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Choosing a flag takes more than tax planning and patriotism

Congratulations. The boss just bought a new yacht. This could be the culmination of many years of hard work and planning, or maybe the continued addiction of being on the…

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From the Bridge: Navigation methods diverse, failures common

One would think it was a simple question. Silly, even, to ask a group of professional mariners. How do you navigate? With all the modern electronic methods and the fading…

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Flag state the authority on crew numbers, minimum manning

The number of people on board a yacht is a topic that has been discussed everywhere from the highest halls of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to the most obscure…

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Break standing orders, miss watch, hit the dock

One of the aspects of crew turnover that doesn’t get much attention is the firing process. A captain asked us what other captains thought about the causes of firing. We…

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U.S. cruising license requires bareboat charters

During the past month, several yachts have advised our office of difficulty in obtaining and/or renewing their cruising license with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP). Upon further investigation and…

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A yacht captain’s biggest safety concern? Humans

When we think of safety on yachts, we think of fighting fires and man-overboard drills. We worry about running into things and sinking. When I asked captains assembled for our…

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Wacky crew mishaps can both entertain and educate

The winter and spring seasons are over. The shipyard refits are nearing an end, the owner’s plans are finalized, and charters are booked. In the course of our daily work,…

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Captains choose job for best fit, not just owner or salary

There’s a difference between taking a job and choosing a job. As the yachting industry gets busy cruising again, there seem to be more captains moving around. It’s less about…

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Nairobi International Convention cleans up on the removal of wrecks

The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007, was adopted by an international conference held in Kenya in 2007. The Convention, also referred to as the WRC, provides…

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Life onboard in yachting, captains keep the balance

With a career choice that for many means being on call 24/7, a personal life can be an inconvenient thing. Even for yacht captains and crew who receive scheduled vacation…

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