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Maritime communications on brink of transformation

By Dave George Traditional marine radio communications have always been uniquely different from land mobile radio. Smaller vessels from 80 to 180 feet typically used VHF handhelds for internal and…

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France, Italy change Med charter VAT laws

By Sara Ammannati and Camille Penquerch January was a month of significant changes for charter activity in the Mediterranean following discussions that began March 8, 2018, between the European Commission…

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Dive deep for great shipwreck shots

Story and photos by Kevin Davidson How many of you have gone wreck diving and tried to take a few pictures, only to be amazed at how much silt and…

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Diver assesses Bahamas reefs after hurricane

Story and photos by Kevin Davidson Some time has passed and our memories of Hurricane Dorian are perhaps fading away a bit. The scenes in the news of the damage…

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Nautical paper charts are not going away

By John Mann On Nov. 8, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Coast Survey announced plans to change the database and format from which traditional paper nautical charts…

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Agent’s Corner: S. Florida airports best when flying in on B1/B2

The Agent’s Corner: by Laura Garcia-Bartenfelder There are so many different aspects to receiving and traveling on a B1/B2 for crew members that in this column we will just broach…

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Captain’s creativity protects engine investment

By Capt. Rocka Romcke I don’t think any engineer would disagree that to maximize engine performance, we need to give it clean fuel, clean air and clean oil. Years ago,…

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Second weather system ‘steered’, stalled Dorian

By Amanda Delaney Forecasting for Hurricane Dorian’s track was a challenge, especially once the system moved into the Eastern Caribbean Sea.  Dry air and, at the time, Tropical Storm Dorian’s…

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Just how far away are the Bahamas?

By Capt. Patrick “Doc” Connelly This question could be asked and commonly expected from most Americans, and for that matter, world travelers at large. But the yachting community and maritime…

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Yellowed piping telltale sign exhaust is too hot

By Mike Prado Many times when we visit yachts at the marinas and shipyards, we see that the main engine and generator exhaust wet section’s piping and mufflers, which are…

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