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Editorial: Crime is on the rise in SXM says captain

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News received from a captain known to The Triton who asked that his name not be used. He was on a vessel in St. Maarten in early December when he sent this news:



“Well, here we go again. Crime is on the rise in SXM. It’s early season and nightly robberies and fights have started to ramp up.

“Thursday morning, Dec 5, 2 a.m., I was awoken by police sirens. I ventured outside of the boat to see what happened. Four armed police running up and down the dock. Reports of armed criminals, either robbing the bar or a boat. Two security guards tied up at the front gate. The criminals gained access to a supposedly secure area. Four men arrested.

“Friday night, Dec. 6, a violent fight broke out at the marina bar involving about 20 people in proximity of megayachts and crew.

“Saturday night, Dec. 7, a crew member’s handbag and wallet stolen from the bar.

“Do we see a pattern forming?

“Marina management assure something will be done to beef up security. Do we have to wait until a death of a crew member before something is really done?”

 



Fact check on Hatteras number one?

I enjoyed your article on the first Hatteras (“1960 Hatteras rescued and refurbished,” Triton Today Ft. Lauderdale, Monday, Nov. 4, page 3). I’m glad to hear that hull No. 1 is being well preserved and restored.

One thing grabbed my attention, though. The assertion was made that M/Y Knit Wits was “… believed to be the first boat over 30 feet constructed of fiberglass… .”

I once read that a Hinckley Bermuda 40 (hull No. 1, M/Y Huntress) competed in the 1960 Bermuda Race, necessitating her launch in (most likely) April or so. Do you know of an officiating body or ruling by anyone of note to establish the facts here?

Douglas M. Loutit    

New York, NY

Editor’s note: M/Y Knit Wits was the first production powerboat  built of fiberglass over 30 feet. There were many sailboats over 30 feet that were built of fiberglass prior to Knit Wits.

 

Fly flag correctly

It has come to my attention that there is a great need to advise sailors of all levels and types of the need to fly Old Glory when they are in U.S. waters.

A combined force of professional sailors, students, VFWs and other service types including police marine units should set the example to FOG, Fly Old Glory. The IMO requires all vessels to fly the flag of the waters they are sailing on:

The Bahamas have been known to confiscate vessels without a Bahamian flag or a quarantine flag. Yes the Intracoastal waters of the United States are filled with small and large vessels flying pirate flags or cocktail flags or whatever.

Broward County marine police not only don’t have a flag painted onto their hull or uniform, but many times forget to show it on their stern.

We have our military women and men coming home daily in caskets and we have war going on in many locations, but in our haste to get under way, we forget Old Glory and, I’m afraid, for which it stands.

This would be a great project for The Triton to spearhead, with the support of professional yacht captains and all those who can contact large groups of the boating public, such as at boat shows and boat parades.

Let us fly Old Glory so those who follow us remember us as having not let the flag fall from view.

Capt. Timothy R. Browne

Secretary/Treasurer

Council of American Master Mariners

Port Everglades/Miami

www.mastermariner.org

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