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Write to be Heard: Sea Sick column could save a life


Sea Sick column could save a life

Wow… great article on heart health [“Healthy, young and fit can still be vulnerable to heart attacks,” by Keith Murray, page B2, September issue].

Earlier this summer my husband and chef in our industry for 20 years was on watch (by himself) at Old Port Cove Marina when he felt the symptoms of a heart attack. Just like [Murray’s friend] Ron, we had done a full scan a year earlier to make sure he was fine as this is a hereditary problem.

Thank God he recognize the symptoms and was aware of his body. He got himself to the hospital in time because he was having a myocardial infarction.

The staff at Palm Beach Gardens Hospital was amazing, and after three catheterizations in four days, five stents and one month of cardiac rehab, I am happy to report he is doing just fine. It will take some time for him to regain his strength, but he is doing very well.

I believe years of training onboard yachts (with as little medical knowledge as one gets) and just even browsing articles like this from The Triton can be lifesaving.

Cris Clifford

Aqualux Outfitting


Survey gives valuable intel

I just finishing reading the article “Tie me up, tie me down, but make it side-to” [Triton survey, page C1, September issue]. What a great article. This is great information to provide an unbiased account to new marina owners, especially those in the development stage, as what to look for.

We go through all these recommendations everywhere such as wi-fi and consistent electrical service. And, of course, we recommend concrete floating docks with finger piers for ease of use.

Steve Ryder

Manager of Project Development

Bellingham Marine


Don’t be fooled; your rights cost money

This letter comes from a veteran captain who was not paid for his final weeks of work and the advice he received about what to do about it. He asked that his name not be printed, though he is known to The Triton.

I have just had a very pleasant conversation with a maritime attorney concerning crew rights. The bottom line is that crew do have rights but they have to pay for them and there is no guarantee that they will ever recover a dime.

I have retained an attorney and have to advance $1,500 to get him to write a threatening letter (without teeth) to a billionaire. He/she can play the legal game and delay the repayment almost indefinitely or, alternatively, threaten to sue the crew member.

The attorney agreed that I did have a right for payment but if I wanted to consider putting realistic teeth in the threat for seizure or lien, he would require a $10,000 retainer. This is a practice that only large companies have the assets to fight for. My claim of [a few thousand dollars] is “chump change” to owners and they know it.

It’s all very disheartening as I thought the reason for many of the rules is to prevent this from happening.

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