-foot custom “Hope that next owner really uses the boat since it was built for global cruising.�

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Stew Svitlana Gartvig M/Y Christine II 100-foot Cheoy Lee “Would love to go to the island of Santorini, Greece. It’s beautiful.�

Capt. Todd Likins M/Y Cocktails 100-foot Hargrave “West coast cruising, from Panama to Alaska. There’s great fishing, too.�

Mate Nick Boyd M/Y Cocktails 100-foot Hargrave “To the Med. If he says we’re going, I’m sold.�

KB YACHTS Deck/Stew Lindsay Roberts M/Y Milk and Honey 125-foot Palmer Johnson “To Mexico. I’ve never been. Then again, I’m new to the industry so every place is new to me.�

First Officer Debora Radtke M/Y Ohana 154-foot Admiral “Asia. It’s very different from where we’ve been and has a distinct culture.�

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Crew considered part of family BIG FISH, from page 1 excitedly describing the boat and her features, boasting about the destinations the yacht has already been to and plans to travel to next, and marveling at the innovations of the yacht’s designers and builders. And he has a genuine concern and affection for his crew. He considered the crew’s living space during planning as well as other typical crew concerns because the crew is considered part of the family. Beattie wants the crew to have as much fun as guests and family are having. “We want you to be with us,� he said, talking to his crew. He has asked the crew for feedback on the yacht so that the design of the next one built, the 165-foot Star Fish, will be even better. Bosun Susie Sunshine, who is also a dive instructor, said she sees the value in an involved owner, and likes the adventure of “doing things no other boat has done.� Big Fish is planning a polar circumnavigation and is expected to become the first yacht to navigate the Northeast Passage. The yacht launched from New Zealand in May and has been to Tahiti and the Society Islands before heading to Ft. Lauderdale. From the

show, she is headed to Patagonia and Antactica, then around the Amazon and Cuba before heading to Northern Europe next summer for the Northeast Passage over Russia and through the Pacific back to the islands. Sunshine hopes to retire from this yacht. The yacht will pick up charter guests at its various ports and is targeting a younger, more active client. So the crew had to be fun and active as well. They are permitted and encouraged, Sunshine said, to be active in the areas the boat will visit “during their free time,� she said. Her favorite toy is the tender, a custom craft called Triple Ripple geared for diving expeditions. “Guests love it,� she said. “They can go dive for the day, and rock out to the stereo on the ride back to Big Fish.� Chef John Tubby’s favorite space is the open galley, large work areas and the relaxing sitting area where guests can enjoy their morning coffee or snacks. “I get to know everyone and how their day is,� he said. In yachting about four years, Tubby

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Fun, efficiency are equally key

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BIG FISH, from previous page said he’s excited by the destinations they have seen and by the ones still to see. “I like food that is local,” he said. “It doesn’t make sense to fly food half way around the world.” Big Fish also has a registered nurse. Ann McComb, currently a fill-in for the regular medic, came on in Tahiti and for the trip to Ft. Lauderdale, for about eight weeks. And it’s a good thing as one crew member needed treatment from the bends after a diving excursion. McComb was able to stabilize the crew member until the yacht reached a hyperbaric chamber in the Galapagos Islands. Not only is having fun a goal, so is ease of operation. Stew Cath Carlsen pointed that out with the wrinkle-free linens in the staterooms. Not only do they not require ironing, but “they smell and feel more natural, what guests want,” she said. “This allows for more time for services and looking after guests,” she said. And more time to spend with the owner, too. When Beattie and his guests crossed the equator, crew was allowed to tie them to the rails and cover them with pretty much anything they could get their hands on, including toothpaste, spaghetti, and syrup. Once cleaned

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GETTING LOCAL: Chef John Tubby is looking forward to shopping locally for provisions in all the far-out places Big Fish will go.

off with the fire hose, however, it was Beattie’s time to return the favor. “Having an owner who is a little enigmatic adds to the adventure,” Sunshine said. Tom Serio is a freelance writer and photographer. Comments are welcome at editorial@the-triton.com.

THE HARD WAY: Big FIsh is making a circumnavigation via Earth’s two polar regions, Antactica after the show and the Northeast Passage next summer.


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Later sunrise means later dry boat By Julianne Hammond

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With the end of daylight saving time not coming until the week after the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this year, yacht crew tasked with prepping their vessels for the 10 a.m. opening of the show get one less hour of daylight each morning. And with the amount of prep work to be done each day, many deckhands and day workers are waking up in the dark to get it done. But neither dark, nor damp, truly impedes the preparation process. “It is harder to get out of bed in the dark, but my work is not especially weather dependent,� said Mark Manducca, engineer on M/Y Big Zip. Daylight saving time ends on the first Sunday in November, which is Nov. 7 this year. Last year, it was the Sunday of the show. The time change requires that most places in the United States turn their clocks back one hour, giving postHalloween party crowds an extra hour of sleep last year. And prior to 2007, the time changed ended on the last Sunday in October, so for years the clocks have rolled back during the show. This year, the sun continues to rise a minute or two later every day. Sunrise today was at 7:29 a.m.

Andrew Snow, mate on M/Y Krisujen, said it’s not the dark but the humidity that makes trouble. Matt Baynes, deckhand on M/Y Gotta Go, says his work load is dependent on the weather. “But we have ample time to get our work done, so it doesn’t really matter,� he said. Andrew Barton, a deckhand on M/Y Boardwalk, agreed and said that there is not a big difference in that one less hour of sunlight in the morning. “Maybe you have to chamois one more time,� he said. Keston Lyman, solo deck on a 40m Westport, disagreed. He said that without the dayworkers who arrive each morning, it would be difficult to be ready on time. “You have to see the smudges on the windows and the stainless,� he said. “That’s hard to do in the dark.� Julianne L. Hammond is a chef/mate. Comments: editorial@the-triton.com.

Diver rescues ring and relationship By Dorie Cox Although the Ft. Lauderdale boat show takes place in the water, it can be the last place some things belong. A man was showing a friend the new gift he recently bought for his girlfriend – a six-carat ruby solitaire – when he



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dropped it. It bounced a few times on H dock at the north side of Bahia Mar as people scrambled to stop it, but it fell into the dark water with a plink. The ring is valued at about $200,000, so Show Management, after trying to retrieve it, called Commercial Diver Services. Diver Cody Bitner recovered it in about 12 feet of water nestled into several feet of silt. Commercial Diver owner Geno Garguilo didn’t charge the man for the rescue. Dorie Cox is associate editor of The Triton. Contact: dorie@the-triton.com.


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OFF THE DOCK: Last night’s over-the-top events

@ National Anything went as thousands of crew and industry gathered to welcome back National’s Bizarre-B-Q after a oneyear hiatus. PHOTOS/DORIE COX

There are more photos from this event at www.the-triton.com.

@ Dockwise Captains and their dates dressed up for a formal affair at Dockwise Yacht Transport’s Bling Ball. PHOTOS/TOM SERIO

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