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Deb Radtke

Capt. Deb Radtke owns American Yacht Agents in Ft. Lauderdale (www.americanyachtagents.net). After 16 years working on yachts, she found her niche shoreside assisting vessels visiting the U.S. East Coast and Great Lakes. Comments are welcome at editor@the-triton.com.

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Agent’s Corner: Can’t leave the US? Protect that B1 and apply for an extension

The Agent’s Corner: by Capt. Deb Radtke COVID-19 has brought a lot of uncertainty to the yachting industry; cruising plans are in flux, some vessels are …

Agent’s Corner: Get the facts on Schengen visas

The Agent’s Corner: by Deb Radtke Each season brings a new round of inquiries from our clients. This year it seems to be visas, and Schengen visas in …

Agents Corner: Check electronic I-94s to catch, correct errors

Agent’s Corner: by Deb Radtke U.S. Customs and Border Protection  is steadily working to streamline its  processes. This includes going paperless with …

The Agent’s Corner: Navigate the alphabet soup of US visas

The Agent’s Corner: by Deb Radtke It’s the time of year when many large yachts are heading to the United States and we are getting a lot of inquiries …

Agent’s Corner: The Great Lakes are America’s un(der)discovered cruising grounds

The Agent’s Corner: by Deb Radtke Five quick facts to get started (five facts because there are five lakes): If you drained the Great Lakes, they would …

The Agent’s Corner: Don’t write off the Caribbean season

The Agent’s Corner: by Capt. Deb Radtke By now, everyone is well aware of the damage that was caused in the Caribbean by hurricanes Irma and Maria. For …

The Agent’s Corner: Yacht agents play vital role in U.S. ports

The Agent’s Corner: by Capt. Deb Radtke Who needs a yacht agent in Florida? I get asked this question a lot. The assumption is that there is no need for …

The Agent’s Corner: Summer great time to cruise national parks

The Agent’s Corner: by Capt. Deb Radtke Summer always gets me thinking of summer vacation, and for many in the U.S. that includes visiting a national …

The Agent’s Corner: Headed Down Under? Know the Aussie rules

The Agents Corner: by Deb Radtke This past month I had the opportunity to visit Cairns, Australia. We were hosted by the Superyacht Group Great Barrier Reef. …

The Agent’s Corner: Rules about clearing in, PWCs in Spain

The Agent’s Corner: Deb Radtke Welcome to The Agents Corner, where I strive to answer pressing questions about yachting. Each week I present information …

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Yacht captain missing from own boat

Yacht captain missing from own boat

Capt. Bob Peel, a longtime yacht captain, has gone missing. Living and cruising aboard his personal vessel, the 54-foot (16.5m) S/Y …

Captain urges all crew to follow COVID rules; virus spreads without knowing

Captain urges all crew to follow COVID rules; virus spreads without knowing

By Lucy Chabot Reed The captain of a 130-foot Westport docked at a marina in South Florida called this week to express concern at what …

New WhatsApp group launched for yacht captains dealing with COVID-19

New WhatsApp group launched for yacht captains dealing with COVID-19

San Diego-based YachtAid Global, in cooperation with AYSS Superyacht Global Network, has created a WhatsApp chat group called COVID-19 …

Yacht captains share what COVID-19 has done to their world

Yacht captains share what COVID-19 has done to their world

By Dorie Cox and Lucy Chabot Reed As information changes quickly for yacht crew in a COVID-19-pandemic world, The Triton reached out to …

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