Rules of the Road

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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Rules of the Road: Trackers play crucial role in emergencies

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake DesVergers During a recent accident investigation, a vessel was lost at sea in poor weather conditions. Thankfully, no one was injured in the…

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Rules of the Road: New year brings new regs for yachts

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake DesVergers As we welcome in the new year, we will see several new maritime regulations enter into force. The various regulatory bodies worked…

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Rules of the Road: STCW sets baseline in training

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake DesVergers It is a term that we constantly hear and read: STCW. Everyone from the greenest deckie to the saltiest captain is affected…

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Rules of the Road: Relief supplies duty-free with condition

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake DesVergers The devastating effects of Hurricane Dorian left many islands in the northern Bahamas obliterated. After successive days of extreme winds and ocean…

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Rules of the Road: No exceptions to limits on sulfur

Rules of the Road: Capt. Jake DesVergers There are lots of priorities in yachting: food, drinks, carpets, air conditioning, toys, cleaning supplies – the list is endless and subjective to…

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Rules of the Road: Tend to life rafts as if your life depended on it

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake DesVergers Safety equipment on board a yacht is like auto insurance. You want to have plenty of it, the best available, but never,…

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Rules of the Road: Qualship 21 rewards PSC-compliant yachts

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake DesVergers Sovereign and other self-governing nations have the right to control any activities within their own borders, including those of visiting yachts. Authority…

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Rules of the Road: USCG alert urges review of MOB procedure

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake DesVergers In May, the Inspections and Compliance Directorate of the U.S. Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Alert. The bulletin, titled “Man Overboard!…

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Rules of the Road: Spike in enclosed-space deaths prompts warning

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake DesVergers Many workplaces contain spaces that are considered to be “confined.” This is because their configurations hinder the activities of employees who must…

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