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Wi-Fi at Warp Speed

Starlink ups the ante on satellite connectivity at sea. No discussion about the future of yachting is complete without addressing the increasingly critical need for reliable, high-speed broadband service at…

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Costa Rica clears way for foreign-flagged yachts to charter

Foreign-flagged charter yachts over 24 meters can now legally charter in Costa Rica’s waters simply by obtaining a renewable yearly license, providing proper documentation, and paying a modest 2.5% of the charter fee.

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Shut Down and Stranded: Pandemic realities for those Who Work at Sea:

Delays, cancellations, restrictions, closures, quarantines, and last-minute changes have become the norm in the past 18 months. For crew, the fallout has been immense.

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Maritime Regulations No Guarantee Against Local Pandemic Restrictions

On almost a daily basis, new rules are implemented or existing rules are modified with little to no notice, creating chaos for crew and endless problems for itinerary planning, owner’s use, and charters.

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The ‘perfect time’ to transition out of yachting never comes

There were more than a few life lessons in store when a yacht chef found herself trying to open a cafe in England while on charter season in the Caribbean…

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Tips to Stay as Healthy as Possible When Traveling To and From the Yacht

Don’t forget, because of Covid-19, countries are changing their entry requirements more frequently. This means travelers should always check often for changes in international travel requirements.

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Rules of the Road: New rules for 2021

As we say goodbye to 2020 with a hard shove out the door, we welcome in the New Year and look ahead to what awaits us in the world of…

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Bahamas tweaks arrival procedures, adds fee

Editor’s Note: Scroll down for more COVID-related news. Beginning tomorrow, the new entry requirements for visitors and residents of the Bahamas include: A COVID-19 PCR test within 5 days of…

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USSA continues mission of speaking for large yacht sector in US

By Kitty McGowan The year was 2006, in the epicenter of the superyacht industry in the United States — Fort Lauderdale, Florida. There was a lack of a unified voice…

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New Italian VAT rules apply after Oct. 31

By Sara Ammannati New VAT rules on chartering that were expected to come into effect in Italy and France on April 1 were postponed due to the COVID-19 health emergency.…

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