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Triton Fall Expo 2015

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Date(s) - Oct 14, 2015
05:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Lauderdale Marine Center


October is time for The Triton’s biggest event of the year, our fall Triton Expo. We gather 40 businesses together to showcase their goods and services for yacht captains and crew, add a little music and some casual food, and invite the industry for an evening of great networking.

Oct. 14 is our 15th semi-annual Triton Expo. The fall edition of this low-key, free trade show typically attracts about 600 captains, crew, and industry pros. Join us from 5-8 p.m. on the grounds of Lauderdale Marine Center, 2001 S.W. 20th St., Ft. Lauderdale (33315).

Triton Expo October 14, 2015

Triton Expo October 14, 2015

Until then, we’d like to introduce you to some of The Triton’s 14 columnists, some of whom have been with us for 10 years. Writing a monthly column is a lot of work, and that deadline keeps rolling around, so we asked them why they do it. Several noted that they appreciate the educational opportunity a monthly publication offers.

“Part of being a captain is to be an educator,” said Capt. Jeff Werner, who writes the Diesel Digest column each month about fuel and fuel systems on yachts. “It is important to pass along the knowledge one has gleaned over the years to the next generation of captains and crew. The Triton gives me the opportunity to reach that group.”

“We at AME believe strongly in education,” said Rich Merhige, owner of Advanced Mechanical Enterprises and author of our Engineer’s Angle column. “Our best customers are the most educated, because they see the value in what we do, even though we may not come in with the lowest estimates. Investing time to write a column monthly for The Triton is an incredible opportunity for us to educate The Triton’s audience, and constantly challenges us to come up with topics that provide a value to the industry.”

Others are just trying to help.

“Having worked in the yachting industry, I know how much leadership knowledge needs to improve overall,” said Paul Ferdais, who writes our Taking the Helm column about leadership. “When I went back to graduate school, I realized the material was too good not to share with as many people as I could. This is why I write a column. It seemed natural to give back to the publication I read as crew.”

“I really do enjoy helping people and helping people save lives,” said Keith Murray, who writes our Sea Sick column about handling medical emergencies at sea. “When I teach on a yacht or in a classroom, I reach 10-30 students a day. When I write for The Triton, I reach thousands of readers each month.”

“There are some unique challenges in this industry that can require solid emotional inner strength,” said Capt. Rob Gannon, who writes the Crew Coach column. “I hope to pass along from my experience aboard and my study of human behavior some tips to help keep a bit of inner peace among the challenges. What really makes it worthwhile is when I hear from readers who tell me they really resonated with a column, that my words helped somebody with something. That feels good.”

“Producing a monthly column for The Triton is just one small way in which I can give back to the community that has been very good to me,” said Brian Luke, owner of the training school ICT.

Jake Desvergers is chief surveyor for International Yacht Bureau (IYB) and has been writing our Rules of the Road column since 2006, nearly 120 columns. His reason for writing for The Triton makes us proud.

“In my opinion, The Triton stands apart from all other yachting publications,” he said. “It focuses on those readers that actually make the industry run: the crew, the contractors, the vendors, the workers, all of us. The Triton provides that single voice across all regions and time zones.  Whether it is the latest happenings from a yacht show, to crew movements, the latest product or regulation, an unfortunate obituary, or helping generate work and jobs through an Expo, The Triton is the one that makes it happen.”

We also asked our columnists what three things do you hope our readers take away from your column each month?

Capt. Jeff Werner, Diesel Digest: First, to understand the complexities of diesel fuel and the importance of a diesel fuel preventive maintenance program. Second, to use that knowledge to help engineers do their job better aboard a yacht. Finally, to call on to help implement solutions to keep their yacht’s diesel fuel in optimum condition.

Capt. Rob Gannon, Crew Coach: To think a little deeper or more effectively in handling challenges. To remember that we have a lot to do with our situations and have the abilities inside us to improve them. That crew are not alone in their career journey; there are people such as myself and others to reach out to.

Capt. Jake Desvergers, Rules of the Road: My monthly column focuses around some type of maritime regulation, a Rule of the Road, as we title it. The majority of regulations in yachting are created by and written for merchant ships. Yachts are seldom considered in the decision process. Yet, the size of today’s yachts compete with those same ships. How does one understand a commercial ship rule and apply it to a pleasure yacht? That is my desire through the monthly column, breaking down a regulation to its simplest parts. When all of the bureaucratic wording and procedural mess is removed, that’s when we find the actual meat and potatoes. That’s what people need to know. I was a starry-eyed newbie cadet many years ago. I could barely differentiate between port and starboard, let alone SOLAS, MARPOL and STCW. If our readers can take away a better understanding of a particular topic, while also providing some relief from the worry and anxiety of ever-increasing regulatory compliance, then the article has its goal.

Capt. Brian Luke, On Course: 1. The importance of continuing maritime education in order to make the industry and our seas safer. 2. A better understanding of the MCA and USCG licensing and certification process. 3. The importance of continuing the certification and licensing process for  yacht crews’ career development.

Paul Ferdais, Taking the Helm: What I hope to do every month is strike a chord with readers and pass on information they can think about in more detail. Leadership can only be learned by doing it, so my hope is to give readers the kernel or nugget of an idea they can put into action right away. When I get positive feedback from readers who’ve put something I’ve written about into practice, it makes me feel great to know I’ve had that direct impact. Additionally, I hope to impart that leadership skills carry over into every aspect of the reader’s life. What makes a good leader also makes the leader a better person. Overall, I hope to bring positive change to the yachting industry one reader at a time with The Triton.

Chief Stew Alene Keenan, Stew Cues: What I love for my readers to take away is that they actually learned something, or I helped them find a solution to a problem, or the answer to a question. I just want things to go well for everyone. Thanks to MPT for  the opportunity to offer regularly scheduled classes to the general public, and to my opportunities to train onboard yachts, I get to see the “a-ha” look on their faces, and that little smile they get when they are inspired and encouraged. It warms my heart.

Keith Murray, Sea Sick: 1. Stay current; CPR, AED and first aid is always changing. Stay on top of skills with a re-certification class every two years. 2. Check medical kits onboard, in the car and at home often. At minimum twice a year, making certain gloves, eye protection and the essentials items are current. 3. All yachts need an AED, Automated External Defibrillator. Without an AED, the chances of surviving cardiac arrest at sea are almost zero.

Rich Merhige, Engineer’s Angle: I hope The Triton readers walk away from our column, learning something new about the vessels they are in charge of. Secondly, we’d like to see them gaining confidence in the maintenance decisions they make because they are better educated. And, lastly, I’d like them to see that there are companies out there that care and are willing to share their knowledge to better their experience in the marine industry.

Peter Hern. Owner’s View: 1. A laugh. 2. At least one actionable idea to improve the yachting experience for all involved. 3. A question in the reader’s mind of what they might do differently next week. 4. A hope for a column response that helps me be a better owner.

Carol Bareuther, Take It In nutrition column: 1. Practical advice they can put in practice. 2. The ability to rely on the fact it’s factual information referenced by studies; not information that is getting someone to buy something. 3. A laugh, as the case with my recent column on intestinal gas.

Chief Stew Angela Orecchio, The Yachtie Glow: 1. Yachting and a healthy lifestyle can co-exist. 2. Eating healthy and having a fitness routine on board is possible. 3. Nothing is more important that taking care of yourself first.

We also have columns by Chief Stew Alene Keenan about everything interior, Chief Stew Angela Orecchio about staying healthy and happy while working on yachts, chefs Mary Beth Lawton Johnson and Mark Godbeer as well as Capt. John Wampler who offer thoughts and recipes about cooking on a yacht, dietitian Carol Bareuther about nutrition, and a yacht owner with his perspective of the crew experience.

Find them every month in The Triton, and meet some of them at The Expo, Oct. 14, 5-8 p.m. at LMC. See you there.


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Lucy Chabot Reed is publisher and founding editor of The Triton.

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