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Crew contracts vital, no guarantee of rights

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By Dorie Cox At the start of a new job, many crew are asked to sign a contract that defines wages, scope of work, leave and more. For charter vessels,…

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Pioneer in yacht brokerage and Fraser Yachts, Jane Buffington dies

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By Dorie Cox Jane Buffington, formerly a partner with Fraser Yachts and one of the founders of the International Superyacht Society, died on Nov. 29 from heart congestion complications. She…

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Five days of Ft. Lauderdale boat show bring in $857.3 million

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In five days, last year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) generated $508.3 million in sales from show participants, according to a recent study. “That $508.3 million, those are direct…

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No cruising license, no problem

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By Capt. Debora Radtke There is a misconception among many captains, crew and yacht owners that a foreign-flagged vessel cannot cruise in the United States without a valid cruising license. They…

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MarineMax expands into luxury yacht management, crew placement, charter

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MarineMax announced on March 18 that they are expanding into yacht management, crew placement and charter of luxury megayachts. The nation’s largest recreational boat and yacht retailer headquartered in Clearwater,…

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Waterway dredging underway in Palm Beach, more on schedule

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Every season Capts. Donald and Natalie Hannon navigate segments of the 1,100-mile Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway from Virginia to Florida. The combination of natural inland waterways and dredged channels allows yacht…

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Miami megayacht marina Deep Harbour officially opens

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The skyline of Miami and M/Y What a Country provided the backdrop for the official opening of Deep Harbour, the marina section of Island Garden on Watson Island this afternoon, Jan.…

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Yacht boats and brokers in the news for November

Boats and Brokers news for November Recently sold M/Y Golden Compass, a 150-foot (45.7m) Picchiotti, by Philip Bell of Northrop & Johnson M/Y Galatea, a 131-foot (40m) Heesen launched in…

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Charter yacht fleet changing as owners make choices

A few developments in the charter market recently have triggered concerns and conversations about its future, chiefly an apparent trend of yacht owners to remove their vessels from commercial registration…

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42m yacht runs aground in Bahamas this morning

M/Y Unforgettable, a 42m Royal Denship, hit the rocks leaving the harbor at Albany Marina on New Providence Island in the Bahamas this morning. “The yacht ran aground leaving Albany…

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