On Course

On Course: USCG licensing process adapts to modern maritime industry

On Course: by Lisa Hoogerwerf Overing Opening the mysterious tube, postmarked “1943” and mailed from U.S. Coast Guard headquarters, was like opening a time capsule of my family’s mariner roots.…

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On Course: A seafarer’s income is not tax-free

On Course: by Clive McCartney Tax season, wonderful.  Add that to the myriad rumors and the resultant press articles about immigration visas for crew coming to the U.S., and we…

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On Course: Skills beyond certifications enhance career opportunities

On Course: by Clive McCartney Deadline time – how did I find myself in this position?  I am not a journalist, not a writer of any kind. I have qualifications…

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On Course: Refits offer chance to expand skills

On Course: by Clive McCartney A quick check of Marine Traffic along the south fork of the New River shows that there are over 50 yachts in the various refit…

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On Course: Invest time in newbies

On Course: by Clive McCartney Earlier this week I enjoyed one of those episodes that refreshes the mind and resets the attitude. Here at Bluewater we held an “Introduction to Yachting…

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On Course: Charting a yachting career not a linear task

On Course: by Clive McCartney The dog-eared copy of the Oxford English Dictionary that sits on my bookshelf defines career as a “course through life, especially in a profession.” This…

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On Course: Don’t fall hostage to ransomware

On Course: by Jay Lasner It can look legit. An email from a management company that appears genuine, from someone we may know and work with, asking that an invoice…

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On Course: Training in ‘soft skills’ important for newer generations

On Course: by Kevin Petrovsky When we think about training crew, we immediately think about the technical areas of competence needed aboard ship – boat handling skills; ability to properly…

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On Course: Captain and crew responsible for recording sea time

On Course: by Capt. Brian Luke Gaining and verifying sea time/service in the yachting industry is essential to all crew who are in yachting as a profession and working toward…

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On Course: Role more important than title in bridge ops

On Course: by Capt. Brian Luke Last month, I wrote about the idea that to facilitate safer yacht operations, it may be important for the captain to become more of…

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