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On Course: Captain and crew responsible for recording sea time

On Course: by Capt. Brian Luke Gaining and verifying sea time/service in the yachting industry is essential to all crew who are in yachting as a profession and …

On Course: Role more important than title in bridge ops

On Course: by Capt. Brian Luke Last month, I wrote about the idea that to facilitate safer yacht operations, it may be important for the captain to become more …

On Course: Culture of challenge makes captains more leader than driver

On Course: by Capt. Brian Luke Last month I wrote about challenges captains and crew face when managing a modern superyacht bridge. The maritime community is …

On Course: Developing a culture of challenge on superyachts

On Course: by Capt. Brian Luke The maritime community is roughly 7,000 years old, yet from a professional standpoint it falls woefully behind the only …

On Course: Small Vessel CoC for yacht engineers helps industry and crew

On Course by Capt. Brian Luke Some time ago, a working group was put together to modernize the way in which yacht and small vessel engineers are trained and …

IMO extends Manila Amendment refresher deadline

I have written much in these pages over the past year concerning the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention. And I am compelled to do so yet again …

Sea time might not be enough to avoid U.S. refresher courses

Wow. What a great boat show Ft. Lauderdale had this year. Just like most, I’m exhausted, but Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show tends to do that to all …

Still time to tackle Manila amendment requirements

There are about two months left before the full implementation of the Manila amendments. Last year, I devoted a column to this subject. Now that we are down to …

Training should – and does – increase as vessels grow more complex

Superyachts have come a long way in the past 30 years. Vessels are much larger and more complex than ever before, whether in their integrated bridge systems, …

Trainers have profound effect on crew attitude, professionalism

By Capt. Brian Luke Over the years, some captains and crew have been skeptical of education and training, or have grown tired of sitting in on certification …

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Working toward smooth sailing with crew visas

Working toward smooth sailing with crew visas

By Dorie Cox Yachts and their crew spend tens of millions of dollars on refits, maintenance and repairs, as well as provisions, …

Stew Cues: Handling costly, fragile crystal can be terrifying

Stew Cues: Handling costly, fragile crystal can be terrifying

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan I recently helped outfit a yacht with glassware. The owners found a beautiful set of antique cobalt blue …

Mexican marina makes room for larger yachts

Mexican marina makes room for larger yachts

Paradise Village Marina in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, has recently reconfigured the marina to hold more and larger yachts. The marina now has …

Triton Networking nets $1,500 for injured yachtie

Triton Networking nets $1,500 for injured yachtie

More than 200 captains, crew and industry people challenged the weather to attend Triton Networking last night with global marine travel …

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