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Rules of the Road: Bareboat charters must meet strict U.S. criteria

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake DesVergers In the southeastern United States, the U.S. Coast Guard continues to implement an aggressive program to eliminate illegal charters. During the past…

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Secure at Sea: ‘Swim buddy’ keeps crew safe

Secure@Sea: by Corey D. Ranslem “Swim buddy” is a term that still rattles around in my brain. It was a term we used a lot while I was in the…

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Engineer’s Angle: Engine room checks not just for engineers

Engineer’s Angle: by JD Anson Yachts are lovely examples of craftsmanship and luxury. They are also, frankly, slow. Thus, a trip that would take but a few hours in the…

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Weather service available with limited internet

Weather Routing Inc., a marine meteorological consulting firm based in Glen Falls, New York, recently launched OnBoard, a software program that allows clients with limited bandwidth and connectivity to view…

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Sea Science: Sound on the water affected by temperature, molecular density

Sea Science: by Jordanna Sheermohamed Before the invention of GPS, radio or radar, maritime navigation depended on different means of communication to relay messages between vessels. To compensate during times…

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Engineer’s Angle: Tow, tow, tow your boat gently ’cross the (Gulf) stream

Engineer’s Angle: by JD Anson The recent arms race in tender size has begun to present some interesting challenges. For all but the very largest of yachts, gone are the…

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Secure at Sea: AIS fraught with vulnerabilities

Secure@Sea: by Corey D. Ranslem AIS, or automatic identification system, has been around for about 20 years. The International Maritime Organization required the first AIS systems back in 2002 on…

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Top Shelf: Fish tale from ‘bug’ town Down Under

Top Shelf: by Chef Tim MacDonald It’s late afternoon in Gladstone, Queensland. Crocodiles swim within meters of the local children, separated only by “hazard nets,” and the sun begins to…

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Sea Sick: Here’s the drill when the flu is aboard

Sea Sick: by Keith Murray Flu season in the U.S. generally occurs between October and May, and typically peaks between December and February. Flu, or influenza, is a highly contagious…

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Malfunction sends yacht off course

By Dorie Cox  A malfunction during a sea trial Saturday caused the 128-foot M/Y Safira to lose control and hit several smaller boats docked nearby. No injuries were reported, but…

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