The Triton


The more things change the more we look the same


The Triton turns 10 years old this month. Like most yacht crew, we’ve been a lot of places, a bunch of them over and over again, and had some memorable experiences, most of them good. We feel as though we’ve traveled the world right alongside our readers, especially when you share news of your travels, photos from your destinations, and Triton spotters from places familiar and unreal.



We read through our first issue preparing for this layout — all 24 pages of it — and came across stories about hours of rest and how enforcement of them might hurt the charter business, about ISPS Code rules and how the U.S.’s take on them might make clearance a challenge, and about haphazard enforcement of ANOA rules.



Maybe we haven’t come quite so far after all.



Some headlines from our issues in 2004:

“Megayachts not exempt from ISPS Code — yet.” South Florida’s yachting industry struggles with the then-still fairly new international security measures designed to protect vessels in ports, including providing secure dockage, security plans, and new security officer requirements.



“Triton captains take on issues.” The Triton’s first From the Bridge captains luncheon examined the scenario of captains landing posts on large vessels despite limited experience.



“Fires destroy Janie II, other yachts in several blazes.”



“Triton captains put it in writing.” From the Bridge captains discuss employment agreements.



“Price hikes, rules keep charters from Olympics.” Charter yachts flying other than Greek flags found it difficult to find dockage for the Athens games.



“Enforcing hours of work/rest may hurt charter industry.” A look at international conventions that require 10 hours rest in every 24-hour period.



“Intended to save boats, salvage laws ruin, too” One yacht captain’s story of taking on water and his call for a tow that turned into a salvage situation.



“From the Bridge: Captains have love/hate affair with management companies.”



“USCG to enforce 96-hour advance notice of arrival for foreign flags.”



“Exclusively charter boats now VAT free.” Industry advocate Thierry Voisin in France explains how charter yachts in French waters registered as commercial ships are exempt from VAT.



“From the Bridge: U.S. captains rely on word-of-mouth to land jobs.”



“Another megayacht destroyed by fire.” The 90-foot Burger M/Y Argus V burns at Lyford Cay.



“American crew shortage sparks concern, action.” Crew agency manager Ian Pelham’s five-city summer tour of the U.S. in search of yacht crew candidates.



“From the Bridge: Yards can win captains’ favor with solid work, employees.”



“Haphazard enforcement of ANOA confuses captains.”



“From the Bridge: In hurricanes, stick to a plan, have a spare.”



“ISPS-compliant yacht turned away from non-compliant marina.”



“Captains allege unfair dockage rates in hurricanes.”



“California tax bill may steer more megayachts to Mexico.” California legislators closed a tax loophole that allowed yacht owners to avoid the state’s 7.75 percent state use tax if they stayed out of state 90 days. The new timeframe was a year.



“From the Bridge: Boat shows give captains chance to see, fix things.”



“ICW bridges to open twice an hour during test.” The USCG began a 90-day test of opening Ft. Lauderdale bridges on the ICW just twice an hour.



“From the Bridge: Communication key to best captain/owner relationships.”



“Caprice captain describes engine room fire, lessons learned.”



“Syncrolift collapses, Sacajawea falls in river.”



“From the Bridge: Captains seek compatibility in new hires.”



But it’s still been a blast. And we wouldn’t change a bit of it.

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