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I just read the article on UK tax situation for UK seafarers [“Rules for British crew clarified, possible to save UK income tax,” page A18, August issue].


I am a UK resident and a yacht captain based worldwide. I declare all my earnings to HMRC [Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs] every year and remain tax free. I don’t need to hide behind risky non-residency rules, etc.


Every crew member should declare income somewhere. In the UK, seafarers fall under the seafarers tax allowance scheme. For a more informed article, I humbly suggest you contact the UK company SeaTax (http://seatax.ltd.uk).


It’s a minefield, to be honest, and I struggled to get good advice from standard UK tax advisers as they were not used to dealing with seafarers. As soon as I spoke to SeaTax, it all became very easy. No need for residency tests, and everything is 100 percent above board.


I am constantly being asked by junior crew what they should do. Given tax is a touchy subject, the only thing you can do is declare all income or else you could find yourself in serious trouble in the future.


Name withheld upon request

 

Alene Keenan’s insightful and informative article about onboard (workplace) training is a timely piece for the yachting industry. [“Training can be tailored to team when onboard,” page C1, August issue.]


Workplace training is not a new idea, and progressive organizations and industries have been doing it as part of a wider training mix for many years.


What Alene highlights as the benefits of on-the-job training are clearly evident. The benefits of skill building using familiar workplace spaces and objects, the opportunity for repetition of learning new skills in a “real world” situation, the ability for the trainer to closely connect in a meaningful way, and the wider opportunity for team development initiatives all support the position for onboard training.


The ability to address skill “decay” (loss of learned skill) through ongoing follow-up is also a key benefit. Moreover, financial advantages such as cost savings for both owners and crew and minimizing the time off demands make onboard training an attractive option for all concerned.


Onboard training and development has the potential to shift the paradigm with respect to how owners, captains and crew regard training and development.


However as with any training, onboard (workplace) training requires preparation through a training needs analysis and an understanding of the specific idiosyncrasies of the workplace (in this case, the yacht) and the overall attitude of the yacht’s leadership (captain) toward ongoing skill development.


Research indicates that the attitude of the management to training has a major effect on the overall success of the training activity, and this would suggest that the captain’s views and opinions as well as her/his leadership capability is critical to skill and team building initiatives. Clearly captains have a pivotal part to play in any successful onboard training.


Training and development programs are not easily implemented nor guaranteed to be successful. However there is adequate evidence to help design and develop contemporary onboard and online training and development programs that will likely result in better performing individuals and crew teams and in turn strengthen the overall professionalism of yachting.


Capt. Ian Bone

Chairman of the board

Yacht Captains Association

 

I enjoyed reading this month’s issue of The Triton, particularly the futbol article by John Jarvie [“We’ve all earned the right to get excited for the World Cup game,” page A3, August issue].


I watched a couple of games with him at Waxy’s and attest to his rabid fan mentality.


And one correction: On page B9 in the article titled “Make it fast”, the writer incorrectly referred to the electric locomotives that assist the Canal pilots as donkeys but in fact they are referred to as mules, or mulas in Spanish.


After living in Panama for 25 years, I had never heard them referred to as a donkey.


Carlton A. Morris

Manager, YES Yachting

 

Thanks for posting about the World Cup. Being from Costa Rica, we are born with soccer in our veins. Even though I do not play, I lived it on the stadium every other Sunday with my best friend growing up.


It is the rush of going to the games. Did you see some of the social media craziness in my country? I am sure no one, including myself, ever thought we were going to break off our death pack against Uruguay, Italy and the Brits, but one by one we moved on.


It was a memorable experience back home. It united our country in ways only sports can. Like John said, a universal language of love.


Good luck to us all in Russia.

Cris Clifford

Owner, Aqualux Outfitting


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