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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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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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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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Obamacare penalty eliminated for U.S. tax paying crew

By Maria Karlsson Since Jan. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) has eliminated the shared responsibility payment — more commonly known as the individual mandate —…

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Drones, life-size robots boost arsenal to fight fires on board

By Capt. Jeff Werner There is no emergency aboard a yacht more frightening than a fire. To reduce that fear factor, all crew members are required to devote two full…

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More to background checks and crew history than at first glance

By Joe Johnson The main reason to do background checks is to avoid hiring or going into business with people who may be untrustworthy and harbor ulterior motives. On TV…

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Are you ready if your partner dies suddenly?

By Lisa Samuels As I grow wiser in my life and through my position in the financial services industry, I have had so many conversations with crew members, marine craftsmen…

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A doctor explains how to best work with your phone-based medical provider

By Dr. Robert Quigley A very important person on board had an unfortunate run-in with a sea urchin. She is in extreme pain, and you need to get her assistance…

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A Visit From Saint Nicholas (The Yacht Edition)

By Stew Diana Riordan ‘Twas the night before Charter, when all through the yacht Not a yachtie was stirring, though the boat rocked a lot; The lines were placed on…

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