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o o o Test Your Mates Test your nautical trivia skills: n What is IALA Buoy System A and in which countries is it used? n In accordance with the COLREGS, when can you turn left to avoid contact? ANSWERS on page 2.


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Megayacht News M/Y Yogi sinks The 200-foot (60m) M/Y Yogi sank yesterday morning in gale-force winds off the Greek island of Skyros. All eight people onboard were rescued by the Greek coast guard. The captain indicated a mechanical failure, according to press reports, but did not elaborate. Several people at the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach yesterday speculated that the yacht perhaps wasn’t built as well as it could have been. But at least one surveyor said the accident was not the yard’s fault. “Yachts don’t carry sea anchors anymore,” said a surveyor who asked not to be named because he didn’t have direct knowledge of the sinking. “If they lose power, they lose their stabilizers. Without stabilizers and steerage, they end up in beam seas. You get a cyclic roll that will eventually cause them to roll over. “It had nothing to do with it being built in Turkey,” he said. “People would be surprised to know how unstable a lot of these yachts really are.” See video of the rescue at www.

IT’S CLEAN ENOUGH TO EAT OFF: The engine room usually generates comments from people touring the 125-foot M/Y Shooting Star. Eng. Peder Nielsen said people can’t believe the yacht goes 47 knots. Find out what else potential buyers say about the yachts they see in today’s survey, pages 4-5. PHOTO/TOM SERIO

Italy’s tax may affect Med season By Lucy Reed A new berthing tax in Italy, set to begin May 1, might not generate the revenue government officials are hoping for. It may, instead, drive visiting yachts to neighboring countries, avoiding not only the tax but any positive impact to the Italian economy. “We’ve already had a string of yachts looking for berths in France, which of course there aren’t any,” said Toby Maclaurin, commercial manager at Ocean Independence. “More boats are going to Croatia this year than ever before.” Several captains in the show said they were concerned about the tax,

which is to be charged to yachts based on length and age. For example, yachts larger than 64m will be charged 703 euros a day to dock or anchor in Italy this summer. Discounts apply to yachts older than five, 10 and 15 years. “It will impact itineraries,” said Capt. Lee Rosbach of the 164-foot (50m) Benetti M/Y Cuor di Leone. “No one wants to pay $25,000-$30,000 a month just for giggles.” At 50m, Cuor di Leone would be charged 372 euros a day. But because she is older than 10 years, the rate would be reduced 30 percent to 260 euros a day.

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Answers to the quiz on page 1: n IALA is the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities. System A is used in Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and most of Asia. n According to International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972, you can turn left to avoid a collision when the contact is stationary or when you are overtaking the contact. Miss a day? See previous questions and answers on (Courtesy of Maritime Professional Training in Ft. Lauderdale)

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CORRECTION Broker David Nichols of IYC has a signed contract on a yacht larger than 40m, not 70m as reported in the front-page story yesterday. Triton Today regrets the error.

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CAN’T SEE ITALY FROM HERE: Several captains, including Capt. Lee Rosbach of M/Y Cuor di Leone, said that if it was up to them, they’d skip Italy all together this summer if the impact of the berthing tax proves too costly. PHOTO/TOM SERIO

Yachts adjust European intineraries ITALY, from page 1 “We’re going to the Med but we’re not going to spend much time in Italy,” Rosbach said. Other captains, though, said the tax is just part of yachting. “The boss is used to it,” said Capt. Dale Smith of the 130-foot (39m) Westport M/Y Sovereign. “Last year, the Canadian authorities charged us $60,000 more than we thought in pilotage fees. So what’s it going to be this year?” His agent in the Med – many of whom have been fighting enactment of the tax – told him it will likely be rescinded, or at least only applied on Italian-flagged vessels. “I’m more concerned about the Israelis deciding to launch a strike against Iran and Iran retaliating, then the U.S. stepping in,” Smith said. “They’re going to want to step off from Turkish air bases and we’re going to be sitting in Turkey. “But we have a fast boat,” he joked. “We’ll keep it full of fuel.” The 162-foot (49m) Christensen M/Y Remember When is headed to the Med this summer, too, but Capt. Hendre DuPlessis hasn’t yet discussed the tax with the owner, so he wasn’t sure if it would influence their itinerary. “It probably won’t,” he said. “The boss likes Italy. But if it was up to me, I wouldn’t go.” There’s an even bigger potential issue in Italy for the summer season,

and that’s enforcement of the country’s VAT on charters. Despite having the authority to impose a VAT on charters in Italy, the government has not collected the tax on charter vessels in nearly a decade. That might change this summer. “We’ve been in contact with the management houses and nobody knows if they’re going to enforce it,” said LeAnn Pliske, a charter broker with IYC. “People are being cautious about Italy. We’ve had some clients not wanting to go there at all. They’re going to Croatia instead. “They [the Italians] will find it’s going to backfire,” she said. “They’re driving people away. You saw how well this worked in Sardinia.” In 2006, the Italian island of Sardinia taxed visiting yachts and airplanes. While some yachts paid it, far more simply skipped Sardinia. The tax was repealed before the 2009 season. Maclaurin, also president of MYBA, said the combination of the VAT issue and the berthing tax means that yachts will pass through Italy a lot faster than they might otherwise. “Many charters will go to Italy for a couple of days, pay the tax, and go on,” he said. “Their time spent in Italy will be greatly reduced, and that’s horrible news for the marinas and other businesses. We hope it doesn’t happen.” Lucy Reed is editor of The Triton. Comments on this story are welcome at

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Potential buyers do some weird stuff when they tour yachts (open every cabinet, turn on every faucet) but they also spot things that make yachts stand out one from the next. We asked crew what parts of the yacht these tour-takers comment on most. We were expecting boaty things like the size of the master suite, the marble inlay in the foyer, the spiral staircase. We got some of that, but we mostly got “the cleanliness of the engine room” and “how good she looks for her age.” That was really hard to blend into one source of data, so we broke it into two -- the hardware and the software, if you will. The cool thing about the predominant answers though, is that there’s some level of crew involvement in what potential buyers see most. That cleanliness factor? Thank the interior and deck crews. The fact that the yacht looks good for her age? Ditto. We thought that was pretty cool. Still, the single most common


First Mate Chuck Lehto M/Y Seven J’s 110-foot Lazzara How shiny and clean I keep the boat. The engine room is flawless. And the flybridge. People really like to hang out up there.

Eng. Paul Warren M/Y Believe 130-foot Westport How much space there is inside and how things are hidden. The TVs are in the ceiling and the equipment is in cabinets.

First Mate/Stew TJ McCormack M/Y Varsity Jacket 64-foot Hatteras The flybridge. It’s all enclosed with A/C, but you have the option to have it all open.


thing that people taking tours comment on was the sun deck. Lest we forget, yachting is a lifestyle, and that’s where it lives. – Data compiled by Lucy Chabot Reed and Tom Serio

Deckhand EJ Jansen M/YCarpe Diem II 150-foot Trinity How clean it is, especially the barbecue on the sun deck. It’s an older boat but we keep it up.

S at u rd ay • Fe b. 1 8 , 2 0 1 2 | 5 Stew Abbie Robotham M/Y Carpe Diem 191-foot Trinity The Marilyn Monroe photos, inflatable couches, and how shiny the engine room is. Everyone loves the sun deck and the size of the sunning pads. Mate Alex Durie M/Y Madsummer 147-foot Feadship The sundeck. It doesn’t matter what boat you are on today, they are all great. It’s a great day.

Eng. Ivan Lima M/Y Atlantica 135-foot Christensen They say the boat is beautiful, the arrangement is fantastic. It’s all about how the boat looks.

Deckhand Matt McKenzie M/Y NamastĂŠ 130-foot Westport They ask about crew arrangements and if the crew like the boat. And they want to know how many hours are on the engines.

Capt. Lee Rosbach M/Y Cuor di Leone 164-foot Benetti People always say how good she looks for her age (built in 1999), and the sundeck. It’s fairly huge.

Capt. Rick Lenardson M/Y Status Quo 150-foot Richmond Yachts The amount of woodwork and the amount of space. The master is full beam and there’s no walk around on the second deck. Chef Gabriel Hanlen M/Y Aquasition 124-foot Broward We get a lot of compliments on the sense of spaciousness; we have elevated ceilings. The top deck in general is a big selling point.

Chief Stew Amanda Ring-Rissler M/Y Magic 130-foot Northern Marine The layout of the bridge. It’s got 180degree viewing with a nice seating area.

Mate Gary Hallas M/Y Temptation 123-foot Palmer Johnson They never ask about what I do. And they’re always surprised how many crew it takes to run the boat.

Capt. Paul Hutchinson M/Y Sea Bee 1 97-foot Hargrave The set-up of the dining room table, and the layout of the country kitchen.



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DOING THE CREW THING: Friday on the docks


riday at the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show where yacht crew do what yacht crew do. PHOTOS/TOM SERIO

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@ Charity events at show Non-profit groups, including the International SeaKeepers Society and YachtAid Global, have held events at the show this week. Last night, guests at YAG’s annual fundraiser enjoyed sumptuous foods, fine wines, specialty cigars and breath-taking views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline. SeaKeepers had a cocktail party onboard M/Y Shooting Star on Thursday night. In the bottom photo, far left, is Dean Klevan, president and CEO, and next to him is Michael Moore, chairman. PHOTOS/TOM SERIO For more photos from the show, visit and www.

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