Captains

’Tis the season for wintertime trades

’Tis the season for wintertime trades

Winter is here, bringing enhanced east-northeast trade winds to the Caribbean. Here is what you need to know about them.

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Circadian Rhythms vs. Duty Roster

Circadian Rhythms vs. Duty Roster

Aligning crew’s circadian rhythms with their work schedule improves physical safety and mental health.

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New Year, New Regulations

New Year, New Regulations

As the New Year comes along, so does a new set of requirements issued by various regulatory bodies. All yachts, including private, limited charter, and commercial, will see several new rules enter into force.

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When crew are not crew, and other rules

When crew are not crew, and other rules

Officers from the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security answered questions regarding yacht and crew entries at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

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Word on the docks: How dockmasters and captains can work better together

Word on the docks: How dockmasters and captains can work better together

Dockmasters tell Triton that slight changes in a captain’s docking routine could make all the difference for both parties. Here are their suggestions.

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The Bottom of the World

The Bottom of the World

A trip to Antarctica brings breathtaking beauty and teeming wildlife, but also challenging seas. Capt. Grant Maughan details how to sail to the bottom of the world.

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Northwest Passage on your bucket list?

Northwest Passage on your bucket list?

Chief Officer Rob MacDonell of M/Y Blue Moon offers a rundown on how to prepare for the Northwest passage based on his experience as a passagemaker.

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Unfathomable Fun: Adding submersibles to the toy box

Unfathomable Fun: Adding submersibles to the toy box

Yachts continue to add new thrilling and unique gadgets to their toy boxes, including the latest, submersibles.

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Tenders blazing new trails

Tenders blazing new trails

Sailing through uncharted waters is risky, but new technology is now allowing tenders to scout safe passageways and beam hi-res seafloor images back to the bridge in real time.

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Lean Green Machines

Lean Green Machines

Toys are crucial to making charters exciting, but they’re not always the most eco-friendly. These innovative toys are offering new eco-friendly ways to play.

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Performance + Preservation = Win2 for Tenders

Performance + Preservation = Win2 for Tenders

As the yachting industry continues to get greener, tenders are becoming more eco-friendly. Here are a few examples of how boatbuilders are working hard to bridge the gap between performance and ocean preservation.

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Bahamas now offers four flag options for yachts

Bahamas now offers four flag options for yachts

The island nation of the Bahamas joins the field of international standards for yacht safety and registration. The Bahamas Maritime Authority has relaunched its mega yacht division, becoming a flag option.

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Teak Critique: Maintenance techniques depend on priorities

Teak Critique: Maintenance techniques depend on priorities

How to treat teak decking depends on the owner’s preference between the short-lived beauty of a golden color or the dull gray advantage of longevity.

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Bareboaters, beware!

Bareboaters, beware!

Bareboat chartering your vessel might sound like an easy way to make some money, but there are considerable legal ramifications and procedural hoops to jump through to do it lawfully. Here’s how to do it without finding yourself in trouble.

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More Captains’ News

Battle of the Batteries: Which is right for the job?

Battle of the Batteries: Which is right for the job?

Flooded lead acid, AGM, and lithium batteries are three of the most popular batteries for yachts, but how do you know which is best for you? Here’s a breakdown of which battery you should pick depending on your ship’s needs.

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Saving oceans through science

Saving oceans through science

Help save the ocean as a crew volunteer with the International SeaKeepers Society, a not-for-profit organization that partners with the yachting community to further oceanographic research and marine conservation.

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Mining Buoy Data: There’s more to it than you think

Mining Buoy Data: There’s more to it than you think

Many are familiar with the wave height and wind speed data that buoys provide, but another derived parameter of valuable insight to alert captains of approaching sea state conditions is also available: spectral wave energy.

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Russian-owned yachts stuck in muddied legal waters

Russian-owned yachts stuck in muddied legal waters

What can and will happen to oligarch-owned vessels is open to interpretation and likely to have far-reaching consequences.

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Seizure, Sanctions & Secrecy: The collateral impact on crew

Seizure, Sanctions & Secrecy: The collateral impact on crew

Russia’s war on Ukraine and the resulting sanctions on many Russian-owned yachts have had hard and varied consequences for this industry. Triton asked captains and crew how the fallout has affected them personally.

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New technology in fin stabilizers

New technology in fin stabilizers

When you think of cutting- edge technology, stabilization products typically aren’t the first thing that comes to mind. However, this type of technology has come a long way over the past few years, including game-changing new systems from Quantum Stabilizers.

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Seven-star service starts with well-maintained preference sheets

Seven-star service starts with well-maintained preference sheets

When it comes to delivering a seamless onboard experience, there’s nothing more valuable than good preference sheets — and yet, they are almost always mismanaged and overlooked.

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Setting a course for the ‘Inland Seas’

Setting a course for the ‘Inland Seas’

A superyacht journey down the St. Lawrence Seaway offers beautiful scenery with clear, clean waters and endless possibilities for exploration and adventure. Welcome to the Great Lakes!

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Yacht transport in high demand, despite cargo competition

Yacht transport in high demand, despite cargo competition

Here are some pointers to keep in mind. Moving yachts across oceans via transport ships has certainly grown in popularity over the years. For new yachts, this may be the only alternative to get these boats to their owners. For...

Ciguatera Warning: Certain carnivorous reef fish can poison diners

Ciguatera Warning: Certain carnivorous reef fish can poison diners

Ciguatera toxins have no cure, aren’t killed by cooking, and can’t be detected by texture, taste, or smell. If you don’t want to get this type of food poisoning, don’t eat big fish caught in warm water.

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Pelagic permits

Pelagic permits

Permits and catch reports can be processed online by NOAA Fisheries. NOAA Fisheries, also known as the National Marine Fisheries Service, is an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration within the Department of Commerce. It has five regional...

The Tech Edge

The Tech Edge

Up-to-date navigation charts and hi-res data offer well-connected anglers an advantage. It is no secret that fishermen are, well, secretive — and superstitious. So it should come as no surprise they will go to great lengths to...

Tow me tender, tow me sweet, never let me go

Tow me tender, tow me sweet, never let me go

Elvis Presley knew it: No one wants the pain of loss. Especially the loss of the yacht’s tender while under tow. Although rare, lost boats are just one incident that puts a damper on the towing relationship.

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Getting the tow where it needs to go

Getting the tow where it needs to go

Power load, weather conditions, and size of the mothership are only a few of the factors that must be considered. Drag a large tender behind a 164-foot (50m) motor yacht and it is hardly noticed, but pulling it behind...

Fresh Catch 101

Fresh Catch 101

So, your guest just caught a fish and proudly hands it to you. Now what? Here’s a primer for deckhands on how to best prep fish for a happy chef.

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Project 406 will be the largest sportfishing yacht in the world

Project 406 will be the largest sportfishing yacht in the world

Expected to be delivered in 2023 Royal Huisman is marking a milestone in sport fishing with Project 406: The 171-foot (52m) newbuild will be next in line to claim the title of largest sportfishing yacht in the world. According...

Fish on! Got a World Record?

Fish on! Got a World Record?

‘Smallfry’ or pro, anyone can hold a fish record. And yacht crew, owners, and guests are perfect candidates to take such honors, according to Zack Bellapigna of the International Game Fish Association.

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Trolling on Passage

Trolling on Passage

Transatlantic magic begins when dinner is on the line. There is a Zen to passage making under sail. It is a unique combination of wind, waves, and the rhythms of the watch bill. Whether the passage is three days or...

From the Bridge: Hook, line and sinker

From the Bridge: Hook, line and sinker

Triton met with captains via Zoom recently for a “From the Bridge” roundtable on what it’s like to run a sportfish boat. The consensus? Sportfish life is far less formal and much more interactive — and much more fun, the true aficionados say.

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Less soot = less work

Less soot = less work

Whether to use an active or passive diesel particulate filter system for your vessel depends on load fluctuations. Particulate matter, often called “soot,” is the byproduct of incomplete fuel combustion. Like the black plume of smoke that a big rig...