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Remember those former yachties Jimmy Floyd at Bradford Marine told us about last fall, Mike and Susie Whiteside who left yachting to raise a family in Virginia?

Well, looks like these yachties made good.

The business Capt. Whiteside started with partner Robert Kulp, Black Dog Salvage, is now the subject of a weekly half-hour show on DIY Network called “Salvage Dawgs”.

Black Dog Salvage has grown into one of the most well known architectural salvage operations in the country, and the show follows the men as they bid on homes and buildings set for demolition, looking especially for bits of America’s history doomed to be lost forever.

It looks like they filmed three episodes so far that have run at various times on the network in November and are scheduled in December. For more, visit www.blackdogsalvage.comand click on the “Salvage Dawgs” tab.

Yachting seems to provide crew with the opportunity to be in the right place at the right time. I’m reminded of that when I think about the collision of two container ships that M/Y Battered Bull witnessed in March and the three fishermen that M/Y Golden Odyssey came upon in July and towed 46nm to safe harbor.

Dramatic, yes, but really remarkable that the yachts were in that specific spot in the ocean at the moment they were needed.

Sometimes, rescues are a little less dramatic, but just as important.

Capt. Chris Boland and First Officer Casey Hall of the 103-foot sportfish Inevitable were in the right place at the right time to save a life. Here’s their story, sent in by Capt. Boland.

“While getting ready to start his morning routine, Casey was sipping coffee and looking out over the calm canal at Lyford Cay, Nassau, Bahamas. He noticed three Bahamian workers across the canal, pointing into the water at some disturbance. Manatee?

“No, a dog. This was no pot-cake (stray island dogs). The dog was swimming in circles and looked to be exhausted.

“Casey jumped into the 24-foot tender and made his way to the disoriented dog. After two passes he was able to lift the dog into the boat, when he quickly realized that the dog was blind.
“Back at the dock, Casey noticed the dog’s tags with his name — Toby — and a local phone number.

“After drying the dog off and getting him some water, Casey contacted his owner who had been looking for Toby. Turns out the owner, who also lives in Lyford Cay, lives a half mile away. Poor, blind Toby had been swimming for hours and covered quite a distance.

“Toby was reunited with his owner minutes later and all was well. Toby’s human turned out to be the owner of a prestigious liquor establishment in Nassau and a member of the Drambuie family.
Later the same afternoon, he paid Casey a visit with a card of appreciation and a thank-you gift. “You guessed it: two bottles of Drambuie.

Capt. Ben and Mate Jo Stanley of M/Y Freedom, a 61-foot Hatteras, have already begun giving back. Just a few months after starting to market their charter yacht (yes, it’s theirs, they own it), the couple took about 10 kids and family members from Freedom Waters Foundation out on Ft. Lauderdale’s waters in November. Freedom Waters takes disabled, ill or at-risk kids out on the water. Good on ya, you two.

I bumped into Capt. Neil Newson of M/Y Sandrine, a 120-foot Hargrave, at the boat show. And I was reminded how long it’s been since I’ve seen him. He and his wife, Magali, were pushing his 2-year-old daughter Annabelle in a stroller.

Annabelle was charming and adorable, learning French and English. Her dad’s not sure yet if he will encourage a career in yachting.

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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