Rules of the Road

Rules of the Road: Prevalence of remote surveys prompts guidelines

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake DesVergers Inspections and surveys on board a yacht are commonplace. These include visits by the flag administration, the classification society, insurance, and port…

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Rules of the Road: IMO revises radio equipment, polar ops

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake DesVergers The International Maritime Organization is a United Nation’s agency  assigned duties to ensure international safety. Tasked with developing standards and regulations for…

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Rules of the Road: New REG Code makes change easier

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake DesVergers For yachts that charter, the acronyms LY1, LY2 and LY3 are common references. They signify a particular version of the Large Yacht…

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Rules of the Road: NZ considers charter yacht rules for 2021 Cup

Rules of the Road: Capt. Jake DesVergers Maritime New Zealand is currently considering how the regulatory regime will apply to yachts visiting New Zealand for the 36th America’s Cup in…

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Rules of the Road: New regs take effect in 2019

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake Desvergers As we say goodbye to 2018 and welcome in the new year, we look ahead to what awaits us in the world…

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Rules of the Road: Retain records to show fuel oil complies with ECA regulations

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake Desvergers Longtime sufferers of this column may recall this topic being discussed back in early 2012.  At that time, the North American Emissions…

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Rules of the Road: A review of taxes that apply to Florida boat sales

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake Desvergers It’s that time of year again: boat show season. Events at Cannes, Genoa and Monaco previewed the strong sentiment that is expected…

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Rules of the Road: NZ changes yacht safety rules in wake of fatal sailing mishap

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake Desvergers The New Zealand Maritime Safety Authority, commonly known as Maritime NZ, recently announced major changes to safety rules for domestic and international…

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Rules of the Road: Obtaining DoS not always clear-cut for yachts

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake DesVergers Most tasks involving two or more parties are less difficult if each party understands what the others are going to do. Within the…

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Rules of the Road: USCG aims to curb illegal charters

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake DesVergers In a recent action by the U.S. Coast Guard in Miami, the voyage of a 65-foot yacht was terminated after the vessel…

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